Fun Friday

***WINNER UPDATE: Congratulations to Carrie Herdon!! You’ll be cooking up some yummy Indian food soon! :) ***

*Updated to add that Aarti is going to send a masala dabba of spices to one random commenter from this post!!!! I think that means yummy Indian spices in a fancy dish (based on my love of her show. Which may or may not border on creeptastic). Woo-Hoo!!!!

Hello my friends!!!! I have been dreaming and scheming about this blog, and I hope you will be along for the ride. I love the relationship aspect of this online space, and while I LOVE to write and to share my heart, sometimes I just want to “hang” with you all. Regular, light-hearted conversations between friends, where the emphasis isn’t on me, but on enjoying and learning from each other. I think this can take many forms, and just for kicks, I’m going to try to do a fun post every Friday where you can jump in and share. It’s not going to be deep and theological. Just a place for girlfriends to chat about odds and ends.

So, I’m going to ask a random question each week, and I would love for you to answer! It’s pretty complicated. And sophisticated. And spiritual. Well, it might be spiritual some weeks, but it isn’t this week!!!!! Let’s kick it off with a bang.

Are you ready?

Here goes.

I’m in a make-up phase right now. I usually don’t wear too much, so this has been a fun little adventure for me. I have a couple products that I have fallen in love with and I bet you do too. I’m also really into simple make-up tips and watching videos of make-up artists. People who know me will think this is funny, because I’m not really that good at it. But I have to say, a little effort goes a long way, and I’m finding that I feel different when I have taken some time to get ready instead of running out of the house with my hair in a bun, pinching my cheeks for some color and feeling like a slob.

I realized that after having 5 children, I had stopped caring what I saw in the mirror. I’m having fun experimenting with shades and shadows, and seeing fun posts like this one from my friend Aarti from Aarti’s party (we have emailed. Listen, people. We are 2 text messages away from the broken heart BFF necklaces.). Go read it…lots of fun :) And isn’t she GORGEOUS??? She’s also my friend. I don’t know if I mentioned that. Dang, I’m a loser.

Now it’s your turn.

We might make this a link-up eventually, but for now just leave comments here. This week’s question?

What makeup product is your “can’t-live-without?”

Be specific with brand and all that jazz. We ladies love detail. And feel free to list more than one if you are so inclined.

Just in time for a little wish list for the hubs for Valentines Day…

Me? Blush from NARS {naughty name}, Buxom mascara, and great foundation {I love smashbox. I’ve heard make up forever has a great one too}. I also love the “naked” palette by Urban Decay. I’m on the hunt for a great neutral lip gloss, but I love Nymphette by MAC. I also wish make up companies would stop using sexual names for make up. Don’t get me started on that one. Argh.

:)

Im so giddy!!! Again. A loser. But a smily one.

Go!


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  • Marybeth Thielke

    I cannot live without my Bare Minerals makeup. It has changed my life. I never really knew why I broke out so much before, but after using this makeup, my face has completely changed! It’s incredible! It looks so natural, and it FEELS healthy going on the face. I never would have thought makeup could do that! 

    I also LOVE my Dior Mascara. It’s fabulous and the only mascara I will use! 

    It’s so fun experimenting and realizing how much getting ready in the morning changes your whole outlook and feel of the entire day!  

    Marybeth
    http://letitgrowthielke.blogspot.com/ 

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      which dior mascara???? :)

      • Marybeth Thielke

        Sorry! =) 

        DIORSHOW, ICONIC!

  • http://www.uptoknowgood.com/ Sara Schaffer

    I love my Mary Kay Vanilla Eyesicles — a layer of creamy sparkle to go under color on my eyelids. I also love the way the Mary Kay moisturizer makes my skin feel smooth and young. I don’t sell MK, but I am a happy consumer!

  • http://www.recipestorunon.com/ Kim | At Home With Kim

    What a great idea!  Daily use is Bare Escentuals.  An awesome foundation for special events/dates is Hourglass Illusion…  amazing coverage; with Smashbox powder.  A splurge bronzer is Terracotta light by Guerlain.  An amazing discovery from a friend of mine in the business is Revlon ColorStay 12 hour eyeshadows…  5 bucks and they last ALL day!  Can’t wait to see everyone’s suggestions.  Thanks for this fun post Angie!!!

  • http://www.recipestorunon.com/ Kim | At Home With Kim

    Uh-Oh doesn’t look like my first comment went through…  I’ll try again.  Love this fun post idea Angie!!  Thanks for hosting us.  For daily use Bare Escentuals.  For great coverage for special events/dates = Hourglass Illusion foundation with Smashbox powder; splurge bronzer = Guerlain’s Terracotta; And an amazing discovery from a friend in the business is Revlon’s 12 hour color stay eyeshadows…  they last all day & are $5!  Great post idea.  Looking forward to all the great suggestions!

  • Ryan Hargrave

    I have an unhealthyobsession with Maybelline’s Volum Express Colossal mascara in Glam Black.  Gives great length, volume, and doesn’t clump.  So basically perfection. :)

    I wrote a post awhile back with some of my other makeup/hair product faves… http://mrshargrave.blogspot.com/2011/05/skiming-v-splurging-part-i.html

    I’m definitely going to have to try the Urban Decay “naked” palette. (And I totally agree… why do all cosmetics have to sound so dirty??)

  • De Anna

    Sephora has recently come to our Mall via JCP…and I have loved Smashbox blush in a pinky tone (can’t remember the name) and Sephora foundation…I have a new double color liner from UrbanDecay that I HAVE to line my eyes with! …I just have to or I look dead or something!  Then I really like Aveda products too, but only have some lip gloss in GingerBerry right now…OH..I love being a girl…I live w. Hunky Hubby and three sons…#DoYouFeelMe?

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      girl. I’m gonna need some names here. double color liner?!?!?! come on! help a girl out!!!

    • Nicole

      Hahah!  You are cracking me up!  I also live with Hunky Hubby and three boys!  Being the only girl has its benefits ;)  

    • http://bilslandfamily.blogspot.com/ Lily B.

      Me too! and my three little boys are absolutely in awe when they watch me put on make-up- it is hilarious! :)

    • Elizabeth W

      I feel you for sure.  Hunky husband and six boys here.

  • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

    girl. I’m gonna need some names here. double color liner?!?!?! come on! help a girl out!!!

  • Kelly

    Ok, so one of my girlfriends recently did a lipstick experiment. She bought TONS of brands/colors and spent months comparing them all. The lipstick that won the entire thing was Sephora Lip Attitude Glamour in shade G12. Wow, that was a mouth-full!

    I went to Sephora and bought it and seriously, I can’t live without it now! It looks dark, but goes on somewhat sheer. And it’s SMOOTH and creamy and compliments the skin of every single person I have forced to buy it! :)  

    Go! Get it!

