Makeup essentials

You know those bloggers with the gorgeous beauty and makeup stashes? I’m not one of them. When it comes to makeup, this is as good as it gets. Although I just noticed I forgot my eye pencil and MAC’s Ruby Woo (my all time favorite), but I’m sure we will all survive. Truth is, as much as I love to read about it (and watch Lisa Eldridge’s videos), I don’t know a whole lot about makeup, just what works for me. I like to keep it minimal and barely-there, but will occasionally opt for a bright lip to spice things up a little.

Rouge Coco Rivoli by Chanel
Price $35 I Swatch by Tinted Red I Get it here
A super chic burgundy shade. I wear this whenever I feel like dressing up. It’s slightly transparent, not too shiny and almost feels like a lip balm. During the day I usually wear it as a lip stain, but in the evenings just as a regular lipstick. Now I only need the same lipstick in Mademoiselle for a more natural everyday lip color. 

Pink Truffle for lips and cheeks by Bobbi Brown
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Such a pretty color, but apparently no longer available. I have no clue why they discontinued it. Oh wait, Google tells me it’s from the Desert Twilight Collection from 2012. So that explains it. You can still get other colors as a pot rouge though. Speaking of Twilight and just to make this post a little more personal; I watched all 5 movies in the cinema and have no regrets. Moving on…

Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder by MAC
Price $26 I Get it here
I use this powder on top of my Mineralize Skinfinish. It’s great for oily skin and because it’s a pressed powder, you can take it everywhere. It looks white but has a transparent finish and also works on my olive skin. Just a small warning though, applying too much may result to this, when someone uses a flash because it reflects light. So no, not selfie-proof in bad lighting conditions.

Le Volume de Chanel
Price $30 I Swatch by Miss Lipgloss I Get it here
I’m blessed with short Asian eyelashes, so when it comes to mascara, I need both length and thickness (and preferably a little curl). From all the mascara’s I tried over the years, this one works best for me. I love the brush, it’s easy to apply and no clumps whatsoever. The only downside? It’s pretty expensive for mascara. But Ici Paris sometimes offers a 40% discount!

Mineralize Skinfinish Natural by MAC
Price $32 I Get it here
The best thing about this powder is that it makes your skin look flawless and doesn’t feel or look powdery at all. I just apply a tiny bit to even out my skin, but it’s very build able if you’re looking for more coverage. I absolutely love it, but only use it in the evening or during a night out. I have very easy skin so in the daytime I prefer my Origins moisturizer.

VitaZing SPF 15 Energy-boosting moisturizer by Origins
Price $36 I Get it here
Have you noticed that I seem to love expensive makeup? It’s just that whenever I go to a drugstore, I can’t figure out which powders, foundations or tinted moisturizers are best for me. I always need a little help. But back to this moisturizer which is described as follows: Slip it on first thing tomorrow—you’ll look like you eat right, sleep tight, and don’t have a worry in sight. I have nothing to add here.

What are your top 3 essential makeup products? Anything that I should try?