Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Current Favorites



Favorite products probably won't be a regular part of my blog, but there are some items I continue to reach for lately and thought I'd give them a quick nod. As a disclaimer, I have no affiliation with any brand, so these are my unsolicited raves.

Make Up For Ever's Liquid Lift Foundation: This is a lesser known foundation by the brand, but once I tried it, I wondered why it doesn't get more attention. Don't be thrown off by the name (if you're young): The finish is simply radiant and undetectable, which is a desired effect no matter what your age.

Urban Decay's Naked Palette: Yes, this product gets a ton of kudos and hype, but I wanted to add that my love for it hasn't worn off in nearly the year that I've owned it. I've used it virtually every day and only recently hit pan on one shadow. The colors are imaginative, unique, and yet wearable. For anyone who still questions if it's worth the money, it truly is.

Milani Baked Blush is Luminoso: This is the most delicate baby pink that still shows up on your cheeks. The whole Milani blush line is fantastic and affordable. It deserves more recognition than it gets and is better quality than many high-end blushes I've used.

CeraVe facial moisturizing lotion: For $12, this product packs a considerable punch: SPF protection and a number of moisture binding qualities using hyaluronic acid and cermides. The ingredients both protect the moisture barrier of the skin and pull moisture from the air to the skin. The line is available at most drugstores.

Make Up For Ever's Aqua Smoky Lash: I've heard repeatedly that the waterproof version dries out quickly, but it hasn't on me. It's one high end mascara that has delivered: It grabs small lashes and adds considerable length and volume.

Coty Airspun loose face powder in Translucent: This is an oldie but goodie and brings me back to my teen years when I was first trying makeup. The powder works great at setting makeup and has a finely-milled texture that doesn't cake on skin or settle into fine lines.

NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in Natural: The whole Mega Shine collection is great, but this shade is the perfect nude and looks more high-end on the lips than it is. Its glossy finish is subtle enough to keep the look refined without being bland or flat.

Victoria's Secret perfume in Heavenly: My biggest pet peeve with fragrance is it's phased out seasonally, so a line that stays gains points for that alone. This fragrance smells on me exactly like it does straight from the bottle, meaning it doesn't morph with my body chemistry. It's elegant, slightly powdery, and ageless: A teenager or an older woman could wear it, and it would totally suit her. It smells much more expensive than it is.

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