I went through the process of re-doing my room back in January and one of the things that I wanted to focus on in the space was a spot dedicated to beauty with a touch of fashion. I am no longer in school so I didn’t need a desk that held the function of books and supplies for homework etc. I decided to completely start fresh with a new desk and some beauty storage and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. I went for the “basic beauty guru’s” Alex drawers from Ikea as well as the matching desk. I must say that assembling both was more fun than I thought it was going to be!
I never realized how much makeup I actually have to utilize because I always kept most tucked away in the bathroom closet so with this change, its nice to have everything organized and within reach when I am trying to get ready for the day, Hair included. I have always been someone who gets ready at their desk so really re-vamping the focus of my desk space has been a game changer for me.
When it comes to make up I consider myself to have a decent mix between high end and drug-store products but usually find myself gravitating towards my drug-store gems for my everyday look at the office or for my relaxing weekends. I have found products that are truly my holy grails and I just love the overall look it gives me so I don’t really switch things up too much. Lately i’ve been branching out and trying different drug-store foundations and honestly haven’t found something that I love more than my current one so if you have any recommendations leave a comment below!
My first step is skin care
I start by taking my make up off with micellar water the night before, than I wash my face with the Olay Daily Facials. I find them to be so refreshing for my skin for that added cleanse and the convenience of the toilette form is right up my alley. I then spray myself with the Mario Badescu facial spray in the Lavender and Chamomile scent my sister got me for my birthday and I am ready for bed.
In the morning is when I use my Estee Lauder skin care products. I actually use their Advanced Night Repair serum in the morning after a specialist told me its really for day and night use. Followed by the Advance Night Repair Eye Serum. I especially love using this in the morning because it really de-puffs my eyes and makes them feel more open and ready for the day. Then I top it off with the Estee Lauder day wear moisturizer. I spray some Mario Badescu Rose water and let it all sink in and I am ready to start my make up routine.
For primer I use the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. I received this product to test out and review and to be honest I used to love it but something has changed for me. I have purchased this myself in the past and absolutely loved, loved everything about it but that was a few years ago so the formula must have changed because I find that this one is nothing to brag about. It gets the job done tho so I am using it up for the time being… who knows maybe once its done i’ll miss it? I find that this primer gives my skin a matte finish after all that skin care making it ready to add foundation.
I use the Infallible Pro-Glow from L’oreal. I have always found the formula to be better than the Pro-Matte finish and I also find that it doesn’t oxidize nearly as much as the Pro-Matte does. Anyway, its a win from me and I have been using it consistently for almost a year now. I then follow up with my NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Light 2 Vanilla and I love this stuff. I’m on like my third or fourth tube. It’s a little pricey but I find worth it. I will say that I always have a Maybelline concealer that I use when I don’t feel like wasting my NARS one. Lately my current favorite is the Superstay Better Skin and I am in the shade 10: Ivory. This is a great concealer and I find myself reaching for it more and more.
One thing I never skip or skimp out on is an eye shadow base. I have a lot of discoloration around my eyes so this, for me, just fixes everything up and makes it all one shade. It gives me that brightness I am looking for and more than half the time I don’t even wear eyeshadow with it. I use the NARS soft matte complete concealer for this, I am in the shade Light 2 Vanilla just like the Radiant Creamy one.
I set everything with the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting powder, mostly used for setting my concealer on and around my eyes. Then I move to bronzer, blush, and highlight and for this I have so many favorites. My all-time favorite bronzer is the Too Faced Chocolate Bronzer because the smell and the shade are just so perfect but recently I have been loving this NARS “The Veil Cheek Pallette.” It gives you the in-famous Laguna bronzer which I love, blush in the shade Lovesick which is my favorite blush…It gives your cheeks the most gorgeous peachy glow and the Surreal highlighter which is very buildable if you so choose. I like the fact that its very sheer on the skin as I don’t really care for a flashy highlight for everyday.
Once that is done I focus on eyes. I use the Kat Von D tattoo liner in shade Mad Max Brown, the Ulta Amped Lashes mascara in Black Brown. For eyebrows I use The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown and this product changed my life. If you don’t know me in real life or even if you do you might not know that I have a scar on my eyebrow. I hit my head on a glass table when I was three and ever since had this awful scar. Growing up, it was definitely an insecurity of mine and I never really found something that truly covered it all day long, no matter what until this product. Now its like …what scar? It stays on forever. There have been times I fall asleep with my makeup on (gross I know but it happens…) and I wake up and the product still hasn’t moved. This is my all time favorite, most essential piece of make up for me. If I have a no-makeup day I use this, put on some mascara, some chapstick and go.
For lips I really like a good brown nude. Lately though I haven’t been wearing more than a lip gloss. I like the fun pop it adds to my basic makeup. My favorite at the moment is MAC Crenesheen Glass in Right Image. The cutest bubbly pink that makes me so excited for spring. Lastly, I set my makeup with the Sephora Beauty Amplifier and I am ready for the day!
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