Monday, January 16, 2012

Current Products in my Rotation!

I've always been one to carry tons of makeup with me in my handbag, but in the past year or so, I've been carrying a lot less makeup with me in my bag, and leaving more at home. I use to literally bring with me every item of makeup I'd be wearing on a certain day, just "in-case" something happens and I'll need to fix it. Nowadays, I only bring a few items with me - a powder compact for touch ups, a lipstick and gloss, eyeliner and a couple brushes. (I haven't been ruining the lining of my handbags either - yay!)

My "every day" products change quite often, as I'm constantly trying new things. But to keep my most used products handy, I keep them all in one place for easy access. If a certain product isn't getting much use, I'll put it back in my storage system so I don't have a bin of overflowing products. 

Here's a peek at what I've been using lately!
NARS Pro Prime Smudgeproof Eyeshadow Base (travel size) - I recently got this in a swap, and so far I like it. I don't find it much different than Urban Decay Primer Potion, but it's a good primer that keeps my eye shadow in place all day.
YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Longwear Cream Eyeliner in Deep Black - (reviewed here). This is my current favorite cream liner, and I use it just about every day!
Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Stone - Stone is a light, taupe shade that is very soft and natural. I like using it smudged into my lash line for a very soft look. It's quite similar in color to MAC Groundwork Paintpot.
MAC Paintpot in Constructivist - Constructivist is a gorgeous bronzed-brown with a reddish undertone. Many times I use it alone smudged into my lash line, or as a base for my brown eyeshadow.
Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Epatant - (reviewed here) I haven't had this very long, but I've been wearing it just about every chance I get. It seems to blend really well with my every day brown shadows.
MAC Brule Eyeshadow - Brule is a matte, soft ivory. I use it every day all over my lid before applying any other eyeshadow. It evens out the color on my lids and makes my lids a perfect blank canvas for my eyeshadow and liner.
L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Endless Pearl, Iced Latte, Bronzed Taupe and Amber Rush - These are pretty new to my collection, but they are everything that everyone has been raving about. They are wonderful, dreamy-smooth and intensely pigmented shadows. I love using Endless Peal all over my lid (as it's just like MAC Brule, but more pigmented). Iced Latte as a highlight, and Bronzed Taupe and Amber Rush in my crease. (I'll do a separate post on these later!)
Christian Dior Five Golds 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette - (reviewed here) This is an older limited edition palette, but it's one of my favorite palettes. All 5 colors go together so wonderfully and when using this palette, I never need to reach for any additional colors. This palette has it all. If you can get your hands on one in a blog sale, swap, etc, I highly recommend it!

Swatches
From Left to Right: YSL Eyeliner Effet Faux Cils Longwear Cream Eyeliner in Deep Black, MAC Paintpot in Constructivist, Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long-Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Epatant, Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Eyeshadow in Stone, L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadows in Endless Pearl, Iced Latte, Amber Rush and Bronzed Taupe, MAC Brule Eyeshadow, Christian Dior Five Golds Quint.

