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Everyday Makeup 2.0

Considering the last time I wrote about my “daily” makeup routine was in 2013, I figured it was time to give it an update! ūüėČ

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My twenty-eight-year-old skin differs from what it was like at twenty-four. Since y’all know I’m a sucker for a compare/contrast bullet list, here we go!

Similarities:
– I’m still ghostly pale.
– Foundation likes to oxidise orange and/or darker than my neck.
РHereditary dark circles are my bane.

Differences:
– Skin went from combination (with dry patches) to dry-dehydrated.
– More intuitive skin care routine has my facial skin in a healthier place than when I was younger.
– I have the beginning of undereye wrinkles.
– ADULT ACNE.

So here’s what I use and why!

  1. Etude House Proof 10 Eyeshadow Primer. Proof 10 reminds me a lot of Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion. (Even down to the original bottle shape, since UDPP is now in a squeezie¬†tube!) The biggest difference between the two is that Etude House’s formula is thinner. A little goes a long way because it’s easy to blend into your skin. On days where I don’t wear shadow, I like to put a little of the primer on my eyelids because it gives a faint shimmer.
  2. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On¬†Eye Pencil. I’ve been in love with this pencil since I first used it back in 2008. I’ve tried other brands and other formulas and I keep coming back to this tried and true pencil. It is fantastic in the water line because it stays put!
  3. Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Colour Correcting Fluid in “Peach”. I use this under my eyes and on acne spots as a little bit of camouflage. It’s a thin liquid so it doesn’t get clogged¬†up in under eye lines. The CC effect isn’t SUPER heavyweight, it’s more natural looking.
  4. Too Faced’s Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder. I like to use Korean BB Creams and a lot of them have a “sheen” to them, as South Korean makeup focuses on bright, luminous skin. (The total opposite of the whole baked and matte trend here in the US!) I use a small amount of this powder to “set” my BB cream and make it less shiny.
  5. Shiseido Senka Aging Care UV Sunscreen SPF 50. I’ve been using this Japanese sunscreen as my facial primer, as it’s important to protect your skin from UV rays. It’s very moisturising and does a fantastic job at preventing sunburns! I wore it to Disneyland and while my partner got a bit of a burn, my face didn’t suffer any.
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in “Auburn”. Very natural and easy to use! The auburn shade looks flattering with my hair and skin tone. I especially like that it has a spoolie on the opposite end for travel grooming purposes.
  7. Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in “Ivory Babystar”. One of the biggest complaints about Asian eyeshadows vs. their Western counterpart is a lack of pigmentation. You kiss a lot of frogs before finding a holy grail! ¬†I personally love this shadow; it’s subtle in its colour but BIG in sparkle. Plus, it’s easy peasy to work with.
  8. Etude House Precious Mineral BB Cream Blooming Fit in “N02 Light Beige”. I LOVE this BB cream. For one, it’s affordable. I’m used to spending $30+ on foundation and feeling meh about them. It’s lightweight, yet moisturising and a pretty good colour match. You can build up the coverage to medium, but I prefer to sheer it out.
  9. Etude House Lash Perm 3 Step Volumecara & Curling. I’ve been switching between Lash Perm and Diorshow and I have to say, I like Lash Perm better. You can build up the volume and length of your lashes by doing a coat at each of the “steps”, but I skip to step 3 and apply two-three coats, which makes my eyelashes look super long. The formula isn’t super wet, but it can be clumpy if you’re not careful.

And here’s what I look like wearing all of the above on an average day!¬†Shoutout to my violently purple undereye circles; I’m on alternative endo medication that puts me into¬†perimenopause (which has RUINED my ability to get restful sleep).

Shoutout to my sweet friend Kiki for gifting me a selfie ring light at BlizzCon, which is 100% why these pictures came out so clear. img_4672 img_4673

Note: I buy 90% of my Asian beauty products off of Amazon. Check seller’s feedback to make sure that they are the real deal! I have yet to run into any issues with buying¬†fraudulent products, but I am very careful with who I purchase from. A lot of the sellers are direct from Japan / South Korea, but you can on occasion purchase Prime deals based in the US at a slightly higher mark up to get your goodies faster. The AsianBeauty SubReddit also has a master list of legitimate sellers and websites.
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Target’s August Beauty Box: Is it AWESOME or a FAIL?

I have never purchased a beauty box from Target because they tend to sell out quickly, so when I saw August’s “Back to School” themed box pop up on Slickdeals¬†I HAD to jump on it!

