Stevie’s Ride or Die List:

Being the makeup junkies that we all are – we know the struggle when it comes to choosing what to work with from day to day. But we all also have that handful of products that we cannot stray from, those products that get incorporated into every (or nearly every) look.

Here are my ride or die products:

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  1. Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Cream: I was introduced to this product way back when BB creams were just tinted moisturizer, back then – it was called Smooth Operator, and all of she shades had secret agent type names. It has had a few different names but the formula has stayed the same – it gets 10/10 stars from me.  The formula is light but gives decent coverage – and moisturizes but doesn’t get greasy. Some shades oxidize a bit – but I’ve been using them so long, I know exactly what works best for me. I use the shade light year round, and when I’m lucky enough to get some sun – I mix a tiny bit of the Tan shade when applying.mac
  2. MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation: Since I only wear tinted moisturizer as a base, I tend to look for coverage in my powder instead. I feel like it gives me slightly more natural coverage, and tends to separate less than a full coverage foundation with setting powder. You can work with just a bit of product to set your foundation, or really buff in a good amount to build up a bit of extra coverage. I know that MAC has always been a divisive brand for people – but this is just one of those products that has worked for me, so I’m too lazy to change it up or try others!
  3. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer: If this isn’t your holy grail drugstore concealer – or shit, even just concealer in general….we need to have a conversation. One in which I just slap a bunch of concealer under your eyes and let you see how great this is. It doesn’t get creasy, greasy or dry. If you don’t trust my opinions (I can’t blame you for that) just google holy grail concealer and take the 1,000s of other opinions on this product. lipsense
  4. Lipsense Lipstick: okay guys. I know. Pyramid scheme, annoying DM’s, stupid expensive and all other complaints about these types of company are absolutely founded. I turn down dm’s daily about buying Lipsense (because I’ve been lucky enough to receive a handful of complimentary colors to test out.)  I wear all kinds of colors for insta and photoshoots galore, but this is what I throw on my pout in the car on my daily commute and then wake up with the next day because it just doesn’t go away.  I don’t have to think about it, and I look like I’m halfway put together at work. Which is a feat – if you’ve ever seen me IRL. Tip: Don’t waste $$ on the remover – any waterproof makeup remover works 1,000 times better and is much easier. I soak a lint-free cotton pad in Sephora’s remover and it takes off even the most stubborn colors in seconds. BUT – you cannot wear this stuff without a topcoat of some sort. The matte gloss disappears quickly, meaning you need more coats during the day – but if you’re into the glossy, gloss works well. Another pro-tip: You can use most other longwear lip color toppers instead of LipSense glosses. So all of those two-step drugstore lippies you have will finally come in handy!17369-2
  5. Chihtsai Instant Treatment: The first time my hairdresser melted most of the hair off of my head (its not good that I can say first time, not the only time.) She gave me this simple product to help restore some of the structure of my hair. Its a thick salve style balm which you emulsify in your hands and apply before blowdrying. It really did save a lot of my hair from breaking off – and leaves it feeling bouncy and soft. To compare, my lap would be covered in broken hairs after blowdrying without it, and my hair would feel like a bale of hay sitting in the desert for a year. You could literally see the little frizzzzzzzy z’s in each individual hair and it was just embarrassing. I still use this overtime I wash and dry my hair, because it just protects so well!873ccfea-0073-4d2e-9e1b-cfb16c523d9b_1.30adfe1aa4b7c50b1ede56da89bdc28b
  6. Aussie – 3 Minute Miracle (Moist): This deep conditioning treatment is my daily use conditioner. I do so much damage to my hair that I can use a deep conditioning treatment for my everyday creme rinse. Does anyone even use that term anymore? Aging myself – but I digress. This sh*t is amazeballs. Not too heavy to weigh your hair down, but does some gooooooood smoothing. Pro Tip: Give your hair a little shake through with a towel after shampooing and rinsing and before application, it will have less water to fight through and will leave your hair even softer!

Any questions about any of these products? Shoot them down to me below in the comments! I am happy to answer.

76 thoughts on “Stevie’s Ride or Die List:

  1. Love that y’all gave an honest review if lipsense. I’ve been debating in trying it or not and now I think I will ❤️❤️ Love these reviews, definitely keep them coming
    Ig: mckaaylove

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    1. Awww. thank you so much! It’s one of the few MLM brands that I’ve tried and loved. I just hate that it’s so expensive and that the sales model is so pressurized. But – I find it’s still worthwhile, let me know how you feel about it if you do try, also – I can point you in the direction of a handful of sellers who have been wonderful to me!

