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Here’s the scoop on my go-to makeup products (that you’ll love to try)

by Mika

As a beauty writer and straight up beauty junkie, the most common question that people ask me is “what do you recommend for a (insert a makeup item here).”

These are my favorite products that I reach for (almost on the daily) as a part of my makeup routine. Disclaimer: these are the products that I know, love and work for me. I’ll explain why I love each one in hopes that it will help you find products that may work for you all well. Let’s get into it.

Priming

Cover FX Blurring Primer

Price: $38

Why I love it: This primer instantly makes your pores appear smaller and you skin smoother. If you have have enlarged pores or texture on your skin you’ll like how smooth it makes your skin look under makeup.

Dislikes: It can feel a bit drying on the skin if you have dry or even normal skin. For people with oily skin it wll mattify it.

Recommended For: Oily Skin/Matte Finish Look

Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta
*I received this product in my BOXYCHARM monthly subscription box *

Dr. Brandt pores no more Luminizing Primer

Price: $38
Why I love it: This primer hydrates your skin and gives it a nice glow under foundation. You’re skin will also appear noticeable smoother
Dislikes: It can make oily skin feel greasy especially in the Summer 
Recommended For: Dry/Normal Skin; achieving a radiant or dewy foundation finish
Where to purchase: Sephora, Ulta
*I received this product in my BOXYCHARM monthly subscription box *

Complexion (Foundation, Concealer etc).

Maybelline Superstay 24hr

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My Shade: 356 Warm Coconut
Price: $12
Why I love it: It’s true FULL coverage, long wearing and oil controlling. Skin looks virtually flawless after application.
Dislikes: A little does not go a long way. Also, some shades pull more orange than they should (especially on the darker end of the spectrum).
Recommended For: All Skin types
Where to purchase: Amazon (BEST PRICE)Ulta,  Local Drugstore

Too Faced Born This Way Super Concealer

My Shade: Maple
Price: $29
Why I love it: The coverage is impeccable, longwearing and creaseless. It truly covers well and has a natural finish (not matte) which is great for under eye. You also get about twice as much product compared to other concealers (i.e. Shape Tape)
Dislikes: Product sometimes accumulates at the rim or flicks out when you remove the wand
Recommended For: All Skin Types; For contouring, highlighting, and concealing
Where to purchase: Ulta, Sephora
*I received this product through PR for reviewing purposes and fell in love *

Clinique Beyond Perfecting 2 in 1 Powder Foundation

Price: $29
My shade: 24 Golden
Why I love it:  It’s the perfect powder foundation for those who don’t like the feel of liquid. It’s a truly full coverage powder that hides any imperfections.
Dislikes: The shade range jumps a bit towards the end of the spectrum. Light skin and darker skin WOC may have some difficulty finding a good match
Recommended For: All skin types; those who
Where to purchase: Macy’s, Ulta, Sephora

Highlight/Contour/Blush/Bronzer

Maybelline Masterchrome in shade “Molten Gold”

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Price:  $10
Why I love it: It’s a super pigmented true gold powder highlighter. It doesn’t have large glitter chunks so you can achieve a lit from within look. It’s also buildable if your looking to be a bit extra with your highlight.
Dislikes: None
Recommended For: Everyone (especially WOC)
Where to purchase:  Amazon, Ulta, Local Drugstore

Pur Cosmetics Bronze & Brighten Cheek Palette

Price:  $34 (on sale for $24 on purcosmetics.com )
Why I love it: This cheek palette comes with 3 shades that includes a bronzer, highlighter and blush
Dislikes: Not really a dislike but the bronzer in the palette is more so a more subtle highlighter if anthing
Recommended For: Everyone (especially WOC)
Where to purchase: Pur
*I received this product in my BOXYCHARM monthly subscription box *

Black Radiance Pressed Powder (as a contour/bronzer)

Price:  $5
My shade: Cafe (bronze) Ebony (contour)
Why I love it: It blends seamlessly over foundation to achieved a contoured/bronzed look. The range is also really good.
Dislikes: When you start hitting the pan the product easily crumbles which means some product may get wasted towards the end.
Recommended For: Everyone (especially WOC)
Where to purchase:  Amazon, Local Drugstore
Eyes

Pur Soiree Diaries Eyeshadow Palette

Price: $34
Why I love it: It’s  a great neutral palette for everyday looks. The colors are pigmented with minimal fallout. You can even use some of the shades to contour, bronze and highlight. 
Dislikes: My favorite transition shade is running out but that’s clearly a me problem.
Recommended For: Everyone
Where to purchase: HSN

NYX Brow Gel

My Shade: Espresso

Price: $4

Why I love it: Whether you want natural looking brows or IG ready brows you can achieve it with this product. It’s also longwearing so you don’t have to worry about your brows smudging.

