Thursday, February 5, 2015

My Ride or Dies

I have a confession--I am a beauty product junkie and Youtube makeup tutorial watching addict. Becoming a cosmetologist only made it worse. And then getting into the banking world (where I actually made enough to buy these products ha!) has fueled the fire even more!

But, on the plus side--I really feel like I have found what works for me and the products I just can't live with out. To save you all the sweat, tears, time, and money (not that I am being dramatic or anything), I thought I would share some of them with you.

1. Stila Stay All Day Foundation and Concealer- This stuff is a life saver for me. I don't have the greatest skin and things can make me break out easily. However, because of said bad skin, I need good coverage as well. Stila has KILLED it with this foundation. It stays on my skin, give fantastic coverage, but also doesn't break me out. It's a true miracle worker people!

2. Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser for Dark Circles- I love how easy this concealer goes on and you can use the applicator to apply and avoid touching your skin with your hands (perfect way to start a breakout). It also blends seamlessly, doesn't crease, and is a steal at only $8.99!

3. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer- This is product is no secret and is a hot item among makeup lovers. But, it really does set your eyes and keep the shadows from creasing or wearing away--enough said!

4. Milani Blush-It took me FOREVA, foreva eva, for eva eva (you get the point) to find a blush I liked. I won't lie either--I like it to look like I am wearing blush, not really a natural look kinda girl. And this one really does the trick. It is very pigmented and it stays on throughout the day without fading away or streaking. My favorite color is the Dolce Pink--its my go to!

5. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray- I had a terrible time for years with my makeup "sliding" off my face (if that makes sense). Regardless, it was a hott mess express. Once I found this setting spray though--that all changed. I literally wear it all day everyday. I love it that much. It keeps it all in place without clogging my pores!

6. Monistat Chafing Gel- OK if you have made it this far in the post--you are in for a treat. It's my favorite beauty secret of all time. Using Monistat Chafing Gel as a face primer. I know, I know--sounds really weird and slightly gross, but I am telling you, the formulation is almost IDENTICAL to Smashbox primer and like 1/8 of the price! And, this stuff works! It fills in my pores and wrinkles fine lines so that my foundation and concealer can glide smoothly over the skin, as well as last all day! Has anyone else tried this?! I totally dare you to--its a game changer!

This was a different type of post for me, but really fun!! I have been toying around with the idea of filming a few tutorials/videos and I think a makeup one would be really fun! Let me know if you guys would be interested in me doing so--I would love to hear your feedback!!



  1. Love this post! Trying out other people's favorite products has lead me to find some that I really love, too :) I must try the Milani blush in Dolce Pink, the name is just too appropriate! By the way, I followed you on bloglovin! I can't wait to see more of your posts :)

    xo, Dolce

  2. Check out all these great products!! That blush looks amazing!!! I will definitely put that on my list to try...a good blush is hard to find! You're the second person to mention a setting spray, so I'm definitely intrigued! Thanks for sharing...I always love knowing about great products.
    Kellie @

  3. UD eyeshadow primer is the end all and be all of my makeup collection, best product ever! I'm going to look into the Stila foundation as I have bad skin too, and am always on the hunt for something that provides great coverage AND doesn't cause more breakouts. Thanks for the rec :)

  4. Ahhh yes, a fellow beauty product/makeup junkie! Kindred spirits! Love your rec's, and I spy a few of my faves: UD setting spray, Age Rewind concealer, and UD primer. I need to try the Monistat tip for a primer- I'm actually almost out of Smashbox, so it's perfect timing!


  5. You make me want to try that foundation! I do like stila so I'm sure I would love it!

  6. I use that concealer, and SWEAR by it!! It really does work! ;)


  7. Wow! Awesome find with the monistat - how clever! I need to get the milani blush!



    My Closet Life Blog

  8. Dying over the monistat recommendation!!! I am totally trying that out!
    xoxo Danielle

    For the Love of Leopard

  9. Omg I'm loving this post!! I didn't know you were such a beauty junkie and I could use some help in that department! Omg I totally want to try that chafing gel as a primer haha that so cool and I haven't seen that UD setting spray! Definitely checking that out! I think you should keep going with the beauty posts here and there! :)

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  10. I love watching youtube makeup tutorials - so much fun!! I love the UD setting spray - miracle worker!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

  11. Yay for being total beauty junkies! I love it! I've actually heard about the dupe for Smashbox primer, and just never tried it... now I must!! That stuff is so pricey, so if this works for me that will be great. :)

  12. I used to use that monistat gel as primer all the time when I was in high school. It was always fun as an awkward teen having the cashier ring that up for me but it worked and it was so cheap! Obviously I'm a huge beauty junkie too, so I can't believe I've never heard of that foundation!

  13. Oh girl. That UD eyeshadow primer and setting spray I cant live without. Two must haves for sure!!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  14. I honestly want to try ALL of these products now. I've been looking to revamp my makeup bag, but I didn't really know what I needed until now. These will be great to have for my honeymoon in May :)

    xoxo, SS

    Southern Stylista

  15. I love the Maybelline Concealer, I have it and swear by it. I have tried the UD primer, it's alright, not my fav. But they do have great packaging.

    XO Chelsea

  16. Love your makeup selection! Wish we had Urban Decay here in Australia!

    Would love to be blogging friends via Bloglovin! Keen on making new friends and hoping to make this little blogging community grow xx

    Shirley | Quartz and Roses | Bloglovin'

  17. I love Milani's blushes -- even though they're drugstore, they're amazing! And I've heard about the primer trick, but I have yet to try it. It sounds like a good dupe, though!


  18. Love the Urban Decay products!

  19. We use the same concealer...isn't that stuff amazing for the price?

  20. I couldn't live without the UD eye primer! Works wonders.


  21. Yes, I follow you on gfc #99, follow back?

  22. Blush looks nice :) M&MFASHIONBITES

  23. I swear by that eye shadow primer, it's such good stuff! And you are the second blog I've read today to recommend the Maybelleine Age Rewind so I think it's a sign :) I'll definitely be giving that a try!


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