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I’ve mentioned my oily skin so many times on my blog that I thought it was about time I share my favorite products for controlling my skin. It’s definitely been a long road of trial and error, and I’m sure that road will never end, but I finally have some staple products that I can rely on every day to make my skin look matte from morning to night.

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I think I’ve beat these two products to death on my blog as well but they truly are amazing primers! Before the Porefessional primer I never felt like primers helped to control my skin or minimize the appearance of pores. I can happily say that the Porefessional does both! The matte rescue is a product that I like to think of as a little security blanket; it ensures your skin will stay matte all day but it’s not necessary.The full size Porefessional retails for $31 and the full size Matte Rescue retails for $28.

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The Fit Me foundation for normal to oily has truly been life changing for me. I’ve gone through countless bottles at this point and still continue to love it. It provides a medium amount of coverage that lasts all day and ¬†goes on flawlessly. It really does help to control oil and shine as well. At around $5 a bottle, you really can’t go wrong this amazing foundation.

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Two powders that I love are the Coty Airspun loose powder (left) and the Rimmel Stay Matte powder. Both retail for around $6 so they’re completely affordable drugstore options. I think the Coty powder does a slightly better job at keeping me matte, but only because it’s loose so I can really get a lot or product on my brush. The Coty powder is also nice to bake with if you’re in to that sort of thing.

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Oily skin can often mean oily eyelids, so I finding a good mascara is extremely important! Neither the Covergirl Super Sizer or the Maybelline Lash Sensational will run, transfer, or flake off through out the day. Both provide great volume and length will giving a false lash effect that I absolutely love.

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I always finish my makeup off with the NYX Matte finishing spray. It’s just that extra little step to really lock in your makeup and make it look perfect! It retails for around $9 and can be found at CVS and Ulta.

Let me know what some of your favorite products are for controlling oil, as I’m always on the lookout for new makeup to add to my routine!

Thanks for reading,

XoXo,

Audrey

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I have to admit, I’m one of those people that hates getting rid of makeup unless it’s completely empty. I think part of me likes the thought of a large makeup collection, even if that means part of my collection consists of old, dried up products. I hate seeing my hard earned money go in the trash, however I can’t keep products forever. I finally decided to go through and get rid of any makeup I didn’t like or that was past it’s prime.

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  • Urban Decay Naked Skin foundation in the shade 0.5
  • Rimmel BB Cream in light/medium (This was really bad. It was oily and patchy and didn’t make my skin look nice at all.)
  • Collection Illuminating Touch foundation in porcelain. I bought this in England and really loved it, however the foundation darkened before I could use it all

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So. Many. Mascaras. And I still have four in my collection that I love and use regularly. All of these have dried up which breaks my heart considering four of them are high-end. I really didn’t like the waterproof formula of the Maybelline Falsies mascara as it was so hard to get off. However I love the regular, non waterproof formula a lot.

  • Clinique high impact mascara
  • Urban Decay Perversion mascara
  • Makeup Forever mascara
  • Maybelline The Falsies Volume Express waterproof mascara

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These two Clinique eyeshadow pallets were two of the first makeup bits I owned. I started wearing makeup when I was 14 or 15 and now I’m 21. It’s embarrassing how long I’ve kept these, but they have a bit of sentimental value for me. However I never reach for these and it’s time for them to go.

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The Starlooks eyeliner was really nice, it’s just dried up at this point. I really don’t like the elf lipstick in the shade Party in the Buff. All their other moisturizing lipsticks are lovely, but this shade was patchy and weird on my lips. The collection concealer is old and almost gone, but I wish I didn’t have to get rid of this one. You can’t buy Collection cosmetics in the U.S. and I really loved this concealer. I can’t remember when I bought the Rimmel eyebrow pencil and that alone is why I’m getting rid of it. It’s old and not even the right shade.

If you’d like a full review of any of these products let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

XoXo,

Audrey

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If for some reason I were only allowed three makeup products for the rest of my life, one of them would definitely be mascara. I think mascara has the ability to complete any makeup look and make anyone’s eyes really stand out. I wanted to share my top five mascaras, some of which I have used for a while, and some of which are new to my collection, but that I’ve quickly fallen in love with.

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Maybelline’s The Rocket mascara is one of the first I remember using, and since then I have gone back it many times. It creates a very defined look while also lengthening the lashes. It doesn’t run or transfer to my lids or underneath my eyes, which I consider a win because I have quite oily eyelids.This mascara also comes in a waterproof version if that is what you prefer. It’s around the $6 mark and can be found at most drugstores.

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Urban Decay’s Perversion mascara creates some of the thickest lashes I have ever seen. It glides on really well, although I have found that it can get a bit clumpy. It’s a buildable formula that doesn’t become brittle, which allows for the application of more coats throughout the day. The brush consists of authentic bristles that aren’t plastic like you would find in most drugstore mascaras. Perversion sells for $22.

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Another Maybelline mascara I love is the Falsies mascara. It’s a spoon shaped brush that is incredibly flexible, which is nice for getting into the corners of your eye. The formula provides volume and length and is also really easy to remove at the end of the day. After two coats it can start to look a little clumpy, but I don’t think any more than two coats of this mascara is even necessary. There is a waterproof version but it is extremely difficult to remove, to the point where it’s still on my lashes the next morning. I suppose if you’re going to a wedding or watching a sad film it’d be a good one to wear… The average price is $7.

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The one thing I love about this Make Up For Ever mascara is the brush. It’s cone shaped, which makes coating every single eyelash incredibly easy. The formula itself is waxed based and does a great job at curling and defining the lashes. You get more of a natural look with this mascara, so it’s great for daytime wear. There’s no smudging or flaking, however it is a little difficult to remove at the end of the day. Make sure to pick up a good makeup remover! This mascara sells for $24 and can be bought at Sephora.

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I realize that all three drugstore mascaras have been from Maybelline, but I guess that just goes to show that they make some great products! The Lash Sensational mascara is the latest one to enter my collection, but it’s my favorite! It has a patented fan shaped brush with ten layers of bristles, providing an extremely voluminous look. The formula is very thick; two coats and you are good for the entire day! It’s easy to remove and doesn’t smudge. I took a nap wearing this mascara and when I woke up I didn’t have any sign of racoon eyes. The sign of a good product! I’ve seen this mascara range from $7=$9 depending on where you purchase it from.

I hope you enjoyed reading about my top five mascaras. Let me know what your favorites are in the comments!

-Audrey