Friday, July 4, 2014

Beauty Profile (Tag)

Hi, friends! My friend Michelle from the Beauty & Fashion Blog Community did a beauty questionnaire post today on her blog, Beautiful Goodies, so I thought I would give it a go. It looked like a lot of fun, so I couldn't resist doing it for myself! I gave it an unofficial name, the "Beauty Profile Tag," just because I could. Let's get started!

What skin type do you have? 
Combination skin (aka unfair/indecisive skin), but on the dry side. Right now I've actually been super dry, and I don't know why. It's summer--why am I still dry?!

How many times do you wash your face daily? 
One a day, at night. I've found that washing my face twice a day is unnecessary, since I'm pretty dry to begin with. I just use a toner in the morning.

What’s your current facial wash? 
Philosophy's Purity Made Simple ($23 for 8oz), which is amazing because it takes off makeup and doesn't contain any sulfates (aka my skin doesn't feel parched after I wash my face). You can see more about it in my June Favorites.

Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser
This is the 32oz bottle because go big or go home

Do you exfoliate? What brand do you use? 
Yes, because I have dry skin and my skin would be a peeling mess otherwise. I usually use my Clarisonic, which although it is advertised as a cleansing tool, it most definitely exfoliates because it involves a brush spinning and rotating against your skin. If I'm using an actual scrub, I'll do that probably about once a week, or if I feel my skin needs it and is getting kind of flaky. The one I'm using right now is the Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Scrub ($18 for 3.4oz), because I got it in my Birchbox back in March and it's what I have on hand.

Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Scrub

What moisturizer do you use?
Right now, I'm using Olay Complete Daily Defense SPF 30 ($12 for 2.5oz) for daytime, and Walmart's generic version of my holy grail Olay Night of Olay Firming Cream (which sucks, don't buy it, buy the original). If you have oily skin, the SPF 30 might make you a look a little greasy (especially in flash photography) but you should be okay if you powder.

Olay Complete Daily Defense SPF 30

Do you have freckles? 
No sir-ee.

Do you use eye cream?
I most certainly do! Like many other parts of my face, my undereye area gets pretty dry, so I use an eye cream twice a day. I've been using it at night for awhile, but now that I started using it in the morning, I find that my undereye concealer and anything else looks a little better and lasts longer. I'm using up the last of my Restorsea Revitalizing Eye Cream sample, but it's no different than any other eye cream, so I don't think it's worth the price (it's $85 for .5oz!).

Do you have acne prone skin? 
Yes, unfortunately I do. However, my skin has been pretty clear for awhile (...too clear...) I mostly get it in my T-Zone, but recently I've been breaking out along my jawline, which just ain't cool. Especially since that location is supposed to be where you'll break out if it's hormonal-based acne, and I'm not getting my period for another few weeks (so WHY?)

Have you ever used Proactive? 
I tried it back in middle school, and my skin hated it. The first time I tried the system, it gave me a chemical burn on my face. Ouch! I was able to use the toner without a problem, and the mask was pretty okay, but using all three of them together was just way too harsh on my skin.

What foundation do you use? 
I don’t wear foundation, and I pretty much steer clear of any face makeup in the summer (because it just melts off anyway), but I'm a big fan of BB creams! My favorite is the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm ($39 for 1.5oz), since it provides good coverage (I would say medium) and makes my face feel nice and soft. See more about it in my Favorites post here.

Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm

How about concealer? 
I don't typically have acne to cover up (if I do get acne, it's not very red, so concealing it does basically nothing). However, I do use undereye conealer! Right now, I'm using up the last of my Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer ($8). I really like it, and I think it's a great affordable option for people whose dark circles aren't too bad, but they could still use some brightening.

Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer

What do you think of false eyelashes? 
I don't think I have the finesse or grace to apply false eyelashes (not that I've tried). Mascara is usually good for me, but then again, I'm told that I have long eyelashes.

Do you change your mascara every three months as recommended? 
HAHA. No. I mean, the range is 3 to 6 months, so I typically stay in the 6-month range. There's no way I could use a mascara up in three months.

What brand of mascara do you use?
I bounce around, especially since I like to try new things and get samples in subscription boxes, but my go-to is CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume ($7) (in the orange tube). People think I'm wearing false eyelashes; it's great!

CoverGirl Lash Blast Volume

What makeup tools do you use during makeup application? 
It really depends on how lazy I'm being. Nowadays, I'll use my Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush ($16) to set my undereye concealer with powder, but other than that I don't use any. Other than that, the only brush I use is a small angled brush by IT Cosmetics to apply my Anatasia Brow Powder. I've been using solely cream blush and cream eyeshadow for two months or so now, so that's really about it.

