Monday, August 26, 2013

My Current Makeup Favourites

It seems like it's been awhile since I did a post about makeup and I've really been wanting to do one. I recently ordered a bunch of stuff from a few different places online. I was just going to wait until all that came in and do a collective post then. Except it's taking freaking forever, so I needed to think of something else in the meantime. But I'm really trying not to get into the habit of buying things just to have something to write about-which is very tempting. I thought instead I would just tell you about the items I already own that I have been reaching for most often lately. Which isn't as exciting for me, but might actually be helpful to other people. And if there's one thing I love, it's doing things for others. Just kidding. It's makeup.
I'll start with the most important thing(in life); mascara. Now I know mascara is a deeply personal. For me, I like to pile that shit on. When a makeup tutorial says to apply a "coat" of mascara, I like to think of that coat as a parka. So I'm always looking for mascara that makes my lashes look really thick and long and flared and everything else. This is the one that's currently doing it for me:

Revlon Lash Potion- For some reason I really didn't want to like this mascara. I think because Emma Stone is the model for it, and I'm so fucking jealous of her that I want to hate everything she touches.  But honestly, Gangster Squad was a reasonably ok movie to watch on an airplane, and this mascara rules. I've used a bunch of different ones lately-Maybelline's The Falsies and The Rocket, L'Oreal Millions of Lashes and even the famous Benefit's They're Real-and this one is my favourite. It has a huge brush that lets you really pile on product, and it just makes my lashes look really good. Also it doesn't dry really hard. So if you decide you need to put some more on right before you go out you totally can.

Which brings me to my next favourite thing. Now if you told me you wear two different mascaras at the same time, I'd say that's a good sign you wear too much makeup. But I am right there with you, so don't even sweat it. Here's my other mascara (and don't even ask about my other other mascara).

Covergirl Clump Crusher- Are you ever applying your twelveth coat of mascara and it starts to clump up and you think, damn I've too far this time? Well in comes this guy. It does what the name says, so it's good for layering under or between coats of thicker mascara so that you can keep putting more on. It's also really good for bottom lashes, because the brush is fairly small. I think it would be ok on it's own if you like a more natural look. Hahaha, that was funny.

Moving right along! I'm going to try to keep the other descriptions shorter. I just feel like mascara warrants some long windedness.

Sticking with eyes, there's two things I want to talk about. Both are products that I wouldn't have worn a year ago, and both were purchased because of reviews on Youtube.

The first is this:

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude- I know it seems weird to have a nude eye liner, but this is awesome and I literally wear it every day(which is why it's kind of gross looking). You wear it in your lower waterline, and it just neutralizes any redness you have there. Which is great for me, because I have allergies year round and I cry a lot. It also makes your eyes look bigger. I never would have picked this up had I not seen it raved about on the internet, but it's great and you should buy it.

The second thing is this:

Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk- I guess I just love things in pencil form. The name of this one kind of grosses me out-but then Nyx makes another one called "Cottage Cheese" which is just unforgivable. Despite the nasty dairy names, this is a great product. Kind of like with the light eyeliner, I've gotten into wearing lighter shadows on my lids. It really opens up my little squinty eyes. This pencil works well as a base to make colours more vibrant and last longer. I'm loving this brand in general so stay tuned for the next time I lose control at the drugstore.

Ok, now face:
I'm kind of obsessed with covering my not even that bad under eye circles. Lately this product has been serving me well:

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles- I dont' have anything witty to say about this one. Under eye cirles are too somber a topic to make light of. I've used a bunch of different concealers meant specifically for that area. This is a good one, it covers and brightens and doesn't crease. 

You may be starting to pick up on the idea that I have a disgusting obsession with all makeup. Eyeshadow is my top drug of choice, and I'm not even including it in this post because don't even get me started, you know? But a close second in terms of owning way more than I need or will ever use is blush. I have too much blush, and lately I have been using the same one every day:

The Balm Instain Blush in Argyle- I wrote about this in a post about The Balm as a brand, but I hadn't really used it enough to review it. Now we've spent some time together and I'm going to go right ahead and say it's the best blush I've ever used. It's a perfect pink shade that's totally matte, and it really does last a long time. It's a little bit of a more expensive product than the other ones I've talked about. But I think blush is something you can wear every day, even when you're going for a "no makeup" look(which for me usually consists of about 7 makeup products). So it's worth it to have a good one.

I feel like this post is getting really long. I could keep going but I'm going to wrap it up with one last thing:

Real Techniques Brushes- I've talked about these brushes before, but they really are awesome.These are maybe not the very best brushes I've ever seen in my life, but they are definitely the best brushes I've owned, and some of the most affordable. The three in the middle came as a set I bought at Walmart for less than $20. The two outer ones were singles I picked up at Winners for something lik $5-$8. The big powder one is my favourite, but I use them all. Sometimes cheaper brushes aren't even worth it because they don't apply makeup well or they shed a lot. But this brand is great and I definitely recommend them to anyone looking to buy some new brushes.

Ok, I feel like I've satisfied my need to talk about makeup, for tonight anyway. Obviously these aren't the only things I'm into right now. But they're all real standouts and I've been using them all on a pretty regular basis. When I went through my makeup to pick things out for this post, I was happy to see that a lot of what I use daily is drugstore makeup. I think I've said this before, but the more makeup I buy, the more I realize that expensive makeup isn't always better. It's fun to buy high end makeup, but you can really find things that are just as good at the drugstore.

Or maybe I'm just bitter because my Sephora order hasn't shown up yet. Yeah, that sounds right.

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