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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.