So I’m sure by now you’ve noticed the new look and feel of the blog. If you haven’t, what do you think? I really wanted to update the theme to something more simple and sophisticated. The layout and colours I had before were very much a reflection of one side of my personality but the OCD kicked in and I realised I wanted a bit more structure. I am a perfectionist and choosing just one theme to depict what I like was one of the toughest things ever. I finally decided on a layout based on the types of blogs I enjoy reading and put my own little twist on it. With the hectic schedule I’ve been having I did enlist the help of a website developer and I also had my logo redone by fellow blogger Lizna. I am absolutely in love with how everything turned out and I’m hoping it makes you want to visit more often and makes navigating just a little bit easier.
Usually around this time I’m writing about the products I’ve loved in a monthly favourites post. Today I thought we’d do something different. I’ve been watching so many of these YouTube videos lately and I thought I’d jump on the bandwagon too. This tag was started by famous Youtuber, Jaclyn Hill. She is one of my favourite people to watch if you read my post here. In her video she listed her ‘Ride or Die’ makeup items. Basically the only ones you would take with you in each category if you were stranded on a desert island somewhere. So in other words, you can count these as my favourites of all time. If you want to see what they are, please keep on reading.
I’ve listed the items in the order that I apply them.
Benefit Porefessional – This is the best primer to fill my horribly large pores while not feeling oily and holds my makeup in place for the entire day. I didn’t like this for months until I changed how I was using it. I initally slapped quite a bit on and it would flake as I was working it into the skin. Now I take a pea sized amount and start in the middle of face where my pores are largest. It creates a smooth canvas and whatever is left over I smooth over the remainder of my face. Then I wait at least 5 minutes for it to settle into my skin before I apply my foundation. It has now become my HG primer and some days I just wear it on it’s own.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup – Man that’s a mouthful. While there is nothing weightless about the name, the foundation definitely is. Coverage is decent, not great, but I do go in with a concealer afterwards. Other than that I love everything about this foundation. It doesn’t feel like I am wearing foundation because it melts into my skin like a moisturiser. It doesn’t accentuate or settle in to my fine lines or pores. It has a demi-matte finish which leaves the skin glowy but not looking greasy. Setting it with powder or touching up during the day doesn’t make it cake up or flake. It is very long lasting and it doesn’t hurt that the bottle is pretty awesome looking as well.
Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer – This concealer also feels so lightweight on the skin and the coverage is amazing. The doe foot wand makes application so easy without wastage. Just the tiniest amount completely covers blemishes and blends out so easily for a flawless effect.
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water – I spray this over my foundation before I go in with my brush or Beauty Blender so it allows the product to mesh into my skin and not look like an extra layer. It’s something I’ve recently incorporated into my makeup routine but I don’t like the way my makeup looks if I skip it. There are so many hydrating mists out there and I keep on going back to the Smashbox one. Regardless of which step in your makeup routine you use it, it makes the skin feel amazing and the makeup look flawless.
MAC Prep and Primer Peach Lustre – This is the thinnest, most lightweight corrector I have ever used. The others are too thick or too creamy and cause too much creasing on my undereyes. It also doesn’t add that extra heavy layer before you apply concealer or highlight. The orange tint is the perfect shade for my skin tone and covers dark circles in a jiffy.
Revlon Age Defying Concealer – I purchased this on sale somewhere and now I cannot find it in store. I use this for highlighting and concealing my undereyes and I love it. It is creamy but not too thick and completely full coverage. It blends out easily, doesn’t crease after setting it and very long lasting.
Undereye Setting Powder
Laura Mercier Translucent Powder – There’s a reason why this is one of the most loved undereye setting powders out there. The Laura Mercier Translucent Powder is so finely milled and lightweight, not even baby powder can compete. I usually apply it with a damp Beauty Blender and brush off the excess with a tapered brush.
Face Setting Powder
I don’t have a Ride or Die setting powder for the rest of my face and it would be wrong to include something just for the sake of it. I am currently testing out the RCMA No Colour powder but haven’t used it enough to say I can’t do without it. I have tried many setting powders and usually use the one that’s closest within reach. I also don’t have a preference for whether it’s loose or in a compact.
