Beauty Bomb // Essentials

Beauty Must Haves

1. MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack with MAC  #208 Brush 2. EOS Lipbalm 3. Urban Decay Naked Palette 4. Skincare Combo: St. Ives Apricot Scrub for Sensitive Skin/Simple Hydrating Light Moisturiser/Simple Refreshing Facial Wash Gel 5. MAC Studio Finish Concealer 6. E.L.F. Eyebrow Kit 7. L’Oreal Paris Extra-Volume Collagen Mascara  

I’m really not a beauty person. Most of what I know about applying makeup I gleaned off of YouTube in my University years…and even then what I manage to achieve has always been a poor man’s version of what these Beauty Gurus can do with their faces. I blame my hand-eye coordination and lack of patience. In any case, social norms dictate that I must at least TRY to look acceptable in public, and this is basically a collection of products that make that job relatively easier for the likes of me. Some of these I use every single day, some only on special occasions (mostly the Naked Palette) but I would or have already re-purchased any of these beauty items (except maybe the mascara, and you’ll see why below).

I won’t speak in detail about each of the products I’ve listed because some of them are kind of DUH but one thing I will say emphatically is that my skincare routine is the most important part of my day (and I still don’t do everything I should – like tone). I was first introduced to Simple products when I lived in the UK and was suffering from really terrible dry skin – I’m talking cracked, burning, bleeding skin on the worst of days. Most of the facial cleansers I attempted to use just irritated my skin even more and quite by chance I found a solution in Simple. Simple is a dye and odor free skincare line and it was a God send then and I still consider it a God send now. I’ve gotten to the point where I’m a little afraid of trying anything else and I can safely say that as long as it’s a product I can get my hands on here in Trinidad, it’s one I will continue to use. Because I suffer with dry skin even now (but not as badly) a daily facial moisturiser is the most important tool in my beauty arsenal – I literally could not make it through the day comfortably without applying moisturiser.

My every day look is definitely a cat eye. Literally. Every. Day. I don’t think I could suffer this world without eyeliner and when I discovered the magic that was gel eyeliner…well…that sealed my fate. I sometimes combine a few different concealers but my absolute favourite and probably the most versatile amongst them has to be the MAC Studio Finish Concealer. It gives you enough coverage without being too dense or drying. I’d advise going into MAC to get matched for your exact shade because once you do, the blending will probably be flawless. I didn’t put a brush up here because while I do use a brush with this concealer, it is by no means necessary (I just don’t like making nail indentations in the concealer).

Just as an FYI, please note that while I have a mascara listed above, I have not found my holy grail of mascaras yet…I feel like I’m on a perpetual life journey, the destination of which could only be a favourite mascara. If you have any recommendations for an amazing mascara please say so in the comments or in a tweet or something, I’m totally open to trying new ones.

So there it is. I’m no beauty expert or guru by any stretch but I figure these kinds of posts are always fun.

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13 thoughts on “Beauty Bomb // Essentials

  1. Favourite mascaras: Lancome Hypnose (love the formula itself) and/or Virtuose (love the brush) ($$) or L’oreal Voluminous Million (great for everyday) ($)

      • Here’s some convincing reasons why I love it:

        – I hate makeup and hardly wear it
        – So I don’t want to spend a lot of money on mascara
        – I have crazy oily skin
        – The formula comes off easy with just soap and water, yet it holds all day (on my aforementioned oily skin)
        – My lashes are plentiful but grow in different directions; the wand is precise and doesn’t clump.

        Then on special occassions when I want more than an everyday look, I layer the virtuouse or hypnose on top (depending on desired effect). I use it as a sub layer because it stops the lancome ones from mushing my lashes together.

  2. Do you buy your ESOS in Trinidad? if yes, where?
    My fav mascaras have to be (not in any specific order):
    Essence I Love Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara
    Mally Volumizing Mascara
    Maybelline Lash Discovery
    L’oreal Double Extend and
    Almay Get Up & Grow

    One Mascara cant work for every look so that is why i so many favs.

  3. Try Benefit mascaras….my faves are They’re Real and BADgal Lash! Anastasia has a waterproof topcoat that you can brush over any mascara to make it waterproof….genius. Anastasia also has the best eyebrow powders and pencils…very natural looking.

    • Yes! I’ve wanted an Anastasia brow kit like whoa. Too Faced also has this crazy product called ‘Better Than False Lashes’. Check it out.

  4. I’ve seen EOS lipbalm in a drugstore here, and it was around $40 I think :/ I use drugstore mascara and I really like L’Oreal Voluminous in carbon black, and Revlon Fabulash.. You can apply coats of different mascaras to get your desired look though e.g. Maybelline with Loreal, even 3-4 mascaras can be combined!

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