I can’t envision a scenerio is which I’d ever stop wearing makeup.  I just like looking classy and put together.  My great-grandmothers all wore makeup for their entire lives, and my grandmothers wear makeup.  In fact, I remember during one visit with my Nana when she got up and when I asked her wear she was going, she said, “Grandad’s going to be home soon so I just want to touch up my makeup.” Isn’t that cute? If I’m lucky enough to be married for fifty years, I want that to be me.

The problem with loving makeup as much as I do is that it can get pretty expensive pretty quickly.  That’s why my top 10 makeup essentials are a mixture of Shoppers and Sephora.  It all depends on what you’re looking for and often price and nothing to do with it.


**This post contains affiliate links.  If you click something or buy something, I will be compensated.  That being said, all opinions-including less positive ones-are honest.  Plus, these aren’t free samples.  I bought them, because really, whose going to send me free samples when I just started this blog last week?**

1. NYX Professional Makeup – Wonder Stick – Highlight & Contour

If I can be completely honest, I’m terrible at contouring.  I’m sure there’s more professional products I could use, but I’m assuming they all involve powder and brushes and no. Just no.  The NYX Wonderstick is actually a wonder because it has both bronzer and highlighter.  The one negative of this is that it’s possible to run out of one before you run out of the other, but I’ve noticed this happening less and less as I’ve gotten better at contouring.

2. Buxom – Full-On Lip Cream

thumbnail imageFull-On Lip Polish - Samantha

I love Buxom lip-gloss, but I only ever buy one colour: Samantha. I don’t know if they still do this, but the last time I bought it, a few months ago, most colours were girl’s name. You know, instead of those tragic names you normally see like “Where’s My Chauffeur” and “I’m Not Really a Waitress.” Fortunately, Samantha is a great shade, as pictured above.

Apparently, Buxom lip-gloss is also a lip plumper.  I’ve never really noticed that, so I can’t imagine it’s an effective lip-plumper, but the colours are great, even if you can’t find one with your name, and it’s long-lasting.

3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

I’ve tried a few different Smashbox primers in my time. I tried the hydrating version and I tried the one that reduces redness. The former was too hydrating for me and the latter made me look like Thanos’ daughter. Plus, I found a better alternative below. However, the basic foundation primer is brilliant. It goes on smoothly and it really makes foundation last longer. You also don’t need any more than a pea-sized amount each time you use it, so a 30 ml tube lasts a long time. Also, it’s small enough for airport security!

4.  Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting Pen for Redness

Like I said, the colour correcting primer from Smashbox made me look like Gamora. I realised that I didn’t need to cover my entire face; I just needed to apply the primer to spots. Revlon colour correcting pen is briliant for this. It helps off-set redness and it doesn’t dry out your skin.

If I were going to improve it, I’m not a fan of how you have to twist the bottom of the tube because if it breaks, you’re SOL. You also don’t know when you’re going to run out. That being said, I like that the applicator is a brush because it’s easier to apply.

5. Make Up For Ever – Full Cover Concealer

For the most part, I’m okay with drugstore concealers because they get the job done.  They cover up what they’re supposed to cover up.  However, I’ve never found drugstore concealer as cover as Make Up For Ever’s full cover concealer.  When they say full cover, they mean full cover, and in a pinch, I’ve also been able to use it as foundation.

6. Maybelline New York The Colossal Volum’ Express Waterproof Mascara

I used to be jealous of girls who didn’t need to wear glasses, but then I got a pair of glasses that actually look nice.  Also, for whatever reason, studies show that people still assume that glasses-wearers are smarter.  I’m not sure why having bad eyesight makes you seem more intelligent, but I’ll take it.

The one issue I still have is that sometimes (when I ski, swim, attend events, watch 3D movies) I need to wear contacts and without fail, all mascaras I wear flake into my eyes.  Except Maybelline’s waterproof mascara.  It doesn’t matter if it’s hot outside or if I’m skiing 50 km/h; my mascara doesn’t budge.  Of course, that means I need eye makeup remover, and I still haven’t found anything good.  Any recommendations?

7. Clinique All About Shadow Super Shimmer Single Eye Shadow Compact

Clinique eyeshadow is amazing i’m not sure what its doing with its eyeshadow that no other cosmetics company is, but I hope they continue because it’s awesome.  You don’t need twenty layers for it to look amazing and, for the most part, it stays.  I also love the brush that it comes with.  Maybe I’m weird, but I find it so much easier to apply eyeshadow with that type of brush than the bristle kind.

8. Too Faced – Shadow Insurance

Not all my eyeshadow is Clinique, so I need a way to make sure it looks as good as possible.  That’s where Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance comes in.  It’s fantastic.  It looks good enough to wear on its own, and it’s easy to apply.  It think eyeshadow primer is probably the only cosmetic wear it’s better to apply it with your fingers instead of a brush.  I’ve bought primers before that come with a brush, and it usually doesn’t work out well.

Once again, though, I’m still looking for good eye-makeup remover because once this stuff is on, it stays.

9. NARS – Velvet Matte Lip Pencil

I love love love love LOVE this lip pencil. It’s bright, it’s fun, it makes me feel like a classic Hollywood starlet, and it lasts.  The best part is, because it’s pencil, it can be sharpened.  I think I’ve had my current one for at least a year, and I think it’s going to last a lot longer.

10. Cover FX Setting Spray

Cover FX Setting Spray Makeup

The rest of this list is in no particular order, but this one is last because it’s the basis of all over makeup that came before it. Cover FX Setting Spray is amazing. I’ve used other setting sprays and none of them have worked as well as this one does.   This setting spray makes it so it doesn’t matter if all your makeup is from the drugstore; it will last as long as it would if you got it from Holt Renfrew.

So there you have it; my first post with affiliate links, and I think I learned something.  It doesn’t matter if you make money on a post if you don’t believe what you’re saying, so if I want to use affiliate links, all the posts I use them on have to be like this: My honest opinion on good products that I think people should try out.


  1. I am always finding new makeup that I would like to try out. Thanks for sharing some of your favourite pieces, I will definitely check them out!

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