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Friday, May 9, 2014

Everyday Spring Makeup


As my school year wraps to a close, I can't tell you how ecstatic I am. Exams? Breakouts (on account of stress, of course)? No social time? Blog posts that I'm not quite satisfied with? It's rather obvious what time it is. Unfortunately, all these factors are also contributing to my general mental health; I've cried three times in the past week. Emotional traumas aside, the weather outside is quite the contrast to my gloomy disposition, and so is my daily slap. I've been opting for a surprisingly spring-like makeup--sans black lipstick and caked liner--that looks shockingly gorgeous as I apply it in the mornings. This is why people think I'm always so happy....

The base I choose normally differs on an everyday basis. Sometimes, I'll opt for my much beloved Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB Cream because the grey-tinged shade cancels out redness and leaves my complexion in dewy perfection. Nevertheless, the Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer is also on the cards. Like the BB, it's slightly dewy, and provides the perfect dose of coverage, while the color match is spot on. Whatever formula, I apply initially with fingers, and then blend everything over with a brush to blend the product into my skin. As per usual, I apply the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer on any imperfections, and blend it in with a brush. Throughout winter, powder was set on the back burner...but it's back, baby. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light was a favorite last summer, and I've crack it out again and apply it on an everyday basis, because, apparently, humidity equals shine. Then I go onto bronzing with the gorgeous NARS Laguna Bronzer and a fluffy powder brush, applying under my cheekbones, on my temples and the bridge of my nose; it's the best shade that imparts a hint of a healthy glow with some secret sculpting power. For blush, I've been keen and admiring the RMS Lip2Cheek in Muse*. The coconut oil base prevalent in all RMS products makes it sheeny and dewy--almost like a blush and highlighter two-in-one--and the shade is a muddy peach that adds a hint of color to my face, completing the "healthy glow" theme. I've been opting out of brow pencil and, instead, just brushing my bushy friends with a spoolie. Then, I use the Chanel Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in Violet Smoke, stolen from ma mère. The purple tone is surprisingly flattering and adds some extra volume to my lashes. I only apply it to the very outer halves of my lash line for the ultra flattering finish, then I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eye Lash Curlers and apply the L'Orèal Telescopic Shocking Extensions Waterproof Mascara for length and curl holding doe eyes. Last, I slick on the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip for hydration and sheen, and if I want an extra punch, I also pat on some of the Clark's Botanicals Ultra Rich Lip Tint in Alexandria Rose* for a coral pinch.

With a solid array of products, I've squeaked my routine down no more than five minutes; that means more time in bed, so I neither feel nor look like bridezilla. And hopefully there are no more tears.

19 comments :

  1. Your posts are always so lively and funny far from the gloominess you probably feel inside! I hope everything turns good soon!

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  2. Ahh good luck on your exams! I share the stress my friend (APs this week and next week!) but then I'm officially done with high school so I suppose that's exciting. As much as I love dark winter makeup, it's nice to see the switch over to spring with lighter bases and options. I also love my NARS concealer, it's great for coverage without cakiness :)
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  3. Been a big fan of the Nars concealer recently too, and good luck on your exams! x


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  4. I've had my eyes on the NARS concealer and L'Oreal mascara for a while now. Once I use up what I have now, they're both making their way into my collection. xx

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  5. Finals has got me rushed and with terrible dark circles. I haven't worn makeup in ages, I miss it!

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  6. Your kind words are greatly appreciated. I hope so too. (: x

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  7. Ah, yes--someone who shares my pain! What AP exams are you taking/did you take. And congratulations on your graduation! x

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  8. Thanks; I think I need all the luck I can get. x

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  9. It's amazing; I'm nearly at the end of my tube. x

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  10. That's the way to go--one in, one out. x

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  11. Ha! I'm with you on that one, although it's not as much dark circles for me as it is horrible skin. x

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  12. Yikes, exams! Though writing a thesis isn't all that fun either, which sadly reflects in my skin and can be spotted when looking at my über-dark under eye area. Everyone is raving about the NARS concealer for months now and I still haven't tried it. How well does it last on the skin? Must finish up all the other concealers first before trying haha.

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  13. Thanks, Albertine! x

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  14. I'm with you on the skin situation; mine is such a wreck. The NARS Concealer is amazing. It lasts quite a long time on the skin (over eight hours, I'd say). x

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  15. Exam time is the worst time of the school year and my skin hates me a lot for always stressing out. Drinking a lot of water has helped me a little (also the MAC studio finish concealer is great for spots!) and good luck for your exams!

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  16. Thanks so much! I'll get on the chugging. (: x

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  17. I love rms beauty products so much! wish you good luck for your exams xxx

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