  • Anonymous

    My MUST have make-up: just about anything Bare Escentuals/Bare Minerals! The BEST! Swear by the stuff. :)
     
    Also, for cheap, but truly life changing – ok, lash changing – mascara: CoverGirl LashBlast.
     
    Lips: Burts Bees Lip Shimmer or Buxom Lip gloss. (color totally depends)
     
    Those are main staples and MUST haves. I’ve never been a big eye shadow girl, but after seeing the pic of the eye shadows you got, Ang…I think I need that palette!! :)

  • http://twitter.com/3dlessons4life Lyli Dunbar

    My new thing is a Nivea colored chapstick.  I love color on my lips, but the lipstick was drying me out, and the lip gloss is gone in like 2 seconds, so this works for me.  Less chapped lips with pretty color.  Cheap fix that looks good.  I am also a BIG fan of Bath and Body works sprays — Butterfly is what I am currently wearing, and I love Sweet Pea as well.  Those are my 2 must haves. 

  • Amy Bennett

    Mary Kay’s Nourishine lip gloss. I can’t even tell you how many tubes I have.  Love it.

  • http://www.twoplusonelandersfamily.blogspot.com Cindi Landers

    Hi Angie!!  (Raising my hand…a little bit shy…first time commenter that’s followed along for years)  Oh this is so fun!!  I do love a good make-up conversation.  :)   The product I absolutely LOVE (never run out of it, keep it under my bathroom sink at all times) is Clinique’s 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse Off Formula.  Ahhh…it has little beads in it that exfoliate your skin, and it leaves the BEST shine to your face.  I feel five years younger after I use it (minus the bags under my eyes…Ha!).  Have a great weekend!  Can’t wait to see what next week’s Fun Friday is and reading through all of the comments you get on this one.

  • Andrea

    LOVE!
    I’m a low maintenance girl who likes to look high maintenance. ;) I am in love with Mary Kay’s microdermabrasion set – my skin looks so healthy and radiant. And clear! I haven’t had clear skin in, well, forever! I also can’t live without mascara – I haven’t found any one brand that I am loyal too, but it must be waterproof/smudge proof. Even if I put nothing else on, I HAVE to have my mascara!

  • Coby

    Very fun!  I’ve always had a hard time finding foundation that I truly like, and have always used something that I could just pick up at Walgreens.  But now that I’m 35 and have 3 little boys and my skin is changing, I needed something new.  Enter (lights and smoke and music, please) Bare Minerals powder foundation.  Oh.  My.  Gosh.  Rocked my world.  Changed my life.  It makes my skin look awake and glowy and even.  Love it.  Won’t ever go back to the cheap stuff.  If I had to choose just one make-up item to take to a deserted island, this would be it!

  • http://profiles.google.com/meghamblen Meagan Hamblen

    Best product I’ve ever used is Bobbi Brown longwear gel eyeliner (in black, though it comes in a variety).  I have oily oily skin and tiny eyes, so my eyeliner never stays on, but this one does all day.  I love it.  You sacrifice a little ease from using an eye pencil – it comes in a little pot and you use an eyeliner brush, but it gives you a lot of control on how thick or thin you want it.  And again, it lasts all day, which is what I look for in a product these days.  I just ordered some new treats from Sephora – including the NARS blush in the same color you reference, but I got the stick.  I’m pretty excited to try it out!  I’m dying to get my hands on the Urban Decay naked palette.  Another good, easy, every day eye color is Stila’s Kitten.  Just a nude with some shimmer – I just sweep it on with my finger, then do the black eyeliner.  Easy peasy.

  • JustJess

    I am SCOURING the comments.  I need some new stuff. And I am super curious about the blush listed. I need a new blush for sure. But I live in a small-ish town.  Is it worth ordering NARS online?  Has anyone done that? Current favorites are several physicians formula brand stuff. Love the shimmer translucent powder. Wear it every day. Makes me feel dewey and doesn’t do the “glittery” thing so I don’t feel like I’m 13. Also love the blue eye shadow set. Grays and Browns in perfect colors. I get compliments all the time. Also I have a new liner marker that rocks!!

  • http://bahava.wordpress.com Katy

    I really love TooFaced! They have super fun eyeshadow and they have this big brush for mascara that works great!  I also have an Origins lip gloss with some color that is fun to spice it up every once in a while =)

  • Anonymous

    Well my victoria’s secret lipgloss (thanks to you) goes with me everywhere! And I love me some bare essentials foundation, mineral veil, blush etc. I’ve also decided to be better about my hair and make-up and have found some awesome tips at thesmallthings blog. Plus she gives easy, step by step, video instructions for visual learners like Me

  • http://twitter.com/dailydwelling dailydwelling

    I’m gonna be taking notes on this!

    My “can’t live without” is my Lancome foundation & powder. I switch everything else up, but these are a must for me.

  • Alexa

    Yay for a makeup post!!
    My must haves:
    Stila black eyeliner
    Lancome mascara (Defincils)
    Bare Minerals foundation
    Nars blushes {Oasis and the other O :) }
    Still looking for perfect lip gloss/stick….

  • Kristin Smith

    I LOVE Bare Minerals too. Have used that for years and it has changed my skin!! One thing I really struggle with though is using eye liner. I have never been able to do it right. I either look like I applied it drunk or I am trying to be a wee bit “woorish” if you know what I mean. So I tytpically just skip all together. But I wear glasses all the time and I think my eyes get lost. I need a class or something to learn how to apply correctly. And yes, I just turned 37 and have no excuse! :)

    • JustJess

      Kristen, I used to be awful with eyeliner til my best friend taught me in college. A couple of things for you–first, your pic is tiny but you look light complected. Could it be you are applying correctly but it looks a little too, um, brazen, because of your complexion? Maybe a lighter liner would make it work for you? Also, I can’t use a pencil. It looks to “chunky” so I use either a crayon or a marker version instead. It takes some practice but goes on smoother. Good luck!!

  • Kaira

    So I googled Nars Blush and I found 3 right away with naughty names so I have no idea which one you like best. :/

    I love my crystalline eye shadow from Mary Kay but lip gloss and mascara are my favorite products, Bare Essentials is my favorite brand at the moment.

    I love, love, love L’bri skin care products so much that I’m contemplating selling them. I did an experiment on half of my face for 2 weeks and the most surprising part of it was how much thinner one side was in the end. I hadn’t anticipated it would tighten my skin so much.

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      it’s the big “o:)” but i also like the super “o.” :) they could have made this easier, huh?

      • Kaira

        Gotcha! The names are quite racy. How are moms expected to want to buy that for their teenagers? That’s just awkward!

