I've always been very minimal with my makeup. My normal routine would consist of bronzer, eyeliner, mascara, and chapstick - all from the drugstore. This year, when I turned 25, my face decided to not like that routine anymore. The bags under my eyes were darker. My cheeks turn more red than normal (I've always had this problem, but now it is worse). Eyebrows are spotty yet still bushy. Lips constantly feel like a brillo pad. And my skin is extremely dry but still oily. Can't a girl catch a break? I watched and still watch YouTube videos to help me find what would be best for me. I am still in the experimenting process, but this is what I've come to love in 2014 and what has helped me!
My first love is the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I feel like I'm hopping on this bandwagon extremely late, but I'm so glad I found it. It's like the applicator is a magical wand that will make all of your problems go away. My favorite way to use it is on my cheeks. Like I said, my cheeks turn really red over the smallest things - walking in the cold, walking in the heat, taking on sip of alcohol, just sitting, touching my face. I was told that it was not rosacea, but no one can seem to tell me what it is. It also completely covers my dark circles! I guess you could say I use this concealer more like foundation.
My next found love is the Rimmel Volume Accelerator Mascara. I've always loved Rimmel mascaras, but they stopped making the one that I would normally get. It took several failed purchases trying to find the perfect one, but I did and that's all that matters. The brush looks daunting and big, but it's amazing. It gets every lash, top and bottom. I love the volume it gives and that it's very buildable. Plus, my eyelashes never look spidery.
Thirdly, I fell in love with the Dior Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm. This lip balm is so creamy and lasts on your lips for a long time. I put it on before bed, and when I wake up, it's still on there. I wouldn't say I've noticed my lips getting plumper, but they definitely stay moisturized. WARNING: If you can't stand floral smells, do not buy this. It smells like you've rubbed a rose petal all over your lips. I'm not a fan of floral scents, but I got used to it.
I was in search of a new powder to go over my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Since I loved it so much, I decided to try the NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation, my fourthly found love. It makes your skin look flawless. The powder is very lightweight and hold your concealer in place. I've worn the concealer with the powder over the top for more than 8 hours, and my face still looked on point. It's also SPF 24.
Lastly and this one is all thanks to my momma, I fell for the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner. Hands down, this is the best eye liner I have ever used. I put eye liner on my waterline and at the end of the day, it is normally gone. This one, however, doesn't budge. It stays exactly where I put it. I've also worn this eye liner for more than 8 hours, and it stayed on like a dream!
I know most of the things I have mentioned are a bit on the pricey side, but I feel like they are all worth it! What are some of your must have beauty products?
All opinions shared are my own - straight out of my roaming brain.