MY FAVORITE THINGS
It's like Oprah, but not.
*These reviews are based on oily/combination skin.
PREPPING THE SKIN
Makeup Remover: Coconut, olive, almond or grapeseed oil.
I pour about a Hershey Kiss size in my hands and wipe it ALL over my face (eye lashes and all, raccoon style) then I wipe it all with a WARM soft washcloth. (I will sometimes cut up an old t-shirt or buy baby washcloths. If you want to go all out, try the Norwex face cloth)
Brushes + Cleaners: Tons of options, but I like to wash them with dish soap or Dr Bronners, let air dry. To sanitize in between use an alcohol based spray like Inglot's brush cleaner.
Face Wash: Alba Acnedote (I have crazy hormonal breakouts and this face wash makes me feel clean again), Luminence Fash Wash, LUSH (Pretty much all of them are amazing, but I like the Fresh Farmacy, Angels on Bare Skin and Dark Angels) and the Say Yes line (can be found online or drugstores)
Toner: Hands down, Luminence's Rose Water. It's that good.
Moisturizer: Days, I change out often. Currently using Alba's sea moss moisturizer or their Acendote daytime one with oil control. Nights I use a carrier oil such as Jojoba, coconut, grapeseed or argan oil and add a couple drops of lavender and tea tree, sometimes Frankincense.
Primer: The L'oreal one at the drugstore is my go-to. It's very similar to the Clinique primer and Benefit Porefessional (which I also love). Some primers tend to be too greasy for my skin.
Concealers + Correctors: Inglot concealers (I mix and match colors), Revlon Colorstay Concealer stick has great coverage and staying power.
Foundation: Although I love Mac, Make Up For Ever and NARS foundation, I just need something with great coverage for a portion of the price. At CVS (or any drugstore) you can pickup Revlon's Colorstay foundation, L'Oreal Infallible or the Maybelline Fit foundations and get great coverage. Make sure to get a variety of colors so you can mix and match. A face isn't all the same color :)
Eyes + Brows: Primer-Urban Decay Primer Potion
Shadows-Inglot, Morphe, Mac, Tarte, Stila to name a few. They are all great at building up coverage and blending.
Eyeliner-Stila Smudgestick and Physician Formula Eyeliners (they come in a 3 pack. I like the darker packs), Telescopic liquid liner
Gel liner- Physicians Formula, Tarte Amazonian Clay Liner,