Sunday, 27 July 2014

The One and Only Tag

There has been an interesting tag floating around called "The One and Only Tag". Since I tend to cheat with tags a lot and answer questions with more than one product, I thought this would be a fun challenge.
The concept of the tag is that there is only one question in relation to several categories:



"If you could only have one ______, what would it be and why?"  

Let me tell you, it was painful to do this tag but I managed to narrow it down to my favourites.

PRIMER
This one is no surprise to those who read my blog. The Arbonne Makeup Primer* was my first ever primer and is easily still my favorite. There's nothing like a good primer that helps create a smooth canvas for your foundation. The price is the only thing stopping me from purchasing endless backups. 

BASE PRODUCT
My favourite foundation seems to change fairly often but at the moment, I am loving the Maxfactor Facefinity Foundation* for the medium coverage it offers and the fact that it does not wear off within the 6 hours I usually have makeup on. Another major reason is because it does not break me out *happy dance*

POWDER
Because of my blemished skin, I prefer to use a pressed powder on top of my foundation to achieve flawless coverage. The Australis Pressed Powder is a great affordable powder that could be equivalent to its luxury counterparts. It is super fine, soft and provides coverage for those who need it.

CONCEALER
Over the years, I have simply been using one concealer. The Maybelline Fit Me Concealer is always what I use, only due to the reason that it never seems to run out. Plus, I received another one as a gift so it looks like I will be using this concealer for a very long time! But I do think it is a nice concealer that is easily blended out, although its lasting power could be improved.

BLUSH
Despite owning way more blush than I need, I always gravitate towards the BYS Blush in Candyfloss if I want a blush that is easy to slap on and is fuss free. It seems that they have changed the colour to a more coral shade and still kept the name Candyfloss, but the one I own from a few years back is a light pink that looks super natural on fair complexions (swatches at the end of this post). 

HIGHLIGHTER
I hardly use highlighter but there was an occasion where I popped on the Essence Cream Blush in Ice Bomb and quite liked the results. Even though it is a blush, I prefer to use it more as a highlighter because the colour does not really show up on my skin but it does give a nice peachy sheen. 

EYEBROW PRODUCT
I can already feel the judgement, but I actually do not do anything to my eyebrows. No filling in, no shaping, no nothing. On good days, I simply give them a brush through with my Ecotools Eyebrow Brush and that is my eyebrows done. I personally just do not like how I look with filled in brows.


BRONZER
If highlighter was a rarity, bronzer is reserved for those high heels and tiara-worthy events. I have given up the fight in trying to contour my non-existent cheekbones and I have already embraced my pale complexion so bronzer is really not a necessity for me. I believe the last time I touched a bronzer was for my high school formal in an attempt to look slimmer in photos (don't think it made a difference to be honest). 

MAKEUP BRUSH
I mentioned this in a recent post all about my favourite face brushes but the Real Techniques Buffing Brush is my most treasured product for buffing in foundation and I cannot live without it.

MASCARA
Doing this tag has made me realize how weird of a person I am when it comes to makeup, but mascara is yet another step that I consider superfluous in my routine. Having monolids that weigh down on my short, sparse lashes means that any mascara will struggle in holding them up. But, the Maybelline Falsies is definitely one of the better mascaras I have tried that actually hold a curl and make my lashes slightly more visible. 

EYESHADOW
I tend to opt for single eyeshadows simply due to convenience and the one I reach for the most is the Essence Single Eyeshadow in Cappuccino, Please! I just adore satin, champagne shades like this that are super easy to just sweep all over the lid for a brightening effect. 

EYELINER
The Essence Gel Liner will always have a special place in my heart and I still have not gotten over the fact that it is discontinued. Its lasting power and ability to withstand smudging has proved its superiority over all eyeliners that I have tried. Only downside is that it is a bugger to remove but so worth it.

LIPGLOSS
Another product that I have raved about in the past is the Napoleon Perdis Luminous Lip Veil* in Pretty in Peach. If you hear me talking about something that smells like lychees, it is this. It is more creamy rather than glossy and is not annoyingly tacky, hurray! 

LIPSTICK
Phew, we have finally reached the last category. This one was the hardest because I have the ultimate soft spot for lipsticks. For the sake of the tag's strict rules to only choose one, I chose the Essence lipstick in All About Cupcake but do bear in mind that there are probably three other lipsticks that are on par with it. Basically any creamy lipstick that is a neutral, light to medium pink is guaranteed to be a favourite of mine.

swatch essence cappucino please bys candyfloss essence ice bomb all about cupcake
Essence eyeshadow in Cappuccino Please || BYS blush in Candyfloss || Essence Cream Blush in Ice Bomb || Essence lipstick in All About Cupcake 

I tag:
Tasha // shiwashiful
Candice // YouReview
Sarah // Bows & Pleats
Angela // The Sunday Chapter
Jacquelyn // Hey There Jacquelyn

And anyone else who wants to do this tag! If you've done it, feel free to leave links to your post below. 


