March 11, 2015

What's in my beauty basket?

Here's an updated look at what's inside my beauty basket! I love trying new things, so if you see something here that was in my What's in my makeup bag? post, then you know I love it!
First of all, you may have noticed a change in titles. Like most people, I used to use a makeup BAG to hold all my beauty treasures, but now, I use a "beauty BASKET". I like this because I can easily pull the whole basket out of my bathroom cabinet and see everything I have to work with. I purchased an inexpensive basket from the dollar store that's small and rectangular so that it stores easily in my cabinet. This basket from Amazon is also a great option, but ditch the fabric liner if you're makeup gets messy as you use it like mine does.

Now, in order of use, on to the products...

 1. Make Up Forever HD Foundation-This is my second or third bottle of this stuff. I like that it gives a glowy look. I'm not a fan of completely matte foundation. This is also really great for photos because it reflects light beautifully which translates well on camera.

2. Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer-Ya'll. This concealer is heavy duty! I use it under my eyes to cover dark circles and also anywhere I have a little (or big) skin issue. I know they say you should have two separate concealers for those two tasks, but why fix what isn't broken. I like this and I'm sticking to it...for now.

3. L'Oreal True Match Super Blendable Powder-I forgot how great this powder is. I picked it up when I needed to freshen up my t-zone one day, and I loved it so much I went back for another so that I can keep one in my basket and one in my purse! It gives such a great, smooth finish, but isn't overly matte in my opinion.

4. NYX HD Eye Shadow Base-This is another product I've gone through tubes and tubes of. It's not all that fun, but it does the job beautifully, keeping my eye shadow in place all day without a crease in sight. I also like wearing this even if I'm not applying eye shadow because it's a nude color that evens out the color of my lids.

5. Milani Brow & Eye Highlighter (not pictured) in Vanilla/Natural Taupe- I forgot to add this to the photo, but I love it nonetheless. I use the taupe end to fill in my brows and the highlighter under my brow bone for a faux glow and eye lift. It's easy to use and isn't so dark that it's super noticeable. I think it looks natural.

6. Lorac Pro Pallette-I have used this pallette every single day since I purchased it. I can guarantee, if I'm wearing shadow, it's from this pallette. I love choosing a neutral shimmer shade for all over my lid (my favorite lately is champagne) and a matte brown color (I've already hit pan on taupe) in my crease. I'm not sure what I'll do when I run out of my favorite colors. Hopefully, they're available as singles...I haven't checked into that yet.

7. NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk-I use this pencil in the corners of my eyes for a brightening effect, then I set it with the white eye shadow that's in the Lorac Pallette. I like how it brightens up my eyes. The creamy pencil helps to hold the shadow there all day.

8. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Black-This liner is super creamy and dark. I use it to line my upper lash line only and just use a brown shadow for my lower lash line so that my eyes appear bigger. I have a backup of this ready and waiting for when I run out of this one.

9. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Nude-The same liner I use on my upper lids, but in Nude. I love using this on my water line to make my eyes appear even bigger. It doesn't last all day long, but I'd have a hard time finding one that does in my watery eyes. The nude color is perfect because it looks more natural than using white like many people do.

10. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer-I use this in the hollows of my cheeks and around my hairline and chin to contour my face a little. I'm no contour goddess, but this matte bronzer helps me out in that department. The color of it is great for that shadow effect and it has no glitter or shimmer, a must when looking for the perfect contour shade.

11. Mac Powder Blush in Gingerly-This is a great natural blush color that I've been using for a long time. When I'm not feeling a bold cheek look, this is my go-to. It's matte too, so that works great when I'm going for a toned-down look.

12. Lorac Matte Satin Blush in Exposed-When I am feeling a little more bold, I use this blush. It's a bright coral-ly (not a word) pink color that pops against my semi-fair skin tone. I like that it leaves a sheen on my cheek bones without being super glittery.

13. It Cosmetics Hello Light Powder Illuminizer-I haven't tried many highlighters, but all the ones I have tried were cream. I decided to give this powder one a go and I'm so glad I did! It gives a great glow to my skin without any glitter or obvious white-cast. It's a very finely milled powder, so it doesn't come off chalky at all.

14. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater-I spray this all over my face after I've applied everything except mascara. I feel like it sets my makeup and helps with any dryness at the same time. I also use this throughout the day when my skin is feeling super dry.

15. Benefit They're Real Mascara in Black-I have this in a mini-sample size. I grabbed it in the checkout line at Ulta. (You know they always get you there too!) I really like the length this mascara gives me! The ball at the end of the brush is also great for getting my bottom lashes coated without a mess of mascara smeared under my eyes.

16. YSL Volume Effet Faux Cils Luxurious Mascara in Black-This is another sample. I got this one as a gift with purchase at Neiman Marcus when we were in Dallas. I've only used it a couple of times so far, but I'm liking the volume it's adding to my lashes. I use it on my top lashes after coating them once with the Benefit mascara.

Keep in mind, I do not use all of these every single day, most days I do, but I also like to give my skin a break. I usually try to skip the foundation a least once a week, and occasionally (or more), I am too tired to apply eye shadow in the morning.

Lashes, pouts, and makeup-free days,

PS-It's your turn to spill your beauty secrets! Any products, tips, or tricks I should try out?! Let me know in the comments section!

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