Thursday, December 5, 2013

5 Products I'd Pick in a Pinch Tag


I've seen the 5 Makeup Products I’d Pick in a Pinch tag on a few of my friends' blogs and thought it would be fun to do!  I've been under the weather lately so doing this tag is a great way for me to shake off the mental rust and get back in the blogging game.  

Originally, I ended up with 7 products so I narrowed it down to 5 by dropping two of my favorite makeup products: eyeshadow and concealer.  Gasp!  I decided to focus more on a bolder lip look since it adds more impact with fewer products.  It's a look I've been loving lately as a general time-saving practice on chilly winter mornings when my cup o' sleep feels half empty!  I also must credit Rema from The Burgundy Book for being my bold lip muse.  She always manages to look simply smashing in mascara and kapow lip color!
1. Foundation: For me, a solid canvas it the start I crave to any makeup look.  I have a few foundation loves, but this Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation (I wear shade SB 5.5) is a beautiful full-coverage option that feels light and breathable while covering errrthing.  It even allows me to comfortably skip concealer!

2. Bronzer: I get quite pale in the winter and really need a bronzer to bring some life back to my face.  I adore Too Faced's Chocolate Soliel Bronzer because it's sparkle-free and gives me believable color.  Oh and it smells like chocolate due to the cocoa powder in the product.  There's nothing like calorie-free choco-mania in the morning.

3. Blush: Being a blushaholic at heart, I certainly couldn't skip what I feel is one of the most important items that take me from looking zombie-like to alive and well.  I picked Tarte's Exposed, a gorgeous tawny pink, because it matches anything you throw at it and is flattering across the board.  This is probably my #1 favorite blush and I have Alison from 10amBeauty to thank for this discovery!  

4.  Mascara: The easiest way to open up your eyes is with a black mascara.  I am very partial to MAC's Zoom Fast Black Lash because it's one of the few mascaras that gives me lashes to write home about.  It's a wet formula, which I usually don't get overly thrilled about, but for some reason this one works perfectly to lengtehn my lashes and give me a little bit of volume without any clumps.  

5. Lip color: Maybelline's Color Elixir Liquid Lip Balm in Hibiscus Haven is the bright pop of pink needed to take my 5 product face from meh to 'mazing!  ;)  I really can skip the 4-step eyes with this and still get the polished look I like.  I have two Color Elixirs and both are FANTASTIC.  Cushiony, gel-like balms with great color payoff that last 5-6 hours.  These have exceeded my expectations and are better than their high-end counterparts.  
So that's it!  Those are my 5 products I'd pick in a pinch (or on a sleep-deprived morning when I'm short on time)!  

What are your 5 products?  If you decide to do this tag, let me 
know in the comments so I can check out your picks!

12 comments :

  1. Oh great job, Kristen! It's smart to pick a full-coverage foundation (now come to think of it: I don't have one)! Like how you threw in the bronzer as well! I do like bronzers, but that's also something I can let go in a pinch :)

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  2. Great picks, Kristen! There is noooooo way I could narrow my selection to five or even seven though, hee hee :-)

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  4. Good picks huni :) Can't wait for the maybelline glosses to be released in the UK I've heard such great things.
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh xx

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  5. I'm so jealous you could do without filling in your brows! If I didn't do my brows, I'd look....naked. It's like there's no definition on my face. Love your picks and yes to minimal eye makeup and bold lips!

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  6. Love your picks! I've just fallen back in love with Illamasqua Skin base-my skin was way to try before, but now I can make it work yo! You look glowy and gorgeous and polished which is perfect!

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  7. This is an outrage! ;0 I got mine at CVS - try there! If you can't find them in Nashville, I highly recommend visiting the CVS on the corner of N Druid Hills and LaVista when you guys come down for Christmas! They have ALL of the shades! :)

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  8. Thank you, T-Bone! I love the finish of Skin Base. It's not matte, but it's not shimmery, either, and the coverage is amazing! 5.5 is a bit yellow on me but it ends up making me look a little bit tanned without being a mis-match on my neck. This makes this pale girl happy! ;)

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  9. Ha ha! Thanks, boo! I only started filling in my brows this year so it's still not a must-do step for me. I think it's because I have minimal brows to begin with! There's not a lot of holes to fill in with 17 eyebrow hairs, ya know?!

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  10. Thanks, Megan Leigh! Ooh, me too! You guys will go gah gah for the Maybelline Color Elixirs!

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  11. Thanks, peaches! It's definitely a lot harder to narrow the products down if you're doing a smoky eye look, that's for sure!

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  12. Thanks, Sunshine! I loved reading your picks. It's always fun to me to see what everyone picks as a must-have when their selection is limited. Full coverage foundations are great for skipping concealer, and can also be sheered down by mixing in your moisturizer to get less cover and some hydration, to boot. :)

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