Hey doll hey! How’s your day/night going? Great I hope.
Today I’m doing a new makeup tag created on YouTube by Jamie Paige on her video entitled “my entire makeup collection If I WASN’T a beauty guru!” I don’t consider myself a “GURU” and even if my blog ever takes off I don’t think I’ll ever be able to consider myself one, I barely even consider myself an “influencer”. I only use this term because I do have people ask for my advise and opinion on makeup related stuff so if I had to label myself something I would say “influencer” would be closest to what I am in the beauty community.
I have always had multiples in each category because I enjoy variety. I have chosen the same amount of products in each category that I’ve had in my collection before I started my blog life.
And, ….. away we go …..
I’ve never been one for tons of primer, until I started my blog and decided to test as much of makeup as I can, so I would have always had at minimum 3 or 4 glow primers, a pore filler or 2, a few smoothing primers and a moisturizing primer.
For medium coverage days my glow primer of choice would be BECCA Backlight Priming Filter ($39 at Ulta). It’s billed as having Backlight Technology to filter, blur, and diffuse for instant illumination, creating a smooth canvas for makeup that primes with an optical pearl blend to instantly give skin dimension and a lit-from-within glow. The illuminating primer smooths the appearance of skin, blurs imperfections, and preps for makeup application. Backlight Technology adds a sheer layer of radiance and dimension, making skin appear to glow from beneath makeup. The lightweight formula helps create an even base, giving you perfected skin that looks naturally radiant.
I just love everything about this primer. I love the way it smells, how beautiful the skin looks, how the lilt from this primer shines through foundation with this lit from within glow. I even like using this one when I’m not wearing makeup.
For full beat face days my glow primer of chose would be the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 at Sephora) in the shade 3 Light/Medium. It’s billed as a liquid tinted complexion booster for a superstar youthful glow. It’s a customizable complexion booster that can be used as a primer, highlighter, or can be mixed with your foundation to get a perfected dewy finish or glow.
This is such a pretty primer that has a bit of color to it. I’ve used it as a light wash of coverage on days when I just want to be more put together without having a full face of makeup. It’s got the perfect amount of glow for a full coverage foundation too.
For light coverage and ethereal makeup days my glow primer of chose would be the VDL Lumilayer Primer ($32 at Ulta). It’s billed as a glow-enhancing primer, formulated with VDL’s trademark Lumilayer Prismatic Pearls that absorb light and reflect light to create a naturally blurred effect and an iridescent glow for flawless glass-like skin.
This primer has such a pretty iridescence about it… like a liquid pearl. It’s not a full on glow primer like say the Flawless Filter one is so it’s perfect for CC and BB creams and light coverage foundations.
On days where I need my face to be smooth I would choose the Makeup Forever Step 1 Smoothing Primer ($37 at Sephora). It’s billed as a medium coverage matte finish primer that balances texture and tone for a smoother, more even complexion and longer-lasting makeup wear.
I love how velvety smooth this primer leaves my face. It’s not too heavy or sticky and I never have a bad base day when I’m wearing this primer.
On days where I need the most flawless base I would chose the HourGlass Mineral Veil Primer ($54 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless, super-fine microspheric powder (that fill and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, minimize the look of pores, conceal redness, and create a smooth, even canvas for makeup.) that has a one-of-a-kind texture.
Whenever I need my makeup to be perfected but not dewy or have a glow to it I chose this primer. It created such a smooth blank canvas that really locks in the base products all day.
The only pore filling primer I have ever loved is the Tarte Clean Slate Timeless Smoothing Primer ($39 at Ulta). It’s billed as a melt-in smoothing primer with innovative blurring and filling technology for a youthful appearance perfectly primed for makeup application, formulated to fade out your biggest beauty boundaries such as large pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The antioxidant-rich formula infused with vitamins C & E and green bean extract gently melts into the skin delivering a surge of moisture, peptides and other naturally-derived elixirs for a firmer, smoother appearance.
I’ve used this pore primer for the better part of 3 years now. It really fills in the pores and does blur the fine lines out too. It’s not the best at locking in the base so I always use this first and then layer another primer over it for longevity.
On days when my skin needs extra moisture I would choose Marc Jacobs Under(c)over Perfecting Coconut Primer ($45 at Sephora). It’s billed as a skin-smoothing, makeup-extending primer infused with five types of coconut to nourish and hydrate the complexion.
First off I love the scent of this primer! It’s so tropical. I also really love how hydrating this primer is. It doesn’t lock the makeup in all day but it does lock it in for at best 9 hours without break down.
I love my complexion products and have always had 4 to 7 foundations at any one time Over the years as I delved into high end products my foundation collection has really taken off (more so now that I have this blog) so I would have probably around 10 or so foundations.