  • Allisonb

    I LOOOOOVE Cover Girl Amazemint lip gloss…kind of tingly, not sticky, great sheer color
    Also, I absolutely love the bare minerals. I am out right now and am using up some of the other foundation in my drawer and I can tell a huge difference…cannot wait to get back on the minerals!

  • Carey

    My only must have is Lip Smackers Dr. Pepper chapstick. I use Bare Minerals, but not well. Like Kristen, I struggle with eye liner. I’m pretty sure my 7 year old could do a better job applying it than me. 

  • Jeannig

    Hi Angie! First time poster… I have to have my eyelid primer frim Bare Minerals. My eye libs are super oily and with this I can actually get eye shadow to stay put. Love everything BE!

  • giverny1

    oops! trying to figure out disqus, sorry.

  • Susan

    I can’t live without my Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer.  Nutmeg is my favorite, everyday, sorta sheer shade, but I also like Rhubarb and Watermelon.

    And I have used Maybeline mascara (the one in the pink and green tube) forever, and I still love it.

  • giverny1

    Ahem…as I was saying… :)
    My go-to products are Bobbi Brown concealer, Laura Mercier eyeshadows (especially Topaz and Sable), Nars Oasis blush. Love them all!

  • http://lovehopedwell.blogspot.com/ Carrie

    This post has perfect timing I was just thinking when I could make a Sephora trip :) .
    Foundation: Bare Minerals
    Blush: Tarte Clay in Dollface (used to use Nars “O”…like this better!)
    Mascara: Buxom by Bare Essentuals (but would like to try something else…) and always an eyelash curler :)

    And nothing else…I need to experiment with eyeshadow. :)

    So excited to see others favs!!!

  • http://aartipaarti.com/ Iamaarti

    Ok, let’s you and me start a makeup line with sanctified names!  I feel EXACTLY the same way.  My makeup artist does a certain famous young star’s makeup, and she loves the same blush you do.  But imagine her having to go to the department store and saying, excuse I’m looking for {naughty name}?  AWFUL.

    • http://www.darkchocolateisbest.blogspot.com Scubagirl

      Too funny – the name makes you blush.  SO, it worked!!!!

  • Tracey

    Hi Angie! I started using some Trish McEvoy products a few months ago and love them.  My absolute favorite is her eyeliner: Definer 35 Deep Amethyst along with her product called Finish Line.  It is the best eyeliner I’ve ever used. Waterproof and no smudging.  You can create a very fine line which is perfect for daytime.  You apply it with an eyeliner brush, a drop of Finish Line applied to the brush, and dip in the shadow.  It makes a liquid eyeliner.  Hope that makes sense! I purchase it at Blue Mercury. (Don’t know if you have that store there)  What a fun question/answer post!!!!

  • http://bilslandfamily.blogspot.com/ Lily B.

    So true about the names- haha- r they serious?? Anyway, I’m a bare minerals foundation girl all the way- the only foundation that doesn’t make me breakout… everything else I just buy whatever is on sale or looks interesting ;)

    I normally love putting on/experimenting with make-up, but when I am pregnant, I am lucky if I brush my hair and wash my face each day- so ready for the sick part to be over :)

  • Katyreitz

    Angie, I am giggling about the name of your blush….you twittered it to me the other night…. still laughing.  Anyway, I am a bare minerals girl.  When the economy in MI hit rock bottom and so did my make up budget, I went to other brands and they don’t compare.  

    The lady also gave me a sample of their face lotion for dry skin. in the store, I ordered it on line later that week!  Before that I was using foot cream, because one of your readers suggested that for very dry skin.  I confessed it to the Bare Minerals sales lady, she wasn’t impressed. 

    I also ordered BM eye shadow primer.  Set of 5.  They are tiny tubes but oh my gosh, awesome!  They don’t collect in the crease of my eye lids.  Perfection!

    I’m going for the blush…. like I said mine is Revlon and it’s 7 years old, at least!  

  • Ashley

    This is a newer product for me, because I tried Bare Escentials a few years back and didn’t like it.  But I love the mineral powder from Mary Kay, and their foundation primer.  I used to use Smashbox foundation primer and this is very similar to it, same consistency.  

  • Ashley

    Oh, one more thing.  I know a lot of people know about this blush, but I LOVE Nars “Orgasm” blush, love it!  Just wish it had a different name!

  • angela menace

    hi.. i’m new here…in my neck of the woods we mostly go for wet n’ wild from fred meyer. it is so hard to justify expensive makeup from macy’s when most of my customers have teeth rotted to the gum line.

  • http://www.darkchocolateisbest.blogspot.com Scubagirl

    Just ONE makeup item?  Impossible!  Here goes:  foundation – I love Cover Girl’s Bare Minerals – so much that when they changed the packaging and/or formula, I went on ebay & bought FOUR of my regular shades and THREE of my summer (tanned) shades.  Mascara – I just discovered Maybelline’s Falsies, and I’m in love!  I had been using Cover Girl (no name – big fat purple tube), and Falsies (referring to false EYE lashes, not “falsies”) puts everyone to shame!  AND, I recently bought a 32-pack of ELF (stands for Eyes/Lips/Face) eye shadow.  Thirty-TWO shades/colors.  So many colors, so little time….. Plus, Angie, I’ve got a shimmer lip gloss set (of 5) from ELF that has several neutral shades.  Check them out!  (I got them online at Target for a steal!)

  • Barb Y

    I love Bare Mineral’s Prime Time Foundation Primer.  It makes the foundation go on so smoothly and last so much longer!

  • Sara Dunn

    Oh I need my Avon minerals powder foundation & some mascara and I am good. If I want to really get crazy I add some minerals eye shadow and blush!!!

  • http://twitter.com/shannonleighn Shannon Nelson

    I love the Buxom Lips by Bare Escentuals. Lots of great colors, but my favorites are Sandy and Leslie. Also love my eyelash curler. Everyday, I use bare minerals powder, my eyelash curler and Buxom mascara. Vaseline on my lips most days, but I put lip gloss on when I want to kick it up a notch. And every blue moon I use Benefit’s liquid eyeliner and some bare minerals sheer dust on my eyes. 

