The Beauty Capsules

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I thought it might be nice to have all my current product recommendations all compiled in one place! (you’ll be able to access it from the menu!)
I talk about and use all kinds of products all the time but this list is going to be VERY ELITE:) I only add products here that are my tried and true very best and most wonderful favorites.

{all of the capsule products have been rigorously tested against other products in it’s category (on me & usually on many of my clients as well) I’m constantly trying new things and will be adding to this list whenever something knocks my socks off …and might even knock others off the list}

ALSO: I do not accept money, bribes or flattery of any kind for my picks.

 

MAKEUP
Face~
Primer: Porefessional
HAC Foundation: Maskcara IIID Foundation (of course!) {post}
Full Coverage Photo Foundation: Makeup Forever HD
BB Cream: Stila Illuminating
Long lasting concealer (for covering blemishes): Kat Von D Tattoo concealer
Illuminator: Maskcara Pretty In Pearl
Blush: Maskcara IIID Blush
Bronzer: Too Faced Milk Chocolate

Eyes~
All around best shadow palette: Lorac Pro {post}
for neutrals: Stila In The Light {post}
accessory palettes: Pretty Rebel
False Lashes: Ardell Whispies
Lash glue: Duo
Brow Filler: MAC Eye Shadow in Brun (or for light blondes Charcoal Brown)
Drugstore Brow Filler: Loreal Antique Brown{post}
Eyeliner: Loreal Gel Liner in blackest black

Lips~
all around plumper/moisture/priming lip product: City Lips
Pink Gloss: Buxom Pink Lady
Nude lip Color: Lip Tar in Hush
Vamp dark lip: Nars Train Bleu
Drugstore Nude Lip: NYX Nude
Red Lip: MAC Viva Glam Rhianna
Lip Liner: NYX Taupe

Tools & Brushes~
Eyeshadow starter kit: realTechniques
Foundation brush: IT Cosmetics Dual Foundation Brush
Angled (brow filler) Brush: Ardell
Crease and undereye shadow brush: Sephora Collection
Budget crease and undereye shadow brush: Elf Contour
All over makeup perfecting: Beauty Blender {post}
Tweezers: Tweezerman {post}

HAIR

Shampoo for damamged, frizzy or dry hair: Wen {post}
Shampoo & conditioner for healthy hair (or non-wen lovers): Biolage Moisturizing 
Moisture: inoa Moisture Masque
DIY Moisture: Coconut Oil
Hair care protective spray: Purology 21 {post}
Dry Shampoo: Loreal Professional Fresh Dust
Drugstore Dry Shampoo: Suave
Shine/health  Serum: Mythic Oil
Drugstore Shine Serum: Oilicious
Hair Repair: Ojon Hair Repair
DIY Hair Repair: Recipe
Beach texture: Oribe
DIY Beach texture: Recipe
Curling Iron: 1 1/4″ Hot Tools
Clip-In Extensions: Lacedhair
Detangling Hair Brush: Wet Brush

 

SKINCARE
PMD: Riiviva
Aging Serum: Metamorphisis Jolie MD {post}
Moisture Mask: Glam Glow Thirsty Mud {post}
Daily Cleaning: Clarisonic (and honestly whatever cleanser is closest to me!) {post}
Drugstore Moisturizer: St. Yves Timeless
Self Tanner: Tanwise Mousse {post}
Self Tanner for face: Tomas for a more olive tone {postTanwize Gel for a more bronze tone
Under Eye Cream (for dark color and puffiness) : Teamine {post}

Face~
Primer: Porefessional
HAC Foundation: Maskcara IIID Foundation (of course!) {post}
Full Coverage Photo Foundation: Makeup Forever HD
BB Cream: Stila Illuminating
Long lasting concealer (for covering blemishes): Kat Von D Tattoo concealer
Illuminator: Maskcara Pretty In Pearl
Blush: Maskcara IIID Blush
Bronzer: Too Faced Milk Chocolate

Eyes~
All around best shadow palette: Lorac Pro {post}
for neutrals: Stila In The Light {post}
accessory palettes: Pretty Rebel
False Lashes: Ardell Whispies
Lash glue: Duo
Brow Filler: MAC Eye Shadow in Brun (or for light blondes Charcoal Brown)
Drugstore Brow Filler: Loreal Antique Brown{post}
Eyeliner: Loreal Gel Liner in blackest black

Lips~
all around plumper/moisture/priming lip product: City Lips
Pink Gloss: Buxom Pink Lady
Nude lip Color: Lip Tar in Hush
Vamp dark lip: Nars Train Bleu
Drugstore Nude Lip: NYX Nude
Red Lip: MAC Viva Glam Rhianna
Lip Liner: NYX Taupe

