Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! I hope you all had an amazing 2016 full of love, laughter, and great beauty looks!
2016 was definitely a challenge for me because of my health, but I know that 2017 is going to be so much better! I’ll be going back to school this January, working on my health, and my amazing beauty blog!
Today we are talking about our 2016 Ride or Die Beauty Products! You know, those products that made beauty fun, easy, or maybe even magical! Let’s get started!
The first products I want to talk about are my skin care products! Now this isn’t everything I use on my skin, I’m still in the process of testing out some products. The first item is the Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Cleansing Pads; I love these so much! They really get in there and help remove all the makeup from the day, and they leave the skin feeling smooth and clean.
The other item is the e.l.f. Makeup Removing Cleansing Wipes. These are so soft, they smell amazing, and they’re not harsh on the skin. These will definitely remove any makeup you have on your face, and sometimes I’ll even go in with my Aveeno Cleansing Pads afterwords for a deep cleaning.
Last but not least, the Equate Blemish Control Apricot Scrub. Now I’ve been hearing that St. Ives’ Apricot Scrub is being sued due to the product ruining people’s faces. I believe they’re saying this is because of an ingredient called walnut shells or walnut shell powder. I personally have never had a problem with either brand, and a lot of the reaction could be a nut allergy, but who knows. I love this to exfoliate my skin, I don’t think it’s harsh, and it actually leaves my skin super smooth after using it!
The next group of items are all my face creams/primer, plus my cheap knockoff of a beauty blender.
Dermalogica has been around for a long time, and yes they are expensive, but it’s worth the investment because their products actually work. I have the Oil Free Matte Lotion with SPF 30. I have combination to oily skin, but mostly oily, and I was having such a hard time with preventing “cake face”. I spoke with an employee at Ulta and they suggested this product. So far it has been working beautifully, and will stay in my makeup routine!
Next up is my Benefit POREfessional Primer that I absolutely LOVE😍. This works like magic on my pores! I have pores the size of dinner plates, and you would never know because I use this product! Yes, it is that good!
My LO’REAL 24 hr Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, is a God send! This is a recent find for me, but omg, game changer! This is hands down the best foundation for my skin type. Now I am still having some dry patches, but better that, than having “cake face”, you feel me! Love, love, love it!
Tarte Shape Tape Concealer need I say more? If you are a makeup junky like myself or you watch a lot of makeup tutorials, also like me, you know this is a holy grail product. It brightens, tightens, and definitely conceals like no other! The proof is in the pudding!
Then there is my knock off beauty blender. I love the makeup sponge idea, it works like a charm! No streaks and it helps press the product into the skin which helps it last longer and stays put!
Here is a combo of Sonia Kashuk brushes that I’ve had forever, but never used lol, and e.l.f. brushes that I bought this year. In this group I have a blush brush, 2 blending brushes, a crease brush, an angled brush I use for my eyebrows, and 3 multiuse eyeshadow brushes. I use these brushes every time I put makeup on, and they make the application so much easier!
These eyeshadows have been some of my favorite this year! There is the NYX Jaded, Urban Decay’s Midnight Cowboy & Midnight Cowboy Rides Again, and then Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick in Rose Gold. What I like to do is put the Rose Gold down as a base, and then put one of the Urban Decay shadows on top. It’s quick and simple, and looks amazing! Jaded is just a beautiful color, and I mixed that with some greens from my Morphe 35s palette. I used it for my Christmas makeup look!
I’m pretty sure that eyeliner is my favorite makeup item, that and red lipstick. I also put in my favorite eyeshadow primer, Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. I know this packaging is old, but I love this stuff, it works like a charm, in that it makes my eyeshadow stay put!
Next I have my favorite eyeliners, the Stila long wear eyeliner in black, and the Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyelinrr & the Colorstay Skinny Liquid Eyeliner. At first I didn’t like the Revlon products, but after I played with them a few times, I was hooked! They glide on, and even with my unsteady hands, they always look beautiful!
Eyebrows are so important, so make sure you find products that work for you!
Before I dyed my hair red, I was religiously using my Benefit Ka-brow & Goof Proof Brow Pencil. I believe I have shade 2 in both products. I would get so many compliments on my eyebrows after using those two products! I wish they had these products in an auburn color.
Next I have my Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Auburn. I started using this once I dyed my hair red. I love how natural it made my eyebrows look, and the color matched perfectly. I do need a better brush for application, but soon I will be switching to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Pencil.
These are some of my favorite powder products that I use! First we have the tarte Pro Glow to Go palette, it comes with 3 shades; 2 highlight colors, and a bronzer. It is absolutely gorgeous, and super handy to have around!
Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer is also amazing! That is usually my go too for contouring or warming up the face. Love the formula.
My favorite blush is the Bellápierre Cosmetics blush is Desert Rose. This color is a perfect match for my skin tone. It’s not too pink, but not too dull. It is a mineral blush, so you have to be careful that it doesn’t get all over the place. It blends well in the skin, and gives me the right pop of color.
I couldn’t help but have a ton of lip products in my ride or die’s for 2016. First I will start with my Marc Jacobs Mini Lipstick in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. It is a beautiful dusty rose color that would pretty much look good on anyone. I got it in my birthday kit from Sephora.
Ipsy always has amazing products in there glam bags, and when I saw this Smashbox Liquid Lipstick in Drivers Seat, I was shocked! It’s a perfect nude color, and it dries matte!
Another ipsy glam bag product was Absolute New York Matte Stick in Dark Red. I always say I’m a sucker for red lipstick, it’s my favorite color lipstick and I love that it’s matte. It is full size, and I wear it often!
The next product was in one of the first ipsy bags I ever received, and it was a mini of Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss Collection in Underage Red. This lipstick stays put! I can eat a meal, and 90% of it stays on! It’s a gorgeous in your face red, and I love it!
I have one red lip liner that I use, it’s very universal. It’s a Sephora lip liner in Classic Red! It goes with pretty much any red lipstick I have, and that’s what I love about it.
This next product is a new favorite of mine, it’s by Too Faced and I absolutely love the name; it’s called Lady Balls! That is the awesomest name for a lip color. This formula is amazing, it glides onto your lips, it’s a matte lipstick (which I love), but it does transfer a little bit, so blot before it dries or do the finger trick!
The last item I want to mention is Urban Decay’s de-slick Makeup Setting Spray with Oil Control! I mean, that’s a no brainer for someone like me who has oily skin. This locks everything in, and helps control all that oil! I got it on sale at Ulta, so I was super happy about it!
Well my loves, I know this was a long blog, but I didn’t want to leave any products out! I hope you all have a fun and safe New Years, and that 2017 is one of your best years yet! I’m hoping 2017 brings me lots of laughter, happiness, and a sense of accomplishments!
Happy New Year!🖤🖤🖤🎉🎉🎉