On Thursday, Beauties on Fire will officially start! I’m looking forward to having a weekly post already lined up since blogging is a little iffy for me right now. (P.s. go check out Elizabeth’s blog to find out how you can join up in this collaboration!!)
I realized I haven’t done a favorite product post recently, so I think it’s time to do that. I have been keeping my makeup very clean and simple lately, adding in maybe cat eyes or a vibrant lipstick every once in awhile. One of the things I’m sticking with consistently this summer is doing eyebrows, using eyelash curlers, and mascara. That’s the most basic that I get and honestly, I really like it. Okay, so now, here’s the list of the products I’ve been using nonstop and of course, WHY!
Starting at the first product, Eyebrows!
Eylure Defining and Shading Firm Pencil, Dark Brown. I have come to adore this eyebrow pencil and it is by far my favorite out of everything I’ve tried. I have also been able to figure out the best way to do my eyebrows and honestly can have them done in a minute. This may sound odd to some of you (probably most) but I always do my eyebrows first. Even before I put my primer one. This way, if I mess up, or need to correct lines, I can do that with whatever foundation and/or powder I use on my face for the day. This pencil is easy to us, easy to sharpen, and is a rather creamy formula. It also stays all day. And it’s not even half the price of Benefit’s brow products! Which, okay slay me now, I’m not really the biggest fan of. Granted, I haven’t tried very many of their new line of brow products, but honestly, the brow pencil I tried paled in comparison to this one from Eylure.
Maybelline Baby Skin Primer. I swear by this primer. It’s smooth, silky, DOES NOT have silicon in it, and it helps protect my skin from breaking out as well as keeping whatever else I put on my face from sliding off. I use about a pea sized portion, and apply it with my beauty sponge. NEVER my fingers. *hint hint never use fingers hint hint* Using a primer of any sort helps give your foundation, bb cream, cc cream, or even just powder, something to grab on to and hold while you go about your day. This is especially helpful and important when wearing makeup in the summer. It’s so hot and sticky (depending on where you live) and your makeup sweating off is a very real fear. Primers can help prolong makeup on a sweating face.
Okay, what’s next. Oh yeah, Foundation/BB cream/CC cream/Illuminator
Revlon Photoready Skinlights, Bare Light and Rimmel Wake Me Up BB Cream Radiance Foundation, Light. Alright, so these are the two foundation “like” products I’ve been using simultaneously. I picked up the Revlon illuminator quite a while ago and it wasn’t until about two months that I really started using it. I got it originally to use as a highlighter and really didn’t care for it. But now, I use it as an extra for whatever foundation I’m using and it gives such a depth to an otherwise flat-ish finish. I usually use about a penny’s worth of the two combined so it ends up being a very light layer of foundation on my face. I’ll add more of the Revlon illuminator than the Rimmel BB cream as I like more of an almost glow-y look for summer time. Using my beauty sponge, I’ll dab and blend these two all over my face. And here’s a quick tip for you. Don’t blend in right away. Dab and leave it looks thick on your face but as soon as the product starts to set/dry, that’s when you can blend it in for a perfect finish. I discovered this by accident and have started taking these steps every time I apply foundation now. It really helps create a smooth finish! Also, the reason I’m really like the Rimmel cream right now is because it has SPF in it. I HATE putting sunscreen on and especially abhor putting it on my face. But when I can put on a bb cream that actually have 20 SPF in it, that’s a win win for me!
Now for the decorating! Blush/Bronzer/Highlighters!
Jelly Pong Caribbean Sun Bronzer Duo and Essence Cream to Powder Highlighter, Bright Up Your Life
(I have two different products I’ve been using consistently for blush/highlighters. I can’t find the second product on Amazon, but here’s a picture of it. Target actually sells it.)
Okay, as I’ve actually gotten a nice little tan on my face and arms this summer, the darker colors of this bronzer duo actually do not both me, nor do they feel very dark. The darker brown is a really nice and perfect contouring shade for me, so that’s been fun to actually get some nice shadows! I wasn’t sure about the cream to powder highlighter, but it has also surprised me. It’s a beautiful subtle shimmer and I always apply the highlight first before blush. This helps create a not so in your face highlight and it gives something to blend your blush into. Sometime soon I want to do a “how to apply blush according to your face shape” post! I’ve had a lot of fun figuring out where to apply blush correctly on my face to enhance my features and not drag them down. Alright, so for the highlighter, I apply it at the very top of my cheek bones and sweep up following the lines of my eyes. I’ll then dab it on the tip of my nose, do a faint streak down my nose, and then a little at my cupids bow in my upper lip and a little on my chin. I actually avoid my forehead because I’ve noticed using a highlighter on my forehead actually makes it more oily. For the blush and contour, I’ll sweep the blush from the outer corner of my eye, almost at the top of my cheek bone and sweep up towards the top of my ear. For the contour, I can easily find the shadows of my cheeks now, so I’ll place some on those shadows, staying in line with the outer corner of my eyes, then sweep up towards the top of my ears and down towards the corner of my mouth.
Next, it’s Finishing Powder!
Essence All About Matt fixing compact powder. I really like this translucent finishing powder. My favorite part about it is that it’s only $3.99 from Target (and I believe at Ulta). It’s a nice blender and helps soften any drastic lines I may not have blended all the way. Another tip here, always apply your mascara last as it won’t pick up the finishing powder. I also do not blend with sweeping motions when applying finishing powder. I literally dab it and pat it on to my face. You don’t want to disturb or shift anything you already have on your face (blush, highlights, bronzer, contouring…) so take your time when applying finishing powder!
And last but not least, Mascara!
Stilla Glamoureyes, Black and Urban Decay Perversion, Black. I recently picked up a free travel sized Urban Decay Perversion mascara and wasn’t sure if I’d like it. As with any product I suddenly hear a ton of hype about, I’m cautious about trying it simply because of the hype (especially when said hype is coming from the parent company itself). But lo and behold, I am finding myself gravitating towards that mascara even more than my beloved Glamoureyes from Stilla. It’s smooth, does not leave huge clumps of excess mascara behind, and I find my lashes are extremely well defined once I apply the Perversion mascara.
Alrighty, so these are all my current favorites for the summer! Keep your eyes peeled for Thursday’s Classic Beauty post collaboration for Beauties on Fire!!