I have been bad about getting my Monday posts out on time. Mondays aren’t easy for us non-working folk either!

After sharing my new favorite BB cream, I thought I’d share my favorite products in my make-up drawer.  I keep my daily make-up routine pretty simple, using 3 of my top 5 products every day.  My routine now includes the Dr. Jart+ BB cream that I reviewed last week (and I’m still loving it a week later), concealer, powder, eye brow pencil, eye shadow, blush, mascara and a moisturizing lip tint.

First up, MAC Eyebrow Pencil:

MAC Eye Brows

This product is probably my most essential! I wasn’t blessed with naturally full and dark brows, I inherited my mother’s light blonde and sparse brows. It probably didn’t help that I started plucking my brows at 17, but this pencil has been a savior to my beauty routine for many years. It’s by far the best eyebrow pencil I have tried, the formula is perfect! Most brow pencils tend to be on the waxy side, which doesn’t work for the sparse hairs. I need a pencil that has more pigmentation to give the illusion I have eyebrows! This pencil is self-propelling and self-sharpening, making for easy application. There’s nothing worse than a dull eyebrow pencil! This pencil comes in 5 shades, so there’s a shade for everyone. I use Lingering, which is kind of a dark blonde. I’ve tried auburn brow pencils and they come off too orange, Lingering is soft taupe brown and shows more neutral on my skin. It’s great for red heads, blondes and brunettes, but I really think it depends on your skin tone and hair color. If you have thicker brows, this will work to fill in the gaps you may have in your brows, and the plus side is the pencil will last you longer since thick brows require less product 🙂

Next on my list of top products is the Naked 2 Palette by Urban Decay.

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

I love love love this palette so much, which is rare for me to say because I am a MAC girl at heart. While I’m not a fan of the brush that came with the set, the shadows more than make up for it.  I use the first, third and fifth shadows the most (Foxy, Booty Call, Tease), they’re great everyday colors  . I use the darker colors occasionally, and the color payoff is great! They’re all very pigmented, though the glitter shadows tend to have a lot of fallout. The colors in this palette will work on all skin tones, that’s another reason it’s awesome!

Onto cheeks!

NARS Deep Throat Blush

My favorite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a shimmery peach with good pigmentation. All of my NARS blushes are long-lasting and you only need to use a little product. Their most popular blush is Orgasm, which I also own, but veer towards Deep Throat more because it’s less frosty. I use this on the apples of my cheeks and blend it up the cheekbone.

Finding a good mascara is really hard! I have watery eyes, so waterproof is a must. That limits my choices, which sucks because there are some great mascaras out there I can’t use, argh! Any time a new waterproof mascara comes out I usually run out to buy it. It usually disappoints, like so many others, but I always come back to this one when I’m between finding a new “holy grail” of mascara:

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

This is, by far, my favorite mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous mascara’s formula dries soft, comes off easy with make-up remover and of course you can’t beat the price. Since it’s so cheap, I can buy a couple and keep one in my purse for emergencies. I also tend to run out of time when I get ready in the morning and will end up putting mascara on the bus while going to an appointment (haha). Another great thing about this product is it’s great for sensitive eyes. On top of watery eyes, they’re also really sensitive and many mascaras irritate my eyes, however the L’Oreal mascara doesn’t! Hooray! The nice thing about it is you can layer it on depending on how dramatic you want your lashes to look. I usually do 1-2 coats, but it’s such a flexible formula, a third coat wouldn’t look spiky at all.

Last, but not least, lips! My friend Katy will attest to how many lipsticks I actually have. A drawer full and I know the name and shade of each one ha ha! The funny thing is, I don’t wear lipstick often, if I do it’s usually red or fuchsia. It’s such a pain to touch up throughout the day, so I end up using this product a LOT. Low and behold: Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint

Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tint in “Enchanted”

Tarte makes some amazing products, and their lip products have to be some of my favorites. I own three of these lip tints in different shades; Enchanted (shown above), Amused (sheer fuchsia) and Lust (sheer red). They don’t really tint the lips for a long time, so you have to reapply often, but it’s more like a tinted lip balm than a lipstick, so it’s actually good for your lips! Having three shades allows me to wear this product with any look. I layer it with a matching lip liner if I want more color payoff. It is a little on the pricey side ($24), but it’s well-worth the price.  I haven’t finished one yet and I use them often!

So, there are my top 5 products. I’d love to review more products, if you have any ideas, feel free to email me!


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