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      1. Great article Stevie! Do you know if the Aussie minute miracle works for colored hair?! Id love to try! My hair is sooo dry & damaged 😬
        Ig:ZestyMissy 🦄✨💙

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  2. I’ve been wanting to try that Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer , but I just haven’t tried it yet. I havent run out of my Nyx HD concealer, but Maybelline is next!! 😍😍😍

    Also, IG name, raven.bloodshed , but I have a feeling you knew 😂😂😂😘

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    1. HOLY GRAIL. There’s just something about it. It works, but doesn’t go on too heavy, no creasing, its not greasy…just perfection. Come back and tell me how you like it when you try, please!

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  3. I’m so dying to try the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, BUT it’s not available in my country 😣 so I have to wait until I get to go to the USA next year 😉❤
    IG is makeupbypiaw

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    1. Oh no!!!! I am so sorry about that. I’d totally send you some, but I have no idea if the shipping charges would be too much to make it worthwhile! XOXO Hope you enjoy yourself when you come visit!!

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    1. Girl, this is just one of those things I started using when I was a teen, and have never stopped. It just works. I do keep the foundation light though, so I am not going double duty with liquid and powder foundation!

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  4. I’ve been thinking about using the Aussie moist, now that I know it’s good and lightweight I’m for sure going to purchase it! I also love the age rewind concealer. ❤
    Ig:Polio_McNabb

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  5. The Tarte tinted moisturizer is amazing, especially for a gal like me that’s looking for minimal makeup to school. Not to mention it still makes you look put together 😩

    ig: desimehatin

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    1. Right? I started wearing it when I was still in school, and I just haven’t found anything better. As I’m getting older I’m starting to need more coverage, so I tend to mix in a bit of their medium coverage foundation into it when I’m having bad days. 🙂 xoxoxo

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  6. ahh okay I love the Aussie three minute and although I don’t like the actually colored lipsense but I ADORE their lip glosses they’re so moisturizing and not goopy or overly sticky!!! IG: eyycakeface

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    1. The glosses are pretty great! I wish there were better color choices with LipSense, but it seems like they’re coming out with better shades everytime they make a release…so fingers crossed they get better! XO

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  7. Love that Aussie 3 Minute Miracle!! I put that in my Hall of Fame blog post! Love when you can get a 2 pack for $5 and then there will be a Sunday coupon! I’ve been using this for years and will continue until my last day on earth!!
    Darthlisa1227

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    1. Have you seen that they came out with the double sized bottles?? I love using coupons on them toooooo!!! Such an old lady I am, but why not save $1 off?? It’s the best conditioner, especially for the price!

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  8. Love the tarte bb cream which I love anything tarte, and I really like the age rewind concealer to 😁 , I’m going to have to try the other products though. Great post 👍🏻

    Sending you all lots of love ❤️
    Instagram is @ mandajanessimplelife

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  9. I’ve tried the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, i love it. I used when I first started doing my makeup. It was my go to conclear.
    My ig name is @simpleslaybytay

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  10. Love this post. I’m also a lover of the MAC powders for the same reason… except I use full coverage foundation underneath. All about that coverage!

    Well done girls.

    Insta: @makeupxkelsea

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  11. Tomi.blood on Instagram I’ve actually omitted conditioner from my hair washing routine and it’s done wonders for my hair but I have pretty curly hair

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    1. Wow! I have just done so much damage to my hair that it would just be brittle straw if I didn’t douse it in conditioner on a regular basis! So great that your hair is healthy enough to comfortably go without. Unfortunately, I can barely pull my hairbrush through my wet hair when I forget conditioner.

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    1. It’s a weird kinda backwards routine, but I really prefer my coverage in powder form for some reason. haha, but it works for me! Never be afraid to try something new, you never know what will be your new thing. XO

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  12. I’m trying to think of one of my holy grail items. I remember now! Kind of! Maybe? There’s a color correcting/mattifying powder I use from Hard Candy. It’s the Sheer Envy Color Correcting Powder. It’s good stuff! IG: @fallendroplet

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  13. Great post! Maybelline age rewind is one of my favourite concealers as well! Looking forward to more great blog posts! My instagram name is lipglossnlashes82 😘

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  14. I’ve seen the Age Rewind concealer everywhere, just yesterday I was at Superdrug, contemplating if I should try it or not, ’cause it looked promising xD I might as well try it now! ❤
    IG: stephbiscuit21

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  15. 😍😍✨ I’ve been wanting to try the Age Rewind Concelear since it’s affordable but just didn’t know if the hype was real or not. Will def be trying it now!
    IG: itsiselart

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  16. I’m loving this post, u look flawless ❤
    Also Maybelline Age Rewind Concelear it’s one of the bests😍
    IG : andrea_espadatv

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  17. I want to try the Maybelline concealer. I’ve heard such good things. Is it good for dry skin? I got the tarte shape tape as a gift and it’s unforgiving with my dry skin 😦 I’m so happy you made a block and have variety of drugstore and high-end. I don’t have a Ulta near by just a walmart.