Tools & Brushes~
Eyeshadow starter kit: realTechniques
Foundation brush: IT Cosmetics Dual Foundation Brush
Angled (brow filler) Brush: Ardell
Crease and undereye shadow brush: Sephora Collection
Budget crease and undereye shadow brush: Elf Contour
All over makeup perfecting: Beauty Blender {post}
Tweezers: Tweezerman {post}for damamged, frizzy or dry hair: Wen {post}

Shampoo & conditioner for healthy hair (or non-wen lovers): Biolage Moisturizing 
Moisture: inoa Moisture Masque
DIY Moisture: Coconut Oil
Hair care protective spray: Purology 21 {post}
Dry Shampoo: Loreal Professional Fresh Dust
Drugstore Dry Shampoo: Suave
Shine/health  Serum: Mythic Oil
Drugstore Shine Serum: Oilicious
Hair Repair: Ojon Hair Repair
DIY Hair Repair: Recipe
Beach texture: Oribe
DIY Beach texture: Recipe
Curling Iron: 1 1/4″ Hot Tools
Clip-In Extensions: Lacedhair
Detangling Hair Brush: Wet Brush

110 Comments

  • Reply
    AnnieM
    April 9, 2014 at 10:44 am

    Have you ever tried Egyptian Magic? I have been using it for about 2 months on my eyes and eye area and have noticed a big difference in my lashes! They are longer and fuller. I also use Egyptian magic for a moisturizer on face & hands when I am feeling a bit dry. It is made w. all natural ingredients and seem like it is cult favorite! (http://www.egyptianmagic.com/)

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    AnnieM
    April 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

    And…. i also use it as a gentle eye makeup remover.

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    Shelly
    April 9, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Why do you not have anything listed for Mascara??…I’m super curious to hear what your fav is!

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      jessicanadine85Jessica Talley
      April 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

      agreed! I actually JUST logged on to her list to see what she recommends for mascara!

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        mercedes
        August 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Hi! super random but I always read cara’s blog and love it so much but also saw she didnt have a mascara listed. I joined a cosmetic company that sells a 3d fiber lash mascara that is all natural based! all their products are gluten free! the mascara has recently gotten really popular and makes it look like you have fake eye lashes on without actually having to get all messy with the glue and lashes 🙂 feel free to browse the products here: https://www.youniqueproducts.com/MercedesW/party/378641/view

        i’d really love to hear what you think about these products, cara. i’ve been following your blog for a while now and have never seen you post anything about them!

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          Grace Lyne Brotherton
          February 15, 2015 at 7:20 pm

          I was hoping to see something from Cara as well about the 3D lashes. Has there been anything new posted to the blog about this topic?

          • kphunter
            March 20, 2015 at 12:01 pm

            I tried that younique products 3D mascara and I was supper disappointed. Not only did it not look any better than my Benefit “They’re Real” mascara, but even though I followed the directions, the fibers shed throughout the day leaving little black spots all over my face. After some argument, they finally agreed to accept my return, but 7 months later the refund still hasn’t hit my account. I’m out $18 for the mascara that I don’t own and another $4 for return shipping. Glue on false lashes look a lot better; they get easier to apply with practice. The 3D stuff made my lashes looking the tiniest bit longer, but it was super clumpy looking 🙁

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          Amy
          April 27, 2015 at 2:37 pm

          I was also super disappointed with Younique mascara. I know there a lot of people that sell it and are interested in making a profit, and nobody can fault that, but that said, I feel like the mascara is sub-par. Moreover, the fibers are messy, don’t adhere well, fall off and get in your eyes. I tried it for a bit, and my eyes were constantly blood shot and irritated from the fibers. I agree that you are better off with false lashes, or extensions.

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    katie
    April 9, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    thank you. for a few things really. for being honest. finding great products. being the guinea pig. for finding inexpensive, good alternatives 🙂 i get so discouraged when the beauty world is out of reach in the land of $60 dior .0075 oz creams and $25 spooly brushes. not that they aren’t great products, but its nice to know i can get close with something more in my budget. so, thank you.

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    rekoniva
    April 11, 2014 at 10:27 am

    would you recommend the Too Faced milk chocolate for all skin tones? i am using your dark foundation, i wonder if i should use the darker version of the bronzer you recommend above?

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      Brittany
      April 23, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Actually, if you go and compare the colors of the Chocolate Soleil versus the Milk Chocolate Soleil, there isn’t that much of a difference. My skin is really, really fair, and at the time I was looking for the Milk Chocolate, Sephora was sold out, and after realizing they were only slightly different, I went with the regular Cocolate Soleil (because it was in stock) and it works fine for me, as well as I know people with darker skin it works well for. If your skin is very tan into dark, The Balm’s Hot Mama would be a great option for you!

