The Basic Makeup Products

A few days ago I was going through some of my most visited articles and I've noticed that, surprisingly, my very first makeup related entry is one of them. Two years ago have past since that was uploaded and a lot has changed when it comes to my makeup tastes, so I figured it would be the right time to share my thoughts again on this topic. I picked some products that I consider pretty basic, from foundation, concealer to eyeshadow and I'll explain just why I'm getting along with them and why I recommend them. Have a nice read!

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

First things first, I have to mention that my complexion is very oily in the T Zone, and normal to dry in the rest of the areas. This foundation is my favorite from all that I've tested so far and works amazing with my skin, leaving a natural-looking matte finish. It doesn't feel heavy at all on the skin, it basically looks like it's not even there. It has medium to full coverage, it is buildable and it doesn't get cakey. Usually on the days when I have courses I just apply foundation and concealer and simply set them with powder and I swear it blurs the imperfections away at the most accurate level - not too little, not too much - and makes the skin look fresher. However, it doesn't offer much luminosity so if you're looking for a foundation which does that, this might not be the one for you.

I always use this foundation with a primer (Pore Minimizing from Benefit is my latest crush) and it lasts me flawlessly up to 8 hours, afterwards I start getting very oily and there's nothing I can do to save it anymore. That might not sound like a lot, but for me it is just about the right amount because after 10 hours of wearing makeup my skin feels very dirty and I want to cleanse immediately. The number of hours also depends on what I do, sometimes it happens to be in a hurry and get sweaty just after I leave the house so it's obvious that the foundation won't look as good as it did at the beginning. It also ain't quite cheap, but considering its strengths and the fact that it is from a high-end brand I think the price is worth it.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Concealer

I can't even remember what concealer I was using before I've discovered this one, because ever since I did, I never went back. It's full coverage and it doesn't crease. I sometimes only wear it on the under eye area and it brightens up my hole face. I haven't exactly tried it with a lot of foundations, but I can tell you that it performs well with the Too Faced one. I own two shades, Y23 and R20, because I couldn't find the perfect match, so this might be the only downside. It's not that big of a deal tho, Y23 is closer to my complexion but not much lighter, while R20 is very fair, and if I don't use powder it can look ridiculous.

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Kit

Hands down the best face sculpting kit! The powders are pigmented, but not too pigmented (to the point where if you apply too much on the face it won’t blend out). And I gotta mention the smell, because it is heavenly!! It actually smells like cocoa and applying the powders is somehow weirdly satisfying. I have the kit in the shade light to medium and I mostly use the Medium Cocoa and the Light Cocoa. I like the other ones just as much, but the Dark Cocoa has a subtle orange undertone (nothing to be scared of whatsoever) and I apply it over the Medium shade when I'm looking for a more dramatic contour. The Pop of Light shade is a light powder with shimmer in it that looks a little glittery on the skin. It’s actually really beautiful and I find myself using it whenever I want a subtle highlighter, but I usually go for a more blinding one. Oh and I can’t comment on the buki brush because I’ve never used it. Not that I don’t like it, but I’ve already found my holy grail when it comes to contouring brushes so I never needed to get this tiny pretty one dirty.

Too Faced Brow Envy Kit

Speaking of holy grail cosmetics, I’ll probably never get bored of this brow kit. It's a pretty little box with everything that you need for shaping and defining the brows. It has two brow powders, one lighter, one darker, a highlighter to make the brows pop and a setting wax. Now besides the last one, I regularly use everything else. I don’t necessarily hate the setting wax but I find my NYX Control Freak clear brow gel much easier to use. The kit also contains a mirror, two cute little brushes, one for combing, one for the powders (I personally dislike this one) and a tweezers which comes in really handy especially when traveling.

