So that was a long ass title.

I’m not going to lie – I love makeup and skincare and all that but there are (were) some things that took me forever to add to my beauty routine. My reasoning behind it isn’t much more articulate than: w h y. It wasn’t even a minimalist mentality; if I thought I had no reason for it then I didn’t think there was any point to buying it. And for me, that was quite a few basic products.

For instance –


Thankfully, I grew up with pretty good skin so when it came to skincare or skin types (I had no idea I had a dry skin type), not only was I a complete and utter BABY, I also didn’t think I needed anything. I didn’t have discernible problems that make me think buying a product would actually help me. Whaaaat, skincare is a thing?

Even after I realized that paying attention to my skin and products would actually benefit me, I wasn’t sure where to look so I kept putting it off for the longest time. It wasn’t until I received the Valentia Brightening Moisturizer maybe about a year-ish ago that I started to crack down on moisturizing. 


This is the first to come to mind because the memory of going through Target’s aisles for neutral, slightly coral-y pink lipsticks is so vivid in my head. My first lipstick that met this requirement was Revlon’s Coralberry, which I fell in love with.

Because then I decided, hm, why not get something a little bit less bright but a little more color?

BAM. My strong lipstick obsession had begun.


Let me start this off by saying: I had no idea spot concealing was a thing. Concealer was like a smaller version of foundation for me. But then all my YouTubers started talking about the Maybelline Age Rewind, and because occasionally I like to be in with the cool kids, I decided to try my hand with it. Although I like it, frankly it’s only reassured me that concealers are always going to be the less used part of my makeup collection.


Eyebrow makeup in general took me awhile to get into, even though I have, like, no eyebrows to begin with. I started with powder, which was my go-to for a few years at least, as I loved how easy it was to use and powders last forever. I STILL have the very first one I bought, which was close to five years ago now. And I do not skip eyebrow day.

My first pencils were the Wet N Wild brow pencils – I figured if I wanted to explore more eyebrow products these would be a good place to start. They were $3, and I figured if I couldn’t use them for my brows, I could use them as eyeliners, which is what I think they were also advertised as.

Cue me realizing that I don’t have to stick with one product until the end! I love the Wet N Wild pencils, even if they can be a bit messy to work with, and now I use both these pencils and my brow powder.


With dry skin, primer wasn’t a priority for me. My biggest problem isn’t fading or the oils on my face making a matte finish look dewy; it was dry patches. And even now, that isn’t so much to do with the primer than it is having moisturized skin and a good foundation, because even with primer some foundations don’t sit quite right on my face.

To be honest, the only reason I started getting into wearing them was because I got the Smashbox Photo Finish as a gift for my birthday a few years back (even though it works MUCH better with oily skin peeps, which is why I gave my travel size to my friend), so I wanted to start trying them.

What products took a long time for you to add to your beauty routine?

  • Ela

    Concealing is a step I’ve only recently gotten into, and even now it’s still optional. My undereye circles aren’t too bad, and I don’t have a lot of blemishes to spot-conceal, yay.
    Ela | http://www.stealingyoursunbeams.wordpress.com

    • Sam

      Yeah, for me it’s not an everyday thing just occasionally around my nose to cover a bit of redness. Good skin for the win! lol

  • Hmm probably eyeshadow primer! For the longest time, I thought it was me (LOL) or the product that didn’t work properly and I didn’t understand why my eyeliner/shadow were smudging so much. Dat #oilylids life is not fun! Also probably face primer, it makes my base makeup last so much longer, especially in the gross office A/C air…

    Cherie ✽ sinonym

    • Sam

      Lol I think the only reason eyeshadow primer wasn’t on the list for me was because I got the UD Primer Potion as a gift and I l o v e d it. My mom was probably tired of seeing my eyeliner give me bags under my eyes!

  • I was thinking how ‘bad’ my makeup routine used to look! It took me a while to discover brows, contouring and a good translucent powder!

    Hanh | hanhabelle

    • Sam

      I know, sometimes when I look at old pictures they’re so cringe-worthy!

  • Coralberry looks amazing! It sounds like the perfect everyday shade 🙂


    • Sam

      It really is! The only reason I stopped using it so often is because I’ve expanded my collection hehe

  • Primer and bronzers are the two products that took me forever to get into and now I use both almost every time I do a full face makeup! LOL!

    • Sam

      Yasss, haha I think it’s so funny when it takes you forever to get into something and then it takes over your life 😛

  • Great post, I always prime, foundation, contour and set. Those are the products I can’t live without. I love the Maybelline Age Rewind, such a gem, thanks for sharing xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

    • Sam

      The Maybelline is very much a cult fave!

  • Yiotou_La

    I still forget to use a primer every time I do my makeup, I always do my makeup and then say ‘oops, I forgot to put primer’ haha. I have too little time in the morning but I will have to incorporate it in my routine since it makes such a difference in the texture of my skin.


    • Sam

      Haha the main reason I use primer nowadays is because I have a few of them that I need to go through.

  • I remember getting eyebrow products applied to me for the first time and it was just such a game changer! Its amazing how once you do it once, your face never quite looks the same again haha. I couldn’t not imagine doing them now!
    Kate xx


    • Sam

      I feel the same way! I don’t know how I went so long without it!

  • I also have dry skin and I use Smashbox primer water to smooth and brighten my skin. Then I spray a couple of sprays in the end to set it. It works perfectly. Great post, have a lovely day.


    • Sam

      Ooh, I’ve heard good things about the primer water – I just need to finish up my three other primers I have haha

  • laura anne

    I loved reading this because I can totally agree with all of these. I have dry skin and never used to wear moisturizer, I don’t know how I did it! x

    LAURA ­| Laura Thinks About

    • Sam

      honestly, it’s such a staple in my routine now!

  • rae

    Concealer and primer are two things I really never use. In fact, when it comes to skin coverage, I don’t really use anything. Sometimes I will use a bit of bb cream but only on special occasions – for some reason I feel like it clogs my pores and breaks me out more than it helps me. Eyebrow pencils are SUPER key though in my opinion. I would be so hopelessly lost without mine!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Sam

      I know, I think if I had to pick ONE beauty product I would choose my eyebrow pencils. Everything else I can at least deal with haha!

  • Mes Voyages à Paris

    Never use it and want it so bad now!


    Mónica Sors



  • Bernadette

    When it comes to lipstick I definitely lean on the nude side of things because A) I am obsessed with eye shadow and playing around with different eye shadow looks and often bolder shades don’t suit the eye shadow look I’ve created and B) I am so lazy when it comes to reapplication and nude lipsticks won’t smear or fade awkwardly. But i do want to mix things up and play with some bold shades. Great post!


    • Sam

      I love nude shades for the same reason – I never carry a purse so carrying a lipstick with me to reapply throughout the day is impractical. Glad you liked this, Bernadette!

  • It’s so nice when you found products that work 100% for you. Haven’t heard of these tho so I might check them out!





    • Sam

      I hope you do!