  • http://walkinthenameoflove.blogspot.com/ Ally

    Being that I live in New Jersey with winter time and I have blonde hair and green eyes and refuse to do the tanning in the box Bare Minerals has been my saving grace when it comes to foundation and giving me some color!! I LOVE IT!! I love their brushes and their eye make-up too they give me the soft look that I like to go for that makes it seem like I’m not even wearing any make-up! I also love their lip gloss! Hands down a HUGE fan of my bare mineral friends the foundation light, golden medium and my matte faux tan and warmth, plus my blush by them called first class then my eye shadow for my day wear which is super natural cream soda, and rapture! It seems like a lot but it’s really not! I feel like a hundred bucks with them when I wear it! Takes 5 minutes each day! P.S. I get some great tips on how to apply make-up and use all the different tools from different products from What-Not-To-Wear on TLC

  • http://ashleywb.blogspot.com AshleyB

    This is so fun!  
    So, for a tip and techniques person, I love Lisa Eldridge – her website is:  http://www.lisaeldridge.com/.  She has great tutorial videos.  As for products, I love Nars “Sin” blush.  Again, the name leaves a little be desired, but I love the color.  I have a couple of Mac lispsticks that I like:  Hug me and Rambling Rose.  I use Covergirl Lash Blast mascara.  
    I need a new foundation and new eyeshadow, so I’m taking notes on what everyone says here!  

    • Andrea B.

      I second the recommendation for Lisa Eldridge’s videos! After watching them, it has really changed how I apply my make-up!

    • Marije

      Yep. I watch Lisa Eldridge on youtube; amazing. Also, the Pixiwoo sisters on youtube have really beautiful looks.

  • Carrie Lehman

    This is so fun!!! I love Bare Minerals foundation, but also use ELF Tinted Moisturizer when my skin feels dry during the winter. Urban Decay eye primer keeps my eye shadow on all day with no creasing. And I have tons of eye shadows because I don’t quite know what to do with them. That’s why I like when they come with multiple colors that work well together. I was gifted a limited time color palette from MAC which I love. I’ve been too afraid to try the Nars “O” blush because of the all the shimmer, but after reading the comments, I may have to try it. I currently love Stila cream blush in Lillium. I’m still in search of the perfect lip gloss. Most shades seem to turn really weird colors on me.

  • Selina S Duff

    my daughter & I recently enjoyed a ‘make-over’ at the Chanel Counter at the local Mall …I have always thought they were over-rated ( And over-paid !!! ) but we were feeling pretty ’french’ and it was a birthday celebration so, dove in. After this little experience, I found that out that their foundation is ah-mazing ! “Lumi-aire’ I believe it is spelled. They absolutely nailed the color, which I think is huge because most companies get close but never quite ’on it’ , This was a second skin in terms of shade . Matching powder was good as a sealant or great on it’s own. Feels pretty smoothe too. Wow.

  • Carolynnrn

    So I am not much of a make up gal (4 kids and all) but my sister LOVES make up and is always telling me latest and greatest according to her. We love the Naked palette ( they have a naked 2 palette out that I am dying to get but am having trouble justifying the cost right now:-)  I use amazing concealer and LOVE it and also love Urban Decay eyeshadow primer. Another item I just started using is an brush where I can make my eyeshadow my eyeliner ( another tip from my sister).  I got the brush at Target.  I also love Target’s 7 brand foundation–it’s like a mousse.  My final product I love is buxom lipgloss in dolly–very neutral.  I wear it everyday.

  • Jennbecker1

    I can’t live without my basic bare minerals kit, but my favorite product right now is by far is Buxom lipgloss. Sadly I cannot share the name of my fave shade because the exp date covers it. All I know is that it ends in “ackie” and is the perfect nuetral.:)

  • Andrea

    I absolutely love Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and I cant imagine another product that moisturises so well. It’s a must have and something that I always carry with me. 

  • Vanessa

    Haha..I also use Nars (naughty name) blush, love my Mac lip gloss & compact, Lancome mascara hypnose is the best! 

  • Tdracki3

    Anything bare minerals. Best natural look with good coverage yet doesnt feel like makeup at all. I especially love their powder foundation!!! oh- & I REALLY love their brushes!!!

  • Hollyo1

    I am completely addicted to any and all lip gloss. I LOVE the bath and body works stuff that tastes all minty and I put that over my loreal long last lip color and I feel like I have sassy lips. As a mother of three wearing no other make up and a pair of holey sweatpants – sassy lips are really key to the success of my day. I swear – I can look horrible and I put on that lip gloss and suddenly I feel all pretty (and witty and gay) 
    ;)

    Holly 
    http://iheartbowheads.blogspot.com

  • Sonya13

    I rarely wear makeup but I really love Mary Kay’s Lash Love mascara! It’s the best mascara I’ve ever used!

  • Ranjani Vishwanath

    I love my Revlon mascara,BARE Escentuals mineral powder,Clinique Moisturiser and glittering eyeliner..

  • Tarena

    You’re going to love this.
    *Coconut oil.*Yep. You know the super healthy stuff you use in your kitchen? Well, take a little tiny container and put a spoonful of coconut oil in it. (Make sure it seals really well, as when it warms up it becomes a liquid and can leak out.) Keep this in your bathroom makeup kit. 

    It is AMAZING as a make up remover. Totally natural, and actually REALLY good for your skin! 
    I have also used it as a clear lip gloss when I’m in a pinch too!

    And if that doesn’t sell you, it has a bazillion other beauty product uses: I love it as a lotion, oil for giving the husband back-rubs and it is fantastic to clear up a baby’s diaper rash!

    Have fun!

    • Erika

      Ha!  I was just going to post about organic coconut oil!   Love it!!  I have noticed fewer wrinkles since wearing this,  must have been the dry skin.  I put it in a little wide mouth container and leave it in my shower, then apply before drying off- best rubbed in while still wet. I love the way it melts from the body’s heat!  :)

  • http://thekirnancrib.blogspot.com/ Ashley

    LOVE Bare Minerals.  Also love Smashbox Reflection High Shie Lipgloss.  BEST lipgloss I’ve ever tried!

    • Ashley

      high SHINE lipgloss.  The Ben & Jerry’s resting on my lap is impairing my thinking!  Haha!

  • Gabrielle Erway

    First off, I have to tell you no matter what makeup you’re wearing you always look amazing!

    I have to admit that I am a “Cover Girl”…it’s been my go to for YEARS. It’s always been cooperative with both my sensitive skin and my budget (I have a hard time justifying spending a lot on makeup) and I guess I am just not big on change. I’m hoping some other comments may lead me to some really great (and budget-friendly) finds to try.

    I will say that a couple of my favorite beauty products are Burt’s Bees lip products and EcoTools brushes.

  • Amber Dyer

    So, I am probably going to go with my Mary Kay Ultimate Mascara in black— Mascara is my BFF.   :)

    PS- what a great idea….looking forward to reading through all of the suggestions!

  • Mom4saferhomes

    Mine would be my mascara that I get from Melaleuca.  All their makeup is amazing, but mascara is one I can’t go without.  :)
    Michelle

  • Mandy M.

    I love Cover Girl True Blend foundation, MAC eyeliner, Victoria Secret lip gloss (I probably have 9 or 10 different shades I love) and Laura Mercier primer. All are must haves for my make up bag!! I’m loving reading all the comments!!!!

