This is my first time participating in Show and Tell Tuesdays with Andrea since most of the topics aren't all that relevant to my life. To be honest, a beauty routine isn't all that relevant to my life either (you'll see what I mean below) but it is something that I do at least five days a week.
*None of the brands mentioned below are compensating me for this! I'm just pretty brand-loyal when it comes to my beauty routine.*
This is how my routine starts. I wash my face with some sort of cleanser (it's always changing, I don't have one that I must use, so I use what I have around or what's cheapest--see what I mean about my beauty routine not being a priority?). When my mom allowed me to start wearing makeup (sixth grade?), we went to the Clinique counter. I got the whole skincare system. I've since stopped using the facial cleanser, and I stopped using the toner for years but just picked it back up again because we had about six bottles in varying degrees of fullness under the sink in my parents' house when my mom asked me to clean out anything that was mine. I decided to take them all and start using them again. (They're also all different numbers...you're supposed to use the one best suited for your skin type but I'm cheap with my beauty routine so I'm just gonna use any and all of them!) The one constant has been the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I can't imagine switching at this point. I hate when I run out because it's expensive, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. (They also have a gel version, but since I have combination skin and use powder foundation, my skin got flaky after using it and applying foundation.)Clarifying Lotion (aka 'toner' in my vocabulary)
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
On to the actual makeup. This is how I store my 'every day' makeup (though there's a lot more than what I use every day in here).similar
Here's my base. Yes, I'm a BareMinerals junkie. Next time I need to buy more foundation I'm definitely going with the matte. I have combination skin and it gets oily throughout the day. I don't even want to guess how old this blush is. *insert see no evil monkey emoji*Foundation in 'Fairly Light'
Blush in 'Blush Pearl'
You can also get a 'Get Started' kit like I did when I first started using BareMinerals. It comes with foundation, warmth, primer, a flawless face brush, and mineral veil. I swear when I got it it came with blush instead of primer.
These are the brushes I use to apply those products, all are by BareMinerals too.Full Coverage Kabuki Brush
Maximum Coverage Concealer Brush
Flawless Face Brush (used for Warmth)
Blush Brush - similar
I use Mineral Veil to set my makeup every time. I also usually apply more mid-day. As I said above, my skin gets oily during the day.Mineral Veil
Twist-Up Brush - similar
Most days I use these things for eye makeup. I used to use the BareMinerals powder to fill in my eyebrows but they discontinued it and I never knew how I would live. But a saleswoman recommended Benefit Brow Zings and now I don't know how I would live if they discontinue this. I love it. I use Urban Decay Primer Potion, one neutral eye shadow color (pictured is BareMinerals 'Lemon Zinger'), some eyelash curler from Target, and Maybelline Great Lash (in brownish black because I'm so freakishly pale). I use the white shadow in the little Clinique set (a hand-me-down from my mom at some point) as a sort of highlighter in the corner of my eyes and below my eyebrow arch--I apply it with the long, skinny brush.Sonia Kashuk Eyelash Curler
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Benefit Brow Zings
Maybelline Great Lash
Double Ended Precision Brush
The majority of weekend days I don't wear makeup, if I'm being honest. (I didn't wear any Saturday or Sunday.) But when I do, sometimes I'll wear more than what I show above (though it's becoming less and less frequent). I used to have brown BareMinerals twist-up eyeliner (I refuse to use eye pencils that have to be sharpened--never again!) but I ran out and haven't replaced it. Knowing my luck, it's been discontinued. So in place of eyeliner, I use the angled brush, wet it, and use the 'bronze leaf' shadow below as eyeliner. I use the pink brush and put on the 'cocoa' eyeshadow along with a neutral like I use every day.Soft Focus Liner Brush
Eye Shaping Brush (new version is double ended)
Thought I'd add a little bonus here at the end. I don't wear lipstick usually because I feel awkward. It's just hard to start because since I never wear it, it feels like I look weird. And although no one on the street knows that I never wear lipstick, the fact that I know it's different makes me feel like everyone thinks I look weird. I have a reddish lipstick and a nude lipstick, but I've been wanting a bubblegum shade that's been pretty popular. I was going to spring for a MAC lipstick (would've been my first) but I found this Revlon Matte Balm pencil at Target on Sunday and decided to buy it instead. The color is exactly what I was looking for. It looked a little strange on without makeup (I tried it on once I got home from Target on Sunday) but I think it'll look good when I'm actually wearing makeup.Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm (my color is 'showy')
To summarize: I'm a BareMinerals girl and I don't see that changing any time soon. I couldn't live without Benefit Brow Zings or Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I don't wear a ton of makeup and often don't wear it at all on weekends. I'm not even that good at applying it.
If you have any questions, ask! I'll try to answer them...but if they involve makeup terminology or techniques I'll probably either have no idea or I won't know how to phrase my answer. :)
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