These days I usually buy makeup only once or twice a year-- Sephora's Friends & Family event in November when I stock-up on all the essentials and sometimes I'll pick up a "must have" if I can find a good deal (at least 20% off) online.
Here are my latest Favs, in no particular order--
Smashbox Eye Wish Palette
Whoa! Since it's a limited edition, on sale for only $33 with free shipping on the Smashbox site
I love Smashbox cosmetics, especially their eyeshadows, cream liners and lipsticks, but the Look Book that comes with this palette is worth the $33 alone! I've actually gotten compliments on some of my "eye" looks-- wowza!
BareMinerals foundation by Bare Escentuals
If I don't have time for make-up, I'll at the VERY LEAST curl my eyelashes... Makes all the difference in the world. This one is so much better than the drugstore variety. I think it's partly the design and partly the silicone cushion that doesn't fall apart like the rubber piece in the cheaper models.
I couldn't pick just one, so these are my 3 favorites. They are all different, but work so well. Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm leaves a minty tingle on my lips and keeps them smooth and hydrated. The Mister is a fan and always carries one in his pocket. In the summer, I use the Smashbox Lip Treatment because it has SPF built-in. It really does cure dry, chapped lips and has a light honey smell to boot-- yum! Lately I've been gravitating toward my Rosebud Salve. My lips have been ultra dry and when I put it on before bed, I wake-up with happy lips. Really happy lips, actually. It's a classic for good reason and apparently is the "secret weapon" for many stars... that's what I read in InStyle, anyhow.
Liz Earle Super Skin Moisturiser
I'm usually not impressed by face cream, but this stuff is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Unsolicited, even my mom commented on how smooth and soft my skin looked one day. I stumbled on this by accident when The Mister and I were at a charity dinner and I placed a bid during the silent auction. I won a kit worth over $200 for a mere $40. Apparently Liz Earle is all the rage in England and is only available in a few select stores in the US. Lucky for me, she has an online store because I need to stock up pronto!