Beauty routine

It’s been a good while since I’ve done a makeup/beauty post!

In the last two years, I’ve done a bigger revamping of my morning and night routine. I used to just slather on jojoba oil on my face day and night, that was it. But I realized that I couldn’t just do that anymore (if the puffy circles under my eyes were any indication.)

While I still use the jojoba oil every single morning, it’s everything that I do after and up until bedtime that’s a little different. I try to make sure I wear sunscreen every morning, this one by MD Solar Sciences is awesome! It came as a tiny sample in my Birchbox a while back and I loved it. It has a mineral feel to it, not oily like other sunscreens, so it feels great on your face. The best thing I can say, is that I once accidentally smudged a BIG dollop in my eye and if you’ve ever worn sunscreen, I was ready for pain. But…I don’t know how this happened, it didn’t hurt. That alone sold me forever!

I’ve switched away from wearing blush on my face to this liquid stuff. I’ve realized it lasts longer! I have a tiny sample of the Benefit stuff above, but I also use this Korean Peri tint stuff.

I take showers at night, so I use coconut oil from the grocery store on my body and hair! Smells great and cheap! Works better than lotion or other hair stuff, I’ve found. To get my makeup off, I wash my face with this other Korean brand The Face Shop (I use their CC cream as foundation) ricewater oil cleanser – the oil base washes all makeup traces perfectly. Once every few weeks I put on this Malin + Goetz clay mask – let it dry and when you wash it off, the tiny clay beads exfoliate your face. I just switched over from the Tsubaki oil drops to Rosehip Oil. They both have similar night hydrating results, but the rosehip oil smells strong (in case you have a sensitive nose.) Every other night I boost my night oil with Paula’s Choice serum drops. And if my skin feels extra thirsty (which it has ALL winter!) I put on this H20 night cream.

Sounds like a long routine, but it’s not. But, most of my routine is oil based. I believe in oils to keep your skin healthy and hydrated – just know that this may not work for everyone. Questions?! Let me know!

Soft makeup for (almost) every day

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Wow, it really has been a long time since I’ve done one of my makeup posts. But in all honesty, since I have gotten my skincare routine down, my need for lots of makeup all the time has become less and less. It definitely is one of the perks. I will do a separate post on what has worked for me. So in the meantime, I’ll show you one of my easy breezy everyday looks – what I like most about is that depending on how casual or dressy I need to be, I can easily add or take away elements without complicating things. My makeup like this, takes 15 minutes tops (when you want to add a complicated eyeliner or a really defined lip, that’s when it can take more time).

We’ll start with four photos of small changes
Top left – bare faced, but washed and moisturized.
Top right – eyebrows lightly filled in, under eye concealer making me look alive again, and foundation/makeup if needed.
Bottom left – an easy lined eyeliner with a thick and bright color pencil.
Bottom right – just some mascara.
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Good enough to leave the house if you had to! And I often times can and do. But this is where I think you can make big changes – contouring with blush and adding color to your lips.

A blush that compliments (but doesn’t overwhelm) your face can be a BIG change to the whole look. It took me a long time to figure out which worked best for me. Which is why I loved going to places like Sephora and Ulta to find a good match while testing products. Let the counter people help you, they are great at helping you find things that definitely don’t work (or find a great make-up artist that can). I broke my last blush, so I went budget for this one, but it has proven itself quite well.
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I could have added a bold red lip here, but didn’t because I was just going to hang out. So I chose a soft glossy pink that complimented the gold tones of the eyeliner. But I have some orange hued lipcolors that I think could work well too. Life is too short, have fun with your lipstick.
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Below, I’ll share and discuss the products I used.

Previously, I had been using a small Milani eyebrow kit. It works well, but I found the eyebrow colors a little too strong for every day. I trusted their brand for brows, so I decided to try their eyebrow pencil – and I’ll say, it does everything I wanted it to do! It’s easy to apply and looks more natural than the brow shadows. Purchase HERE
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Benefit Boing duo has been the only undereye concealer that has worked for me (I’d love to hear if any of you have any other recommendations). Purchase HERE
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This makeup is special and was definitely a splurge (when I’m not wearing a more basic BB cream, I wear this). I visited Korean beauty store The Face Shop for a mask, and walked out with a sample of this amazing CC cream. I was shocked at how well it worked! It was more expensive in store than it was online, I should have checked online first, but now I know for next time. Purchase HERE
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Like I mentioned, I had another blush, it fell and broke, and I needed another quickly. I was bummed, and didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I had heard a lot about NYX products from my sister, so I gave this one a try. I only have good things to say about it – great color and staying power. I also don’t have to worry about looking like I’m from the 80’s – the colors so far have been natural. Purchase HERE
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Having a sister that is a beauty junkie (sorry if you’re reading this Diana) has it’s perks – I get her makeup when she upgrades. I had griped to her about hating all mascaras (after wasting a free mascara coupon from Sephora with a bad one that shall be kept nameless) she gave me this one to try. I like it so far, even though the wand is a little wonky. A few people proclaim this one is on par with Dior mascara (haven’t tried that one so I can’t compare). Purchase HERE
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A friend that is a makeup artist gave me a tip about these Nars eyeshadow pencils, and now I’m hooked. They last a long time and have great colors with lots of dimension. The gold color is so shimmery and bright! Purchase HERE
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I have been wearing and raving about these Revlon balms for quite some time. I LOVE them. It started with their Twilight line, which they’ve renamed, cause you know. Then came a matte line. And now they have this metallic/glossy line. I like them all. They moisturize your lips and have great color. The lasting time could be better, but you can’t beat the price. Purchase HERE
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I hope these posts, even though few and far between, inspired

Holiday makeup ideas: green eyeshadow

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And for the last difficult to easy, holiday makeup transformation, I take on the green eye shadow. Which after blue, is the hardest color to wear sometimes (blue eye shadow will forever be the most impossible color to wear!). Green eye shadow by itself is just not that fun.

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Using a L’ancome sample palette for eye shadow that my sister gave me (came free with a purchase). Benefit’s Hello Flawless foundation and mini They’re Real mascara. Urban Decay’s Glide on pencil. And L’oreal Infallible 737 persistent plum (the lipsticks in the Infallible line are THE best long wear lipsticks I’ve ever tried).

The trick here is that when you have an eye shadow that has a metallic tint to it, you can gently dip your brush in a little bit of water. This has a few positives to it – it intensifies your color, making it more rich and metallic, but also it makes the shadow last longer! I thought adding black eyeliner would also make the green more fancy for a night out, especially for a NYE party! In hindsight, I probably should have used a red lipstick instead of this dark plum one, but oh well.

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Now…to figure out what I’ll actually do on NYE!

Holiday makeup ideas: purple eyeshadow

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Thanks for the great feedback on the other post – next, I thought I’d try an equally difficult color, purple! I used the same Nyx palette here to find the right purple.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L’oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Nyx 3 color eyeshadow TS06, Revlon lip butter raspberry pie 010, Maybelline white liner, Eyeko purple liquid liner, L'oreal shocking lengths mascara.

Purple alone looks like I got punched in the face, not quite the look I’m going for.
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I have this awesome purple liner in a Birchbox box a while back and have always loved it! So I thought the purple on purple would work well together. I also wanted to go with a berry color lip here to compliment the purple hues, I think it worked well together!
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Photos by Jorge Novoa

Pink was a difficult enough color to wear, would you rock the purple eye-shadow instead? Maybe they aren’t your style? Wait til you see the next color I have up tomorrow!