1. Moroccanoil Extra Volume Shampoo and Conditioner
When looking for a shampoo you want to make sure you know your hair type first. This is because there are so many shampoos out there for oily hair, fine hair, color treated hair, damaged hair and the list goes on and on. The first thing you always need to make sure is that the Shampoo is Sulfate free. This is because the sulfate is known to significantly weaken the hair follicles and hair strands. Yes that means more split ends, and broken hair strands. Why would you want that? I think it’s worth the investment of your money and time to look for a shampoo that is sulfate free. This shampoo comes sulfate free and safe to use for color treated hair. It is a little more on the expensive side, but I think it is worth the splurge. Plus a little goes a long way, mine lasts about 2-3 months (with 1-2 washes a week). If you have fine and oily hair this shampoo will be perfect. It gives extra volume without the extra weight, makes hair very easy to style and with a little help of dry shampoo you can wash your hair as little as once a week. Sounds gross? No, it’s actually bad to wash your hair often so try not to wash it for as long as possible.
2. Urban Decay Naked3
This palate is seriously perfect for just about any season or event. The colors are great to work with because you can build up the color. This is perfect if you are looking for a day look or night look in one palate. The shades are so soft and gorgeous, they look even better in person. I would say this palate works well with just about any skin tone. The colors start with (left) softer colors and progress into more (right) pigmented and darker shades. The easy transition helps you create a day look in no time and easily transfer it into a night look with just a few shades. My favorite and the most used colors are Dust, Burnout and Buzz. They have a little shimmer to them, but only a little so it’s perfect for a day look.
3. Tarte – Precision Longwear Eyeliner
I have never liked to use a liquid eyeliner for several reasons. First, it’s so hard to put on a liquid eyeliner without messing up. Who’s with me? Two, it always looked too bold and out of place. Until I tried this longwear eyeliner by Tarte. It still required some effort on my part to not mess up the eyeliner while putting it on, but it was easier for sure. The application was so smooth, it went on like butter. I bought it in black and I wouldn’t say that it looks out of place at all. I am wearing it on almost all of my Instagram pictures for reference. Bonus – it lasts forever. Seriously, some days I felt so l.a.z.y that I just went to bed with my full make up on (ew, gross I know, can we still be friends?) and the following morning I would still have my eyeliner on. Not the smudged, crumbled, gross and wacky eyeliner underneath my eyes, but the same as it was the night before. I was impressed.
4. Le Volume De Chanel Mascara
I am obsessed with this Chanel mascara and I mean it! I always wear mascara, even on the days I am in a rush I will still wear mascara. There isn’t a single day of the week that I wouldn’t be wearing any, so that means I have tried so many different types. To be honest, nothing comes close to the quality of this one. It doesn’t crumble underneath the eyes, doesn’t leave any clumps and goes on so smoothly. I know it’s a bit pricey and some of you may think it’s not worth the splurge, but let me tell you it is. I bought mine in “Noir Black 10” and I think it’s the perfect black. Because it is a little pricey I try to use this Chanel mascara for special occasions or weekends only. For everyday I use this Urban Decay ‘Perversion’ mascara and it’s great. It doesn’t last as long as the Chanel mascara, but it goes on pretty smooth and lasts my full work day, which is exactly what I need.
5. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder
This one is a life saver. I just bought it because a friend of mine recommended it to me, but it wasn’t until I tried it for myself that fell in love with it. Seriously, I use it everyday and for multiple purposes. I use it to bake the concealer underneath my eyes. I also put some on the T zone to avoid any shine. If I am going to contour I try to use the loose powder on those spots as well. It really helps to keep your foundation in place, reduces shininess or oily spots and give a beautiful matte finish.
6. Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder
I saw several of my favorite Youtubers use this product and decided to try it out for myself. I would say it doesn’t show a dramatic difference, but when I don’t put it on I can see that something is missing. You want to use as little as possible of this powder to avoid the cakey look underneath your eyes. I usually sprinkle a little on my fan brush and lightly swift underneath the eye area. It brightens up the concealer and hides away the fine lines.
7. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade
Oh my god you guys, this is the biggest game changer. Before I always used powder or even a dark shade of eye shadow to fill in my eyebrows. The problem with that is the color does come off fairly quickly and it’s a bit harder to shape your eye brows. Although, if you are a beginner, I would definitely recommend to work with the powder just because it’s easier to correct. Now that I got introduced to the Anastasia Brow Pomade, I can never go back to powders. It is very pigmented and a little goes a long way. Once you put it on it’ll last a long time, and goes on very easily. Just be careful to use only a little bit and start with the middle (at the arch) of the eyebrow to work your way back. I usually do the front of my eyebrows (closest to the nose) last so they are not as dark as the rest of the eyebrow.
8. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel
Once I am done shaping and filling in my eyebrows I usually lightly finish it off with this Anastasia Clear Brow Gel. This is like a hair spray for your eyebrows, once you put it on it will stay in place. Now, I don’t have very crazy eye brows and sometimes can totally get away with using just the brow pomade, but it’s nice knowing that my eyebrows will stay in place. I would recommend using only a little bit of this product because too much might give it a very “wet” look. Like when you apply too much gel on your hair and don’t brush it out.
9. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush
There’s nothing better than a good lasting blush to finish off any look. I picked up this one from Sephora last Christmas and I still use it. It lasts a long time, goes on very nicely and I would say the color is not too poppy. Like those blushes that you can use one stroke and see a harsh line of it on your face. No, this one is very buildable and depending on the look that I am going for, sometimes I put on a few layers just to show off the color a little more. This blush definitely lasts at least 12 hours. Some days I work very long hours and having a good quality blush is a must. No one has time to go back in the bathroom and reapply makeup every few hours. Usually I put my make up on early in the morning and don’t reapply anything for the whole day. So when I get back home, at 7pm – 8pm, I would still see blush on my cheeks. In my opinion that is money well spent.
10. Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
Foundation is a very personal thing because you have to choose the color and consistency that is right for you. This is a full coverage foundation so it will cover up any blemishes you have on your face. During summer I like to use my Chanel foundation because it is very light and doesn’t feel as heavy. It’s a bit more expensive, but very effective and they have so many colors to choose from. I use the 22 Beige Rose and I would say it matches my “summer” skin well. Now that I am super pale I needed a lighter colored foundation but also with a bit more coverage so this foundation was perfect.
11. IT Foundation brush #302
Most of the time I use the beauty blender to apply my foundation, but if I am in a rush I usually go for this brush. The hair is micro fine-velvet so it is so soft and leaves no streaks of foundation on your face. Because of the way it is shaped it is so easy to apply make up. I usually either dab my skin with it or go in a circular motion until all the foundation is absorbed into my skin. The whole point of a foundation is to look as natural as possible, so the better you blend it in, the more it will look like your natural skin.
12. IT Bye Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer
If you haven’t tried this concealer yet, then you are seriously missing out. It covers everything and I mean everything. I don’t have that big of a problem with dark under eye, but I do have a few dark spots. They are super tiny but very hard to cover up and this concealer was the first one that did the job. Sometimes I will break out on my chin, usually around that time of the month, and this concealer is a life saver. For the price, it is really worth it.
13. bareMinerals Glimpse Eyeshadow (color: True Beauty)
I bought this exact color in one of the gift sets a few years ago. The color is a bit too pink for eye shadow, at least not the color I like to use. So I just take a little bit and use it as blush. The color is gorgeous and has a bit of shimmer to it, so it’s perfect. The only down part is that it doesn’t stay on for too long. I usually use it on weekends, for a lunch date or if I am running errands. I also wore it quite a few times for blog pictures.
14. bareMinerals Glimpse Eyeshadow – (Color: Cultured Pearl)
I just got this eyeshadow and I love the color. It is so pretty I cannot even put it into words. It looks very light at first, but it is very shimmery, so I usually like to use it for a night look. There were a few looks I have done and used this eyeshadow as a highlighter for my cheekbones. Just obsessed with the color.
15. Smashbox ‘Photo Finish’ Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer
I listed this primer last for a reason. I got it at Sephora on my last trip which was a few days ago and I was a bit disappointed. I used the basic photo finish primer and it worked so much better. I did notice that my pores looked significantly smaller and my skin looks flawless on photos when I use this pore minimizing primer. However, in person, it brings out my fine lines even more underneath the eye area. I try to avoid the eye area with this primer because it makes it look dry and brings out the appearance of fine lines. Quite unattractive, so I would recommend going with the basic photo finish primer.