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Thursday, December 27, 2018


There's a reason why I haven't seriously bought any new makeup in a very long time: I always end up using the same handful of products! Back when I started blogging, I tried really hard to keep up with new releases so I could review them. About a year and a half in, I realized that wasn't sustainable because it would take me forever to actually use those products up. So I stopped buying new products and worked on using stuff up. Even with that, between gifts and press bags, I still accumulated all this stuff. Now I resort to giving it away to friends and family, and even though I try to switch things up myself I always seem to go back to this one makeup routine! Keep reading for a breakdown of all the products and my favorite uses for them.

For the past few months, I've been on these products every time I do my makeup, no matter the look. I find that it doesn't matter the degree of made up I'm going for, all these products can create looks that range from no-makeup to full face! I try so hard to cut down on the number of products I use (because my makeup bag is huge when I travel), but I just can't. I need all of this stuff lol. Below I'll break it all down by face, eyes, and lips.


Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Foundation #260 ($34): I LOVE Fenty Beauty's foundation so much. I've already talked about it so much on this blog so I won't go too much into detail. But, I used to be a die-hard fan of Dior's Forever Flawless until I met this. This foundation had amazing staying power and never breaks me out, the color is perfect for me but in the winter when I get lighter I mix it with the lightening drops below. To read more, click here for the review.

The Body Shop Shade Adjusting Drops "Lightening" ($20): Instead of having to buy a new foundation every time my skin tone changes, I bought these drops! The foundation is my skin at peak tan, then as I lose that tan I start adding these drops. Right now, I use about 3/4 foundation and 1/4 of these drops. Lightens the color perfectly without altering the formula too much!

Match Stix Trio "Medium" #200 ($54): Next, I highlight and contour using these sticks. I use very little of the contour color because when I blend it out I don't want it to look too defined. The concealer stick in "Bamboo" is exactly my skin tone, so it works great around my nose to cover up redness too. I blend using a silicone sponge. To read/see more on this product, click here.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer "Park Ave Princess" ($30): To set the contour and further blend, I use this bronzer. I like this because it is matte, I can't stand shimmery bronzers, it feels very early 2000s to me. This one blends very well and I like the lighter shade for my skin tone.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush "Concept" ($29): This blush is my favorite because once again it blends really well and the color just suits me perfectly. This color is matte as well, and I think it looks really natural. Not too pink at all!

Rimmel Stay Matte "Transparent" #001 ($4): I have been using the same powder since I was in high school! I find Rimmel's Stay Matte to be unbeatable, and it's so affordable too! This has to be at least my sixth compact of it. I use this to set my cream highlight, and apply it under my eyes as well as on my nose and forehead.

Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette "Cleopatra's Kiss" #033 ($15): When I am leaving the house with no other face makeup on, I use the yellow gold cream highlighter in the bottom left corner of this palette to give me a beautiful shimmer. When I do have a full face on, I like using a dense brush to apply the highlight powder in the top left corner. The powder is buildable and never comes off as too sparkly.

Madison Street Beauty Eye Shadow "Sunrise" #198 ($N/A): For a real punch, I use this loose mineral eye shadow to strobe. This is a gorgeous orange/gold shimmer that I apply to my cheekbones, nose, and under my eye brows for a pop!


It Cosmetics Brow Power "Universal Taupe" ($24): At first I was really skeptical about a universal brow color, but I've grown to really love this pencil. It's lasted me forever and the thickness is perfect. You twist up instead of sharpening it too.

Benefit Cosmetics High Brow "Linen Pink" ($22): I'm obsessed with this product. I hadn't used it in a long time, but now I can't stop with it lol. This is such a finishing touch to creating a really sharp brow. The color gives just enough highlight to make it look bright but not unnatural.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20): My lids are really oily and I never apply eye shadow without this!

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot "Soft Ochre" ($22): Again, this helps with preventing creasing and the color gives a good base to work off of. Shadow colors look brighter and I love blending over this.

Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Eye Shadow Palette ($27): This is such a versatile palette and I'm all about warm tones! The reds make my eyes pop and compliment my skin tone well. When I travel, this is the only palette I bring and it's really compact. Fits in the palm of my hand!

Eyelash Curler ($N/A): I have very straight lashes, curling is an absolute must.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil "Zero" ($21): I use this liner either to tightline or on my upper lash line for more definition. It makes a huge difference in definition and making my lashes look fuller. I like this pencil because the liner doesn't bleed all over the place!

Maybelline Pumped Up Waterproof Mascara ($7): I need a really waxy mascara to keep my eye lashes' curled. I found that Maybelling mascaras like Pumped Up and Cat Eyes are the best for that. This one keeps my lashes curled up and full, and stays all day long.

Lancome Click & Glow Highlighting Skin Fluid "Lumieres D'Or" #1 ($23): My secret weapon! This is my insider tip for creating an inner eye glow that really makes it look like light is hitting the inside area of your eyes. Take a pencil brush and apply this to the inner corner on the bottom lashline and against the actual innermost point.


EOS Smooth Stick "Vanilla Bean" ($3): I received this lip balm from the Her Campus College Fashion Week gift bag. This makes my lips super soft and it has a thin formula. It has been one of my go-to balms, especially before lipstick application!

MAC Brooke Candy Lip Liner "Whirl" ($17): I like neutral lip colors and this liner happens to suit me really well. I outline my lips with this and then completely fill them in. This creates a great base for similar colored lip products and really helps with staying power. I eat and there's still color left on my lips!

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream "Cannes" ($7): I feel like this is one of the best lip color formulas out there. This lip color is vibrant and versatile and it's not drying at all. Buying from this line is one of the best investments you can make, I guarantee you'll fall in love with it!