Sunday, March 6, 2011

My Beauty Must Haves

I swear by this to keep my eye makeup vibrant. I've repurchased this over and over and will continue. It's not cheap ($19) but so worth it! I even used this in the Philippines where the heat and humidity can be a nightmare for makeup wearers. Urban Decay Primer Potion passed the test!

NYC Bronzer in Sunny. I used Benefit's Hoola bronzer for a long time and I still love it but I wanted to try something inexpensive and was easily accessible. I just went to Target instead of Sephora to purchase this. I became impressed right away. This is total matte. No shimmer. It cost less than $4 too.  This pale girl is happy.

Not to toot my own horn but my teeth gets a lot of compliments thanks to this miracle bottle! Listerine Whitening mouthwash is what I use every morning to keep my pearls white. I don't use strips and do not get my teeth professionally whitened. I love this stuff. I've even introduced to my pops and he was impressed as well. He's an avid user now. :)

I've tried LOTS of mascaras from low end to high end. Lately, I've been impressed by Maybelline's The Falsies mascara.  I have short Asian lashes so if this works on me, this will work for you. lol. Plus, look at that cute container!

If you use MAC Carbon eyeshadow, stop and purchase this instead! This is not even $5 and is much better. It's not easy to find NYX makeup but if you have an ULTA near you, run! Amazing pro quality but with a budget conscious price tag. Great combo don't you think?

EcoTools Eyeliner Brush. If I had to pick a favorite makeup brush. This is it. I used this to apply NYX black eyeshadow as  liner. I've had the same brush for almost 3 years and it is still in tip top shape. Just make sure to wash it once a week. This is also eco friendly. Its made up of recycled materials and bamboo handles.

I know this is old school  but I listen to my mama. She uses this and so I decided to use this. Her skin is immaculate so why go against it? Plus, Oil of Olay is the Chanel of beauty world. I make sure to purchase the one containing SPF 15 though. Prevention is key and also laughing. Stay away wrinkles!
NARS lip glosses are yummy. Not taste wise but quality and feel. My besty introduced me to to this CRACK and now I'm addicted. One must definitely save for it though. Not cheap but you will definitely get your money's worth. 
I'm a blush girl. I like that just-left-the-gym flushed look. Plus, it looks great worn over some bronzer.  Maybelline's Mineral Power blush last for a long time as well. This contains a lot of product and when applied, the color stays for a long time.  My favorite color is Soft Mauve. It's not too pink but not dark like a bronzer either. 

This is the ONLY lipstick I've ever used up and had to repurchase. This is Rimmel's Airy Fairy lipstick. The best way to describe the color is that it's between a nude and pink lipstick. The combo looks great on everyone I think. Try it!

Finally, this product was made for someone like me. A very lazy person.  If it wasn't for Up&Up Makeup Remover towelettes, my pillow cases would've been stained with eye shadows, mascaras, and bronzers. :):) This is so refreshing and cost so much less than the other towelettes out in the market. Of course, I have a liquid cleanser as well but at night, I can't be bothered with cleanser and water. This is it for me.  Also, this does not dry out. Even when I get to the last two towelettes, it's still very moist. Great product and less than $4!!

Ok. So now you know what my bathroom holds. Creepy..jk. My purpose for this post to pass on the beauty gems I've found. It may not all work for everyone but you'll never know unless you try. I've had awesome ladies give me tips too so I'm just returning the favor. One more very important thing. Don't be trapped by the notion that you need to spend lots of money when it comes to beauty products. I love the drugstore and feel that it's not all about the products but also how you feel inside. Drinking lots of water, exercising, and eating right is enough but products are fun too! Make sure to laugh often. It's a beauty essential!!