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Some things never change, including beauty products. The things I have found that are my all-time favorites are things I use daily, and that I never have the urge to change. I often switch foundations, eye makeup, etc… but, some things are too good to stop using.

That’s what I wanted to talk about today and share with ya’ll– the products I use every single day, ones I KNOW live up to the hype, and I can definitely say I cannot stop using!

Do you have an all-time beauty favorite? Have you tried any of mine? Let me know! 

Coty Airspun Translucent Powder

This powder is amazing, and is truly a beauty staple. It’s been around since the beginning of time, and it works better than any product I have ever tried. I reach for it over my Laura Mercier Undereye Brightening Powder! A little goes a long way with this powder— just take a little bit in the cap on a stippling brush and dab it under your eyes, and your concealer is totally set. I like to use a little on my nose, chin, and forehead too to keep the shine away.

Some people are turned off by the smell (its like your grandma, seriously) but I strangely adore it. Also, one jar of this powder will probably last you until you die… so that’s a plus.

 

Find this in WalMart or drugstores, or order it on Amazon for $6.99

Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Y’all know I am hopelessly addicted to this product. It’s about as full coverage as a concealer can get, minus slapping paint on your face (and there have been days where I wanted to do just that). A little goes a long way, so a few swipes under your eye can brighten your whole face… and your the tube lasts much longer than concealers you have to cake on. This stuff covers all my dark, purple-ish circles, doesn’t noticeably crease, and blends so well. There is literally nothing wrong with it, hence why I’ve used it every day for a year. Why fix what’s not broken, am I right?

 

Shape Tape is an Ulta exclusive. Buy it here for $27

Wet n Wild Makeup Brushes

I know I mention these all the time, but they are so good and so affordable! I have all of the Wet n’ Wild brushes that came out a little over a year ago, and I use them all. My face favorites are the small stippling brush and the blush brush; my eye favorites are the crease brush and the large flat brush. These brushes hold their shape— even after washing— and evenly distribute product without being streaky, like a lot of drugstore brushes can be. I will admit to you, I stocked up on these and have several backups in case they ever stop making them…

You can check out the full collection here, but you can find most all of the brushes in drugstores like Walgreens and CVS. And they start at 99 cents!

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser

I first started using this after I saw it featured on the Today show as one of the oldest beauty products still being sold— and actually still being used by millions. I figured if it’s been around that long, it had to be good… I wasn’t wrong. This cleanser is AMAZING!

In the morning, I wash my face with a scrub. At night I use this to take off my makeup, cleanse, and moisturize my skin. It makes my nighttime routine so much easier by using this one product, instead of reaching for three, and it allows me to hop into bed so much faster! This cream has made a visible difference in the texture and feel of my skin since I started using it— my skin looks so much more hydrated and healthy! Bonus… it’s just about $8 for the big jar.

Try it out and you won’t regret it! Just $7.99 on Amazon Prime!

The Ordinary “Buffet” Multi-Technology Peptide Serum

I was never really into skincare (like I should be) until this product. This changed the game for me! Everything in this beauty line is so affordable, I had a hard time choosing which serum to go with. A super helpful employee at Ricky’s in NYC recommended this one to me, and I’m hooked!

Named the “buffet” because it’s got a little of everything, this little guy contains 11 skin-friendly amino acids and multiple hyaluronic acid complexes. Its perfect for a skincare newbie, and gets you a head start on anti-aging, too! Since I started using this, my skin has been so much more even, my pores a little smaller, and overall tighter. Must have!

Sephora now carries The Ordinary! Buy it here for $14.80

This post was not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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I love makeup. I love the process of doing my makeup, and I love how seeing the final result too. But, even I’ll admit, I hardly ever wear eyeshadow to work. I barely have time in the mornings to put on my foundation and concealer, let alone eyeshadow and liner.