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    Britney
    April 11, 2014 at 11:02 am

    What is your favorite finishing spray/powder?

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    Erika
    April 14, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    Do you know of a cheaper alternative to the IT Cosmetics Dual Foundation Brush that is similar and will work with your IIID Foundation? I just got the foundation in the mail, but my finger doesn’t apply it well enough. I’m also a broke college student so yeah haha…. Thank you!

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    Boni
    April 20, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I love this “prettilist” to have in case I need something in particular. 🙂 I have been wanting to try that Egyptian Magic cream for a long time. Now I want it even more!!! Thank you for the reminder, Annie! 🙂

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    Jenn Thompson
    April 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    What do you recommend for false eyelashes that are natural looking? I do bridal makeup and my favorite kind were discontinued!

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    Sara Black
    April 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Cara! I just found an amazing color for lips!! It is a drugstore find, too. It is a berry mauve lip color that is rich and complimenting. It is Revlon’s Colorstay Ultimate Suede in Supermodel 045. Even after my lips absorb the moisture, the color remains making your lips seem like they have this natural plump color to them. Seems like something a VS model would keep in their bag!!! Reminds me of how the YSL lipstick color just clings to your lips for the longest time after your lips steal the moisture 🙂 Sigh. Makeup love.

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      Sara Black
      April 23, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      Easiest to find at Target, place of all things woman.

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      Lynn
      April 23, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      Damn Sara, you love makeup as much as Cara… I wanna run out and buy this delicious morsel of a lipstick, just sayin.

    • Reply
      megan
      September 7, 2014 at 4:07 pm

      Thank you so much a for the recommendation. I just got this shade and love it!

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    maggie
    April 23, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Im very curious what mascara you like…the new benefit yes there real is so far the one I like the best. do you have a favorite?

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    Kirstyn
    April 25, 2014 at 4:59 am

    Jenn Thompson, I just bought the Younique 3D Fiber Lashes and am hooked… They are buildable fibers so you can go natural and long, or super thick, depending on number of coats. I’m obsessed, and they may work for your brides! (To be clear, I’m not a rep, I just ordered them off the website when I was given the recc.)

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    Abi
    April 25, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    Could you look into drugstore acne treatments? My budget is tiny, and I could really use some help. 🙂

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      Lane
      May 17, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      Abi, I have been using the Thomas Roth (orange colored) cleanser for a couple years now and it is the only cleanser i’ve ever stuck with this long. it is pricey but i buy it on ebay and the size is really large so it lasts a long time, making it a better find than going through drugstore brands. i used to get facials regularly and thanks to this cleanser (i also like their peel pads) i haven’t needed a facial in like 2 years! also, i used to have good luck with PanOxyl (from the drugstore). I liked the bar version.

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        Abi
        May 17, 2014 at 10:47 pm

        Thanks, Lane! I’ll definitely check that out. 🙂

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      Caty
      June 20, 2014 at 4:05 am

      Try a product with Benzoyl Peroxide as the Active ingredient. The best thing for my cystic acne was a prescription cream called BenzaClin (benzoyl peroxide and clindamycin), but while I have been looking for a new doctor my prescription ran out. It turns out the benzoyl peroxide is what’s working. I used to use Clear and Clears version but saw other brands have come out with creams too and tried out Clearasil’s version and It works SO MUCH BETTER! My face cleared so fast!
      I also wash my face with Neutrogena grapefruit wash (it smells good), then wipe my face down with hydrogen peroxide (antiseptic). I saw it on a YouTube video/blog one time and it helps kille the bacteria that causes acne in the first place. Also tea tree oil helps out on breakouts if you’ve picked at them (best but hard to find is a neosporinlike gel with tea tree oil in it called MelaGel. It’s made by a company called Melaleuca which you have to order from someone who sells it like Avon, but I’ve seen it on Amazon before. That stuff is AMAZING for any open wound or burn because it heals so quickly. So if I get impatient and pop a pimple at least I don’t have to live with the repercussions for long.
      Hope this helps you!

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    Hilary
    April 26, 2014 at 4:11 am

    Have you tried the Rodan and Fields micro e? I love it. I use that without any of the other cleansers/lotions etc. The cost upfront is kind of hefty but it’s all I use and gives me the same results as going and getting a facial so it has more than paid for itself. (not a consultant).

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    Cynthia
    April 28, 2014 at 10:33 am

    Hey! Can you suggest a cheaper tanner I can get? Don’t really have the cash for tanwise right now. Thank you 🙂 and I love this site!