Sigma Beauty E40 Tapered Blending Brush
Sigma Beauty E40 Tapered Blending Brush

Do you use makeup base/primer for eyes?
Not usually, because my eyelids are relatively dry and don't typically crease. Since I don't need a heavy duty primer, I like to use the Revlon Smoky Shadow Sticks ($8) as an base, since they're a cream eyeshadow and give a little pop to the powder eyeshadows I wear (if I wear any). They also last all day without creasing. Or, I'll just use some concealer or BB cream as a base--anything creamy to give the eyeshadow something to hold on to. It works well and it doesn't cost me any extra money! If you have extremely oily eyelids, or you find foundation/concealer/cream eyeshadow don't work for you, I recommend springing for an actual eyelid primer.

What is your favorite eye shadow shade?
For summer, I love coppery tones, and my favorite is L'Oreal's Wear Infinite Single Eyeshadow in Copper Penny ($3.50). It looks really similar to MAC's Bold & Brazen (full review), which was limited edition a few years ago. I haven't seen this shade in the drugstore in a little awhile, but you can find it on Amazon.

L'Oreal's Wear Infinite Single Eyeshadow in Copper Penny

Do you use liquid or pencil eyeliner? 
Liquid Eyeliner. What a joke. My hands have a slight tremor that especially gets in the way when I put on eyeliner, so liquid eyeliner is basically a joke. I have to wear pencil, or else I'll look like a raccoon. I like the control I have with pencil, and I like how I can smudge it out if I want to. Plus, I'm jut not a big fan of the shiny, wet look that most liquid eyeliners give. My favorite thing to do is to take a creamy black eyeliner (like Urban Decay Zero: full review) and feather it out: you've got a smokey eye in a minute! Pencil is glorious.

Do you use mineral makeup?
No. I tried bareMinerals, but I found that it accentuated my dryness.

What is your favorite lipstick? 
I'm a huge fan of the Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters ($8.50). I have four of them, and am planning on getting another, because I have a problem.

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter In Tutti Frutti

What is your favorite blush? 
My favorite blush WAS Be a Bombshell's Sweet Cheeks (full review), until it broke when I came home from school. Lately, I've been really enjoying Stila's Convertible Colors ($25), because it really makes you look like you're glowing from within. The color looks natural and it make your cheeks look beautiful and dewy, something a dry-skinned gal like me doesn't often experience.

Stila's Convertible Colors in Gerbera
Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera

Do you buy your makeup on Ebay?
No, especially since I've heard so many horror stories about people buying fakes. I have bought makeup on Amazon, though, since I get free gift cards from Bing Rewards (referral link).

Do you like drugstore makeup?
Absolutely. I'm not made of money--I can't afford a lot of high-end makeup. Any makeup I do get that's not drugstore, I buy with Birchbox points, or get samples of it in a subscription box. The drugstore helps me foster my addiction!

Have you ever considered taking makeup classes?
I'm actually taking a Makeup for Theatre & Film class next semester at school! I'm very excited.

Are you clumsy when putting on makeup?
No, because on days when I'm feeling lazy, I just use idiot-proof products instead (ex. the Stila Convertible Colors). However, I always get mascara on my eyelid. (Pro-tip: if you wait like a minute before rubbing it away, it'll dry and come off cleanly instead of smudging black into your skin).

Do you like colorful shades of makeup?
Yes! I don't always wear them, but for a fun party look, I love playing with color! If it's just for daytime, I might do a pop of color on the lower lash line, or maybe a fun eyeliner and neutral shadows.

ELF Beauty Book in Warm
e.l.f. Beauty Book in Warm - I love this teal!

Which celebrity always has great makeup?
Emma Stone! Ugh, she's fabulous. And she rocks the bright lip like no one else.

If you could leave the house using just ONE makeup item, what would it be?
Probably mascara, because my eyelashes are blonde #AryanStruggs (#Hashtagsinblogpostsdon'tjudgeme)

Could you leave the house without any makeup?
I could, and I do quite often. The way I look at it, makeup is an art form, but not actually part of me. I'm still the same person with and without it, so I have no problem leaving the house without some makeup on my face. Makeup is fun, but not necessary, and during the school year I usually don't leave myself with enough time in the morning to put it on (because I oversleep, a lot).

What do you think of makeup? 
I hate it.

Just kidding (obviously, I'm a beauty blogger). It's fun, and it allows everyone to be an artist and have a creative outlet. I love playing with color, and as a scenic artist/scene painter, I think of makeup as painting on your face. If a few swipes of mascara makes a woman feel worlds more confident then I say she should rock it. I don't find it necessary to me, but I think makeup builds up people's self-esteem, and you live a happier life when you're happier with yourself. I think it does nothing but good, and will probably be giving my money to stores for it for a long, long time.

Well, that's everything! Feel free to do all or a few of these in the comments below, on your own blog. If you do it, link me below so I can check it out!

And, as usual with tag posts, I tag:
  • My HCBN gal pals
  • the rest of the Beauty & Fashion Blog Community
  • and anyone else who wants to do this (it could even be YOU!) 
Until next time...

Disclaimer: I don't own this questionnaire, but I DO own all of the products discussed here. I purchased them all with my own money, and am not affiliated/sponsored by any brands in this post. So, there.

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