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JUICE ORGANICS repairing¬†shampoo¬†and conditioner (10oz ¬†$9.99 each) | SECRET clinical strength smooth solid deodorant in LIGHT AND FRESH (1.6oz $6.59) | CREST 3D Whitestrips professional effects (20 count $40.99) | UP&UP women’s 5 blade razors (5 count $10.39) | OLAY makeup remover wipes (25 count $4.99) | LANEIGE water sleeping mask (2.36oz $24.00) | COVERGIRL katy kat mascara (0.35oz $6.99 – full size) | NYC get it all lip colour in RED (0.13oz $2.99 – full size)

Okay, so I fully admit what made me pull the trigger on this box were the sample sizes of the Secret Clinical Strength deodorant and the makeup remover wipes. The deodorant is the type I use, so I threw it in with the other travel-friendly items I am collecting for BlizzCon.¬†Olay’s remover wipes are not top favourite wipes because they burn my skin slightly upon use, but they do remove eye makeup efficiently. Within 30 seconds after use the stinging vanishes and they do not cause my skin to freak out, so into the sample stash they went!

The other items in the box are new to me, so here are my thoughts.

The Shampoo and Conditioner bundle

This team was sufficient¬†enough. I was surprised at the amount of lather in the shampoo because “natural” products tend to lack the sudsy¬†effect. There is not a strong coconut scent to either the shampoo or conditioner, which disappointed me. I thought it smelled like chemical-laden grape juice with coconut water? Very odd!

After blow-drying, my hair was soft and shiny, with my natural hair texture (weird semi-waves) shining through. Got to say, though РI am glad the weird-ass scent did not stick around outside of the shower!

2.5/5

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My hair after washing and conditioning with the Juice Organics bundle.
Crest 3D Whitestrips LUXE

I hate samples like this. How would ONE APPLICATION of Whitestrips do anything positive, when it takes about a week for a course of whitening applications to start removing yellowing? Pfffft, I say! I do plan on starting a whitening regimen in October, so I will be hanging onto the sample for one extra application.

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Up & Up Women’s 5 Blade Razors

Oh hey, women’s razors! I buy men’s to avoid the pink tax, so these are new to me. The pretty pink body has¬†a soft grippy plastic so you do not fumble while shaving. (Ouch.) I tossed one into my BlizzCon stash and put the second in the bathroom.

The one downside is that you need to use plenty of moisturiser after shaving because these oddly dry out your skin. That little pink strip of “botanical oils” does not do anything to help!

3/5

Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

Oh boy, oh boy! This is one of the items I was SUPER EXCITED to try! The mask itself has a thick consistency with a nice cooling effect. It does not take much to cover your face and neck, so I can see this generous sample lasting a while.

After two nights of using it in place of my Origins Nite-A-Mins face moisturiser, I can say it does its job to keep my pores tight and skin feeling soft and moisturised. The product also sinks into your skin quickly, so you do not end up with most of it on your pillow! The downside is that it only seems to moisturise; there are no brightening or anti-aging qualities. It is also highly fragranced, so if you are sensitive to fragrances, I would skip it! Since I am not, I can safely say that this product is the bee’s knees.

4/5

Covergirl Katy Kat Mascara

Ooh, a full-sized mascara! Since the box was $7, you could say that you bought the mascara and got the rest of the box for free. Wink.

I had yet to find a Covergirl mascara I genuinely like, but I pushed that thought aside while I put my face on for the day so I could review the Katy Kat mascara without bias.

Okay. So. The formula is very, very wet. Even when being careful, I ended up smudging it under my eyes and on my eyelids and having to take a makeup remover wipe to it. That was irritating! The mascara is prone to clumping, so you have to brush a lot of the mascara off onto the tube before applying and brush your lashes apart after applying. On the positive side, if you like your mascara’s super dark, this one delivers that.

1/5

NYC Get It All Lip Colour in IncREDdible

The second full-sized product in the box.

I need another red lipstick like I need a hole in my head, so I will be passing this along to my niece. It is nice that it came in shrinkwrap – very hygienic!

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Total Score: 10.5/20 –¬†FAIL

Out of all the new products I was introduced to, I will only be interested in possibly repurchasing one going forward.

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Sephora Semi-Annual Sale Picks

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When Sephora runs its semi-annual sale in April and November, I make it a habit to pick up products that need replenishing. It is not as fun as a new eyeshadow palette or lipsticks to play with, but what I purchased are the foundations for my everyday make up! (This means if y’all splurged on fun stuff during the sale, you HAVE to tell me so I can squee with you.)

1. Clinique’s Super City Block Broad Spectrum SPF 40
Although this is a tinted moisturiser, I bought it to primarily use as a primer. As the temperatures are heating up in Texas, the added benefit of the SPF will come in very handy!

