my favorite beauty products right now

It’s that time again! A list of my favorite beauty products of the moment. Makeup lovers unite! And be sure to leave any suggestions down in the comments, if you feel so inclined :)

1. LORAC Skinny Palette in Nude

lorac paletteThis palette is incredibly versatile in that it can be worn for a natural daytime look (which I often achieve with the 3 matte colors in this palette) or a more dramatic night-out look. I love it because shadows are smooth, pigmented and there’s a good ratio of light-dark and shimmery-matte shades. The colors are warm-toned (which I tend to graviatate to), so if you’re looking for something a bit more neutral or cool-toned, the sister palette in  Navy is available at the same price of only $15!

2. Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed

tarte exposed

This color might look unremarkable. Maybe a little too brown. Boring even. Let me be the one to tell you, you are wrong on all accounts! This is the prettiest nude pink blush.  I love it so much that I haven’t worn any other blush since I picked this up at Sephora a couple of months ago. It looks completely natural, as in your natural cheek color and not overly rosy, but not overly mauve or brown. It’s kind of hard to explain because I feel like this color looks a bit different on everyone (google image search it and see). I would have shown it on me, except my camera couldn’t pick up the color very well. I liken Exposed to the “traveling pants”. You know, the pair of jeans that looks great on all the friends, in spite of their shape or size? I wouldn’t say it lasts for 12 hours as it claims, but it is still a long-lasting blush at about 7 hours of wear, which is completely acceptable to me. This goes down as one of my top favorite blushes (MAC Peaches is up there too).

3. Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig

melted fig

If you’re looking for rich, saturated lip color, then any tube in the Melted line is for you. Ugh, every single color is just impressively gorgeous. I’d snatch up almost every shade in a heartbeat if not for the $21 price tag. I’m particularly infatuated with Melted Fig which is a pretty plum-pink color that’s perfect for fall and winter. Although in the photo above, it photographs a tad brighter than it actually is. It’s a liquid lipstick that dispenses as you squeeze the tube, so you’re in control of how much product you use. The result is pigmented, long-lasting statement lips. Definitely not for the color-shy!

4. SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Cream Lipstick in Charmer 19

sephora-charmer

This is an amazing everyday pinky-nude lipstick. Not the most terribly exciting shade, but it’s beautiful, flattering and I get a lot of compliments on it. Charmer is probably my most worn lipstick of the past two months because it fits all occasions so well, especially very casual ones like lunch dates or weekend errands. The formula is creamy, comfortable and pairs nicely with smokey eyes or a bare face. My only gripe would be that it highlights any dryness you may have, so moisturized lips are key! Which brings me to the next product…

5. e.l.f. Studio Lip Exfoliator

lip exfoliator

In order to pull off any matte or dark lip colors, lips must be moisturized and flake-free. Even if you’re not a lipstick wearer, soft lips are something most of us desire, especially in the cold, dry months. The exfoliator is basically a lip balm flecked with tons of coarse sugar crystals that serve to scrub away the dead skin. I found that exfoliating my lips by way of brushing them over with a toothbrush wasn’t as effective for me, so I’ve started using this exfoliator and it is very effective at getting my lips super smooth. Sure you can make your own scrub (I did for a while), but at $3 a pop, you just can’t beat the convenience.

6. Nicole by OPI Matte Top Coat

matte topcoat

It’s difficult to find matte nail polishes, but no worries because this is even better. You can transform any color into a matte shade with this clear topcoat and it completely freshens up the finish. I tend to get bored of my limited selection of nail polishes quickly, so it’s refreshing to be able to change it up. It’s a nifty product to have!

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