Essence I love Stage Eyeshadow Base – I’ve tried many high end brands of eye primers and bases and I keep on coming back to this one. I’ve had it for over a year and it hasn’t yet dried out unlike some of the other ones. It is very creamy, but not runny, and has a slight tint which covers lid imperfections. It dries matte which prevents creasing and doesn’t need to be set with powder. The doe foot applicator deposits a nice amount of product on the lids and I use my ring finger to blend it out until my brow bone. It doesn’t alter the effect of the eyeshadows and lasts the entire day.
Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Eyeshadow Palette – This was a close one going head to head with my much loved original Lorac Pro palette. I chose this one because while the Tarte shadows are a bit less buttery than the Lorac shades, they are definitely not less pigmented. The Tarte shadows are easily picked up on the brush, don’t have a lot of fallout and blend easily on the lid. They are pigmented and very long lasting. They do not crease at all and the shade range in this palette is so versatile for any makeup look.
Anastasia Brow Definer – The triangle shaped product makes filling in my brows a breeze. The thicker part fills my brows without being too harsh and the thinner side allows precise brush strokes. I don’t need to press hard as the pigment transfers quite easily. The pen is thick and makes it sturdy to hold during application. The dual end with spoolie also makes it a great product for on the go.
Benefit Ready, Set, Brow Gel – Apart from being totally smitten with the new packaging, the Benefit Ready, Set, Brow Gel is the only one that keeps my hairs in place for the entire day. All other brow gels have been too watery and don’t harden upon application. This keeps my brows in place and the fine tipped comb allows me to brush the hairs where I want while keeping them separated.
Essence Long Lasting Eyeliner – I won’t lie this is not the most creamy or the most black eyeliner I have used. What it is though is very long lasting and does not smudge. I have very watery eyes and those are issues I deal with daily. When I wear this eyeliner though, it does not move, budge or disappear during the day. The retractable tip also completely removes the need for sharpening.
I usually skip this step because I almost always draw it on wonky or it smudges during the day. I also use the gel pots, felt tips or brushes dependent on my mood. Thus far nothing has stood out to be the one I NEED in my life.
NYX Blush in Taupe – Still not sure why they refer to this shade as a blush but that’s besides the point. I just recently acquired this one and the rest of my contour shades have been getting less love. I was using the NYX Contour palette daily for the last 3 months and while I still think it’s great, the shades just do not chisel out my face the way this one does. It has a grey undertone that makes the shadows on the face look more natural while slimming the face out considerably. It completely hides my double chin and snatches my nose to look less like a koeksister.
Milani Rose Blush in Awakening Rose – I’ve used this blush so many times and it just does not look like I’ve even put a dent in it. It is hard pressed but just a few dabs with a blush brush transfers a wash of colour to the cheeks. It can be built up to a richer rose pink but just as easily blended and sheered out if I go overboard. The shade makes me look naturally flushed and happy when I wear it.
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer – This is the most poppin’ highlighter I own. Just a dab anywhere on my face makes the world of a difference. Inner corner to look wide awake, brow bone to accentuate my arches or cupid’s bow to make those lips look plumper. Sure I have so many other highlighters but when I wear this to make those cheekbones stand to attention, it’s the way this product makes me feel. I feel like a goddess draped in the most luxurious glow.
I don’t have a preference for Bronzers but I do like shimmer ones like the Max Factor and The Body Shop bronzers to give a hint of that JLo glow.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – There seems to be a misconception regarding setting sprays, hydrating mists and finishing sprays. While I’m not clearing that up today, my understanding of a setting spray is one that SETS your makeup in place. That’s exactly what this one does. It’s like hairspray for the face to hold everything where it is and allow your makeup to look freshly applied hours later. It does make the skin feel tight for a few seconds but that disappears quickly. This is the only makeup setting spray I have used that holds for over 10 hours.
Benefit Roller Lash Mascara – As if I haven’t mentioned this product enough times on the blog before, I present it to you again. I apply this as the last step of my makeup routine so the setting spray doesn’t make my mascara run. The Roller lash mascara curls my straight lashes with just the wand and holds it in place longer than any other mascara I’ve tried. The formula is pitch black and lengthens while adding a bit of volume. The bristles separate the lashes and remove any clumps. I recently had a lash lift so now I can focus less on the curling of my eyelashes and test out other mascaras traits as well.
There is just no way in a hundred million years that I could just choose one lip product. It’s the one makeup item I cannot do without and what I enjoy today might not be the same tomorrow. I’ll do more posts of my favourite lip options based on colours or finish but I cannot just choose one. My head almost exploded thinking about this.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to hear what YOUR makeup ride or die products are.