Anytime I need my base to be extra flawless and put together I would chose the BECCA Skin Love Weightless Blur Foundation ($44 but on sale for $26 at Sephora). It’s billed as a moisturizing, medium-coverage skincare and makeup hybrid foundation with a velvety, natural finish for healthy-looking skin.
I just absolutely love the way my skin looks in this foundation! I’ve only had this foundation for about a week or so and I’m already in love with it! BECCA really hit it out of the park with this formulation! This would be my go to for a date night with hubby, a major event, or even just because I want to look my best. This foundation is my high-end equivalent to my Believe Beauty Foundation… they are both equally beautiful on the skin and never fail me when I need to look my best.
For easy medium coverage days when I need a hydration boost I would chose the Benefit Hello Happy Flawless Brightening Foundation ($30 at Ulta or Sephora). It’s billed as a medium-coverage liquid foundation with SPF 15 that feels lightweight, looks natural and is virtually undetectable on skin. Contains photochromic pigments that instantly adapt to brighten skin in any lighting, flower acids to help boost radiance and hyaluronic acid to attract moisture to the skin’s surface and help maintain hydration.
This foundation is effortless. It blends in quickly and seamlessly and really does brighten the complexion. It’s very hydrating and never feels tight or heavy on the skin.
For light and low maintenance days I would chose the Balm Even Steven Whipped Foundation ($22 on their website). It’s billed as a light, airy, soufflé-like texture for a natural matte finish with an ultra- pigmented formula.
I never have to work hard at my makeup when I wear this foundation. A very little goes a very long way and because it’s super pigmented. It’s just the perfect low maintenance makeup day foundation of life.
On days where I need full coverage but want a dewy look I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation ($44 at Sephora). It’s billed as full coverage,long-lasting, weightless, hybrid skincare-foundation for a flawless, poreless-looking, confident complexion.
This is such a beautiful foundation… it’s very full coverage, always looks flawless, and is long lasting. It is a bit heavy on the face but after it melts into the skin it doesn’t feel as heavy. It gives such a lovely dew to the skin that still lasts even when the face is set.
On special occasion days where I want a high dewy, fresh faced look I would chose the Too Faced Born This Way Undetectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation ($39 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as oil-free medium-to-full coverage foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup and skin with undetectable coverage.
This is my go to foundation for days when I want my skin to look health, dewy and perfectly put together. It’s such an amazingly pretty foundation and I really do need to get it in a lighter shade (this shade is my summer shade when I’ve been in the sun)
On days when I need a full beat face to be perfectly smooth and even and I need it to last all day through the Florida heat I would chose the HourGlass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick ($46 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless, full coverage, waterproof foundation with long-wearing, concentrated coverage.
I remember when I first purchased this one I could not stop using it. I love how well this one sticks around during the humidity and heat of the Florida summer. There is never a bad makeup day when I’m using this foundation.
On light coverage days where I want just a bit of glow I would chose the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation ($43 at Sephora). It’s billed as an iconic foundation that provides undetectable medium coverage and a blurred, second-skin finish for up to 24 hours. It claims to be a weightless formula that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid, smart adaptive pigments that adjust to your complexion, and skin-fusion technology that blends easily to create a natural, skin-like effect.
This foundation is just so skin like that I really love it for low maintenance days. It’s the perfect amount of coverage to perfect the skin without looking like I’m wearing anything at all.
For medium coverage natural looking base days I would chose the NARS Natural Radiant Long-wear Foundation ($49 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a buildable, full-coverage foundation with up to 16 hours of lightweight, natural, fade-resistant wear. It claims to have a unique formula mimics skin’s natural tone, fusing with it for the closest match. The transfer- and sweat-resistant foundation stays color-true and fresh-looking all day long, while radiantly smoothing the look of skin
I love this foundation on it’s own without primer (which is how they say is the best way to use this foundation). It is so skin like and so light weight that I never feel like my skin is suffocating when I wear it.
The Helpers: (corrector, eye primers, brow primers, and contour)
I’ve always been the type to only hold on to a few of each of my helpers. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve added a variety of each helper so I picked only what I would have in my collection if this blog wasn’t in my life.
To correct the darkness of my under eyes I would chose the BECCA Under Eye Brightening Corrector ($32 at Sephora). It’s billed as a full-coverage color corrector that uses light to brighten the look of dark under-eye circles formulated with vitamin E that nourishes and color-correcting cream that smooths skin around the eyes and creates an even base for concealer.
This is hands down the best corrector I have ever used! It’s super creamy, super pigmented, and hydrated the under eye area so well that whenever I use it my concealer always looks great.
