Thursday, August 22, 2013

Everyday Makeup Routine

I mostly stick to the same old products but I love reading everyday makeup routine blog posts because I'm nosy and like seeing what other girls use. I'm normally super lazy because there's no pressure to dress to impress at my University (even in winter the guys rock up in boardies and Havaianas carrying a single exercise book) but lately I felt like putting in some effort so I'm putting on some of the slap that I've spent the better part of 18 months hoarding. I haven't posted about my everyday makeup per se, but I'm using a couple of new products so I thought I'd share.

Regardless of titling this a makeup routine, I've included AM skincare. Because we're rebels without a cause.
Carmex Moisture Plus (forgot to include in photographs)
Priceline $2 bin bargain, and it's much better than regular Carmex, which has been relegated to my sunglasses case as my emergency back-up because I don't like it much.
Indeed Labs Hydraluron
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo
Biore UV Perfect Face Milk SPF50+ 
These three make up my standard AM skin care routine. 

On lazy days I'll just stop there but when I want to look like I try, I use the rest of this stuff.

Australis Matte Out mattifying face base

This is a mattifying stick primer (maybe similar to the Benefit version that was also released recently) that feels deviously like silicone. I've taken to striping it down my nose and across my forehead to reign in the grease. It works, for the most part. 'Matte without being flat' as Estée likes to put it. For some bizarre reason they decided to colour it purple. I'd understand if it were green (to counteract redness) but purple just boggles.
Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 20 Sand 
Purchased in a 50% off sale a while back when I wanted the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer but didn't want to pay $35 in case the shade wasn't spot on. Dotted on blemishes, unevenness and redness and blended out with a Real Techniques Contour Brush it serves as a good quick fix.
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in Lush Nectarine
Real Techniques Multi-Task Brush
NYC Sunny bronzer
Ecotools Domed Bronzer Brush 
Tiffany spoke about how lovely and soft this brush was, which gave me the nudge I needed to dig this up. She's so right.
MAC Brun eyeshadow
Ecotools Smudge brush
Alternative brow routine to the Lioele brow pencil.
Australis Eyeshadow Primer 
I'm still on the lookout for a good eye primer. From what I've heard, NARS is winning in that department (as they are in many other areas too) but for the moment I will continue to use this until it's gone.
Physician's Formula Custom Eye Enhancers eyeliner in Black 
I bought this after Emily Quak recommended them but I'm underwhelmed. The longevity on these is miserable but with primer it's tolerable. I'm grateful it doesn't transfer and smudge onto the skin under my eye like most 'waterproof' liners and mascaras. 
Shiseido Eyelash Curler
Kiss Me Heroine Make Long and Curl Mascara 
HG. I've bought a back-up.
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp 
This only looks good on exfoliated lips plied with balm but when I do go to the extra trouble of prepping, it looks great on. Antwerp is a peachy pink that I felt was a tad reddish but once applied it's not too red and very spring-ish. Thanks to Jenn's reminding us all how lovely this is, I'm finally wearing it after months of negligence.


  1. Jenn's videos kind of depress me, like, why is she so unnaturally pretty? LOL. I haven't gotten around to those NYX Soft Matte lip creams - I don't know, I don't think I'd really like them to be honest. But they do come in some pretty colours. I heard something like the Ecotools Domed Bronzer brush works really well with the Chanel cream bronzer - not that I'm going to get either any time soon (hopefully). I was so set on getting the NARS concealer but as time goes by I kind of lose interest in it. I mean, I don't wear concealer and have never particularly understood it - like, isn't it just a more pigmented foundation? Also, randomly, I'm feeling like I really want to get Rimmel Santa Rose even though they discontinued it. It's like $10 but somehow I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a tiny pan of blush that I probably already have 7 dupes of. Though I did buy Genuine Plum when they had 50% off Rimmel and I really wish I didn't. Is Santa Rose worth the hype?

    1. I think it's really subtle and understated- the formula is chalkier than LM and NARS but the shade is a natural shade. In your extensive collection you probably have a dupe :P so you probably don't need it. I paid full price for it (because I'm an idiot and I don't wait for sales) and I find I gravitate towards Santa Rose to complement full face makeup when I don't want it to compete with the eyes.

      Jenn is ridiculously pretty- I always wonder how she can be the product of such a smashing combination of genetics.