Favorite BareMinerals Products

When I was in middle school my skin began to break out. I was embarrassed and my confidence wavered as a result. Luckily, my mom introduced me to BareMinerals and my life changed. Not only was I able to cover up my blemishes, but I was covering them up with products that were actually good for my skin too.

After 10 years of using BareMinerals, I have come up with a list of my Holy Grail products:

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Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter: A subtle, natural highlight.

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Stroke Of Light Eye Brightener: My favorite under-eye concealer.

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Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick: The best everyday lipstick.

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This is the first product I ever used, and I haven’t found a foundation that does a better job.

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Complexion Rescue: My go-to for a “make-up free” day.

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Blemish Remedy Foundation: I use it as a spot treatment/concealer.

“I love the confidence that makeup gives me.” -Tyra Banks

Spring Lips

the Balm Lipstick

I love to wear a pretty mauve-nude color on my lips. It’s soft and romantic–perfect for Spring. Here are my top five lipsticks:

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Meet Matt(e) Hughes Lip Color in Sincere

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Tarteist Quick Dry Matte Lip Paint in Rose

Nars Lipstick

Pure Matte Lipstick in Montego Bay

Chanel Lipstick

Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour in Light Rose

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Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in Crave

All of these lipsticks have a great formula–easy to apply, lightweight, and long lasting. What more could you want in a lipstick?

Recent Obsessions

I’m constantly trying out new beauty products, and every now and then something sticks. Here are my most recent beauty finds:

Chanel Lipstick

Chanel Rouge Double Intensité Ultra Wear Lip Colour

This is the longest wearing lipstick I have ever encountered! It stays on all day, all night, after eating, drinking, etc. I truly have never been more impressed with a makeup item than I have with this. I HIGHLY recommend investing in this product.

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Moroccanoil Frizz Control

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Redken Frizz Dismiss

My hair gets extremely staticky in the Winter time. These have been the only two products I have ever tried that actually make a difference. I spray the frizz control after washing my hair, before styling it with heat products, and I’m usually good for the first day of clean hair. For the next couple days, before my next wash, I use the frizz dismiss wipes on my dry hair and it instantly calms my hair. I’ll even pack a few wipes in my purse for on the go touch ups.

Almay concealer

Almay Clear Complexion Concealer

I’ve struggled with acne for a long time, so when I find something that actually works for my skin it feels like a tiny miracle. Any time I discover a pimple on my face, I put this on it and by the next day it usually is gone, or well on its way. And in the mean time, it’s covered up.

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BareMinerals Stroke Of Light Concealer 

I’ve recently joined the under eye concealer trend after hearing many great reviews about this product … and I have to agree with all of them. This stuff makes me look and feel awake! I’ll pair it with my tinted moisturizer if I’m in a hurry and instantly look refreshed. It’s a must-have.

New Beauty Products

I am constantly trying out new beauty products, but this month I have found a few that are worth mentioning. Check them out:

hey honey open your eyes

hey honey Open Your Eyes Eye Contour Lifting Fluid

I have been looking for an under eye treatment for a while now, but was unsuccessful. Most products I tried didn’t really DO anything. This one is completely different, however. The morning after trying this out you will feel tighter around your eyes and more awake. I swear by it.

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move

Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Make Your Move

This has been my go-to lipstick this month! First of all, the color is like no other. It is a deep nude, red brick shade that really makes your face pop. Oh, and it lasts ALL day. Even after eating.

OLAPLEX Hair Perfector

OLAPLEX Hair Perfector

My hair stylist sold me on this product after she tried it out on me during my session. It allows your hair to handle all of the damage that you put it through. Your hair will thank you.

bareMinerals Blemish Remedy

bareMinerals Blemish Remedy

I have always had problematic skin. It’s dry in some areas and oily in others. I notice a new blemish every other day. This stuff not only hides my breakouts, but also HEALS them. I recommend using it as a spot concealer underneath your foundation.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm

This product is really popular in the Youtube beauty blogger community, so I decided to give it a try. If you are someone who wears a lot of makeup, this product is a must. I don’t use it everyday, but for nights when I go all out on my makeup I am so thankful I have it when I get home.

“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick.”
― Gwyneth Paltrow

Drugstore Makeup

I have found more often than not that drugstore makeup is incredibly underrated. Here are my favorite drugstore makeup products, all available at Target:

Skin:

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Eyes:

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Lips:

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Because I have bad skin, I like the products on my face to be good for it. Both Milani and Physicians Formula do just that. Pairing those products with my Yes to grapefruit CC cream ads just the right amount of coverage, while making sure that my skin is primed, completing any look. None of this would be possible without my favorite brushes by ecotools. They are soft and dense at the same time, something that is hard to master. NYX is a long lasting and pigmented brand–perfect for my lips and brows. L’oreal’s Voluminous mascara is one for the books. Everybody loves this mascara, and the volume is seriously killer. Whenever I wear eyeliner I prefer to use a pot and brush, and Sonia Kashuk’s formula is easy to work with. Maybelline’s Blushed Nudes eyeshadow palette is comparable to Urban Decay’s palettes, which is saying a lot. I have reverted back to these products for years, and don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon. The prices are unbeatable, and the results are undeniable.

