There are no rules when it comes to makeup! —Kevyn Aucoin

When it comes to collecting makeup, I’m a hoarder or maximalist if you will. Putting on makeup on the other hand? I’m a minimalist.

If I find a beauty product that works for me, I tend to turn it into a “beauty empty” before I try anything else new from my collection. I guess you can say that I’m a major creature of habit, especially with skincare and makeup.

That said, I wanted to write a fun article and share current beauty favorites that are in my bag at the moment!

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GO-TO MAKEUP

MERIT PERFECTING COMPLEXION STICK

So far, I love this complexion stick! This quick “swipe” application process is my favorite way to put on my under eye concealer.

However, I will say, like many reviewers have said, the product does break off. Truthfully, I bought it even after reading the reviews regarding quality control just because I was interested in trying it.

Although I was extra careful, it still broke. I brought mine back to the store and they gave me an even exchange. I still think it’s worth being in my beauty bag, at least for now. The shade I use is Dune.

MAKEUP BY MARIO ULTRA SUEDE SCULPTING LIP PENCIL

As you can see from how short my pencil is from the photo, this is one of my favorite neutral pink lip pencils! For me, the color lasts longer than other lip pencils I’ve tried. I use the shade, Johnny, which is a muted rose pink.

Recently, I purchased Pink Peony, a vivid blue pink. Even though I think it’s too bright of a pink for my skin tone, I plan on mixing it with Johnny to see how it turns out. I’ll report back!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS EYEBROW PENCIL

I kid you not when I say that I’ve been using this eyebrow pencil (shade Granite) for nearly a decade. It lasts so long and when there’s a sale, I always buy a backup.

The spoolie is great to use if you want to brush your brows or diffuse the color a bit.

KAT VON D TATTOO WATERPROOF LIQUID EYELINER

I’ve done cat eye makeup with liquid eyeliner for over 20 years and I don’t ever plan on stopping.

I’ve tried a lot of eye liners over the years. And the pen version is my favorite. For me, it’s the easiest to control and I get precise results in seconds.

While I’ve used Sephora’s Wink It liquid eyeliner for many years, I wanted to expand my horizons and try a different brand. I found this one from Kat Von D and have been using it for a year or two now.

Although I feel like the formula has changed recently, I think it’s one of the few liquid eyeliners out there that doesn’t bleed. After I’m done with this eyeliner, I’m going to try the Diorshow On Stage Liner. I’ll update this article when I do!

N°1 DE CHANEL LIP AND CHEEK BALM

When the N°1 DE CHANEL line launched several years ago, I got my mom their eye cream and myself their lip and cheek balm in the shade, Healthy Pink. And while I haven’t been consistent in using it for the last several months, I’m finally almost done with this product!

While I loved the texture, I have found if I didn’t set it with a powder blush or setting powder, the lasting power wasn’t there.


GO-TO SKINCARE

SUPERGOOP! UNSEEN SUNSCREEN

My friend, Hoang-Kim, recommended this sunscreen on her Instagram stories several years ago and I decided to give it a shot. I loved the formula and smooth texture so much that it has been a repurchased product many times.

This sunscreen is not only one of my current beauty favorites, it might be a holy grail! Even though I don’t wear foundation, it goes on like a makeup primer. If my best friend who burns easily, loves it, it’s a great sunscreen! They’ve also released a body sunscreen in the same formula! ::insert praise hand emoji, ha!:: After I’m done with this tube of sunscreen, I plan on trying this mineral milk sunscreen.

SUMMER FRIDAYS JET LAG MIDNIGHT RITUAL RETINOL RENEWAL SERUM

I had a really dark spot a zit left behind on my chin that I was becoming conscious about so I ordered this evening retinol back in the beginning of March.

After two weeks of daily use, I noticed the dark spot fading so I can confirm this product works! I’m about to finish the bottle so I will report back with additional thoughts.

SUMMER FRIDAYS JET LAG OVERNIGHT EYE SERUM

Considering I’m getting up there in age, it was time to use eye cream/serum consistently. I wasn’t married to one specific product or brand so I ordered this eye serum at the beginning of spring.

So far, so good! It’s so hydrating and gives a dewy, soft feel. The price is up there for half an ounce of product, but I will say that a little goes a long way. I’m still nowhere near done with the tube so I guess price divided times per use is adding up. #GirlMath

SUMMER FRIDAYS LIP BUTTER BALM

This lip butter balm is not only one of my current beauty favorites, it’s become a holy grail! It’s such a holy grail that I ordered more of my favorite shade: Cherry, so I can have it in my handbag, gym bag, and office.

It’s so hydrating without the stickiness and if you forget to put on blush, dab a little on your cheeks for a wonderful pop of color! I also have this in Vanilla (thank you, Lauren!) and Sweet Mint. I’ll probably get Pink Sugar sometime this summer to try as well. The Iced Coffee shade is currently en route so I will update this article with my thoughts on that shade too!

And for an off-beauty related favorite, my mom got me this Eagle Brand Medicated Roll On months ago. I keep it in my handbag and it has been so handy for when I have headaches, need some pain relief, or have mosquito bites.

Fun fact: I used this oil to get my sense of smell back after having c-vid (couldn’t smell for two or so months) using the olfactory method. Just closed my eyes and basically smelled this while reflecting on my childhood days of my mom using it on me when I was sick. After a few days, I got my sense of smell back!

What are you current beauty favorites?

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