It's no secret, that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE cosmetics. (In fact, I'm secretly hoping for a trip to Ulta today! ; ) ) So, when I saw that Kelly was asking people to share their fave beauty products, I was totally in! : )
Here are my CURRENT faves... ; )
I turned 35 this year and I am seriously trying to take better care of my skin and slooowwww down the aging process, as much as possible. So, I started doing some research on AFFORDABLE anti aging products, especially under eye creams. (My under eye area is my biggest nemesis these days!) Well, I read that you can actually use some products as under eye creams too! Oil of Olay regenerist serum was one of them, so, I LOVE that I can use one product for two uses and honestly, I really like it and I think the texture of my skin is sooo much better.
I use it for under my eyes and all over my face and I can seriously tell a difference if I don't use it. This stuff is awesomesauce!
Ok, I was a total Bare Escentuals makeup user for YEARS. I loved it and swore that I would never, ever, ever use anything else. I do still think it's an awesome product but I noticed that skin wasn't looking as smooth and went to Ulta and expressed my concerns to one of the sales girls and she suggested that I try Pur Minerals. Not even gonna lie, I was super hesitant and really wasn't to keen on the switch at first but now, I'm totally hooked. I think my coverage is actually better and I love that it's a pressed powder and seems to go on smoother AND no more break outs! yay!! : )
As much as I love the Pur Minerals foundation, I still prefer my Bare Minerals blush and I use several colors. I'm super duper fair and freckled at that, so I prefer something soft and light. I do believe my fave is the laughter by Bare Minerals. Though, I switch between the Glee and True colors too!
Then, to "soften" my face and I think it also helps, if I go a little heavy handed with my blush. I use my beloved mineral veil by Bare Minerals.
I'm always, always, always on the hunt for a great mascara and the one I currently use is "They're Real" by Benefit. Again, I didn't love it at first but now I do. Though, I do think it's spendy and I'm not sure it works all that much better than some of the cheaper versions that I've tried. ("Falsies" by Maybelline and "Luminous" by Loreal are some of my other faves) But, it is definitely a good mascara.
Until recently, I never wore eye shadow or eye liner but loved the look of it on others and wanted something to make my eyes POP. So, on my birthday, I went to Ulta (SURPRISE!) and visited the Benefit counter and saw this kit and it was an all in one (concealer, eye shadow, eye liner and brushes) and decided to splurge and I do love it! I don't use it everyday but when I want to make my eyes stand out a little more, I do use it. I also love that it's very subtle but you can tell a difference with it. Plus, the powder eye liner is a great one to start with if you never used an eye liner, it's a LOT more forgiving and easier to work with.
While, I like the concealer that comes with the kit above, I still prefer my Mary Kay concealer. I've used this stuff for years and I love that it brightens my under eye area and conceals my dark circles, plus, it doesn't settle into the fine lines under my eyes.
(Another little trick, use mineral veil and just pat it under your eyes after you conceal, and it sets your concealer so it lasts longer)
Lastly, here's my fave lip stuff. I always, always, always line and color in my lips. My fave lip liner is the liner made by Ulta. I usually use a nude or tawny color, it goes on smooth and it's cheap! : )
Then, I finish it off with some gloss. I seriously think I'm addicted to lip gloss. Well, I actually KNOW I am. Here's my current fave. It gives me a bit of color and it's the perfect amount of sticky AND shine! : )
Anyhow, I'd love to hear what your fave products are!