If I Could Only Keep One … Makeup Tag

I was tagged by All Things Alexyss and I’m so excited because this is my first makeup tag! She blogs about makeup, fashion, lifestyle and overall greatness, stop by there and say hello! I will say this before we begin, as a stay at home I normally am not wearing makeup daily, I will do my eyebrows and mascara every now and then. However, say I need to go on a ‘Target run’ or go out with the family, then yes, I’ll try to hide the dark eye circles that scream I haven’t slept since 2007! You know, try to let the world know I got six kids and still got my shish together – even if I don’t!


Two words – PRIMER WATER! I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water and spray it multiple times – it’s a must on our vacation days at the most magical place on Earth aka WDW aka hottest place on Earth. I spray it on my Beautyblender Sponge to apply my concealer, it helps set the concealer for a longer lasting application or you can use water – simply run your sponge under the water, squeeze the excess water out and use it to apply your concealer. However, the primer water will work exceptionally better, continue to spray the primer water as you continue to apply your concealer and/foundation and use the sponge in a dabbing motion.



Even when I do wear makeup I try to keep light, fresh and as ‘natural’ as I can, so I try not to use foundation. If I do – which is rare, I’ll use the MAC Mineralize Foundation


This here is a MUST, I get close to zero sleep, if it’s not something I’m working on, cleaning, organizing, my kids, it will get me to bed, LATE. I recently gave in to the hype that is the Tarte Shape Tape and YES, it’s lived up to it all! I’ve been having dry skin for a while and to find a concealer that won’t apply on my skin and make the Sahara jealous is a MUST! So far, so good!

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer - Light - Medium

Setting Powder + Powder

I’m by no means a beauty guru, I’ve tried the Laura Mercier and did not like! I know, I don’t know, did I use it wrong?! I’m not sure. I don’t use it too often, but I do have the RCMA No-Color Powder, it’s worked better than the Laura Mercier – I feel it doesn’t set in the fine lines underneath my eyes. And for my powder I use the MAC Pro Longwear Powder Pressed in Medium Plus have used it for years, it’s great!

3 oz RCMA No Color Powder   

Setting Spray

OK, this here is an absolute must, to know you’ve spent from 5 minutes to 30 minutes on your makeup and to have it run down your face in about an hour max, no! This Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray will make my makeup last, as long as I don’t wipe it off. I take it in my travel bag for those hot vacation days to Disney World and my ‘everyday’ makeup routine if I happen to apply makeup at all.


I live for this, it’s such a healthier alternative for tanning under the sun, for this I use the MAC Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden I’ve been so loyal to this friend of mine for so long! It’s the perfect bronzer with a hint of sparkle/shimmer.


I’ll usually be content with the bronzer alone – but I do have the MAC Pro Longwear Blush a great blush powder.


I love the Mary-Lou Manizer aka The Luminizer subtle with the perfect amount of shine, my go to, every time.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Eyeshadow Palette

I don’t have this for everyday use because often times I’m too busy, if I do put it on, it’s for say a wedding or something fancy like that, my go-to is the Urban Decay Eye Shadow Palette

Eye Liner

This is going to be the Bobbi Brown – Gel Eyeliner in Pitch Black I can’t say enough good things about this gel eyeliner, goes on smooth and lasts! That’s all I need in my life!


Here I use two, because I’m strange that way, I love them so much but I will say, if I must choose one, it would be the Benefit – They’re Real Mascara in Jet Black, you must try this one! It lengthens in just a couple swipes and lasts all day, it’s Jet Black color is just perfect. The other favorite of mine, because you know I won’t leave you hanging like that, is the L’Oreal Voluminous Original in Blackest Black it works great, I do apply many coats because I do love that dark lash look however it’s still beautiful!

            L'Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Original Mascara, Blackest Black, 0.28 fl. oz.


This may seem strange but I always look at peoples brows. I know! Strange, I told you! I love nicely groomed, nicely shaped brows. I’ve been known to do them on some people and I love it. I don’t know if it’s the ‘artsy’ person in me, but I know what shape looks best on you – I mean just follow your natural brow bone and voila! And people, fill in those brows! Ugh, light brows need some color, they need to pop – try it, you’ll love it! I’ve been using this for years and years, the MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso (matte) YES I’m aware it’s an eye shadow and it works great on your brows and if you have a few hairs missing on your hair line – like me due to pregnancy, not pregnant now, then, you can even dab a brush on this eye shadow and apply it on your hairline! No one will know you’re missing a tiny bit of hair around your hairline. So, here’s what I use, the MAC Eye Shadow in Espresso (matte), the Anastasia Beverly Hills – #12 Duo Brow Brush – it has a brush on one end and a spoolie on the other and lastly to set the brows in place I use the Anastasia Beverly Hills – Clear Brow Gel  – you need this to act like a hair spray for your brows!

Just to give you a few pictures on how I do my brows and the last picture showing my huge little hair swirl – if it’s ‘bothering’ me too much that day, I’ll just get an eye shadow brush and apply some of the MAC Espresso shadow so that it isn’t too noticeable. That was long, I think this deserved a whole post on it’s own!


I’ve never been into lipsticks, I wish I was the red lipstick wearing kinda gal, but I’m not. So, I do a natural and shiny lip with lip gloss – love them! I have my favorite and that is the Dior Addict – Ultra Gloss  in the shade ‘169 Gems’ it’s clear with a hint of pink and they’re not sticky.

I really enjoyed this tag and hope you’ve gathered some favorites to try – you must! I’m going to tag ….

My Li’l Place

Invisibly Me

Magic In The Everyday

and if you’re reading and would like to join the tag, please do so, I’d love to read it and know what are your all time favorite makeup products to use! Thanks for sharing!

Have a wonderful day!