My Long Lasting Everyday Makeup Routine

March 28, 2016

My makeup routine hasn't really changed all that much, I'm still a very "no makeup makeup" kinda girl but my products did sort of change. I've been so busy lately that I really needed long lasting makeup because I did not have any time throughout the day to freshen up my makeup. I felt like all these products really helped with the longevity of it. I also want to mention that I've really been trying to write a lot more but I've been so out of it because of classes and work; but now I'm feeling inspired again and will definitely be posting more frequently because I'm finally learning the importance of time management as well.

For my eyes I've been using my usual cream eyeshadow from Bobbi Brown in the shade Shore. I've been using this for the longest time now and I think it's much better than the MAC paint pots. After I use that to prime my eyelids I'll use the Tartelette In Bloom palette, the shade 'Charmer' is what I usually use to set the cream eyeshadow, some days I will skip that step and go straight in with the other eyeshadows. On an everyday basis I'll use 'Smarty Pants' as a transition shade, 'Jetsetter' in my crease and 'Firecracker' on my lids. I love how natural it looks which is perfect for my everyday makeup look.

I've been obsessed with the Dior Diorshow Mascara, it's one of my absolute favorites and I don't think I'll ever stop using this one. I remember using this in high school, loving it and suddenly forgetting about it. I started using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow again and I'm so in love with it. Back then I used to go overboard with this, but now I learned to use a light hand when applying this because if I press my brush a little too hard it'll look really intense which isn't what I want.

I've been breaking out due to stress and I also think think it's because I've been switching between so many new products that my skin isn't used to all the change. The CoverFX Mattifying Primer has been helping my skin a lot, I find that it's the best primer that helps with my breakouts. The Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24HR Foundation is probably the only foundation I'll ever wear. Every time I switch to something new I always end up coming back to this. It's seriously so lightweight and lasts all day on my skin....I mean it, through the sweating (gross I know) and oil blotting, that says a lot. My newest purchase is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer, and the only reason why I bought this was because it contained the word 'weightless' in it. This is so pricy and I finally splurged when I realized how badly powder would cake up over my concealer. I wanted something that provided coverage but wasn't too heavy, when I used this I was so glad I made the purchase because I use this everyday now.

After the base of my face makeup is on I'll set all over my face with the Laura Mercier Transluscent Powder, it keeps my oily face matte which is why I love it. My go to bronzer recently has been the Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, it looks so natural on my skin and I love how it feels too. It's very easy to blend out and doesn't go patchy on my skin. It also gives me a bit of a glow which is why I don't always wear highlighter. This blush is from an old MAC collection and it's such a beautiful shade, it's called 'Seduced at Sea'. It adds some color to my cheeks which is what I need in the morning even after all that bronzer.
Please tell me that you purchased the Sephora Give Me Some Nude Lip Set because wow....just wow. I've been using ALL the shades in this set and they're all so beautiful. I've been loving the NUDESTIX Lip Pencil in Whisper, I basically combine it with any other lipstick but lately I've been liking the combination with the Tarte Creamy Matte Lip Paint in Namaste. To complete the entire look I'll set my entire face by spraying the Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Setting Spray all over. Even though this doesn't make my face look completely matte, I'm glad it doesnt because sometimes the matte look can appear very fake/powdery on my skin which I don't particularly like.

(P.S: I'm so proud of how these pictures came out, I've been in a photography rut and this gave me the confidence to try harder)

What products do you use for a long day?

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Does A Tinted Lash Primer Really Work?

March 17, 2016

When I first heard about the Benefit They're Real! Tinted Lash Primer I didn't think much of it. I've tried so many different lash primers in the past and they all didn't work. In fact, they always made my lashes look worse than they did. I got this sample size from Sephora with a promo code I believe, I only got it because there wasn't anything else that interested me. When I received this in the mail I didn't look at it once, it was sitting at my vanity for a few weeks until one day I decided to finally try it out.

I tried it out with the They're Real! Mascara and it didn't make a difference for me. Knowing that it made no difference actually disappointed me a lot. Even though I ignored this product, a part of me really wanted it to work. A few days later I decided to give it another try but with a different mascara...well, it actually worked! I paired it with the Makeup For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara and it was magical! My eyelashes looked so long and thick, I was actually surprised about it. Both wands look nothing alike either which was probably why my eyelashes looked amazing.