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      Hayley
      May 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

      Hey Cynthia, if you like the tanwise mousse you might also like St Moriz tanning mousse which is a cheap alternative to St Tropez. I find this on Amazon for around $6. I switch from tanwise to St Moriz depending on my mood. I hope this helps!

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    Miranda Beard
    April 29, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    You should make a list of the best drugstore makeup in the market. I’m a college student and want to look my best on a budget!

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    Amy
    April 29, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Would you recommend the too faced milk chocolate bronzer for contouring? I know you have your foundation, but still out of stock 🙁

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    jessicanadine85Jessica Talley
    April 30, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Hi Amy,
    In one of her recent videos, she does use the Too Faced Milk Chocolate to contour. So I’d say probably a yes 🙂 That one is on my list to buy once my current bronzer runs out (which is SOOO close!).

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    Sonja
    May 1, 2014 at 6:56 am

    I wonder how the Too Faced Bronzer compares to Makeup Forever’s? They’re both at the same price point.

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    Amy
    May 1, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Thanks so much!!

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    Emily Smith
    May 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    I had just decided to go through and make a list of all the things I needed to get that you recommend, when I found this list of everything already compiled!! Thank you for making this concise and super awesome list! A few questions:

    -What’s your favorite product to use or maybe just way to wash your make-up brushes?
    -Do you have a preferred shampoo/conditioner for color-treated hair?
    -At SNAP you talked about a “hair spray for your face” … what was that again?

    Thanks!!

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    Holly
    May 6, 2014 at 4:28 am

    HI! Loving your blog. Just an FYI, I clicked on your link for the best drugstore moisturizer and it took me to the wet hair brush on amazon. Not that it’s a big deal, just thought you should know. I love this list and am pinning it! Thanks so much for putting this all in one place!

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    Holly
    May 6, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Aveda used to have a conditioner they sold that you could customize with hair tint in it. I really liked that they could add violet to it to help keep the orange out of my red color treated hair. They no longer do this and have been hoping for something that would work just as well. Any ideas on that? Thanks!

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    taradoyle82
    May 6, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Hi,
    Do these work on all skin tones? I’m fair toned with auburn hair. I guess you could call my skin tone aspirin 🙂
    As a reference, I used Bobbi Brown skin foundation in Alabaster.
    Thanks!
    Tara

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    Meg
    May 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    You’re amazing and I love following you! Do you have any recommendations under skincare for oily/acne prone skin? Also with that skin type in mind, do you have any recommendations for face self-tanners?

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    vickie coker
    May 9, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Do you ever try natural products from places like Whole Foods? I just started using a brand called Suki – fantastic sugar scrub, moisturizing cleansers, etc. I prefer to use natural products but the cost is too high to try different brands – wondered if you had any info.

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    Emily
    May 14, 2014 at 11:18 am

    i would love if you could add more items for highlighting/contouring that ISN’T foundation

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    Crystal
    May 18, 2014 at 5:16 am

    Hey Cara! Wondering if you’ve ever used Cerave products? I asked my dermatologist what she recommended I used (while nursing) to help w aging but not wrinkle cream and no Botox. And as soon as I quit nursing, I got pregnant! Also.. Any pregnant skin care tips since us preggos can’t use a lot of things. I’ve heard Vaseline is an alternative. I appreciate it!

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    Melissa
    May 19, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hi Cara!! I noticed you didn’t have an eye shadow primer listed – I just started using one and absolutely love it and would recommend it! I use Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original. It’s fantastic and keeps your eyeshadow on all day long – no need to reapply throughout the day. 🙂 http://www.urbandecay.com/top-rated-makeup/eyeshadow-primer-potion/296.html

    Ps – Also have trouble with brassiness! I’m like you going back and forth from blonde to brown to blonde to brown and have the same natural color.. Im darker than my natural now and am on the brown cycle, but still have SO much brassiness.. Tried the apple cider trick and it won’t kick it, even true violet shampoos… dyed my hands but won’t work the best on my hair.. any thoughts?

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      Jody Beth
      June 18, 2014 at 11:57 am

      I just recently got a REALLY good toning shampoo from Sally’s beauty supply! The brand is Ion and it’s the Cool Blonde Shampoo. The gals who worked there all thought it was the best, and it’s only $5-$6. It works wonders!

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        Cara
        June 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

        Awesome! I’m have to try it, I love ion products!!! Thanks

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          Camie
          December 1, 2014 at 10:05 pm

          I have the same issue. I think I will try that too.

