Year-Round Beauty Must-Haves

Few things please me more than a new beauty product. I consider myself a connoisseur of sorts, having tested many of the most popular makeup standbys (on my own dime) and weeded out the weak and helpless, effectively establishing the leaders of the pack. Yeah, makeup is that serious…getting all Animal Planet on ya’ll. Regardless of whether or not you are offended by my strong priority for anything that I can apply to my facial area, you will benefit from scanning (or reading very thoroughly) the following review of my all-time-favorite-(so-far)-beauty-products.

1. NARS illuminator in Copacabana

At $30 a pop, this item may seem like a frivolous buy. Truthfully, though, the bottle will last you for months – 5 or 6 at my estimate. Each application needs only about a pea-sized squeeze of product – hence its long-lasting nature. I apply this to my cheekbones and the bridge of my nose immediately after smoothing on my tinted moisturizer and concealer. At this stage, the skin is still dewy and it is much easier to blend the illuminator. I follow up with…..

2. Georgio Armani Loose Powder

I’ve long struggled with finding a powder for my face that strays from getting cakey and feeling heavy. This one absolutely does the trick.

3. NARS Concealer

I use this creamy cover-up in conjunction with Lancôme’s “correcteur” – Nars for added coverage on general areas and Lancôme on any small spots or discolorations. I only use tiny dabs of the Lancôme concealer here and there, so it lasts and lasts.

4. NARS Orgasm and Deep Throat blush

I’ve been using Orgasm for a few years. It’s a great standby with coloring that flatters many different skin tones. Recently, however, I’ve discovered Deep Throat and am favoring it because of its subtlety and peachy tone.

5. Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder

Carried by certain Sephora stores only (much to my chagrin during my last refill purchase excursion), this product is a bit pricey. I haven’t quite decided if it’s worth it or not. Though I love it, Nars Laguna does the trick for $16 less.

6. Anastasia Clear Brow Gel

If you have full brows like mine, you cannot “be” without this product. Stop what you’re doing and get out your credit card right now, your life is about to change. This is honestly and truly a standby product for me every morning. Without a quick brush-through with this wand, my brows would look and feel totally un-groomed. One swipe and – voila – shaped and “Brooke Shields/Bambi Northwood-Blyth cool” once again.

7. Becca Brow Powder

Follow up your brow gel by using an angled brush to apply a light dusting of Becca Brow Powder. It fills in sparse areas while maintaining a natural look.

8. Bobbi Brown Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve tried my fair share of tinted moisturizers on the market (Nars and Laura Mercier to name two top contenders), but one has consistently left me feeling more primed than others. I am 100% loyal to Bobbi Brown’s product (with an added bonus – SPF 15) and I’m never going back again!

9. Buxom Amplified Lash Mascara

Mascara has been frustrating for me. It dries out much too quickly, clumps up, and lacks volumizing and lengthening power. Imagine my pleasure when I stumbled upon this gem. I’ve never used a Buxom product before this one. In fact, I have hardly even heard of the brand. A sales girl at Sephora brought this lash-booster into my world and I’m forever grateful for it! The product’s greatest strength is its ability to sustain without drying out. Ultimately, it will last longer in your makeup drawer and will save you $$.

10. Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

With a $10 price tag, this item is certainly worth a try. If you’ve ever had a problem with mascara smudges and clumping lower lashes, this is your answer. Even if you don’t think you’re having this problem – trust me, you don’t know what you’ve been missing. This tiny wand gives you more leverage as you navigate the sometimes-treacherous lower lash line.  It grabs, coats, and separates each of your lashes making for a swoon-worthy ‘smize’.

11. Mac Lipstick in Myth

If applied liberally, you will look like a frost queen. But, if applied with care and restraint, you will be able to achieve that subtle nude lip that’s been a covetable ticket for the past few seasons.

That’s a wrap. Next up…lotions and serums and balms – oh my!!


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