There is an exception though— when I know I have plans after work, I try to up my face game a little. Whether it be dinner with my mom or drinks with my girlfriends, I like to be ready to go straight from work, because if I go home to redo my face, there’s a solid chance I won’t be leaving again!

Here’s where Naked 3 comes in. The warm, pink tones are so flattering and can create so many soft looks that are perfect for transitioning from the office to the dinner table.

This is one of my favorite looks to create from the palette! I hope you enjoy the look and make it your own. All products are linked!

Naked 3

Yes, I put on eyeliner BEFORE  shadow. I put it on before to give the effect of smoky, soft liner, because I’m not really good with pencil liner (I know that sounds ridiculous). You can also line your lids with the darkest color in the palette, Blackheart, after you finish your eyeshadow for the same effect. I do that often too, but I find that Blackheart has REALLY bad fallout for me and I’m not about that life. Maybe I just got a dud though, so feel free to try that!

Use Strange as base. I use a big, fluffy brush to spread it across my lid and brow bone to cover the whole area. I also like to go in with Reserve Your Cabana  (a “bronzer” form Wet & Wild) over Strange to give it a little more shimmer.

Then, use Burnout with a little Limit mixed in as your transition color. This just means you sweep it into your crease, and a tiny bit above, to define your eye shape and to make the darker colors blend in easier. I use a 99 cent Wet & Wild crease brush that I personally think is the best on the market!

Go in with Nooner on the outer crease if you want to darken the look a little. I have pretty big eyelids, so I like to make my crease really defined with this color! I also just love Nooner in general.

Finally, use Factory as your outer V color— this is just another fancy makeup term that means to sweep the color in a sideways “V” shape, from the outer corner of your lash line and in the very outer part of your crease. You can even stretch it out a bit and make it just past your crease, towards your temple, to widen your eyes!

And you’re done! The look is a great way to up your makeup game for work, and take it into the night without feeling like you just came from, you know…. work.

P.S.- If you don’t have Naked 3 and are looking for a drugstore option, I think NYC’s Demi Lovato palette is definitely comparable! I love that palette, and you can’t beat the price tag. 

I hope you enjoy this look and let me know what you want to see next!

This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own. Some links may be affiliates. 

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Sigma, I’m disappointed in you. I had heard great things about the Sigma F-80 flat top kabuki brush, and decided to try it after not being able to order one from Zoeva (has anyone else had problems ordering from there?) So, I splurged at my local department store on a set that came with the brush and the brush cleaning mat.

The Review

Every beauty guru might hate me for saying this, but I am not impressed with the F-80.

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The bristles are SO dense that I feel like they don’t even move when I’m trying to buff in my foundation. Sometimes I feel like the brush is actually taking off more makeup than its actually putting on.

I also don’t feel like I get an even layer of foundation when using this brush. It seems splotchy, and doesn’t wear well– and I know it isn’t the foundation!

I’ve tried several methods of using the Sigma brush and I’ve played around with it until I’m blue in the face. I just can’t make it something I love. I need something softer, or more flexible so I can buff in my makeup.  I’ve even washed it to see if maybe it was just a first time thing, and it didn’t seem to make a difference.

Now, I could totally be wrong. Maybe there’s a trick I just haven’t figured out, or maybe I don’t know how to properly use it. If you have tried this brush and liked it, let me know what I am doing wrong and help me fix it!

I so wanted to like this brush. I so wanted to… but it’s just not for me. I’m going to stick with my Bliss buffing foundation brush and my tried-and-true Max Studio flat top kabuki (both purchased at TJ Maxx).

I will say, I LOVE the cleaning mat. It suctions onto the sink, so you can scrub your brushes without worrying about the mat slipping and sliding. It also has different ridges for different types of brushes and a place to refine your bristles after rinsing.  I pour a little baby shampoo on it and go to town! Coming from someone who used to never wash her brushes, this makes it fun and makes you want to do it more often. Who knew being sanitary could be so easy?


This post is not sponsored; all opinions are my own.

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