2. Laura Mercier Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation
My skin is a large pored desert. I tried Bareminerals Complexion Rescue on my path to the perfect foundation, but it emphased the dry patches on my cheeks and nose. (And the palest shade was a touch too orange, womp.) I have my fingers crossed that the Laura Mercier foundation works, especially since it has buildable coverage!

3. Buxom Lash Waterproof Mascara
I sampled this mascara years ago in its non-waterproof formula¬†and remembered loving it. I am hoping that¬†it is every bit as good as I remembered because dang,¬†I feel like Goldilocks trying to find the ‘perfect’ mascara. “Too dry!” “Too wet!” “Weird brush!” Oh, and do not get me started on those fiber mascaras…

4. Benefit’s Erase Paste
I am finally kicking my Make Up For Ever concealer to the curb! Ugh, that stuff seriously clung to every line under my eye, making me look 10 years older WHILE MY PURPLE CIRCLES SHONE THROUGH. I have loved Erase Paste since I first became serious about make up, so oh, nine years ago. #OopIAmOld But for real, this stuff brightens AND conceals. Can I get a hallelujah?!

The Sephora Semi-Annual Sale continues now through wednesday, april 13th online and in stores.

Beauty Insiders get 10% off with “BINOTE”
VIBs¬†get 15% off with “VIBNOTE”
VIB Rogue get 15% off with “ROGUENOTE”
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Sephora Play! Thoughts

I have¬†subscribed to Sephora’s beauty box, Play!, in lieu of Birchbox for the past three months. As someone who is a Birchbox Ace and was subscribed for over a year and a half consecutively, I will be¬†gathering my thoughts¬†in a pro/con/neutral¬†fashion while comparing and contrasting the two services.

Pros:

  • With Play!, your samples are all high quality brands that are carried at Sephora. There were a few times while I was subbed to Birchbox where I had never heard of the branded samples¬†sent to me. (Not necessarily a bad thing, but if you are a brand loyalist, that¬†may be a turn-off.)
  • There has been a good rotation of product. One thing that can get stale about beauty boxes is when they fall into a lull of sending you hella lotions, or loading you up on¬†facial products when you want make up. Since I have only been subbed for three months, I will have to see if Play! falls into the same trap.

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Neutral:

  • All subscribers get the same curated box since Sephora lacks the personalization touches¬†of Birchbox. I can see the pro point-of-view; if a¬†social media influenster and an “average Jane” both subscribe, the influenster does not obtain¬†what could¬†be¬†perceived as the better samples just¬†for having an internet presence. At the same time, I can also see the negative. What if you receive a product for dry skin when you have to tame an oil slick daily? There is no “one size fits all” in the world of beauty.
  • Perfume samples in every box. Like I have said on Instagram, I feel like perfume samples in a beauty box are a cop-out. Birchbox has a customization feature to where you can receive perfume samples no more than six times a year, which I really like. But I can see the positive point of view: some might find¬†perfume samples are a boon because you get to test a fragrance against your body’s chemistry before purchasing. Me? I am just picky and dislike the musky¬†florals that tend to get sent out in subscription boxes.

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Cons:

  • With my first month’s Play! box, one of my samples was broken and another was omitted from my box all together. So I never got to test the Living Proof spray (pump did not work) or the Clinique Chubby Highlighter stick (omitted — I was really looking forward to that!) This had never happened to me during my entire run with Birchbox.
  • Play! lacks the amazing point system of Birchbox. With Birchbox, you were able to review each product in your box for 10 points a piece. 100 points would grant¬†you $10 to spend in their online store, which is stocked with all sorts of goodies. Sephora¬†gives you a “Play Pass” for a¬†complimentary one-on-one session with a Sephora employee. With the¬†pass,¬†you can learn¬†how to apply the products in your box and the employee will answer whatever questions you may have. if you choose to buy something in store, your pass¬†awards you a¬†bonus¬†of¬†50 Beauty Insider points.¬†Honestly, other than redeeming the 50 points the next time I need to make a Sephora run, this is a service I do not see myself using.
  • Many¬†of the Play! samples have been available as Beauty Insider deluxe samples. This would be a major detriment to someone who often redeems their points.

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While I feel like Sephora Play! has had some growing pains, it is on its way to becoming a good choice in the world of $10 beauty boxes.

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The Beginner‚Äôs Guide to Make Up Application: Perfect Lipstick Application

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I don’t like bragging but I often get compliments from strangers about how pretty and neatly applied my lipstick is. No joke! Last time I ate at Chipotle, my cashier was like HOW DID YOU DO THAT?! Well, I’m going to share my secrets with y’all because I love you all as much as I love lipstick.

