Tuesday, June 18, 2013

My Current Makeup Routine, Part One: Face

Hi, everyone! Today I thought it would be fun to try something new. I thought I'd tell you all about what my go-to makeup routine has been lately. Currently, I'm really into a "no-makeup makeup look," just looking really natural for summer. I feel like wearing a lot of makeup once it gets hot out is not only uncomfortable but inconvenient, and maybe even a little fake looking. Makeup always looks a little unreal in the scrutiny of the sun, but that's just me.

I split this post into two parts because it got so long (and you guys know how much I like to talk). So, here is part one. This is all of my face makeup (BB cream, concealer, powder, bronzer, etc. ) and then part two will have eyes and lips!

Dr. Jart + Water Fuse Beauty Balm SPF 25 (full size: 1.7 fl oz ~ $34)

I usually use Maybelline's BB Cream (it was a monthly favorite three months in a row), but I got a free sample of this and decided to try it out. First of all, this tube looks like it would be full, right? Wrong. I got a little less than two uses out of it before I had to cut the top open. Madness! Anyway, I like it, but I think it looks a little more "makeup-y" than the Maybelline one. Maybe because it leaves a less dewey finish on my skin, maybe because it's more pigmented. I don't know, but I won't be too disappointed when I use this up. It's good, I like it, but I wouldn't spend $34 to buy the full thing. 

Yaby Concealer in Buff ($5 ~ 3.5g)

This is my FAVORITE concealer! I received this in last month's Ipsy Glam Bag and I am so happy I did! Right now it's sitting in my Glam RX Palette (remember that thing from Ipsy's March bag that I said I would never use?). I don't keep this in my Z-Palette since I don't want it to mix with my eyeshadow, since there's always a little powdered eyeshadow crushed in there no matter how much I clean it out. Anyway, this concealer is incredibly pigmented and it covers any blemish you need it to! I haven't tried it under my eyes yet since I'm worried about creasing, but I just might test it out and see how it goes. I'm surprised this concealer is so cheap, but shipping also costs like $25 (they're a Canadian company and international shipping is exorbidant) so unfortunately, I don't think I'll be repurchasing this until I can find a cheaper way of getting it. But I love it SO SO much and would definitely repurchase a million times over. 

Physician's Formula Circle Rx in Natural Light ($9 ~ .3oz)

I got this during my Physician's Formula concealer haul when CVS had all PF products $6 off, so this cost me about $3. I definitely think this concealer is worth $3, and it might even be worth $9. As a whole, I think PF is overpriced, but I do really like their concealers. I think it does a good job covering up my undereye circles (caused by my genetics, the fact that I don't drink enough water, and the fact that the skin under my eyes is really thin so the blood vessels always turn that area blue-ish). It especially works well when partnered with my next product. 

Maybelline Dream Lumi Concealer in Ivory ($8 ~ .5oz)

I didn't used to be crazy about this when I used to use it as a concealer, but once I realized that it didn't actually do much for concealing and did a fantastic job with brightening, my opinions of it changed drastically. You can see that this product is very well-loved, due to the fact that all of the writing has worn off the sides! I put this in my inner corners and extend it out a bit, plus on my cheekbones and cupid's bow, and it really helps to brighten up those areas. I'm almost out of it, and this is one of the few products that I will be buying as soon as I run out. This product is supposedly a dupe for Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Eclat, but seeing as I can't justify spending $40 on a concealer pen, I guess I'll never know. I stumbled upon Wayne Goss' video on YouTube explaining how to use the YSL product, so if anyone out there has that one or the Maybelline product, you might really enjoy this. I just discovered his channel recently and I am just soaking up all of his knowledge! He's a makeup artist and has tons of good tips, so I've really been enjoying his YouTube channel lately. 

NYC Smooth Skin Loose Face Powder in Translucent ($3 ~ .7oz)

This product made my March favorites and I really like it. It's super affordable, especially for the amount of powder you get. It does contain Talc (if you're interested in my Talc rant, click here). I've been having trouble finding a good face powder that doesn't contain it, though. If anyone has any recommendations for an affordable face powder without Talc, comment below! I like this because it prevents my T-zone from getting shiny as the day goes on, but doesn't make my face looks cakey or powdery. It's a keeper...until I find something better! (The words of a makeup addict, right here people). I apply this just to my T-Zone, since it's a miracle if my cheeks look a little dewey (#dryskinstruggs), and it controls the oil very well! I never have to reapply, which is fantastic because no one wants to carry loose powder in their purse. 

I tend to forego blush in the summer in favor of just extending my bronzer up onto my cheeks. I think it just gives off a summer-y, sun-kissed appearance, which I am all in favor for!

NYC Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny ($3 ~ .33oz)

Another NYC product that was a March favorite and contains Talc; why oh why do they call to me? I love this bronzer so much, I can't even explain it. It's the perfect color for my skin tone (not too dark, too muddy, or too orange) and looks so unbelievably natural I can't believe I only paid $3 for it. It's just great. I have no more words. If you have pale skin and are looking for a great, affordable bronzer, I really do recommend this. 

Well, that's all for the face! Stay tuned for Part Two: Eyes and Lips! 

What has your go-to makeup routine been lately?

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