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Thursday, January 17, 2013

*January 2013 Favorites*

MAC Studio Careblend Pressed Powder
I'm almost finished with my 2nd compact. I love this stuff.  When used with the sponge, it has enough coverage to work as a concealer! I don't even really use concealer on blemishes or dark marks anymore.  I just use this, and it works like a dream.  I like to set light coverage foundations or tinted moisturizers with this for a more polished look.  When applied with a brush, you get lighter coverage.  This has enough coverage to be used alone, as well, on days when you're just running errands or don't want to mess with a lot of makeup.  I love this! It never leaves my purse.  I've never been a huge fan of powder, because every powder that I've tried has looked too "cakey" and "powdery" and definitely not natural.  I love this because it's not cakey at all or artificial looking.  It does not make you look like you're wearing powder.  This has a demi-matte, natural finish and has a very smooth application.  However, if you're looking to control oil and want a matte look, you might want to skip this and try the Blot Powder or another oil-controling powder.  

L'Oreal Extra Volume Collagen Mascara
Officially, the best mascara that I've ever tried hands down.  My favorite mascara of all time used to be the Rimmel Bold Curve MAX (in the green tube).  I also like the MARK Lash Act mascara for length. I picked this up on a whim at Walmart at the beginning of the month.  It was sold in a package along with the Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner (which is LOVE as well) for only $10! I couldn't pass it up.  I'm really glad that this caught my attention, but it's my new favorite mascara.  This mascara not only add crazy length, but it adds crazy volume as well! What more could a girl ask for?! This is exactly what I've been looking for in a mascara, and I've tried so many.  It doesn't weight my lashes down like some mascaras have in the past.  It's not a dry formula, which I hate in mascaras.  It's wet enough that you can layer it up without it clumping, but not so wet that it smudges. Stays put all day.  Even when my eyes were watering, it didn't budge.  I'll definitely be repurchasing this one!

L'Oreal Extra-Intense Liquid Pencil Eyeliner
As I mentioned above, this came with the Extra Volume Collagen Mascara.  I'm always looking for a good black mascara that doesn't budge.  I haven't used this on the bottom lash line yet (LOVE the Rimmel waterproof liner for that), but it works amazingly on the top!  I love how this glides on (not tugging or pulling) and applies smoothly.  It does apply like a liquid liner, but with the ease of a pencil. It lasted me all day. I usually do my makeup around 8:20 or so in the morning, and take it off around 11:30pm (sometimes midnight).  It did not budge.  LOVE this! 

Urban Decay Eyeshadow *AQUARIUS*
My EVERYDAY HG eyeshadow.  Not only do I adore the name "Aquarius" because that's my zodiac sign, but I LOVE the color of this.  It's a gorgeous shimmery aqua (minty) green color with flecks of silver shimmer.  It's not too shimmery by any means.  I love wearing this for everyday use.  It goes with a lot of colors.  Plus mint green is my favorite color!  I absolutely LOVE Urban Decay Eyeshadows.  They are my favorite.  The formula is outstanding.  They last all day and glide on like a dream.  I wish they cost less than $18 a pop, but I've always gotten my shadows when Urban Decay, Sephora, or has had some sort of sell.  This is a great everyday color.  It's not too harsh for work or school and gives just enough of a pop of color that it's not boring.  I wear this almost everyday and keep in it my purse.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain *PRECIOUS*
I love these stains because they are hydrating, and my lips are usually so dry.  Other stains are known for their drying effect.  This comes off as a neutral/nude color on my lips, and I love to pair it with a smokey/dark eye and neutral cheek.  It reminds me of a mod/60's look. Very hydrating and glossy.  Not sticky at all.  Great for keeping in your purse.  

NYC Lippin Large Lip Plumper *PINK CHAMPAGNE*
This is super affordable! It cost me around $2 and some odd change at Walmart.  I love how hydrating and glossy this is, without feeling sticky.  I keep this in my purse at all times.  It doesn't do much for plumping your lips though.  The only lip plumper that's every really worked for me has been the Sally Hanson Lip Inflation.  This doesn't sting or burn your lips, and it's a great hydrating gloss though! 

Tarte Amazonian Clay Bronzer *Park Ave Princess*
I've been loving this to contour.  It's very natural looking and glides on like a dream. I like to use my Mark Powder brush to dust it on. 

Favorite Foundation:

Covergirl & Olay Tone Rehab
I always goes back to this one.  It's lightweight on the skin and has nice coverage.  I tried the new Outlast Stay Fabulous & I really like it as well.  That one keeps my face matte and stays put all day, but it's more coverage that I would like for everyday use.  The Covergirl & Olay gives me just enough coverage, but not too much for everyday work use.  

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