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Christian Dior Diorskin Nude Fresh Glow Hydrating Makeup Foundation - (reviewed here) A great, light-med coverage foundation. I don't use it every day, because I don't want to run out too quickly, but I wear it very often.
Maybelline Superstay Makeup - (reviewed here) This is one of my favorite drugstore foundations for the great coverage, and long-lasting wear. 
Coastal Scents Camo Quad Concealer Wheel - (reviewed here) I wasn't too crazy about this concealer at first, but it grew on me for covering blemishes. It has close-to-full coverage and the dry texture is great, so the product won't "slip" once you apply additional makeup on top. 
Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer - I really like this concealer for my under eyes. It has great coverage, and once powdered, it doesn't budge throughout the day. It also doesn't settle or cake in my fine lines.
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Powder - I typically don't like silica powders, but from all of the brands I've used, this one is my favorite. It does a fantastic job at "softening" the appearance of my pores and doesn't give my skin a weird white cast. (Review to come soon!)
Christian Dior Amber Diamond - (reviewed here) This has been my favorite highlighter since I first purchased it this past summer. It gives my skin such a soft, natural glow. It's not too frosty or shimmery - it's just perfect. I don't wear highlighter every day, but when I do, this is the one I usually reach for.
Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Orchid Rose - This blush has been featured on my blog several times, as it's one of my favorite blushes of all time. It's a soft, neutral pink that warms up very nicely to my cheeks. It applies silky smooth, and never looks blotchy or over-the-top. Just a perfect blush that goes with everything!
Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed - (reviewed here) This is another one of my recent buys, and has been getting tons of use this month! Just a very pretty, soft rosy pink that again, goes with just about everything.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush - Words cannot describe how much I love this brush! It's my current favorite brush for setting powder or powder foundation. I also like using it for blending my liquid foundation once it's been applied, and I've even used it applying cream foundation. It's very soft and dense, feels wonderful on the face, and blends liquid and powder products perfectly.
Anastasia Clear Brow Gel - This has been my favorite brow gel for the past several months. I have very unruly and coarse brows, and this keeps them in place very well throughout the day.
Maybelline Mastershape Brow Pencil - (reviewed here) I really like this product for coloring in my brows. I can color them in very quick, and they always look well groomed and natural. I just wish it was retractable. Considering it's a wax pencil, when sharpened, it doesn't create a pointed tip, so you can't really get much precision with this pencil.
Shiseido Mascara Base - This base keeps my lashes curled all day, and makes my lashes look longer and volumized. I always apply one coat after I've curled my lashes, and then I'll apply my mascara. The result is mega-lashes! I think everyone needs a tube of this in their life.
Maybelline The Falsies Mascara - (reviewed here) In conjunction with the Shiseido Base, my lashes always look very full and long. This is my absolute favorite drugstore mascara for it's awesome volume. I must have said this over 100 times in my blog, but I'll say it again and again!
Smith's Rosebud Lip Salve - My lips have been very chapped this winter, and this is the only thing that helps quench them.
ELF Conditioning Lip Balm in Peaceful Pink - (reviewed here) This is my favorite tinted lip balm. Hate the packaging, but it feels great on the lips and is a perfect baby pink.
MAC Hue Lipstick - (reviewed here) This has been one of my favorite pink lipsticks for the past few years. It's just a great sheer, warm pink with a glossy finish. It feels moisturizing, doesn't accentuate dryness and doesn't "wash out" my complexion.
Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout - Although this isn't the best formula - after a while it can feel a little gummy on the lips, it's a great layering gloss for a touch of creamy, light pink. It's very similar to Nars Turkish Delight, and is a fab color, especially on cool-toned and light skin.
Chanel Bagatelle Glossimer - (reviewed here) Love this, and so sad it's not going to be around forever. I often wear it alone, and it brightens up my face with it's sparkly golden pink hue.

Swatches
From Left to Right: MAC Hue Lipstick, ELF Conditioning Lip Balm in Peaceful Pink, Smashbox Lip Enhancing Gloss in Pout, Chanel Bagatelle Glossimer.


Spot any favorites or products you've been using as well? Let me know in the comments!

27 comments:

  1. These are nice. I used to carry a lot of stuff too "just in case." You should do a post on what your makeup bag looks like. Bet it's really cute and convenient.

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  2. Girlie Blogger - LOL "Just in case" someone accidentally dumps a pail of water on your head, right? I never end up reapplying makeup during the day - and once I realized that, I started carrying much less. I definitely will do a "what's in my makeup bag" soon! :)

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  3. Great post, I love seeing what products you use :) A couple products I really want to try that you use, especially that IT brush!

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  4. I love the Diorskin Nude! I discovered this when I worked at Dior and have been loving it ever since!!

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  5. wow! thanks so much for this amazing post. I can definitely tell you put a lot of time in it. That MAC l/s in hue looks like it would be a perfect color for me. I'm also interested in trying out that ELF tinted balm. Totally agree on the falsies mascara, it's awesome and my current fav.

    XO

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  6. This is incredible!! The swatch of those eyeshadows make me want them all! There are some products in here that are in my wishlist =) (Tarte Exposed, Dior Nude, Shiseido Mascara Base)

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  7. Awesome post. I kept adding and deleting that YSL gel liner in my sephora cart.

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  8. Amazing, informative post!
    I used to carry so much make up in my bag too but now all I have is 2 lipsticks and a lipbalm... And I'm ok with it, because I'm just at work and usually go straight home after.
    I seriously want everything you mentioned... That's my biggest problem with reading your amazing blog, I just want to go out and buy everything you mentioned and love! :)
    Hope you're doing well?
    X

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  9. How do I sharpen the master shape brow pencil? I wonder if you figured it out?

