Ride or Die

Hi Everyone!
One of my favorite YouTubers, Jaclyn Hill, made a Ride or Die tag, or challenge, that has been going around recently and I thought I would do a blog version.
(Watch her original here.)
Ok, so in this challenge, I will be listing my very favorite…ride or die…makeup products in all of the categories she selected in her original tag.  She described it as the ONE product in each category that you would choose to use for the rest of your life if you could only have one. It’s actually such a hard challenge! 
I’ve been thinking about my choices for a bit now, and while some of the decisions were difficult, I 100% stand by the choices I’ve made. These are my most loved products for sure.  Let’s get to it!
1. Primer
For primer I chose the Jouer Anti-Blemish Matte Primer. My skin tends to be more oily and somewhat acne prone, so the salicylic acid and mattifying properties are ideal for me. I have found that it sits nicely on the skin and keeps my oil and shine at bay, while helping my makeup last all day.  I am almost out of my second tube and will definitely be repurchasing this ride or die item. #lifesaver
2. Foundation

My sister actually recommended this foundation to me a while back, and it is truly amazing! The L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation provides medium-full coverage while not looking cakey or feeling heavy. Your skin still looks like your skin, but FLAWLESS! I have shades 101 and 103 so I can mix them to make my perfect shade depending on how tan, or not so tan, I am. The best part about this foundation is that it only costs $12.99! Totally affordable.

3. Concealer

I first purchased the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer because Tati, The Glam Life Guru, said she loved it, and I always trust her. It’s really great at concealing my dark circles while also brightening my under eye area. The sponge applicator provides a quick and easy way to get the job done beautifully.
4. Mixer

Disclaimer*** This was not a category for this challenge but I HAD to put it in!

This magical highlighting potion is unbelievable! It is like straight liquid metal! Now these Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops can be used in so many different ways, (like as a normal highlight, on the eyes or inner corners, in the center of the lip, etc.) but my favorite way to use them is to add 1-2 drops to my foundation. I know, I know, that sounds crazy, like I will look like the tin man or something, but I promise you, it looks SO beautiful.  It’s the best kind of “glow from within” look.  I have them in the shade, Moonlight.  Unfortunately it is out of stock at the moment, but I will let you guys know as soon as I see they have come back in stock! Worth every penny!

Look at that glow!!!^^^

5. Under Eye Setting Powder

For my under eye setting powder I use 2 shades from The Original Contour Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills. I dab my brush into both the matte white shade and the banana powder and gently press the product under my eyes and on my t-zone.  This combination helps set my concealer so that it lasts all day, and it helps prevent creasing.

6. Face Powder

This. powder. is. so. beautiful.
Maybelline kills it again with their Fit Me Matte + Poreless Powder. It’s so lightweight while providing coverage for hours. I love how it makes my skin look matte and poreless without draining the life from my skin. 

7. Contour Powder

For contour, I use the same ABH palette I use for setting my under eye. The middle shade on the bottom row is the perfect contour shade for my skin tone. It blends beautifully and has just the right amount of coolness in it’s tone to create the perfect illusion of shadow. Keeping that contour sharp!

8. Bronzer

My ride or die bronzer has to be Give Me Sun! by MAC. The goof-proof application blends so nicely, there’s no need to worry about it looking splotchy or uneven. Something about this product always makes me feel more beautiful, like a (subtle) bronzed goddess.

9. Highlighter

Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm Cosmetics is truly one-of-a-kind. It looks very tame in the compact, but when applied to the skin, it gives quite a glow without accentuating any texture on the face. A hidden gem that I highly recommend!

10. Blush

My all-time favorite blush is Spell Bound by Makeup Geek. It is a light salmon color with a matte finish that is incredibly easy to blend. It’s the perfect everyday blush that brings a youthful sense of life to your cheeks.

11. Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t have many eyeshadow palettes, but the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani one takes the cake. I’m sad to say this was a limited edition item and is no longer for sale, but I figured I’d still share what I like about this one in case you see something similar. First of all, I love the packaging! It has a huge mirror in it that I use on the daily. Secondly, I love the variety this palette brings. It has mattes, satins, and shimmers while also containing neutrals and pops of color. The 3 shadows in the middle of the palette are amazing crease colors. And for color, the deep burgundy, rich blue, and Egyptian gold are just stunning. It has a little bit of everything.

12. Eye Liner

The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper is my go-to liner when I need a perfect wing. It has a super fine brush tip for clean and easy precision. It’s long lasting satin finish is great for both everyday and dramatic makeup moments. I don’t know what I would do without it!

13. Mascara

I have tried several mascaras, and I love many different ones for different reasons. But IF I could only choose ONE…I would have to go with Roller Lash by Benefit. It does everything a mascara should do: keep a curl, lengthen, separate, and volumize. The best part about it is that after you apply it, it doesn’t move! It doesn’t transfer under my eyes or under my brow bone AND it doesn’t flake! That’s a winner in my book.
14. Brow Product

This one is an oldie but a goodie. The Gimme Brow by Benefit is the one thing I use on my brows every single day. It’s a tinted gel that helps define my brows while also locking the hairs into place. The real reason I use it though, is because the gel also contains tiny microfibers that help my brows appear thicker. It works wonders for my brows!

15. Lip Liner

The Jordana Easyliner Lips in Rose Crush is my perfect pinky nude shade. I can wear it under literally any lipstick, or just on it’s own under a gloss or a balm. It’s cheap, long-wearing, easy to apply, and effortlessly beautiful…what more could you want?

16. Lipstick

This ride or die product is fairly new to me, but has quickly become a favorite in my collection. This Lip Color in C.R.E.A.M by Milk Makeup is my perfect “your lips but better” shade. This long lasting lipstick has a semi-matte finish while still being very moisturizing. You can always find this product in my bag.

17. Lip gloss

I have had quite a long relationship with this gloss, and I STILL LOVE IT. Every time I am wearing this gloss, my friend, Melissa, comes up to me and asks me, “What is on your lips?!” And it’s so funny because every time it’s the same thing…Buxom Full-On Lip Polish in Sophia. It has a slight pink shade to it with mega high shine. I am obsessed with the tingly, plumping feeling that lingers on my lips and makes my mouth feel oh so fresh throughout the day. It’s perfect on it’s own, but I also put it over a simple lip liner or lipstick to complete my look.

18. Liquid Lipstick

My favorite liquid lipstick has to be Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II. This thing is no joke! Sooooo long wearing! It’s still there and going strong after eating and drinking! Amazing. I chose Lolita II because of it’s warm terracotta, nude color, which I think is so flattering. Even if you don’t want to spend the money, you should go to Sephora and put one on and see how it lasts!

19. Setting Spray

Favorite setting spray ever: Pure Bliss Setting Spray. My boyfriend actually bought me my first bottle for my birthday last year and now I’m on bottle #3…or was it 4?…Anyway, I love this product. It’s so underrated. I don’t ever hear people talking about it. I have used both MAC Fix + and the Urban Decay All Nighter and I prefer Pure Bliss! It makes my makeup last even through a long day of dancing and it just melds my powder makeup beautifully on my skin, making even layers of makeup look natural. If you’ve never tried it or have been looking for a setting spray, click the link and buy one now! Just do it! It’s only $11.95! I promise you won’t regret it.

20. Perfume

Perfume was the hardest category for me because each scent has so many memories attached to it, but I finally chose Black Opium by Yves Saint Laurent. It has lingering notes of coffee, orange, cedarwood, and patchouli. I love that I can still smell the perfume on me at the end of the day.

There you have it! Those are my ride or die products! I challenge any of you fellow bloggers to share what your ride or die products are too. Or even if you’re not a blogger, just comment and tell me what are some of your favorite products are. I’m always searching for the next best thing! xx

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