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Friday, August 28, 2015

My Makeup Routine

I thought I would do a post about my current make up routine.  I have tried a few new things lately, some I'm still deciding on and some has joined in the reins of the regular routine. I'm thinking about doing a separate post on my current skincare routine too! I'll list all of the products in the order I use them.

This is my everyday routine:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer - I just picked up this from Sephora last weekend, because I had heard some great reviews on it.  I'm still fully deciding what I think of this product and if it will be something that I will repurchase.  Before I started using this I was just using a moisturizer and the concealing I mention below.  I always thought a tinted moisturizer wouldn't provide enough coverage for me, but I was really shocked with how thick this product is.  I thought it would be more runny like a true lotion, but it almost feels as think as my double wear foundation from Estee Lauder.  I'll keep you posted on whether this product joins my regular routine, but for now I'm pretty happy with it. Side note: it does smell a little like sunscreen when I'm putting it on which I'm not exactly a fan of, but I don't think that smell sticks with me all day. The color I'm currently using is called "Nude."

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

bareMinerals bareSkin Perfecting Brush - I just picked up this brush from Sephora last weekend as well.  I use to to apply my tinter Moisturizer and my concealer. I have been looking for a good brush to apply foundation and thought I would give them one a try.  I don't have many other brushes to compare it to, but it seems to do the job and I'm finding that I do like using a brush rather just just using my fingers to blend which is what I used to do.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place flawless wear concealer - Next I apply this concealer just where needed.  Typically under my eyes and on any blemishes. I have been using this concealer for probably close to 10 years.  I am a big fan of Este Lauder and have collected almost the whole Double Wear line.  I really recommend this stuff and it seems to agree with my skin.  I try to go a shade lighter than my skin tone which obviously changes depending on the season.

MAC Prep + Prime Finishing Powder - I've had the product for a while, but just recently started using it again.  I put this on after the liquid moisturizer and concealer to make sure my face is completely dry before I put on any powder, bronzer, or blush.  It is a white powder that just helps keep my powders afterwards for looking too thick in certain locations on my face.  Nothing fancy, but does the trick for me. I'm not a huge MAC fan, but I haven't found a product similar to this anywhere else. I use the same brush to apply this finishing powder as I do my foundation powder.

From top to bottom (all Estee Lauder): Double Wear Mascara, Double Wear Highlighter, Double Wear Concealer

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-place Powder - I love this stuff.  I have been a loyal user of this powder for probably 10 years.  It takes away shine, doesn't have too much coverage, but definitely evens out my skin tone.  I also throw one of these compacts in my purse at all times and even keep one in my gym bag.  If it's just a lazy day at home I may even just use this without anything under it and feel like it gives me enough coverage without looking like too much.

Estee Lauder Powder Foundation Brush - I usually use this brush to apply the double wear powder foundation.  I've had it for a few years now and have found it really holds up well.

Benefit Hoola Matte Brozer - I just started using this bronzer in the last year.  I was always a loyal Estee Lauder Bronzer user, but was looking for something a little more matte for everyday use.  I had read a bunch of reviews on this stuff and it seemed to keep popping up everywhere so I thought I'd give it a try.  I'm really impressed. It is completely matte with no sparkle to it so I think like it's much more appropriate for the everyday use.

MAC Longwear Blush - I have had this blush for so long I can't believe I'm not even close to using it all.  I'm not a big blush wearer, but like to put just a little dot on everyday.  The color I wear is "Whole Lotta Love"  It's very pink so it doesn't take much for it to be noticeable.

Estee Lauder Blush Brush - I use this brush to apply the blush.  Nothing fancy and usually just a dot on each cheek.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brow Lift Duo - I wasn't kidding when I said I was loyal to Estee Lauder's double wear line. I love this stuff.  I usually use this pencil after I fill them in mostly with a powder and small brow brush, but they no longer carry the brow powder I use so I don't know what I'm going to do once it's gone.  It will be a sad day, because I don't think just this pencil will work for me.  I have super light eyebrows so I need all the help I can get in this area.

