Makeup Essentials

Happy Friday!!
How is everyone doing? Any exciting plans for the weekend?

I did a little bit of shopping and got some tops for fall. I think I found some good versatile pieces. Next I'm on the hunt for some bottoms, maybe a couple pairs of flats and also some heeled booties. I can do a haul if you'd like?

BUT the most exciting purchase I made

I have had such a rough time finding a bag for fall and was about to give up when I saw the perfect Michael Kors bag at Marshall's. It was a great price, tan leather, had a crossbody strap and was structured; everything I wanted. As I decided I was going to get it, I thought I would take one look to see if the Rebecca Minkoff bag was still there and it was... FOR $100 CHEAPER.
I'm clearly a little excited. But I'm just so so unbelievably happy.

Anyway, I thought I would show you guys what I think are some essential makeup items. The products I have listed are what are perfect for me, but the items themselves are what I think are essentials, if that makes sense.

The perfect moisturizer 
My favorite: Aveeno Ultra-Calming Moisturizer.
Definitely one with SPF is a must. For me, I like this one because it reduces redness and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy.

The perfect foundation
My favorite: Chanel Vitalumiére Aqua
Find one that matches your skin tone perfectly, and read reviews to see if it will work well with your skin type. If you have oily skin, look for a mattifying foundation. I have normal to dry skin and this foundation is my absolute favorite. It's light to medium coverage but leaves a flawless finish.

The perfect under eye concealer
My favorite: Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer
To make your face really glow, look for a lighter shade and one that is supposed to brighten. Even if you're not wearing much makeup, you can look a lot more put together if your under eye area looks bright.

The perfect brow powder
My favorite: Elf Eyebrow Kit
I think the best way to fill in brows is with a powder. Pencils almost always look too harsh. Make sure you buy a powder that is slightly lighter than your brows to keep the look natural. Use a small angle brush and small strokes to gently fill them in.

The perfect champagne eyeshadow
My favorite: Sephora Eyeshadow in Exciting Safari
This is the most useful eyeshadow color anyone can buy. No matter what your skin tone is, a champagne color will look lovely. You can wear it on it's own for a light wash of color, throw a brown in the crease for a daytime smokey look, or add any other color. It's just a great staple color to have.

The perfect eyeliner
My favorites: Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Elf Liquid Liner, Drugstore Pencil Liner.
This one you have a choice with, my favorite changes depending on what kind of mood I'm in. It's really just what you're most comfortable with. As far as color goes I prefer black, but maybe for your skin tone you prefer brown.

The perfect blush
My favorite: Mac Lip & Cheek Color in Have A Lovely Day!
I prefer a cream blush to a powder one, at least for summer, but that's up to you. The key here is to find one that compliments your skin tone and can be worn many different ways. This one gives me a nice flush without taking away from my other makeup.

The perfect "your lips, but better" lipstick and gloss combination
My favorites: Mac Lipstick in Modesty and Revlon Gloss in Sunbaked
This one is definitely essential. You can wear either just the lipstick or the gloss or combine them. You can wear it just for running errands, with a simple eye look or a very dramatic one. Definitely a must have.

The perfect red lipstick
My favorite: Chanel Gabrielle
This is probably the most difficult product to find. You need to know if a more pink tone or a more blue tone red would look good on you. Do you want it bright or more dark, matte or glossy. I'm still searching for the perfect red, I think this one is a bit too bright for me, but it's good for now. Finding the perfect red lip definitely takes trial and error.

So that's it! All of my essential makeup items.
I hope you guys enjoyed and I'll talk to you soon!!
XO Kara


  1. Nice post! I like your ostrich leather bag!
    I totally agree on that it's hard to find the perfect red lippy. I've been searching for so long and I think I finally found one! It's from Shiseido. I'll post a review very soon :)


    1. Hello! Haven't talked to you in ages. I've heard great things about Shiseido foundations. I'll keep an eye out for your review :)

    2. True! I was abroad for a while :)
      I don't have any experiences with the foundations, but I might give it a shot, since I'm very fond of the lipstick!

      And I have nominated you for the Liebster award! Go check it out!
      Click here for the post!


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