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My recent favorite products! Lashes, cleanser & more!

While I am still pooing my pants about the previous blog’s Gucci sunglasses.. I decided to post a little bit about what I am using and loving right now that are NOT designer or fancy brands.

Turquoise Blue Eye Shadow

Turquoise Blue Eyeshadow

I really, really do regret not writing down what I used here because I have the slightest idea.. ugh. I can remember a few things!

Let’s start off with my new cleanser. I was using the Dr. Perricone Anti-Aging face wash that was costing me $40 per month. I was pretty sick of spending that much on just a gel cleanser, so I found this little gem that is actually working much better that Dr. What’s His Face:

Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash

This is a 6 oz. product called Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash. With ingredients such as gentle botanicals, such as mint, lemongrass, and chamomile, you can’t go wrong at $5.49!!! I haven’t turned back to anything else since using this cleanser. It smells great, feels really refreshing, and takes off ALL of my makeup without a trace left behind. This is an oil-free and soap free cleanser. I absolutely love it.

I was also becoming a little broke thanks to the slew of $40 foundations I purchased at Sephora, with none of them being that impressive. I heard something on TV about Sharon Osbourne using Boots brand products, and I did see the line of products featured at Target, so I had to give it a try! I only purchased the 1 oz. jar of Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation in Almond for $13.99.

Boots No7 Intelligent Balance Mousse Foundation Almond

The foundation comes with a clear scooper stick type thing and I use it to apply the makeup. This is going to sound weird but I use the “spatula” to fill in my pores like you would if you were filling a hole in the wall. I am not even sure if you are supposed to do that, but it’s working for me! This foundation is the best thing I’ve found since the old Revlon Colorstay foundation (original formula). I am so happy with it that I pray it will not be discontinued. The foundation doubles as a mattifier, pore reducer and long-wear foundation. As you can see in the pictures, it does a pretty good job at covering imperfections such as freckles and an uneven skintone. The almond color was a bit dark for me, so I lightened it up with my Diorskin Nude Natural Glow Fresh Powder Makeup SPF 10 in Ivory.

I started working on my eyes next:

I drew a fat line of Benefit Cosmetics High Brow under my eyebrow and blended it to create that bright highlight. I then filled in my brows with whatever MAC matte brown eye shadow I had around and of course sealed them with my Irene Gari sealer, which seals more than just lipstick. I put on a nice coat of Urban Decay Primer Potion , put on my medical tape (see method here) and started patting the matte blue shadow on with a flat, natural hair eyeshadow brush. The eyeshadow color was from my Coastal Scents 88 color eyeshadow palette. (They are on sale right now for $18.95!) The color I used is in the second to last row from the bottom, 5th one over, right above that cobalt blue color.

For the crease, I carefully brushed on with a MAC pencil brush , a black matte shadow from MAC.. I really can’t remember which one at this point, but it was most likely “Carbon”. I then took my MAC tapered blending brush, and blended on some MAC Sketch (a dark burgundy brown) eyeshadow to blend the black in better.

I then used my favorite liner, Maybelline Line Works Ultra Ultra-Liner Liquid, which dries shiny. I used one coat of Maybelline Lash Stylist and my NEW favorite outer corner lashes, Ardell Accent Lashes, Black #305. These lashes are AMAZING for the price of $3.49. WOW. I love these and have worn them over 5 times without ruining them.

Ardell Accent Lashes 305

On my lower lash line, I used Urban Decay 24/7 gel pencil liner in Electric. I smudged a bit of the MAC matte black shadow and Sketch together right underneath my lash line using that MAC pencil brush I mentioned earlier. I threw on one coat of Maybelline Lash Stylist.

For the cheeks, I think I used a Bare Escentuals mineral blush, but I can’t be too certain of which shade it was. I have really, really old blush that I still use from there and it’s most likely discontinued. I did use my compact Sugar Bronzer, which I have also had for quite a while. I only see the loose powder version of it on Sephora and have never tried it.

I hate to say this again.. I have NO clue as to what lipstick and gloss I am wearing. Not a clue. Although it does look like MAC’s limited edition lipstick Naturally Eccentric ( from years ago ) , which was a white nude color. I may have dug that one up and used it with a clear gloss.

So now that you know what new products I’ve been loving.. I have a NEW shipment coming this week. I normally try things for about a month before posting a review because I want to give the product a chance to suck or to be awesome. Here is what is coming in the mail:

  • Barbie Loves StilaSmudge Pot, Black : I am running out of my Bobbi Brown cream liner, so I decided to give these a shot. PLUS.. it’s Barbie!
  • Barbie Loves Stila Smudgepot

  • Revlon Colorstay MineralFoundation, 030 Light : I want to compare this to my DiorSkin Nude powder
    Revlon Colorstay MineralFoundation
  • Maybelline ColorSensationalLipcolor, Pink Wink 105 & Maybelline ColorSensationalLipcolor, Madison Mauve 465 : I saw an ad for these new lipsticks in a magazine, they looked really good on Christy Turlington!
  • CoverGirl LashBlast LengthMascara, Very Black : There’s been such a huge buzz about this new mascara, they were even taking pre-orders for it. I just HAVE to see what the hell is going on with this.
  • Revlon ColorStay Mineral MousseMakeup, Light Medium : This is something new! I saw an ad for this with Halle Berry and it looked seriously cool.
    Revlon ColorStay mineral Mousse
    Keep this blog bookmarked to hear what I have to say about those products!!!!


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    I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

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