I love Ulta, if you all know me you know that Ulta and Sephora are pretty much my fav stores EVER. 💖
This is what I got:
Because I just feel like it I’ll make a mini list of makeup, both drugstore and high end that I love.
*Note: These are not dupes, they are alternatives that I personally found work well*
1. Olay Complete Daily Defense All Day moisturizer SPF 30 $13
2. Rimmel London Fix and Perfect Primer $7.99
3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer $8.99
4. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation $12.99
5. Essence Matte Powder $4.99
6. NYX High Definition eyeshadow base $6.99
7. Wet N’ Wild walking on Eggshells trio $2.99
8. Rimmel London Waterproof Retractable eyeliner $5.99
9. L’Oreal Miss Manga, L’Oreal Carbon Black, L’Oreal Telescopic / Maybelline Great Lash $7.99 / $7.99 / $9.99 / $5.99
10. Revlon RavishingRose (I don’t know why but at first I thought it was called ‘Racy Rose’) blush $10.99
11. Wet N’ Wild Ticket to Brazil Bronzer $4
12. Revlon Lip Butter, L’Oreal Colour Riche $5.99 / $8.99
13. Mario Badescu Face Spray $7
Begin with a moisturizer, because moisturizeing your face is IMPORTANT. Then, prime your face– some say this makes no difference whereas others like me find it vital so it lasts all day and goes on nice and smooth.
Onto face necessities, I wouldn’t say foundation is necessary because it’s important to not completely cover up, at least it’s a tip I carry when meeting someone new- and especially for an interview. Eyebrows are up to you, but I find filling mine in a task worthwhile since they may be accidentally covered in concealer and it tends to bring any look at all together on the face. I have with the dip brow, an essence eyeliner brush which I find works just as good as the matching $18 brush which sits next to the product on the shelf.
A cat eye is a bit much for an interview, so a nice brown smudge of a line with a slight flick at the end brings attention to the eyes without being overpowering. Mascara is a go-to no matter where I’m going I feel a little more put together with mascara on, and once again it brings attention to one’s eyes.
Blush is always a fun time; I have a matte and a shimmery one- its personal preference really. I like to go for shimmery coral because I find it looks natural and glowing whereas matte reminds me of fall and works best for a super natural approach. Along with powder (which should go on before blush) I would suggest using a setting brush instead of a giant fluffy one if just going with concealer.
Highlighter is to glow, and I am one who loves glowing haha. I also have a lip balm with color (completely go for Burt’s Bees because this is Dior and this was a splurge for me) so it’s not too much like lip gloss or lipstick can sometimes be. Setting spray to set the face and re-hydrate is next, if needed.
I’m not one for contouring…
The first ever bronzer/ contour (I know they are two separate things) I owned was the too faced chocolate soleil bronzer in milk chocolate back when it was the old packaging. I loved it, it smelled like chocolate, therefore I had to have it for Christmas.
I was a sophomore in high school at the time, pretty new to makeup in general. I didn’t really know how to use it, so it wasn’t something I clung to in my everyday makeup routine and soon fell out completely.
Bronzer is the closest thing I’ve ever gotten to contouring or “tanning” my face. Definitely isn’t a necessity for me though.
But, one night a couple months ago I saw Dani Mansutti using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit in a YouTube video and I thought “what is that gorgeous palette?” Especially the banana shade which to my hearts content is actually called “banana.” Score.
So, I did my research, found it on Sephora, picked it up at the shop, and since then I have been pretty in love with this thing.
Vanilla: can be used as a powder, highlight, eyeshadow
Banana: a highlighting powder, especially good for under the eyes to cancel dark circles
Sand: a highlighting powder
Java: a warm mocha contour
Fawn: light brown contour
Havana: a warm red based contour
All of the shades are highly pigmented. It’s simply amazing.
In my opinion it is worth the $40 because it has many different uses besides contouring.
This palette’s shades can definitely be used as eyeshadow too.
I just love this thing, let me know what you think of it! 🙂