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Back in the first year of Highschool, clear gloss was the only makeup that I was wearing and a it was also the first makeup product that I’ve ever bought. I stopped wearing it because it was too messy and sticky. Before I’ve moved to France over a month ago I had a sleepover at a friend’s where I used a gloss from one of them and rediscovered my love for it. Now the Fenty Beauty line launched just in time for my need to buy lip glosses and that is how I ended up with this one. There's not much to say about it, I don’t think it is out of this world, but it is a pretty gloss ,which looks much darker when you swatch it than it looks on the lips. Oh, and it smells so freaking good!! Lately I’ve made an obsession out of using it on top of liquid lipsticks, but I like it just as much by itself.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

This is good. This stuff is really good! And this bottle of mine is really empty so I need a new one asap. I’ve been using this setting spray for more than a year and a half now and it helps the makeup stay in place and not transfer. It also tempers my oily areas and at the same time hydrates the dryness (I am aware of how weird that sounds). It basically does everything a setting spray should do.

Naked Heat Palette by Urban Decay

Last but not least, this is my most recent purchase from all of the above. It is not a exactly the typical basic palette, more of a warm toned one, but I am really obsessed with the colors and I couldn’t not mention it. I would also like to apologize for being too lazy to swatch it but there are a lot of pictures with them on the internet. The packaging looks badass, it feels heavy and luxurious. The colors are highly pigmented, easy to blend and freaking stunning! I find them quite unique, but it’s not like I’ve played with a thousand eyeshadow palettes so this is very subjective. It’s also my first palette with a good brush that I actually use and like.

5 Make-Up Products That I Love

I've had this blog for 10 months and ever since I'd had spent waaay too much money on make-up products. Actually, my blog is basically the reason why I've started putting on make-up and learning how to do it the best way. I'm following a lot of beauty gurus on Instagram and Youtube and feel like thanking them every time someone gives me a compliment for my make-up. I know I'm far away from an expert or even a make-up vlogger, but I've completely fell head over heels with everything that's connected with cosmetics (du-uh, I'm a girl), so I've done some research into this area. It's harder than I imagined!! The products that I use are perfectly suitable for my sensitive skin and I figured I should share my thoughts on them.

1. YSL Foundation

Probably the best in the world. I bought my first foundation 2 years ago from an airport and it was the wisest decision I could ever make to choose the Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Laurent. Admittedly, I've only tried this one and Estée Lauder's Double Wear, which was pretty good too, but felt too harsh on my face so I sticked to YSL. I'm getting along amazing with it, but it's definitely not for everyone. This foundation is so oily, I was surprised by how well it suits my mixed complexion. It can give you that unwanted shiny-skin effect if it's not set with a good powder. That leads me to the second product:

2. Make Up For ever HD Powder

It was a tip from a friend. One of the best cosmetics tips I've received I guess. It can be applied plentifully for a night out or just in the right amount for a flawless daily make-up. I use it to highlight the right areas at the end, after I've already set my foundation with a Sephora Powder.

3. EOS Lip Balm

I never go anywhere without a lip balm and EOS is my favorite one. The name is the abbreviation from Evolution Of Smooth and I must say that since I've been using it my lips are sensitive and dry no more. It's my alternative for every time I'm too lazy to finish my make-up with lipstick ('cause it takes me from 5 up to 15 minutes to get my lips perfectly done). I have it in Summer Fruit and I really need a new one 'cause I've almost overused it...

4. NUDE ‘tude Eyeshadow Palette by The Balm

The Naughty one, of course. The colors are rightly pigmented and last a lot if they're set with a good insurance. I bought it 3 months ago but it's barely noticeable that I've been using it ever since. My favorite shade is Sexy, especially because it gets easily integrated into almost any look.

5. Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Mascara

Another great tip (shoutout to Hey Blondie for this one!). If I used to wear little make-up on from time to time before The Bear Girl started, I almost NEVER used mascara. That's because I couldn't stand it (I still can't, but I'm making an effort), my eyes are too sensitive and it gets scratchy. However, this one lasts long enough and makes my lashes look incredible. I probably won't try another one too soon because, as I said, I'm not a big fan of mascara, and this one's fame seems justified to me.

These are products that really work for me and I recommend them with all of my heart. They are my current makeup crushes, but as I buy and try brands and learn more about this field, I will write other real reviews so you can know if a product is worth buying or overrated.