How often do you think about your makeup? Is it something you cherish? Is it a comforting constant in your life? Do you have your routine down perfectly? Are you constantly looking for new techniques?
I love makeup. It's a deadly vice for me. I've been a MAC loyalist since at least 2006, but recently I've branched out (just a touch). Here's a peek at my makeup collection:
That center image is my collection of everyday use items. The things I can't really live without.
a. DiorShow Iconic mascara: This is new for me. I've been using it for about two weeks and I am absolutely in love. With two coats, my eyelashes are babydoll long and my eyes pop like you wouldn't believe.
b. MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow in Amber Lights: This is great for in the crease or all over. When applied with a nice, fluffy brush it's not overwhelmingly metallic and the color is delicious against my skin.
c. MAC Pro Palette Eyeshadow in Brule: An all over shadow that's a nice, neutral color for when I don't want to look like I'm trying too hard.
d. MAC 187SE Brush (from the Do-The-Trick holiday set): This buffs my foundation in so fantastically. Some people call the technique "airbrushing" which I think is odd, as you can also buy aerosol foundation that is much more like actual airbrushing. Other people call it "stippling" which I like much better. But no matter what you call it, your foundation blends in marvelously when you use this brush.
e. POSH Mini Smokey and Angle Duo brush: Amazing for applying and blending crease shadow.
f. MAC 252SE Brush (from the Do-The-Trick holiday set): For applying shadow all over
g. MAC Select SPF 15 Foundation in NC 20: I suppose now you know just how pale I am. This is the 2nd lightest shade on the scale and it matches my skin quite nicely.
h. MAC Select Sheer/Loose Powder in NC 20: I prefer loose powder to pressed because I feel like it blends much better and goes on much more naturally.
i. Blistex Medicated Lip Balm: Best ever. SPF 15, it makes your lips smooth like a baby's butt AND your lips don't dry out if you stop using it for a few days.
j. MAC Paint Pot in Painterly: This is almost the exact color of my skin. I put it on as a primer and my powder shadows don't rub off.
k. POSH Conceal Duo Brush: I actually use this to apply my paint pot because the texture of the makeup is very similar to that of concealer.
l. MAC Penultimate Eyeliner: This is a fast-drying liquid liner. It's more precise than old-school liquid liners, but I can't get that same cat eye that I used to. Still a wonderful product for everyday use.
m. St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer: This is a great pre-foundation moisturizer. Heavy enough that I know my skin will be protected from the foundation, but light enough that I don't feel like I'm greasing up my face. Plus it just smells so fresh!
So that's it...all my day-to-day products. So few, right? (That was dripping with sarcasm.) What do you use? Any great products out there you'd recommend?