Well, it's my turn for the biweekly Beauty Spotlight Team feature "What's In Your...?", and I've decided to bare my soul and show you all my makeup drawers. Yes, that's plural...drawers. And there are 6 of them. And that's pretty much just for my most-used items (for the most part), not the items I only use on special occasions, and not the items I didn't care too much for but kept anyway, because you never know when things will change. No, these are more or less my makeup essentials, plus items I'm currently testing for the blog for upcoming reviews. So, now that you know I'm a total glutton, let's get started.
My current favorites are:
- Lancome's Summer Color Design Palette in Desert Sunset
- Urban Decay's Naked Palette
- The new Smashbox Shades of Fame Palette
- Fyrinnae's shadow in Te Amo
- YSL's Touche Eclat
Next, we have my mascara and eyeliner drawer. As you'll see, I'm fairly insane for mascaras. I try them and try them and always go back to my chosen few favorites. In this drawer, there are quite a few items that are simply being tested and may or may not make my list. I also have a couple of eyebrow products in there.
Favorites from this drawer include:
- Diorshow Iconic Mascara
- L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara
- Lancome Artliner in Gold Passion
- YSL Dessin du Regard Waterproof Eyeliner in Azure Blue and Luminescent Gold
The third drawer in the Vault of Excess contains face products such as blush and highlighters. This is by far my barest drawer, as I'm not much of a blush girl. I need color on my cheeks, I just don't really care what it is as long as it doesn't look muddy on me.
Okay, so it isn't exactly bare, but there are only 10 items in there and 2 of them are being evaluated for reviews, so I don't count them.
Favorites from this one include:
- Chanel Soleil de Tan de Chanel in Sable Rose.
- Dior Glowing Color Powder Blush in Passion Fruit.
- Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Malice
- Laura Mercier's Illuminator
As we move down the line, we enter the Foundation Nation, which also has a limited number of items, although still excessive for a mere mortal. This drawer also includes foundation primers and setting powder.
Loving right now:
- Boscia's BB Cream
- Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
- Dr. Brandt Pores No More Primer
- Armani Face Fabric Foundation
- Make Up For Ever High Definition Powder
We've now arrived at my favorite drawer, the lip products. As you all know, I'm a sucker for a pretty lipstick or gloss, so I'm sure you're imagining 100's of lippies crammed into the drawer. However, it's pretty tame, all things considered. There are two reasons for this: First, I have a ton of lipsticks and glosses packed away into each of the three handbags I use, and second, I recently cleaned out all of my winter lipsticks and put them away...in other drawers.
For summer, I'm focusing on:
- Chanel Glossimer in Jalousie
- The new YSL Glossy Stains, which are unbelievable. I am currently using #11 and #14
FINALLY, we have my "potions" drawer, where the real magic happens. This is the drawer where I keep my favorite skin care products, particularly serums and moisturizers. I love this drawer because it loves me. It's been treating me right for a long time now, helping erase all those nasty signs of age, fatigue, and stress that plague me on a daily basis.
I switch up my skin care quite a bit, as I believe you should use products that work for you each individual day instead of looking for catch-all products that are supposed to fit every circumstance. For instance, I have several eye creams, each of which serves a separate purpose, be it intense hydration, makeup base for concealer, or de-puffer. The same goes for my facial products, as I'll switch things up from day to day according to whether I need additional moisture, mattifying, brightening, etc.
I love pretty much every item in this drawer, but right now I'm getting a lot of use out of:
- Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Remover
- Kiehl's Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate
- DDF Advanced Eye Firming Concentrate
- Audra James Bespoke Facial Oil
- Repechage Triple Firming Cream
Whew!! Well, if you're still with me, you're a trooper, because this has been a looooong post. But now you know the truth...I have a ridiculous amount of beauty products, more than any human needs and definitely more than I should have. I'm actually in the process of trying to pare down my routine. Even though there's a ton of stuff in there, you can see I really only love, love, love a few in each category...and I certainly don't wear them all at once!
Tell me, do you go overboard with your beauty products?