Things I’m Loving Lately

My birthday, combined with a few staples that I’m really relying on these days, have created a nice little combination of current favorites.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, Mayebelline, Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate, Mario Badescu, Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion, Mario Badescu Cucumber Lotion, MAC, MAC Cream Color Base, Hush, Erin Condren, Erin Condren Life Planner
I talk a lot about my problem skin, but rarely talk about my remedies.  Despite my poor review, the Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment has been my nightly serum (until my current bottle runs out), putting my old staple on the back burner.  However, as my face seemed to get rather inflamed, I fell back into my old routine.  The Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion has been an on-and-off treatment staple for the last year or so.  I apply it right after my toner (Mario Badescu Cucumber Lotion) and before my moisturizer, usually morning and evening.  After taking a break from the Good Genes Treatment, my red acne marks calmed down pretty quickly.  It’s not a total savior, but it is way better than normal. 
I featured the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Primer in my “No Make-Up” Make-up Look last week, and it’s my current favorite primer.  It really does add a glowy quality to my skin, and makes my make-up sit a lot better.  Lately I’m all about the glow, so this is my go-to.
Beginning the birthday purchases, I splurged a little on two items on my Birthday Wishlist.  I picked up the MAC Cream Color Base in “Hush”.  I’m loving the dewey glow it gives me when I spread it across the tops of my cheeks, my chin and forehead, but I am unsure if I will repurchase.  It hasn’t wowed me, so I think I’m going to start searching for a good (and cheaper) dupe.  If anyone knows of one, let me know!
I also picked up the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner on my birthday.  And wow, it really is a tattoo.  I can apply it in the morning and it still looks flawless by evening, but comes off incredibly easy with a little make-up remover.  It’s also easy to control with a super thin applicator, which I like.  It does make trying to make a bolder look a little more challenging, just because you need a precise hand to build up a thin line, but other than that, I’m in love.
And finally, my new baby: the Erin Condren Life Planner.  I had been lusting after one of these for awhile, but could never justify the price.  So when I saw they were on sale, I jumped.  I’ve already developed a color-coding system for writing things down.  I’m still in “new toy” mode and get stupid excited when I have the excuse to write something down.  If anyone else is a planner junkie like me and wants to see a “how I organize my planner” post, let me know!  Or, if you’re interested, check out the planners here (they’re 40% off right now!)
And that’s it.  What are you loving lately?


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“No Make-Up” Make-Up Look

I always kind of rolled my eyes at the “natural” or “no make-up” looks that a lot of people boast about.  If you don’t want to look like you’ve got make-up on, then why not just wear no make-up and be done with it?

Then I turned 20, my face started breaking out, developed some super cute acne scars, and I suddenly realized why people seek out this “natural” look.

Last week I stumbled upon my own super natural make-up look by accident.  I had to be at work at the crack of dawn (8am) so I just slapped on a few things to make me look less haggard, and ran out the door.   That make-up look earned me two “How do you look so good without make-up?!” compliments that day.  Jackpot.  I immediately made a mental note of everything I put on that day and plan to recreate this look often.

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I started with the my current favorite primer, the Maybelline Master Prime Blur + Illuminate Primer all over my face.  A light layer of my current go-to foundation, Revlon Colorstay for Combination/Oily Skin on just where I need it for redness and blemishes– my cheeks, chin and a little bit through my forehead– and the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser underneath my eyes.

A light sweep of the Milani Baked Blush in Rose D’Oro across the apples of my cheeks.

Then, for a little bit of highlighting glow, just a sweep of a subtle highlighter.  Last week, I just used  a little bit of “Virgin” eyeshadow from the Naked palette *gasp* because I hadn’t been able to find a highlighter I liked enough to make the purchase.  However, this weekend, I treated myself to the MAC Cream Colored Base in “Hush” that I mentioned in my Birthday Wishlist.  A little tap of that right above the apples of my cheeks and it’s a very dewey glow that I am loving so far.

For eyes, I blended the Mayebelline Color Tattoo shadow in Creamy Beige all over my lid and into the crease, and topped it off with the Covergirl Lashblast Fusion mascara.

And with my favorite EOS balm for the lips, I officially looked natural and radiant with a full face of make-up!  Magic.

Also, apparently I have a fetish for Mayebelline products at the moment, huh?

What is your go-to “natural” make-look?

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Vacation Beauty Favorite: Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream

Maybe it’s just living in the Midwest, but when I began looking for a drugstore moisturizer with a good SPF before Florida, there were very few choices. Shocker.  So I turned to a BB cream for my SPF needs.

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This was part impulse buy, and part calculated decision.  After a shockingly long wait for a prescription to be filled, I somehow ended up with a new Milani baked blush, a new nail polish, a new primer, and this BB cream (I blame the American medical system).  I battled between a few drug store options, but settled on the Aveeno Clear Complexion BB Cream with SPF 30.  I found it in the skincare aisle near the rest of the Aveeno products, as opposed to the make-up aisle where the others I was considering were.  It was more product for the price, and Aveeno is a trusted name to me, so I was down to try it.