  • Chelsi

    LOVE my MAC brush cleanser.. Works on MAC brushes and drug store brushes as well. It works great to clean even the toughest foundation out of the brushes and makes them look as good as new! It’s also ony $13! What a steal!

  • Elizabeth

    I’m a lip gloss addict! LOVE Laura Mercier brand…many great shades. Chanel and Clinique are very good too.

    Elizabeth

  • Mariah Magagnotti

    I love love LOVE the pure minerals set (I’m light beige).  Foundation-y powder stuff, then a little blush, some bronzer (great fake tan for winter!), little eye shadow (almost always light/white-ish) and then the topper, Mineral Veil.  It’s so fancy.  Always makes me feel more put together, while still looking just like myself.  I’m a believer.

  • Samantha

    I love Bare Minerals foundation in medium beige, their bisque for under eye circle coverage, eyecolor, and blush. In general I JUST love Bare Minerals!!!

  • http://inklingwrites.blogspot.com/ Inkling

    I used to love Bare Minerals, and I’ve heard that I really must head to a Sephora near me and check out Nars blush.  But I have to admit since marrying a mountain man and heading to the west coast of Canada, my most “can’t live without” make-up at the moment is Lansinoh.  Yeah, so um, I stopped nursing  when our little boy decided to wean himself somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 months and had a tube of the cream leftover.  I tried it on my perpetually chapped lips and fell in love.  I so need to find where to get my sexy back.  Especially after looking at old photos from my teaching days back when I remembered how to put on make-up and do my hair.

    Mostly I’m just writing because I think it is so amazing that you know someone who can make a killer curry.  I love, love, love Indian food.  Moving to a little town in Canada may have caused me to forget how to wear make-up or find cute clothes, but thankfully it has introduced me to a cuisine that I could eat all.the.time.  Your friend Aarti needs to come give me cooking lessons and you can come and give me make-up lessons.  ;)

  • cat moore

    I already tweeted but wanted to post here, too.  :)   Arbonne Make-Up Primer.  LOVE it!  Buy it by the case from my friend.  She explains it perfectly…it’s like “silk pajamas for your face”.  Love you!  :)

  • Kari

    OMGness…this is SO fun!  My favorite simple moisturizer that I always go back to because nothing else works as well is Hope in a Jar by Philosophy.  (And, that little jar lasts a LONG time, deceivingly so.)  Then, just about a month ago I fell in love with “It” Cosmetics.  I discovered them on QVC as I was flying by the channel.  The first thing of “It” that I tried and now SWEAR by is their brow pencil.  I have tried several others…and this one is THE WINNER.  It’s a universal shade so you don’t have to choose and it is SO easy to use.  Love!  It’s awesome.  Just ordered their concealer called Bye Bye Pores and use it as foundation if needed as well.  Remarkable.  It’s a game changer for my 44 year old skin.  I’m going to keep trying more of the “It” stuff because I’m loving what I have so far.

    Cool thing about the stuff on QVC is that you can look up the stuff and watch a video of their airing of that particular product so you can see for yourself.  And….30 day money back guarantee…which is great for trying out makeup!

    Thanks for the fun post!  :)

  • Lindsey Ruthart

    Okay, I love MAC lipgloss! I’ve tried the Lip Laquer and I don’t like it as much. My mom has red hair and fair skin, my hair and skin is really similar to hers, we both LOVE: Prr, Nymphette, Viva Glam IV,V  and Lust. I totally agree with the names thing, what is up with that?

    Best eye primer ever, Laura Mercier. Your eye shadow will stay on ALL DAY. It’s like a miracle.

  • Stephanie Muir

    Love, Love, Love! Maybelline Full and Soft mascara in very black. I can’t leave the house (well, I have since I have lost my twins, because you know, some of that stuff becomes trivial right after a great loss) without something on my lashes. I also love Hard Candy lip gloss from Wal-Mart. I know! These two items will break the bank, but completely worth it!  

    BTW, look at me, participating in a post like this. It’s been seven months since I buried my twin girls. This is something I never thought I would do. Little steps…

    • http://www.audreycaroline.blogspot.com angelac519

      Little steps indeed:) praying for you right now, friend.

  • Anonymous

    I really like Burts Bees chapstick.  Does that count? My 2 year old found it this past week while I was at work, and brought it to mommy, “Mommy, here’s daddys make-up.”  :)

    • Stephanie Muir

      Oh! This made me laugh so much! Thank you! My husband carries a black North Face cinch sack every where with him and my two and half year old calls it his purse. 

  • Lesli Swanson

    Love Bert’s as well, Mary Kay Waterproof mascara and also their Velocity cleaning system.

  • slpleslieanne

    I don’t really have any make-up items that I can’t live without. I like to keep it simple :) I guess if I had to name something though, I’d say mascara. My eyelashes are practically invisible so it really helps! 

    This is an awesome giveaway by the way too. 

  • Jillian

    I have medium-to-dark brown hair, hazel eyes, and a very light olive-toned skin with a bunch of freckles. I searched forever for a red lipstick shade that looked right on me. I must have tried 40, seriously. Then I found it: Shiseido P24, called Bordeaux. I almost cried at the makeup counter. It makes me feel like a Bond girl when I wear it. Love it.

  • http://twitter.com/faithchick faithchick

    The one makeup item I cannot go a day without is Mary Kay’s Eyeshadow Primer. You put it on before you put your eyeshadow on and it leaves your eyeshadow looking fresh ALL day. Love it…it has changed my makeup wardrobe forever.

  • Klumper

    The best eye shadow ever is Bare Mineral and my fav color is Radiant Rebecca which is discontinued so now I buy Tan Lines but miss Rebecca! I have sensitive eyes and have a hard time finding mascara that is sensitive friendly. Mascara is the finishing-wow. Anyone have suggestions for mascara for sensitive eyes?

  • Missy

    What a wonderful idea!  I’m so excited to read through the comments and get some ideas!  The only thing I can’t live without is mascara, but I don’t really have a favorite.  

  • Liz

    I love this post! Last summer I decided that I needed to start taking better care of my appearance. I take time in the morning to put on makeup and have kept my nails painted nearly everyday since then. It sounds silly, but it really does help my attitude. My favorite product is MAC haute and naughty mascara – the name is so misleading – its nothing wild but really an amazing mascara.

  • April

    I’m not a foundation girl (feels like I have iced my face like a cake), so I LOVE Jane Iredale mineral powder.  It coats like a foundaiton,  but without the feeling of having on heavy makeup.  I love their makeup brushes too!!  

