Maybelline

Beach Weekend Make-Up Bag

If you’ve been watching my weekend vlogs or following me on instagram, you know I’m packing and repacking a weekend back to head to my beach house in Rhode Island every weekend!  I’ve made a lot of progress these last few weeks on my overpacking problem, and my make-up bag is my next venture.  More often than not, I’m not wearing any make-up down there… but I can’t be caught completely without should I need some!  Here’s what I’ve got in my beach weekend make-up bag:

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I definitely don’t need my usual foundation for the beach community, but I do bring my Nars concealer should I have some trouble spots.  I’m using Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue in place of my typical foundation, for a lighter face.  For powder, I take Bare Minerals Mineral Veil with it’s matching retractable brush– a space saver!

If you’re going to wear mascara to the beach, make sure it’s waterproof!  I don’t always, but I throw in my Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara in case I do.  I also bring my current favorite mascara, Benefit Roller Lash which is the one thing I always apply, even if I’m not wearing any other make-up.

If you’re going to be wearing eyeliner in the heat, you’d better prime those lids!  My Urban Decay Primer Potion has to come with me, because I love wearing eyeliner.  My Maybelline Unstoppable pencil and Stila Stay All Day waterproof liquid eyeliner and my make-up bag essentials.

My brows have needed a little work lately, so my Benefit Instant Brow pencil is a must-have.  I always bring my tweezers too– you just never know when a stray will pop up and need to be plucked!

Finally, I’ve been loving my Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster to even out any sun I’ve gotten at the beach that day.  My new Sephora pro bronzer brush has been it’s faithful companion.

This little Vera Bradley small cosmetic bag holds it all and is small enough to drop inside a larger bag or even my purse!

What are your make-up essentials for a beach weekend?

April Beauty Favorites

Hey guys!  It’s a little late, but here are my April beauty favorites!  There is a corresponding video on Youtube, but since I’m still an amateur, I wanted to give you a better look at each of the products I loved last month.  Be sure to check that out too!

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Lip Therapy

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it’s chapstick and chapped lips and things like chemistry ♪

That’s a song that I liked when I was in like, junior high?  I still love that line, though.

I find it particularly relevant at times like these, because it’s chapped lip season!  This is not particularly exciting, but it does give us a chance to talk about my favorite products to keep lips soft.  I’m guilty of neglecting mine, and right now I’m doing some damage control from cracking and flaking.  Gross!  Here are my favorite lip products:

Burt’s Bees

Burt’s Bees Beeswax lip balm was the first lip care product I was ever truly excited about using. The original beeswax kind is minty and has an appropriate tingle that feels like you are repairing damage.  Once the honey version came out, I was in love with it.  That became my go-to chapped lip fix and was always in my purse.  Nowadays, I’m completely loving their tinted lip balm.  It’s nearly impossible for me to wear lip color with my lips in bad shape, so this supplies that while moisturizing.  The color is not overwhelming.  I’m pretty fair and I’ve been rocking the darkest shade, Red Dahlia, without feeling like it’s a bold lip.

Baby Lips

Eventually, my Burt’s Bees with honey was replaced by several of these in my purse.  Maybelline’s Baby Lips is “clinical care for baby soft lips.”  I honestly use this all year round to keep my lips from splitting, as they are prone to do.  I have three varieties, all of which were in my purse until recently when I decided that was excessive.  I have two colorless varieties: Quenched, which is my go-to, and Peppermint, which is the first I bought and a favorite in the winter.  I also bought the neutral colored Peach Kiss, which really doesn’t add color but does keep my lips moisturized.

EOS

I’m sure you’ve seen EOS Smooth Spheres around, but these egg-shaped lip balms are totally worth the hype.  EOS, which stands for Evolution of Smooth, has very gentle but effective lip products.  I started using this when my lips were at their worst and it made such a difference!  I purchased both the Sweet Mint and the Vanilla Mint varieties, and I am definitely looking to add to my collection.  There are ten types in total right now.  Sweet Mint is kind of a favorite of mine when it comes to both flavor and scent, so I favor this little sphere.

 

What are your favorite lip products for this season?

Also, if someone could recommend me a good lip exfoliant, I’d be very interested!

