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Makeup

Makeup

I don't care to spend a lot of time on my makeup - skincare is another story for another day. I don't know if this is something that has come about since having Ender, or this is more of something that has always been my truth - but right now, as I am, I do not care to put a lot of effort/time into a makeup "look."

My journey with makeup started when I was in dance when I was young when you perform you have to wear makeup on stage so that you don't get drowned out by the lights. That is the only time I wore it, until I was in 7th grade. When I was in 7th grade, that is when I started to try makeup out - thankfully my mom always wore a neutral palette, so that was the example I had going for me (I only had to try blue eyeshadow a couple times before I realized it wasn't for me).

Then in high school, I was in color guard, or flags or pageantry as some call it, and dance and both of those required heavier than normal makeup during performances, so I rocked those false lashes... hard. But in high school my look was a mostly natural, sometimes add some eyeshadow, look. A few years after I graduated high school, I really got on board with watching YouTube videos, and I was always so jealous watching those beauty gurus doing complex and intricate looks. But the truth is, I never wanted to make the time to look like that - and more importantly, it really wasn't who I deep down wanted to be.

As I've gotten older I have found that I appreciate simplicity the most beyond complex or eccentric trends - in regards to makeup or personal fashion for that matter. I don't even find joy in watching beauty bloggers put on a certain "look" anymore as it just doesn't appeal to me. My makeup routine only fluctuates in the aspect of lip color, but everything else stays the same. The best part about the makeup that I use in my routine is that they are straight forward and I use them everyday! 

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Foundation - BOBBI BROWN Skin Foundation, SPF 15

This is the best foundation that I have ever used. It goes on smooth and blends in nicely. I don't feel the need to set it with powder - my skin type is more on the normal side with a little bit of shine after 4-5 hours in a day - and the color match is great with my skin tone. I wear color cool sand, a cool fair color with pink undertones. This foundation does rival my favorite powder foundation from tarte Bobbi Brown is all that I want to be using lately.

Foundation Brush - SEPHORA COLLECTION Pro Buffing Brush #70

I have tried other brushes to apply foundation, and this one is far and away my favorite. The shorter bristles make me feel like I have more control. Also, the mix of this brush with the foundation is a perfect pairing for my skin.

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Under Eye Concealer - MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

Just try it. Its smooth to apply, covers naturally, and leaves a nice finish. Highly highly recommend! I wear it on the weekend when I'm not wearing any other makeup when I want to go out of the house but want to look less tired. It is a staple makeup product in my life.

Concealer Brush - REAL TECHNIQUES by SAM & NIC CHAPMAN Expert Face Brush

I love this brush. I use it under my eyes everyday, and I also use it if I have something that needs a little concealer cover-up on my face. The bristles are soft and it doesn't just move stuff around, it lets me work the concealer into the skin.

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Brows - SOAP & GLORY Archery DIY Brow Bar

I have only been diligent about enhancing my brows for a few years. I used to use products that tamed them more than filled them in, but I am now enjoying making them thicker and darker with this brow kit. The Soap & Glory brow kit is a three part kit that comes with a wax, colored powder, and a highlight for under the brows. I think the price is also great. At $18 it is not as expensive as the high-end brands but still is great quality.

 L'Oreal mascara in Blackest Black

L'Oreal mascara in Blackest Black

Lashes - L’OREAL Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

I never feel like my makeup is truly complete until my lashes are done. I have searched for a long time for a mascara that helps make my lashes feel substantial while still having a good price tag. This mascara from L’Oreal is a great match for my lashes needs. Just a warning however, if you aren’t used to thickening mascaras you may feel that this mascara makes your lashes feel clumpy, but once you get used to the formula and use it in a way that suits you I’m sure you will love it!

Lash Curler - REVLON Eyelash Curler

I never EVER put on mascara without curling my lashes first. My eyelashes go straight out and they need a bit of oomph before they get a good coating of mascara. This eyelash curler from Revlon is well priced at $5.99 and it is really good quality too! I highly recommend it!

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 Too Faced blush in Candy Glow

Too Faced blush in Candy Glow

Blush - TOO FACED Sweetheart Perfect Flush Blush

As someone with very fair skin, it’s really important for me to use blush so that my skin doesn’t look too flat. This blush by Too Faced lets you blend together 3 colors to make the perfect blush tone. I don’t feel like this color is too strong on my cheeks, it’s just enough to add a glowy flush to my skin. Also, the different pink tones each have a pretty gold undertone to them.

Blush Brush - REAL TECHNIQUES by SAM & NIC CHAPMAN Blush Brush

This blush brush is my favorite that I have ever used. The bristles are soft and they pick up enough color for me to feel naturally flushed. The brush has a nice grip on the handle and also makes for effective application, which is all I can ask for! I highly recommend it.

What are your go-to makeup items? Do you prefer a more involved makeup look or does simplicity speak more to you? Let me know in the comments below!

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