To set my brows on days where I would want more definition I would chose the Benefit Gimme Brow ($24 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as having tiny microfibers that adhere to skin & hairs, creating natural-looking fullness and definition
If I’m just looking to hold my brows in place I would use the soap brow method but when I want my brows to be thicker and more defined I always reach for my Gimme Brow.
For contour I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Contour Wand ($38 at Sephora). It’s billed as a soft-focus, semi-matte contour wand with sponge applicator and has treated pigments with good adherence and color uniformity that create shadows and define features for a natural finish. The formula has a lightweight and dry feel upon application for easy blending.
I use to only contour with a taupe shaded eyeshadow but now that I’ve found this little baby I only use this one! It’s the perfect under tone, the perfect coverage, the perfect consistency, and it doesn’t interfere with the rest of my makeup.
For my eye primer I would chose the P.Louise Base (10 pounds or $12.60 usd). It’s billed as a luxurious creamy base to create the perfect blank canvas ready for ultimate color popping creations that has a super thick consistency and ‘no cracking’ full coverage formula that helps to cancel out any unwanted brow hair and carve out those highly requested fleeky brows.
This is fairly inexpensive but still I do not consider it an affordable brand since it can’t be purchased at a drug store or at Ulta … but this is the most amazing eyeshadow primer ever!
Concealer has always been something that I keep a few types on hand… typically in 2 shades (my skin tone and a lighter tone) but over the years I’ve learned better techniques for hiding imperfections so I’ve dropped the skin tone shades all together from my repertoire.
For days when my under eyes feel just a little dry I would use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a multi-action, 16-hour formula that instantly masks imperfections, blurs the look of lines and wrinkles, and hides dark circles and signs of fatigue. The botanical blend hydrates, firms, reduces redness, and strengthens the look of skin by helping its barrier retain moisture. Light-diffusing technology evens out the complexion so that skin appears fresh and natural with a radiant finish. It also delivers antioxidant protection to help shield skin against damaging free radicals.
This concealer instantly makes my under eyes feel hydrated and more awake. I use it even when I am not wearing makeup to mask my circles.
On days when I’m in full beat face and needing my under eyes to look flawlessly smooth and even toned I would chose the Benefit Boi-ing Cakeless Concealer ($22 at Ulta). It’s billed as a multi-purpose full coverage liquid concealer that hides it all, from dark undereye circles to blemishes & discoloration that is lightweight & doesn’t cake, crack, or settle into fine lines with a formula that includes algae-derived ingredients known for smoothing the look of skin and specially coated pigments that leave a natural finish that doesn’t flake or crease.
This is a full pigment full coverage concealer where a very little goes a very long way! It’s my go to concealer for when I need my under eyes to be on point.
On medium base days I would chose the Too Faced Born This Way Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a hydrating, full-coverage, weightless 4-in-1 concealer that conceals, contours, highlights, and retouches. Smooths and sculpts skin for natural-looking coverage. Infused with coconut water, alpine rose, and hyaluronic acid, these skin-loving ingredients come together for crease-free, weightless wear.
This concealer isn’t as hydrating as it’s predecessor but it’s full coverage without being overbearing. It’s a satin finish concealer perfect for medium coverage days.
On dewy makeup days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer ($32 at Sephora). It’s billed as a full-coverage, long-lasting, dark-circle-diminishing, color-correcting concealer.
This is a high satin finish concealer that is very full coverage but doesn’t look like there is full coverage … it just looks perfected and blurred.
On medium and low maintenance days when I just need my under eyes to be toned I would chose the Balm Time Balm Concealer ($18 on their website). Its’ billed as a fresh and flawless face with a unique, anti-wrinkle concealer infused with vitamins A, C, E and Panthenol the ultra-smooth concealer works around the clock to reduce the look of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, sunspots, and redness.
This si a medium coverage concealer that has no slip to it. It’s a drier formula that doesn’t make the under eyes look dry … just perfected.
On days when I have a perfect full beat face and on days when I need my under eyes to look flawless I would chose the BECCA Aqua Luminous Perfecting Concealer ($32 but on sale for $19.20 on theri website). It’s billed as a water-infused, crease-proof concealer that delivers weightless light-to-medium coverage.
This concealer is super hydrating and so beautiful! It’s what I reach for when I really want to look my best.
Although over time my bronzer collection has grown for the most part I typically only reach for 3 types of bronzers (in my day to day life). I reach for my high end bronzers more than I do my affordably bronzers so I would always have more of those than of my affordable ones and I do tend to layer a cream with a powder bronzer.
