November Essentials Spree

Yesterday I went on a tiny shopping spree to Sephora, Mac, and Ulta with one goal: to stock up on the essentials.  Although I usually try to leave with at least a handful of out of the ordinary purchases, like a bold lip color or a product from a new brand, this time I tried to stick with the fundamentals that keep me coming back time and time again.

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Ardell Lashes:  I have love for fancier mink lashes too, but for everyday wear I go with Ardell.  My favorites are Double Up, Demi-Wispies, and Wispies.

Stipple Brushes:  I’ve got my eye on the Sigma Essentials brush set, but until then here are some realTechniques duo-fiber face, contour, and eye brushes.

Benefit Erase Paste:  One of my favorite concealers/ under-eye brighteners.  I take it in a shade “No.1; Fair.”

MAC Strobe Cream:  Mix half and half with your favorite moisturizer for a brightened, glowing complexion.  An all time favorite.

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MAC Pigment: “Vanilla” is my go-to for the inner-eye corner glow.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes:  Essential.

Covergirl Clean Makeup Remover Wipes:  Same as above, but for varieties sake.

Murad Essential-C Cleanser:  I think I’ve mentioned this product before.  It’s my favorite facial cleanser and does the best job of removing stubborn eye makeup.  I like to use it with my Clarisonic for a deep cleaning.

MAC Fix+:  Admittedly, I’m new to this one.  It’s only my second time purchasing this fixing spray and I can’t do my makeup without it anymore.  It’s my biggest makeup revelation since the beauty blender ball.  I spray it before, throughout, and after my makeup process to make sure my cake face doesn’t get truly cakey.

MAC Paint Pot:  “Painterly” is, hands down, my favorite eyeshadow base and paint pot.  It’s a pinkish beige that complements any eyeshadow color scheme you have planned.  It never creases and its pro-longwear.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream:  Obsessed!  They glide on so creamy, they smell like marshmallow fluff, and the colors are universally flattering.  In order from L-R are Morocco, Stockholm, Cairo, San Paulo, and Addis Ababa.  Morocco is more red and less orange than pictured, and Cairo is not as pale as pictured.

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Sephora Fiber Mask:  In “Green Tea.”  I’m a fiber mask addict, but at this point I’ve already gone through most of the masks I purchased in Japan.  The Sephora fiber masks are a bit pricier than their Asian counterparts, but they do the trick.

MAC Lip Pencil:  “Soar” is a new purchase for me.  It seems like the perfect shade to darken up a nude lip, and enhance your lips for a nice pink.  Side note: its what Kylie Jenner’s makeup artist uses on her… but I swear thats not why I bought it.

Amazing Cosmetics Concealer:  Full coverage concealer that has definite staying power.  A 2005 Allure Beauty Experts “Editors Choice” winner, and one of my favorite products for when I’m doing a full face of makeup.  I use “Light Beige” for a true match and a shade lighter if highlighting.

KISS InstaWave:  I received this “automatic curler” in the mail yesterday and I had no faith in it at all.  Not a wand and not a traditional barrel, I thought no way could it work… and I was wrong.  My hair didn’t tangle, the curls were even, and the bounce lasted all day.  Review coming soon!


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(Some of these items have been sent to me for review, however, all opinions and words are my own)

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