My Everyday Face

As I was talking with a good friend a week or so ago - we were talking and the topic came up about blogging. We are both makeup lovers and I mentioned that I always wanted to blog about makeup and she told me I should. She runs a small makeup page and thought it would be fun to post it there as well. So here I am! Thank you, Janel, for giving me this push to blog about make-up and the first topic! :)

So the topic of today is my holy grail (aka My Everyday Face) items that if I were stranded on an island with only these I could survive. (Even though if I was on a desert island I doubt makeup would be one of the things I would be worried about LOL).

So this is my everyday look that I do for work more or less - and these are the products I use:

So I tend to put my face products on first and then do my eyes. I know a lot of people do their eyes first due to fall-out but it's never been a huge issue for me to dust away any stray eyeshadow. 

Benefit Cosmetics - Porefessional Primer: I've tried a few primers here and there and Porefessional is my go to. (I love AFK Cosmetics Paladin Primer - but unfortunately that indie brand is no longer in business /sad Cat. Her Paladin Primer is on par with Porefessional). Porefessional goes on nice and smoothly and does a good job minimizing the appearance of my pores. It doesn't feel greasy or oily on me and it goes on practically invisible. It also hasn't made me break out which is a huge win!

Kat Von D - Lock-it Powder Foundation: I've tried a lot of different foundations and my skin is sometimes fickle and breaks out. I also have more pink-neutral undertones and so many foundations I find lean very warm/yellow undertones so I struggled for a long time finding a foundation that didn't make me look orange and didn't break me out. I have both the liquid and powder versions of her foundation and both work excellent. I love that they have ones with a pink undertone to them. I gravitate towards the powder version most of the time because I don't always have a ton of time to devote to putting on makeup in the morning. (Most often - I'm putting my face on at stoplights during my commute to work or in the parking garage). It is a medium coverage foundation that can be built up to full. It sometimes looks a tad patchy if my skin is dry (which I'm currently struggling with a bit because it's winter and I just had a baby so my skin always freaks out a bit). But it covers me well but doesn't completely cover all my freckles which I like.

Becca - Afterglow Palette: I love all-in-one type products that I can grab and go. The Afterglow Palette has your highlighter, blush, and bronzer all in one. I generally only use the blush and the highlighters as I don't use bronzer all that often. I struggle with contouring my round face LOL. Most of the time bronzer looks like it's too yellow on me anyway. I tend to use Moonstone the most - but I like to mix Moonstone and Rose Gold. I find that these go on pretty subtle and they're definitely not over the top which is perfect for everyday at work.

Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Perversion: Since I've got hooded eyes - I tightline most of the time versus doing it the normal way. I still haven't yet found the best eyeliner for tightlining but Urban Decay's 24/7 Eyeliner works pretty well. My eyes water due to allergies so having something that doesn't automatically wash a way is a good thing. It goes on well and stays awhile before my watering eyes decimate it. It is a rich creamy product with really great pigmentation.

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Enigma: Once I discovered eye shadow primer the world changed. Having hooded eyes, my eye shadow tended to crease a lot. I like Urban Decay's regular Primer Potion - but I really like Enigma because it is matte and adds a nice base to my eyelids. It goes on well and blends out quickly and dries quickly for me.

Kat Von D Shade and Light Eye Palette: I love how this palette has neutral, warm, and cool quads arranged. It makes putting a coordinating look together pretty easy. My favorite is the cool quad but I don't always just stick with one. The shades all go on really well (even though they are a bit powdery and there is some kick up in the pan but that is something I can live with).  I love to use Lazarus in the crease with Lucius all over my lid. I'll use Saleos in the outer corner and Shax to deepen it a bit more and my lower lash line. And Liberatus in the inner corner and to highlight my brow bone.

Colourpop Brow Pencil - Dope Taupe: Colourpop has really great products and all under $8 so they are great when you're on a budget and they're great quality. Most of the time when I try and do my eyebrows I look like I've sharpied them on because, even though I have dark brown hair, making my eyebrows match my hair makes me look silly. The shade Dope Taupe is not too dark and not too light and just gives my brows some oomph. I'm lucky that I have already thick brows so they don't need a lot of help anyway.

TheBalm What's Your Type Bodybuilder Mascara - Mascara for me seems to be mascara and I have six tubes open right now. I do love this product from TheBalm (most of their stuff is amazeballs) but I struggle a bit with this wand and getting product on my lids if I'm not super careful. I love how thick and full this makes my lashes look even if I have to take a q-tip to my eyelids to clean up some stray mascara. I've not noticed it to crumble too much even though I do have watery eyes.

And last but not least....

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick - Lolita: This is totally a my lips but better shade. It dries down pretty quickly as long as you don't cake it on. If I'm not wearing lipstick I do generally just use some sort of lip balm like Burt's Bee's or EOS. But I like liquid lipsticks because they don't budge all that much.

So this is my everyday look with items that if I were stranded on a desert island I would want to take with me. I like how it's not too over the top and just perfect for work. It makes me look more awake and alive (which some days I can take all the help I can get since I'm a mom of 3 under 4 and I work full-time outside of the house).

All opinions are my own and this is not sponsored by any companies mentioned above. 


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