Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Beauty Faves

I'm a bit of a makeup junkie.  No, I'm not loyal to one certain brand, I think different companies do different things well.  I believe that some things you should scrimp on and some things you should splurge on! 

I have a fascination with makeup because I feel like an artist whenever I play with eye shadows and blush.  Sometimes it's easy for us girls to fall into a rut and never try anything new.  I encourage you to give some of my favorite beauty buys a try.  Experiment enough that you don't grow bored with routine.

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Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder (buy here)

This stuff is fabulous.  I've used it for a couple of years and just ran out last week.  I use it to highlight my cheekbones in order to create contour, under my eyebrows to make my eyes look brighter, and under my eyes to erase dark circles.  Multi-purpose...who doesn't love that?
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MAC Stunner Blush
MAC Stunner Blush

Although I have never been big on blush, I went in for a MAC Consult right before my wedding in September and fell in love with the way this looked.  I've always been a bronzer fan because I think my olive complexion looks better with it, but I've fallen in love with the natural flush this blush gives.
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CoverGirl Lash Blast Mascara (buy here or at your local store)

I know that Maybelline Great Lash Mascara wins awards all over, but this Covergirl Lash Blast Mascara is my favorite.  It features a rubber brush that easily covers all your little lashes, making your lashes look longer and your eyes bigger.  Don't lie, we all want that.
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I'm torn between my foundation.  I guess you could say I have a special occasion/winter foundation and then a summer/casual-around-the-house foundation.

BareMinerals Matte Foundation (buy here)

I love bareMinerals Matte foundation for the summer due to its light feeling.  However, in the winter and for special occasions, I don't feel like it stay on my skin long enough.  I keep two foundations in my makeup bag and still have not chosen a favorite.  Grab some samples because you'll have to decide this one for yourself.

Mac Pro Longwear Foundation (buy here)

This is the makeup I found to use in my wedding.  I can't get over how it always looks so fresh even if you put it on 8 hours ago!  I love that about it.  Be careful and use a foundation brush because you don't want this superstay makeup looking cakey.

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Vera Wang Lovestruck (buy here)

I know perfumes mix differently with everyone due to their skin's makeup, but Lovestruck has quickly my favorite perfume.  It's got a floral scent and smells young but classic.  I've tried switching back to my old perfumes for a day or so, but I always miss wearing this.  Try some next time you walk by a perfume counter. 

There's a few of my favorites and now I'm curious: what are some of your favorite beauty buys?


  1. Love this post! MAC studio fix is a must have for me and cover girl line exact eyeliner. I have been wanting to try the MAC blush..now I just might :)


  2. I have also switched from bronzer to blush recently! Oh, and my newest fav is physicians formula's hazel eye palette. Loved your post today!


  3. Could definitely use something for under my eyes! Will have to give the powder a try :)

    From Brooklyn with love,


  4. I use a wide variety of different brands too! MAC, Stila, NARS, etc etc. Pretty much addicted to Sephora:-) I definitely splurge on face products and eyeshadows (pigments). LOVE lashblast mascara! Sometimes I use DiorShow mascara too. For foundation, I'm a firm believer in MakeUp Forever! It's amazing! But whatever holy grail foundation it is that you use, my biggest tool is the stippling brush! Makes your foundation flawless! xoxo


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