Thursday, June 4, 2009

Getting To Know The Beauty Chick: Cosmetics I'm loving right now

So I thought I would use this post to provide a little insight into my current beauty loves. These are products that I have been using lately on an almost daily basis. I hope you enjoy this intro!

Foundation: I have been abolutely LOVING Revlon's Colorstay Foundation. I picked this up about a month or so ago in the shade Ivory (their lightest shade....yes, I'm a pale gal!) and it has been doing a great job of covering up my redness and any blemishes. The coverage seems to be medium to full (it is nicely buildable). I'm moving through this bottle now and I'm glad I have another waiting for me!

Concealer: Lately I have been alternating between MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NW15 and Smashbox High Definition Concealer in Fair for my undereye area. The MAC concealer is nice and creamy. With the Smashbox concealer, a little goes a long way! I have found that the tiniest dab of product is sufficient. The great thing about this HD concealer is that it feels super light on the skin. Both are definitely great products! To cover any redness in my skin (around my nose or cheeks, for example) and blemishes I've been using the MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer in NC15. The slight yellow undertones work well to conceal any blotchiness.
Powder: My powder of choice right now is MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light. I love the way this powder buffs easily into my skin to set my foundation and concealer. I generally apply this with either the MAC 134 (large powder brush) or the MAC 183 (flat-top kabuki brush).

Blush: There are two blushes in my collection now that I seem to be gravitating toward. The first is the Laura Geller Blush n Brighten in Roseberry. This product gives me the prettiest pink glow. It is gorgeous and just a little bit gets the job done! The other item is a recent addition to my makeup stash, a Beauty Powder Blush in On a Mission, which was released with MAC's latest collection, Style Warriors. This is such a beautiful plummy blush color that applies so smoothly and warms up my cheeks wonderfully.

Bronzer: Bronzer is an absolute must for me, especially in the summertime. The Chanel Bronze Universel Makeup Base and NARS Laguna bronzers are terrific to help me warm up my complexion. I sometimes alternate between the two products (the Chanel bronzer has a cream-type consistency and the NARS bronzer is a typical powder formula), and other times I layer the NARS powder over the Chanel bronzing base to set it.

Eyeshadow: Lately I've been keeping my eye looks clean and simple (I love using color, but my poor eyelids are still recovering from an allergic reaction to something in some of my more intense shadows). On a daily basis I have been grabbing for a neutral and slightly shimmery cream shadow to use as an all-over lid wash. The product of choice has been Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in R.S.V.P., a light shimmery champagne color. It applies smoothly and stays put (especially when I add a little Urban Decay Primer Potion underneath.....another fave!) R.S.V.P. would also make a nice base for other shadows.

Mascara: My go-to mascara has been Clinique Long Pretty Lashes. It is great for an everyday natural look. I have also been trying some colored mascaras lately. Urban Decay Big Fatty Colored Mascaras in Flipside (teal) and Electric Blue are great for adding a pop of color to the eye area, especially when the rest of the eye is left neutral.

Lip Gloss: I have been making my way fairly quickly through the Korres Cherry Lipgloss in 23 Light Purple. This is a great pinky purple color that is a MLBB shade on my highly pigmented lips. It is natural, too (really...all of Korres' products are natural!)

So there you have it! These are the products that have truly been essentials for me as of late. Everything I've mentioned works great together for a perfect everyday look.

If you want any further information on any of the items I have mentioned, please don't hesitate to leave me a comment! I'd also like to know......what are some of your makeup favorites?


  1. LOVE your foundation and concealer choices :D Mine's the same!! And Korres glosses are fab :D xxxMoxy

  2. Your a pale chick just like me! Color stay trully is fantastic for drugstore foundation! Color is perfect match! The Blush and brightens are fantastic too! Great pics above!

  3. The Makeup Snob - Yay for the pale girls! I was really surprised that I fell in love with a drugstore foundation (I haven't had good experiences in the past), but this one is awesome! Ivory is such a perfect match for my skin! Blush n Brightens are very pretty. I eventually want more, but this one is going to last me forever! lol

    Moxy - We're makeup soulmates! I seriously am loving the Colorstay more than my MAC Studio Sculpt right now! Korres glosses are so soft and not sticky at all. I love the way they smell, too :-D

  4. OMG, I think I've found a fellow Maven! I love your product coverage and addiction ;-)

    My makeup faves (i.e they are permanently in my kit).

    Imju Fibrewig Mascara - 24 hr lashes and falsies in a tube.

    Diorshow mascara - builds lashes and performs.

    Dior Skinflash - skincare and illumination in one pen, and TSA friendly.

    Dove Brightening Moisturiser - My go to. I get my ma to ship it from Australia. It performs well all year round and is a great mixing medium for creating your own tinted moisturiser or illuminating base.

    Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder Foundation - look good in pictures always.

    Blistex lip conditioner - great base for gloss and lippie

    Stila Convertible Color (Peony) - flushed cheeks are a Maven must.

    3 Custom Color Pro Concealer Palette - conceals everything and is great for sensitive and dry skin.

    Powderpuff squad Palette 2 Dual Agent Cheek and Lip creme - 10 creme blushes all in one handy palette. Heaven!