Thursday, April 20, 2017

CURRENT MAKEUP ROUTINE


So I do want to start this post off by saying that I am not a makeup artist or youtuber, BUT I have tried a LOT of products, both drugstore and high-end. I have found that sometimes paying the extra $ for higher-end products pays off but a lot of the times I don't notice a huge difference. I am totally open to any suggestions or recommendations anyone may have also!
 So I have tried a TON of foundations but I still am in search of "the one" haha. I will go over a few I've used that are very highly recommended and let you know what I thought. Keep in mind I can only speak about how the product worked for MY skin tone. I have oily/uneven skin tone.
                                 
                                     Foundations

Mac Prolong wear - OK, I feel like people go crazy for Mac. And with some of their products I can see why. Unfortunately, I thought this foundation was just OK. it def is longwear BUT if you're like me and need TOTAL coverage, it doesn't quite cut it.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation - So I see bloggers RAVE about this stuff and I was so excited to try it! I will say that it stays on ALL day and is great for oily or dry skin. It is a good product but I was dissappointed with the coverage. I just didn't find this stuff to be anything special.

Kat Von D Lock-It  - So a friend showed this to me awhile back and it was my JAM for awhile. You could probably swim in pool and this stuff would still be in place after. It is TOTAL coverage. With that being said, I do love it for special occasions, but for day to day wear it's just TOO heavy and suffocating feeling. I apply all my foundations with this F80 brush by Sigma brush.

** Update I heard rave reviews on this drugstore product- Milani 2 in 1 foundation and concealer so I tried it and guess what? It worked better on my skin that ANY of the above products. It provided full coverage without the heavy/cakey feeling of the Kat Von D product and was long-wearing. I love the color tone on my skin. YESSSS to this product!

                                          Bronzer

Hourglass by Ambient - This is the only bronzer I'll be linking bc this stuff is seriously the BEST. I don't know if I'll ever try another bronzer. It's a little on the pricey side but I think it's worth it because it goes on SO well and leaves the best bronzy look. Note that this stuff can go on a little heavy so blow excess of the brush before applying and build from there. I apply it with Airbrush Essential Bronzer Brush by IT.

Contouring - I recently bought Physician's Formula Highlighter & Concealer and, especially for the price, it works GREAT! The colors are very soft and the product goes on smooth. NO "muddy" appearance. I def recommend this product.

                                          Concealer

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream eyes - This is another one of those "IT" products I just didn't understand. For $25 I felt that it didn't do anything that a $6 brand couldn't do. Bc I am fair skinned, I have blue circles under my eyes and this stuff just didn't cut it with coverage. It was basically sheer which makes sense bc it is a BB cream but so many bloggers raved about it and its full coverage?? yea, im lost haha

Revlon PhotoReady concealer - Thi stick glides on very smoothly and is medium to to full coverage. Unfortunately I did notice those cakey/flakey looking marks under my eyes and places I spot treated. I wouldn't recommend this product.

Mac Pro Longwear Concealer - This stuff is pricey to me but I will say the applicatoion is smooth and the product has a creamy consistency that I like. It is medium coverage and it did not cake up/flake/settle on my skin at all. Overall it's a quality product. I will say that the dispenser pumps out TOO much product though! why?!

Physician's Formula Instaready concealer - This product has a very similar dispenser to the Mac Pro Longwear and also pumps out TOO much product. The products clumps and flakes under the eyes and the lighest color in "fair" is a total peachy color which didn't make any sense to me. I wound NOT recommend this.

E.L.F. undereye concealer & highlighter - This product is almost funny to me bc it is $3!! And it actually works better than some of the high end products I've used. I mix the concealer and highlighter for the undereye area & dab just the highlighter to the inner corners of my eyes and my cupid's bow. It doesn't cake or do anything funky under my eye and it's medium coverage. I would recommend this product.
** One product I haven't tried that I've heard RAVE reviews about is Maybelline instant age rewind concealer. I will check in soon on that one.

 I like to top all my "liquids' off with setting powders so it doesn't look too cakey or oily. I recently bought the Laura Mercier loose setting powder. It kept me matte and oil free ALL day but with the price tag I'll have to wait awhile and see if it wows enough to warrant the cost.

                                            Mascara

I'm currently using L'Oreal Voluminous Manga, and while it does add fullness, because I'm oily, it bleeds underneath my eye area. :/ The only mascara I've used that NEVER gets dark marks under my eye area is YSL VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS waterproof mascara. I highly recommend it, especially if you have oily skin.

                                           Eyebrows

I hands down recommend Anastasia for ALL brow products. I've yet to be disappointed. I have used her eyebrow pencil and the color is amazing as well as how it applies. I'm currently using her DIPBROW pomade in blonde. I apply it with a small angular brush and top it off with a gel coat. I am using brow drama by Maybelline and I love it, even just by itself it is a great product.

                                               Blush

I am pretty simple with my blushes and have never noticed a significant difference between brands. Again, I am not a makeup artist so I'm sure others may have different opinions about that. I use Revlon Powder Blush  in Haute Pink. A favorite high end blush Too Faced Love Flush Blush.

                                               Primer

I feel like primers are SO recommended in the makeup world. I've been using Mac Prep + Prime and it has a nice smooth consistency but I don't see any significant difference in the way my makeup looks?? Maybe I'm missing something. ** just a sidenote, in the Master Class where Mario did Kim K's makeup. He does NOT use face OR eye primers. He feesl that it is an uneccessary step and creates a barrier between the foundation and the skin. I have to say, I AGREE. Same goes for sprays such as Mac Finishing mist. I literally sprayed one half of my face with the product and not the other half, hours later, and there was NO noticeable difference between each side of my face.

I showed this Mario Badescu drying lotion in the photos. It's not makeup but it is such a great product that I thought I should mention it. I tried a MILLION acne products in my life. I've prob tried most OTC products available. I used to have to order this from NY online bc it wasn't sold in stores but it's FINALLY sold at ULTA now. It's the only product that clear my skin up. I highly recommend it.

So that's all for makeup. I'll continue trying new products and if anyone has any suggestions for products they'd like me to test, feel free to let me know. I'm OFF tomorrow wooohoooo. A three day weekend is much needed for this lil lady! Thanks for reading ! XOXO

4 comments:

  1. I really like MAC- pro-long wear. When I wear it and have a "long night" - I wake up and it is still on my face- not a pillow hehe. I enjoyed your post. I am looking for a new bronzer. Bronzers are usually hit or miss. Thank you

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    1. MAC is long-lasting, I guess I just need a little more coverage. If I put concealer on with it, it works great. Thank you for sharing!

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  2. I tried the YSL VOLUME EFFET FAUX CILS waterproof mascara and it is a great recommendation !

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    1. right!? I'm glad you liked it too. It's one of my favorite mascaras. I'm hoping to find a drugstore dupe of this product soon though, it's a littl pricey

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