TOP 5 MAKEUP MUST HAVES
I'm a sucker for a good lip color, but typically gloss is a total hair trap. I discovered these "matte/lip shine" duos- and I'm obsessed. It gives you the benefit of a lip stain matte, but keeps your lips hydrated (and your hair doesn't attack your face) This is my #1 must have.
When lash extensions first hit the scene (before they were uber popular and affordable) I worked at a trendy salon, and our esthetician LOVED to share her newly learned skill. Problem was you laid there while she painstakingly individually bonded these lashes to yours for about 4 hours. NO ONE HAS TIME FOR THAT ANYMORE! And the amount of care and upkeep those things needed.... don't get me wrong they looked fantastic (right after they were done) but for the average girl- it's just too much.
My must have #2 is Arbonne's "Speak Volumes" mascara. It's infused with vitamins to actually help your lashes grow - so you can have your very own REAL falsie looking lashes. And I LOVE. The brush comes to a gradual pointed tip, so it's easy to apply on all the lashes. Plus it doesn't clump when you apply added layers... so if you want that really dramatic black thick lash- you can definitely achieve that!
EVERYONE needs a good base for their foundation. In the past what I've found is primers either make my face feel heavy, or I feel like they are somewhat oily and just make my face look shiny all day. This primer is not oil based, #1 awesome factor. In fact did you know if your products contain mineral oil (good luck finding that out, mineral oil hides under a an infinity of names *eyeroll*) then the product you're dishing out for- you aren't even getting the real benefit of it! The mineral oil just sits on your face acting like a disgusting barrier and your anti-aging whatever, is just dying to get through. Not this baby. It smooths over fine lines & wrinkles and actually helps my foundation stay put all day, without the oily look or making my face feel like a cake. Awesome factor #2 is that it basically doubles the life of my foundation because I don't feel like I need as much, and my foundation really just glides on super nice and even. Its great for sensitive skin, and is actually hydrating - making this a makeup bag MUST HAVE.
On special occasions, a hot steamy day, or when you're lookin fierce- there is no room for "refreshing" yourself. Enter in.... the necessity for a setting spray. I'll admit, there was a time where I thought a setting spray was a pointless, overpriced product- that really wasn't something I needed. Then I had an opinion that a setting spray was like hairspray for your face, and would probably make my face stiff and uncomfortable. All of those assumptions were totally false, in the case of this brand at least. It's the one I've stuck with and loved, and has done the job. It actually feels refreshing! I don't use it every day, although I suppose you could- but like I said, for those special occasions and times where I can't have any chance of makeup melting off my face... this setting spray totally does the job!
Bronzing isn't just for a summertime glow! You need one all year round to give you that sun kissed look... even when we are CRAVING some vitamin D. The best thing about this palette, besides the fantastic price point) is not all "bronze" are the same. This palette has a variety of depth, and one of them is matte. The matte shade totally comes in handy for contouring, or when you want your bronze to look super natural. The moonstone shade is great for a subtle hint of blush- meaning this palette is all you would need to finish up your "5 minute face".