The Bare Minimum
My apologies for the lack of content lately, I have been very busy especially in the past few weeks since I have recently been accepted to a graduate studies program that requires me to devote a lot of time immersed in readings and papers.
Because of this, I have decided to delete my Twitter and Tumblr accounts in order to be able to post on this blog exclusively.
I find that because I have always been very honest with my reviews and all my other posts, it is but right to do the same with this more personal entry regarding the future of this blog.
Despite my love for makeup, I haven't had adequate time to be able to purchase new stuff and try out products that I can feature in the next entries. This is both good and bad because I find that after months and months of testing products and not finding the ones that deem fool proof no matter what circumstance given, I have finally narrowed down the products that I'm using to the bare minimum that would allow me to do my makeup in less than five minutes in whatever circumstance.
First up, my skin has been much lighter and I find that my beloved MAC concealer no longer matched my skin. The problem with having fair-medium a skin tone with yellow undertones is that sometimes, products tend to lean towards the pinker side, especially in most drugstore makeup. I have however, found one product that matched my skin perfectly and blended like a dream, and that is the Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Corrector (#230).
(Apologies for not posting proper photos and swatches, I had to depot mine into a smaller container in order to take with me in my purse. Photo taken from: www.covergirl.com)
I know this is supposed to be an eye corrector, but the light yellowish undertone is actually perfect as a brightening concealer to put under my eyes, around my nose and mouth and even as an eyeshadow base prior to my everyday eye routine. I find that throughout the weeks, this is all I have been putting on my face and it lasts the whole day even without setting it with powder.
Right now I'd say I'm around an NC 20-25 (although I cannot fully confirm that since I do find that even my NC25 foundation looked a tad too orange on my skin lately). and this is perfect on its own.
I have used this before but have forgotten how great it looks, even now that I can use it alone and skip the rest of my foundation routine yet still look well rested and wide awake for today's classes.
As mentioned, I have had this for quite awhile and if I'm not mistaken, I bought it for around $9.00-10.00 at my local drugstore, which may sound a little steep at first, but considering that you get 9g (0.3oz.)with this product, it's a bargain compared to your MAC and Bobbi Brown correctors.
Another product that I'm loving, and I'm sure most beauty junkies have also been enjoying is the new Urban Decay Naked Basics eye palette.
(Photo taken from: www.urbandecay.com)
I have long loved matte shadows. I find that it gives the most natural finish and when done right, it goes on very pigmented and blends perfectly. When I finally got my hands on this, which costs around $27.00 at Sephora, I knew I would love it more than my Naked 2 palette mainly because of the amount of matte eyeshadows you get.
Don't let the size fool you. It's almost the same size as an Iphone, yet it's slimmer and can really be a great stand alone travel palette if you're like me who's hooked onto neutrals and matte eyeshadows. But it can also pair well with both Naked and Naked 2 palettes to give more versatility to your looks. Again, the mattes, balance the shimmer and sparkle that the prior Naked palettes provide.
I, on the other hand, only need this for a great everyday look. After applying my concealer, I sweep Foxy all over my lid and Naked 2 on the crease and Faint in the outer-V and lower lash line, swipe my mascara and go. I can also use Venus as an inner corner and browbone highlight and Crave to fill in my brows on certain occasions.
And even though some would say it's not worth having when you already have both Naked and Naked 2 palettes, I say for someone who hasn't tried any of the two but feels hesitant shelling $50 for a palette where you find you only like half of the shadows, go for this one instead.
I find that all the shadows can be used one way or another. It is exactly what the name says, Naked BASICS. It's all and everything you need to create the bare minimum eye and a no makeup, makeup look.
The last piece of this everyday face routine trifecta is one that, unlike the previous product, I find needs a little more love from the beauty community. This little gem I first encountered way back in fourth or fifth grade and have long had one in my makeup stash.
But because of the influx of the Maybelline Baby Lips, Revlon Lip Butters and all the other lipstick/lipstain/lipgloss/lipbalm hybrids out there in the market, it was only recently that I have rekindled my love for this product and it is the Blistex Lip Tone Lipbalm.
(Photo taken from: www.teenvogue.com)
The only reason why I decided to give this another try was because I wanted a product that would give me naturally soft supple looking lips with a slight tint, and this one looked the most natural out of all the other balm-type products in my collection.
I find that the pigmentation compared to my Revlon Lip Butters, was obviously not as superior, but that's exactly what I loved about it, it never went overboard no matter how much I applied it throughout the day.
This moisturized my lips really well, but I find that I had to reapply this throughout the day especially right after eating and drinking, but for the price, (I'm not quite sure how much this is but give or take no more than $3.00?) you get 4.25 g of product, which is significantly more compared to a regular Revlon Lip Butter.
All three of these products are what I chuck inside my bag whenever I find myself rushing out the door in the morning. During the past couple of weeks, especially given my sudden hectic academic schedule, I find these not just ones that I am enjoying using, but ones that take the hassle off having to decide which products to wear that would last all day with minimal or barely any touching up.
I find that all three are also essentials in taking my everyday neutral, barely there makeup a notch higher whenever I do have to attend events and dinners at night.
And despite the lack of any makeup hauls lately, I find I am perfectly contented with these three products to use everyday. In fact, I have been using them for weeks and have never been happier with the decision to stick to just the bare minimum.
What are some of your "bare minimum" products?
What products have you been liking lately?
Photos were not my own and were taken from:
Products mentioned were bought using my own money