Fun fact about me: I love organizing my makeup storage. My closet, too. And if I were motivated enough to haul my books from the garage to my room, I’d have a blast arranging them on my bookshelf. And the beauty about rearranging objects is rediscovering old loves. Now that most of my makeup storage is situated in drawers, sometimes it’s hard to remember what I shoved in the recesses of my IKEA furniture, so since reorganizing my drawers and the compartments inside, I’ve found a few products I’ve fallen in love with all over again.
bareMinerals The Magic Act Eye & Cheek Palette
Part of me loves this palette purely for the all-in-one aspect of having six neutral eyeshadows and four cheek products including two blushes, a bronzer, and a highlight. It cleverly folds into itself which makes it handy to travel with. For a while, both me and my sister were using it—me for the eyeshadows and her for the cheek products. However, since I first organized my makeup storage, this ended up being pushed to the back, and I forgot how much I enjoyed using this palette.
Hoola Benefit Bronzer
The Hoola Benefit Bronzer was, I believe, my first foray into mid-range makeup. People were raving about it, and although I wasn’t into bronzing, I figured what better place to start than with a quality product? At first, I thought I wouldn’t get any other bronzer until I finished this one… hah. Once I figured out that bronzing was going to be part of my routine, in came more formulas to try, and as with anything, this fell by the wayside.
I’m very happy to start using it again; I’ve forgotten how good of a color match it is. And it’s powder, so blending is easier and faster than I’ve been doing with my creamier formulas.
Maybelline Master Strobing Stick in 200
Although this was a fairly popular product and always seemed to be out of stock in stores, I don’t recall seeing too many people mentioning this beauty. It’s a creamy, subtle highlight that reminds me quite a bit of Glossier’s Haloscope in Quartz. So much so that I’m not tempted at all by Quartz (the other two colors are a different story).
You can layer another powder highlight on top to get a more prominent glow, though I tend to use it mainly on its own. The beauty of stick products is being able to apply right onto the face, so all I have to do is blend out the edges a bit with my fingers.
Almay Lip Gloss
The Almay lip gloss is hands down one of my favorite gloss formulas. Granted, now that gloss is making a comeback I’m sure there are bigger and better formulas coming out on the market, but this is the OG for me. I received this in a giveaway and didn’t give it too much thought because it was when I was into matte liquid lipsticks, but once I tried it, I understood. I think Almay is a brand that’s generally not mentioned a ton, but this truly is an underrated product.
The color I have, 600, would normally too pink for me, but it’s quite sheer once applied on the lips. It’s not overly glossy, and definitely NOT tacky, which is the biggest factor with gloss for me. The lasting power isn’t the best, but then again that’s the usual for glosses.
Pixi Glow Tonic
I used this heavily during my time in Europe, being the only toner I took with me, yet since then this hasn’t been reached for all that often, which is a shame because I do like this product. I basically equate this with my Son & Park Beauty Water, as both have exfoliating properties that make my skin feel smoother (and less dry patches, which is important as fall is making itself known) with continued use.
There was a little compartment in my drawer with all my minis for traveling and whatnot, but since I don’t want to leave half-used products in there, I really wanted to put this back into my skin rotation.
What are some products you’ve pushed back, and are coming back into your routine?