  • sandy

    Is it bad I love my sunscreen and my  burtsbees chap sticks- I don’t wear alot lately but really need to

  • Pogue Mahone

    I like the “Go Natural” bronzing powder. You can use it on your face for colour, and on cheeks,eyes, nose, chin and forehead. It gives you a “sun kissed” glow and covers up imperfections and makes your skin shine.You can even add a bit of water and put it on your lips; very similar to the “Egyptian Earth” from the 1980′s.

  • Memenzel

    Mascara is my must have. I discovered Blinc at Sephora a year ago. It is awesome. No smudging, but comes off easily at night with a washcloth and warm water. It “tubes” your lashes. I love it!!!

    I used Bare Minerals for years, but lately it seemed to enhance my lines instead of cover them, even with the primer. So now I am on the hunt for a different base.

  • http://thepajamachef.com/ sarah k @ the pajama chef

    clinque makeup. really, clinique anything. love!

  • Patricia

    Now that I’m *ahem* a little *ahem* older, I have a few “can’t live withouts” ;)
    Mascara: Buxom by Bare Escentuals OR Almay Get up & Grow
    Eye Liner: Laura Geller Eye Rimz (LOVE!!!!)
    Eye Primer: Bare Escentuals OR Too Faced
    Eye Shadow: Bare Escentuals or Smashbox Photo Op
    Face: Laura Geller Balance & Brighten
    Lips: awww…so many to name! ;)

    Got just a “teensy” makeup addiction here! lol!

  • Angie H.

    I love urban decay eye shadow primer. You put it on before you apply any eye shadow and your your shadow will stay on all day!  They also make tinted shadow primer where you can use that instead of your shadow. It ROCKS!  I cant live with out eye make up on….

    napoleon perdis lipstick from ulta is a great lip stick, for a girl who doesn’t usually wear it.  This one is like a soft butter on your lips, and doesn’t dry out your lips.

    And when i get a chance to do my  nails i love opi nail polish, the colors rock!

  • Janice Bills

    I love Olay Regenerist  Daily cream. I also recently found neutrogena face soap.  I replaced my Clinque soap with the neutrogena face soap.  I was shocked that the soap is under $2 and works awesome!!  I also love lip gloss…I will try new ones but always go back to cover girl queen collection copper bliss!

  • Ashley B

    I would have to say that my Aveeno tinted moisturizer is a must have.  I love it & it’s the one thing I use even if I have no time to do the rest.

  • Brook Taylor

    Oh goodness, this could be really fun. I’ve got to say Lady Gaga 2 by Mac. It’s a lipstick but super neutral so if you are running out the door and look like a slob you can throw it on and feel “cute” and still super subtle. 

  • Sharon O

    I use ‘angel’ foundation from Origins. I use mascara from Mary Kay.  I use liquid eyeliner from Clinique. It is a compact that you add water with a brush). I  use my blush from clinique. Facial soap is from grahams gardens natural soap. It is gentle I use oatmeal avocado if you purchase it ‘tell them I sent you’.
    Sometimes I use epionsce facial gentle cleanser it is a fantastic product line that prevenst skin cancer. Sometimes I use Aveeno gentle foaming cleanser. (I am 57 and my face changes so I change cleaning products to help it)  

  • Beki – TheRustedChain

    I love Bare Minerals. I’m currently obsessed with Tarte Cheek Stains.  Mally makes the most amazing eyeliners in the world (in my opinion)… I smudge them before they’re set to make them into eye shadow.

    You may not realize this, but you and I are practically BFF’s as well, Angie! Nichole Nordeman is my friend (meaning she and I have exchanged emails a few times), and she wrote The Story, which your husband sang in, and you replied to me on twitter once. BOOM!  Whaddup BFF?!

  • Kristen Grizzard

    please delete

  • kathy

    What smashbox foundation do you use?

  • Christina Burrell

    I love Bare Escentuals Makeup-it feels light, like you aren’t wearing any at all, looks great, and is safe to wear!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EG7PBLMGMOJKJQE5DV572LKHHY Brianne

    I have decided to start trying out new make up, too. I am definitely a non-make up girl. But, 2012 is my “journey” year, so I am on a journey of change. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE Aarti. I wish that they would have kept her show on Sunday afternoons. She’s amazing (and so totally gorgeous)

  • Meg

    What a good topic! I understand the feeling of being busy with the kiddos, and not spending  a lot of time on your own appearance. I’m lucky if my hair looks nice, so there’s not a lot of extra time for makeup! If I do use something, I use some of the Bare Minerals eye shadow. I got some for Christmas, and I’m really enjoying it! I really want to try some of their foundation now. (The eye shadow collection I have is called The Cocktail Hour. The colors are different for me, but I’ve really been having fun with it!).

  • Tiffany

    Covergirl mascara! I can’t live without it!=)

    • Julie

      That Nars blush is my favorite and the name is ridiculous but it does look that good :) I can’t live without Bobbi Brown Moisturizing foundation. Has sunscreen. $50. My husband thinks this is insane but I love it. I also lOve Bobbi Brown shimmer brick for cheeks and eyes. Nude lipgloss I love Bobbi Brown brown sugar. Can you tell I’m a one stop shopper? I don’t like BB mascara though I love Bare Minerals lengthening mascara. Oh can’t live without Jo Malone Rose to top this all off in the scent category. BTW I always had wondered how YOU do your eyes they always look beautiful and after four kids I usually don’t get past the foundation :( Love and hugs Julie (Sacramento)

  • Kara

    My favorites would have to be Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and loose setting powder.  I don’t like the feel of heavy foundation – and these have a really light feel.  Now I’ll have to read through the comments to get some color ideas.  :)

  • millicent

    One thing I can’t live without is mascara.  My favorite?  Covergirl in the blue tube.  Yep, the cheap stuff.  It is the only mascara that makes me look like I have eyelashes!!!!

  • Robin

    Bath & Body vanilla mint lip gloss – yummy!

  • CC

    Mascara and eyeliner! I look like i have no lashes without since my lashes are so light. I just use Loreal double lash mascara (white bottom coat, then top black for thicker, longer lashes) and cover girl eye liner….also love my bare minerals foundation, blush, mineral veil!

  • Kimberwidmer

    I use regenerist by oil of olay for moisture, BareEscentials on my face. Nekkid2 by urban decay on my eyes. Bare Escentials eye liner and mascara. I like natural without looking like I’m wearing makeup.

  • Linda74thompson

    I don’t wear any makeup at all but I have just discovered Vaseline Deep Moisturizer for my face.  I had a terrible reaction to Neutrogena so I picked up the Vaseline product and after a week my face felt and looked so much better!

  • Patty Mullins

    Lipstick!  The one I use most often is ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick by Revlon in Supreme Sienna… probably too dark for you, but I love it.  When I’m just running out to the grocery store and want just a touch of color, I use Super Glossy Lip Shine by Burt’s Bees.  The color I have is called Zesty Red, but it just barely gives a hint of color.

