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My Beauty HGs

April 24, 2010

Apart from weddings, I have another obsession – makeup. 

I love makeup.  I love buying it, I love applying it, I love taking pictures of my FOTDs, I love everything about it.  Put me in front of a mirror with a brush and blowdryer and I will complain about doing my hair before I even start.  But put me in the bathroom with a case of makeup???  I can be in there for 2 hours, enjoying every minute.

My obsession began circa ninth grade, when I bought my first products from MAC.  I still remember what they were: Gel lipstick and C-Thru lipglass.  I bought them because I had read somewhere that they were Britney Spears’ go-to lip products.

Almost 10 years later, MAC still remains one of my favourite brands; however, after the discovery of beauty-mecca Sephora, I’ve come to favour other brands for certain purposes.

Here are my favourites:

Primer: Make Up Forever HD Microperfecting Primer

I got a sample of this with my purchase of MUFE’s HD foundation, and I was hooked.  A lot of people use Smashbox as their HG primer.  I’ve tried the latter, and I wasn’t overly impressed.  I find this primer easier to spread and just “lighter” in general.  Plus I find that it helps camoflauge pore size significantly.

Foundation: Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I fell in love with this foundation in my search for an appropriate base for wedding photography.  Everything about it is spectacular – colour selection, finish, formula, and wear.

Concealer: Make Up Forever Full Cover Concealer

I love this concealer because it’s truly a full-coverage corrector and is meant to be applied over foundation (which is the way that I prefer to do it).

Powder: MAC Blot Powder

The main reason why I like this powder is because it doesn’t leave a “colour” on my face after use.  I find that with most other powders, there is almost always a “chalky” residue after use – probably because I have a tanned, olive skin tone.  I apply it with a big, fluffy brush. 

Brow Pencil: Dior Universal Brow Styler

This is, by far, the best brow product I have ever used.  And I’ve used a lot.  The colour is perfection, and truly works on all skin tones and hair colours.  The formula is not too waxy, which lends a softer look.  The tip is ultra-fine, and therefore easy to control and shapes even the thinnest of brows.  Plus it has a handy-dandy brush hidden in the other end for blending.  LOVE.  Well worth the hefty price tag.

Eye Shadow Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion

This has a cult following and for good reason.  By and large the best eye shadow primer out there.  A little bit of this makes your shadow stay on all day, helping it to resist fading and creasing.  I never, ever, wear shadow without swiping this stuff on first.

Eye Shadow: MAC

I love MAC eyeshadow.  I find them highly pigmented and more-or-less true to colour.  They last the longest and apply effortlessly.  Especially their veluxe pearl formulas.  A few of my go-to colours include: Woodwinked, Mulch, Coppering, Shroom, and Cork.

Eyeliner: MAC Fluidline

I love this eyeliner because it is long-wearing and doesn’t smudge.  It’s easy to apply once you get the hang of using an angled brush, and you can control how thin or thick you’d like it to be.  Very versatile.  If I’m going for a smudged smoky look, I typically will use MAC’s Technakohl liners.

Mascara: Dior Diorshow OR Maybelline Full N Soft (waterproof formulas)

I think I love these mascaras (almost) equally.  I’ve been using Full N Soft for about 12 years now, and it has never let me down.  It never clumps, and it soft to the touch.  I absolutely love it.  Diorshow is well-known as one of the best mascaras out there.  The volume it delivers is incredible, thanks to it’s gigantic brush.  They both hold curl very well.  I tend to use Full N Soft more, and probably because it is $9 compared to $32.

Blush: NARS

NARS blushes are superior to all others, IMO.   Their formulas are sheer and apply evenly and easily.  No other blush leaves a “glow” like theirs do.  From the universally flattering “Orgasm” to bolder shades like “Exhibit A”, no word can explain them more than – beautiful.

Lipgloss: MAC Plushglass

I love MAC glosses because they last forever.  The one thing I always hated about them (and my husband did too) is that they are insanely sticky.  When my boss introduced me to their plushglass, I found that formula to be a lot less sticky than their glass formulas.  Plus they smell delicious and plump up your lips ever so slightly.

I almost never use lip pencils or lipsticks, so I don’t really have a favourite with those. 

Don’t forget to comment and let me know your favourite/HG beauty products!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2010 12:11 am

    I LOVE makeup too!!!!!

    That MAC Blot Powder is great! My makeup artist used it on me for the wedding.

    I agree with you on the fluidline, it’s the best! I also like the Milani Liquify it’s pretty great for a pencil and it stays long on the waterline.

    I need to splurge on Makeup Forever Foundation… I have always heard great things. Right now I am using MAC Studio Sculpt which I know a lot of people don’t like but I do!

    For primer I am a Too Faced Shadow Insurance girl…. UDPP’s bottle pisses me off!

    I need to do a post like this! Great idea!!!!!!!!

    Sorry for the super long comment!! 🙂


    • April 25, 2010 9:14 pm

      Comment away! hahaha

      The secret with the UDPP bottle is to take off the “stopper” at the top. Then you can really scrape the sides and get every last bit out. It seriously makes the bottle last at least 2 months longer. Crazy!

      I love MUFE for face products. They are fantastic – would highly recommend! I’ve never really been a fan of MAC for foundation… I find it breaks me out like mad!

      I will have to check out the Milani pencil… I am always on the look out for good pencils. Although I really like MAC technakohl.

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