Happy Hump Day! I am so excited we are only one week away from Halloween. Cannot wait to put together my costumes! Anyway, I had a wedding this past weekend and realized just how important my high-end favorites are. Now let me tell you, I love CVS with a passion for a number of my makeup staples (brow gel, mascara, powder), but there are a few things that I find personally really make a difference when it comes to spending extra money.
Smashbox Primer Water: This stuff is incredible, especially as we transition into the cooler months in the midwest. I like this because it makes my skin a little tacky for makeup to adhere to but also adds a little extra moisture. It also smells incredible and is lasting much better than I anticipated, so I think it’s worth the price
Too Faced Chocolate Bar: I got this for Valentine’s Day from my parents and cannot say how much I love it. I think it’s not only great for neutrals but also has a few pops of color. The large shade on the bottom is also a gorgeous highlight. I think one reason people are drawn to high-end products is because they are unique and the cocoa scent in these eyeshadows is definitely a luxurious bonus.
Bite Lipstick: This will be the first lipstick (ever?) I go through completely. Most go bad or I lose before I finish them, but this is going strong. The food-grade quality of these lipsticks makes sure you’re safe and the formula is so comfortable on the lips. Worth the splurge.
Beauty Blender: I used to just use my BB to apply foundation/concealer and then end there. I watched a few videos from people who attended Mario Dedivanovic’s Master Class who said Mario goes over the skin with a BB after each layer. I started doing this and think that my makeup all looks much more seamless. This little sponge is a miracle worker.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I cannot sing this palette’s praises enough. I know it’s crazy pricy, but a year later and it’s still going strong with almost daily use. I use the lightest shades to set my under eyes and bring an all-over glow to the face. I use the bronze shade to warm up my overall complexion. It is so natural looking and makes the skin glow.