*Provided for consideration. All opinions are 100% honest as always. 

35 comments:

  1. Great tag Sheri! I feel like this would be difficult, not only because I have more than one fave, but for some categories I don't have one really outstanding one, you know? Haha, I will definitely give it a go though! Totally agree about the Fit me concealer and argh, I wish I got my hands on the black Essence gel liner while I had the chance!

    Thanks for tagging me! I don't want to be a peeve, but you've actually left out the second i in my url so it doesn't work. (Ack, I sound so annoying!)

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. Same here, which is why I don't have anything for bronzer haha.
      Oops so sorry I'll fix it now! Thanks for letting me know :)

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  2. Perfect choices! I too don't do anything with my brows because I think I look silly, I just run some clear mascara through it to keep them in place. Thanks for tagging me, I am going to have so much trouble trying to pick only one product for each category! x

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    1. It was indeed a struggle haha! Clear mascara is still something though, maybe I should try that.

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  3. It's really hard to just choose one product out of each category isn't it! I often 'cheat' as well when asked to narrow down a particular favourite out of a category, and end up listing about five ha. I'm going to have try some Essence products, I'm hearing so much but haven't yet delved into the range. Totally agree on the RT buffing brush, I couldn't live without that and the Expert brush (see told you I can't just choose one thing lol)

    Angie || themaquillage.com.au

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    1. Haha! I was so tempted to cheat by listing like 5 top lip products but urgh.

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  4. Candyfloss looks great! I think it'd be too hard for me to do this tag x

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    1. Haha, shows how much of beauty addicts we are! x

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  5. Oooo...great picks! I'd totally love to try that foundation and powder, that mascara is also a fave of mine!

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    1. The Falsies seems like a cult classic! Too bad you don't have Australis there :(

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  6. Love my Real Technique Brushes they are truly the best! I also use to use Essence Cappuccino Please a lot, I better bring that out again!

    Lisa | Multitasking Damsel

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    1. It's such a great everyday shade, I used it today again as well!

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  7. Lots of affordable products! What a cute tag, may have to do this!
    x Sue // www.suelovexx.com

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    1. I'm mainly a drugstore girl! You should, would love to read it. :) x

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  8. I also don't do anything with my eyebrows except brush through them! The Real Techniques Buffing Brush is my can't-live-without-it brush too :)

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    1. Haha high five! It's an amazing brush, love how it's affordable too. x

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  9. What a fun tag!! I'm going to check that primer out now ;-) x

    Crissy from MY CUP OF TEA

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    1. It is a fun tag, you should do it! :)

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  10. this is such a fun tag. Real Techniques make one of the best brushes. I have many of them and use them daily.

    I did the tag also, here is my link:
    http://shoppingobsessionblog.blogspot.ca/2014/07/the-one-only-tag.html

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    1. Agreed! Thanks, I'll check out your post!

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  11. This is such a good read and your photography is so lovely!


    Salt and Chic // UK Fashion Blog

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  12. So true, somehow I manage to squeeze a few products and hope no one notices ahaha! This tag would be so hard for me, mainly because I love so many products it would be a pain to just pin point one! Though I would probably also choose the RT buffing brush too, definitely a favourite!

    Chantalle x
    ceceandgrace.blogspot.com

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    1. It was certainly heartbreaking just to choose one! x

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  13. Woah, I haven't heard of this tag before but it's such a good idea! I think my one and only mascara would be Maybelline the falsies too, it gives a really natural look x

    Beauty Soup || UK Beauty Blog

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    1. This tag is like a giant beauty favorites haha! Yes I love how it actually holds a curl!

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  14. Love the sound of the Maybelline concealer - got to be good if its the one and only!

    Josie xoxo Fashion Mumblr

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    1. Haha I only have opinions about that one because it's the only liquid concealer I've ever used! I haven't tried many others. I think there are better ones out there though :)

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  15. I so need to try the Essence Gel Liner - it sounds so so good xx

    Gemma // Miss Makeup Magpie

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    1. It is! Maybe it is still available in other countries but it's discontinued here :(

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  16. I'm so jealous that you don't do anything to your eyebrows! I hate doing mine it's so tedious and hard to get even but they look to patchy and uneven if I just leave them!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Mine aren't the best at all, it's just that I'm lazy haha! The hairs are everywhere because I don't pluck regularly oops.

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  17. Oohh this is such a fun tag! I also love Essence cosmetics!
    Meghan
    Today's Beauty Obsession

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    1. It is, although a hard one for us addicts xD

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