June 08, 2014


Do you ever feel overwhelmed when shopping for makeup?  I mean, just to start, you’ve got your BB creams and CC creams, primers, moisturizers, foundations, concealers, powders…and then there’s about a zillion different brands to choose from; each brand offering several variants on each product.  It’s enough to make your eye-shadowed eyes cross.  Plus, it’s often difficult to discern what is actually a great product, and what simply comes in mesmerizing, irresistible packaging.

We’re here to help you resist those impulse buys and instead make confident, smart choices.  Below are three products we love so much we believe everyone should have them in their makeup bag:

Dr. Jart+ Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm (0.66 oz $18; 1.5 oz $36)
Why we love it: This BB cream has a great color and consistency, and does an amazing job of smoothing out the appearance of fine lines and pores.  Plus, it fits perfectly into any beauty routine: if you’re a makeup minimalist, this detoxifying balm will even out your skintone and give you a healthy glow while maintaining the illusion you’re not wearing a stitch of makeup.  And for all you foundation lovers, using this cream as a base layer will seriously up your foundation’s game by enhancing the coverage.  Also features SPF 25 sun protection.

bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener ($22)
Why we love it: Although it brands itself as an ‘eye brightener’ we would categorize it as more of an illuminating under-eye concealer.  It has a gorgeous consistency and provides real radiance to the under eye; an area on the face that can most often look, well, not so radiant.  It also comes in four different shades, making it easy to find the right match for your skin tone.  Not to mention, bareMinerals products are made in the USA so, we love supporting them.

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush ($30)
Why we love it: This is one of those instance where adorable packaging meets high-quality product.  This blush comes in an oh-so-pretty pink and gold heart-shaped box and its baked color formula provides beautiful buildable color. There are three different color combinations to chose from (each blush is a trio); our personal favorite is Candy Glow

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