  • Nmburdess

    For foundation I’ve fallen in love with Airbrushed by Philosophy! So light on the skin with great coverage and doesn’t leave your skin oily! For mascara I love They’re real I think by Sephora…I have naturally long, thick lashes so it helps to make them curl and not clump!:)

  • Leandra Mae

    I LOVE Mary Kay Mascara it’s emphasizes my eye lashes and doesn’t make them look clumpy. I also love Maybaline eye shadow: with dark brown, gold and a sparkling white color…

  • Katelynn

    Mascara all the way! I am loving Maybelline’s “lots of lashes”, or something to that affect, right now. I think it makes a huge difference!

  • http://twitter.com/Brittany_TYD Brittany

    I just discovered Clinique’s tinted moisturizer last week. I still can’t get it to look as good as the makeup artists did who sold it to me, but I’m figuring it out. I love it!

  • Anonymous

    At Christmas I splurged and got Urban Decay’s book of colors IV…and I must say that it was on sale, plus I got a $15 off coupon so I really didn’t spend THAT much money.  I love the primer from Urban Decay and all of their “how-to” videos are awesome.

    I’m so glad I’m not the only person who doesn’t feel like a makeup pro…I’m so still learning this world of makeup!

  • Staceydalas

    I don’t wear alot of make-up…but my latest fave is Baby Lips lip balm by Maybelline. I just ran to my bag so I could give you the proper name of the flavor/color I like best. They are all wonderful, but the Cherry Me is my fave. It has a hint of red color…which my 34 year old lips need! Love reading all these comments!

  • Iteachmusic

    Dior Show mascara by Dior!

  • Kb61204

    Ok u are like the 100th person I have heard say they love nars blush w the naughty name– I def need to try!
    I too am in a phase where I am really getting into makeup. I got the naked pallette and I am obsessed!! My new find is cargo brand. I love their pressed powder!

  • Anna

    I love Pixi “eye bright primer”, which you can buy at Target.  Using this product has been a life-changer! My eye shadow lasts all day without creases!  I also like their eye shadow in Boho Breeze.

  • Jennifer

    Inexpensive but I love Maybelline mascara (the kind in the hot pink and lime green colors!). Works great and doesn’t feel caky or anything. :)

  • Tracey

    Eyeliner- Makeup Forever Aqua Black waterproof cream shadow. You can buy it at Sephora in a little pot and it lasts forever. use an angled brush to put it on. Love it!

    Blush- Benefit benetint

    Foundation/bronzer/powder- bare essentials but I’ve noticed it creasing on my forehead. I’m trying different primers to see if that helps since I like the way my skin feels and it’s sensitive.

    Lip color- Covergirl Outlast lip stain

    Mascara- Neutrogena waterproof thickening

    Eyeshadow- Stila kitten, NARS or Bare Minerals

  • Christinasoucy

    Mary Kay cream eye shadow beach blonde and iced cocoa
    Try cafe au lait for a great nude lip gloss!
    Love the mineral powder and the new liquid foundation.

    • Christinasoucy

      I will send you a free sample if you want!

  • Laura

    I love love love love!!! Benefit’s “They’re Real” mascara. It thickens and lengthens, and stays put without smudging. I’m a mascara girl and this is the best I’ve found.

    I also love Benefit “Coralista” blush and smashbox photo primer – you put it on under your foundation and it just makes everything pretty and smooth. So fun! I live makeup!

  • FrankandBellasMom

    Pond’s Dry Skin Cream.  If I don’t have that on my face 2x a day, the makeup is just going to flake off my poor face!  And sometimes it still gets flaky anyway :(   But imagine if I didn’t try!  YIKES!

  • Anonymous

    Covergirl foundation to powder and Clinique quickliner!

  • Casey0412

    I’ve recently started using Rodan + Fields Dermatologists skin care line. They’re the makers of Proactiv and it is fantastic. Their products have been featured in Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, and the Today Show…not sure why I didn’t know about them before, but I’m so glad I do know! They have lines for all skin types and conditions and the prices are so much better than lines like Obagi!  In fact, I love it so much I became a consultant.  If you’re interested, you can look at my website and check it out. And feel free to contact me with any questions!

    caseystokes.myrandf.com
    casey0412@gmail.com

  • Liesl Irwin

    I’m loving looking through the comments and getting ideas!  I grew up with a mom that wasn’t so much into the makeup thing, so I never really learned…but I totally want to have a sleepover with girlfriends and have them teach me, even though I am now 32.  Haha  :)   I do like the Bare Minerals line of makeup (foundation), and I am a big fan of the MAC products…I just know they are very potent, so I need lessons in how to apply so I don’t look like I’m supposed to be onstage (though I will say, I’m a Musical Theatre nut and one of my castmates from a show this summer taught me how to – finally – put eyeliner on properly! That’s a win, folks)    :)    Ok, back to browsing through comments…

  • Cori H.

    I absolutely love the Naked Palette. I really want the 2nd one now!

  • Tammiefflatt

    I like Aarti’s show.  As far as makeup, not much but always Bare Escentuals.  I have really bad rosacea, and Bare Escentuals covers it fully and very easily.  Mostly I just use foundation and radiance and that’s it.

  • carwil19.blogspot.com

    Physicians Formula Sun Bronzer

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6LMO2HKAHMHFBAC6EA4OTVWM6U Priscilla

     the nars blush with the naughty name, yea… want that too. However right now I’m broke so I do mostly drugstore. I cannot live without the loreal true match foundation, it’s sooo good, for me it feels and almost looks like I have nothing on. It’s good and I can find it in any drugstore. I use two mascaras first loreal voluminous million lashes and on top the loreal voluminous carbon black. they look huge. I use those two on each lash ( don’t let it dry to put the second coat just put it right after)and  for a natural look I use estee lauder sumptous mascara, feels like you have nothing on. Try the estee lauder peach nuance blush and the nude rose blush, so so pretty.

  • http://www.encouragingheartsathome.com Misty Krasawski

    Okay, this is way too much fun. Referring here to find what I want to buy for new makeup–why do I run out of everything at the same time??? :-) I could *not* live without lipgloss! I  actually really love L’Oreal lipstick in Mica–perfect color! Now, off to Ulta!

  • http://twitter.com/queenoftheclick Queen of the Click

    I love Aarti from Aarti’s party. She’s a great cook and she always has a lot of fun cooking.

    Now onto the makeup. Love the Nars blush you mentioned. Naked Lunch eyeshadow by Mac is beautiful. I’m fair-skinned like you.

    Foundation – Christian Dior Forever Flawless is good.

