Due to both external and internal stressors, I’ve had to invest a little bit more time to my morning routine to get me through the day. Even on days like this, radiance and naturalness are still my main skin-priorities. And, since I was short on time like most mornings, it was also important to use products that did multiple things at once — such as evening out skin tone and helping with pores, so my foundation can be applied sparingly.
Kanebo Kate Lasting Base Cover
Because I didn’t want a heavy foundation, I needed a good 2-in-1 product like the Kanebo Kate Lasting Base Cover primer all over my face. The skintone like shade blends seamlessly — allowing my skin to show through, but covering lines and pores at the same time. Also, uneven pigmentation was also taken care of with one application of this.
Becca Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation SPF 25+ in “Porcelain”
After base application, I applied the Becca Luminous Skin Colour Ultra Sheer Foundation SPF 25+ in “Porcelain” to my cheeks, forehead, and chin — applying only a thin layer. This product is extremely sheer and translucent anyway, but I wanted it be layered lightly since it’s still hot outside in Texas. Normally, this product applied alone works fine for me. But on days I need more coverage but I don’t want to apply a traditional foundation, this is a great option.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla”
I still needed some extra help around the my nose and some redness/spots on my face, so I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Vanilla” to conceal those areas. Surprisingly, a little bit of this product goes a long way, and it blends and stays — which, in my experience, is rare with liquid concealers since I also manage to blend it away and am left with no coverage. The slight pink tone of “Vanilla” helps cancel out additional pigmentation on my face.
NYX Cream Blush in “Boho Chic”
A review on this cream blush by NYX is coming soon, but I just had to jump the gun because I’m in love with the formula. Normally, when I’m in a cream blush mood, I automatically reach for the Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise,” but I’ve been really into the NYX cream blush lately. The texture and formula are very similar, but the NYX one is $6.99 USD. Holla. :)
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Moonstone”
My current go-to highlighter is still the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in “Moonstone,” but it won’t be for much longer. I’m considering switching things up and using my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Bricks next week for some extra oomph.
Benefit Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep)
My main brow product is the Benefit Gimme Brow (Medium/Deep), and I even gave it some more praise when I wrote about my 9-month Eyebrowh Regrowth Update. This product is still going strong, but I fear that it’s already beginning to dry out. It’s only been a few weeks so I’m a little disappointed. I’ll report back if it craps out on me!
La Roche Posay Ceralip
The La Roche Posay Ceralip is an amazing lip product. Normally, I wear it at night so that I can wake up with smooth and soft lips. Occassionally, when my lips really need it, I’ll apply it during my day — usually, with no additional lip color.