Recent Makeup Favorites: Wings 'n Things

Good afternoon, lovelies!

I am on the plane home from NYFW, and I have so much to share with you! I'm downloading all my photos from my camera at the moment and I can't wait to see them on a computer screen and not my Canon DSLR's little viewer. I'm very excited about some of the shots I captured at a few shows - particularly Michael Costello and Maria Ke Fisherman. I really wanted to be able to take my own photos for my first NYFW experience, rather than rip them from a professional photographer's site. That is all well and good, but I personally prefer to use as much of my own work as possible!

Earlier this week I shared a new outfit post with you. Something else I wanted to share was some information about my makeup in that post! I have some favorites that I wore that day, and I figured you might like to hear a few details.

If you peeped my NYFW Beauty Basics post, you'll have actually heard a bit about what I'm loving these days!  For my foundation, I've been using Bare Minerals' bareSkin┬« Pure Brightening Serum Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20. I have the shade Bare Natural, which is actually just slightly too dark for my face. I don't mind this, though, because I feel like that helps me not look so washed out in photographs. Plus, I always dust a fair-shade powder on top, anyway, so that helps cancel out darkness. The powder I've been using lately is Neutrogena's Healthy Skin Pressed Powder in the color Fair.  I like it because it doesn't seem to act "cakey" on my face. The little applicator it comes with is a little poof instead, not a sponge, which I use to pat the powder on just to kill shine on my T-Zone. 

For cheeks, I've been loving layers a shimmery bronzer with blush. I have seen some bloggers talk about preferring matte for summer, and I do use a matte bronzer often, but I like the sheen a shimmer bronzer gives my face. The bronzer I have is a quad product and has four shimmery shades in it. The label is worn off and I peeled off the stickers so I have no clue what the brand is! I searched around on Ulta's site and did not see it. So, if I rediscover what the brand is, I'll update this post. The two darker ones I swirl together and use for light contouring, and I use the two lighter shades as highlight on the tops of my cheeks.  

The blush I'm wearing is a Clinique blush that I've had for what seems like forever... doesn't makeup expire? Oh well! I keep it clean and out of heat and sun, so I feel like as long as I clean my brushes regularly everything will be a-ok. The Soft-Pressed Powder Blusher is a great size, and I don't mind using the brush to lightly swipe the color on. I'm wearing the color Mocha Pink. For me, it gives just enough pink tone to liven up my face. 

I fill my brows in with a mixture of eyeshadows from NYX called Escape with Rico from their Love in Rio eyeshadow palette collections. I clearly don't use the shimmer shade in my eyebrows! But, I do mix the two left ones to fill in my brows because they're a little sparse on the outer corners. I then swipe through a coat of Benefit's gimme brow in medium/deep. So, a lot of people seem to have great luck getting perfect brows with JUST gimme brow, but I definitely still need to fill in the empty spots. It does a good job of adding some depth to my brows and keeping the little hairs in place, but it doesn't actually help color in empty spots for me. 

My eyes have a pretty simple product combination. I'm an everyday user of Urban Decay's Eyeshadow Primer Potion in the original, basic formula. On top of that I patted the lighter brown color from the afore-mentioned Escape with Rico palette. The eyeliner I have on is Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper. This stuff has become my eyeliner obsession. It really doesn't budge unless I'm having a seriously problematic watery eye day, like yesterday in NYC due to allergies. I have fallen asleep after a night out and been able to claim "I woke up like dis" the next morning with this eyeliner still looking fab. The name Trooper is quite accurate. I am unskilled at doing a small, basic cateye shape for some reason, and I think struggle with it because I have sort of hooded eyes. So I end up with these fierce wings often instead.

Let's talk about my newest lip product addiction. Rimmer's Show Off Lip Lacquer is pretty amazing. It applies like a lip gloss but has some serious color payoff. It smells a little weird - it reminds me vaguely of the Botanical Garden somehow. I picked up a few colors during a BOGO sale at Ulta, and I'm loving them. I have Galaxy, Celestial, Comet, and Big Bang. The color I'm wearing in the above photographs is Comet. It's a great basic "My Lips But Better" shade for me. They apply so smoothly that I have been wearing them almost every single day. I don't find them to be drying at all, but I always apply lip balm first. The applicator is a slightly fuzzy doe foot shape with a small hollow in the center that holds product inside. I haven't seen this before in any products I've used, and I really enjoy it. I don't have to keep dipping back into the tube to grab more to apply. 

Do you use any of the products? What kind of beauty product are you addicted to?

All products were purchased by me.