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10 Beauty Products for the Rest of My Life


I'm a creature of habit without a doubt. At restaurants once I find a meal I like, I'll order that religiously until they take it off the menu. The same has definitely become true with makeup these days as I streamline my collection and focus on quality over quantity. If I could only use ten products for the rest of my life, it would be easy to pick which ones.

The Stila One Step Correct is the primer to rule all primers for me. It's lightweight, works a lot like a moisturizer, and blends in quickly to leave a smooth surface to apply my base. Although I still absolutely love the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue, in the winter I just can't seem to get along with it as well. IT Cosmetic's Your Skin But Better CC Cream has been winning lately since I can mix and match different shades to get the perfect pale-but-not-too-pale finish. It's medium coverage without feeling heavy and still lets natural skin shine through. Plus it does an amazing job at sticking around for a huge chunk of the day.

For concealer I've have probably three or four that are all incredibly similar but the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer wins out if I'm letting my subconscious pick. It's lightweight but still covers my under eye circles and any blemishes that pop up. It also doesn't fade too badly throughout the day and I only need to touch up if I'm going out for the evening. Which literally never happens.

I'm still head over heels smitten with the IT Cosmetic's Brow Power. The pencil is bigger than the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but I prefer the larger nib for a quicker brow application. The spoolie on the other end is a must too. It's a no fuss product that has lasted me a lot longer than most brow products I've used. 

Blush isn't something I'm too picky about. It's probably the only item I couldn't give two figs over. But if I had to choose one to use for the rest of my life I'd likely pick theBalm's Frat Boy Blush. It's a fantastic peachy pink shade that shows up like a nice flush on the skin without being too far one way or another. It's pigmented and stays on the cheeks all day. It isn't going to take the world by storm with its revolutionary color or anything, but it's a solid blush that has lasted many a makeup clear out.

Eye shadow proved the most difficult to decide, but I surprised myself by deciding on the LORAC Pro Palette. It's all I've been wearing lately and I find the entire palette to be filled with great, compatible shades that are buttery and pigmented. Sure an eye shadow primer always helps, but this palette makes it a lot easier to skip that step and leave room for another product in my ten product lineup. 

To finish off the eye I'll usually tight line with the Stila Smudge Stick in "Damsel." The dark brown isn't as piercing as a black but I prefer it for a more natural, yet bold pop. This is by far the best eye liner I've ever used as it doesn't disappear from the tight line and lasts for ages. I've been stumbling upon some really great mascaras lately that could have easily been included, but I'm currently using Urban Decay's Perversion Mascara so it's all I can think about. It's great at thickening the lashes while lengthening and separating. Holds a curl without any issue. Everything you could want.

For lips anything I own by MAC would do, but "Twig" has replaced a lot of my old favorites lately. It's a fantastic, everyday brownish mauve that adds just the right amount of color to the lips without being high maintenance. I can't handle high maintenance with my makeup. The laziness is just too real.

I can't live without a finishing spray to end off a look. It's an obsession I know, but it feels so refreshing and my makeup does last longer with it. So win win. My favorite is without a doubt the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. It's so solid of a product I don't find myself straying or looking anywhere else for an alternative.

I'm pretty sure this post could have also been titled "My Everyday Makeup Routine," but I thought this one was more dramatic. Plus if I could only use ten products it wouldn't be hard to pick these gems out of a lineup any day.

What products make your top ten?

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