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    Kayla
    June 6, 2014 at 11:11 am

    Hello 🙂 I have recently been having trouble finding a light weight foundation. I love the look of Kat Von D Tattoo – I normally only wear this when I’m going to dinner, a night out, ect… but for the summer I would like something more light weight and natural looking for everyday wear. I have gone to a few counters and read your blog and I have yet to find something I love. I tried to do the Makeup Forever HD that you suggest but after several attempts I could not find a color to match my skin tone. They are mostly cool tones and I am very warm/olive toned. A girl at Sephora suggested I try Becca full coverage foundation. Have you tried/heard things about this product?

    also, do you suggest anything else? for long wear in warm weather, light weight but flawless looking? I may be asking for too much but since you are so great with everything else I thought you would be the perfect one to ask.

    Thank you!!

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      Jody Beth
      June 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

      I just got the MAC Pro Longwear foundation and LOVE it! I’m half Filipino, so I have an Olive/Brown skintone as well. I feel like it’s pretty lightweight and lasts all day. This is my first time using MAC foundation, so I’m really impressed!

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      Amy
      April 29, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      For a lightweight foundation try Dior Nude Serum (be sure to set with powder), or if you want a really, really cool alternative try Color FX drops–they are drops that you can add to any liquid: lotion, sunscreen, primer, whatever. If you just add one drop you will have a lighter foundation–you can add coverage as you increase drops.

      There are also products like Laura Mercier’s tinted moisturizer for lightweight and light coverage.

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    Kim
    June 9, 2014 at 12:09 am

    I LOVE your blog and I love products just as much as you! Have you tried Serious Serum? My Esthetician recommended it to me because I had such a problem with ingrown hairs on my bikini area from waxing or shaving. It cleared it up like woah! Then I started using it on my face and it has made an incredible difference! I put it on at night on clean skin and then I actually layer the Glam Glow Thirsty Mud ( I also love this product) on top and then I sleep. It has completely changed the texture of my skin. Got rid of all my dumb blemishes and has smoothed my crows feet. It’s amazing. You can get from http://www.seriousserum.com. You will love!

    Oh! I am also obsessed with the Marc Jacobs bronzer. It’s so expensive that I wish I didn’t love it, but I got it at Sephora and it has lasted me for months and months. It’s the most natural bronzer I have ever used.
    Thank you!
    xxoo

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    Val
    June 11, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    When is your Medium IIID Foundation going to be available again?! I am desperate for good foundation. I tried MAC’s foundation and concealer and I just don’t feel like it blends well with my skin. The shade just doesn’t blend well.

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      Cara
      June 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Just a couple months! It took forever because of the changes I made to the formula and packaging!

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    Val
    June 11, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Also, can you provide a list of your favorite Oil-Free face cosmetics?

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      Cara
      June 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

      Yes! Ill work on it ::

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    Val
    June 11, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Yay! Also, is your foundation oil-free? I have acne-prone skin and my dermo wants everything on my face to be oil-free. So it’s been quite a challenge on finding products for my face that work well!

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    Shanna Holt
    June 11, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    I am totally looking for a great foundation for oily skin! I have a problem with a lot of foundations in that I’m in my early 40’s, have an oily T-zone, and have neutral toned fair skin.
    Also, I have discovered some new lipgloss by Milani (cheap drugstore brand) that is called “Brilliant Shine” lip gloss. I am really liking the shade “Luminous”. I have purchased all kinds of expensive lipgloss at Sephora & department stores, and end up returning all of it because the colors are not flattering &/or they don’t stay on for more than 20-30 min. This Milani stays looking nice (not perfect, but nice) for several hours, and it’s only $5.99.

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    Glorya
    June 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I love NARS foundation for full coverage…I can use it as a lighter one and texture it to cover all my small spots. It is also feels great on my skin, not too heavy. I tried Naked but it was too light for my needs.

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      Jody Beth
      June 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I need to try the NARS foundation! I’ve heard lots of good things about it!

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    Patti
    June 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I love revlon’s double extend mascara and would like your opinion. One side is a white primer and the other side is a lash extending mascara. It stays on all say and washes off with water leaving no residue.

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    Gina
    June 15, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Hi! I was wondering if you knew of any good mascaras that make eye lashes look longer and thicker? I barely have any! Also, I like the dior mascara but I need something more affordable since i wear it everyday. I’ve tried the benefit mascara but its ok. Thank you! 🙂

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    Jody Beth
    June 18, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Pretty much obsessed with this entire list. Thank you for taking the time and doing that! Quick question for you–Do you have any fave drugstore concealers? I’ve tried a couple, but none of them really stay on very long. I’ll use it under my eyes, and an hour later it looks like nothing is there. Any recommendations? I may just have to spend the extra money and get the Kat Von D concealer!