No-Makeup Makeup

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On a regular basis, if I’m just going to school or running errands, I don’t like to cake on too many products. Instead, I prefer a much more natural look, using products that won’t irritate my skin. Here is what I use when I am trying to look like I’m not wearing Makeup:

  1. bareMinerals complexion rescue bareMinerals Complexion Rescue
  2. tarte cheek staintarte Cheek Stain
  3. tarte contour and highlightertarte Contour & Highlighter
  4. neutrogena lip balm Neutrogena Lip Balm

Tarte and bareMinerals are my all time favorite makeup brands. Their products are rid of a lot of the toxic chemicals that are found in most cosmetics. Complexion Rescue has been my go-to cream since Summer. Because I feel more comfortable going out with something on my face, this product is the perfect amount of coverage–light, yet skin perfecting. It goes on great alone, when I want the no-makeup look, or looks great mixed with foundation for a night out. Tarte’s Cheek Stain adds just the right amount of color to make me feel awake. I like to put it on my lips too, but if I know I am going to be out in the sun, I love a tinted lip balm with SPF protection. I have been wearing Neutrogena’s Revitalizing Balm since high school! Tarte’s Double-Ended Contour and Highlighter stick adds just a tad bit of definition, and can also act as a great eyeshadow. One of my favorite things about these products is that they can all be applied just using my fingers.

“Whether I’m wearing lots of makeup or no makeup, I’m always the same person inside.”

-Lady Gaga

Black Friday 2015

Black Friday is the perfect time to start thinking about your holiday shopping. Since beauty items are normally quite pricey, I love to take advantage of Black Friday deals.

Sephorablack friday deals

Too Faced Beautifully Blushed & Bronzed Set $25

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CLINIQUE Black Honey Beauty Set $25

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Smashbox ART. LOVE. COLOR. Primer Pair  $10

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Urban Decay Triple Threat Travel Pencil Set $10

Ulta:

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LORAC Eye Shadow Palette $12

Black Friday Beauty Deals

BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé $13.50

Black Friday Beauty Deals

Real Techniques Bold Metals Essentials Set $34.50

Black Friday Beauty DealsLancôme Parisian Holiday Définicils Mascara Set $34.00

Fall

“That country where it is always turning late in the year. That country where the hills are fog and the rivers are mist; where noons go quickly, dusks and twilights linger, and midnights stay. That country composed in the main of cellars, sub-cellars, coal-bins, closets, attics, and pantries faced away from the sun. That country whose people are autumn people, thinking only autumn thoughts. Whose people passing at night on the empty walks sound like rain.”
― Ray Bradbury

I LOVE Fall. In the spirit of things, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that I associate with my favorite season.

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Madewell Sweater

Oversized Sweater

Zazie Sf Hot Cocoa and Chai

Big Bowls of Hot Chocolate and Chai at Zazie 

MAC Lipstick

Dark Shades of Lipstick 

Brave Enough Cheryl Strayed

A New Book (preferably read by a fire)

Anthropology table setting

Table Settings 

Gap Scarf

Cashmere Scarf

Sole society boots

Knee High Boots

Loose Braids from the beauty department

Loose Braids

What’s in my Make-up Bag?

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Here is an overview of my go-to beauty basics. I know…kind of a lot. I don’t wear all of this on a daily basis. For a night out, however, these products have me covered.

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EYES: Naked 2 Basics by Urban Decay

Mac Eyeshadow in Frost

Clinique All About Shadow Duo 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

Essence of Beauty Smokey-angle Brush

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Nars Black Moon Eyeliner

Smashbox Brow Tech To Go in Taupe 

Lancome High Definition Mascara in Black

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Essence of Beauty Tweezers and Scissors 

Maybeline Brush and Comb

Revlon Lash Curler

Bare Minerals

FACE: Bare Minerals Blush, Foundation, and Bronzer in Glee, Summer Bisque, and The Skinny Dip

Fake Up Concealer by Benefit

Bare Escentuals Blush Brush Flawless Face and Concealer/Eyeshadow Brush Full Tapered Shadow

Sephora Kabuki Brush

Moisturizer, highlighter

Clinique Moisturizer

Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in Vanilla

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

High Beam by Benefit

Mac Lipstick

LIPS: Mac Lipstick and Lip Pencil in Matte Viva Glam and Brick

chanel number 5 and NYX matte finish

SPRAY: Chanel Sheer Moisture Mist for after the shower

Nyx Finish Spray to set your make-up

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And thank you, Internet. I couldn’t have put it better myself.