Like most women, I have a drawer (or two) full of makeup. I recently threw away any makeup products that I haven’t used in over 6 months and this is what was left.. plus a few items I come across recently. 🙂
My morning makeup routine usually starts with Covergirl foundation. I used to wear the Laura Mercier foundation (#6 below) every day but I really like the feel of the Covergirl foundation and realized that each foundation is great for its own purpose which is for special occasions now. I love the way the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation feels on my skin but it doesn’t stay on as long as the Covergirl foundation.
Here are a reviews of some of my favorite cosmetics items and things in my makeup drawer. Please share your can’t-live-without makeup products with us in the comments below.
1. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation – $10 at Amazon.com or local store
This is my new-ish go-to foundation for days when I am going to be outdoors or in situations when I might break a little bit of a sweat. It stays on great, as the name implies. Despite that this foundation has a built-in primer, I still use my Sephora primer. I don’t know if I’ll ever not use primer now that I’ve started.
2. Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer – $28 for .02 oz or $42 for .5 oz
I have massive under-eye circles, so much so that my daughter asked me recently why the skin under my eyes was purple. This highly pigmented, super-emollient, water-resistant formula blends seamlessly into my skin, looks and feels natural, and stays on all day.
3. Buxom Full-On Lip Cream – $19 at Sephora
I have very sensitive lips. They look outlined in lip liner the second I put traditional lipstick on. Buxom is one brand of lip cream/ lipstick that doesn’t freak my lips out. I’m not crazy about their menthol-y tingle but since the lip cream goes on so smooth and doesn’t make my lips go into instant lip liner mode, I can easily say that Buxom is my new (for the past two years) favorite lip color brand.
4. GIVENCHY Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm – $31 at Sephora
I love this lip & cheek balm. The first time I put it on I thought that it looked sheer and I was a little disappointed. It felt great on my lips and like Buxom lip cream I mentioned earlier, it did not make the edges of my lips turn bright red. When I looked in the mirror again a few minutes later I was surprised to see that my lips were covered in a beautiful shade of pink. My sister got the same lip balm and because GIVENCHY Hydra Sparkling Magic Lip & Cheek Balm contains pigments that react with the skin’s humidity to create a personalized hint of color to the lips, it looks different on her than it does me. How cool is that?
5. Neutrogena Healthy Lengths Mascara – $10 at Amazon.com
If I have to choose just a few cosmetics to wear in a day, mascara is one of them. I don’t usually do much to make my eyes stand out so much of the time mascara is it. This mascara has proven to be great for me, sliding on smoothly and not coming off easily, even on days when I’m on the hot soccer or lacrosse field watching the kids practice. I have experienced less clumping with this mascara than any I’ve tried. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t had any issues with clumping though. Given the nature of mascara I think clumping is naturally going to happen occasionally but not in such a severe way as with some other mascaras.
6. LAURA MERCIER Oil Free Suprême Foundation – $45 at Sephora
7. Benefit Cosmetics Eye Brightener – $20 at Sephora
8. BENEFIT COSMETICS Sugarbomb – $28
9. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – $36
This is on my face everyday. That is one thing you can count on. I have some scarring from when I was a teenager and am self-conscious about it enough to wear a primer everyday. No matter what. This primer feels like silk and goes on smoothly to fill in fine lines and even out skin texture.
As you can see, there are plenty more items (and even more than in the photo above) in my makeup drawer than just what I listed above. More of my favorite makeup products are Kiehl’s Eye Alert, Olay Regenerist, Covergirl Olay powder, Bobbi Brown foundation stick, Sephora eye primer, and then to take it all off I use Neutrogena makeup remover wipes.
I’d love to hear from you!
What makeup products can you not live without using everyday? What is your favorite foundation, concealer or lip balm?