Shiseido "The Makeup" Eyelash Curler - I picked this up a few years ago.  I stopped into the make up department and asked which eyelash curler was the best and was lead to this curler.  I can't say one way or another as to if I love this product, because I really don't have much to compare it to, but I think it does the job.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Zero-smudge Lengthening Mascara - For as long as I can remember I've been wearing this mascara.  It probably dates back all the way to middle school.  I don't know how I became so brand loyal to Estee Lauder, but it's just been working for me.  I love the mascara and I think the main reason is because I've found it actually stays on my little lashes all day.  I never get the raccoon eyes with it slowly coming off all day.  I also love how easy it is too remove even though it is double wear. I don't have to spend 5 minutes every night and a box full of remover wipes just to get it off.  It literally comes off in clumps rather than becoming liquid again, if that makes sense?  The only con I've found is that it's not a dramatic mascara; I typically layer this with another mascara if I'm looking for a more fancy look.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - I typically throw on a little of this lip color since it's so easy for everyday.  At work during the week I'm not big on wearing lip color since I'm typically drinking something (tea, water, latte, green juice) almost all day long so without getting it all over all of my glasses, it's just easier not to wear anything.

On tray: Hoola Bronzer, Este Lauder Brow Powder, Estee Lauder Bronzer, Estee Lauder Powder Foundation, MAC Blush, Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Foundation

Now I'll add a few things here that I use on the weekends or when I'm getting a little more fancy:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Liquid Makeup - I love this stuff.  Another product I have been using for as long as I can remember.  This is a little more full coverage than I prefer to go on a typical day, but I love it for special occasions. It is a full coverage, but still feels very lightweight on my skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Brush On Glow Highlighter - This product I love to use to highlight my cheeks and cover under eye.  It gives me a little extra glow and it an easy way to contour a little without it being too dramatic.  I usually put this on at the same time as my concealer and use it under the eyes instead of the double wear concealer.

Estee Lauder Bronzer Goddess Powder - I mentioned this product earlier.  It has been a staple in my make up routine for as long as I can remember.  It recently got replaced for the day to day, because it is a big shimmery, at least for the workplace.  I still love to brush on a little somedays if I'm feeling extra pail otherwise I save it for the weekends.  I think it quickly adds some fancy for a look to go from day to night.

Estee Lauder 'Sumptuous Extreme' Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara - Well that's quite a name.  I mentioned earlier that sometimes I like the layer other mascaras with my usually zero smudge mascara and this is it.  It definitely has a drama factor and quickly doubles the size of my lashes.  I love this stuff and wish it was a longer wear mascara.  If I know I'm going to be wearing it all day I typically skip this stuff, because it doesn't seems to have the long wear that I'm used to.  It also is more labor intensive to remove at the end of the night.

Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette - This is the very original naked palette. I haven't tried the naked palette 2, 3 nor the smoky eye. I've had this palette since it first came out.  I'm not a big eye shadow wearer, hence why I still have the palette and it hasn't run out yet.  But I love to use a little of this on my eye lids if I'm going somewhere extra fancy like a wedding.  I love that's it's not bold.

You would think from this post that I would be sponsored my Estee Lauder.  I've been quite the loyal customer for so long.  It was really stepping out of the box for me to try the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer.  Hopefully this will spark me to branch out and try some other make up lines too. Any suggestions? Should I do a post on my skincare routine too?!

Side note: The tray that make up is on is from West Elm and we have the matching tooth brush holder and I love it.

Anyway, enough make up talk.  It's Friday and I'm ready for the weekend.  We don't have any big plans on the agenda and there is supposed to be some crappy weather in Chicago so I'm sure it'll be a relaxing weekend.  The cleaning person came this morning so it'll be nice to enjoy my freshly clean apartment!  I'll keep you posted on our allergy results we get back tomorrow.  Have a great weekend!


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