For light and low maintenance makeup days I would use the Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel cream bronzer (has been discontinued and reformulated): It’s billed as a lightweight cream-gel face bronzer with a velvet-matte finish that enhances skin with a sun-kissed glow.
This is just an effortless bronzer to use. The tone is perfect for light makeup days.
For medium to full beat face days I would choose the Tarte SEA Breezy Cream Bronzer ($29 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Grace Bay. It’s billed as a waterproof, buildable cream bronzer that applies effortlessly for the perfect just-back-from-the-beach glow. velvety cream formula blends evenly to contour, bronze, and give you an all-over healthy and hydrated glow. It applies as a cream and dries down to a natural-looking, matte finish. The formula blends onto skin easily.
This is my all time favorite day to day bronzer. It’s the perfect sunkissed bronze shade that never fades and doesn’t disrupt the products underneath.
On medium makeup days when I need a bit more life to the face I would chose MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder ($36 at Ulta and MAC) in the shade Give Me Sun. It’s billed as a luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish
It’s a great bronzer to use when you need just a touch more pigmentation than with a natural makeup day.
For barely there makeup days I would chose the MAC Bronzing Powder ($30 at MAC) in the shade Matte Bronzer . It’s billed as a powder that gives skin sheer, natural colour and bronzes the face.
It has subtle pigmentation that is perfect for no makeup days and super light makeup days. It’s that barely kissed bronze.
For my everyday makeup and days where I’m wearing a super simple neutral look I would chose the Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as being perfect for getting a natural-looking tan all year long.
This bronzer has the perfect tones and perfect amount of pigmentation for everyday wear. I think once I’ve finished this up I will try it out in one of the deeper tones to see how I get on with it.
On days where I have an ethereal look going or a full on glam look I would chose Tarte Park Avenue Princess ($30 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as a multi-tasking bronzer formulated to blend and build your perfect level of uniform bronze with a waterproof formula adds instant warmth and dimension across a variety of skin tones as Amazonian clay helps improve overall skin clarity, texture and tone for an overall lit from within complexion.
This has such a pretty glow to it that is simple to die for. I love it the most when I’m doing a more ethereal look.
On days when I need every piece of makeup to be flawless, smooth, perfected, and seamless I would use the BECCA Sunlit Bronzer ($38 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-creamy bronzer that builds a warm, sun-kissed glow on any skin tone.
This is just the most stunning bronzer I have ever had in my collection! It’s my perfect bronzer for days when I really want to add the cherry on top with my look.
I am very particular with my blush … basic coral, peach, and flush of reddish pink tones are my go high end blushes … though I truly love a good coral the best.
On days when I really need a beautiful flush on the cheeks that’s glowy and smooth I would choose BECCA Mineral Blush ($32 at Sephora) in the shade Song Bird. It’s billed as a finely milled mineral blush that builds and blends effortlessly to give cheeks a healthy-looking, natural flush with a buildable, petal-soft formula blends beautifully so you can control the application and achieve customized color every time.
This blush takes my breath away every time I’ve used it. It’s the blush I reach for when I need my face to be on point.
For days when I’m wearing medium coverage, soft glam makeup I think NARS Blush ($30 at Sephora) i the shade Dolce Vita. It’s billed as an award-winning, pressed powder blush that delivers healthy-looking color to flatter any skin tone with silky superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure a seamless application. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ulta-sheer to powerful pops of color. Each iconic shade features a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush.
This is just the perfect blush for soft glam looks.
For everyday natural looks I would chose Tarte Sugar Rush – Beach Cheeks Cream Blush ($15 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Beaches and Cream. It’s billed as a gorgeous, natural flush with a quick swipe of your fingertips with shea butter, mango seed butter & avocado oil that leaves skin super soft.
Not only do I love this shade I love how this blush looks on the skin. So soft and glowy and just pinched. It’s perfect for everyday with any look I can come up with.
For days when I just need an effortless flush of pink to the cheeks I would choose Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush $29 on their website in the color Blissful (bright rose matte). Billed as a super soft, silky powder blush glides on smoothly to deliver a health youthful fresh flush of color that blends seamlessly with no hard lines or clown cheeks and instantly airbrushes the look of imperfections that lasts all day.
This is the perfect just out from the cold flush of pink that’s perfect for any look.
On days when I need a bit more coral based flush of color on medium to low maintenance days I would chose the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-HR Blush $29 on their website in the shade Captivating (bright peach matte). Billed as a super soft, silky powder blush glides on smoothly to deliver a health youthful fresh flush of color that blends seamlessly with no hard lines or clown cheeks and instantly airbrushes the look of imperfections that lasts all day.
This is one of my favorite shades for neutral looks and days when I have the lightest amount of makeup on.