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    Caty
    June 20, 2014 at 4:13 am

    For a mascara try Maybelline’s Lash Discovery. I have sad lashes and this mascara makes a difference. It has a small brush so it’s good for bottom lashes too. I layer it on then use whatever other mascara for separating/lengthening for a second coat. None of the expensive brands have come close to the volume I get from this. A solid but expensive stand alone mascara is YSL Babydoll it will be perfect if your lashes have any oomph of their own but even my thin sparse lashes look good with just this. (I do like adding another brand on top for more drama though lol)

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    Jessica
    June 25, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Cara and other possible commenters! 🙂

    I know a lot of people probably ask this, to the point that you most likely will have an automatic answer ready, but I’m extremely pale/fair. I’m talking, I’ve tried EVERYTHING. Every foundation and or concealer I’ve ever tried is too dark for me. Most of them look good/okay in the store lighting, but the second I go near any natural light or a professional makeup artist’s light, I’M ORANGE.

    Current list of all the brands I’ve tried:
    Every drugstore brand imaginable (Elf, revlon, neutogena, maybeline, NYX, etc.)
    All the high end (D&G, Chanel, YSL, Estee Lauder, Clinique, etc.)
    MAC
    Nars
    Makeup For Ever
    Naked/Urban Decay
    Kat Von D
    Bare Minerals
    Benefit
    Bobbi Brown
    Cover FX
    Dermablend
    Josie Maran
    Smashbox
    Japonesque
    Tarte
    Laura Geller
    Laura Mercier
    IT Cosmetics
    (tried in all kinds of mediums: cremes, liquid, powders, sticks, etc.)
    Mixers: mac face & body in white, makeup for ever liquid pigment

    I could put the whole list up, but I’m pretty sure you get the gist. Add on the facts: combo skin, oily t-zone, redness in t-zone, purple/blue under-eye circles (from being pale), plus acne. The one thing I did find is that Makeup For Ever makes a white pigment you can add to things, which is nice, but it takes away the amount of coverage of the product you add it to (it’s the best mixer I’ve found so far). I’m really interested in trying your HAC pack Cara as well to see if your fair one is light enough for me.

    I’m looking for a medium coverage foundation and a high coverage concealer(s) for under-eye and acne spots, things that I can add a white pigment to to make them lighter OR that are lighter than any of the possible products listed above. Also if anyone has any other mixers that they’ve heard of for us pale people, I’d love to hear about it. Anything that anyone has to share for fair-skinned makeup would be amazing.

    Sorry it’s so long. Thanks everyone! 🙂

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      Deanna
      September 4, 2014 at 8:14 pm

      Have you tried anything from physicians formula? I’m pretty fair and I still have to use their darker powders. Their line definitely caters to fair skin tones!

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    Abi
    June 25, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    I run into the exact same problem as you; everything is just too orange! The only thing that has worked moderately well for me is the new Covergirl 110 concealer and powder foundation. I haven’t tried the liquid foundation yet though. Other suggestions would be helpful though!! 🙂 Thanks guys!

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    Mel
    July 1, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Cara, are you still loving Wen?

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    Jen
    July 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Help! My skin is a hot mess. I’ve got it ALL: Slight acne scars, red splochiness around my cheeks and nose, freckles, uneven skin tone and to top it off some lovely hereditary dark circles. I’m slightly tan because of summer so I just use the Kat Von D tattoo concealer to cover my blemishes on my chin area,and a bit of the Too faced Milk chocolate bronzer. I skip all foundation since my past experiences with any kind had me looking like a scary ghost.

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      Meg
      July 11, 2014 at 9:35 am

      I just started using Rodan + Fields skin care about 2 months ago, and have seen DRASTIC improvements with my overall complexion. They have lines for all types of skin. Worth a try I think. I don’t even need to wear make-up anymore, since I have nothing but even, bright skin. Never thought I would be able to say that 🙂

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    Val
    July 11, 2014 at 9:39 am

    That is amazing! Did you have acne-prone skin? I’m 32 and have adult acne, a lot of bumps that appear are cystic and HURT. What was your complexion like prior to using these products?

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    Jessica
    July 15, 2014 at 5:57 am

    Do you have a good recommendation for an eyelash curler that won’t pull your eyelashes out? I hate this and besides mine is 10 years old and literally falling apart.

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    July 20, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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    Keisha
    August 26, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Okay, I hope you check these comments often. I am almost out of my cheap drugstore dry shampoo and have been searching for a good one. I was about to by the Lush No Drought dry shampoo because people have been RAVING about it, until I read this and you recommended the L’Oreal. Have you tried Lush No Drought? If so what were your thoughts? Thanks!!