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  10. great post , i love the dior amber diamond and the ELF Conditioning Lip Balm , love everything you picked , this was so helpful .

    Xo

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  11. Beautiful products, I just got the Infallible eyeshadows and I love them they are so pigmented and they blend beautifully for the face I am completely in love with the Amber Diamond powder! love it! must of the products you so are so beautiful thanks for sharing!

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  12. IT cosmetics will be featured on the Shopping Chanel in Canada tomorrow... I hope they have a deal that includes that brush. I missed out on the last one, and I'm too cheap to just buy the brush, when I know a blockbuster might come up eventually :)

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  14. I love seeing a cluster of products like this because it's easy to look for new alternatives

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  15. great post! I have such tiny lashes I am definitely going to have to try out the Shiseido Mascara Base. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Love all the make up! You have actually pushed me to get my make up game on.. I've been buying new products and trying new things! Thanks alot :)

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  17. I love when you do these type of posts.
    I have one of the infallible eye shadows. I think it is called midnight blue? But I have not gotten a chance to use it yet!
    Can't wait for your post about these.

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  18. i want everything you have mentioned!! haha! all those eyeshadows are my kind of colours! xx

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  19. when I was still in school I used to bring a lot of makeup too especially that the girls in our class always like to borrow and do each other's makeup. nowadays I bring minimum makeup too.

    I love all the items you currently use especially those infallible eye shadows that I still haven't gotten my hands on. :)

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  20. nice post! makes me wanna go shopping now!


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  21. MarianaLuisa - It's so nice! It's soo soft and is just a wonderful multi-purpose brush. I'd even like to buy an extra to have on hand, but I'll have to wait a bit. :)

    MaviDeniz - Thank you! You can definitely rock Hue. It sounds so cliche, but it really is the perfect every day pink. It's sheer, yet pigmented and semi-glossy. It's not too pink, it's just right! It's especially nice for those with warm skin. The balm is amazing. I love the color.. it's actually a good dupe for Hue. They don't look alike in the swatches, but they look a lot a like on the lips. The ELF may be a little pinker.

    Cendana - I don't want to be an "enabler" but yes, you need them all! LOL

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  22. Carressa - I don't think you'll be disappointed. I've never been too wowed with any gel liner - even Bobbi Brown, despite it being my favorite. The YSL is the perfect texture and depth. Love!

    Laiqah - Thank you, dear! That's funny - my bag always use to weigh a ton and it was so annoying to carry! My shoulder would literally hurt! Now my bag is so light that I sometimes have to double check if it's even on my shoulder.

    Haha, awww!! That's the bad thing about blogging!! :x

    I'm doing well, thank you honey.. Hope you are doing good as well <3

    Silvia Quirós - Aren't they wonderful? They are so luxurious. I hope they come out with more shades!

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  23. Lucy - I got it in a set with the HD powder. It was a pretty good value considering it costs less than just the brush alone. The brush is $48 alone, and the set is $38. How does one figure? http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.item.A212347.desc.It-Cosmetics-ByeBye-Pores-HD-Finishing-Powder-wHydro-Collagen

    I agree.. LOL the brush alone is very expensive. You're so much better off getting it in a set.

    HIGHlight & Couture - You'll love it. Just curl your lashes tightly so they're sticking straight up.. and then apply the base. Then wait about 30 seconds, and apply your mascara. Your lashes will have never looked better! I'm so spoiled with the base that when I don't use it, my lashes look so crummy. lol

    Marie Martell - Awesome! I hope everything has worked out well for you! :)

    Dani - <333 I will post about them soon! I love them.

    Joanne - That's funny. My friends and family would always ask me to do their makeup, and I always use to be prepared!

    You must get your hands on at least one! They are incredible.

    Thank you everyone else, for your wonderful comments!

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  24. Whaa! So many people are rotating their makeup. I finally have enough where I have some pieces that are ignored. ;__; But i'm such a creature of habit. Inspired by your picks I will start rotating my makeup too!

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  25. I love Color Infaillibles eyeshadows too, even if I don't buy drugstore makeup often. This was a nice surprise! Did you try the shade Sahara Treasure? It's a very pretty golden taupe beige. Thanks for the swatches, I want Iced Latte and Bronzed Taupe now!

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  26. This is a great post! How do you use the MUFE concealer? I have really struggled with it!

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