5 Eyeliners

Last week, as my cousin and I headed South for my parents’ beach house, we stopped at Wrentham Outlets.  She needed some new sneakers, and because the prices are so good there, I picked up a pair too.  We also wanted to swing by Bare Minerals in search of their new liquid foundation.  Unfortunately, outlet stores do not carry it.  While we were there, we of course picked up a few other things.  I didn’t need eyeliner, but Buxom Insider Eyeliner caught my eye.  After trying it out, I couldn’t be happier with my purchase!  When I gave this glowing review to my cousin, she suggested I post about it.

Let that serve as the inspiration for this post: Nicole’s List of Essential Eyeliners.  And yes, I carry all of these in my make-up bag.

 

1. Buxom Insider Eyeliner in topaz

s1195478-main-LheroThis might be the best eyeliner I’ve ever worn.  It glides on smooth with strong pigmentation.  It’s really easy to control and my lines came out more even than ever.  Because I’m fair, you’ll notice I’ve chosen browns for all of my eyeliners.  This color, topaz, stands out in name from the coffee tones you’ll see below, but fits right in with the color family.  I especially loved that my water line lined just as easily and darkly as my lash line– no easy feat!  I’ll need some time with it before it can replace my go-to, but the long wear and no smudge results I’ve gotten so far have already impressed me.

 

2. Sephora Collection Waterproof Smoky Cream Liner in café

s1238609-main-gridThis gel liner was recommended to me by a friend back in the days when I only lined my water line.  With a small angle brush and this little pot, I gained the control to learn how to line my lash line.  I find that this is also the best method with which to wing my eyes.  When I go for a slightly more dramatic look, I like to do a simple pencil line plus the gel liner to thicken and wing.  This brown shade, called café, actually looks very dark when applied giving a pale girl like me the illusion that I’m wearing black liner without looking gothic!  I’m not sure if Sephora has this gem available anymore, in which case, somebody please recommend me a similar product!

 

3. Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in espresso

maybelline-unstoppable-eyeliner-4This was probably my first eyeliner and I kept coming back to it, simply because it does it’s job.  I’m not really big on drug store products, but this is one I can’t live without.  It shows up well on my water line and a bit darker on my eyelid.  Before Buxom, this was my favorite pencil.  Now Maybelline is not exactly my favorite brand.  I don’t find them to be of very good quality, and I’ve more than once bought an Unstoppable liner that’s broken before or immediately after I’ve unpackaged it.  Still, this is an inexpensive product that requires no sharpening and, like I said, does its job.  Since the Buxon liner is still new to me, I can still safely call this espresso liner– a bit lighter than its Sephora competitors– my signature liner.

 

4. Sephora Collection Colorful Waterproof Eyeliner in morning mocha

s1552025-main-LheroA step up from gel liner is this liquid liner.  I had to learn through gel plus brush, then pencil to be able to apply liquid liner and not draw all over my face, basically.  The first time I tried a liquid liner, I tried black and it was a rookie mistake.  I didn’t have the control to do liquid, nor the complexion to pull off such a harsh look.  I returned to liquid liner after gaining considerable eyeliner skill and now find myself quite happy with the drama liquid eyeliner conveys.  Winging your eye is quite simple with liquid liner, once you’re adept at using it.  This color, morning mocha, is an appropriately dark brown.  I feel that this can walk the line between an everyday look and a more dramatic look.

 

5. Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof in café

s137281-main-LheroLooking for an alternative to my drug store standby, I bought this pencil having worn Le Stylo in noir. Liking the way it wore, I went ahead and purchased it in a more suitable shade for my skin tone.  Where I felt the noir was a strong look, the softer café tone didn’t pack the same punch.  With a little bit more effort, I could indeed achieve the look I desired, however, I found it was nearly impossible to get my waterline as dark as I wanted it.  This is a longer wearing pencil liner than the Maybelline.  It stays put better and doesn’t fade as much.  It is my least favorite on this list, and also the most expensive.  I keep it around as a back up, in case my Unstoppable pencil breaks.

 

So, there you have it: my tried and tested liners!  Since I’ve been so into make-up lately, I’m thinking of doing beauty-related posts more often– especially with the lull in summer TV!  Until next time, I’d love suggestions of liners to try out!