Hello everyone! It's Kayla from MicroscopeBeauty.com guest posting for Nichole today. Although I'm a firm believer that you should feel comfortable and confident in your own skin, there's just something about certain makeup that makes you feel like you can take on the world. These are a few of the products that help build up my confidence when I'm wearing them.
It's still debated in the beauty world as to whether a face primer is really worth it. I'm a strong advocate that it can make a big difference and the Stila One Step Correct ($36) proves it for me. The different color ribbons blend together as you pump out the product to help even out your skin tone, minimize redness, and help your foundation to sit nicer and longer. I've tried a lot of primers in my day and this one is definitely top notch.
I've only recently gotten my hands on the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum ($16.20) through a beauty swap because I thought it was impossible to get it in the United States. It's still not the easiest feat, but I've found that you can purchase some Bourjois stuff from ASOS. I've written a full review of the foundation on my blog already if you're interested in a more detailed description. This foundation gives my skin such a natural, awake glow and helps to even out my somewhat blotchy skin tone. It's also incredibly light so it doesn't feel like I'm wearing tons of makeup on my face.
One of my biggest problems are my under eye circles. For years I dealt with comments and questions from people that I looked really tired regardless of how much sleep I had gotten. Nothing ruins your spirits more than when you're having a good day and someone says you look sick or beat. The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) is the best thing I've found to mask my dark circles and make me look awake. It's thick, but easy to blend and make look natural. Plus it lasts all day.
Lately I've found that the right blush can give me confidence I never expected. When I'm looking for something to give me a natural flush and glow to my skin, two blushes rank at the top of my stash. The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in "Peaceful" ($26) and theBalm's "Frat Boy" ($21) are very similar in color and application which is probably why I love them both so much. They last for ages, provide the perfect amount of color to the cheeks to give your face a lot of light and vibrancy.
Finally a good my-lips-but-better lipstick can polish off a look and give a final boost of confidence. The fail-safe lipstick is MAC's "Syrup" ($16). It's creamy, long-lasting, and the perfect shade for my lips. It's also incredibly easy to touch up on the go so I don't have to be nervous that my lipstick is all over my face.
Take it from someone whose hobby is makeup and beauty, makeup isn't everything. However it's an amazing tool to give you the confidence you need to kick butt at a job interview, kiss the boy you like, and take on the world.
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