    Oh Angie have you heard of  this website…..don’t click it if you don’t have free time – you will be lost in it for a long time!  Makeup Alley  http://www.makeupalley.com/

  • Kelli G

    maybe not so “makeup” related, but I wanted to pass along that after MUCH research, I found BLUE LIZARD Sensitive sunscreen for my little girls. My oldest (now 5) has gorgeous red hair=pale skin. She has never blistered or even turned pink from staying at the beach all day. This sunscreen does not burn at all if it gets in their eyes (trust me…..yes I actually rubbed it in my eye first to see) & doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals that most do. It’s a little challenging to find so I usually order from cvs.com or drugstore.com. Well worth the $$.

  • Dianne

    LOVE this! Ok Bare Minerals ladies: so for a fair-skinned early 40-something with a few wrinkles peeking through, would you still recommend Bare Minerals? I’ve heard that it makes your wrinkles look worse????

    • Amanda

      I finally stopped using it because I found this to be true. It was settling into the lines around my eyes and was NOT attractive. I loved it during my wrinkle-free years though ;) .

  • Dianne

    By the way, for me, it’s Bobby Brown gel eyeliner. period.  

  • http://twitter.com/NeOne4Tea Sandra Loewen

    This is so fun ~ yet so scary!  I have just been ‘toying’ with the idea of introducing makeup to my world as I have a beautiful 15 year old daughter who has graciously waited to wear makeup but I feel she is ready .. but because I never learned how to wear/apply it I am NOT the one to be giving her any advise!  She is very diligent with her skin care routine and that has paid off .. 

    I have read each word of every post .. timely indeed .. but I have no idea what y’all are talking about really.  I admit I have had those moments in the drug store when I have thrown a mascara in the cart .. worn it once and couldn’t stand how it was still showing up in specs on my eyes/face days later after trying to remove it the best I could .. so then I just go back to ‘naturale’.  I was walking in our mall the other day and saw the store “Sephora” .. and saw that below .. maybe that is my first stop with my daughter on a date to move towards this mountain. Also, Angie~ your post about the ‘naked’ palette caught my eye the other day .. so maybe that is where I start. *sigh* .. I guess I would rather my daughter learn good habits and tricks to application that suit her beautiful inside .. here we go .. keep the tips, tricks and favs coming!

    • Patty Mullins

       Sounds like fun mother/daughter bonding time as you experiment with different brands and find out what you like… and whet you don’t… together.  Good luck!  :)

  • ~Sarah~

    I am not a big makeup fan so I pretty much just avoid it. However… My dear Jesus gave me white eyelashes and red hair. I have to wear mascara or I scare small children ;) I have literally tried every mascara out there and you know what I found was the best hands down? The CHEAP stuff!! Maybelline Falsies mascara. It does wonders for my lashes! LOVE it and it’s my must have!

  • Tressa

    outlast lipstain, Oil of Olay moisturizer, and a eye liner from Avon. Keeping it simple! :)

  • Jaward1273

    Well, I have to wear a good concealor as I’m covering a port-wine stain (birthmark) that covers half my face.  If I didn’t, people would ask me all kinds of questions and I don’t like attention to begin with.  So, for concealors, I really like Clinique’s Continuous Coverage.  Mary Kay also makes a really good concealor.  For the fun stuff…I like the same Nars blush you mention, LOVE lip glosses (MAC are my favorite, in particular I love Love Nectar…but I also love Mary Kay Cafe Au Latte (spell?)).  I also love MAC lip liners in Spice and Half-Red.  Eyes, I love MAC eyeshadows…Satin Taupe is my favorite.  I like their eye pencils as well and also like Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner.  I wear cheap mascara…Maybeline, in an orange tube.  It doesn’t smudge.  I also like the Mary Kay mineral powder & foundations. 

  • Amy

    I like my Clinique foundation, but I may just try Aarti’s trick to use two shades…She may be on to something! :-)

  • Elizabeth

    eyeliner!  Not dedicated to one brand, but i just need some no matter what.  

  • Melissarmay2000

    Bare Minerals is a must have. Works just as great in my 40′s than it did in my 30′s. Skin care is Obagi…couldn’t live without it! Neutrogena Rainbath-Love it!

  • Jessie Martinez

    I love Sephora mineral make-up all natural and flawless. Good eye make-up and I use Ulta name brand with mascara and eyeliner. Lips gloss with lip liner. Oh and some blush but still searching for a good brand !

  • Coulterda1

    I love mascara from Aveda- it has icelandish algea in it. Fancy!

  • Guest

    I don’t wear make-up, how crazy is that?!  I’m 32yrs. old and fair-skinned.  Also sadly, we are too broke for me to buy make-up… it’s been a long time although I’ve always been a natural type of person anyways.  We are struggling just to put food on the table for our kids.  I’m sure I’m not the only woman in this position right now in this country.

  • Emily Miller

    I looooove Urban Decay eyeshadow primer!  No eyeshadow creases at the end of the day, and 1 tube lasts a long time!  A little on the pricey side, but I think well worth it!

  • Erin

    Clinique’s Black Honey Almost Lipstick. It’s the perfect tint for this non-lipstick wearer!

  • http://candelierious.blogspot.com Lis

    WOW.  I so needed this post!

  • Anonymous

    Angie! Just so you know, because NARS blush is crazy expensive….NYX Pinched is an EXACT dupe of the NARS you’re talking about. For super cheap! :)

    http://thelouloublog.com

  • Rose_amyd

    I can’t live without chapstick from Arbonne and my favorite foundation is Stay Tuned by Origins.  I am currently trying to find a fav for mascara and eyeliner.  I have huge issues with smudging…racoon eyes are not hot- help!

  • Reckless Abandon

    I love the Mary Kay mineral highlighter powder.  In the pink porcelain.  It’s a great cover-up for my (awful) dark circles and feels so light on!  :)

  • Karen

    For the girls who can’t afford the high-priced oddly-named cosmetics, you should try ELF. It’s sold at Target. Everything is either $1 or $3. I love to try out a new-to-me product, like highlighter (for $1!!) and decide if I like it and want to invest in a better quality one. The surprising part is some of their products are excellent. The tinted moisturizer has a stunning amount of coverage and I like the mascara. The highlighter is good. I didn’t care for the stay on lipstick in the tube. It didn’t stay on. The black brushes are pretty good, but the white ones will shed a little. 
    Also at Target is the Umberto line of hair products. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the shine spray and dry shampoo. John Freida has a good volumizing hair spray, too. I’m cheap, but I don’t want to look like it! :) I’m about to invest in a good concealer, I’m thinking Smashbox. I also love Bobbi Brown’s pale yellow powder, because I’m paste-y and it makes my skin look a little more colorful.

  • melissa

    Well, I just bought the newest Naked palette, and it is pretty fabulous!