I don’t know if the word is out yet, but I’m a serious product junkie! I’m that person that wants to find the next best and greatest thing and brag on and on about it. So of course, I have a good selection of products – some I’ve grown to love and repurchase, others just sit and collect mounds of dust.
However, in the midst of all the things I’ve bought/received/won, there are some that are guaranteed to be apart of my regimen. Whether daily or weekly, you will see all or any combination of these go-to products. Below is a list of a few of my faves and why I love them.
So my Kiko lipstick is a fave of mine. I recently discovered Kiko Cosmetics while in New York abut a year ago. I happened to be walking through this major mall in Queens (forgot the name, sorry) and ran into their store. Now the thing that caught my attention was the bargainista price tags – yes gawd! And on top of that, the colors and selection were ahhh-mazing. So I purchased a nail polish, eyeshadow and lipstick just to try them out. Can I tell you that I have worn this lipstick almost everyday. It’s a satin color that goes on very smooth and creamy. It is also very moisturizing and stays on forever.
Ok, so if you read my blog you know that I express my creativity with my nail color and designs. I love experimenting with new ideas so I paint them on a regular. The part i hate though (ironically) is waiting for them to dry! It’s the worst, because I have absolutely no use of my hands and have to sit for however long until they are all dried. Because God forbid I touch or do something and I scuff a nail and have to redo the whole thing. So when I came across this gem of a top coat a few years ago…. I was hooked! This speed dry top coat is a must for beauty mavens on the go. The top coat, after application, dries in about a minute, and it goes on smoothly and leaves a great shine.
I’ve posted about this foundation before, on my article about Sunscreen. This lightweight, medium coverage foundation is amazing. It sets right into moisturized skin and offers further moisturization. This collection, made specifically for women of color, comes in a wide variety of shades. I love it because a little goes a long way, it has the sun protection and it gives you an overall glow. I wear this everyday – literally.
I did a giveaway sometime last year for this amazing mascara. It’s one that offers the tightlining effect while combing (not brushing) color onto your lashes while adding volume. Click here to read my rundown of this mascara.
Can I tell you how much I am in love with this palette. I hate when I buy an eye shadow with a great color, go to apply it and the color disappears. Ummm isn’t the whole idea of eye shadow is to transfer color? So high pigment is a must when shopping for eyeshadows – for me. This Urban Decay palette does just that. This was bought as a Christmas gift for me last year and I use this one everyday too – literally. It applies smoothly, has great pigmentation and a little goes a long way!
And last but definitely not least, skincare regimen is highly important for good beauty & makeup application. A good base results in a smooth, flawless “beat” face. Moisture helps a lot too and hyaluronic acid is one that has been the rage for a few years now. It’s known to increase skin’s suppleness and overall condition over time. I found a brand at one of my discount outlets, not expecting much but was pleasantly surprised.
This serum is like a quarter of the price of what you would buy from a big name department store. And because hyaluronic acid is such a big deal now,everyone is trying to capitalize on it. Well this serum, used at night, just before bed (ideally) works wonders for skin moisture and plumpness. It’s also great for anti-aging if you’re at that stage. I highly recommend it and even bought one to give to my mom who loves it as well.
Ok so there you have it, just a quick peek into my makeup bag and beauty routine. I seriously use these products ALL the time, and when I run out, I buy more – definitely staples for me. So feel free to try it out for yourselves. Also if you have staples that you can’t live with out, share below and tell me about it….I may find a new love! 🙂