My Make Up Favorites

I’m no make up expert. Hell, lately it’s a miracle if I make it to work with having applied moisturizer and a hint of eye liner. (Don’t worry, I usually have the office to myself).  I still don’t know how to properly apply concealer or foundation – I generally stick to eye make up and rocking a red lip.

So, stop reading if you’re looking for professional or scientific make up help!

But, if you’re an average girl who likes learning about new products or seeing what others do, stick around!

I love learning what other “normal” people’s make up routine is. I prefer an honest review from an average person instead of the over did girl at Sephora trying to sell me something that would break my bank if I purchased it annually.

Here are my g0 to pieces of make up. I have a few other shadows and fancier bronzers that I pull out when I’m feeling fancy, but on an average day this is what I use:

mary-kay-timewise-age-fighting-moisturizerMary Kay Time Wise Moisturizer

I lather this NON slimy moisturizer on my face twice a day (three times during this dry winter). Love that it has SPF and an anti-aging element.

MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser and Dark Circle Treatment

Next, I roll on this light concealer. The product comes out of a sponge like device and rubs easily into the puffy circles under my eyes. This helps get rid of any small bags caused by drinking too much wine or only getting 5 hours of sleep. Don’t expect miracles, but it doesn’t a pretty darn good job.

maybelline dream-fresh-bb

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-In-1 Beauty Balm Skin Perfector

So BB creams are all the range. I wasn’t using ANY foundation before I picked up this gem a few months ago. I don’t use it every day, but when I do, I love how light and fresh it feels on my skin. It evens out my coloring and doesn’t make my skin look cakey at all.

toofaced eye shadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer

I would never put on eye shadow without putting on this primer first. It makes my eye shadow last ALL DAY. No creases, no fading, no smudging.

mac eye shadow plummage Mac Eye Shadow in Plummage

I’ve been using Plummage for 9 years. I could praise Plummage all day-  I don’t know what I’d do if MAC discontinues this color.  I use an eye liner brush and use a small bit as eyeliner. It’s my favorite piece of make up.

sephora nano eye liner midnight black

Sephora Nano Eye Liner in Midnight Black

If I want to add additional eye liner I smudge this on. It definitely has a more “smudging” effect rather than a liquid liner. It’s great for smoky eyes.



Too Faced Eye Shadow (generally smoky palette)

Next I add a little eye shadow. I generally put a small layer of a smoky dark blue right above my eye liner. I follow that by covering my entire eye lid with a medium hint of brown. I finish off with a dab of light beige or pink shadow in the middle of my eye lid.

diroshow mascara

Dior Show Mascara in Rich Black

I have short, pale, thin eyelashes. I have found no other mascara that can make my lashes look so full, long, and dark. When I first bought this mascara it was a game changer. Yes, it’s a little pricey, but worth it.

Make up forever aqua rouge Make Up Forever Aqua Rouge Lip Stain

This stuff is magic! I love lip sticks and swore of gloss a few years ago. (I can’t stand the stickiness or getting my hair stuck in it!). This lip stain applies like a gloss but feels like a stick.

I was introduced to it when picking out a lip color for my wedding. It lasted my entire wedding day. Even after many kisses, tears, cake eating, and drinking my color was still very present. I now wear it as my go to lip color. I love the pomegranate pink and iconic red.

There you have it! Please share some of your favorites, I’m always looking for new tips and new products.

xoxo Katie

  • I’ve thought about trying that MUFE lip stain so many times but never bought it, but now that I’ve read your review, I’m thinking about it again! Some of my favorites are Urban Decay Naked foundation, Benefit Hoola bronzer, Too Faced Candlelight highlighter, and NYX Butter Gloss– it’s not sticky at all.

    • kwalshmac

      Hi Katie! I love the MUFE lip stain so much. Ohhhh yeah, everyone seems to love the Naked foundation. If I ever grow up enough to use it I’ll have to try it 🙂 That highlighter and butter gloss sounds amazing too. Thanks!

  • I just started using the Mary Kay timewise moisturizer, after Proactiv discontinued their SPF moisturizer. I’ve been pretty impressed so far with how light it is and that my skin hasn’t had any major problems with it. I also just got my first eye primer for Christmas and am amazed at how long my shadow lasts now!

    • kwalshmac

      Yes, I really like the Mary Kay moisturizer. I don’t really have troubled skin, but it’s ALWAYS dry and flaky. I love how light it is. Yay for primer!

  • I’ve heard such great things about Mary Kay! Ugh, I haven’t invested in makeup since 2011! I’m still using the same foundation and all that jazz that I purchased at Sephora. I’m sure it has an expiration date, whoops. I guess that also shows how much I DON’T use makeup because I haven’t run out yet lol

    • kwalshmac

      Hi Kym, yes, my mom got me hooked on Mary Kay! I’m so terrible about spending money on make up too, (some of my stuff is older than 2011 eek!) But it doesn’t seem to cause me any problems.

  • Lauren

    I’m just about to do a new year make up sort- thanks for sharing your list! Must try the eye shadow primer!

    • kwalshmac

      Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! Eye Shadow primer is a must!!