A look into beauty, that doesn't harm our furry friends
Never did I think I would write a post about what I’ve slathered all over my face, but I’m slowly getting more confidence in my makeup application. Slowly, mind you. So let’s just stick to the saying, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” Now that we’ve addressed that, let’s get to the FUN part of this post- makeup application:
Yeup, here’s a look at me in all my bare-faced glory. I’m riddled with acne scars like no other (thanks hormonal acne, ya jerk). In all honesty, I still don’t mind going out in public like this, but I do like the results I can achieve with makeup too. Pretty much in a week it’s about 4 days with makeup, 3 without.
Before any makeup goes on, I’m pretty consistent with using this lotion from Acure Organics. I don’t have oily skin, but I have hormonal acne- more specifically, my skin creates too much sebum and can clog up easily. So to give my skin a fighting chance, I’ve turned to the Oil Control facial moisturizer. Strong enough to combat any dry patches, but gentle enough not to clog me up. I am really enjoying this lotion so far, I just recently purchased it in my Acure Organics Haul around the end of April.
To even out my skin, I reached for my new sample from Sephora, the Hourglass Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF15 in the shade ‘Shell’. Thanks to the SPF already in there, that cut out on step in my skincare routine. I’m really happy with the color and the feel on my skin, as some SPF can really irritate me, and I’ve been having a HECK of a time finding an appropriate shade to match me. I could of applied this with my fingers, but I’m a big fan of brushes, so I went with my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush.
I purchased both of these concealer back in 2013 when I was on my honeymoon in Ireland and London, and I’m finally reaching for them! The Lasting Perfection concealer is great for acne and dark spots, but I’m not the biggest fan of it for concealing under-eye darkness. Instead, I was happy with how the Illuminating Touch concealer covered up and brightened my eyes, along with the sides of my nose. I didn’t have the best experience with the longevity of this product though, as it creased pretty badly under my eyes and on the sides of my nose. Recognize the brush? The Too Faced blender brush is originally meant for eyeshadows, but synthetic brushes work best with creams, and I decided to give it a try. I’m really happy with how it applied the concealers evenly.
To set all the powder down, I used the Dim Light (L) powder from my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette over my face, and the Incandescent Light (M) under my eyes to brighten things up more. I’m really happy with the application I get with the EcoTool’s Round Powder brush, the bristles are insanely soft, and pick up just the right amount of powder.
For my eyes and cheeks, I decided to focus all my colors from my Tarte Be Mattenificent palette. With all matte colors, this palette is definitely best for those with more fair skin. The eyeshadows are so insanely soft and beautiful, they are a dream to apply on the lids. I used the bottom left shade “Pink Outside the Box” as an inner corner highlight, and the bottom middle shade “Rose to the Occasion” on the rest of my lid, all with the dual-sided brush the palette provides. Then with my finger, I dabbed the top left shade “Sand Out from the Crowd” on the middle of my lid, and lightly blended out the edges. This is a trick I learned from a friend to help highlight your eyes even more. Then for a liner both on the top of my lids and the bottom outer 1/2, I dabbed a flat-ended liner brush into the bottom left brown shade, “Dream in Chocolate”. Using a brown instead of a black just helps create a softer, more natural look. To finish off using the palette, I dabbed some of the Amazonian blush “Elevated” on my cheeks. My only warning for this palette is that since the eyeshadows are soo soft and powdery, you can’t go crazy with application. You need to work in small amounts, pressing the powder in first, and then blending. This way, you’ll have less problems with fallout.
For eyelashes, just a quick curl and a lashing of mascara. I don’t know how I feel about the eyelash curlers yet- my outer corner lashes are soo unruly, does anyone have a suggestion for curlers from a cruelty free brand?
I think my favorite part of my makeup application process is doing my eyebrows. Since my glasses really take over my face, having a good strong pair of brows to match them frame my face in a flattering way. I’ve recently discovered Too Faced’s brow “powder, gel, pencil, and setting wax all in one”, but I still lock it all in with the clear mascara, just because my eyebrow hairs are -that- long.
To keep things in place, I spray a couple pumps of E.L.F.’s makeup setting mist. Make sure to do this from a far enough distance- too close and it’s strong enough to move your makeup. It also has the perks of extra good ingredients inside, but I’m not sure how legit those all are. I can see myself carrying this mist around to refresh myself on a hot day though.
Finally, to bring the whole look together, I went with my Bite Beauty lipstick in Fig. For a smooth and longer-lasting wear, I applied it with the Real Techniques Retractable Lip Brush. And the final product looks like….
This was one of the longer make-up application sittings I’ve done in quite some time, but it was nice to play around with my collection and new vanity. Who knows, maybe another GRWM will be in the near future? ❤