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The Rundown: My Makeup Staples

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The Rundown: My Makeup Staples

Hey guys! Here’s a quick rundown of my staple beauty items that I use for a soft everyday look. Of course, when I feel like being fancy I may do an actual eyeshadow look or apply falsies etc, but these are the 10 makeup items that I ALWAYS have on hand!

MOISTURIZER :: I always like to start off with a well moisturized face. I’ve been using Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion for about a year now and I love how it leaves my skin super hydrated and supple.

FOUNDATION :: To even out my skin tone I apply a bit of foundation, and my holy-grail of the moment is Chanel Perfection Lumiere. It goes on smoothly, lasts all day, and has a nice luminous matte finish. I like that it’s light weight, but you can definitely build it up for fuller coverage.

CONCEALER :: I use a bit of concealer on my under eye area to cover dark circles and 9 times out of 10 I reach for my MAC Studio Finish Concealer. It’s long wearing and provides the ideal amount of coverage to brighten under the eyes, conceal blemishes, etc without being too heavy. I sometimes also use it as a highlighter on the bridge of my nose and forehead.

POWDER :: Shine be gone! I’ve been using this setting powder for a few years now, and it is the perfect finish to my makeup. I use it to set my concealer and for an overall light dusting and it gives such a smooth flawless look. If my face starts to shine throughout the day, it is easy to reapply without looking caked up.

EYELINER :: I use an eyeliner pencil to fill in my sparse brows and the NYC pencil in dark brown not only does the trick, but it’s also super inexpensive. It stays put all day and I can usually find it for less than $1- win win.

SOFT BROWN EYE SHADOW :: When I’m going for a natural face, I apply a bit of shadow a shade or two darker than my skin tone like MAC Saddle all over my lid for a barely-there hint of color.

MASCARA :: To define and thicken my lashes I use a mascara like MAC Zoom Fast Black Lash. This product adds length and volume to make my eyes pop, but doesn’t get clumpy.

BLUSH :: To add some color to my cheeks I use NARS Angelika blush. I have warm undertones and this blush goes perfectly with my skin.  It’s super pigmented so I apply it with a light hand. It’s very easy to blend and applies like velvet. My cheeks get just a touch of pink- enough to notice but subtle enough that it still looks natural- love it!

BRONZER :: To look a bit more radiant I use a bronzer, and my current favorite product to use is MAC Gold Deposit Mineralize Skinfinish. I apply it in a sweeping motion on the area above my cheeks for a healthy sun kissed glow.

GLOSS :: Finally for my lips, I reach for any pinkish gloss such as NARS Turkish Delight. This adds a slight pink tint with a hint of shine. It’s not too thick and also works great when layering over a lipstick.

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143 comments

Andree Carmelita February 27, 2015 - 2:19 am

Hi Kim, great post! I emailed you requesting if you could do a video on all your fave makeup. Guess I should have checked your blogs first nonetheless request fulfilled lol. I want to try out the Chanel foundation, do you know if it is good for oily skin?

YT name: Andree Carmelita and I want to win the Visa gift card.

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Sherkinna Hammond February 26, 2015 - 9:26 pm

I wish I had more time to read all your post but for now I will read a few a day until I get through them all! Great job on the new website I know it takes a lot of work to start up working in the IT would I understand! I’ve been wanting to try the Chanel foundation for a while, see it in all your videos and it look amazing! I think I will give it a shoot!! I would like to win the two bags! Thank you!

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Sherkinna Hammond February 26, 2015 - 9:27 pm

I wish I had more time to read all your post but for now I will read a few a day until I get through them all! Great job on the new website I know it takes a lot of work to start up working in the IT would I understand! I’ve been wanting to try the Chanel foundation for a while, see it in all your videos and it look amazing! I think I will give it a shoot!! I would like to win the two bags! Thank you! YouTube username: Sherkinna Hammond

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dee February 26, 2015 - 7:57 pm

I will love Ralph Lauren and Aldo Handbags…youtube:Deborah Ajewole 😀

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dee February 26, 2015 - 7:56 pm

I will love Ralph Lauren and Aldo Handbags…youtube:Deborah Ajewole,,

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Simi February 26, 2015 - 7:23 pm

I’ve been subscribed to you for a while now and I’ve watched as your subscribers increased!! You’re so amazing and I enjoy watching your videos! 🙂

My youtube channel is: SimiBee_

I would like the CHI flat iron!!

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sara T. February 26, 2015 - 11:09 am

Hi. I love your blog. I rarely comment but I want to enter the giveaway so here I am. I would love the gift cards, the flat iron, or the entwine couture kit. Thank you. My youtube name is ndologabycam.

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Kamari W February 26, 2015 - 6:09 am

I like that you started a blog. I think it was an excellent idea. I love them. Especially fashion blogs. My faves include shirleybeniang , carlibybel, and Patricia bright. I look forward to your future posts because you have phenomenal taste.

