Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Makeup, I miss you!!!

Last night my Bestie and I spent a few moments during a friend's spectacular dinner party consoling Mrs. Anonymous about her makeup dilemma. The poor dear left her entire case behind in a hotel room and later received the unfortunate news from housekeeping that it was nowhere to be found.

Dreams of being reunited with her trove of eyeshadows have been shattered and she's been left with some old powder, a pinky-size eye pencil and anxiety about having to enter Sephora with a lengthy list of products she knows little about. 

Therefore, Bestie and I have decided to help her and all the other women in the world who face the same problem at least once in their lifetime. Let's face it, there are just way too many beauty editors and an endless sea of mediocre products masquerading as the next best things. 

Good thing though because Bestie has a thing for beauty vlogs (video blogs) and I like to experiment with everything under the sun, so between the two of us, we've come up with the top 9 staple products to help get your face back on!

All products, excluding the one from MAC can be purchased at Sephora

1. Korres Vitamin E 10-color Pencil Kit: For only $32.50, this is such a value and comes from an innovative brand that actually nourishes while it colors with such natural ingredients as Jojoba oil.  
(Photo via Sephora.com)
2. Nars Eyeshadow Duo in "Key Largo": These colors flawlessly collide for day-to-night wearability. The universal earth tones pair well with any outfit and exude just the right amount of shimmer. 

(Photo via Drugstore.com)
3. Hourglass Prodigy Hydrating Lip Gloss in "Eden": This peachy pink color is versatile. The new line of lip glosses offers non-sticky amalgamations that come in uniquely-shaped tubes, making them easy to find during rush hour traffic.
(Photo via Sephora.com)
4. Clinique Mascara: I've tried a ton of mascaras over the years, always naming Dior Show the champion. But, compared to this one, which is my new fave, it just dries out too quickly. With a relatively low price tag, no clumping effect and the power to curl and provide volume, Clinique's tube works wonders.

(Photo via Sephora.com)
5. Shu Uemura eyelash curler: Simply, the best. No contest. For even better results, heat it up with a blow dryer for a few seconds.

(Photo via Sephora.com)
6. Mac's Paint Pot in "Painterly": This product serves as the perfect primer for all eyeshadow. It successfully hides under colors, helps them standout and boosts endurance. 

(Photo via Maccosmetics.com)
7. MAKE UP FOR EVER Face & Body Liquid Makeup: Bestie swears by this one, as it acts like a second skin and goes on ultra sheer so it still looks like "you."

(Photo via Sephora.com)
8. Tarte Matte Bronzer in "Park Avenue Princess": Every bronzer I've ever tried has turned me orange and brought a pimple or two. This one is different; it produces the perfect sun-kissed look, refuses to cake and actually softens skin. The wrong bronzer can make you look older...while wearing this one, I've never been ID'd more...it's true.
(Photo via Sephora.com)
9. Smashbox Blush in "Flush": This petal pink blush adds the perfect hint of rosiness to cheeks. No sunburn effect here and it goes on as a smooth layer rather than a thick mess.

(Photo via Sephora.com)


  1. Bestie commenting here: Love, Love, Love.... Only Val and I truly understand each other's passion for all things beauty, but these seriously are great staples/must-haves for everyone's beauty bag. xo, I'm starvin's Bestie

  2. Benetint Lip/Cheek Stain is a must!


    I also love Kiehls Mascara because I have sensitive eyes and their mascara is more natural

  3. I love the makeup. Oh, and the eyelashes! Come and visit me too, soon.


  4. The one MUST for my makeup bag is DEFINICILS mascara by Lancome. They also have a new and improved version just out called Precious Cells. I have yet to try it...


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