I have always had more high end highlighters than I did affordable highlighters… the quality and the way they sit on the face makes me gravitate toward them more and I also layer creams with powders.
For neutral, natural, and low maintenance days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38) in the shade Spotlight. It’s billed as having Glow Gel that enhances the skin’s luminosity for a high-gloss highlight that plays with the light and stays dewy all day with velvety silica that has magical, soft-focusing powers, and sensorial oil that gives skin a silky-soft feel. Lindera extract magically mimics the effects of light for a youthful glow.
This is such a beautiful shade for everyday wear. It’s got just the right amount of reflect to it that gives an everyday look that kissed by an angle glow.
For full coverage and glam look days I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand ($38 at Sephora) in the shade Goldgasm. It’s billed as having Glow Gel that enhances the skin’s luminosity for a high-gloss highlight that plays with the light and stays dewy all day with velvety silica that has magical, soft-focusing powers, and sensorial oil that gives skin a silky-soft feel. Lindera extract magically mimics the effects of light for a youthful glow.
This one is super reflective and perfect for that night out on the town… too intense for everyday wear but perfect for full glam.
On full coverage makeup days I would chose Benefit Boxed Highlighter ($30 at Sephora) in the shade Cookie. It’s billed as a golden-pearl, super-silky highlighter.
This is a highly reflective super powerful gorgeous highlighter. It puts the fleek in fleeky makeup!
ON ethereal makeup, low maintenance makeup, and natural makeup days I would chose the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact ($44 at Sephora) in 01 Highlight. It’s billed as a ultra-smooth baked face powder that provides natural color with soft matte radiance.
This is the perfect highlight with this natural skin like glow to the face. It’s just simply devine.
For days when I need my look to be perfected, seamless, and lit from within I would choose BECCA Ignite Liquefied Light Highlighter ($38 at Sephora and Ulta) in the share Passion. It’s billed as a liquid highlighter for face and body that gives skin a pearlized glow and is infused with a fragrance that lights you up with multidimensional micro-pearls that are suspended in BECCA’s crystal-gel formula to create a pearlized glow and all-day radiance that is transfer- and water-resistant. It’s infused with an energizing fragrance blend of juicy pineapple, fresh coconut, and orange flower notes.
Even though this is a new one to my collection it has already climbed the ranks to become my #1 liquid highlighter in my collection. It’s beautiful under makeup, high shine over makeup, and ethereal with no makeup.
The Face Powders/Touch Up Powders:
I’ve always owned a few loose setting powders and then 3 or 4 touch up powders… I like to have an option for each type of foundation look I would do.
On days when I need a flawless finish with a slight lilt to the skin I would have to chose the Too Faced Born This Way Ethereal Loose Setting Powder ($33 at Ulta and Sephora) in translucent. It’s billed as a silky, lightweight powder that sets makeup while providing a veil of perfecting luminosity for a finish so natural they’ll think you were Born This Way.
This by a landslide is my FAVORITE loose powder of life! It’s so gorgeous on the skin. It truly does leave the skin with an Ethereal glow.
For low maintenance coverage days I would chose the Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder ($39 at Sephora) in translucent. It’s billed as a lightweight, easy-to-apply, loose powder that blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 12 hours.
It’s a great powder that leaves the skin velvety soft and smooth. Perfect for low maintenance makeup days.
To set my under eyes I would chose the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder ($28 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as a transparent, weightless powder to set under-eye concealer, brighten dark circles, and diminish the look of fine lines.
This loose powder really does brighten the under eye and lock in concealer all day with no cake or dust or creasing.
For medium coverage days I would chose the BECCA Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder ($39 at Sephora). It’s billed as a weightless setting powder that refreshes and cools the skin with all-day moisture. Infused with 50% water it refreshes and cools the skin on contact and provides all-day moisture without caking. Light is diffused across the skin to visibly improve tone and diminish the appearance of lines and pores all day.
This powder is so unique. It really does feel like you are spraying a face mist on your face. It perfects the look without adding anything to the party. It locks the face in place all day and I typically do not need to touch up on days where I’ve used this to set my makeup.
ON full coverage days and on days when I need to touch up but still be perfected I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder ($45 at Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-fine setting powder that blurs imperfections and visibly reduces shine. breathable, micro-fine powder technology gives you an immaculate complexion that acts like a luxe, micro-fine cashmere veil on top of your skin for a bright, perfecting finish. This product doesn’t cake or sit in lines. Rose wax and almond oil hydrate the skin throughout the day and enable the powder to blend on flawlessly, while reducing shine. Nourishing actives work to soothe and restore skin, while light-reflecting ingredients diffuse light as it hits your face for a luminous complexion and even finish all day.
