All I Want For Christmas…

The holiday season is fast approaching and that can only mean one thing: super fun make up kits at beauty retailers like Ulta and Sephora. The other day I went to Ulta because I ran out of concealer. Needless to say, I got distracted by all the fun, new, perfectly paired beauty packs. When I saw this I absolutely fell in love with the compact which has 2 eye shadow colors and a blush. The light eyeshadow shade is a great “vanilla” matte while the dark has just a hint of sparkle, it is not as dark as it appears. It’s the perfect combination for a simple, sultry eye. I am obsessed with the blush. It is the perfect peachy color that will work with every outfit all winter long. A huge plus to this pack is a full-sized eyeshadow primer ($20 by itself), which is one of my absolute faves. I had never tried the Too Faced mascaras or eyeliner, and they are surely going to become a new staple in my makeup drawer. The eyeliner stayed all day and did not budge or flake at all. The mascara does wonders by giving lots of volume yet does not clump. Finally the lipstick. For those of you that know me personally, you know I am more of a chapstick girl, but after trying this lipstick I think my views have changed. It is a full-sized la creme lip creme ($21 by itself) in a shade called “believe” and I am obsessed. The lipstick is creamy without being greasy and the color stays for a long period of time. Plus, it comes with a super cute travel sized make up bag. All in all, it is a great deal for the price, and has essentials you will be using all winter long.

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Eyeshadow Primers

The dreaded crease in your eyeshadow. It happens to everyone, but it can be avoided if you prep and prime your eyelid properly. There are tons of eyeshadow primers out there, but I find these two products really do the trick. No creases in your eyeshadow, and color that doesn’t fade makes these two products winners in my book.

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion – $20

This is Urban Decay’s #1 selling product and for good reason! It never creases and is coveted by makeup artists. When it dries, it essentially becomes invisible/nude so it doesn’t change your eyeshadow to a different color than you expected. I use the original formula, but they do offer a couple other selections that dry to have a slight shimmer and darker shade. 

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Too Face Shadow Insurance – $20

Just like Urban Decay’s product, this dries nude and is amazing at locking in the color of your eyeshadow for hours on end. It is silicone based which does help with the adhesion of the eyeshadow to the lid, but do not worry that doesn’t mean it is difficult to remove. I love this primer and high recommend it.

 

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Make Up Primers and Setters

Wouldn’t it be nice to apply our make up in the morning, be on the go all day, and when you finally get the chance to look in the mirror in the evening, your make up is in the same place. Well there is a way, and it is all in how you prime and set your make up.

Primers

I love both Urban Decay and Smashbox (if you can’t tell by how often I post about their products). Urban Decay’s product is awesome because it almost works like a moisturizer at the same time. I don’t feel like it is greasy or leaving a weird film on my face like some products. Smashbox is known for being at the forefront of cosmetic technology, so do not let their selections of primers scare you away. I stick with their original photofinish (the clear primer) on an everyday occasion. If for some reason my skin is super dry, i will use the hydrating formula (the blue primer…don’t worry it is not actually blue once you rub it in) just to help seal in the moisture. Both of these brands ensure that you are going to get even flawless coverage with your foundation so you are not constantly running to the ladies room to powder your nose.

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Setters

I can not begin to tell you what a life changer the all nighter make up setting spray has beenThe first time I used it was at my sister’s wedding and I have never looked back. With weddings, you are doing hair and make up first thing in the morning, then going through pictures, the ceremony, reception, and by the end of the night it is possible your make up could be completely worn off. By using this spray, my make up looked as perfect at midnight as it did at 10am in the morning right after it was applied. This spray is a must in your make up bag!

 

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Liquid Foundation Faves

I have long been a fan of mineral powder foundation. In fact, I went 6 years using the same exact foundation. However, I began to notice it was not lasting and I was not happy with out my face make up looked by the end of the day.

I finally made the switch to Smashbox Studio Skin 15 hour liquid foundation and fell in LOVE. I could apply this make up first thing in the morning, and when I got home at the end of my long days, my makeup looked the exact same. I wore this foundation at my sister’s wedding this past spring; make up went on about 10am, and when I got home at midnight, you would have guessed I applied it less than an hour before.

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Early this summer, Smashbox announced they were coming out with a Liquid Halo Foundation. I was like a little kid in a candy store, I was so excited. I have been using Smashbox Halo Perfecting Powder to set the Studio Skin, so I had to try out the liquid version. Let me tell you, the Liquid Halo is like butter; it goes on so smooth and makes skin feel so soft. The best part is, it give you coverage without looking like you just frosted your face. I still set the liquid halo with the halo powder, but you do not have to. All these products are a little pricey, but in my eyes, they are worst every penny. A little goes a long way, so you can really make the foundation last so you do not have to feel like you are breaking the bank.

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