Sephora is one of those stores that no matter what type of makeup, haircare, skincare, or overall beauty products you love, you can find them at Sephora! I have found some products over the years that continue to be my go-tos and I’ve shared them with you below. I look for products that perform well but also last awhile so I feel like I’m really getting my money’s worth!
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Over the years, I’ve found some products that continue to be my go-to’s. First on the list are my makeup must-haves and tools that I found which really make a difference in my routine and makeup application.
You can’t go wrong with Nars blush. Colors are beautiful. My two favorites are Orgasm and Deep Throat. These two colors in particular look good on just about anyone. They are easy to apply and a little goes a long way. If you need to add more color, just reapply another layer. It’s a little pricey but lasts a very long time!
After I apply my tinted moisturizer and concealer, I apply a translucent powder to set the makeup. I’ve tried many different setting powders but the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil is by far my favorite. I prefer the original version. Bare Minerals has come out with all different versions which may be better for you depending on your needs- hydrating, tinted, illuminated. Mine is the matte finish. What I love about the matte finish is that it is completely translucent meaning it doesn’t add any color to my makeup so I know my coloring will look as natural as possible. It also helps to make my makeup last all day and my skin does not get oily or shiny throughout the day (unlike other powders I tried).
Good tools really do make a difference in how the makeup is applied and how the finished product looks. Two tools that I have found to make all the difference, is a good foundation brush, and eyelash curler.
My foundation brush is Pro Airbrush #55 from the Sephora Brush Collection. This brush is very easy to use. I apply dots of my tinted moisturizer on my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. I then use this brush to gently create circular motions to blend the moisturizer into my skin. The long bristles create a smooth and streak free finish! This brush lasts for YEARS.
The key to taking good care of your brushes is to have a consistent cleaning routine. I wash my brushes 1x per week. It makes a huge difference in how they apply my makeup and I find that weekly washes also keeps my skin looking great and I avoid breakouts! I pump 1-2 pumps of the shampoo in my palm, and wet the brush head in luke warm water. I swirl the brush head around on my palm to create a lather. Then I rinse under running water. You will see how much product gets washed away! Then squeeze out excess water from the bristles and lay flat to dry on a towel. I regularly wash my brushes on Sunday nights, and they are dry and ready for the week on Monday morning.
A good eyelash curler can make a huge difference in making your eyes and overall face look brighter. Even when I don’t apply a lot of makeup, I use an eyelash curler with mascara and it instantly makes me look more awake! You don’t have to spend a ton on this tool. Sephora makes a great product that lasts a long time and comes with replacement pads.
If you have read previous blog posts, you would have heard how much I love dry shampoo and how it’s been a beauty game changer for me. My favorite is Verb Dry Shampoo. I find this product to work great and also be a great value. Click here to see the blog post on how I tested different dry shampoos and the pros and cons of each.
The last product that I have used regularly over the last fews years and that I would highly recommend is the Murad Clarifying Body Spray. Sorry if this is too much information, but in warmer weather I tend to break out more often on my chest and back. It’s kind of embarrassing, especially when you want to wear tank tops, swim suits, and dresses which are usually more bear. I found that if I use this spray after I shower, it keeps the break outs under control and I’m not self conscious about wearing my favorite summer looks. After I get out of the shower, I towel dry and then use this spray on my chest and back. It works no matter what angle you spray, so if you tend to break out in other areas that may be hard to reach, this spray should work great. I’ll be honest that since I usually only break out in warmer weather, I only have to use this spray for about 6 months out of the year. That also means that it lasts a long time for me and I don’t have to buy it every year.
Hope you have enjoyed reading about some of my favorite products! Would love to hear from you if you try any of these or if you have other favorites that you would recommend to us!
Happy beauty shopping!