How sad is it that I wasn’t tagged to do this? Haha. Oh well, probably someone out there said that they tag everybody.
So, here is a beauty post where I talk about my most-reached for products. These aren’t necessarily the items that I reach for everyday, but they are definitely the ones I’ve used the most in my collection. I will also say that some of these items have reached ‘Holy Grail’ status, but not all of them. Choosing the products wasn’t all that easy since I generally like to switch up what I use, but I knew which ones were well loved and the ones that deserve to be in this post.
1. Benefit The Porefessional
– If you look closely at the packaging, it’s slightly beaten up so you can tell that I use it a lot. It says on the packaging that it’s a balm, and the idea is that it’s meant to fill in any pores or fine lines to give your foundation a flawless canvas to start off with. Since I have oily skin, it helps combat the oil on my T-Zone throughout the day and it helps my makeup last all day long. It’s basically everything you could possibly want in a primer.
2. Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in Shade B40 Beige Desert
– Chanel foundations are to die for, and their make up line is best known for their top quality foundations. One of their most popular foundations is the Vitalumiere Aqua. The foundation, first off, is a very liquid consistency. It’s a water-based foundation (the product separates) so you have to shake it well before using it. Second, it’s best applied with fingers. I’m not sure why, but it says so on the packaging (which is also another thing I like since it’s small, it’s not messy and when you squeeze it, you never get too much out). You also don’t need much of it, and when you apply it to your face, it comes off as second-skin looking. It’s not matte, it’s not dewy, but it just looks like your skin but better. The coverage is light to medium, and definitely buildable, but won’t look cakey. It lasts on my skin pretty well (with a primer, of course) and the color match is pretty good. The price is definitely something to consider, but I personally think it’s worth it for an everyday foundation, and it has lasted me a long time now despite the fact that it’s only 30ml.
3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector in Peach
– I’ve hit pan on this one, and for good reason! What I love about this corrector is that it does its job: it corrects any pigmentation you may have under your eyes. Because it’s a peachy tone, it cancels out the purple shades of my dark circles. They also weren’t kidding when they said creamy. I’m very careful when I use this because if I apply too much, it will crease under my eyes (you could apply it with your fingers to warm it up, or use a brush but apply it sparingly). Normally, I would opt for something lighter in consistency under my eyes, but this works really well and I enjoy using it.
4. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer-Powder Duo in Honey/Pale Yellow
– Similar to the Creamy Corrector, I’ve hit pan on it as well, and the textures are the same. It’s easy to apply, and it gives good coverage so it’s great for any unsightly pigmentation you may want to cover. I think it’s good for both spots and under the eyes, but like I said, it’s a thicker cream consistency (to me, at least) so you have to be careful when using it in that area. Because I have oily skin, products don’t last very well on me, which is why it’s good that this comes with its own setting powder. Ideally, you’d only use it to set the areas you’ve used the concealer on, but I like the powder so much that I use it to set my whole face. Amazingly, I’ve hardly put a dent in it. The powder itself is very finely milled so it doesn’t go on cakey like a lot of setting powders do.
5. Natural Collection Blush in Peach Melba
– I had to stop myself from using this at some point because I was afraid that all my other blushes were getting jealous. What I love most about it is that despite it being a drugstore product, the quality is fantastic (the powder alone; packaging wise, it’s horrible!). When I swatch it with my finger, the feel of the powder is very silky so the powder particles (powder particles?!) aren’t very chunky (unlike some of my MAC blushes), so when you apply it, it goes on smoothly on your face and it’s easy to blend. Pigmentation and lasting power are great as well. I just love how when I put it on, I look so healthy and happy. It stays true to its name ‘Peach’, and it’s a very lovely soft peachy pink color, and I can’t possibly recommend it enough.
6. Benefit Brows-a-Go-Go Palette
– As far as eyebrow things go, I haven’t explored other products because this palette just won’t die! Not that it’s a bad thing, but I haven’t used anything else for the past 3 years. Well, I have, but I always come back to this. The palette comes with 2 eyebrow powders (one light brown—something similar to Omega by MAC, one darker brown—similar to Espresso, also by MAC), 1 eyebrow wax, 1 browbone highlighter and 1 Eye Bright. They also included a small double ended brush with an angled side and the talent brush, a pair of tweezers and a black eyeliner.
The black eyeliner I have never used, the tweezers I use, the talent brush I use to put the wax on, and the angled brush was fine once until I realized it put too much product on (so now I use a MAC266). The Eye Bright, I don’t really know how to use, and the browbone highlight is really nice if you don’t mind light pink and shimmery highlights.
