Spilling what’s in my bag
If I’m ever missing a lipstick or gloss, the first place I check is my purse. I usually have a plethora of lip products in there at any given time. They’re the easiest way to switch up a look in my opinion. I also always have a little powder and some hand cream in a cute Glossier bubble pouch. So here are all of the beauty products I’m currently toting around:
Besame Vanilla Brightening Powder ($22) – this is my favorite setting powder. It looks so natural on the skin and the very slight yellow tint brightens beautifully. I like the packaging because it has a little cap inside that makes sure powder doesn’t fly everywhere and holds a soft powder puff for when you’re out and about. It also smells like vanilla.
Winky Lux Glazed Donut Lip Glaze in Berry Glaze ($13 – left swatch) – this gloss smells delicious. It’s a sheer purple tone with lots of shimmer. It catches the light beautifully and doesn’t feel gritty on the lips thankfully. I find it to be slightly moisturizing throughout the 2 hour wear time.
L’oreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in Sparkling Rose ($10 – 2nd from left) – this is a great everyday lipstick. The color is a medium pink with warm undertones that lightens my natural lip color. It feels like a lip balm and wears for about 3 hours.
Tocca Crema de Mano in Florence ($8) – I love this scent! It’s one of the only floral scents I really like wearing and it doesn’t give me a headache. Florence is the gardenia and xxx fragrance. This hand cream is moisturizing, but it’s not too thick, so it sinks in quickly.
Bite Agave Lip Mask in Maple ($26 – 2nd from right) – I’m sure you guys know by now how much I love these masks, so I’m sorry to be repetitive. Maple is a beautiful bronze color that looks really pretty and wearable on the lips. This is the most moisturizing lip product I’ve tried and it lasts for about 4 or 5 hours.
Tom Ford Soleil Lip Balm in 06 La Piscine ($36 – right swatch) – I love this vampy shade for fall. It is a tinted balm, so the color payoff is sheer, but I prefer that because it’s so low maintenance. It’s not very moisturizing, but the color lasts for over 4 hours.
So that’s what’s in my little purse makeup bag. The lip colors are constantly changing, so maybe I’ll do this seasonally!
A fast, effective routine
I usually stop at the gym after work or head to a dance class at night, so I have the time to do my full skincare routine afterward. Recently, I’ve been sneaking in a few morning sessions and then have to quickly get ready. So here’s my shorter, simple routine that refreshes my skin after a workout and preps my face for makeup.
First, I use the Bliss Oh My Gommage Cleaning Stick*. I especially love using an exfoliating cleanser after a workout to get rid of excess oil and sweat. This gentle stick makes me feel like I’m getting a thorough cleanse without stripping my skin. Full review here!
Then I squeeze in a quick two minute mask from Clinique. The Pep-start Double Bubble Purifying Mask starts out as a pink gel and then bubbles up as it pulls dirt from your pores. I love the pump packaging and it’s affordable! The mask rinses away really easily too, so you can quickly move to the next step.
Now I start the hydrating part of my routine. I use about one to two pumps of the new Clinique Dramatically Different Hydrating Jelly to lock in moisture and protect my clean, happy skin from pollution. This sinks in SO quickly without any residue. I then layer First Aid Beauty’s Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer on top. I love the extra bit of hydration this adds while smoothing my pores and adding the subtlest glow. Full review here!
I finish my skincare routine off with the Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask* from Memebox. This is seriously one of my favorite lip products; it’s hydrating without being sticky at all. It leaves a pretty sheen that lasts quite a while too. To finish off my look, I add a bit of my current favorite concealer, mascara, and bronzer. Then I’m running off to work!
What’s your favorite post-workout product? Are you loving a short and sweet routine or all-out ten steps?
Sharing K-beauty favorites
I’m super excited to share all of the fun products I have been trying out from I Dew Care and Nooni. They’re two K-beauty brands that are available on Memebox. I’m a new ambassador on the site and you can shop all of my favorites here!
Let’s start with my favorite item: the Nooni Applebutter Lip Mask. I have chronically dry lips and have to put on lip balm several times a day. I first used this as an overnight mask and was happily surprised when I woke up with moisturized lips! I loved it so much that I started applying it a couple times during the day as well. It goes on like a shiny balm – it’s not too glossy, but it looks pretty enough to wear on its own. The texture melts into the lips without being thick either. I also love that it comes with a little plastic spoon because I can be a bit of a germaphobe and try to avoid lip products in jars.
The Appleberry and Applemint Lip Oils are lovely too. They aren’t as moisturizing as the mask, but they do leave a good bit of hydration behind. The berry one leaves a pretty red stain on the lips while the mint isn’t tinted at all.
I have also been trying out some face masks from I Dew Care. Isn’t their packaging so cute? I love the emojis on their boxes, pastel colors, and reflective lettering.
One of my favorite items is actually the Silicone Brush Mask. It makes applying any face mask so much faster and less messy. It also helps with even application for masks that need a thicker layer, such as these peel off masks! Disco Kitten is an exfoliating and illuminating mask while Sugar Kitten is hydrating. They peel off very nicely in one piece, plus they have the prettiest iridescent formula that makes for fun Instagram Stories haha.
Lastly, I’ve been enjoying the Double Down 2-Step Mask. I have never seen a sheet mask with multiple steps and I think it’s such a smart idea! First you exfoliate with a mini mitt for 5 minutes to prep the skin. Then you apply a brightening sheet mask for 20 minutes. Sheet masks are a nice treat in my opinion, but they’re usually just relaxing or hydrating in my experience. So I was really surprised that this one actually makes my skin look more radiant and clear and feel softer.
It’s pretty rare for me when everything I try from a brand works out, so I’ve been really impressed with both Nooni and I Dew Care! I’d recommend any of these products, but my absolute favorites are the Applebutter Lip Mask, Silicone Brush Mask, and Double Down 2-Step Masks!
These products were kindly gifted via Memebox and all opinions are my own. Thank you Veronica!