    My ig name is _jolene_g

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    1. I use it mainly under the eyes, where there are no sweat glands – so it doesn’t cause any issues for me – but it is more of a cream-to-powder formula, so it may not be creamy enough for severely dry skin. Perhaps purchase from a drugstore which allows returns, in case it doesn’t work for you?

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  18. Hey Stevie!

    Wanted to ask a question about the tarte bb cream. Do you have freckles? Or know someone that uses this that does? I have a ton of freckles, and my CG bb cream doesn’t hide them, which I love, but my skin has changed a bit and I think I need to go a little higher end.

    Oh I guess to my real question! Does it leave freckles visible? I used to hate my freckles, but now I embrace them!

    Love you guys!
    Tiffany

    IG: the_tifn8er

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    1. I am so glad you say that. I think everyone should embrace their freckles. Im blonde and fair so of course i have freckles on my nose and a little on my cheeks. Growing up my mom always said freckles are kisses from the sun.

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    2. Hey love! I do have freckles. Many more in the summer – and magically, even more as the years go by. The powder that I use tends to cover my freckles fairly well (including all of those age spots and discolorations), but I would say, you should be great if you use a translucent powder!

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  19. I have never tried anything from mac. I do not wear foundation so it is good to see reviews on powders that cover well. I am always on the hunt for a great powder.
    IG @travmax.xo

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    1. If you don’t wear liquid foundation – powder foundation is always a good chance for you to get yourself a bit of coverage (if that’s what you’re looking for). Powder foundation is what I started with, so I most definitely gravitate towards it.

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  20. I’ve been wanting to try the Tarte BB… but I can’t get over the price tag, oxidizing & yellow shades… maybe that’s just the regular clay foundation, idk. I do use the Maybelline, but really have to pack it on because I have terrible dark circles under my eyes. And it doesn’t play well on my nose for some reason. I prefer Tarte Shape Tape for all over concealer because it never fails me, and I don’t have to think about it. I’ve seriously been wanting to try lipsense so badly, but it’s so effing expensive! Like if someone off rof d me a buy 2 get one free on colors, then I’d be like “hi oh! Take my money!” I’m working on it. I want Mojave, Redwood & Nutmeg the most. @ForeverAmanda25

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    1. The price tag is a bit high, but you do get a good amount of product in the bottle, compared to most foundation bottles (I believe its nearly 2 oz, when most foundations are 1 or slightly over 1 oz.) I have a lot of pink in my skin, so I actually love the fact that they have yellow based foundations, it is the perfect neutralizer for me. But I can see how that could be problematic if you don’t need it like I do!

      LipSense can be a tough situation, a tube does last a lot longer, but the idea of a $45 investment for one color and one gloss can definitely be daunting. I signed up to be a distributor to get their 50% discount when you buy enough product, but was completely baffled when they charged me tax on the full retail price of the items (Nearly 20% – which, technically, I should have passed down to my “customer”) Plus the shipping and handling fees were outrageous. My 50% discount was basically a 20% discount in the end.

      Sooooo….you’re not going to find someone who’s willing to give you a deep enough discount to make it worthwhile for ya….because they’d probably be losing money on the deal – not much by way of profit margins for these lovely ladies selling lipsense!

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  21. Helloooooo!!!!!!! Oh my I am SO glad you agree on the age rewind concealer!! It’s literally my favourite makeup product but I’m so sad because it’s run out :((( I’m literally gonna trust any makeup advice you give out because after this awesome review I literally trust u with my life (no pressure) and my instagram name is Geo.xcx 💕💕💕💕😘

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  22. Love your suggestions but I loved your honesty from the time I found you on IG. You were and still are always there for your followers. You will go far Stevie. I agree The Maybelline Age Rewind is the IT and my age will attest to it 😉
    You go girl!!!

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  23. I think was one of the first honest, good review of LipSense! I may have to actually give it a try now to find out for myself! Love the mix of affordable and high end. Keep the recommendations coming!
    @pinekinswatch

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  24. Hey! Just wanted to say that i love your blog, it’s very helpful:) also thank you for making the recent giveaway♡♡ my Instagram: @ cupcake.har0ld and also @ lexie_doll_14

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  25. Wow that was some interesting information there. I am happy to have read this and trust the viewings of the products shown. Thank you so much! Now I won’t be debating so much on what to put n.n

    Ig: mjpandita

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  26. This post is so amazing and well structured and your list is like woww ❤️…..will try lipsense lipstick 💄 for sure after reading your thoughts on it…. you made me fall in love with it ❤️

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  27. I totally agree with everything you said about lip sense. What gloss from the drugstore can you recommend? I don’t mind paying $20 for the actual lip sense color but I’m not trying to pay $20 for their gloss every time because that runs out faster. But I know that if you get a glass with any kind of wax in it it won’t really work. @lipsticklexicon

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