My Beauty List

I've never been a huge beauty buff, or one to really care too much about products. When I like something, I stick to it. Exhibit A- I've been wearing a cat eye since the day I learned to apply it. It's been my go-to thing for years. I also remember when I started wearing lipstick, I didn't go one day without hot pink for an entire year!

My case in point, is this: if I'm using it, I actually love it. Below you'll find some of my favorite picks for what I've been using as of late. Some things I picked up during fashion week in various goody bags, but most are straight from my makeup collection.

Mac Cosmetics Matchmaster Foundation, $33

I'm going to be honest. I hardly wear foundation, and don't even own a foundation brush. When I do use it, I apply it with my finger tips and kind of pat it on all around my face like a real pro. Still, I can't even remember using anything other than Mac foundations, and I found this particular formula last year. It's lightweight but still gives medium coverage. I usually mix it in with my moisturizer to even out my skin tone.

Origins Make A Difference Plus+ Moisturizing Cream, $39.50

From what I was taught growing up and what experience has proved, moisturizing is the most important step in skin care. I've tried many creams and lotions, but they always left me with something to be desired. Where other creams were too oily and heavy, this Origins cream is the answer to my prayers. It's the best thing to put on for a base for foundation, as anything you apply over it just glides on and stays in place. Amen.

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, $20

This face wash is so creamy it almost feels like a moisturizer. It's pretty gentle, and I've noticed an overall improvement in softness on my face. I have medium to dry skin and it works great for me.

Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask, $23

Let me tell you something. I. LOVE. MASKS. They're so fun to use and make my skin feel so good. This charcoal mask is so lightweight that it doesn't make my face itch or cause any discomfort, but don't be mistaken by it's featherweight texture. After removal, my skin feels so ready to tackle a day in the elements.

MAKE Eyeshadow and Lipstick Medieval Palette, $25

This palette has a good range of shades for both eyes and lips. I haven't experimented much with the navy or baby blue eye shadows, but the black and grey are perfect for smoky eyes. The powder is pressed really fine, and stays on lids fairly well.

My favorite shade of the lipstick so far is Magma, the punchy tangerine color. My only beef is that I wish it was more saturated. It takes a couple of coats to look bright on my deeper natural lip color.

Essie Nail polish in Wicked, $8

Dark nails in vampy colors are my favorite, and this shade of Essie polish may just be the perfect one. Depending on how many coats you apply it goes from a deep bloody red to a dark black cherry.

Butter London Lips and Tips Duo in Union Jack Black, $17

I'm not sure exactly how or when I discovered Butter London, but I'm sure glad I did. The nail polish formula is a dream, and goes on without bubbles or other interruptions. I also got really into wearing black lipstick a while back, and was just using a very creamy and thick black eye pencil on my lips. However when I found this "lippy" I was totally turned on to its flawless formula and applicator brush.

MAKE Matte Lipstick in Jakarta, $18

I love a deep plum color on my lips because it compliments my skin so well. The formula in this matte lipstick is perfect and stays on for hours. Best of all, it doesn't get cakey or leave lips dehydrated.