August 29, 2011

Favorite Makeup 2011

With the wedding, the earthquake and hurricane Irene behind us, I think it's time to talk beauty and fashion again on NY Spender. What do you think?

One thing I've learned from the wedding is that you can definitely save money by doing your own makeup, and that with a good amount of practice, everyone can become better at putting makeup on. Really!

Look at me!

I was so happy with the end result of weeks of practice! I had primer and foundation on, but it never looked heavy nor cakey. I'm happy that I picked the purple for the eyes (blended with beiges), because it helped me keep that "fresh face" look I wanted to have. The lipstick was a different shade of pink, so that I didn't look all one color all over.

The best thing about this makeup is that it lasted through the whole wedding, and that was sooo important for me, because I really didn't want to re-apply all the time.

Thanks to all of this "forced" practice, I went out there and tried so many different products and combinations, that in normal circumstances it would have taken me years to get around to them all! And out of this experiment, I've found new makeup favorites, which I will share with you.


Primer - I used Smashbox Primer on my face, and while I still have a few other primers I would like to try before naming a top favorite, this Smashbox one is pretty good.

I've used the original in the past, but this time around I bought the green color-correcting one, since I have a bit of red undertones in my skin these days, and it helps cover it up. Definitely LIKE IT.
Foundation - This one is easy. All the hype about Laura Mercier's foundation is true. I've already tried two of their products (a light and a medium coverage) and loved both.

I currently use the silk creme foundation, and I am very happy with it, and I think I will stick with it for a long time to come.

The only drawback is the price, but if the results make me happy and don't make me look streaky nor heavily caked, but absolutely natural, then I'm glad to shell out the money. LOVE IT.


Primer - I finally caved in and bought an eye primer. The main reason is because I wanted something that would help keep the eye shadow in place for hours for the wedding, but now I use it because it works! 

I picked the Urban Decay Potion because it had excellent reviews and I am very happy with it. 

I am not sure if it's the best eye primer on the market because it's the only one I've tried so far, but I think I'm satisfied enough to not feel the need to look around for something better (like I usually do). LIKE IT.

Eye Shadow - Ok, it's time to admit the complete superiority of these eye shadows. I've looked high and low, every where. I've tried Revlon, Rimmel, Lancome, Prescriptives, Clinique, Urban Decay, Chanel, L'Oreal, Estee Lauder... but none of them beat MAC. A close second was Chanel, but their prices make MAC such a better deal.

The variety is incredible. The price is fair. And most importantly, their coverage is stupendous! A little primer underneath, a little shadow over it, and you are guaranteed at least 6 to 8 hours of wear! (Some of the brands mentioned above didn't last 30 minutes!).

It's safe to say that I will embrace these shadows going forward, and I can finally give my brain a little rest in the "looking for the best eye shadow" quest. LOVE THEM!

Liner - I've always been terrible at putting eye liner on. You know, the one with the wand and your hand trembling all over and you making a mess and having to wash your whole face and start all over. Yes, that kind. 

So for a long time I've used pencils to line my eyes. But a pencil never really looks like a liner, and worse of all, it needs to be sharpened! 

I think I've found the solution: MAC Fluidline. It's a little pot with this black cream, and I use a little brush with a sharp edge point to put it on. I make no mess, it goes on rather smoothly, it looks like a liquid eyeliner, it lasts forever and it doesn't need to be sharpened! LOVE IT.

Mascara - Oh gosh, another MAC product. But I just love my PlushLash Mascara! 

I've blogged about it before here, and I'm still using it and loving it, and I have no desire to try another mascara. LOVE IT.

And this is where my FAVORITE MAKEUP post ends. 

Unfortunately I have no favorite blush nor favorite lipstick.  :(

But that is actually good news because it leaves some room for makeup quests and reviews! 

Do you have any favorites? Any makeup that you wouldn't change for any other? Please share your finds with the rest of us! 


Vivien said...

Thanksfor the list
I think I gonna refer to this if ever I going to try out some makeup solely because your recommendatio in tried and tested

And you dolook wonderful in pic above

Sue C. said...

You look lovely! I was a little concerned when I saw your first attempt at new makeup a while back but your practice and studying the youtube videos payed off.

I agree with you about the Smashbox green primer being a great product. Smashbox also has a eye shadow primer that I like. I also like the MAC eyeshadows - once I tried their high-pigment shadows there was no going back to wimpy, ordinary shadows.

I've read rave reviews about the MAC Fluidline but I keep making a mess so I keep going back to my drugstore favorite Revlon ColorStay eyeliney - easy, long-lasting, and inexpensive.

Congratulations on your wedding!

Soos said...

You look very nice! Here are some of my favorites:
NARS pore-refining PRO primer
Lancome Teint Idole
Clinique acne solutions foundation
CoverFX compact foundation
NARS smudgeproof eyeshadow base
Lancome color design shadow & liner palettes in amethyst glam and emerald boudoir
Prestige liner
NARS blush in Gina
Lancome mascara
Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick
Lancome La Laque Fever Lip shine

No, I don't wear all of these all the time. Here are two I wear most of the time: Revlon Age Defying Spa Face illuminator as a bronzer and on my eyelids, and Lancome eyeshadow in Lava - the perfect bronzy brown.

NY Spender said...

Hi Vivien, thank you. :)

NY Spender said...

Hi Sue, thanks. :)
You made me laugh, being concerned about my makeup skills! They still are a bit lame, but I did manage a pretty look for the important day. And yes, a lot of practice, even if in the short term, did pay off.
I think the trick with the Fluidline is in the brush. I use a little brush, from another eye shadow set, and that helps tremendously with precision. Anything too big or too long (basically any regular sized brush) doesn't work for me either. Maybe you should give it a try with a little brush.

NY Spender said...

That's a nice list Soos. I like Chanel's lipstick and NARS' blushes. How about the Lancome eye shadows? Do they last on you a long time?

Soos said...

I love that most of the Lancome eyeshadows are shimmery but not glittery. They do last on me, and even better with NARS shadow primer.