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    megan
    September 7, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    Hi Cara. I see you use a hot tools curling iron in your hair videos. It obviously works well for you bc your hair is beautiful. I was wondering if you have ever tried the Nume curling wands? I have very fine hair that has never held a curl – no matter what I did. I recently got a Nume magic wand and cant express how much I love it. It is super easy to use and the curl lasts for days. Seriously. Days. I am in no way affiliated with the company – just thought I would let you all know about it in the hopes that someone else may fall in love too!

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    Abbie Mitchell
    September 10, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    What do you recommend for pregnancy mask? I’ve had a hard time finding something to cover it up.

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    Holly
    September 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

    What do you spray on your face in your videos to “set” your makeup?

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    Julie
    October 10, 2014 at 1:15 am

    Lorac Take a Brow…….amazing. The wax makes all the difference.

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    Heidi
    October 11, 2014 at 7:28 am

    What would you recommend for a night cream? I read that something with an retinoid is best. What are your thoughts. I’m looking for something that will fight fine lines.

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    olivia
    November 6, 2014 at 7:47 am

    I have deep blue eyes and very pale skin, and I was wondering if you had any makeup ideas or recommended products! Thanks

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    iamsugs
    November 12, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Hi! I’m in need of a good setting powder/blot powder/something to finish with to fix my oily skin look that appeard within an hour of applying my makeup. Used to used MACs blot powder but what do you recommend? Thank you so much Cara!

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      meganbrame
      April 7, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      I am also looking for a good setting spray. I am oily, so I obviously want to keep that at bay, but also would like the healthy dewy look. I hope Cara responds! 🙂

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    Camie
    December 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Cara I am wondering if Oilicious is being discontinued? I looked everywhere for it but can only find it online.

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    Danielle
    February 21, 2015 at 11:41 am

    The links to the Maskcara HAC foundation are not valid so I’m thinking you might not be selling it right now? (Sorry, relatively new reader but now LOVE your blog). Anyway, if those are not available can you recommend another? Dying to try the technique but convinced Im using the wrong products.

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    Danielle
    February 21, 2015 at 11:42 am

    And scratch that— now I know where ego go to find it. DOH! SORRY 🙂

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    Anonymous
    February 25, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Hi Cara, I was surprised that you didn’t list Living Proof Hair products. I have always had great hair, but someone gave me a sample of L/P & I am hooked! I never let my hair go more than 2 days without shampooing, but now I can go 4-5 days & it stays fresh & gorgeous. I have a natural wave in back of my hair that I always had to struggle with to get the straight look, bbut now I spray with their Straight spray & my entire head is straight & wonderful. I encourage all to try it, straight & curly.

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    CieraB
    March 3, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    A couple things I’m looking for:
    an amazing eyelash curler- my eyelashes just stick straight out
    &
    a serum that can help with reducing brown spots or acne scars
    Thanks! Love your blog, love it love it love it!

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      Kathryn
      March 9, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      My favorite eyelash curler is always the tweezerman!

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        CieraB
        March 9, 2015 at 6:10 pm

        thanks Kathryn!

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      kphunter
      March 20, 2015 at 12:12 pm

      I’ve been using pure rosehip oil. While I don’t have ‘brown spots’ I have loads of freckles, and I only have a few acne scars, but I can tell a big difference in the short period of time I’ve been using it. My skin looks brighter and healthier, my coloration is all around better and the few scars that I have seem faded. I no longer have to cover them with concealer, just light foundation does the job. My friend that turned me onto this has adult acne, and scars, and this made a noticeable difference in her skin after just a week. It works better than any serum she has tried, prescription or otherwise.

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    Kathryn
    March 8, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Cara! I love the Loreal Gel Liner, especially for the top water line, but I have a big problem with it migrating to the lower water line and beneath my eyes, so I end up looking like I haven’t slept in days. Any suggestions? Could this also be a problem with mascara? Is there a certain brand of mascara or some sort of primer or trick that I could use to combat this issue? By the way, I LOVE your blog and your IIID foundation, I loved the first version and the second generation is even better!

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    kphunter
    March 20, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    For people needing more affordable options, I know I have seen other posts on Cara’s blog here listing such items, but here are a few additions, or ideas if you don’t feel like searching:

    Primer/ pore minimizer: Maybelline Baby Skin $5 is almost as good as POREfessional, and I actually prefer it in the winter when my skin is super dry.

    Concealer: Hard Candy Glamoflauge. It’s a little heavier than I prefer, but inexpensive, like $6 at walmart. It may not look as dewy as Kat Von D or It Cosmetics, but it conceals well. Best drugstore brand I tried. Their tinted moisturizer is good as well; nice light-medium coverage; for me the perfect companion the heavy concealer.

