Hands down, eyes are my favorite part of my makeup routine and I know many of you would agree with me. The styles are endless, so there’s no such thing as having too many eye products.
Out (but could be brought back): Bareminerals Prime Time Eyelid Primer
In: RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up (33)
As previously mentioned in Part 1, the RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-Up does everything and then some. It’s a concealer with multiple uses, so one of those includes eye priming. The concealer and translucent powder combo create a great base for eyeshadows. I still love the Bareminerals primer, but I haven’t bothered to purchase a new tube since this concealer is holding up the job right now.
Exception: Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eyeshadow Palette
The eyeshadow category is still a work in progress. Most green beauty brands sell their shadows in individual pods, so gathering a collection of shadows can get a bit pricy. Not many brands have gone into creating full palettes like the ones we’re used to seeing from Urban Decay and the few that are out there don’t really appeal to me. Honest Beauty offers really good trio sets that have been given two thumbs up by several YouTubers. The shades are well pigmented and come in a combo of matte and shimmer shades. I purchased the Smoky Grey trio since I was in need of a matte black shade and this was the best one I’ve found that’s highly pigmented and natural.
I’m all about the nudes right now, so the Bareminerals READY 8.0 Power Neutrals palette got my attention since it had the perfect selection of brown shades that I was looking for, in addition to a muted green and purple.
The exception I’ve made is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette since I was looking for a palette that included peach, gold and bronze shades. I’m going to stick to this palette for a while until I gather up a budget to create my own palette with individual pods.
Out: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil (Zero)
In the past, I would save eyeliner for a night out to add a kick to my smoky eye look, but lately I’ve started to include it in my daily routine.
I first purchased the Vapour Organics Mesmerize Eyeliner in the shade Truffle for my everyday look since it’s a soft brown color that doesn’t look too bold on my eyes. It’s a smooth formula and with the sponge tip applicator on the other side, you can create a nice brown smoky look. The Honest Beauty True Velvet Eyeliner offers the same effect and I like the Eye Opener shade for the inner corners of my eye for that ‘wide awake’ look. My final eyeliner is the Zuzu Luxe Liquid Eyeliner.
I. Bow. Down. To folks who have mastered the application of liquid eyeliner.
As a fun experiment, I purchased the Zuzu Luxe liner to try a winged eye and while I haven’t achieved that perfect wing, I now use it as a regular liner almost on a daily basis. The formula is really smooth and the shape of the handle is helpful in creating a precise line. Zuzu Luxe also offers a fun array of colors, so we’ll see what I go for next.
When it comes to mascaras, I go for voluminous formulas since my lashes are fine and sparse (fortunately they’re long). Lily Lolo’s Vegan Mascara was mentioned in almost all the YouTube channels I’m subscribed to (with high praise), so without any hesitation I made it my first natural mascara. It’s definitely worth the hype and can stand up to mainstream mascaras in the volume department because it kicked my Urban Decay mascara out the door real quick. I did try two other brands of mascaras, but neither of those came close to Lily Lolo .
If I were to be left on a deserted island with just one makeup product, it would be this mascara.
Out: NYX Tame & Frame Tinted Brow Pomade (Espresso)
Just like my lashes, my eyebrow hair is fine so I do need the assistance of an eyebrow wax to get a strong look. The Ecobrow wax is the perfect natural alternative to the NYX version I used for several years. I find that waxes are easier for me to work with as opposed to pencils and powders since I mainly need it to fill in gaps and not so much to create a defined arch.
My eyebrows can have a mind of their own, so a brow gel is helpful to keep them in place. Teri Miyahira suggests using a brown mascara as a brow gel and she gravitates towards the Gabriel Cosmetics mascara. Gabriel Cosmetics and Zuzu Luxe are sister companies, so when I purchased my liquid liner, I picked up the Zuzu Luxe mascara as well, knowing that it’s similar to the sister version. The formula is perfect since it doesn’t clump up after several uses, so you won’t find yourself cleaning up bits of mascara when you swipe it across your brows.
That wraps up the product section of my series. My next post will dive into information on the harmful ingredients that are lurking in mainstream products. Additionally, I’ll provide brief descriptions of the makeup brands I’ve mentioned and bloggers and YouTube channels I follow. I’ll also include a list of online retailers where most of these products can be sold together so you can save on shipping.