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Monday, July 11, 2011

A Top 10


The beautiful Veronica Grace at Knitful Dezigns, has given me a blog award and I couldn’t thank her enough. It is such an honor to get these little buttons to add to my small collection, and to know that people actually enjoy reading my gibberish! So thank you Veronica Grace!!! From the bottom of my heart!

The idea behind this award is that you list your top 10 cosmetic choices and then tag other bloggers so that they can also do the same.  

Here are my top 10 products that I use almost daily:

Since this is asking me about cosmetic products I’m only going to include makeup, later on I might do a post about skincare since I just got a new moisturizer that I am in LOVE with.

[ONE] – Benefit Boi-ing

imageThis might be the best concealer that I have ever used. It’s a bit price at $18.00, but lasts forever and blends perfectly with my skin tone. It also works amazingly well with my BE foundation.

[TWO] – bareMinerals Matte Foundation

Bare Minerals Matte Mineral Makeup

This is also a bit pricy ($28.00) but worth every single penny. A container of bareMinerals should last anywhere from 3 to 6 months. If you are using the right brushes they will last 6+ months. I use to use this foundation on my face daily, and never had issues with breakouts or any other problems. Mineral foundations are healthier for the skin because they are light and allow for your skin to breath. Also, it helps that this foundation comes with 15 SPF.

[THREE] – Prime Time


Another Bare Escentuals item. This primer is magical. I’ve tried a whole line of them including Too Faced, Smashbox, StudioGear and a few others, this by far is the best out of them all. The primer not only smooths out your face but also locks in moisture making sure that your skin is super soft throughout the day. 

[FOUR] – BADgal lash Mascara


I have this in all four colors that the mascara comes in. Usually I’ll wear the black with plum or blue. Sometimes I’ll just do black, sometimes a dark brown. Anyways, this is by far the best bang for your buck! There are a few other mascaras that I like, but for everyday wear BADgal does not dry out your lashes and comes off super easy. I also have the waterproof version for vacations, swimming and other watery activities. However, I wear the regular to the gym and have no issue with it smearing all over my face and giving me raccoon eyes.

[FIVE] – brow zings


My beautiful friend Laly does my brows, and with a little help of this guy from Benefit they look perfect until they are overgrown and completely out of control. I love this little kit because it’s not just powder to fill in the brows but also a colored gel to get the color to set in and your brows to stay in place.

[SIX] – Urban Decay Glided Bronzer


This is one of the BEST bronzers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I originally started using Urban Decay when I started doing make-up at Ulta. The eye shadow colors are to-die for, especially if used with a primer to bring out the pigmentation. This bronzer is no different, its my go to in the summer because it gives a total sun-kissed look, with a bit of shine. For a day out, I usually tone down the shine with some foundation or mineral vial over it.

[SEVEN] – Urban Decay Liquid Liner


I loved the old Urban Decay liquid liner much, MUCH better then this one. BUT again, this is better then a lot of the other choices out there. The application wand works for me, so it makes life a great deal easier since liquid eyeliner is a pain in the tush to apply. I usually stick with black liquid liner.

[EIGHT] – Stila smudge stick waterproof eyeliner

This one is really a splurge item for me, and I got hooked on it when I did makeup for the Stila line. Each one of these beauties will run you about $20.00. *hangs head in shame* and I am more than willing to pay for them. I got several for free, and was literally hooked. The colors are beautiful, I LOVE the purple tang, bluefin, and the peacock for a night out on the town or to add a hint of color to an office look. 

purple tangbluefin peacock

[NINE] – Too Faced Shadow Insurance

Again, I’ve tried several different shadow primers including Urban Decay and Benefit, but this seems to be the best out of them all. Especially if you mix it with a drop of silk hair serum. The primer just glides right on, its not oily or too dry and makes the pigmentation in the shadows really come out.

[TEN] – Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow palette


LOVE at first sight. I assure you this will be the best investment of your lifetime. I really love Urban Decay eyeshadows and own a million individual ones, but its so hard to travel with them or locate the color you need when they are all dumped into a drawer. This palette is perfect because it includes all the colors you need for a day at the office or a soft natural look.

And there you have it! The 10 cosmetics that I use on a regular basis.

Finally, here are the bloggers I am tagging:

Kristin at Asymmetrical Joy 

Meghan at Little girl in the big world

Megan at A Suitcase and Stilettos

Lindsey at The Bargain Blonde

Sherry at Sweet and Sassy

Leah at Happily Hitched

Sarah at Living, Laughing and Loving Life


  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Your so very welcome :) I LOVE ULTA i cant get enough when i go there, i cant wait to try some of these things... ive always wanted to try urban decay... my sister still cant believe i havent tryed it yet. she calls it her HOLY GRAIL lol! LOVED all your awesome makeup... YAY! this was soo fun i can be such a makeup junkie LOL

  2. thank you thank you thank you...times a MIL! i love that you put the Naked palette on here as well as the Benefit concealer :) Hope you had a great monday girl!!

  3. Yay!!!! Love it and so flattered, thank you soooo much Zara! You are so sweet. I am tempted to try that eye color palette. I need some good natural every day browns and these look perfect! Well I want all of these, too bad they aren't as cheap as elf!!! If only ...

  4. Congratulations on your award. I have the Naked eye palette - check out my post today!!!!

  5. I hear good things about the Naked Eye Palette. Maybe I should try it?

  6. Oh my goodness. Thank you for the award. I can't make a post like this, because as I put in my last comment...I don't know anything about this stuff. I'm going to look at your recommendations.

    But I don't wear makeup most days and I use shampoo, conditioner, and body wash. Help me with some necessities beyond that that I don't have to spend a bunch of money on.

    Do you do the birchbox thing?? I feel like that might be a good thing for me to try...


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