We’re jumping out of the fashion and style box today on Chic Little Honey! Beauty and cosmetic products have been my recent obsession. Dropping hundreds of dollars on makeup has never had an appeal to me. Like, no…I could buy clothes with that. But I soon realized that I needed something better than the drugstore foundation I had been using for two years. And that’s when Sephora became my best friend and my bank account’s worst enemy. I still love to mix drugstore with high-end makeup to create my everyday looks, which are never extravagant or YouTube beauty guru worthy. I’m still learning by picking up tips and tricks from my fav gurus. Check out Jaclyn Hill, Tati, LustreLux, RachhLoves, and Desi Perkins for great content and amazing makeup tutorials! Then take a look at just a few of the makeup products I’m loving from my ever-growing collection.
Primer & Foundations
Tarte’s Amazonian Clay foundation provides long-wearing, oil-free, full coverage for my daily makeup routine. Oil free products are essential for my extremely oily skin. I just picked up the Sonia Kashuk (exclusive to Target) foundation as a cheaper alternative for days I don’t need a full coverage face. We’ll see how it wears!
Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer | Benefit Cosmetics Erase Paste concealer | Maybelline Fit Me matte powder | CoverGirl Classic Color blush in Rose Silk | Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter highlight in moonstone | Nars bronzer | Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette
I purchased the Nyx Highlight & Contour Pro Palette because, let’s face it, I’m crap at contouring. This drugstore palette is the perfect beginner guide to contouring so I’m testing the waters before I go big and purchase the holy grail Kat Von D Shade + Light contour palette.
Yes, I do use an eye liner kohl pencil to fill in my eye brows. I’m not a fan of any of the brow fillers or pencils I’ve tried so far since I don’t actually draw or shape my brows with makeup. This pencil is perfect for darkening my hairs and filling in bald spots that may have popped up.
Ah, the amazing eye shadow palettes. These four palettes are gold, in my opinion. We don’t even have to discuss Urban Decay’s Naked 2 and 3, because they’re a given. The Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani collab palette, I have to say, is surprisingly good. The colors are vivid and buildable, especially if you wet your brush before applying. The palette that surprised me the most, though, is the Ulta Gilded Gold palette. The colors are beautifully neutral and gorgeous to apply. The only downside I can find is that they are not extremely pigmented on first application; you have to layer the shadows to build the color you see in the pan.
(from left to right) Rimmel London Moisture Renew in Notting Hill Nude | Rimmel London Kate Moss Collection in 001| YSL Rouge Volupte in Nude in Private | Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid lipstick in Lolita II | Maybelline Lip Studio Color Blur in Plum, Please (do not use blur option) | Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella
And finally, lip color. My two favorites are the Kat Von D Lolita II liquid lip and the Maybelline Plum, Please Studio Color Blur. Lolita II is a beautiful terra cotta rose nude in a creamy liquid formula. It’s a great darker alternative to your typical nude shade. Plum, Please is very easy to apply and easy to correct if you mess up, which is easy to do with such a dark color. The lip color blurring trend didn’t take off as much as the beauty industry hoped, but using just the color without the white silicone blur tip produces a fantastic look.