I’ve been doing my makeup a bit more often these past two weeks, which is a refreshing change from the last couple months (since I had been neglecting my skin and my entire makeup bag). These are the four products I reach for most often, so I wanted to share some swatches and mini reviews. I can actually do this routine in three minutes – it’s so easy and efficient!
For my base, I dab a little BareMinerals Hydrating Foundation Stick on my chin and under my eyes. I find that this is brightening enough that I can basically use it as concealer. I love the creamy consistency and it doesn’t make my normal-but-currently-dehydrated skin look drier. It’s also a breeze to apply and blend in with a dense brush. The coverage is medium and I’m so happy it has a mineral SPF 25 as well!
Next I go in with a couple coats of the Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara. This is a new favorite of mine! There are no flakes or smudging, just pretty volume and length in 20 seconds. The brush on this is unique because there’s a comb one on side and then lots of bristles on the other; it makes building up volume and separation easy. I’ve only tried a few items from this clean beauty brand, but I’m consistently impressed! I’m eyeing their bronzers next.
Lastly, I choose between two lips products depending on my mood. The Tower 28 Beauty Lip Jelly in Fire is that gorgeous bright orange shade. It’s the perfect amount of sheerness, plus it’s moisturizing, the packaging is cute, and it smells great. It’s also really affordable, especially for a clean beauty brand!
If I want a little shimmer instead of a bolder color, the Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy in Birthday Suit is my go-to. It smells delicious – sort of like vanilla cake – and it’s decently hydrating. It’s not as hydrating at the original clear version, but I still really enjoy this for the beautiful shimmer and subtle color.
I’ve posted about my love for this product before, but I thought I would put together this super fast tutorial on how to use Benefit’s Gimme Brow+. These three simple steps take less than a minute per brow, but the final look adds polish and definition to my face. Gimme Brow+ even fills in the scar in my left brow while looking totally natural. Thanks to Birchbox for gifting me this when I had just run out of mine!
Lately I’ve been into longer, hydrating skincare routines and I think that extra attention is paying off as I’ve been wearing less makeup! I still love a little bronzer and mascara though, so I wanted to share the makeup I’ve been using recently.
The Vapour Illusionist Concealer had been my go-to for a while (first reviewed here) and I’ve lost most of my summer tan, so shade 010 matches me again thankfully. It has the perfect creamy texture that blends in easily around the delicate under-eye area. It doesn’t settle into lines and wrinkles too much either. My favorite thing about this concealer is the way it reflects light and distracts from my dark veins.
Since I’ve lost that tan, I use Benefit Hoola to bring back some sunshine and definition to my face. This is such a low maintenance bronzer – it’s not too dark, it blends like a dream, and it lasts all day. Sometimes I sweep a bit over my eyes as well to add definition to the crease.
Benefit’s Galifornia is the only blush I’ve been wearing lately. I love the warm undertone and beautiful coral shade; it looks subtle and perks up my face at the same time. I’ve been using this Luxie #660 brush that I received in a Boxycharm (unboxing and review here) to apply Galifornia. It’s supposed to be a foundation brush, but it’s pretty fluffy and diffused blush nicely.
This Get the Pretty Started palette was limited edition, but Benefit brought it back recently! It has two mini Box O’ Powders and a mini Watt’s Up Highlighter for only $20! I originally purchased it for travel, but I use it on a regular basis and would highly recommend it. I think it would make a great gift too.
Lastly, I picked up the Covergirl Super Thick Lash Mascara because the brush looked pretty similar to my HG mascara – Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme. It’s definitely a more natural look (whereas the EL one is very dramatic), but it does provide some nice volume and looks great with minimal makeup. The formula doesn’t bother my sensitive eyes at all, it doesn’t flake or smudge, and it removes easily with my Drunk Elephant Beste Jelly Cleanser. It’s also under $5 at the drugstore! So it’s not a dupe, but I would definitely repurchase.
Those are my staples for this season’s five minute face! What makeup items or brushes have you been loving lately?