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Beauty Essentials: 6 Favorite Makeup Finds

For years, I’ve stayed away from cosmetics, mostly because I had a not so pleasant exposure to the effect of everyday makeup use. It involves a sleepover and an awkward beauty and the beast transformation that haunts me till today. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve learned to appreciate the effective use of makeup. I am glad, I waited to start my discovery. Or maybe it’s because I’ve aged and now have a few wrinkles I need to hide, whatever the reason I am glad I’m finally on board with what most women discovered years ago. MAC was my first makeup, and it wasn’t by design. When I was finally ready, to venture out into the makeup world. I went to Macy’s so someone can walk me through the basics. Two hours and over $200 later I came home with a starter kit that had all the essentials – M.A.C studio stick foundation, powder, mascara, foundation brush, powder brush, and a  lipstick. I’ve since learned to venture out and experiment on my own, so my collection has grown since then. Overall I am glad I’m finally putting in the effort to enhance my natural beauty. So today I present to you my current beauty favorites:

Favorite Makeup Finds

  1. Olay Professional Pro-X Exfoliating Renewal Cleanser – I bought this a while ago on Amazon; it was on sale for less than $5, a steal considering the usual price tag of $20. It isn’t harsh on the skin, and the exfoliating beads are super tiny. It mostly used with the Pro X advanced cleansing system, but I know a few people that use the cleanser by itself. You can get the Olay Professional Pro-X  Advanced Cleansing System for under $40.
  2. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation – I got this at Target; I was a bit hesitant to purchase it because I wasn’t sure what color would work with my skin tone, but I gambled, and it worked. It isn’t heavy, it goes on light and gives a flawless finish. I have dry skin, so I appreciate liquid base foundation, even during the summer.
  3. M·A·C ‘Studio Fix’ Powder Plus Foundation –  This is okay to wear by itself, and I have on many occasions. Recently though, I started pairing it with the Revlon nearly naked; I apply the mac studio fix lightly with a brush over the nearly naked and it works perfectly for me. It gives me 100% full coverage without being too heavy.
  4. Maybelline The Rocket Volum’Express Mascara – This was in the gift bag I received during the Essence mommy meetup, and I love it. Previously my go-to mascara was between the MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash and the Maybelline Great Lash – I’ve used this two for the last couple of years, but I am glad I found a new favorite.
  5. EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere – You’re probably familiar with this lip balm – it busted into the scene earlier this year, and I just had to have it. I love the cute design and the various flavors it comes in.
  6. Maybelline Color Whisper by Color Sensational – Another Essence mommy meetup gift bag favorite. It goes on smooth, and it’s long lasting.

I would love to hear from you, what are some of your favorite makeup finds? Do you have a mascara or foundation you can’t live without, would love to hear your thoughts?

This week I am linking up with:

Makeup Monday

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Kira is the founder of the award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two daughters. 



  1. trisha

    August 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Oh, EOS is such great stuff!! You know what i like is the Benefit face lotion..its tinted for very light coverage and I find that it doesnt have all that stuff in it that normally makes my face break out or look red.


  2. Kira

    August 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Just googled it; it has potential. I need something to keep me looking young, will do more research and try it out. Thank You.

  3. HilLesha

    August 19, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    Believe it or not, I have never tried MAC before, but I seriously need to! I have combination skin and it’s always a trying experience to find an affordable, yet high quality foundation that will not break me out. However, I’ll most definitely look into this M·A·C ‘Studio Fix’ Powder Plus Foundation. I want something that provides an ample amount of coverage, but looks natural, too. 🙂

  4. Sara Phillips

    August 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    The EOS Organic Lip Balm Sphere is one of my FAVORITES, too!!!

  5. LyndaS

    August 30, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I like Revlon’s Color Stay foundation. My skin needs a little extra help with balancing tones and hiding acne scars.

  6. Shell Feis

    September 1, 2013 at 2:43 am

    I’ve been using Studio Fix for years & years &years! It’s all I use.

  7. Crystal @ Simply Being

    September 3, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I don’t wear much makeup, but I do need a lightweight foundation.

  8. Ty @ Mama of 3 Munchkins

    September 6, 2013 at 1:38 am

    I don’t wear makeup but when I do I love wearing anything MAC!

  9. Courtney

    September 7, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I’m very lucky my aunt works at Clinque and get most of my stuff for free – however my mac products are my fav!

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