This Thanksgiving, I am extremely grateful for a lot of things my family and friends, my good health, the experiences I have had over the past year, and so much more.

But there are also some beauty products I’d like to give thanks for. I have always loved makeup because it allows me to express myself, and makes me feel more confident. Makeup is empowering. I believe empowerment should always be embraced.

I have compiled a list of 15 beauty products that I cannot live without and are often part of my every-day beauty routine.

604214643703_b6Urban Decay’s B6 Vitamin Infused Prep Spray

Before I do anything – even before putting on my primer, I spritz this over my face. Its light, refreshing, and soothing. I also spritz my eye-shadow brush with this spray before dipping into an eyeshadow to make the color even more vibrant and pigmented.

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I cannot stress enough just how important it is to prime before you apply. My fair complexion reddens very easily, and this primer  helps even out those cool undertones It is also perfect for moisturizing dry skin.

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To create the most flawless finish, I swear by this Kat Von D liquid foundation

20005Kat Von D’s Tattoo Lock-It Foundation – Light 46

Although some argue that the formula is too heavy for every- day use,  I consider this product the holy grail of all liquid foundations. This shade matches my skin effortlessly, the coverage is amazing, and it lasts a long time. I have purchased this product time and time again. For every-day use, apply a thin layer  with my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge for every-day use.

s1604925-main-heroTarte’s The Sculptor – Park Ave. Princess

Contouring can be tricky, and this product truly makes things simple. This bronzing stick is perfect and can be blended out perfectly with an oval brush or blending sponge.

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Lorac’s Pro Contour Palette

On days I have a little more time to get ready, I prefer to contour with a powder. With six shades – beige highlight, yellow highlight, shimmer highlight, light contour, deep contour, and medium contour, I have a lot of options – and even the darker shades are extremely easy to blend. As if this kit isn’t amazing enough, it comes with the most perfect contouring brush!

Urban Decay’s After Glow Highlighter – Sin

To make sure my highlight is “poppin'”, my absolute favorite highlighter is the Urban Decay 24/7 Highlighter in the shade Sin.  The color is subtle, but it is extremely pigmented and can be easily built up if you want a more extreme glow.

Unlike loose powder highlighters, it does not have to be applied with a fan brush – I just swipe the product with my finger along my cheekbones,underneath my brow bones, and above my cupid’s bow and I’m good to go.

This mascara is a game-changer. I discovered this one in my November Ipsy bag, and it’s a game changer. With just two quick coats – not ten – it lengthens and thickens my lashes perfectly.

Tarte’s Picture Perfect Eyelash Curler10

This eyelash curler just might be the best invention of all time. To give my lashes that extra lift, this is my absolute favorite.

Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush – Glisten

On days I feel the need to add a little bit of color to my cheeks, this blush is my go-to. It is a peachy-pink with the slightest bit of shimmer.

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The Amazonian Clay 12 Hour Blush by Tarte really brightens my complexion.

NYX’s Eyebrow Gel Blonde  The formula of this product is comparable to the Anastasia Beverly Hills dip brow, and doesn’t rub off easily like other brow products.

Soap & Glory’s SuperCat Eyeliner – Carbon Blackeyeliner

I first discovered this product while shopping at a Boots store in the UK. And this British beauty brand is now sold at Ulta! The marker tip makes it easy to create a flawless winged eyeliner.

BH Cosmetics’ Carli Bybel Shadow and Highlighting Palette

Carli Bybel is one of my favorite beauty bloggers/Youtubers. She worked closely with BH Cosmetics to curate this beautiful palette, which consists of four highlighters and ten eyeshadows – 5 shimmery shades and five matte shades.

Bliss’ FabuLips Sugar Lip Scrub

With the amount of matte lipsticks I own and wear every day, I have to treat my lips with care. To target mild dryness, I exfoliate with this lip scrub several times a week.

Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Lolita

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Lolita looks amazing with just about any look!

Out of all the lipsticks I own, this one is most ideal for every day use. The matte formula isn’t too drying, it stays put, and it lasts for a long time without constantly reapplying. This shade, Lolita, is a deep chestnut rose and looks amazing on both fair and darker skin tones.

Urban Decay’s De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray

Lastly, I cannot walk out of the door without applying this setting spray first. My makeup stays put through all conditions.

I have a lot of makeup, so the ones that made it to this list are more than great – they are amazing and I use them pretty often.  What are some of your favorite beauty brands and products?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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