    Brow powder: NYC Browser Kit $3 in whatever color looks right for you. I have a hard time finding something to match my brows, this is the only thing meant for brows that I have ever found.
    **The only Loreal Antique Brown I could find in stores was sparkly, not matte, otherwise it would have worked, I think. 🙁 Changed formula maybe?**

    Eyeshadow: Wet n’ Wild $2-6, looks good and has considerable staying power when combined with ELF shadow primer $3 (ELF also has a primer and sealer duo $3, the primer is not as good as the solo primer, but the sealer does an AMAZING job at keeping any eyeliner in place).

    Lips: Nude: Maybelline Color Sensational in Bare All.
    Soft pink gloss: ELF Hypershine gloss in Fairy $1
    General go to color: ELF Matte Lip Color in Tea Rose $3

    Homemade face care products work the best in my experience.

    Brushes: (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HSE4WJG/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) I love theses even more than my IT cosmetics dual brush, or my Real Techniques brush, and they are on $10 on amazon (been using mine over a year, still feel soft and new).

    In my opinion, if you are going to splurge, do it on a good setting powder (I like the Balm Sexy Mama anti-shine for a sheer finish that won’t cover up my HAC, or PUR minerals 4-1 pressed powder for something with color and coverage. Both can be found at Kohls.com, but sometimes cheaper elsewhere).
    Maskcara’s Pearl Illuminator is the one thing that I would say in non-optional! I can’t say enough good things about it. It really makes the difference no matter the other products. And at $9 it’s not that much of a splurge and works better than any other illuminator!
    Hope this helps!

    P.S. Most of this is much cheaper in the stores than on Amazon!

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    Laureen Pike
    March 21, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    Hi Cara! I’ve been reading your blog (which I absolutely LOVE by the way) and haven’t seen you mention much about mascara. I know you love false eyelashes, but what’s your recommendation on a mascara alternative? Have you heard about Younique’s 3D Fiber Mascara? I loved it so much that I decided to become an Independent Presenter and have fallen in love with all their products! I love that they’re naturally based and most are even Gluten Free! I would love your feedback!!

    http://www.youniqueproducts.com/LaureenPike

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    Lindsey
    March 29, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Hey Cara! So I’ve been looking at getting the Riiviva. I have some acne scaring & was just won diner if you still love yours & how often you use it. Thanks so much!

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    Alyssa Ennis
    April 1, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Hands down, the best lash glue I have tried is by Thrive Causmetics (http://thrivecausemetics.com/). I also LOVE their lashes, and the best part is that for each pair of lashes you purchase, they donate a pair of lashes to a woman going through cancer treatment. Amazing company, amazing product – seriously, you will love their adhesive! Give it a try.

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    Emily
    April 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

    Hey Cara! I would love it if you did a post on products/ looks for redheads. it can be really tough finding products that work for me. I really look forward to you doing something like this! And you’re so awesome!

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    Alex
    May 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    Hi Cara and Maskcara community!

    Love everything Cara does and everything about this blog!! So I have just come off of a spout of a year or so of rashes around my eyes and realize it’s related to my gluten allergy. I am about to dive into the realm of gluten free makeup (finally since I haven’t been able to wear any because of these darn allergy rashes!). Was wondering if anyone has any experience or recommendations on products that are hypoallergenic and gluten-free.

    Would love any bits of info to help guide my journey!

    Thanks 🙂

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    Sheila
    May 4, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    If you have tried it, Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Sea Salt spray is amazing. With some others, if I went a little crazy, it was too late and I’d have to wash it out. With this one it’s not a problem, great waves, and it smells good too. I’ve tried expensive and less expensive but this is a deal at under $6.00. Love, love it.

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    Julia
    May 14, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    Love this! I would love if you researched a foundation for dry skin.. Maybe one with light but build able coverage? I have the hardest time with finding a foundation because my skin is so sensitive! So far bare minerals works best for me, but is a powder so it does make my skin look dry 🙁

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    Vanessa
    May 24, 2015 at 8:00 am

    Love your blog!
    I was working if you could create a list of makeup for older skin? I am in my 40s and have found makeup I used to love now settles into wrinkles/creases/pores. HELP! 🙂

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    Kaitlin Jinks
    June 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Hi! I’ve seen your blog about blonde hair and purple toner. Just tried it and love it! Your in Vegas? We should meet up at Sephora!

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    Vanessa ray
    June 19, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    How about under eye concealer? I love your foundation but it doesn’t cover my dark under eye circles very well. Have any good ideas for that?! Thanks!!

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    Paige Jones
    July 31, 2015 at 8:44 am

    This is such a wonderful idea! Love this page! xx

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    Lisa
    October 14, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Many of these links above don’t seem to work (even the link to Maskcara IIID Blush). Any chance we could get an updated list?

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