Saturday, June 2, 2012

May Favorites

It's been a while since I have done a post on my beauty favorites (about two months now?), so I thought this would be a good time to catch up on some of the products I have been enjoying for the past few months.

Because the weather has gotten a bit warmer, and I have been really working on getting my skin into better condition, I don't really have a favorite foundation just because I have not been using foundation (which makes getting ready a lot faster).

As for everything else, I've been reaching for both old and new products in my collection.  Really giving myself a variety of choices and rediscovering old favorites.

So here are my favorites:

For the base of the face (before any powder, blush, or bronzer), I have been enjoying the following:

- NARS Pro-Primer Face Primer
- Maybelline Age Rewind Under Eye Concealer
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer
- Urban Decay Primer Potion

Even though I have skipped the foundation step, the NARS Pro Primer really helps keep the any concealing that I have done (as well as blush and bronzer) on my face.  The Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer is always a must for me for under the eyes concealing because it does help even out my skin tone there and feel extremely light on the skin.  However, if you do plan on going by the pool or to the beach, this would not be the concealer to go with because it will rub off or melt if not buffed in well.  For spot concealing, the MAC Studio Finish Concealer has always been my go to concealer.  A little goes a long way, covering any imperfections you may have, making it more comfortable to skip foundation.  And as always, ALWAYS remember to prime your eyes before you apply any shadow.  You don't want to put all that effort on your eyes and have them not last throughout the day.

For the rest of the face:

- MAC Highlighter in Chez Chez Lame (Limited Edition)
- Smashbox Blush in Everlasting
- Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Rose Gold

I have really been enjoying the pinks for blushes this Summer, it really brings a look together and makes your feeling more refreshed.  Blush is always a great way to bring your face to life if you wanted a quick makeup application.  Everlasting is a beautiful blush that I find is the perfect pink for most skin tones, and the texture is so silky smooth.  For a more night time look, I would use the Bobbi Brown Rose Gold Shimmer Brick (which is still available online).  It doesn't have too much shimmer/glitter, but is just enough to make your cheeks look a bit more playful (and it also goes well with almost any skin tone).  The MAC Highlighter in Chez Chez Lame is a Limited Edition product, but I just had to mention it because when swiped just above the cheekbones and in the inner corner of your eyes, it just brings so much of the natural glow to the face.

Base for the eyes:

- Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in #13
- Tarte SmolderEYES Clay Waterproof Liner

I know a primer is usually enough to make sure your shadow stays put, but I like to take that extra effort in applying a base to really make the shadows pop.  The Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream is the perfect slip resistant eye base out there.  #13, which is a champagne color is perfect to make any color shadow pop, or you can just wear the base alone for the easy going every day look.  For all of my smokey eyes, I apply the Tarte SmolderEYES Clay Liner in the Dark Brown shade to really create that sexy, sultry look.  When applied right at the base of the lashes and smoked out, these will make any eyes pop.  Also, the liner is extremely budge proof.  I would recommend applying this one eye at a time because once this liner sets it will not move!

Now for the eye shadows:

- TheBalm Nude 'Tude Palette
- MAC Eye Shadow Duo (Limited Edition)

I have really neglected some of my palettes in my collection, since I have been using my Naked palettes so much.  So I decided to break out this Nude 'Tude palette and give it some good use.  This really reminded me how much I love the colors included in the palette and how great the shadows are.  The consistency or the shadows are really buttery and they blend like a dream.  Also, for the quick smokey eye I have been using this MAC eye shadow duo I purchased from last years Holiday Collection.  I always have this duo in my bag just in case we decide to go out and I don't have time to go home to get ready.


- L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liquid Liner

I always go back and forth from pencil to liquid, and this month I decided to go with liquid since it's a quick and easy application.  You can't go wrong with the L'Oreal Lineur Intense Liner because it's a really black liner.  I also love how easy it is to create a lined look because the applicator is so amazing.  And what's even better is that it's so affordable!

Last but now least, the lips:

- Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple and Tutti Frutti

It wouldn't be Summer if you don't play around with a pop of color on your lips (or nails).  I love any lip product that I can carry around with my in my bag and apply without having to be by a mirror.  With the Revlon Lip Butters, you get that easy, smooth application, along with a bit of moisture.  These two colors have been my favorite, go to colors for the season thus far.  Really makes my casual, day time looks a bit more special.

So there you are, everything from the face to the lips, all of my favorites of the moment.  I find myself not changing around my routine as much when it comes to using makeup, so I won't be posting monthly favorites as often.  However, I will be sure to keep you updated on current favorites when I do rediscover old and play with new products.