Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Makeup Favorites

Hello! I know our blog has been dying a slow tragic death. But I'm reviving it because...I want to talk about makeup. Cool?

I weirdly love watching makeup vloggers and lusting over all the pretty things at Sephora. However, my makeup budget puts me squarely in Ulta land. (The cheap side, guys. Not the fancy side.) So the good news is that any makeup stuff I post is likely going to be quite affordable. The bad news is that I'll never be able to do a Sephora haul post. So...sorry if that was what you were hoping for. 
On to the things!
I haven't ventured too far into the world of undereye concealer, but I decided to try out the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind after Essiebutton recommended it. (She's one of the aforementioned beauty vloggers I really enjoy.) This stuff goes on really creamy and doesn't dry or cake throughout the day. They sell a version of this specifically for spot coverage too. But in the interest of full disclosure, I'll tell you that I use this for both and it does the job. Done and done.
(If you're in the market for a fancier undereye concealer, I got a sample of Benefit's Fakeup in a Birchbox and it was great! I feel like it gave a bit more coverage than the Maybelline.)
I picked up this Elf Shimmering Facial Whip on a whim one day. Crap, it's pretty. I use it on my cheekbones and it's so shimmery and glowy and it only costs a DOLLAR. it. You can't lose. (I've heard this is a pretty good dupe for Benefit's High Beam, but having not tried that, I can't say for sure)
I am really loving NYX products lately. Their lipglosses and blush are great and I'm intrigued by their lipsticks and eyeliners. I'll try to keep you posted on developments in that area. But! All I need in my life right now is this Infinite Shadow Stick. I have maybe the world's most oily eyelids, so if I don't use a primer (a good one) my eyeshadow is MIA by 10 am. (Well, it's not really missing. It has all relocated to my crease.) I'm generally too lazy/late in the morning to bother with  primer and eyeshadow so I just stick to eyeliner. Enter the shadow stick. I draw this thing on my eyelid in the morning and it does NOT budge. Is it a miracle of science? Black magic? I don't know or care. I just know I want more of them.
Speaking of not budging, the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick is another wonder product. This stuff lasts all day. I have seriously had to scrub it off before bed. It's some kind of lipstick/stain hybrid but it doesn't settle into my lip creases or feather out at the edges. If you're a lipstick wearer, seriously give this a try. It will change your life.

Julep! How loudly can I sing your praises? This is my favorite nail polish ever EVER. The formula goes on perfectly and it lasts seemingly forever. The downside is that it costs more than OPI and you get about half the amount of product. If you're cool spending 20 bucks a month on nail polish (the first month is free!) consider subscribing to Julep. And maybe invite me over to do manicures sometime....
I have saved my very very favorite for last. I have been lusting over the Tarte Foundation Brush and Amazonian Clay Foundation for a while, and Brian got them for me as a Mother's Day present! (are you allowed to celebrate that holiday if your baby just hangs out in your uterus all day? ....should I not say uterus on this blog?) 
Moving on. Gah. This brush is so pretty and makes your foundation look flawless. I will say that if you're not into full coverage foundation, the Amazonian Clay probably isn't for you. I totally am though, and I love how it covers my scary pregnancy acne and keeps my skin tone even all the day long. (The first day I used it, I was checking it every couple hours and kept exclaiming to Brian, "my skin still looks so good!"). These items are obviously a bit higher of a price point than my normal makeup, but I do feel like they're a good investment if you want a nice foundation and/or brush. Also, based on how long I've been using just the tiny sample of foundation I got originally from Sephora, the full size is going to last me foreeeever.
This has been Lacy going on forever about makeup. Over and out!

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