This is such a beautiful pressed powder! It never looks dusty and always makes the skin look flawless and smooth.
On light, low maintenance days I would chose the MAC Blotting Powder $29 at Ulta and MAC in the shade Medium. It’s billed as a pressed powder that adds minimal colour and texture and offers a very sheer finish.
This powered just takes down the shine without adding any extra coverage. I have often used it even with a full coverage look but I really love it for low maintenance days. It doesn’t leave the face dusty or cakey.
For medium, natural makeup days I would chose the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural Face Powder $36 at Ulta and MAC in the shade Medium Golden. It’s billed as a luxurious, slow-baked domed face powder with low-level pearlized pigments that provide a dimensional yet natural-satin finish. Can be used to set foundation and to touch-up makeup throughout the day.
I really love the formula of this pressed powder and it’s perfect for touch ups on medium coverage days. It doesn’t add a ton of extra coverage or add any funny texture to the face when using it to touch up the face.
The Eyeshadow Palettes:
The thing I normally have the most of in my collections through the years is EYESHADOW!!! Even when I was younger I have always had tons of eyeshadow palettes. My favorite part of makeup is shadow! I can’t help myself … I need all the shadows of the world. Funny enough I don’t own very many high end palettes (about maybe 10 or 11 palettes total), I’m very methodical and picky with my high end shadow purchases.
In my collection I would definitely have the Urban Decay Born To Run Palette ($49 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as all-in-one eyeshadow palette with 21 shades in a wide range of finishes, from silky mattes to metallics, for every possible beauty look to create neutral looks, play with brights, and experiment with color. From modern neutrals to electric jewel tones, every shade is made with Urban Decay’s Pigment Infusion System™ to deliver velvety texture, rich color, serious staying power, and optimal blendability.
I reach for this palette almost everyday for a shade or two to add to my looks… It’s the type of palette that is just perfect to spark creativity.
For everyday wear and to travel with I would have the KVD Vegan Beauty Shade & Light Eye Contour Palette (discontinued). It’s billed as specially designed for eye contouring a groundbreaking technique once used only by beauty experts to define and enhance eyes. This palette features a gorgeous, versatile array of true contouring shades, arranged into three color quads neutral, cool, and warm to flatter every skin tone.
This is the palette I love to travel with because it gives me the best of Cool, Warm, and Neutral quads all in 1 palette … all I have to do is pack 1 shimmer single and I have at least a week of makeup looks on the road. It’s also the palette that I pick when I just want an effortless everyday eye look.
My more simple neutral looks would have to be with the Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette ($45 at Sephora and Ulta). It’s billed as a palette of modern nude shades inspired by the beautiful nuances of real skin tones.
I never have a bad natural look day with this palette. This was made perfectly for a beautiful naked look.
Anytime I need my look to be polished and perfected I would chose the Tati Beauty Textured Neutrals Vol. 1 Palette ($48 on their website). It’s billed as an exclusive collection that includes 24 pans of thoughtfully crafted shadows and glitters developed by Tati Westbrook. Textured Neutrals Vol I introduces six monochromatic color stories featuring four new luxe textures and finishes. This universally flattering neutral palette begins with a row of prismatic glitters that cascade into shimmering metallics, sequin pin-points and ultra-rich creamy matte shadows.
This by far is my all time favorite palette. It’s just perfection in shadow form. I never get bored with this palette. This palette can go from natural to full on glam all in 1 palette.
The Lip Products:
Although I love lip products, I was never one to lip lip balm or affordable lip glosses (I’ve always had high end lip gloss but was never one for balms until I started my blog). For high end lip products I’ve yet to find a red that I like. So mostly my colors are more muted in my high end selections.
On days when I just have a dehydrated feel to my lips I would chose the Jouer High Pigment Lip Gloss in Sloane (a warm coral nude) ($17 on the Beautylish website). It’s billed as a full-coverage color and creamy shine with lip gloss that’s anything but sheer.
This is such a hydrating formula and the shade is just stunning. It’s the type of coral that goes with just about everything.
On days when I’m wanting a super simple lip option I would chose Tarte SEA Color Splash in Sunkissed (pink peach) ($21 at Sephora). It’s billed as a long-wearing, pigment-rich lipstick that’s buttery-smooth and has conditioners for moisture-rich, long-lasting, matte color that won’t bleed. It’s formulated with antioxidant-rich marine plant extracts to help make lips look firmer, fuller, and smoother.
I have this formula in several shades … and still would like to pick up a few more. It’s a great understated lip color.
For everyday makeup look I think I would chose Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Bitch Perfect (peachy nude). It’s billed as a moisturizing lipsticks with a satin, cashmere-soft finish.
