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Makeup Monday: New & Old Favorites

A Monday off work is a perfect excuse to do a little blogging, right? While I had every intention to blog yesterday, I was also frantically trying to get my taxes filed.   You've got 'til midnight to file, y'all - so if you haven't done it, hit your web browser to TurboTax like NOW. Filing my federal and three state returns = CRAZINESS. Big props to Tiffany and Denise with their social media support teams with helping me figure out this mess. In other news, work has been keeping me busy as a bee... I've been learning so much the past few weeks and mentally preparing myself for greater things to come. Hard work pays off, right?

So now we're here to what you really want to read about - a little bit of makeup talk! Sephora had a V.I.B. beauty day thingy last Thursday and it was an opportunity to receive 15% off! It was an opportunity to score a couple needed things to the makeup bag. I think I might have FINALLY found the right combo of products to offer me a fairly flawless look throughout the day. Foundation tends to melt/disappear in random places/etc on me and I don't have time to constantly play the touch-up game. Also, I learned a totally AWESOME new trick from Christine over at 15 Minute Beauty Fanatic to help my foundation last a little longer. After applying liquid foundation, take a tissue/Kleenex and gently blot over areas like your forehead/cheeks, it removes some of the extra liquid-y-ness without disturbing the color/pigment. I've tried this method twice already and already super impressed!

Now onto my fave products to help get my face on and look flawless!

Korres Mattifying Primer
I'm pretty sure I tried the non-mattifying primer by Korres once before and HATED it. I have an allergy to silicones in face primers and as a result I acquire pretty gnarly cystic acne on my jawline and cheeks. I decided to give the mattifying one a go this time and so far I'm pleased with the results. I was using the Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer beforehand but suddenly it wasn't reacting to my skin (possibly due to the warmer weather) so I decided to switch it up.

After reading a plethora of reviews allover the internets, I finally went to my closest drugstore and picked up this bottle of this stuff. Yes, it supposedly has some primer technology built in but knowing how weird my skin is, I noticed it does react a lot better with the Korres primer. Overall, it gives me a nice flawless look and blends quite easily. I've applied this with both my fingers and using the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and had equally good results but after buying that brush, I prefer the brush.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush
Good karma, indeed. I almost dropped money on the Hourglass Foundation/Blush Brush No. 2 but then I flashbacked to a convo I had with some girls on the bus about how amazing this brush is and that I needed it in my life. Plus $25 is cheaper than $58 so you do the math... So far I'm pleasantly surprised with the blending abilities and love how flawless my skin looks after using this brush.

Benefit Erase Paste
I've used this before and loved it but then somehow I forget to buy it again. I use a little dab underneath my Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer and this stuff helps neutralize and brighten the tiredness I'm often prone to showing in my undereye area.

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer
This just might be my holy grail concealer - I use it on blemishes, under my eyes, and any area where I need a little extra coverage. The $6 tube lasts quite a long time so I'm quite pleased with the "bang for your buck" and the coverage too. The little pencil that comes with it does nothing for me but $6 for concealer that lasts a long time and provides kickass coverage is so worth it.

What are your fave face products to look flawless?