There are two stores I absolutely go bonkers in and just feel overwhelmed with wanting. The first is the Lindt Chocolate store in South Edmonton Common; surrounded by delicious chocolate, how dangerous! The second store I feel this way in is Sephora. I walk into a Sephora store and am just hit by this huge urge and need to buy makeup. Luckily, I have a limited budget and know I only need so much makeup. I don’t like wasting makeup I have bought by not using it so I only buy makeup I know I am going to use, especially higher end makeup. The past little while I have bought somethings that have become permanent staples in my makeup routine and here they are:
1. Make Up For Ever – Mat Velvet Matifying Foundation (Oil Free) – $44.00 – http://www.sephora.ca – I have been playing the ‘find the perfect foundation game’ for over two- years since I have stopped using Clinique foundations because I find that they only last a few hours. I thought I had found my one foundation, Skin Foundation by Bobbi Brown, but for $54.00 I used the foundation up so fast (just in a month and a bit) and my skin was still a tad oily at the end of the day. But a makeup artist at Sephora introduced me to Mat Velvet Foundation by Make Up For Ever. I am thrilled with this foundation. Not only is it the exact perfect shade for my skin tone but it lasts three months and is ten dollars less than the Bobbi Brown foundation I used before. I don’t break out with this foundation because it keeps my skin mat and at the end of the day the foundation stays on my face, it does not rub off. This foundation is even water-resistant. A warning about this foundation, I caution you to only use a little squirt of this foundation because it spreads and covers your skin very well. So, if you are use to having to put a lot of foundation on your brush/hand/sponge, be prepared to be more frugal when you squirt some Mat Velvet out of the container. I love this foundation and it has become my staple foundation.
2. Make Up For Ever Full Cover Extreme Camouflage Cream – $37.00 –
I actually have had some good concealers. I like the creamy concealer by NARS and I did like the two-step Bobbi Brown Concealer where you concealed and then put powder over your blemish, but just as the foundation the Bobbi Brown concealer didn’t last long. Extreme Camouflage by Make Up Forever performs awesome and lasts a long time. It comes in a 15 mL tube and it’s been four months and although I’ve started a new foundation, I haven’t had to start a new concealer. Two-thirds of my first tube of Camouflage is still in the squeeze tube. Again with the concealer, a little goes a long way. It is great at covering up dark circles under eyes, fixing cat eye mistakes, and covering blemishes. The key to covering blemishes is to dab on the concealer not swipe it. I think you receive a lot of value from this Camouflage tube because of the fact that it lasts so long. Not to mention just as the foundation it has a Mat finish and is oil-free and waterproof. It is another product I have added to my daily use for makeup.
3. Two Face Candlelight Glow Highlighting Duo – $38.00 – http://www.sephora.ca – Candlelight Glow uses “photolite” technology which “diffuses harsh light” and gives your skin “a youthful lumonisty.” I ran out highlighter in a face contouring kit I had gotten this summer from Tarte. I think I did a blog on it, I don’t remember. But anyways, I bleached my hair so it was really blond and then I found that the contouring bronze color was just too dark for me so I started just using the highlighter to get a fantastic glow. I love this Two Face highlighter. It’s half pink and half glimmering goldy-white and mostly I just find I mix the colors together but sometimes I need a little more pink on my cheeks so I use the pink there. Mostly, Two Face HIghlighter is just a super powder highlighter and lasts for a long time because you don’t need to use it everywhere. Plus, I love that Two Face Makeup has no parabens and all those other unnatural ingredients found in a lot of makeup. I also believe they are cruelty free, but don’t quote me on that I’m not sure. If you know if they are, let me know.
4. DiorShow Black Out Waterproof Mascara Spectacular Volume Intense Black –
$34.00 – http://www.sephora.ca – I usually use L’Oreal Volumizing mascara because most of the time, I have found that it is a better waterproof mascara then a more expensive mascara. I keep getting disappointed by higher-end mascaras but I guess I haven’t learned my lesson because I decided to splurge on Dior Show Blackout Water Proof Mascara. I have never tried any Dior makeuop before so I was excited. Blackout mascara definitely gives your lashes volume and is an extremely rich and creamy product. It has a wonderful big fluffy brush so it gets every eyelash; the brush made me very happy at first because I hate those little mascara brushes; they are so useless. But my one complaint is that although Dior claims Blackout doesn’t smudge, it always smudges on me. Maybe, it’s because I have oiler skin, even around my eyes. I put Blackout on my eyelashes which are long but not super long and I immediately end up performing a clean up job around my eye to get all the little specs of mascara that are around my eye removed with a Q-tip and the specs often smudge. You have to do this process quickly because once Blackout dries it stays on your lashes or skin and doesn’t come off. Even using makeup remover, makeup remover wipes, and sometimes both, I am still left with raccoon eyes in the morning because the Blackout mascara doesn’t come off. It looks beautiful when it’s on your eyes and makes your lashes look so thick and long. It’s especially a good mascara at night when you want to make your eyes stand out as a feature on your face. But keeping it off your lower and upper eye areas and removing it at the end of the day is pesky and impossible. So, I think I will go back to L’Oreal volumizing mascara, it is much less work then this mascara. But if I went out more then I do, I might keep a tube of Blackout just for when I was hitting the town for dinner, a show, or the bar. Otherwise, it’s too expensive for a mascara that is high maintenance.
5. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion Long Lasting Eye Shadow Base – $24.00 – http://www.sephora.ca – This is a long-standing-product many women use. It is the perfect cream potion to put under your eyeshadow so it stays on and doesn’t crease or fade. The original primer potion (the one pictured here) is nice because it is nude and you can put any eye shadow on top of that and it won’t show through and makes your eyeshadow stay put. But I also love it in the color Eden, because then you get a gold glimmer underneath your eyeshadow which shows through some eyeshadows. Edan is a nice primer to use alone as well, just to leave a gold sheen on your eyelids. There are a couple other primers too that you can checkout on Sephora, an anti-aging one and one interesting one called minor sin. I have been using Urban Decay primers for a few years now and am extremely happy with them. I think Urban Decay has some of the best primers around for eyes and that they have lasted so long as a product is a testament to how well they work. Urban Decay has dependable and beautiful eye primers. And primer just makes your eyeshadow stand up and last all day and night so much better then if you didn’t wear primer at all underneath your eyeshadow.