Every now and then, I like to pretend I’m a Youtube Beauty Guru and follow along with whatever tag is making the rounds. Jaclyn Hill created this “Ride or Die” tag, but I of course didn’t choose to do it until Kathleen Lights did it. I like the premise of this tag, it’s less about your favorite make up, and more about the products that you always find yourself returning to. I went through my collection and picked the products that I always repurchase/reach for, no matter what new shiny thing I recently bought.
No matter what other primer I use, I always use this with it to fill in the noticeable pores around my nose and chin. I picked this over my other pore-filling primers because this feels the lightest on my skin and lasts all day! Since I only use a tiny bit of this, I only ever buy the ‘travel’ version of this, because it is easier for me to stomach $17 instead of the full $37.
I have talked about this foundation many times before, and I don’t see myself ever not using it. This is my go-to night out foundation. It looks perfect in pictures, stays all day/night and holds onto powders (blush, bronzer, highlight) without making them look patchy or flaky. I have a more in-depth review here if you’re interested.
I have a detailed review of this coming soon so I won’t go into too much detail here. Just know that this is the best powder for a few different uses. I can use this to set my under eye concealer, mattify between my eyes or all over if I’m looking a little too dewy. It may seem expensive, but I have had this same one for over two years and I still feel like it has a while left to go.
This concealer is the definition of ride or die. No matter how dry/oily, problematic, or dull my skin is feeling, this is the easy fix. This never creases on me, and it never oxidizes (which is a problem I have found with other Urban Decay face products). This provides great coverage with just the tiniest bit of product, so I am not worrying about running out any time soon.
I am guilty of constantly forgetting to use finishing spray. I usually spend so much time doing my make up before I go out that by the time I’m done, I am rushing to get dressed and out the door before I make everyone else late. When I do remember to use spray, I always reach for this because nothing keeps my make up on like this. Not only does this keep me looking from looking dull all night, it keeps things like blush and highlight (the things that always goes first for me) vibrant all night.
While newer, fancier, brighter blushes may come and go, this nudeish peach creation will forever be my favorite. Between the baked formula and the subtle sheen, this is the perfect day to day cheek product. On the MAC website, this looks like a boring, almost brown color that doesn’t catch the eye. Even swatched it is underwhelming. But if you give it a chance, I promise it will become a staple for you. I use this at least three times a week, and I have had it for over a year, and it barely looks touched. I heard rumors that MAC may be discontinuing this shade, and if that’s the case I will be truly heartbroken.
I almost considered this too recent of purchase to be a ride or die, but I have never used a bronzer even half as much as I use this one. The finish is satin, but there is no glitter or sparkle, so it looks like a natural tan. It comes off very neutral toned, not too red/orange or grey. This applies so subtle, it is next to impossible to over do it by accident. On top of everything else, this smells like vacation and the beach. The scent is very strong, but not in an unpleasant way at all. While this may seem expensive for a drugstore product, I promise it is worth it. The only downside is it being so light that those with darker skin tones cannot appreciate it. I hope Physician’s Formula comes out with darker shades soon so everyone can enjoy it!
I recently did a review of this (can be found here), so I won’t drone on and on about this, even though we all know I could. This highlight is simply stunning, and I have yet to do a make up look that doesn’t look perfect paired with this. Highlighters are everywhere now, and they continue to get brighter and bolder, but a subtle glow like what this product gives you will never go out of style.
This lid primer is the best at keeping my shadows vibrant and in place all day and/or night. The tiniest bit goes such a long way, so the price is justified by how long this will last. This is a clear primer, so it doesn’t conceal any discoloration, but I just pat on a shadow close to my skin color on top and my eyes are ready for whatever I feel like putting on them!
This shadow may seem boring and ordinary, and that might just be the reason I love it so much. I apply this as my base (on top of primer) every time I do my eyes, and it makes everything look brighter and blend better. I always set my eye primer with a cream colored shadow that matches my skin somewhat closely, and this is the best product for that. This doesn’t cling to any dry patches on my lids, and keeps everything from creasing throughout the day. As you can see from the tiny bit of product left, this is a staple in my collection. I already have a back up, don’t worry.
EYE SHADOW PALETTE
It was a tough choice between this and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar, but I went with this because of how long I’ve had it and how consistently I reach for it. This was the first product I ever bought that I really fell in love with. The shadows are buttery and smooth, they blend like a dream and, no matter the base, they last all day on my lids. The packaging is sleek and minimal, and the shade range is perfect. I bring this with me whenever I travel, because it is chock full of all the transition, crease and all over lid shades a girl could ask for!
I have a million different eye liners, most of which are in various shades of brown, so you might think I could never just pick one that stands out. You would be wrong. This is probably my 5th or 6th of these sultry bronze eye pencils from MAC. It was one of the first non-drugstore products I ever bought, and to this day nothing suits my green eyes better. These liners are creamy enough to not pull at my skin, but strong enough not to smear everywhere as soon as I blink. I love smudging this into my lash line for a blown out, smokey eye.
As I’ve said before, I am not a mascara person. My lashes are nothing special, and I have never really fallen in love with a mascara because nothing really does much. That being said, I have repurchased this product a few times, so I decided to include it. This mascara is the only one I have found that doesn’t clump up at all, and most importantly doesn’t irritate my eyes. Most mascaras I try end up flaking off into my eye and causing a major day long annoyance.
I never wear false lashes. I could say it’s because I prefer a more “natural” look and turn my nose up, but the god honest truth is I am terrible at applying them. These lashes from Ardell are the only ones I have ever been able to put on semi-successfully. They are cheap and reusable, and they don’t look bizarre or unnatural on my lids.
This is my second brow wiz, and I have no doubt that it will not be my last. I love my gels and my brow mascaras, but at the end of the day, I will always reach for a teeny tiny pencil to fill everything in. My brows are naturally pretty thick, so I really only focus on a few spots, most importunately: the tail. I like my brows to come to a sharp point at the end, and this is the only product that can accomplish that perfectly every time.
I first bought the classic MAC lip pencil in the shade Soar, after hearing that it was the perfect pinkish nude lip. I added this to my cart because I thought maybe it would be similar enough that I could review it as a dupe, but instead I found my holy grail liner. This shade is the a better, more demure version of my lips. I love wearing this alone to slightly darken my lips while still maintaining the image of wearing little to no make up. If colors like Soar are just too pink for your liking, I seriously suggest you give this pencil a try.
I love this lipstick for the same reason I love the Hover lip liner, because it gives me just enough color to look adult and alive without looking too made up.I love wearing this alone, but I also love to pair it with different liners. Whatever color lip liner I use with this completely transform the shade of the lipstick. It’s like having five lip colors in one.
Despite the fact that I have more liquid lipsticks than any normal human should, I always find myself gravitating back towards this classic. Stila was one of the first brands to release a liquid lipstick, and the formula is still one of the best in my opinion. This lasts all day on my lips and never cracks or crumbles. This color is my favorite because it is so versatile, it goes with so many different looks and occasions.
I have only just recently been getting into lip glosses, and this has been my go-to throughout the journey. While Buxom may be known for their extensive (almost 100 different shades) lip polish collection, the much smaller group of underappreciated lip creams are really where its at. This lip gloss gives me just the tiniest hint of color and a really nice gloss without looking like I put Vaseline all over myself. The only downside to this is it doesn’t last too long so you do have to reapply, but I have yet to find a gloss that stays on a while. I am hoping to collect the rest of these glosses, but for now Dolly will continue to save me when I’ve spent too long on the rest of my make up and need a quick lip fix.
Let me know your ride or dies in the comments!