Recently I just celebrated my birthdays. Yes, I said “Birthdays.” I have two of them.
I was born in the Philippines and they messed up the date on my birth certificate. So, I do indeed celebrate both days. My actual birthday and my government birthday. Which is a good thing now because my significant other (S.O /Boo Thang) has his kids on alternate weekends. This year he had his kiddos on my actual birthday so we were able to celebrate together on my “government birthday.”
Well, my official birthday weekend started a little early. I took half the day off on a Wednesday then took Thursday through Sunday off.
Wednesday we started off at the beach with my friend Joanna while we sipped (slurp) Pina Coladas and working on our tans.
I know, it’s a tough life but someone has to do it.
11 darn things! Holy Moly! That’s without eyeshadow! I normally also put a lil highlighter in the inner corner of my eyes but I always put it back in my makeup storage because it’s my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. It’s too big to tote around in my makeup bag if I’m only using one color for a highlight.
A lil bit about each product….
Missha Misa Cho Bo Yangmoisturizer cream- I’ve been really focusing on my skin care and making sure I put on a facial moisturizer, day and night. I love the benefits of Ginseng and the smell of it also. It’s a light weight moisturizer and I don’t go a day without it now.
Hourglass Immaculate Liquid Powder Mattifying Foundationfor us oily skinned folks. I’ve been using this for the past couple of weeks and I LOVE IT! I haven’t had to blot my face throughout the day with this product. It is a high-end foundation product and if I’m paying $55 for it, it better darn work! It has definitely proved that it does. So if you’re a fellow oily girl chic as myself, go to your nearest Sephora to get matched up and get you a sample.
Beauty Blender– Oh this darn lil air-brushed finishing sponge, it took me forever to jump on the beauty blender band wagon. I just couldn’t look at a $20 bill and transfer from one hand to receive just a lil pink sponge in the other. But, finally I splurged at Christmas time and I haven’t looked back! Who woulda thought that this lil sponge would work wonders as it does! I highly recommend going out and getting this! Right now they even have a limited edition one in the color lavender purple for Spring. So, as of now, they have them in the colors pink, lavender, black, and pure white. I have the pink and the white one. They really do work wonders!
MAC Skinfinish in the shade Deep Dark for my bronzer and contouring. I put it along the hollows of my cheeks from the ear down towards the corners of my lips. Also at the temples on the corners of my forehead and along my jaw line and if I’m going all out, the sides of my nose to skim it down. Soon, I’ll get the NEWMAC Studio Sculpt creamto play with, but right now I have so many bronzers, I just can’t see myself shelling out more cash for it. I love contouring my face, but if you’re in a rush in the mornings, just do it along the hollows of your cheeks and you’re good to go.
Ben Nye banana powder– I use this to brighten up and highlight my dark under eyes. This is great for women that have yellow undertones. They also make a shade for women that have pink undertones. When I use it, I place it like a triangle below my eyes down along the sides of my nose to extend out to my hairline next to my eyes. Let it set for a couple of minutes then lightly dust it off with a brush using a soft hand. You’ll definitely see I newly awakened self.
NARS Blushin my favorite everyday shade Deep Throat- This is a perfect pink for everyday use for me. I just swipe on top of the apples of my cheeks and extend a lil bit just shy of my hairline.
MAC Viva Glam Rihannalipstick and MAC Lipliner in Brick- I apply my lipstick first lightly just shy up my natural lip line then I apply my lip liner then again finish up shading in the rest of my lips with my lipstick. I find it best for me to apply my lipsticks that way. This is my new staple lipstick. It goes with every skin tone that I’ve seen and it makes me feel more confident and fierce! Go ‘head MAC! I LOVE THIS SHADE!
MAC Eyelash curler– This is the ONLY eyelash curler that works for my uncurly asian straight eyelashes. They don’t tug at my eyelashes and it gets every last eyelash! I clamp my eyelashes in and lightly squeeze several times and slightly extend up to get my desired curl. I know it’s on the lil expensive side, but like I said, it’s the only one that works for me. Even the eyelash curlers that look like exact dupes for this doesn’t work for me. They somehow snag and rip out my lashes, which is a definite HELL NAW moment! So I’ll dish out the money for this. They last a very long time and you only have to replace the lil silicone black thingys that you put in there.
MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack – this is the only black gel-like liner that stays in place for me. Once it dries, it stays put! It dries quite fast so you have to work quick. I apply it to my tightline along my lashes to get a natural full-look with my Sigma E16 tightline brush and I finish my cat eye look with MAC 266 angled brush. FLAWLESS!
Sephora Outrageous Volume mascara in Ultra Black- Again, one of my Holy Grails/Staple makeup products. I love the tiny little bristles of this brus and I haven’t actually counted how many there are but theres a ton! This is the only mascara that coats every lash, lenghtens and gives out of this world va va voom volume! This is the most dramatized mascara for me! And the price is only $15! The only downside to it, is that you have to put in a lil gentle care in removing it at the end of the day. But with that said, you’ll know that it’ll stay put throughout the day.
Well Dolls, that’s the contents of my everyday makeup bag. I hope you enjoyed and learned a lil on why those are my everyday products that I choose.
BB Creams were all the craze and still is. Being in Florida, we need to wear spf to protect our skin from the sun. Smashbox is the perfect fit for my skin with the shade of color and coverage. It’s in between a tinted moisturizer and full coverage foundation.
Sigma F80 Foundation Brush
Since I started off with the BB Cream, the Sigma F80 Kabuki brush is what I used to give me that flawless finish. They’re reasonably priced and I haven’t had any shedding of the bristles like my other brushes.
Elf Contouring & Blush set
This is by far the best, hands down contouring & blush set in one for the buck! For only $3 and I still havent reached pan. It’s super comparable to the NARS set.
MAC contouring brush 168
I use this baby for my contouring and blush. I do the contouring first then I just dab on the blush on the apples of my cheeks. I like how they’re white bristles so I can see how much of the contouring product I have on it. You don’t want it to be too harsh and have too much product on it.
Macadamia Hair treatment oil
I fell in love with this product when I received it in one of my monthly Ipsy beauty bags. I love the smell and I don’t need a ton of it. I have super long, color-treated hair. I only need one pump for all of it. The left over that I have in my hands after smoothing it through my hair, I just rub it on my cuticles to nourish them at the same time. They are quite pricey, but it’s worth every penny. The normally have deals on these at CVS & Target where you buy one and get a 2nd product at half off. When I see deals like that, I go ahead and jump on it.
Victoria’s Secret Love Spell lotion
This is my absolute favorite scent. I feel so fresh and sexy in this. It’s not overpowering and makes my skin feel so smooth.
MAC Blacktrack eye liner fluidline
This is my go-to eyeliner! It doesn’t smudge and stays in place ALL DAY! I typically wear the cat eyes everyday. It’s pretty much my signature eyes. It doesn’t matter where I am or going.
I don’t know what I’d do without my Clarisonic. This has saved my skin! My skin feels so clean after I use this. When I don’t use it, I can definitely tell the difference. It’s pricey but so worth it. Don’t let the other look a likes fool you. This is the real deal of skin cleaning.
Urban Decay’s Naked 2
There’s so many possibilities with this. From my everyday wear in my Air Force uniform to a night on the town. You can create different looks with this one AMAZING set!
Last but definitely not least….
I never leave the house without something on my lips. If I don’t have anything else on, I always have lipstick or lipgloss on. I feel naked without it. For me and my lips, MAC makes the best lipstick formulas.
Well beauties, were any of my favorites yours as well?