So I've definitely run the gamut of trying different makeup products. I've tried everything from inexpensive drugstore products to way too expensive designer labels. However, I've found that some products are worth the splurge, so these are my-splurge products. I'll definitely include less expensive alternatives whenever possible, but these are some products that I could not live without. Here are my ride-or-die products....
This is a toss-up for me. For years I've used bareMinerals powder foundation. I absolutely love it. It's light-weight, it stays well and it provides amazing coverage without making my skin feel oily or greasy. I've been lucky enough that I don't have too much in terms of needing to cover, so this product definitely isn't for you if you're looking for heavier coverage. It's affordable too at only $27 a container and it lasts MONTHS. If you were only going to splurge on one "higher end" product, this is it hands-down.
Recently I've discovered Nars liquid and cream foundations. These are expensive but I've found the coverage is amazing and the product lasts all day/night so it's definitely worth the investment. The cream product I love but it's not for every skin type so that's where the liquid foundation comes into play. This is the first liquid foundation that I've found the color is perfect for my skin, so I will definitely keep purchasing this one until they stop making it! I think the coverage is great and it last for hours. I only wish it came with a pump...
This is another hands-down bareMinerals win for me. A few years ago for Christmas my mom got me their starter kit (which is amazing if you've never tried this product) and it came with the Power Foundation, the Warmth Bronzer and the Mineral Veil. While I can do without the mineral veil I've never looked back as far as the bronzer goes. I'll admit the warmth is probably not the recommended shade for my skin tone but I think it works perfectly to give me a shadow contour. I use it under my cheekbones, along my jawline and along my temples to help slim and shape my face. The matte finish creates a great shadow and it last all day.
The Mac Paint Pots are amazing. I like the Soft Ochre for an every day base but the Bare Study is my absolute favorite product. It's this beautiful shimmery nude-beige base that intensifies colors and makes your eye shadow last for days. I don't even use primer when I wear Paint Pots because I've never had a problem with my eye shadow wearing off when I use them.
Mac Fluidline in Blacktrack is my go-to every day liner. You have to be able to use a brush to apply it but once you figure that out (see the above video!) you'll be obsessed. It does not move. I've tried a lot of smudge-proof, water-proof, budge-proof liners and none of them stack up to this. It comes in a few different colors so you can experiment with different colors if you're not into black liners. I've found this product will get old before it runs out so it's definitely worth the investment.
I promise I will not post a lot about hair. I don't think I'm particularly good at styling mine, nor do I spend much time researching it. However,, Bed Head After Party is my go-to for straight hair. My hair is a weird consistency, it's wavy and very thin and yet it refuses to stay straight. I've found when I use this product my hair will stay straighter for way longer and have a bit more shine to it. While I promise to not post much until I learn more this is definitely worth the investment for beginners like me who just want their hair to stay straight for the night!
You'll notice I didn't include any lipsticks or blushes above. I like to play around with those products and while I do have my go-to's I don't have have any that I couldn't live without. Do you have any products that you can't live without?