Spring Makeup Must-Haves!

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My go-to spring lok

Hey babes! It’s been SUCH a long time since I’ve last made a post! I’ve been so busy with school but now I have officially finished my junior year in college and am now a senior! Now that classes are over, I’ll be able to blog and post more frequently. Recently I made a beauty post of my favorite summer look on my instagram, check it out to see the details on this look! (click here)

 

So what are my spring makeup must-haves? First off, you have to have an SPF moisturizer/serum! I know this isn’t a makeup item, but it is essential to keeping your face hydrated! My favorite moisturizer and serum right now are NYX’s Honey Dew Me Up Primer, Pond’s Dry Skin Moisturizer, and Farsali’s Rose Gold Elixir.

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.08.09 AMAnother product I cannot live without is setting powder. It’s hot out, and you don’t want your makeup to crease! What setting powder does is soak up any excess moisture from your makeup that would cause it to move or crease. Say if you have smile lines like me, you know that setting powder is essential for everyday makeup use, even in the spring time! Since I’m a women of color, I tend to stay away from setting powders that don’t have any tint to it. My favorite one to use is the Ben Nye Setting Powder in the color “topaz”. Even though it is not one of the finest grains of powders, it works perfectly for me because it sets my makeup perfectly. Remember, it’s all about technique! You can use a harsh setting powder, but if you apply it correctly, it can work in your favor.

Screen Shot 2018-05-07 at 11.16.11 AMMy next product is everyone’s favorite product: highlighter! We all know the perks of using highlighter, but just getting that extra glow in the spring is worth while. If your’e a beauty guru like me and love to take good quality pictures, add some highlighter to your makeup to make your photos stand out more. People have this thought that they can only use highlighter on their cheekbones… WRONG. I use highlighter on my brow bone, collar bone, by my temples, and on my nose. Sometimes on my body for that extra glow! My fave highlighter right now is Fenty Beauty’s Killawat Freestyle Highlighter in “ginger binge/moscow mule”. I like this product because its very light and feathery, meaning it glides easy onto your face. Also the colors work well with darker skin tones.

My very last product that is in my essential package for the spring? Lipgloss! Tones and tones of lipgloss. All types of lipgloss: shimmery, glossy, and tinted! I’m starting love glossy lips more than matte, and there’s a reason why. Glossy lips are so much easier and convenient to apply. My favorite glosses right now are Maybelline Shine Shot lip Topcoat, NYX Butter Gloss in “Tiramisu”, and Revlon Super Lustrous Lip Gloss in “Sandstorm”. I tried to give you guys 3 options: clear, tinted, and shimmery.  These glosses are affordable and non-sticky. They work well with any skin-tone and are amazing products overall.

Alright guys, that’s it for my Spring Must-Have’s. If you have any products you think are essential for the spring, comment them below! I want to check them out. I hope you guys have a wonderful spring and also an amazing summer break! Make sure to check out my latest Youtube video! I’m working on producing more content on there, so stay tuned! Make sure to also sign up for my newsletter! I will be sending out some big news soon, only for my subscribers!

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What’s In My Makeup Bag

What’s in my Makeup Bag? When I’m taking a trip home from college, sleeping over at a friend’s, or wherever the destination may be, these are my essentials for travel.

FACE

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L’Oreal Paris True Match, $7 | Out of my top 3 fave drug store foundations, this one would be ranked #2 in the shade Nut Brown. This foundation provides a medium coverage, while also giving a radiant glow. I rank this #2 because it’s one of the foundations out of my collection that is just more liquidity than the others which I am not that fond of. Nonetheless I love this foundation because not only does it give my skin a radiant glow, it stays on through out the day.

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L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Mist & Fix Spray, $14 | THIS IS THE REAL DEAL. Definitely a 10/10 setting spray. I usually use NYX’s setting spray but I decided to up my game a bit and try something new and I’ve been in love ever since. This setting spray will literally keep your makeup on all day.

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SheaMoisture Face Primer, $16 | This product I also love. This primer is liquid based and goes on the skin very smoothly. Those who aren’t aware of what primer is used for, it is used to prep and prime the skin before you apply your makeup. The key ingredients in this primer are Shea Butter and antioxidant-rich Vitamin E! This primer can be worn alone, considering it also restores moisture which I love because I have dry skin.

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L.A. Girl HD Pro Concealer, $5 | A very popular product. I own this product in three colors — fawn, medium beige, and cocoa. I use cocoa on my dark marks before I apply my foundation, fawn for my highlight, and fawn + medium beige for cleaning up my brows and prepping my eyelids for eyeshadow along with my primer.

EYES

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NYX Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow, $5 | I get this in the shade ‘Bonfire’ and I love this shade because it blends right in with my foundation, giving me a natural look. NYX also has other shades which are very pigmented and I highly recommend them if you’re looking for pigmented eyeshadow for a low price.

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Wet n’ Wild Megaliner Liquid Eyeliner, $4 | I prefer liquid eyeliner over any other form because it is easy for me to put on. I usually put this over my eyeshadow if my face is pretty dull for a special occasion. If you’re looking for an eyeliner that doesn’t crease or smears, this is the one for you.

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Maybelline Colossal Cat Eyes Mascara, $6 | Definitely one of my top 5 drug store mascaras. This mascara doesn’t leave chunks on my eyelashes like some others do when I tend to put an excessive amount on. Fortunately with this, you don’t need to put an excessive amount on to make your eyelashes look fuller, thick, and dark. This gets the job done!

LIPS

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, $6 | In the shade ‘Avenue’, this  dark brick red shade goes well with my a plain face with settle eyeliner — at least that’s how I like to wear it. I love Colourpop’s matte lipsticks because you can put on one layer and it’ll stay on all night or day.

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Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip, $6 | In the shade ‘Limbo’, this is the perfect brown lip! It goes well with a natural bronze look which is what I like to go for. I’ll wear this with a lot of highlighter and just mascara.
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Colourpop Ultra Glossy Lip, $6 | This lip gloss in the shade ‘Finder’s Keepers’ is perfect for the most natural look, especially for WOC. Definitely the go-to shade for a natural face if you’re looking for a subtle hint of color.

HIGHLIGHT

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Colourpop Super Shock Highlight, $8 | In the shade ‘Avalon’, this highlighter is a true copper color. I like it because I don’t do much contouring, so this darker highlighter gives my face a radiant glow close to my natural skin color. Almost like a bronzer.

BROWS

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Colourpop Brow Colour,  $6 | When I say this works just as good as ABH Brow Pomade… I get this in the shade ‘Black N’ Brown’ to fill in and outline my brows. After that, I use some clear eyebrow gel to set it and voilá!

Along with all of these goodies, I keep a face brush, beauty blender, small blending sponge, makeup remover wipes, eyeshadow brush, and eyebrow grooming brush in my bag which are all essentials when applying makeup. I try not to carry too much when traveling. I just pick my go-to items that I know will look amazing on me. Have you tried any of these products or recommend any good items to try? Comment below on your thoughts! Thanks for reading.

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