Monthly make-up basket

As I’ve already mentioned in my blog post schedule, I’m planning on doing a bi-weekly make-up basket. I’ve decided on doing so because I think that I will switch between products a lot more this way and perhaps even rediscover some forgotten gems in my stash (but that naturally doesn’t mean I won’t use anything else besides the mentioned items). Besides that, it will also benefit my make-up collection since I’ve quickly learned that each item must be cleaned before photos are taken 🙂

That being said, here are the products I’ll be using more for the next two weeks.

I pulled out one of my newer purchases, the L’Oreal Infallible Mattifying base to see if it will reduce some of the shine. For foundation, I’m going to go with Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation (30 – Beige). I know I’ve used this a couple of times in the Autumn when I got it but I think the formula was too thin so I stopped using it.

I’ll use the Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in shade 15 which is nice for my under eye area. For setting everything, I’m going with the Maybelline Fit me Compact Powder (250 – Sun Beige) to see how it will hold my foundation in place.

As far as contouring goes, I’ve had the Collection Countour Kit Highlight&Sculpt for more than six months and maybe used it once. I think the highlight is beautiful and I hope the contour shade will be appropriate for my already slightly bronzed face. On days I don’t want to bother with contour, I’ll use the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Powder.

I’m also going to be using my new Golden Rose Silky Touch Blush-On in shade 207. I think this nice peachy color is absolutely perfect for spring and I can’t wait to start using this beautiful blush.

I’m going to try and use up the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer since it’s a sample and I’ve had it since forever. I’m excited to start properly using the Catrice Chocolate Nudes which have been on some travels with me but don’t get enough love at home. View Post

Low maintenance – really?

Yesterday, my significant other watched me put on make-up from start to finish while he was taking a shower. When I was done he was utterly amused by the fact that I am writing my blog under the »low-maintenance beauty« name. Because, in his words, I’m anything but. And you know what? After reviewing my morning routine I realized he is right. What I want to know from you is if you find the bottom list something normal – something you do as well – or am I taking it a step too far?

This is the list of everything I put on yesterday + all the tools I used for application in the exact order I use them.

  • moisturizer (Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel) and lipbalm (EOS)
  • face primer (Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser) + fingers
  • eye primer (Too Faced Shadow Insurance) + fingers
  • liquid foundation (Rimmel Match Perfection) + Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
  • compact powder (Bourjois Healthy Balance) + BH Cosmetics Powder Brush
  • light concealer (Make Up Revolution Concealer) + Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
  • under-eye concealer (Instant Age Rewind Concealer) + Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge
  • bronzer (Tarte Mineral Bronze Powder) + Ecotools powder brush
  • blush (NYX Blush in Pinched) + BH Cosmetics Blush Brush

  • eyebrow powder (NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder) + brush that comes with it
  • eyebrow gel (Essence Lash and Brow gel)
  • eyeshadow (Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette) + 3 BH Cosmetics eyeshadow brushes for application and blending
  • eyelash curler (no idea of the brand, picked it up at Walmart for a few $)
  • mascara (1 coat of Maybelline Volum Express Colossal Mascara + 1 coat of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara)
  • eyeliner (Maybelline Master Precise liquid eyeliner)
  • lip liner (Uma Cosmetics)
  • lipstick (Barry M)
  • setting spray (e.l.f. Make-up Mist & Set)

Total? 19 products and 9 tools.

I’ll be the first to admit that this is a full face of make-up, although I apply it in a way that is still appropriate for daytime. I mainly separate daytime and night time looks by the amount of contouring and the darkness of the eyeshadow – there is probably some other things that could also be taken into account? How do you change your daytime/night-time make-up?

At the moment, putting this on takes me a good 15 minutes, which is a ridiculous amount of time. I hope to get a bit faster eventually, but so far it is what it is. What I will say though is that I absolutely love the mornings now because every day I get to play around with make-up and try something new, which is something I never did before.

What is your favorite part of mornings?

Until next time, stay beautiful, stay awesome!