This is the perfect peach shade for everyday wear. It’s long lasting and very comfortable on the lips… doesn’t bleed out of the lip line and I find that I don’t have to reapply this lipstick much.
For a cool toned smokey look I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Kidman’s Kiss (rose petal pink).
This shade has the perfect tone for a coll toned smokey look but also can look very pretty with a neutral look as well.
Whenever I need my lips to be pale but still have some life to them I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips Lipstick ($34 at Sephora) in the shade Kim KW (pale pure nude).
This is the perfect pale lip with out look dead or washed out. It’s the perfect nude for a deep smokey eye and for a everyday simple look.
For my elegant neutral days I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in the shade Pillow Talk (nude pink). Its’ billed as featuring a long-lasting, buildable, and hydrating formula.
This is such elegance in this simple nude pink. I love the look of this lipstick so much.
I would chose MAC Amplified Lipstick in the shade Blankety (soft pink beige) ($19 at Ulta) for days with I just need a simple nude lip. It’s billed as an ultra-creamy formula features a smooth glide, bold color payoff and medium to full buildable coverage.
It’s just a very unassuming shade that pairs beautifully with a simple dressed down look.
For days when I need a my lips but better lip I would chose MAC Matte Lipstick ($19 at Ulta) in the shade Kinda Sexy (neutral pinky rose). It’s billed as a creamy rich formula with high color pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.
Whenever I wants a brownie nude I always reach for MAC Matte Lipstick ($19 at Ulta) in the shade Velvet Teddy (deep-tone beige). It’s billed as a creamy rich formula with high color pay-off in a no-shine matte finish.
This was the first shade I ever purchased from MAC and it’s just an amazingly beautiful nude.
My perfect coral shade for every look is BECCA Ultimate Lipstick Love $24 on their website in the shade Tulip (warm pinky coral). It’s billed as being an instantly moisturizing lipstick for pure color in one swipe, infused with hyaluronic acid to hydrate.
I already purchased a back up of this shade because I finally found my perfect coral in the perfect formula. It’s perfect with neutrals and smokey looks.
Any time I need my lips to feel hydrated and still have that pretty neutral look I would chose BECCA Lush Lip Colour Balm $22 on their website in the shade Café Au Lait (peachy beige). It’s billed as a hydrating, tinted lip balm that nourishes and smooths with sheer, satiny-soft color.
It’s perfectly formulated as a hydrating balm but with great color payoff. It’s the perfect throw in your purse lippie.
The Lip Liners:
I don’t really own many high end lip liners … I’ve never been one for spending money on them, I would rather chose an affordable lip liner that I love than to spend higher price tag on one. I do have a few MAC liners but the only one I truly would have in my collection is Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk
Whenever I need that perfect nude pink lip liner I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Pillow Talk. It’s billed as a smooth texture for seamless application and lasts up to six hours with no smudging.
I have gone through 3 of this lip pencil! It’s so amazing and such a pretty shade.
The Brow Products:
I have only ever the sahde out 2 brands of high end brow pencils and only have 1 that I would choose for my collection.
My all time favorite brow pencil would have to be Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil in the shade 4.5 ($24 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as an ultra-fine tip makes adding detailed definition to your brows easy, by drawing incredibly natural-looking, hair like strokes that last up to 12-hours.* This rich, waterproof** eyebrow pencil is ideal for spot filling sparse or over-tweezed areas, and the smudge-proof formula is firm enough for precise application, yet glides on effortlessly to bring symmetry to your brows and your entire face.
I have not found another pencil with such a great formula as this one. It’s the perfect brow product.
I never used gel pot liners or liquid liners until I got really into watching YouTube makeup stuff. I always had 1 colorful liner, 1 or 2 brown, 1 nude/white, and 1 black liner. Most of the time if I wanted a different eyeliner look I would just use eyeshadow.
For my lower waterlines I would have to chose the Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Liner ($27 at Sephora) in the shade Eye Cheat (nude). It’s billed as a hybrid, waterproof kohl eyeliner pencil with a long-lasting formula that combines the silky application of a liquid liner with the sultry, smudgy texture of kohl in waterproof formula with 14 hours of wear.
This is the perfect lower waterline nude. It’s creamy, doesn’t tug at the delicate skin of the eye, and doesn’t bleed.
For days when I’ve done a full glam deep smokey eye I would chose the Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 at Sephora) in the shade Audrey (classic brown). It’s billed as an eye-powder pencil that creates a soft, subtle blendable line.
The deepness of this brown is perfect for a smokey eye.
For everyday neutral and low maintenance days I would chose the Sephora 12-HR Colorful Contour Eyeliner ($11 at Sephora) in the shade #14 Cocoa (chocolate brown). It’s billed as a slick pigmented waterproof texture for an intense and flawless line in just one stroke.
