It’s almost the end of yet another year! I can’t believe how fast 2011 has gone by us! Insane, isn’t it? Anywho! I thought it was time to go ahead and share my annual must-have products with you all ~ I ask now for forgiveness of the length of this post
M.A.C. Pro Longwear SPF 10 Foundation – $29.50 (30 ml / 1.0 US fl oz) – My best foundation matches have been M.A.C., but I never wore them until I purchase Pro Longwear. So far this is the best foundation I’ve ever used! It doesn’t transfer, and it doesn’t “slide off” my face, as well as it doesn’t even feel like I have anything on.
M.A.C. Prep+Prime Translucent Finishing Powder (Loose) – $23.00 (8 g / 0.28 US oz) – Helps keep my face shine-free and flawless looking! It’s a perfect complement to my PLW Foundation. I just realized this also now comes in a pressed version, which would be great for touch-ups (should I ever need one!); It’s also $23, but only 6g / 0.22 US oz.
Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural – $11.95 (7 g / 0.24 US oz) – While I can’t say it boosts my mood, I can say it does give me a nice, “lit from within” glow. Very gorgeous without being overly pink or shimmery.
M.A.C. Sheen Supreme Lipstick in Bare Again – $14.50 (3.6 g / 0.12 US oz) – Normally M.A.C. lipsticks are too drying for my lips, but I don’t have that problem at all with their Sheen Supremes. Not to mention, Bare Again is a perfect “my lips but better” (MLBB) shade for me! I also own Ultra Darling and Impressive.
Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine – $12.00 (0.24 US oz) – I first heard about this product in a YouTube video from Tiffany D. I didn’t realize how much I loved it at first, but it’s absolutely a product I consider a definite must-have! I only wish it was easier to get my hands on without having to drive to Sephora or order online.
Tarte 100% Pure Cold-Pressed Maracuja Oil – $46.00 (1.7 fl. oz) – I read on the Skin Care Board of Makeup Alley about using oils, but never tried it. I received the Tarte Maracuja Oil as part of the Glow Your Way to Gorgeous kit from QVC, and I’ve been extremely impressed! Not only is my skin soft as silk, but I think it helped lighten some of my dark spots. I’m almost positive it helped my skin stop producing excess oil. Definitely a new staple in my skin care routine (along with Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch SPF 45)!
Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Shea Butter Lotion – $8.79 (14 US oz) – I fell in love with this when I used a good friend’s smaller tube at work. I noticed the scent more than anything at first, but then I realized how moisturizing it was. It’s now a staple in my routine after showering!
Chanel N°5 Eau Premiere EdP – $64.00 (1.35 fl. oz) – Now, I hate the original N°5! I can’t find a single pleasurable note from it, so I steer clear. However! Eau Premiere is absolutely divine and smells nothing like the original to me! The best way I can think of to describe it is as champagne and soap. The notes are: aldehydes, rose absolute, jasmine, neroli, vanilla, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang-ylang. Given the cost of this juice, I generally try to only use it as a pick-me-up after a bad day and a long hot shower.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb EdP – $75.00 (1 fl. oz) – Yet another scent I originally hated! I’ve found in 2011 I discovered I liked or even loved scents I had found vile the year before. I can’t believe I didn’t adore Flowerbomb the first few times I smelled it! It’s a definite HG scent for me, and if you use a light hand, you can even wear it in the summer. Definitely more of a fall/winter scent, but fantastic either way! (I’m still working on samples and will one day own a full-size bottle!)
Essie Demure Vixen Nail Polish – $8.00 (0.5 fl. oz) – $8.00 (0.5 fl. oz) – Absolutely perfect shade to wear any day and for any occasion. It has hidden shimmer to it too! Sadly it takes about three coats to make it opaque enough, but it still shows visible nail line (VNL). Either way, it’s fab! I also adore Essie Lady Like, which is a cream version with even more of a hidden shimmer.
Recurring faves from 2010: Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner in Black, Barielle Growth Activator for Natural Nails, Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine Quick Dry Top Coat and Maybelline Define-A-Brow Eyebrow Pencil in Dark Brown.
What products have you discovered in 2011 and what are your must-haves?