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I can’t get enough of Sleek makeup contour kits, my cheekbones have never looked better. I also love Illamasqua’s under eye concealer, it’s light & creamy and great for mature and drier skin types.

My skin has been suffering from a lot of dryness lately and it was flaky in certain areas. I tried a lot of moisturizers, but nothing worked until I tried the Bare Escentuals Active Cell Renewal Serum. Now I know why it has such high ratings. It cured the flakiness after a couple of uses. It’s amazing.

I’m thinking either ExfoliKate (intensive; the orange print) or L’Occitane hand cream. Both of these have become staples in my life and I’d rebuy them in an instant. For makeup, Guerlain’s pressed Meteorites. Best pressed powder I’ve ever used, and I use it to set my BB cream or tinted moisturizer. (But after the post earlier today on ‘Best Setting Powder’ I’m considering trying a couple others!)

TokyoMilk’s Lip Elixirs. First off, they smell great, but secondly, I don’t even know what it is about them, but something about the formula just works wonderfully – I can apply it to my lips before bed, and no matter how damaged they are, I wake up in the morning with them feeling lovely! I’ve stockpiled them. 😀

Which one is your favorite? I’ve tried all except Clove Cigarette. I’m not super impressed with the formula but I love the smell of La Vie En Rose, Cherry Bourbon, and Coco Noir. Their Bon Bon Lip Balm formula is even better, check those out if you get a chance.

I think Salted Caramel is my favorite! I’ll have to check out the Bon Bon Lip Balm – not sure how much luck I’ll have getting my hands on ’em in Canada, but I’ll keep an eye out!

I picked up a NYX lipstick in Honey last week, and it just may be my perfect nude (which is a really big deal, as I *love* nude lipstick).

Prior to this, I discovered the wonders of jojoba oil last April, and then L’Oreal Sublime Sun SPF 50 (*almost* HG, but it’s not paraben-free) this past Summer. I’m also in love with Garnier BB Cream, but since I have yet to try a “real” one, I’ll have to reserve judgement.

I’ve found 3 thank goodness! My first is one I’ve used for a few years now, and after trying so many other powders, my holy grail powder is MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural, it still allows me to, yet it’s a powder.. And it doesn’t dry my eczema prone skin. The second is the NARS le Stylo liquid liners… They make my everyday winged liner easy and perfect! The final is again something I’ve used a couple of, and that’s the Benefit They’re Real mascara… The wand is perfect for me and the formula doesn’t clump!

Bobbi Brown’s corrector. It was used on me by one of her make up artists at a department store event. It was life changing! I’ve always had very dark circles under my eyes and had tried a multitude of concealers that really didn’t help. I know many people think it is an extraneous step, but her light bisque (pinkish)corrector works better than any neutral or yellow toned concealer to blend the under eye area with the skin on the rest of my face. She says to put concealer over it, and sometimes I do, but I think that just wipes away the corrector! I don’t know of any other company that makes a product like this, most other products are duplicatable, so I guess this is my HG product!

My holy grail for face primer is Hourglass Mineral Veil and I just found that in June. It is really a fickle list though. I kicked off three products from my HG list that had been there for a few years.

1. Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage – waited for my MAC to run out, but I couldn’t wait any longer!

2. Chanel Loose Powder – worth every penny and didn’t mind the jumbo sized packaging

3. Maybelline Falsies mascare – affordable, thickening and not clumpy

Paula’s Choice’s new Resist Anti-Aging Foundation. It’s a gorgeous, silky, light-med coverage foundation with a flawless satin finish, and it’s loaded with healthy ingredients for skin, is fragrance free and feels like nothing on. It’s similar to Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Foundation except a tiny bit less pigmented and a little smoother feeling/looking. Love!

I’ve been waiting a long time for this foundation to come out, and when I got my samples I was a little disappointed. Not a dewy finish at all, more satin matte, and seems to highlight rather than camoflage fine lines and pores. The colors are perfect skin matches, even more of a reason to be disappointed, I wanted it to be the foundation for dry skin that she hasn’t made yet, I guess she still hasn’t. I’m a big fan of a few of her products, and she was the original beauty blogger!

Aaaw, that’s too bad that it didn’t work for you! I have oily/combination skin that is dry around my eyes and it works for me. I think my favorite thing is to prep my skin with her Skin Balancing Moisture Gel and use Moisture Boost around my eyes. Then it doesn’t settle in lines at all, for me. I also like the Hourglass Mineral Veil primer with it.

My recent favorite foundation is Chantecaille ‘future skin’ foundation. It’s so cold and windy outside, but my face doesn’t get dry at all under this foundation. And it looks so natural like my own skin, with enough coverage for redness pots and pores.

why do you have to put it away once the holidays pass christine?? i saw your review for it and it was beyond gorgeous!

I’ve had a very, very good few months of make-up buying, thanks to Illamasqua. My HGs:
Foundation: Skin Base foundation in #2: perfectly pale, and perfectly balancing for my combination skin
Blush: Cream blush in Rude: brings pale skin to life, and according to my colleagues, makes me look like a porcelain doll!
Concealer: #115: banishes dark circles and blemishes in a few dabs
Contouring: Cream pigment in Hollow: gives me perfect cheekbones and really does just look like a shadow, not a swipe of mud.

Prestige Waterproof lip liner! It makes any lipstick (even $2 crap from the drugstore) stay on FOREVER and it doesn’t give me the dreaded inner-lip crust. My favourite one is True Red.

Estee Lauder’s DoubleWear foundation. Holy God WHY did I not discover this sooner!!!? That and probably lanolin cream I use as a lip balm…

I’ve just recently started using Murad’s Hydro-Dynamic Ultimate Moisture, and I don’t want to make the “holy grail” declaration too soon, but I’m thinking this could make its way to staple “HG” status. I’ve got *very* dry and flaky skin thanks to annoying medical conditions, so I need a thicker moisturizer that legitimately softens and hydrates. Josie Maran Argan Oil/Argan Oil is also a recent HG item. I use it for multiple tasks, but it’s become my HG day moisturizer. I can wear the Murad in the day, too, but it can take 20-30 to fully soak absorb. The Argan Oil soaks into my skin in about 5-10 minutes. Also, Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum has become my staple primer. I was not a fan of face primer before this one. It does double duty as skincare and prep for makeup, and while it’s spendy, I don’t need to use a lot of it, so it lasts. These three products together have completely beat my skin into soft, silky, smooth submission.

Also, I didn’t think it was possible to have a holy grail glitter, but I have a holy grail glitter, lol. LORAC 3D Liquid Lustre is like glitter for lazy dummies, LOL. All I’ve got to do is tap it on and I’ve got glittery goodness in seconds.

I’m also hella loving my LORAC Pro Palette. I don’t know if I’d call it a holy grail item, though. Are staples and HG items the same thing? I’d say so, but what do y’all think?

I think you can have “staples”, HGs, or “staple HGs”. I have a ton of matte neutral shadows, for example, and most are quite good, but none are all together in one palette, so although they’re all “staples” that I use nearly every day, none have reached HG status. I’ve actually got the LORAC Pro palette & UD Naked Basics on my short list, though, and from what I know of each brand, one will *definitely* be HG for me.

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