This pencil is so creamy and stays put all day. The tone of this brown is perfect for neutral eye looks.
Anytime I want a polished look or a classic wing I would chose the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22 at Ulta and Sephora) in the shade Intense Black (Jet Black). It’s billed as Stila’s #1 selling waterproof liquid eyeliner glides on with ease, dries quickly and won’t smudge or run, day-into-night. The fine marker-like tip offers precise application for everyone from novices to pros and results in beautifully defined eyes that will leave a lasting impression.
This pen makes it so simple to create a super sharp wing and flexible enough for a very thin line along the lower lash line. This is my go to liquid liner for when I need an effortless fast liner.
Whenever I need a deep dark tight line I would chose Ardency Inn’s MODSTER SMOOTH RIDE SUPERCHARGED EYELINER ($20 on their website) in the shade Black. It’s billed as a creamy waterproof eyeliner supercharged with pure pigments. The soft and creamy formula of MODSTER Eyeliner glides on effortlessly, allows enough time for blending, then sets to a long lasting finish that won’t budge
This is an intense black liner perfect to tight line with. It wont budge and wont fade.
For that pop of something polished and unexpected I would chose the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($26 at Sephora) in the shade #74 Sunset (golden bronze shimmer). It’s billed as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes.
This shade is just so understandingly beautiful. It adds the right amount of depth to any look.
I was never one for false lashes until I started my blog and saw the potential that lashes make for pictures…I’ve always had multiple mascaras that I would mix and match to get the type of lashes I was going for.
My go to high-end mascara would be Benefit Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara in Black ($25 at Ulta). It’s billed as an eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll brush grabs, separates, lifts, and curls…while the instant curve – setting formula holds for 12 hours.
This is just the perfect everyday mascara that you can combine with any other mascara for that falsie effect.
When I need just a little more volume I would choose The Balm What’s Your Type? in Black ($19 on their website). It’s billed as the ultimate lift formulated with vitamin E, Panthenol and bamboo, a volumizing mascara strengthens and conditions. Layer an extra coat (or two) and push lashes to the max!
I love to combine this one with the Roller Lash to add that extra glam to the lashes. It’s a great one by it’s self too.
For low maintenance and natural makeup days I would chose Charlotte Tilbury Full Fat Lashes ($29 at Sephora) in Glossy Black. It’s billed as a multitasking, five-in-one mascara formula that curls, separates, boosts volume, and lengthens lashes for maximum drama.
I don’t believe you get drama with this mascara, but I do like it for that perfected natural lash look.
I use the MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash ($19 at Ulta) in Black for my lower lashes and anytime I just need to add a bit of something to the upper lashes that isn’t intense. It’s billed as a breakthrough lightweight waterproof formula creates beautiful defined lashes with a petite brush. This long-wearing mascara lasts up to 16 hours, yet the washable formula removes easily with warm water thanks to an innovative thermal-sensitive technology.
I normally only use this one as my lower lashes but I also travel with this one and use it for natural makeup days too.
The Setting Sprays:
I have always love setting sprays! Even before they became main stream. When I was younger (like high school age) I would use a small squirt bottle filled with coconut water, aloe, and witch hazel as a setting spray … I didn’t know that’s what they were called I just knew it made my makeup look less cakey and my skin look brighter so it stands to reason that when setting sprays became a thing I’ve always had 3 or 4 in my collection at any one time but have only ever used 2 high end sprays.
For days where I need to really lock my makeup in place I would chose Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($33 at Ulta and Sephora). It’s billed as giving 16 hours of protection with this microfine mist that ensures all day flawless makeup that won’t settle into fine lines, melt or fade. Featuring patented Temperature Control Technology, this weightless setting and finishing mist actually lowers the temperature of your makeup to lock in your look.
This is the real deal all day all night setting spray. My makeup doesn’t budge with this one not even in the Florida heat.
For days when all I want is to knock the dust off my makeup but don’t need it to lock makeup in place I would chose MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Primer and Setting Spray ($28 at Ulta). It’s billed as a lightweight water mist that gently soothes and refreshes skin and finishes makeup. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. This holy grail of hydrating mists can be used with other products in near-endless ways to improve the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin.
I use this one for days when I don’t need my makeup to be locked in place all day. I also use this as a hydrating step before I do my foundation. I also use it to foil eyeshadows.
Well there you have it dolls my entire high-end makeup collection if I wasn’t a “Beauty Influencer”.
What would your high-end collection look like?
I hope you enjoy the rest of your day/night and that you are in good spirits and health.
Remember …Save a spoon for a bit of lipstick.