Monday, August 8, 2011

A Few of my Favorite Things || Makeup

I'm kinda obsessed with makeup. For real, you should see my stash. It's crazy.

When I was young (like 5) my grandmother would let my cousin and I play with her makeup. She taught us so much through the years and really instilled an interest in both my cousin and I. I was fortunate to be able to work in consmetics at Nordstrom through college and I learned so much about application, content, color, etc. So I thought it would be fun to show you a few of my favorite makeup products. There are, of course a whole bunch more but I thought I'd start with the basics. These are the things I use nearly every single day. Try em out. I think you'll like em.

NOTE: Since working towards being vegan I have (sadly) come to find that some of my favorite products are not (which isn't exactly surprising). I'm trying out vegan products here and there and would love any input on your vegan faves.

FACE || Lush Colour Supplement
Lush products are the very best and, to be completely honest, if they introduced a whole makeup line, I'd run out to buy it all this instant.  It's like magic in a little pot. It makes my face flawless. And, I swear on my sister's life, it made my face look BETTER when I took it off. It's all the fancy herbs and shit in it that are sitting on your skin all day. I get the light pink and light yellow (both only $13) and mix em for the right shade. They last surprisingly long (pretty sure I had my two little pots for 4-6 months). The only problem is that they do not provide many options for darker shades. Ya hear that Lush?? Get on it.

FACE || MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

I used to have a love hate relationship with Studiofix. If you've ever used it you probably know what I'm talking about. It made me look like a frikken doll (which is pretty much my goal in life), yet it really did a number on my skin. I don't really know what they put in that stuff but my poor face didn't like it. Nowadays, I generally only add powder to my routine before going out on the town or somethin like that. This stuff is great cause it's super light, yet buildable, with a nice matte finish. And my face doesn't react poorly to it. Must be all those fancy minerals ;)

COLOR || Nars Blush

Sex Appeal | Oasis | Deep Throat

Nars blush is pretty much the best thing ever. To be completely honest, I first bought their deep throat blush cause of the name. Yep, I'm that guy. Now I realize that the dirty names are just a plus (makes me smile every morning). This stuff is highly pigmented and blends beautifully. Another plus- as far as I can tell almost every shade looks fabulous on most skin tones.... weeeeiiiiirrrrdd. Don't know how they do it. AAND word on the streets (web?) is that the founder of Nars, Francios Nars, is even vegan. Killer. Their stuff, though expensive, is great.  

EYES || Revlon Color Stay Liquid Liner
I'm such a sucker for liquid eyeliner. I wear it pretty much every day and feel naked without it. I've tried my hand at many different kinds of liner and find that Revlon's Color Stay line is my favorite. It's really easy to apply and wears really well. No smudgies throughout the day. Also, for those of you who prefer a pencil liner, the Color Stay line makes a nice one. However, there is one con; There are limited colors. Which I guess isn't a problem for everyday wear but I'd love it if they had a teal or even a golden brown color. Also, while Revlon does not test their products on animals, their products are not necessarily vegan.

EYES || Kiehl's Marvelous Mineral Mascara 

I pretty much don't leave the house without mascara. As a daily contact wearer, I can be kinda picky about my mascaras. I've noticed some brands dry or irritate my eyes- no bueno. This mascara is awesome; it gives a natural look with good hold that doesn't stiffen your lashes. Unfortunately, as a subsidiary of L'oreal, Kiehl's is not vegan. Boo for that cause this shit is magical. If you have any suggestions for vegan mascara's that make my lashes look awesome and feel healthy, lemme know.

LIPS || Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
I love this stuff cause it instantly pulls together a look. This stuff is cheap and you can get it pretty much everywhere. It makes my lips smooth and hydrated and gives a nice little bit of color to keep my grill lookin fresh.

LIPS || Revlon Matte Lipstick

For a heavier look, try Revlon's Matte Lipstick. Matte lipstick can be dangerous territory for some but let me make my case. It stays on all day yet isn't designed like some franken-lipstick to stay on for all of eternity. It'll stay put through a night out but will easily come off when the night comes to an end. They've got plenty of shades to tickle your fancy. Plus you can swipe on some gloss or chapstick to change and control the look. Apply lightly, blot, and add chapstick for more of a stain look. Apply, blot and /or powder, and touch up for a full coverage look.

What are your favorite makeup products? What can't you live without and why? 


  1. That eye liner is my favourite!!!! I love it so much

  2. what a great list! I really want to try the nars blush and revlon matte lipstick!

  3. Love your make up choices, have u tried elf cosmetics, their animal friendly. Revlon is too..=)

  4. Thanks for the recommendations! i suck at makeup and get really overwhelmed at the choices. I want to try the lush makeup, but I'm afraid if I go in the store they'll talk my ear off for an hour about all their products. lol. I guess I'll have to suck it up eventually.


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