Saturday, May 24, 2014

Daily Makeup Routine

Lacy showed you her favorite beauty picks, and I, of course, wanted to tag along.  I'm showing you my makeup routine!  This is pretty much what I do with my face on a daily basis.  I like a pretty light coverage, partly because I don't like not being able to touch my face or my eyes throughout the day.  But more importantly, I'm pretty lazy in the makeup department.  I mean, don't get me wrong; I definitely get into those makeup moods where I mess around for an hour trying on different eyeliners, shadows, and lipsticks.  But on a daily basis, I want something easy and light.  Plus, on the days when I do the full thing - the concealer, foundation, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow, blush, lipstick... - I usually just end up feeling like I look like a 10 year old who just got permission to play in her mother's makeup bag for the first time.

So here goes!

There's the line up.  I can apply all these products in about five minutes or less, which is basically my ideal way to go with makeup.  A quick getting-ready routine means I have more time to make my breakfast and lunch, and maybe even get some reading time in.

Firstly, concealer.

I used to use a concealer stick that is so old that any kind of branding on the package has completely worn off.  Which obviously means that I didn't use it that often.  This bottle of Almay smart shade concealer in light/pale probably won't last me as long because I've begun to use it daily!  I picked this up after getting a Target coupon for $4 off.  Otherwise, I'd never pick up something I'd consider so pricey (It's only $7.50, I'm just a cheapskate.)  I only need a tiny dot of product (see photo above) to cover any and all blemishes.  The product blends in flawlessly, and I can't even feel it on my skin.  And the coverage is excellent!  I'm in love.

Next up, foundation.

But... not really foundation.  I can't handle heavy things on my skin, so tinted moisturizer is basically heaven for me.  I use a small dot of L'Oreal BB Cream with a half pump of L'Oreal Magic Lumi Primer, mix it a bit with my fingertips, and smooth it all over my face, concentrating mostly across my cheeks and T-zone.  The Lumi primer gives a faint but really pretty shimmer, and the BB cream gives a smooth finish.  I used to just quickly tap my face with powder, but this takes basically the same amount of time with a much longer-lasting and prettier coverage.

Once the overall face is taken care of, I focus on eyes.

I'm a black liner and mascara kind of girl.  I've tried brown before, and I always feel like it doesn't pop enough and fades quickly (although, the fading thing could have more to do with the cheap liners I'm using.)  I love the Sephora nano eyeliner.  It goes on smoothly and doesn't fade off throughout the day. I just line the outer corners of my eyes on both top and bottom.  I'm not sure when I started doing this, or why, but it's become a bit of a habit now.  This method means that I don't end up with liner in my creases by the middle of the day.  Win.

For mascara, I've used the classic green-and-pink-tube Covergirl mascara for as long as I've been wearing makeup.  However, I got roped into a Mary Kay party, and won a tube of their Lash Love mascara.  And I've kind of fallen head over heels for it.  This sample tube is nearly gone, and I need to locate a new tube asap.  The mascara goes on thick without being clumpy, separates my eyelashes beautifully, and wears well throughout the day.  My only complaint is that, by the end of the day, I have noticed a bit of flaking.  It also doesn't wash off quite as well as my Covergirl standby.  Those complaints are pretty minor, though.  In the below photo, you may notice that I only have mascara on my top lashes.  This is another thing I do because I'm a bit lazy.  But I also think that it gives my eyes a more open look.  And bonus, I don't end up with black smears under my eyes when I start to get tired at the end of the day!

Once the eyes are done, it's time for a bit of blush.

I scheduled a Nordstrom counter make-up date with my Little Sister Ariel, and of course, they tell you you have to spend $50 in makeup when that's done.  This NARS 'The Multiple' stick was one of the things they used on me, and I ended up loving, so it was a bit of a splurge.  This shade is Portofino.  I use it strictly for my cheeks, but it can be used as shadow and lipstick as well.  It has a nice soft shimmer that I really like.  I put a few dabs onto my cheekbones, and use my fingers to smudge/smooth it out.

And that's it!  My typical beauty routine.  The whole thing will take you less time to do than it has taken you to read this post (sorry about that...)  I tend to shop the cheap makeup aisles (E.L.F., N.Y.C., and Wet n' Wild, anyone?), but in writing this post, I've discovered that all my actual favorites are... not those brands.  So, it turns out it quality is better than a cheap price tag in the long run.  Who knew?

