Hi. My name is Meredith and I’m a cosmeticaholic. I’m addicted to YouTube beauty guru videos, makeup related blogs and shopping at Sephora. Since I have been through just about every product under the sun, I thought it might be insightful to share some of my every day, must have, holy grail, go-buy-this-now products.
Product: Erase Paste
Why I Love This: It’s a brightening under eye concealer. I don’t have a huge problem with dark circles or under eye bags, however, on the days that I am particularly tired, this little guy does the trick! This product is rumored to cover blemishes as well but I wouldn’t recommend it for this use. If you have tried this product before and didn’t see the results you wanted, please let me know as my application technique might be a huge help.
Brand: Laura Mercier
Product: Foundation Primer (Oil Free Version)
Why I Love This: It’s a face primer that doesn’t mess with my skin and keeps my makeup lasting throughout the day. I put this on after my moisturizer and before my concealers.
Brand: Bare Escentuals bareMinerals
Product: Mineral Foundation (Original, not the matte version)
Why I Love This: Where do I begin? If I had to narrow it down to my absolute number 1 product, this would be it. I was completely against the idea of mineral makeup as I assumed it would not have strong coverage. After hearing a ridiculous amount of raves about this “miracle product” from YouTube beauty gurus and bloggers, I decided to give it a whirl. Thank goodness I did! Life changing product. It has fantastic coverage, does not look cakey like most liquid foundations, is long lasting, and, somehow, improves your complexion. Yep, miracle product. Personally, I prefer the original formula since it gives somewhat of a dewy, glowing finish. If you want a more matte effect they have this option as well. If you haven’t used this quite yet I highly recommend you run by your nearest Sephora and get yourself a sample. You won’t regret it! I promise.
Why I Love This: This blush is described as “cotton candy pink with gold flecks,” on the Sephora website. What a perfect description. It’s a total Barbie color with sparkles in it. However, it doesn’t come off nearly as girly and vibrant as I’m describing it. If you apply this with a light hand it really gives off the perfect pink with a slight highlight to your cheek bones. I cannot take a picture that does it justice. Please check this one out in person-the color is gorgeous.
Product: ProLongwear Concealer
Why I Love This: It conceals!! What a concept J Not much to say about this other than it’s a legit concealer that lasts all day. I use this for my face only (as opposed to Benefit’s Erase Paste, mentioned above, for the under eye area.)
Brand: Urban Decay
Product: “All Nighter” - Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Why I Love This: After your makeup has been applied you spray this setting mist to lock everything in. This product is especially good if you are planning for a long night out, a special event, or something of that nature. If you use the combination of the Laura Mercier primer (before your makeup is applied) and Urban Decay’s All Nighter (after your makeup is applied,) your products won’t budge!
Product: Amplified Lash Mascara
Why I Love This: It provides the ultimate combination of length and volume! Typically, I layer two or three different brands of mascara to create my desired look. However, the actual wand in this mascara is expandable creating a two-in-one tool.
Product: Line Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
Why I Love This: It’s very easy to work with, long lasting, and perfect for a winged/cat eye effect.
Product: HD Brushes
Why I Love This: You will have to actually go into the store and feel them to see why I love these products so much. Sephora’s HD brushes are incredibly soft, do not shed, and they create an airbrushed/HD end result.
Brand: Too Faced
Product: Snow Bunny - Bronzer
Why I Love This: It’s the ideal bronzer for those with really light skin. This product is a bronzer and highlighter rolled into one, without making that harsh, dark line when contouring. Primarily I use this as a highlight on my upper cheek bones.
I hope you enjoyed this post! Please let me know if you have any questions about the items mentioned above and tell me about your holy grail products too!