Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Every once in awhile, I'll get asked about the makeup I use when I show my face on Instagram Stories. While I'm initially flattered, I can't help but feel self-conscious as well. It's probably just the filter I'm using, right?! I mean, I struggled with acne for most of high school and college (Hello, Accutane!) and I still get random bouts of hormonal acne in my 30s. My complexion is far from perfect and I'm always on the hunt for serums and creams to aid in the aging process; however, I do have a handful of makeup favorites that I've used devoutly for the past few years. In fact, approximately 80% of the items featured in today's post have been repurchased multiple times—with the exception of the bronzer, cheek palette, and mascara, which were recent beauty finds I stumbled upon this year.  

I don't claim to be a beauty blogger or makeup expert, and while I know there are countless posts just like this on the Interwebs, I get asked this question enough that I decided to create a post with all of my tried and true favorites. In a world where everyone is searching for the next "holy grail" product, these ones top my list.

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for Under Eyes —I never want to run out of this!
NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer —Doubles as eyeshadow primer!
Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer—Just as good as Bobbi Brown, NARS, Chanel, etc.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask—Use every night to keep lips from drying.
If there's a special occasion, I'll be sure to use a primer; however, I typically just moisturize with this lotion first.

What about you? Have you used any of these? What's your favorite makeup product?

P.S. If you have any specific questions regarding today's post, ask away in the comments section and I'll be sure to get back to you. I'm happy to give feedback about shades, formulas, etc. I've tried LOTS of different brands over the years.

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