Overall, I really enjoyed this mascara primer. Whenever I go out and don't wear much makeup I'll just wear this. It looks very natural since it is brown in color and it gives you longer lashes, I wish it gave more volume though. Since this is a sample size, you're probably wondering if I would repurchase the full size afterwards.....*Drum roll* YES! I already added it to my Sephora cart and the day I finish this sample, I will definitely repurchase. I don't think I've gone a day without using this now.

Do you use mascara primers?
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February Favorites

March 10, 2016

This month I've been trying to use some products that I totally forgot about but of course I failed at that. Most of these products are still fairly new to me but I've really been loving them in February. In February I had long days at work which meant I needed some products that would last me all day.

  • Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24H Long Wear Foundation - Out of all the foundations I own this one has got to be the most long wearing one. Not only do I need a long wearing foundation but I want something with lighter coverage and won't make me look oily. Did this help with the oil? Not really. Did it last me all day? Yes. I love how this foundation is transfer proof even when my face is an oily mess. 
  • Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray -  I really love this spray and I've been using this every single day. (I also wrote about this recently, you can read it here.) I think that it's been really great on my sensitive oily skin. I did an experiment (I sound like a scientist right now saying that word) where I used this one day and the next day I didn't....oh and let's just say there was a huge difference. I don't know how my makeup ever survived without this.
  • theBalm Mary Lou Manizer - OH MY did I just get this around December? I've been using this almost all the time now. I love how glowy it makes me look and it's really pigmented as well. A little goes a long way too which is what I love about it.
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duo - I know I talked about it in my January favorites but it's just too good not to constantly rave about. It helps my brows look natural and I love how that looks.
  • ColourPop Lipstick in Brink - I love the ColourPop lipstick formulas, they feel great on my lips and not as drying as their matte liquid lipsticks. I feel like this really lasts all day and the pigmentation is so good.
  • Jo Malone Blue Agave & Cacao Cologne - This smells wonderful. I'm always a sucker for sweeter scents, but this one isn't exactly sweet. I'm not sure how to explain it, I'm horrible at explaining fragrances but it smells like a flowery coffee. It lasts all day and I have the travel size which I love to carry around in my purse whenever I'm wearing this.
What were your favorites during the month of February?

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My Top 5 Bronzers

March 3, 2016

A long time ago when I first started wearing makeup I had no idea what bronzer was. I thought it was similar to a self tanner but I was wrong obviously. Flash forward, I'm now obsessed with bronzing my face. I don't think I could go without it. I could go without wearing blush, highlight....maybe, but bronzer? Never!

The first bronzer I fell in love with was the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I have this bronzer in a full size and in this Too Faced Little Black Book of Bronzers palette as well. I think this one is the most popular bronzer at the moment and I understand why. I like how it isn't too warm toned and at the same time it isn't really cool toned. It's not exactly a contour shade but I think that it's possible to achieve a contoured look with this. Usually I'll reach for this bronzer when I'm in a rush to get to work or school because I know that I don't need to blend a lot with this and that it won't look like I put some mud on my face.
This is the bronzer that I probably should've purchased a full size of. During the winter months my tan fades away so I become really pale. There had been times when the chocolate soleil bronzer looked way too dark on me. So whenever my skin is pale I'll use the Too Faced Chocolate Soliel Matte Bronzer in Milk Chocolate. The formula and pigmentation is just as good as the chocolate color.
When I first purchased this palette I felt like it was a mistake because there were so many shades that I probably wasn't going to use. Why did I get the palette? Honestly, I don't know. But after trying Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer it was so worth it! It isn't too shimmery but I like how glowy it makes me look, it's very natural looking and I think it would look really good during the warmer months.
I haven't tried many theBalm products until around January, let me just say that I'm really impressed by this bronzer. This is the Desert Bronzer Blush, at first it looked really muddy on me but I realized that it was because I applied it all wrong. The first time I applied this I used a really dense brush and dipped it into the product multiple times which was a huge mistake. Now I'll use a fluffier brush and dip it in about two times then when I apply it onto my face I'll press it towards my temples then blend it out. It gives me a really beautiful bronzed face, I also like using this as a blush at times.
When this first launched I didn't even want it because I wasn't a huge bronzer fan. But after I purchased the Too Faced Bronzer book I became obsessed with bronzing. This is the Hourglass Ambient Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light, if you were to ask me to describe this bronzer with one word it would be magic. Yes, magic. I don't know what it is about this bronzer that makes my skin look so healthy and glowy. Whenever I wear this it makes me feel confident and beautiful.

What are your favorite bronzers? 

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