I tend to go back and forth on how much makeup I use. I go through periods where I love to experiment with different shades of eye shadows, blushes etc. On any given day you can find me wearing bright green and turquoise shades on my lids or super bright pink lips etc. (Never together though). Although it's fun to play with, this is usually harder on my face, and my bank account. I have to explain to Peter whhyy I need to spend $60 for a palette of shadows, when I already have the first 2 (NAKED 3 - Is seriously great though)
This then leads to periods of cutting back on what I wear and keeping it minimalistic and au natural. This is a little easier in the summer because no one wants to look like they are melting anyway.
I'm somewhere in between right now, I've been searching for things that give me a more polished look without feeling like a bunch of layers on my face, or hair for that matter.
So, I've collected a few of the things that I have been using lately, and liking so far for you.
TRESemme Hairspray: Tres Two, Ultra fine mist - I love this stuff, it gives great hold but my hair isn't rock hard all day. This is a great everyday spray, however, I need something stronger for special events - I have super straight hair and there are very few products that will keep a curl in it all day so I need the helmet spray for anything more complicated.
Bumble and Bumble: Shine on (and on...) finishing spray - This stuff is heavenly. One of my faves for sure and I will most definitely buy it again. Its a fine oil-mist that gives my hair lots of shine without looking greasy (although I would only spray on ends not on roots). A little goes a long way, my hair looks healthy, polished and it smells great.
Neutrogena: Healthy Skin CC Cream - This is basically a tinted moisturizer, when you first put it on it appears a little thick and oily, but blends into your skin really well. It feels lightweight on my face and gives a nice glow to my skin, plus it has SPF 30. I included a picture where I am only wearing the foundation so you can see that the coverage is really light but still pretty good - I could apply a little bit of concealer and be on my way. My only issues with this are that there are only 2 or three colour options, and it doesn't last as long as I would like. It's great as a tinted moisturizer - but I think I will keep looking for better coverage.
Make Up For Ever High Definition Concealer - So I have been on a SERIOUS hunt for a good concealer. I have dark under eye circles and not wearing concealer inevitably creates the "you look tired" fiasco, which leads to me looking tired and being grumpy. Anyway, I have tried MAC concealers, Benefit and Clinique so far - I could actually write a whole post just on this topic because I have a lot to say about all of them, for now though I have been trying and really liking this one. It gives coverage without looking cakey which is my biggest issue with concealer. I'll probably try a few others before I pick a favourite though.
Make Up For Ever: High Definition Translucent Powder - This stuff has been around for a while, its one of the few "staple" pieces I've had for years. Again, it softens the appearance of my skin, without making it look super caked on - I do have a tinted pressed powder that I sometimes use, but I find that I always come back to this. Also - it makes my skin look amazing in photos.
Almay: Oil Free Eye makeup remover pads - I got these in my swag bag for blog podium and I really like them so far! My makeup comes off pretty easily (I can't say it does a better job than other similar products) but I like how gentle they are, the skin around the eye is super sensitive, and this pad is gentle soft and feels soothing instead of harsh.
Revlon: Nail Enamel in Vixen & Mac Satin Lipstick in Rebel - I am obsessed with anything burgundy right now. This nail polish is a really deep burgundy that looks more and more black the more you apply. It is an excellent dupe for Chanel polish called "Vamp" which is easily double the price. This lipstick has a slightly more pinky-purple hue to it, reminds me of grapes, and is one of MAC's best sellers. Both are sophisticated and perfect for fall.
L'oreal: Voluminous, Miss Manga Mascara - I LOVE the regular line of voluminous mascara. I find it comparable to more expensive mascara's, and this new Manga one is my all time fave. For me this compares with Urban Decay's Big Fatty Mascara, it gives great lift and lots of volume, and it doesn't make my lashes all clumpy. The wand is flexible so that you can apply it more intuitively, not trying to contort your hands to get to the corners. It adds serious dimension almost like falsies - LOVE LOVE LOVE this.
There are a few other things I've been trying, but none that are really worth mentioning here - If I had to suggest three things in this whole group as my favourites, it would be the mascara, the translucent powder and the shine spray, and those will be the things I buy again for sure! Have you guys tried any of these? What did you think?