  • The easiest type of lipstick to apply are liquid lipsticks. Lip brushes are the easiest to work with, but doe foot applicators also work well. (My absolute favorite lipstick range is Kat Von D’s Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. because they are bright and long wearing!)
  • If you know you are planning on wearing lipstick that day, using a scrub on your lips to exfoliate off the dead skin is a good idea. (ESPECIALLY if you are going to use a matte formula lipstick because they are drier and highlight imperfections.) You can pick up a pre-made exfoliate, like this one by ELF, or you can get crafty in the kitchen and make a homemade scrub with some simple ingredients. There are a ton of recipes out there on Google (search for “homemade lip scrub“) but I personally swear by the one posted by CollegeBeauty.
  • If you do not have the time to exfoliate, a lip primer is a good idea. I preached to y’all the gospel of skin primers, it is the same deal with lips. Primers refine your lips, adding smoothness so your lipstick application is even. And if your lipstick is not a long-wearing formula, it adds a little bit more longevity.
  • No primer? Use a thin layer of non-sticky, non-greasy lip balm to go underneath and blot. I use EOS, but the brand does not matter. Stay away from petroleum jelly or rosebud salve or your lipstick will slide off!

Ready to get prettified? Let’s do this!

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The Beginner‚Äôs Guide to Make Up Application: Skin Primers

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Whenever I hear about someone skipping out on using a facial primer in their make up routine, it takes all of me not to audibly gasp. Primers are hard working products and I find it to be a huge no-no to miss out on using one. Why is that?

  • Using a primer helps your foundation wear for longer.
  • Primers work to fill in pores and fine lines. This evens out your foundation coverage. all primers by nature do this, but you can use a special primer dedicated to pore filling if you need the extra help, like NYX’s Pore Filler.
  • You can use different coloured primers to help remedy varying facial quirks. GREEN and YELLOW help to camouflage redness. ORANGE works to hide dark circles. PEACH combats dullness. PURPLE corrects sallowness.
  • You can also use a primer to mattify or moisturize your face, depending on your skin type.

Useful, right? But before you rush out to buy any ol’ primer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.

  • Primers come in two major varieties: silicone and water-based. You want to match the type of primer that you buy to the type of foundation that you are using.

I use Benefit’s POREfessional primer, which is silicon-based, to match my silicone-based Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ foundation. A quick way to figure out if your foundation is silicone-based is to check the ingredients for the suffixes -cone and -siloxane.

Water-based foundations WILL NOT HAVE INGREDIENTS USING THOSE SUFFIXES. Do not see the word “aqua/water” and immediately go “yep, it’s water based!” because all foundations use water to make the product spreadable.

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  • When applying primer, begin with a thin layer. Water-based primers “sink” into your skin, silicone-based primers form a thin film. You do not want to use too much primer, especially too much silicone-based primer, or your foundation will slip off or pill. Too little is better than too much because you can always add a little bit more primer to your base if you need it.
  • When using specialized primer to fill in your pores, you want to “tap” the primer into the area. Rubbing the primer will not give you the best results.

When it comes to primers, experimentation is key. Everyone has different skin; one guru’s holy grail might be dog poopy on you! Sephora staffers are great about making samples for their customers, just be sure to be courteous and polite. And don’t feel pressured to start out expensive, drug store primers are a great and cheaper solution for experimentation!

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The Beginner’s Guide to Make Up Application: Winged Eyeliner

Howdy, y’all! I am really excited to announce my first series on Hey, Heatherbee: The Beginner’s Guide to Make Up Application. Although I am self-taught, make up is something that I am passionate about.

If there is something in particular that you want to see covered, leave a comment, shoot me an email, or tweet me!

Without furture ado, here’s part one: winged eyeliner as requested by the lovely Yuna!


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Ahh, winged eyeliner. The bane of every make up wearers existence! For whatever reason, this form of eyeliner tends to smell your fear and appropriately reacts negatively. But don’t worry, winged eyeliner isn’t as scary as it wants you to think.

Some tips to remember
  • Your eyes tend to be siblings, not identical twins. Your wings aren’t going to be 100% matchy-matchy and that’s okay. You want the eyeliner to follow the contour of your eyes.
  • DO. NOT. USE. SCOTCH. TAPE. Please! I know this is a common “trick” but the skin around your eyes is the most delicate on your body. You might save some time but you can’t reverse aging from the heavy pulling on your skin. Practice will make perfect when it comes to freehanding.
  • For the absolute beginner, felt-tipped eyeliner pens are the easiest to work with. Stila makes a good pen. The downside to eyeliner pens is that they dry out much faster than liquid, gel, or pencil.
  • Winged eyeliner is not as universal as the beauty world makes it seem. Very hooded eyes tend to “eat” thick upper liner, making your eyes look even smaller. If you can’t get it to work for you, there’s no shame in it!

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