Wednesday, April 23, 2014

2 minutes / 5 minutes / 10 minutes

Ain't nobody got time for that has basically the refrain of my mornings this week. I've woken up late, not once but twice now. Maybe my body needs the rest? Either way I've found myself getting ready really quickly so I was inspired to share what I reach for when I'm short on time.

2 minutes
Need to have left already but looking a little worse for wear? Spend the time waiting for your coffee to cool to slap on a little color. I douse my face in the L'Oreal Magic Skin Beautifier BB cream in Fair. This is a white colored product that "magically" adjusts to your skin tone. Its a bit too dark for me at the moment (just saying that Hermione could have done a bit better job with the magic than L'Oreal did) but the formula is so lovely that I don't really mind and just blend it down the neck. Its unbelievably quick and the finish is very natural with light coverage.

I then take a quick swipe of the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque to cancel out under eye darkness and make me look at least semi-awake. Then a coat of your mascara - I'm using Benefit They're real till the last drop -  and you are almost done. If you don't have time to do your face in the morning, you definitely don't have time to be touching up, so powder as much as you require with Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder. 

5 Minutes

You've got a few more minutes. I take the extra time to really work the BB cream into the skin. Then I go ahead and add in some color to make me look alive. Revlon's cream blush in Charmed Enchantment is light and makes you look healthy. Plus, because it is on the sheer side it is hard to mess up, so perfect for quick mornings.

And while I am letting the rest of my face set, I line the top eyelids with a light shimmery shadow. They make it look like you tried harder than you have! I use the Milani Shadow Eyez (hate that Z) in Champagne Toast.

10 Minutes

So you've actually got a second to sit down and think about your makeup. Maybe you're eating breakfast at the same time - but hey a few more minutes are golden in the morning. When I actually have time I'll go in with a primer so my foundation has a chance of staying. I love Benefit The Porefessional. I then go in with a foundation that I can apply with fingers so its faster- my choice is L'oreal True match.

Then I really get wild and use a bronzer and highlight to give my face some dimension. My choices are The Body Shop Honey Bronzer and MAC Vanilla Pigment. Also, I find that any cream shadow is going to crease on me, so when I have a minute to blend I'll go ahead and cover my whole lid in the cream shadow and then layer any powder eyeshadow I fancy over the cream shadow to lock it in for the day.

What are your 2 minute essentials?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater

Remember how I say I take months to mull over skin care before sharing it with you? Well lets just call this two week trial an exception because I'm in love. Or obsessed. Or maybe just excited? The Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe Herbs and Rosewater was an impulse buy when Ulta was having their 21 days of beauty and Mario Badescu products were all 25% off.

Its a hydrating mist that can be used as a toner, refresher, or as a makeup setting spray. So basically I've been using it a lot. It has replaced my previous hydrating toner (which stung so cheers for that being over), and it has (for the time being) replaced my Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray.

As a hydrating toner it is fantastic! It smells incredible (light and floral) which helps in coercing my incredibly dry-skinned boyfriend into letting me spray his face with the stuff. He says that it helps a lot with his skin feeling tight. As I'm more oily I don't tell a whole lot of difference in tightness unless I've used a particularly drying mask. I find that my skin just really loves this stuff and I wish I had no-makeup days more often so I could just spray my face all day long. I told you I was excited about this.

As for a makeup setting spray, it may be better suited to someone with a dryer skin. When I use it things can get a bit too dewy for my tastes. I do like to give myself a spray with this when I go overboard with powder to keep things from looking cakey.

What is your favorite hydrating mist/toner?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

April Birchbox

Say hello to an excellent little Birchbox. This has been the first monthly subscription in a long time that I've loved every item, so lets get to it!

Color Club nail polish in Aquamarien Azulino- This perfect Easter blue was concocted with the help of style blogger Gala Gonzalez and it is springy perfection. It took two coats to get completely opaque, the lasting time wasn't great but its so pretty I don't mind reapplying.

Keims Cleanshine Energizing Shampoo- This was a huge shampoo sample! I was so excited by this product, it has oils to nourish the hair and peppermint to stimulate the scalp. This smelled so good, very refreshing, but surprisingly not very minty. I was surprised by the consistency which is very thin and it took more product than I thought it should to get all of my hair.

Sumita eyeliner in Jamun- This eyeliner has some serious staying power. Right when I pulled it out of the box I swatched it on the back of my hand and I could not get it off! This will be great when it gets super hot out and I need to keep my eyeliner from getting too panda-esque.

The Balm How Bout Them Apples Cheek and Lip Cream in Pie- This is a beautiful lip/cheek product. I prefer it on the cheeks but it does work on the lips as well. The product seems to melt with the heat of my hands which makes application super easy. I'm keeping this in my bag for cheek touch ups.

Kind Healthy Grains Bar in Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt- This was... interesting. I don't eat a lot of granola bar type products so I was eager to try it out. It had a really similar consistency to a rice cake which I did not like. It did taste pretty good but I wouldn't purchase it for myself.

What did you get in your Birchbox this month?

Friday, April 18, 2014

My Boyfriend Does My Makeup

So I convinced my Boyfriend that for the sake of my sanity in the up coming end of semester changes that he was going to sit down and do a video with me so we could have a good laugh. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Peachy Picks for Spring

MAC Shy Girl, L'Oreal Doutzen's Nude, Rimmel Show Off in Luna, Benefit Coralista, Milani Luminoso

Seeing as my peachy What I'm Wearing post went down so well I thought I would share with you all my peachy product picks for spring (say that three times fast)! And you know I just couldn't keep my favorite body butter of the moment out! Its The Body Shop in Vineyard Peach of course.

MAC Shy Girl- An obvious choice for a peachy round up. This lipstick is the lightest of the bunch and looks best with a smokey eye. You can read my full review here.

L'Oreal Doutzen's Nude- the Collection Privee line is probably the coolest idea for a nude product line I think I've ever seen! Although our hair and skin tones aren't very close, I went for Doutzen's nude. This peachy offering smells great, lasts decently long and looks great with a simple look.

Rimmel Show Off in Luna - The Rimmel Show Off (Apocalips) line is one of my all time favorites! The super long wearing but not drying lip lacquer is a great choice for long days and the pigmentation is to die for! I'm wearing it in the above linked What I'm Wearing post.

Benefit Coralista- Totally not coral amirite? This is so orangy although it does have a red tint to it so I can see where they could see coral. This gloss is beautiful and I find I like it best layered over any of the above choices if I want a glossier look.

Milani Luminoso- I like to use this as a wash over the lids or as an illuminating blush. The shade doesn't have a ton of pigmentation so you won't have orange cheeks but they will look flushed and healthy which is a necessity for spring! Getting post-winter skin to look healthy is hard, but this makes it so much easier!

What is your favorite peach pick for spring?

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