I did not even have to think about this one! It’s definitely Hourglass Mineral Veil. Yes, it’s expensive but boy, is it worth it. My skin feels and looks amazing after using this and my make up applies so smoothly. My skin looks fresh all day, it has great oil control and instantly blurs my massive pores.
I didn’t have to put much thought into this one either. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is the foundation I reach for the most. It has amazing coverage and longevity, plus it controls my oil and can be built up or worn lightly When I need to rely on my foundation or if I am in doubt, I always use this bad boy.
I am still on the hunt for my holy grail concealer. I’m yet to find one that works with my skin without caking or creasing. But for this exercise, my current go-to is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It applies lovely, cover dark circles really well and when set correctly doesn’t crease on me.
I have been using Australis Fresh and Flawless for years and years now. I remember my sister buying it for me as a teenager, because she was sick of me stealing her makeup. It has a beautiful amount of coverage, controls my oily t-zone and leaves a beautiful soft finish. Although the colour range isn’t great, there is one that suits me (luckily). I love that Australis is Australian owned and cruelty free, plus it is so so so cheap!
UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER
This category is very difficult for me. Depending on what look I’m going for, I use different products. I use a loose powder for baking, banana powder when I am more tanned and a lighter pressed powder for brightening. I might cheat a little and say the setting powders in the Chi Chi Highlighting & Contouring kit. This kit contains 3 setting powders and they are stunning! They’re so soft and pigmented and do such a great job at setting and brightening my under eye area. I have been loving these lately and they cover all bases.
I am an absolute blush fiend, so this category is another tough one. But, after much deliberation, I have decided that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure is #1. It applies and blends effortlessly. The mauve-y colour really suits my skin tone and gives me such a natural looking flush and glow. I can never go over-board on this blush and it can be used through all seasons.
I love bronzers, both matte and simmer but there is definitely one I can’t live without – Too Faced Milk Soleil is life. Not only does this matte bronzer smell incredible, but it is a perfect soft shade, that gives off a beautiful healthy glow. It blends so easily and lasts all day. No other bronzer has come close to measuring up.
I know all the rage at the moment is a poppin’ highlight, but personally I prefer something a little more understated. That, and I can’t really get away with a crazy shimmery look. I received a sample of Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance powder a while back and instantly fell in love. It’s a beautiful pale gold illuminator, that delivers a stunning soft sheen. It’s not over-the top but creates such a lovely subtle glow. I use this little guy constantly.
Mascara is another weakness of mine. I am constantly searching for the next best thing. However one mascara that I have purchased over and over again is Maybelline Volum’ Express Lash Sensational. It matches if not beats much higher-end products. The formula is super black and not too watery or thick. Lash Sensational lengthens, separates and adds so much volume. Whenever I use another mascara, I find myself wishing I would have reached for this.
Oh the choices! This is crazy difficult. After many hours of arguing with myself, I have decided upon Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss – Nude 45. This shade is so complimentary, it is the perfect pinky nude and the formula is gorgeous. It’s hydrating and comfortable on the lips and last quite a while for a lipstick. I have about three of these lippies all over the place, so I think it is fair to say that it is my Ride or Die.
This choice was surprisingly easy. I have been using LimeCime Velvetines in Faded for so long. The formula is light, comfortable and really long-lasting. The colour is so unique and lovely. It’s a beautiful mauve shade that suits me when I am pale and tanned. It’s not nude and not bold and suits any makeup look.
I am not a big gloss user, I hate the sticky formula and find they never last very long. However, I do love NYX Buttergloss. I would own upwards of 15 but my favourite shade would have to be Angel Food Cake. The formula is soft, hydrating and comfortable. There is none of that sticky, hair getting stuck feeling. The shade range is huge and these are cheap as chips.
Lashes is a really easy category. My favourite would definitely be Ardell Demi Wispies. These lashes are natural but full of volume and so easy to apply. I have gone through so many of these beautiful lash sets and will continue to re-purchase.
Oh my goodness! How could I ever choose? I had a hard enough time trying to narrow down my eyeshadow palettes to my top 5 for this blog post, so picking one is a tough task. But I think i’ll take a leaf out of Jaclyn’s book and go with Morphe 35O. Not only does this palette boast 35 high-quality shades, but the formula is so soft, buttery and super bendable. The colours are easy to work with for any type of look. There are plenty of neutrals, shimmers, warm and dark shades for depth. There is no other palette that has as many colour choices with such great quality.
I adore Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. This spray noticeably affects the longevity of my makeup. It controls oil and disperses excess powder while making all of my makeup transfer-proof. I have little bottles of this guy all over the place and use it daily.
My all-time favourite perfume is Issey Miyake for Women. This scent is fresh and feminine, full of lily, white florals and aquatic scents. I wear this on special occasions and it always makes me feel good. Plus I always get complimented on this fragrance.
What are your Ride or Die products? I tag everyone reading to complete this fun exercise 🙂
*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.