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Top Favorite Beauty Products I'm in love with right now!

March 26, 2019


Before becoming a makeup artist, I always thought that the only good makeup out in the world was the prestige brands. My mother raised us with the saying "You get what you pay for" and for the most part that can be true on fashion and furniture but for makeup not so true. My goal is always quality when I'm working on a client's face or as I would call it "canvas." Quality is crucial to me from the products I use and what I present to my client!! Don't get me wrong; I love my bougie brands, and I've learned to come to appreciate indie brands and what you would call drugstore makeup brands. I always get clients who ask before booking me what products I love? What brands do I use? What do I recommend and the list of questions goes on. The products featured in this blog post are not sponsored and are my personal opinions, thoughts, and review of the product(s) highlighted. 


What foundation do you use? Is a question I get almost every day! My go too have always been MAC Studio Sculpt. Now don't get me wrong its a fantastic product but lately, I've been reaching for ELF Cosmetics Flawless Finish Foundation. The best part of it is that it only retails for $6.00 and it is cruelty-free and Vegan! Elf details this product on their website as follows. 


Flawless Finish Foundation is our best-selling liquid foundation! The lightweight, oil-free formula blends naturally into the skin for a beautiful semi-matte finish that lasts all day long. The liquid formulation restores uneven skin textures and tones for visibly brighter skin.


One of the best descriptions and level of accuracy I have come in contact with when it comes to makeup! My myself used to have horrible skin my teen years I struggled with acne, and oily skin as many of us do. As an adult, my skin has changed so much! I can't remember the last time I had a breakout or when I had oily skin. It's a bit more dry and a bit of uneven texture. This foundation indeed is fantastic for uneven skin, and it blends oh so well. If you purchase it, I would love to know you're own experience with this foundation.


Now let's set your makeup with my favorite setting powder. I have purchased and tired so many setting powders. But thiers one that keeps me coming back for more. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna  Pro Filt'r Instant Retouch Setting Powder it retails for $32.00 0.98 OZ. This setting powder is so lightweight, it smells incredible, and it doesn't feel heavy or look cakey!  You have eight shades to pick from, I use the shade "Butter" to highlight the T-zone, and I'll set the rest of my makeup with "Banana." 


After I set my foundation with a powder, I want to fix it in place with a setting spray before I continue. This step will help with not looking cakey and giving your makeup that insurance to stay on longer throughout the day. My third current favorite product is. Farsáli Rose Gold Skin Mist 24K gold infused Hydrate+Prime+Set. It smells, and you're getting four benefits from this product and containing Rosehip seed oil, as a primer to grip makeup in place, as a setting mist to ensure all day wear and as a makeup refresher throughout the day. The skin mist retails for $39.00 1.7 FL OZ of product in a luxurious glass bottle.


Contouring has become a crucial step for many of us in our makeup routine — my favorite palette for Highlighting, contouring, and Bronzing the skin is. Cheekleaders Bronze Squad By Benefit Cosmetics. It retails for $60.00, and you're getting six shades to create a perfect contoured, highlighted face. You're getting two blushes, two bronzers, and one highlighter.  They launched with two palette's one great for light skin tones, and one for more deeper shades.  I have been reaching for this palette so much lately — stock up on it, its limited edition. 


Recently I traveled down to North Carolina where my husband and I are buying our first home. I got the chance to catch up with some girlfriend's while visiting. One of my girlfriend's who was getting rid of 90% of her makeup mentioned she wanted to give it to me. It was hundreds and hundreds worth of luxury makeup. You may ask why she gave me all her makeup away, she's a marine and doesn't wear much on a day to day basis. A lot of the products were unused!!!! One of the products included in the items she gave me was Colourpop Lippie Stix in the shade Cookie a gorgeous nude matte lip. I instantly fell in love with this shade, I stocked up on it because I knew it was a shade I needed in my kit at all times. I love that it's not overdrying on the lips and it's comfortable to wear all day.  Retails for $5.50 


Finally, I had to add one more product to the list of "favorites." As many of you know, I launched my line of 3D mink eyelashes. I use them on all my clients. The #1 eyelash requested for weddings is the style "Meghan" a natural, lightweight, minimal length, with just the perfect amount of lash to give you that fullness of a natural eyelash and retails $12.99. We have 21 styles available on our website. Our eyelashes are 100% handmade, Vegan and Cruelty-Free.




I hope your experiences with the products mentioned are as amazing with you as they're with me. Thank you for reading this month's blog post. Follow me on Instagram more all things glam, weddings, eyelashes, and life.





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