Yt: kamarijanai I’d like to win the flatirons please

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kidist February 26, 2015 - 1:58 am

what can I say…………… i don’t usually post a comment but i do love your style and i have always admired how genius you are. i would love to know what will be the criteria to win the gifts. if it is for those who mostly comment, i am out of the game. i don’t care which ever gifts comes. i am happy that you hit the 600 subscribers. i wish you all success in your life . stay blessed,

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Natalie Ross February 25, 2015 - 10:46 pm

I love love love your picks! I’ve got my sister into your new site and youtube channel! Congrats on the 600k subbies! I totally aspire to that!

I would like either the:

Ombre Full Lace Wig
or
$100 Visa Gift Card

Thanks for the opportunity!!! My YouTube name is NYCCurlyGirl/NaturaleeCurlee

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Peetra February 25, 2015 - 9:14 pm

I can’t wait to hear the winners, I PRAY that I’m the winner of that lovely lace unit! <3

YT name is Peatimexo

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Pelumi Coker February 25, 2015 - 3:57 pm

Congratulations in 600,000 subscribers. I would love to win the bags. Thanks for the giveaway. my youtube name is Pelumi Coker

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Stephanie M February 25, 2015 - 3:12 pm

I would love to win the handbags
YT: ladystephm

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Jenarra Treadwell February 25, 2015 - 3:58 am

congratulations on your 600k! Your youtube channel has been giving me life since I’ve gone natural 1yr ago and now your blogs can give me more needed life! you’ve been giving me so many trendy hair looks and seeing as though I love going from curly to straight natural hair I’d love to own a CHI Air Flat Iron of my very own.

Youtube Username: Jenarra Treadwell

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Jannelle February 25, 2015 - 2:59 am

congratulations on your 600k again!! I would love prize #1
Username: jannelle Curtis

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Lasharia Coleman February 25, 2015 - 1:08 am

I really want to try that Nars lip gloss. I’m a newly lippie addict and trying to find a nice pink is not easy for WOC !

I would love to win the prize #4 !
YT name: LC HairCraze

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Ashley Oaks February 25, 2015 - 12:58 am

We use a lot of the same products. I would love to enter the GIVEAWAY and win prize #4.

Youtube UR: CelebrityVA1

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Tahlia February 24, 2015 - 3:20 pm

This site is so cute! =)

I always check out your make-up tutorials on YouTube because I just love the looks that you do! I also have 2 of the 4 lipsticks that you love. I wear Heroine about 75% of the time but I think I’m ready to try Cyber. I hope to win the 2 bags or the flat iron. Congrats again on reaching 600k subscribers. Have a blessed day on purpose!

My YouTube account is Tahlia Patterson

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Natasha February 24, 2015 - 2:37 pm

I have never used Ben Nye banana powder, though I have heard a lot of people using it and recommending it.. But I’m just scared on how to apply it and where exactly to apply. I’ve been using makeup for a while now, but just actually started getting into it and would love a little “how to” session.
Once again, congrats on 600k!

my Youtube account is Natasha Cartwright
If I were to win, I would love to receive the handbags!

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Natasha February 24, 2015 - 2:36 pm

Once again, congratssss on your 600k! I’m uber excited for you 🙂
I’ve never used Ben Nye banana powder, though I have heard a lot of people using it.. But I’m just scared on how to apply it and where exactly to apply. I’ve been using makeup for a while now, but just actually started getting into it and would love a little “how to” session.
Once again, congrats on 600k!

Youtube: Natasha Cartwright
If I were to win, I would love to receive the handbags!

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Shanique Taylor February 24, 2015 - 8:54 am

i would love the lace wig. my youtube name is Shanique Taylor. thanks.

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Danya February 24, 2015 - 8:43 am

Hey Congradulation on your 600K!

I would love to win prize # 5 ( The 2 pairs of shoes from JustFab)

Thank you
Danya
Montreal, Canada

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Ashley February 24, 2015 - 5:02 am

Do you have a recommendation for a really good primer? I would like to win the Just Fab shoes! YT username: LuxeStreetChic

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chicisnatural February 24, 2015 - 12:57 pm

Are you referring to face primer or eye primer? I don’t use face primer, but I like and use ELF eyelid primer and Urban Decay Primer Potion.

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Omolade February 24, 2015 - 4:50 am

It is important not to leave home with out your essentials!!
Youtube name: BloomingFlow3r Prize #4!

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Omolade February 24, 2015 - 4:49 am

It is important not to leave home with out your essentials!!
Yoube name: Omolade Ogunniyi Prize #4!

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Anaïs N. February 24, 2015 - 2:47 am

It seems that you’re skilled in the art of “face beating” as the kids say…. No but seriously you know this makeup biz like the back of you hand… I wanna be like you when I grow up lol. YT: anangon . I’d like the Ombré wig please so I can start to stunting on people… I could wear it for prom… Hmm… Thx for the opportunity!!!