As I was outside in the Florida sun almost everyday, including just running around my Dad’s suburb in addition to sitting poolside, this was my skincare staple.  I applied it every morning just after moisturizer and went on my way.

For skin protecting, it worked like a charm.  I just needed one application in the morning and was good to go for the rest of the day.  With the exception of the second day where I forgot to put it on and promptly fried my forehead and nose, it was great.  I rocked that new, super trendy raccoon look for the rest of the week.

For a BB cream, it was pretty average.  It has a very sheer coverage, but it is buildable. When I was doing something other than just sitting poolside, I touched up my face with a little concealer and some of my bareMinerals to help cover up the raccoon, and was good to go.  It did have pretty good lasting power, and though I obviously got a few shades darker while there, the “light to fair” shade doesn’t wash me out now that I’ve got a little tan.

My only criticism would be that I broke out while I was down there.  I’m not sure to blame it on the climate, or just that my face hates traveling and anything out of the ordinary, but I got a few new blemishes where I don’t normally get them.  Now that I am back in my normal environment, I think I’ll continue to use it for awhile to see how my face fares.

I will be keeping this in my collection until the summer comes.  It was a great face sunscreen, even if it isn’t a great BB cream.

What’s your favorite BB cream? Or face sunscreen, for that matter? Leave it in the comments!


Go-To Everyday Make-Up

Recently I’ve gotten so many compliments in real life about my daily make-up.  Since I’m forced to wear the same thing everyday in the way of my work uniforms, I have become quite the make-up enthusiast the past few months.  As my hair is a battle I lost a long time ago, my face is the only place I am able to be creative.  It’s a canvas and I am the preschooler with some finger paints.

I try to change it up everyday— basically a way that I trick myself into thinking it’s okay to buy tons of new stuff because like duh, I totally use it all the time— but when I’m feeling lazy, this is my go-to face for the last few weeks.

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Rimmel London Lasting Finish Primer, which I spoke about here.  Still smitten, still wearing it.

Revlon ColorStay Makeup for Combination/Oily Skin (foundation). I wear color 220, Natural Beige.  I just recently got this foundation a few weeks ago and am liking it so far.  It has good coverage but doesn’t feel heavy.  No idea if the “for Combination/Oily Skin” part makes that big of a difference though.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser for under my eyes (obvi).  I picked this up when everyone else wouldn’t stop raging about it a few weeks ago… not sure if I’m that impressed, but I am still using it anyway. It is super easy to apply, though.

Benefit Erase Paste in “Medium” for concealer on all other things, like acne scars and zits.  It has a thicker formula, which I like because it feels like it covers more, especially with skin redness.  I’m still using a tiny sample size that I’ve had for months, and it’s only half gone.  I think this was also in my November favorites as well, which shows you how long I’ve been using it and it’s still going strong.

Maybelline Master Glaze Blush Stick in #10, “Just Pinched Pink”.  I usually tap it on straight from the stick, and then blend it out with a brush.  Again, not quite sure if I’m too impressed, but I do like the pink flushed color it has. I also like that it’s got a matte finish, so my cheeks don’t look too shimmery– as running around at work will usually make them go shiny anyway.

Bronzer (not pictured).  I’ve almost used up my Physicians Formula Powder Palette Multi-Colored Light Bronzer and am in the market for a new bronzer.  This one was probably too light/yellow for me, and I wasn’t that impressed with the staying power.  But as it’s the only bronzer I have at the moment, it’s been my go-to.   I use it for some light contouring, and around my hair line, and jawline for a little bit of glow.

Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadow in “Barely Branded” as an eyeshadow base.  It’s the most delicious champagne color and I wear it everyday.  I just tap it on using my finger and it’s the easiest thing ever.  I reviewed some other colors not long ago, and the rest of the range has not disappointed.  I’ve grown quite a collection of these, and have turned them into my own personal Pokemon card deck– gotta catch’em all!

Naked Palette for eyeshadow.  My go-to is “Sidecar” on the outer half of my eyelids and underneath my bottom lashes for some shimmer, and then “Hustle” blended into my crease.  It’s a great little subtle shimmer that I get compliments on all the time.  I also use “Virgin” as an eyebrow highlight.

Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black/brown.  Nothing fancy here, just line the top of my eyes. If I could do a cat eye or little flick, I would, but unless I am going for a raccoon thing, I usually just stick with a simple line across my top lashes.

Covergirl Clump Crusher Extensions Lash Blash mascara.  It’s my current fave as I can apply my usual 2-3 coats and it doesn’t clump up.  But I have naturally thick lashes, so I’m not super picky on mascara.

And last but not least, my go-to lip product with a little bit of color is Maybelline Baby Lips in “Grape Vine” which adds a nice deep tint to the lips, but is super sheer and pretty and won’t get on my teeth or fade off my lips ombre style if I forget that I am wearing it.

Annnnndd that’s it.  Add in a messy bun, a cup of coffee, and an infinity scarf, and you now know how to look exactly like me.  You’re welcome.