My Top 12 Favorite Makeup Must-haves!

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After being a mom and getting so caught up with so many things from left to right, finding some time to look good and pretty can be a little daunting for moms. As for me, getting the looks doesn't have to be a dilemma while balancing a busy lifestyle. It actually caused me all the more to find ways on how i can look fabulous despite my busy schedules. Why? Because parenting should be pretty cool by realizing that there's always a connection between feeling good and LOOKING good!


So how do you like make-ups? I guess a lot of women loves it as much as i do! I'm no expert when it comes to make-up and playing pretty but I have gathered here my top 12 favorite makeup must-haves that i've been using for so many years now (on a regular basis), and i just wanted to share it with you. For make-up tips in connection to this post, please visit my other blog HERE.

MY TOP 12 FAVORITES

1 OLAY NATURAL WHITE (Light) 
    All in one Fairness Day Cream
Moisturizers helps your skin hydrated, more elastic, softer and it helps you feel younger. I've been using Olay Natural White All in One Fairness Day Cream. It is non-greasy and has triple nutrient system, vitamins B3, pro B5 and E plus sunscreen. I use this as a make-up base and moisturizer for so many years now. But just recently i was into a study of a new formula for the skin, a serum that has so many benefits and acts as a moisturizer too from my own skin care line. (Wait till i launch it online, for updates please visit Yashica Skin Care on Facebook)


2 REVLON AGE DEFYING MOISTURIZER CONCEALER 
   (Light Medium Shade)



Perk up those tired eyes! I always put concealer under my eyes to fake that horrible eye bags with a fresh polished look even without complete sleep during my busy nights. Revlon Age Defying Moisturizing Concealer in Light Medium Shade has been my partner for so many years and i love it for my skin. It's smooth and blends perfectly on my foundation of choice.


3 REVLON PHOTOREADY LIQUID MAKE UP FOUNDATION


I always try to work on neutral looks and mastering it took me over my entire teenage years up to date until i came up to realize what is perfect for me and now i'm sticking with it for the rest of my life. Applying the right shade of foundation is the key. I use Revlon Photoready Liquid Makeup Foundation #003 Shell as base, or on some lazy days i have it as my on-the-go make-up foundation alone, it is non-greasy and has a flawless finish. It's smooth enough to blend on my skin by just using my fingertips!


4 EYEBROW RAZORS
Shaped and trimmed eyebrows always look clean. I just use the ones available and common in the shops. Eyebrow razors from Watsons is a good choice. It's very economical and user-friendly.


5 EYE PENCILS AND EYELINER


I love using Etude House's Drawing Eye Pencil in Brown Shade for my eyebrows. Its flat and triangular shape tip is so easy and convenient to use without having the hard time to draw that perfect line for eyebrows. It glides perfectly on the surface leaving a smooth trace from tip to bottom. I hoard it sometimes because whenever i visit the shop for this pencil it's always out of stock. 
To that event, my alternative is Revlon Brow Fantasy in Light Brown and a darker shade of brown for my lower eyelids. I can go out without any foundation on, but never without drawing lines on my eyebrows and my lower eyelids. It gives me an awake, alert and a refined look. (Trust me!)


6 REVLON PHOTOREADY IMPRESSIONIST PRIMER + SHADOW
Neutral blend of colors for the eyes always look decent, simple and elegant. I use Revlon Photoready Impressionist Primer + Shadow in Shade #505. I apply the primer which is the lightest shade on the pallete, followed by the brown shade and the darkest shade on the crease of the eyelids. Some would prefer a little sparkle but for me, i'm good with plain and neutral blend of colors on my eyes. 


7 EYELASH CURLER
If you were born with that straight and limp eyelashes just like mine, then an eyelash curler is essential. It lifts lashes and opens up the eyes. Next thing after curling those eyelashes is applying a mascara BUT I only use mascara during rare special occasions when i have enough time to prepare, but on ordinary days that i'm on the rush, i intentionally skip putting the mascara.


8 L'OREAL LUCENT MAGIQUE SKIN LUMINATING TRI-POWDER FOUNDATION 
   SPF19 PA+++
Topping my face with a flawless finish is important. As i have mentioned earlier, my preferred liquid foundation works as a make-up base but on some lazy days it can also be my finished foundation. But i would always prefer to get that flawless finish before heading out. And it is best achieved by topping it with a powder foundation to keep off that shiny look, giving you a cool and fresh finish. I personally use, L'oreal Lucent Magique Skin Luminating Tri-Powder Foundation SPF19 PA+++ in Apricot Ivory shade. L'oreal has been my personal choice ever since because my sensitivity to cosmetics rarely landed me on some beneficial products and only this brand meets my expectations and prevents allergic reactions. It gives my skin a lit from within look with a luminous complexion that glows naturally with its semi-matte finish, creating a shine-free, fair and brightened complexion like there's no imperfections.


9 MAC POWDER BLUSH (Matte)



Earth colors are good to go for an everyday polished look. Cheek tints are good too, but if you're having a hard time blending the right amount on your cheeks just like me, then go for powder blushes. I use Mac Powder Blush in Matte Shade of Melba. When adding a cheek color, choosing the right shade is of great importance. On a day to day fresh and clean look, i always go for earth colors. 


10 MAC KABUKI 182 BRUSH
The right brush for your blush-on is also essential to achieve that glowing effect on your face without damaging the skin due to harsh and hard brush strokes on the face.  I personally use Mac Kabuki 182 Brush. It is soft and smooth on my face and small enough to carry anywhere with its own pouch. 


11 HAPPY SKIN SHUT UP AND KISS ME
     Moisturizing Lippie

Just like everything else, your choices of lip color can determine your personal style. If you are just like me and any other women who loves lipsticks more than anything else then having a dozen of shades can be thought provoking on which is which. These days i'm obsessed with the newest from Happy Skin Cosmetics. Shut Up and Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippie offers three-fold lip service, the shine of a gloss, the pigment of a lipstick and the hydration of a balm. So it's an all-in-one total care. I love using it with all the nice and charming shades perfect for my lips. ;-)


12 ETUDE HOUSE DEAR GIRLS OIL CONTROL PACT
Our day can be long and tiring enough for all the woes of career and motherhood and squeezing a minute or two to freshen up that glam look which we started in the morning can become frustrating in the afternoon. I always bring a compact of oil control powder to freshen up anytime and once i got a chance to sit in the washroom. I use Etude House Dear Girls Oil Control Pact in natural shade. It smoothens and dries up that unwanted shine on my face in a snap without adding a different shade. Add a little touch of my favorite lippie and i'm good to go!

Products mentioned above are my own personal preferences. These are the brands that i do really use and i've tested it for years, hence, i'm confident with them. 

So what's your favorite make-up essentials? Share it!







***This post is part of my blog entry at www.mumsdailyph.com filed under MumsTips.***


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