So there’s been this Youtube tag floating around for some time now where some beauty influencers have been talking about their “Holy grail” makeup products or in other words makeup products they just can’t live without!
I decided to jump on the bandwagon and share some of my must haves with you! Enjoy!
Let’s start with skin care:
Facial Cleanser: Hands down it would have to be my Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Nothing handles my oily skin situation like this product!
Micellar Water: Simple Micellar Water is perfect for getting off all ( and I mean all) of your makeup and excess oils.
Makeup Wipes: I just tried these wipes and they have easily become my favourite ones to use. They are the Clinique “Take the day away” micellar wipes. Basically the same thing the micellar water does , but in a wipe form! Great for travelling! A little on the pricey side for makeup wipes but for what they do its well worth the money.
Face Masks: Oh how I love a good face mask! I am forever indebted to my friend Vanessa for creating her very own skin care products and for her introducing me to her ginger mousse mask! Heaven in a jar for my skin! If I’m ever out of that mask I also swear by the Origins Charcoal Mask, its made from activated charcoal that really helps with deep cleansing and the opening up of pores!
Ok now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to the fun stuff!!!
Lips: ( I had to break down the lip products in 2 sections lipsticks and liquid lipsticks)
Lipstick: Two lipsticks that I absolutely can’t live without are both from MAC cosmetics. MAC’s Ruby Woo ( bold red with a matte finish) and MAC’s Flat out Fabulous (bold fuchsia pink shade) Ruby Woo is an all year staple while I always grab for Flat out Fabulous in the summer months!
Liquid Lipsticks: There are three that if I was stuck on a desert island, it would visually be impossible to choose. I wear each one at least one time a week 🙂
Beso ( Stila Cosmetics) : A deep red! Similar to Ruby Woo but the formula is long lasting and not as drying as Ruby Woo.
Lolita ( Kat Von D): The perfect mauve colour, looks especially beautiful on women with darker complexions ( like moi!)
LAX ( Colourpop Cosmetics) A deep vampy brownish-red perfect for the fall and winter months.
Foundation: Make Up Forever Matte Velvet Foundation: Bae…. enough said! 🙂
Concealer : L.A. Girl Pro Concealer. Cheap and literally the best concealer I have ever used! ( well the Nars concealer is a close second :P)
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder: THIS IS BAE!!!! I absolutely love this product! It sets my makeup perfectly and doesn’t leave me looking ghostly like some other products can leave women of colour looking! For All over my face on the days I just want some shine control I tend to reach for my Bare Minerals Matte loose powder.
Eyeliner: If they ever discontinue this product I don’t know what I’ll do lol! It is Maybelline’s Unstoppable Eyeliner in the shade Onyx! Amazing!
Mascara: Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama. Makes your lashes look like you are wearing falsies.So great!
Eyeshadow Palette : Naked One Palette. This palette is so versatile and especially works well for women with deeper complexions.
Lashes: On the days I do wear them, I always reach for the Ardell demi-wispies.
Highlight : I l always reach for Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill. Looks amazing on my melanin rich skin!!!