The eyebrow wax is great ’cause it really helps keep your brows in place and it doesn’t really feel like a heavy kind of wax. And of course, the brow powders are really good. I use the lighter one for days when I just want to look simple and polished, and the darker one for when I want my brows to stand out and be really defined. I sometimes mix the two together, which is fine too. The best part is, whenever I wear this, people always compliment me on my brows saying how nicely shaped and filled in they are.
7. Urban Decay Naked2 Palette
– Ah, of course, the forever hyped Urban Decay Naked Palettes. Like many others, I caved in and bought this because so many people recommended it and I wanted to see for myself what all the hullabaloo was about. I bought this and the Naked1 at the same time, but I think I prefer this one. The eyeshadows in this palette are cooler in tones (the Naked1 has the warmer tones), and the textures of the powders are smoother and less chunky than in Naked1. There are also more matte shades in this one, and the rest are shimmery eyeshadows that give the nicest creamy or glossy look. The pigmentation is also amazing. One thing to take note of is that Urban Decay eyeshadows are notorious when it comes to fall down (when eyeshadow drops under your eyes when you pack them on), so you have to be careful.
It also comes with a dual-ended brush (one flat shader brush and one blending brush) which I use all the time and I really like it. Similar to the Naked1 that came with a mini Primer Potion, the Naked2 came with a mini Naked Lipgloss which has a really nice cooling effect when you put it on the lips, and has a mint-chocolate smell, too! So, over all, I think you definitely get your money’s worth when you buy this palette since you get a lot of eyeshadows, they can be used for simple day time looks or intense smokey eyes, the packaging is pretty great, and you can take it with you anywhere since everything you need is right there.
8. Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink
– You would think that any eyeliner will do, but once I tried this one out for size, I was converted almost instantly. I like using black eyeliner in my water line as well as on my top lashline, and kohl eyeliners just won’t cut it for me since they smudge so bad. What I love most about this product is that it goes on like butter so it’s easy to apply. If I want to smudge it out, it’s easy to blend. When it sets, it stays put, even on your waterline, and even if you’re having a bad watery-eye day. It’s also very pigmented, so the black is black. I was also worried that it would dry up quickly, but I think as long as you use it a lot, it won’t dry out as fast. I bought it in a set of two, so I also have Sepia Ink which is the brown (a dark and cool-toned brown) one that they do which is also good.
9. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers
– There really isn’t much to say about these eyelash curlers aside from the fact that they are worth the money and they get the job done. I’d say invest in a good set of eyelash curlers instead of repurchasing cheapy ones that don’t even work. I think these ones are designed for Asian eyes, but I could be wrong. The more important thing to discuss though is that these eyelash curlers really press onto your lashes, so when you curl them, they stay that way the whole day. It’s a crucial step before applying mascara because they make such a huge difference, they really make your eyes stand out even further, as well as make your lashes look long and amazing.
10. Bourjois Volumizer Mascara
– To be honest, any mascara will do for me as long as it doesn’t smudge under my eyes after a long day. What I like about this one in particular is that I’m not usually one to layer up my mascara, so when I tried this out, I really liked the idea and was impressed with the outcome. It’s a two step type of mascara, so you get the first step where there’s less product and it’s supposedly for lengthening. The second step has a wider mascara stopper, so there’s more product on the wand and it’s for volumizing. The first step is great for when you just want your lashes to look naturally long and pretty, but when you add the second step, they are full on and gorgeous! The formula of the mascara isn’t clumpy, it’s very black, and it’s so easy to get off. It also isn’t waterproof but despite my oily lids, it doesn’t smudge on me. One thing I noticed though is that when I don’t use my DiorShow Lash Plumping Serum (which is basically a white mascara primer), the mascara doesn’t hold a curl very well and I think it flakes away a bit. Since I never use mascara without the lash primer, the mascara is amazing and it’s worth trying out.
11. MAC Lipstick in Half n’ Half
– This and the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle are actually tied for this category, but I left it in my brother’s flat. The reason I like this the most is because it’s such a flattering browny nude color, and it’s my favorite out of all my MAC lipsticks (for the nude category). It doesn’t pale my lips out, and there’s a mauve-y pink tone to it so it’s perfect for the ‘your lips but better’ kind of look. Another great thing about it is that the consistency is very creamy and pigmentation is great (which is expected because it’s an Amplified Creme lipstick). It also lasts very well on my lips, it wears nicely so it doesn’t get gloopy nor does it leave any weird white residue and it doesn’t make my lips dry. On its own, it looks good but I like it best when I put a lipliner under it, too.
Well, that’s pretty much all I have to say about my 11 Most Reached for Products. I hope it helps those who are curious about the products I mentioned, or are looking for something new to try out make-up wise!
Comment below what your 11 most Reached for Products are, or send me a link if you’ve got a post similar to this one. I’d love to know what you guys have to say, and I might even add some of them to my wish list!