JUST IN: Glowy Foundation Routine for Winter

Winter months are different in Texas as some of you may know. While it may not get super cold here until well into December-January, I’ve found that with the climate and temperature changes, my skin is having some up’s and down’s. Even though today’s high (even in December) was 70 degrees Fahrenheit, I’ve resorted to more moisturizing products since my skin has been needing it lately. Since my signature base/skin makeup is a dewy, glowy finish, dry skin or flaky skin is definitely not good for me. I’ve noticed that with my skin being drier, I’ve had to resort to creative ways to maintain the dew.

Today’s post is about my glowy foundation routine for winter…Texas-style. :)

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Innisfree The Green Tea Serum
In the mornings, I’ve been using a moisturizing serum for hydration to plump my skin and prevent it from feeling dry or uncomfortable. I skip the cream or moisturizer intentionally and move straight onto a suncream/sunblock before applying my base makeup. This particular serum is “a moisturizing and nourishing serum with organic green tea seeds from Jeju to fill the skin with suppleness and clarity.” It’s super lightweight and the water-gel texture feels like nothing on the skin when applied. It doesn’t make my skin oily or slippery; and, as part of my morning routine, this helps keep my skin hydrated and happy underneath makeup.

Innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil
Lately, the trend in Korea is to add a drop of face oil to foundation/BB/CC creams for an added dewy effect. This “anti-oxidant moisturizing oil, [is] formulated with eco-friendly Jeju green tea seeds[that] replenishes moisture and nutrients from deep within your skin.” While it feels rich on your skin at first, it absorbs nicely, which gives a moisturized feeling. On top of that, it seals in all your previous skincare so it helps your makeup glide on easily and effortlessly. I don’t mind mixing a drop of this with my foundation, and it doesn’t make my skin overly oily or anything like that. When applied alone, this can be an extra-hydrating moisturizer replacement.

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Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation
My go-to foundation lately for glowy makeup is the Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation and the shade 115 Ivory is a perfect match for me. I’ve also noticed that this particular foundation is great as a mixing agent. I’ve mixed this foundation with other formulations, and it’s never interfered with application or color. I like to add my face oil to this and it applies sheer, but naturally. In addition, it adjusts the coverage level which I like since I prefer sheer to light coverage. This foundation “creates a soft-focus effect, which is designed to meet the coverage concerns of those in the spotlight.”

NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder
Normally, I don’t like to powder over my foundation or base makeup because it affects the dewiness. However, lately I’ve been into it since using the NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder. As “weightless, translucent powder for all skintones that creates a soft matte finish that looks luminous in any light,” it’s truly invisible and doesn’t negatively impact the color, tone, or texture of your already applied makeup. It’s so natural that I feel like you don’t even really notice a difference until you see your skin in natural light. Pores and lines or minimized and your makeup is set perfectly — and, surprisingly, oil is controlled substantially well.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Ethereal Glow”
The final touch to glowy winter makeup is really the blush. While the complexion is important, nothing is more prettier than naturally flushed pink cheeks. A lot of blushes can do this, but one that is equal parts pretty and glowy without the glitter and shimmer. I like “Ethereal Glow” so much for this; and, it’s seriously the final touch that I look for when I’m completing my routine.

What are some of your dewy makeup tricks for the winter time?

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Face of the Day: Summer Glow and Oil Control

It sounds like an oxymoron to say that I wanted to have both a summer glow and oil control, lol. However, I’m sure you guys know what I mean by that! Lately, I’ve been rotating through products that I’ve neglected due to other hyped up products. I’ve recently cycled back around to using some great products by “shopping my stash.”

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Banila Co. Moisturizing Finish Cream with Makeup Boosting Complex
This product is a finishing cream that’s applied either after skincare and before makeup; or after makeup application to bind the products together. Not only does this product boost moisture and radiance, but it also acts as a primer-like product allowing your makeup to last much longer. It conditions the skin so your skin feels and looks balanced; and, it also feels cooling for hot summer days as well.

Diorskin Nude BB Creme Broad Spectrum SPF 10
To begin, I started off by adding a light layer of BB cream to even out my skintone, add some coverage, and blur some imperfections on the skin. Because this particular BB is “enhanced with mineralized floral water and a blend of antioxidantsm” it’s lightweight on the skin and it feels “moisturized, smoothed, protected and corrected.” It doesn’t necessarily control oil, but it minimizes it greatly so I’m very happy with using it this summer.

Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder
Next, for some additional coverage and oil control, I’ve been enjoying the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder in 02 Ivory. I lightly dust it on with a big, fluffy brush to fill in pores, control oil, and blot away shine on my forehead. Because it’s a powder foundation, the added coverage it provides is nice as well. Another great thing about this powder is that it’s the best of both worlds — the powder functions like a “natural veil over the face for a luminous glow with a color-true finish. It glides on effortless while camouflaging uneven tones and hydrating skin. Plus, it even visibly reduces fine lines so skin looks as youthful as ever.”

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush
The real glow comes from the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Ethereal Glow.” I’ve written a review post about it here, but this shade is the best for a light flush of glowy color that isn’t glittery or shimmery. For a “seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color,” this is a great option if you’re trying to achieve a natural and glowy look.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in “70 Sourire” is a great warm color for the summer that really makes your lip pop in a good way. It’s light and watery so it feel glossy on the lips; however, the color is a light pinky-peach color that isn’t too orange or too pink. The subtle golden shimmers in the product is perfect for summer and I’ve been loving it for that reason. It doesn’t look like much on the lips, but strangely, that’s the reason why I like it so much.

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How do you feel about creating a summer glow look while maintaining oil control? What are some of your favorite products?

REVIEW: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Luminous Flush” & “Ethereal Glow”

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I finally purchased the glorious Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes and I really think they’re worth the hype. They’re sold out all over the place; and, I was just lucky that my local Sephora got a fresh batch of blushes in right as I walked in. These babies are big news all over YouTube and blogs, so get them while you can for sure!

Described as a “groundbreaking hybrid” blush, the Lighting Blushes “combine the customized lighting effects of [the] Ambient Lighting Powder[s] with a spectrum of breathtakingly modern hues for seamless, soft-focus, and multidimensional color.” Hourglass claims that these are a new kind of blush since they function like the Ambient Lighting Powders but with a powerful pop of color.

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The hype around the Ambient Lighting Powders is quite extraordinary since everyone is in love with them. Since they’re marketed as the “cutting-edge collection of finishing powders,” it’s no surprise that these blushes came next.

All the colors are vivid and vibrant cheek colors with lots of glow without shimmers and glitters. And, even the ones with shimmer are so subtle, it doesn’t look crazy on the skin at all. This is truly a “hybrid product that is unique, contemporary, and revolutionary. Unlike traditional blush, which tends to be flat, Ambient Lighting Blush uses Photoluminescent Technology to exhibit depth and dimension. The airy, lightweight powders contain optically transparent particles that amplify the colors to a multidimensional level—effectively reinventing the way you view blush.”

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I chose the shades “Luminous Flush” & “Ethereal Glow” but I plan on getting more in the future. The shade “Luminous Flush” is a champagne rose color that is natural and not too pink. Normally, I gravitate towards pink blushes, so I really wanted to make this purchase count with something a little different. The shade “Ethereal Glow” is my favorite, and it’s a cool pink tone that is so radiant and beautiful without being too much. The texture of the blushes are smooth and buttery soft — almost creamy without being a cream. They’re pigmented and translate very well onto the skin without looking overdone; and, the glow is just beautiful. You look lit from within — much like the promise of the Ambient Lighting Powders.

These blushes are hand-made and are “formulated using an advanced miscelare technique — which means ‘to mix’ in Italian.” This creates the “perfect balance of pigment and powder, and no two look alike. The six shades ranging from soft coral to cool pink are a wardrobe of captivating accent lights for cheeks. They deliver a radiant, natural finish and offer build-able color to imbue the entire complexion with an otherworldly glow.”

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Compared to the powders, the blushes are packaged smaller but just as compact. The reflective cases invite fingertips, scratches, and dust easily, but it’s really not a deal-breaker for me. All the colors are beautiful and it was difficult to not purchase every single one! These blushes are worth the hype and I recommend them. On days that I wear this blush, I can skip any kind of highlighter because the blush does all the work. I feel like they would be especially beautiful during the spring and summer months — paired with dewy skin and glossy lips!

Made in Italy.
Retails for $35.00 USD.
Contains 0.15 oz.