My Holy Grail… πŸ™ŒπŸ½

Hey beauties (and beauts)! I didn’t get around to posting yesterday but Aaron took me on a surprise date when I got off of work! We went to see Beauty and the Beast 🌹- absolutely LOVED it! They did great! Anyways, you’re not here to listen to me jabber about those sorts of things. You want the makeup! So, here we go! 

Today’s post is going to be my holy grail. My must haves. Can’t live withouts. If I could only take one item from each “category” what would it be? I got this idea and thought it’d be way easier than it turned out to be. Not a bad problem to have, I suppose! So, without further ado…. 

PRIMER

Too Faced HangoveRX


Now, this is one I don’t budge on. I LOVE this primer. You’ll learn quickly that Too Faced tends to be favorite brand. But something about this primer is just great. I won’t use any others. 

EYEBROWS

ABH Perfect Brow Pencil, Medium Brown


Anastasia Beverly Hills (ABH) Perfect Brow Pencil in Medium Brown. A lot of people prefer pomades, gels, etc. I’m old fashioned when it comes to my brows. I have all of those but I get the best results, quickest, with this baby. And with a little one, quickest and easiest is best most of the time. Please excuse the fact that it’s so worn. I use it a lot. Love it. 

EYESHADOW PRIMER

Too Faced Shadow Insurance


I know I said I love Too Faced. But this one is coincidental. I never really tried shadow primers or anything before but I got the Nikkie Tutorials Power of Makeup Palette last spring/summer when it came out (LOVEEEE, btw) and it had this in it, so I tried it and have been using it most of the time (when I remember, I’ll admit I’m bad about this one) since. And it works great! 

EYESHADOW 


ABH Modern Renaissance Palette


I just got this palette. And when I did, the girl in Sephora told me it was life changing…. let’s just say that’s an understatement. The colors, the pigmentation, the buttery soft feel, literally everything about this palette is perfection. So, this was an easy winner. 

EYELINER

Maybelline Master Kajal


(PSA: I forgot to take a photo of this liner this morning so using one I had already, don’t mind the mess) 

If you’re like me and “wing-challenged”, meaning you are terrible at giving yourself wings, then this is the liner for you! It seriously does it for you. With just a turn of your hand. It’s so, so easy to use and I wish I had a better picture. I dropped the ball on that one. 😦 

MASCARA

Too Faced Better Than Sex


This one was another no brainer for me. I first fell in love with this mascara two years ago. I have several mascaras, have tried several, but always go back to this one. it’s just perfect. And go figure, another Too Faced product. 

FOUNDATION

L’OrΓ©al Infallible Pro-Glow & ABH Oval Brush


The entire Infallible line by L’OrΓ©al is just great. I have yet to find a product from that line I don’t like. I originally was give the Pro-Matte from s friend because it was too dark for her and she has oily skin. It was my color and I quickly fell in love. But I have dry skin. So I tried out the Pro-Glow, although it’s great, it doesn’t last as long for me so I mix the two. And it works perfect! I get my Glow in a shade lighter than my skin tone and the Matte in a shade darker, perfection. Also pictured is my foundation brush. Compatible to the Artis Oval Makeup brushes, this thing is perfection. I love it. It’s so soft and smooth. Blends to my face so perfectly and uses HALF, I’ll say it again for the people in the back, HALF, of the product a beauty blender or something of that sort would use. 

CONCEALER

Maybelline Age Rewind


This is another no-brainer. I’ve only found one other concealer I like as much as this one (Naked). This one is much more cost friendly for as much as it gets used. And I just use a simple beauty sponge to blend it out. 

BRONZER

Benefit Hoola


Big shoutout to Aidan for getting me this lovely for Christmas last year. Round of applause for her. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ Benefit’s Hoola blends so well and is just soft and everything I want in a bronzer. I personally think their brush could be a little softer but I use it and love it regardless! 

BLUSH

Too Faced Love Flush, Love Hangover


SURPRISE!!! Yet another Too Faced product. I think this is a fine time to make note that this post is in no way sponsored by Too Faced. But their Love Flush in Love Hangover is just perfect shade, formula, everything. Smooth. I love it. It’s another one that I got recently and put the others on the back burner. (Sorry Physicians Formula and NikkieTutorials – the go-to blushes prior to this purchase). 

HIGHLIGHTER πŸ‘πŸΌ

NYX Illuminator, Magnetic & NYX Fan Brush

Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter, Radiant Lights


Okay. Highlighters and Lipsticks are my FAVORITES. I’ll always BARE MINIMUM have highlighter, lippie, and mascara on. So, there’s no possible way I could choose one. So I chose my top two and that was even hard. I do have a LOT of highlighters. But each of these are perfect for different looks. I also included a photo of the brush I use. A fan brush is my FAVORITE brush for highlighters. It just gets the job done so perfectly. Makeup Revolution’s Vivid Baked Highlighter in Radiant Lights is perfect “strobing” and BAM! WOW!  The NYX Illuminator in Magnetic is still BAM! and WOW!  but it’s a little bit more subtle. And the color is just 😍 another thing you’ll quickly learn about me – my favorite color is rose gold. I’m a sucker for anything rose gold. 

LIPPIES πŸ’„

So. Here’s the deal. I managed to pick a favorite for each category. However, I have OVER 40 lippies. There’s no way I could pick a favorite. I am however doing a HUGE lippie post in the near future to make up for it. So look for that coming your way soon. 

SETTING SPRAY


There’s tons of excellent ones out there but this one is a fraction of the price and works just as good! Cut corners when I can! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌ

TODAY… 


I used all of the products I mentioned above and created this simple look! And one more picture for the road…. I got a little help with my makeup this morning from the best assistant a girl could ask for! πŸ˜‰

So, there’s my holy grail. My go-to’s. My number ones. What are some of your favorites?! 
-xo, j. 

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