I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in the fact that I have piles of makeup (ok, more like a drawer in my bathroom) that I've tossed aside in favor of my go-to staple products. Therefore, I've decided to shake it up a little bit and try to use more of the products that I've abandoned within the past few months. I either revisited old loves, or gave a second chance to products that failed to make a good first impression on me when I first purchased them, and it was actually a really fun experiment! Read below to see which items I shuffled into today's makeup look!
1. L'OREAL Magic Lumi Primer ($12.99)
I bought this primer at the beginning of summer, and I've kind of tossed it aside since then. After mixing it with my foundation this morning, however, I have fallen in love again. This product adds such a nice "lit from within" look to your skin without appearing oily. This primer definitely adds glow rather than shine, which is perfect for folks with oily skin, such as myself!
I was in love with this product before I took the plunge and purchased my holy grail Tarte foundation (which I use constantly). I had forgotten how light the Covergirl Outlast feels on the skin, and I haven't felt oily all day since I put it on, which is a huge deal. I applied this with my RealTechniques Expert Face Brush and then blended it out with a damp Beauty Blender and the results looked incredibly natural and light. Although this shade is a bit light for my skin tone at the moment, it blended out perfectly. I'm happy to have this sweet stuff back in my life!
3. Lorac TANtalizer Highlighter & Matte Bronzer Duo ($12.00)
I purchased this on a whim at Ulta after I saw it's beautiful rose gold packaging gleaming at me from one of those irresistible travel sized product kiosks next to the registers. While the highlighter in this duo is a bit too sparkly for me, the matte bronzer is great for softly contouring the cheekbones and jawline. It's a tad darker than I would ideally like, but it's still very blendable and doesn't look too dark on my lighter skin tone. But seriously, this packaging makes me drool.
4. NYX Rouge Cream Blush (in CB02 Natural) ($6.99)
This NYX product was my very first cream blush, and I had no idea how to apply it after I purchased it. After buying Benefit's Majorette Cream Blush last week and using it with a RealTechniques stippling brush, however, I now know what beautiful results this combination gives. The shade of this blush is incredibly natural (as the name suggests), which results in a softly pinched/lightly flushed look. I'm in love.
I had seen so many YouTubers and beauty bloggers rave about this eyeshadow trio for the past several years, so I decided to purchase it for myself and see what all the fuss was about. I kind of hated it the first time I tried it about 4 months ago, but after using it today and putting a bit more effort into how and where I applied each shade, I actually really liked the results. I usually steer towards more matte eyeshadow colors, but the shimmer in these shadows is so subtle that it doesn't bother me at all. I think it makes me look more awake, and I also think it brings out my eyes more than a matte eyeshadow look normally does. I followed the typical eyelid, crease, brow bone instructions, but then I went in and lined my upper and lower lash line with the brown crease shade to intensify the look a tad bit more. I'm really glad I gave this another shot!
6. L'OREAL Voluminous Original Mascara ($7.99)
I wasn't a huge fan of this mascara when I first purchased it because I felt that the consistency was a bit too goopy and thick, yet now I realize that's what helps to make your lashes look more voluminous rather than lengthy. My lashes are already quite naturally long, so other mascaras geared towards lengthening the lashes tend to make mine look kind of like spider legs. This mascara, however, gives a more feathery and soft result which looks much more natural and feminine than super duper long lashes (in my opinion, anyways).
About a year or so ago, I used Urban Decay eyeliners religiously because they're wonderful for tight lining the upper eyelid, which I do every single day. I've been using a brown liner from Sonia Kashuk almost all summer, but it never really lasted very long, nor did it make much of a difference in my overall eye look. I'm definitely going to switch back to using this liner now because I can definitely see how it intensifies my eyes and makes my lashes look instantly thicker (and it stays put for a long time). Welcome back, holy grail eye pencil.
8. bareMinerals Moxie Lipstick (in Get Ready) ($18.00)
I wanted something not too dark yet not too light for my makeup today, and I think this Get Ready from the bareMinerals Moxie line is exactly that. I received this lipstick as a sample in an Ipsy bag a few months ago, and I think it's such a natural and pretty color for virtually any season of the year. Plus, I've eaten lunch since applying it this morning and it's still going strong. Major bonus points.
Hey y'all, it's me!
This mascara. It wins.