Here’s yet another new set from me, yay. I’m proud. This is for the ‘My Daily Beauty Routine’ contest. As you can see I included a lot of items and kept the rest of the set rather simple, didn’t want it to be too overwhelming.
My beauty routine is not the same day to day. There are lots of days, I’ll go a whole week even without wearing any makeup. It’s not an absolute must for me to walk out the house with a face full of makeup. There are quite a few days where I’m feeling lazy and I just go about my day and others where I really want to. For me it’s not a necessity as much as it is a passion.
I love makeup. Makeup, like fashion, is another art medium to me the only difference is that your face is the canvas and you can wash it right off at the end of the day.
Now actually taking care of my skin is a different thing. I try my hardest to keep up with washing my skin and moisturizing it each day. Everyone’s skin is unique and with every skin type comes it’s own advantages and disadvantages. For me, I have dry skin except right along the bridge and tip of my nose gets slightly oily but is still fairly dry. I’m pretty sure the redness on my skin (which I hope/think is slowly going away) is due to rosacea.
I was recommended the First Aid Beauty products a few months ago when I was at Sephora with my friend. We go to the mall and the first thing we see to our right is Sephora, of course we were immediately lulled into the store. I was originally looking for something else but one of the lovely females recommended First Aid Beauty’s skincare products to me - I got the three in one kit which is so much cheaper than buying them all separately.
I like it. I use the cleanser every night. All I do is damp my face, apply the cleanser and massage it into my face for a few minutes then I rinse it off and use a towel to pat my face, not rub. Two times a week after I’ve cleansed my face I use the exfoliating pads that come with it but I only use it two times, as anymore would dry out my skin even more and I really don’t want that, aha. But I use it to clean off all the impurities and dirt off of my face and I feel it really works. The great thing about First Aid Beauty is that there are no harsh chemicals or parabens. While I have dry skin, it’s not sensitive and allergic to anything so I don’t really care if a product has a scent or not, but I like that this doesn’t. After using the exfoliating pads, or if I’m skipping the step I’ll use the repair cream. I love this stuff. It make my dry skin feel so soft and smooth. Then after that I also apply Prosacea, a cream for those who have Rosacea and I’m not sure if I’m seeing any changes in redness yet. I might or might not change this last step. I’m always interested in skin care products that will help my skin but I can be apprehensive because I don’t want these products to harm them more than help them.
I don’t wash my face in the morning but I do moisturize it to keep the softness which does make a huge difference in my skin. Nor dryness, flakiness, or anything like that.
After wards the makeup application process might or might not begin and if it does, I just follow what my mood feels like and what I’m planning to wear. Before I apply any makeup I always use a face primer which helps my makeup stay on longer and it makes it easier to apply makeup because it makes my skin much smoother. I use this Palladio primer and it works really well. It’s a gel primer but it’s not greasy, sticky, or slimy and all you need is a small amount for your whole face.
Then I pretty much go from there. I can’t tell you the exact same steps I do everyday because it’s never really similar. I do use a concealer to cover up my under eye circles as well as any other blemishes then I proceed to use foundation. My favorite foundation so far has to be Revlon’s Photo Ready. I also used to really like Colorstay but I feel it makes my skin look cakier and it’s better for oilier skin types. Not only that but I hate foundations that don’t have a pump, it makes everything so much messier and less convenient. The Colorstay foundation is a great drugstore foundation and unlike the Photo Ready, it is great for photography but for me the Photo Ready foundation really works and it’s not as quick to dry so I can take a little bit more time. I’m sure I’ll change foundations in the future though but I’m still figuring out what brand I’d like to try next, preferably a high end one like Makeup Forever. But this foundation does a good job at evening my skin tone and given me an airbrushed look. The tools I use alternative. I usually use the MUG Stippling Brush which I love. In my opinion, I love it more than MAC’s stippling brush because the bristles are stiffer. Other times I may use the beauty blender. I know it’s a bit pricy for a sponge but it’s so worth it in my opinion. It’s great for getting in those hard to reach spaces like in the corners of your nose and it also helps me achieve that airbrushed look. I always use the tiniest amount of translucent powder to set my foundation and make sure it doesn’t budge. If I use too much, I end up with a cakey face - just the tiniest amount to my nose, cheeks, and chin.
Then… pretty much after that is whatever I want. I’ll use certain shadows from a certain palette, combine a few different palettes for different looks, etc. I always apply my Urban Decay primer potion. I love using my Naked Palette by Urban Decay. It’s an amazing palette with neutral colors - nice sparkly shades and a few matte ones in an array from dark to lighter colors. My favorite I would have to say is half baked but I really do like them all.
Another eye shadow brand I love using and is my favorite is Makeup Geek (MUG). These are by far the greatest eye shadows I’ve ever used. If you don’t know, Makeup Geek is a company started by a lovely woman on Marlena who is a guru on YouTube and she has her own website that educates women about makeup. She also has a new makeup line, her lipsticks being released not too long ago actually but I have yet to purchase them (though I’m sure I will soon).
I do have several eye shadows by Makeup Geek and they are just amazing. I have more of the neutral shades but I do have a few colors and will be adding more of their wonderful bright colors very soon. I cannot rave enough about the shadows. They are very smooth, creamy, and they are incredibly pigmented. I do have the black eye shadow, Corrupt and it is my favorite black eye shadow, ever. It is incredibly potent, you only need to dip your brush in once with a light hand. In my opinion, I would say the eye shadows are far superior to MAC (and I do love MAC) and are much less expensive. I cannot wait to purchase more shadows soon and am incredibly happy with the ones I have now.
As for other eye products I do tend to stick to gel liner more - I still love pencil and liquid but gel is easier to apply and I find it lasts longer and it doesn’t smudge like pencil does. My favorite is Bobbi Brown’s, I love the gel liners and mine hasn’t dried out yet which I’m happy. After that, I always curl my lashes and apply mascara and my favorite mascara would have to be Maybelline’s Great Lash. It really lengthens the lashes and they get very dark. After that, I use whatever cheek product appeals to me - sometimes I’ll opt for just a bronzer or just a blush, sometimes it’ll be a combination of both to add color and warmth to my pale skin. There will also be some times that I’ll use a highlighter to the tops of my cheeks which gives a nice glow.
Then I just apply my lipstick and lipgloss which can be a number of colors or brands - from drugstore to high end. The last step I’ll do is I’ll use the Mac Fix+ spray to really help set everything and it just really gives my makeup enough finish.
And that is a kinda not so typical beauty routine. Like I said, some steps change or are not for sure and somedays I don’t even bother to put on makeup it just depends on my mood.
To anyone who has actually read this, you’re a trooper. Ahahaha.
Anyways, I thank those who continue to support me, it’s much appreciated!