Dislikes: If you ever forget to put the cap on your brow gel will dry all the way up

Recommended For: Everyone

 Where to purchase: Ulta, NYX

Fenty Flyliner Longwear Liquid Eyeliner

Price: $20
Why I love it: It’s SUPER black and doesn’t smudge or budge. The triangular shape of the pen also fits in the hand really well and helps apply it easier.
Dislikes: None
Recommended For: People who have trouble doing winged liner or have trouble with liquid liner smudging.
Where to purchase: Sephora, Fenty.com

Eylure Volume no. 109 False Lashes

Price: $4.99
Why I love it: These lashes add some life to the eyes without looking overwhelming.
Dislikes: They can be completely destroyed if you don’t regularly remove the glue after wearing them. They can also feel a little heavy depending on the person.
Recommended For: Someone who wants to add some pop to the eyes without looking too extra
Where to purchase: Ulta, Amazon (Similar styles)

Lips

Estee Lauder Pure Envy Lipstick in “Hot Streak” (Matte Finish)

Price: $22
Why I love it: It’s a highly pigmented long wearing  lipstick in a comfortable matte finish. It has Shea Butter which keeps the lips moisturized and smells amazing. My favorite shade is “Hot Streak” (super warm orangey red) which looks amazing many skin tones.
Dislikes: Layering it on too heavy may result in patchiness.
Recommended For: Everyone
Where to purchase: Ulta (exclusive)
Colourpop x MakeupShayla Creme Lux Lipstick in shade “OUUUU”

Price: $7
Why I love it: It’s literally the perfect peachy nude lipstick. It’s also pretty pigmented and longwearing so just a few swipes do the trick.
Dislikes: None
Recommended For: Warm undertones
Where to purchase: Colourpop

MAC x Aaliyah “Brooklyn Born” Lip Glass

Price: $18
Why I love it: It 
Dislikes: It’s limited edition :(. Also, I went through a tube rather quickly but I may have just been overdoing it
Recommended For: Everyone
Where to purchase: MAC

MAC BitterSweet Pro Longwear Lip Pencil

Price: $21
Why I love it: It’s the perfect brown to blend with nudes and most colors of lipstick/gloss (especially for women of color)
Dislikes: It’s a traditional pencil liner that you have to sharpen; if you don’t have a quality sharpener your liner will wither away.
Recommended For: WOC for a everyday liner
Where to purchase: MAC, Macy’s

Setting

Too Faced It’s Bananas Brightening Setting Powder 

Price:$30
Why I love it: It helps keep my concealer in place ALL day. it also brightens a bit under the eyes giving me a more “awoke” look.
Dislikes: Because it’s in a compact you can only pick up but so much of the powder on a brush. And of course, you can’t apply it with a Beauty Blender to bake under your eyes.
Recommended For: All Skin Types
Where to purchase: Ulta (exclusive), Too Faced

Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder

My shade: Medium Deep
Price:  $8
Why I love it: This loose powder helps extend the wear of foundation without tampering with the appearance of your foundation
Dislikes: Doesn’t mesh well with some concealers and may cause creasing under the eyes
Recommended For: Everyone (especially WOC)
Where to purchase:  Ulta, Local drugstore

MAC Cosmetics Fix+ Matte (Matte)

Price:$26
Why I love it: It instantly mattifies my face and fills in my pores. Also, my oil is controlled better under my makeup and I have less shine at the end of the day.
Dislikes: If you don’t shake it well before every use it will deposit small dots of white powder on your face that you have to sweep away when it’s dry.
Recommended For: Oily Skin
Where to purchase: MAC

MAC Cosmetics Fix+ 

Price:$26
Why I love it: It great before and after makeup to make makeup look more skin like rather than laying unnaturally on your skin
Dislikes: It doesn’t do much for extending the wear of makeup especially if you have oily skin
Recommended For: All Skin Types
Where to purchase: MAC

CoverFX Illuminating Setting Spray

Price: $31
Why I love it: If I’m not in a matte finish this spray leaves my skin with a glow without looking greasy
Dislikes: This may just be  me issue, but it sprays weird in bursts that can be quite annoying
Recommended For: Dry skin/ Achieving a dewy/glowy makeup look
Where to purchase: Sephora
Cinema Secrets Super Sealer Mattifying Spray

Price:  $24
Why I love it: It’s super mattifying and will live your skin matte for a good majority of the day. Also, it minimizes the transfer of your makeup.
Dislikes: It’s so mattifying and longwearing that it can make your skin feel like it has a tight tacky layer on top of it (think of a gel peel off mask after it dries down).
Recommended For: Everyone (especially WOC)
Where to purchase:  Amazon,  SEPHORA

These are all the products that I know and love and think you would too. Some I’ve been using for only a few months and others for years. Which one of these you think would make a good addition to YOUR makeup collection? Tell me in the comments below.

 

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