A Few Favorite Things
Lately, my makeup style has been pretty boring. I’ve avoided color like the plague and have mostly focused on making sure my skin looks perfect at all moments. I’ve been dealing with some textural issues on my skin and I guess I’m afraid that color will highlight that. Some trusted old favorites have made their way back into daily use, but I’ve also worked some new products into my routine. I don’t post favorites on a schedule, but when I feel like certain products are really standing out to me, I want to share them with you all.
The Winter Bronze Favorites
Hoola Bronzer Light by Benefit $29 is something I’ve had my eye on forever. I love the original Hoola $29, but my skin has become considerably paler in the last month and half. I needed something that would give me a touch of warmth without looking like too much. I don’t know about you all, but I’m not a big fan of sun-kissed looks during the colder months. Something that’s really been bothering me about this launch is the fact that Benefit didn’t release a darker shade of Hoola at the same time. For years they’ve touted Hoola as a universal shade, which is fucking laughable. To finally come out with a more tailored shade range, but to completely ignore darker skin tones is so ridiculous. It’s willfully obtuse and blatantly apathetic at this point, not sure which is worse.
Hoola Light $29 does a damn good job at giving me color without overdoing it. The formula is the same as the original version, which is an amazingly pigmented and finely milled powder. It blends beautifully onto the skin. If you’re very pale I would highly recommend this. It’s perfect for that blush/bronzer hybrid look–where you place the bronzer in the hallow of the cheekbone then swipe up.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Coconut Gel Dew Drops Highlighter $44 is such a versatile product. The drops layer without pilling or becoming cakey, which means they can be very light and diffused or give that blinding glow. They also dry to a powder formula, which I feel makes them last longer on the skin. The formula is very blendable and mixes well into foundations. Very few liquid highlighters layer well on top of powder, but these don’t give me any problems. I’m also a huge fan of the color of this highlighter–it’s rose gold, but it has a super unique yellow gold shift to it. The dimension this product gives is amazing. I believe these were originally LE, but became so popular that they brought it back. If only Marc Jacobs Beauty would do the same with the Tan-Tastic O!Mega Bronzer (whoever named this product needs to be stopped).
The Favorites for Faking Perfect Skin
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer $30 is EVERYTHING to me. It covers my under eye circles like a dream. Pro tip: focus the product above the inner corner of the eye, and on the spot where the darkness hits the top of your cheek. That technique covers the darkest spots, but leaves the tiniest bit of natural shadow that tricks the eye into thinking the brightness is more natural. This blends like a dream and the formula reacts well to being set with powder. Light reflecting particles in the formula make this an incredible brightener for darkness.
M.A.C. Studio Face and Body Foundation $29 is one of my HG foundations. It’s unlike any other formula I’ve come across. The formula is very buildable, but never cakey. If you want your skin to look like real skin, this is ace. I’ve gone through countless bottles and I’m almost out of the one I currently own. If I could only use one foundation for the rest of my life I would choose Face and Body.
Another M.A.C. product has become one of my favorites recently. I’ve largely ignored M.A.C. for the past few years, but I’m realizing what a mistake that has been. Their products, although not as exciting as other brands can be, are true staples. The Blot Powder in Dark $28 is the perfect contour powder for people who are just figuring this whole contour thing out or like to wear a very subtle version everyday. I’m the later; I love a good chiseled cheekbone, but the whole drag process is a bit much for me to go through on the daily. The powder, which is originally intended to blot out oil, is the perfect cool-toned gray/brown for contouring. The formula itself is incredibly sheer and almost impossible to overdo it.
The Lip and Perfume Favorites
Marc Jacobs Beauty New Nudes Sheer Gel Lipstick in Moody Margot $30 (could this name be any longer??) is what’s been on my lips for the majority of this month. If you’re nervous about going full-on brown with lipstick, this is a great start. It’s a true brown, but the hint of nude and light shade make it incredibly wearable.
Tom Ford Black Orchid $122 is one of Tom Fords more affordable perfumes. In my opinion, it’s just as complex, strong, and long-wearing as the Private Blend line. My mom gave me an extra bottle she had and I’ve been wearing it a few times a week ever since. I’m drawn to scents that are warm, spiced, and full bodied. Scents that are comprised of deep and powerful base notes are my favorite.
Those are all of the products in my collection that are really stand out favorites at the moment. I’ve noticed that I tend to go through phases with my collection. I pick out a product and obsessively use it for a few months, set it aside, and come back to it later. I guess it keeps things fresh! Do any of you all notice any patterns about yourselves like this? Let me know down below what you’re loving right now. As always, stay tuned in by following all of my social channels.