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Anaïs N. February 24, 2015 - 2:48 am

*to stunt
*stunting
That was a fail haha

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Peetra February 24, 2015 - 2:35 am

Entering for prize #3, that BOMB wig! I can’t wait to see the winners! Love ya Kim!
YT name is peatimexo

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gina Bonds February 24, 2015 - 2:08 am

would love the lace ombre wig
youtube name is genaB

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Danielle M Johnson February 24, 2015 - 1:37 am

Hello Kim,
Congratulations on your new website I am very proud of you and your achievements.
I want to say thank you for posting of all your fashion statements and natural hairstyle, you really helped me through a lot of bad hair day for a new natural gal lol, so once again thank you. I would like to enter your giveaway
youtube username is Danielle Johnson
prize #1 entwine couture product pack

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Jenniah Michel February 24, 2015 - 1:16 am

Entering for Prize #3. Ombre full lace wig. Hope I win! lol ❤️
Youtube User: jenniah24
Stay fab Kim!

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Christina McAdory February 23, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Hey. My YouTube username is Christina McAdory and I would love prize #4. It would be so cool to win!! I hardly ever win anything!!! Congratulations again!!!!

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T'erra Coleman February 23, 2015 - 3:15 pm

Congrats on your 600k subscribers. You are someone I do look up to in fashion and in hair and I feel as though my personality is similar to yours. I would like the option of any of the items but the flat iron. Its a giveaway and Im not going to be too picky. but can’t wait till you post more on the website. It seems to coming along. My youtube username is T’erra Coleman.

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Nadia February 23, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Congrats on reaching 600k subscribers!! I love your site. I would love to win the 100$ gift card. Thank you

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Nadia February 23, 2015 - 12:07 pm

this is my youtube channel: Idihya Nadia

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Jovita February 23, 2015 - 7:16 am

Love your youtube channel and this website. Congratulations on reaching 600K subscribers.
I would love gift 1 or 2 please.
My youtube name is blessedn2011.
Thank you

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Sheneda February 23, 2015 - 4:16 am

I’m really loving this website its great ..Congrats again !!!
I would like to enter your 600k giveaway if chosen I would appreciate the $100 Visa giftcard ..Thanks !!
(YouTube name : Nedaboo)

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Kokoro j February 23, 2015 - 12:44 am

Congrats to reaching 6k on you tube.love your fashion and beauty tips I would like prize # 6, my you tube name is Kokoro J

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Devin February 22, 2015 - 10:09 pm

Love the site and your youtube channel!

Please enter me into the giveaway.

3. Ombre Full Lace Wig – my youtube name is MrsFitz411

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Rava' February 22, 2015 - 9:55 pm

Hi Kim!

I would love the wig or the Flat Iron. I am soooo happy youve made this website, you are truly an inspiration to me!
Youtube: Rava’ Blackwell

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Jupiter StJames February 22, 2015 - 9:54 pm

Youtube User: Madoka Kaname
Desired Prize 1: CHI Flat Iron
Desired Prize 2: Entwine products

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Shauny February 22, 2015 - 9:11 pm

Thank you, thank you thank you for the tips you have shared with us (your styles seriously got me through my short/medium natural hair phase!). Im excited for all the wonderful tips and ideas that you will be sharing on your website. Many blessings. Please enter me in for the giveaway contest for prize #5 the shoes. *fingers crossed* And thanks for the consideration!
Youtube name: Simply Shauny

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Donnette E. February 22, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Hello Kim, congrats on your achievements! Prize # 5 (shoes) are good for me. Thank you:)

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Donnette E. February 22, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Youtube name:Donnette E

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Janelle Foster February 22, 2015 - 8:26 pm

Thanks for the list. I love how your makeup looks. I’m not big on makeup, I try a little. But can never get a nice finish. I really don’t want the transformation looks. Just simple, clean and soft look. Will look into the products you suggested. Wish me luck 🙂
For the give away, Prize # 4. Those bags would be super awesome for me when I’m on the go. As a single mom of a 4 year old, beauty and fashion sometimes take a back seat, but i’m tring non-the-less 🙂
Youtube User Name: Janelle Foster

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Adaku Nathan February 22, 2015 - 7:54 pm

Username: adakunathan
Wow, its incredible to see how far you’ve come. Thank you for being so dedicated. I would really enjoy prize 5, a girl can never have to many heels 🙂

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Titiana February 22, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Tizzy Curie hi congratulations here from Curacao keep doing the good work, i would love to win the # 4 handbags :*

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Peetra February 22, 2015 - 3:10 am

My YT username is Peatimexo and I’d love to win the Ombre Full Lace Wig! 🙂

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Elisabeth Domond February 22, 2015 - 1:46 am

Amazing Website!

I’m really happy that you have gone far!

My youtube username: Elisabeth Domond
I would love to win the justfab shoes please!!!

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Ajene Robinson February 22, 2015 - 12:08 am

PLEASE CHOOSE ME! I am a struggling college girl trying to get her life together! I would like prizes 1, 2, 4, or 6 for the giveaway. My Youtube username is Ajene Robinson.

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Fehintola Akesode February 21, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Congrats on launching your website! I would love to receive that $100 Visa Gift Card. My YouTube name is FenzMakeup

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Janel Coleman February 21, 2015 - 11:20 pm

I do have a question about the banana powder. I’ve been looking for it on a few sites and it always seems to be out of stock. Where do you purchase yours from and how long does the 3oz bottle last? And do you purchase more than one at a time? I feel like this is the missing piece to my beauty routine!!

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