Here's the finished look:

I just smear on one of about a million lipsticks, balms, or glosses I have floating around my purse and house; whichever one I'm in the mood for that day.  Pretty much any color works with this minimalist look!  The one I've got on above is Fiore by Borghese (a sample I got through a Beauty Bar subscription nearly two years ago.)  It's much darker in person than it is in that link picture, by the way.  And it's super long lasting and a great natural color, but, warning, also a bit sticky.

Done!  Now it's your turn.  Share your beauty favorites or beauty routine!  Even if I'm not a huge makeup person, I still love to read other people's routines.  Weird.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

New Makeup Favorites

Hello! I know our blog has been dying a slow tragic death. But I'm reviving it because...I want to talk about makeup. Cool?

I weirdly love watching makeup vloggers and lusting over all the pretty things at Sephora. However, my makeup budget puts me squarely in Ulta land. (The cheap side, guys. Not the fancy side.) So the good news is that any makeup stuff I post is likely going to be quite affordable. The bad news is that I'll never be able to do a Sephora haul post. So...sorry if that was what you were hoping for. 
On to the things!
I haven't ventured too far into the world of undereye concealer, but I decided to try out the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind after Essiebutton recommended it. (She's one of the aforementioned beauty vloggers I really enjoy.) This stuff goes on really creamy and doesn't dry or cake throughout the day. They sell a version of this specifically for spot coverage too. But in the interest of full disclosure, I'll tell you that I use this for both and it does the job. Done and done.
(If you're in the market for a fancier undereye concealer, I got a sample of Benefit's Fakeup in a Birchbox and it was great! I feel like it gave a bit more coverage than the Maybelline.)
I picked up this Elf Shimmering Facial Whip on a whim one day. Crap, it's pretty. I use it on my cheekbones and it's so shimmery and glowy and it only costs a DOLLAR. it. You can't lose. (I've heard this is a pretty good dupe for Benefit's High Beam, but having not tried that, I can't say for sure)
I am really loving NYX products lately. Their lipglosses and blush are great and I'm intrigued by their lipsticks and eyeliners. I'll try to keep you posted on developments in that area. But! All I need in my life right now is this Infinite Shadow Stick. I have maybe the world's most oily eyelids, so if I don't use a primer (a good one) my eyeshadow is MIA by 10 am. (Well, it's not really missing. It has all relocated to my crease.) I'm generally too lazy/late in the morning to bother with  primer and eyeshadow so I just stick to eyeliner. Enter the shadow stick. I draw this thing on my eyelid in the morning and it does NOT budge. Is it a miracle of science? Black magic? I don't know or care. I just know I want more of them.
Speaking of not budging, the Revlon Colorstay Ultimate Suede lipstick is another wonder product. This stuff lasts all day. I have seriously had to scrub it off before bed. It's some kind of lipstick/stain hybrid but it doesn't settle into my lip creases or feather out at the edges. If you're a lipstick wearer, seriously give this a try. It will change your life.

Julep! How loudly can I sing your praises? This is my favorite nail polish ever EVER. The formula goes on perfectly and it lasts seemingly forever. The downside is that it costs more than OPI and you get about half the amount of product. If you're cool spending 20 bucks a month on nail polish (the first month is free!) consider subscribing to Julep. And maybe invite me over to do manicures sometime....
I have saved my very very favorite for last. I have been lusting over the Tarte Foundation Brush and Amazonian Clay Foundation for a while, and Brian got them for me as a Mother's Day present! (are you allowed to celebrate that holiday if your baby just hangs out in your uterus all day? ....should I not say uterus on this blog?) 
Moving on. Gah. This brush is so pretty and makes your foundation look flawless. I will say that if you're not into full coverage foundation, the Amazonian Clay probably isn't for you. I totally am though, and I love how it covers my scary pregnancy acne and keeps my skin tone even all the day long. (The first day I used it, I was checking it every couple hours and kept exclaiming to Brian, "my skin still looks so good!"). These items are obviously a bit higher of a price point than my normal makeup, but I do feel like they're a good investment if you want a nice foundation and/or brush. Also, based on how long I've been using just the tiny sample of foundation I got originally from Sephora, the full size is going to last me foreeeever.
This has been Lacy going on forever about makeup. Over and out!