My top 5 fave cream eye shadows — #dreamytextures

(Stay tuned for something special at the end of this post!)

So I spoke briefly about my love for all things cream in this post recently and I promised that I would deliver a follow up on my favorite cream products. I realize now that including all my current favorites in one post would be too long-winded and ambitious. I will be dividing them up in separate posts starting first with my top 5 fave cream eye shadows here. I decided to start my list with the more expensive items and work my way down from there. Other than that, the following products are no particular order; I love them all equally. This is more about my affinity for particular formulas and #dreamytextures, rather than for specific colors. Yes, all the following happen to be varying shades of brown, but that’s what I wear most on the day to day.

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Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation on dry skin: tips & tricks to success!

When I want my makeup to last all day or if I have a special event to attend, the original Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation ($42.00; available now in 42 shades) has become my go-to base. It’s crazy because I never would have thought to buy or try out this foundation myself. My mother went to an Estée Lauder counter and came home with a bottle that mismatched her complexion. Needless to say, it soon ended up in my possession but I had no idea what to do with it really. I knew that Double Wear was supposed to be amazing but in my mind it already had strikes against it. I thought of it as some kind of shellac that would only suffocate my skin.

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A Meditation on “Instagram Makeup”

I don’t know about you, but (surprise, surprise) my Instagram feed is one large makeup advertisement. I’m constantly inundated with updates on new launches, old favorites and collaborations from brands like Lancome, Benefit, ColourPop & Kiko Milano (just to name a select few). I wouldn’t have it any other way, but with every scroll it drives the point home that “Instagram makeup” is not something that I will personally strive to master.

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No brush, no fuss makeup*

(*well, with some minor exceptions)

I haven’t been too fussed with makeup brushes in quite a long time. When I first got into makeup many years ago, I inherited a kind of starter kit from my mother’s rather large stash at the time. (You may think that it’s unhygienic to share brushes and you wouldn’t be wrong, but you know, we’re family.) It consisted of almost exclusively MAC brushes, including some timeless classics like the 217 and the 239. After that I grew my collection over time with purchases from e.l.f., Real Techniques, Eco Tools, & Sephora brand for everything from the eye, face and brows.

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Current Mascara Heroes (and those that are unsung)

Mascara is an essential in my makeup menu. Even if I wear nothing else on my face, I have to at least put mascara on. It’s completely transformational and gives the eyes – no matter the shape – that little bit of needed definition. Your eyes look instantly wider and brighter. My preferred lash look is intensely black, volumized and separated.

Mascara is an essential in my makeup menu. Even if I wear nothing else on my face, I have to at least put mascara on. It’s completely transformational and gives the eyes – no matter the shape – that little bit of needed definition. Your eyes look instantly wider and brighter. My preferred lash look is intensely black, volumized and separated. I really have no time for brown mascaras or for those that look overtly “natural” on the lashes. To me this defeats the very purpose of the product. I love the look of completely pared down makeup everywhere else on the face but with dark, dramatic lashes to add that point of interest.

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