Super Minimal Face of the Day

It’s been awhile since a real face of the day, so apologies for that. This summer has been going by fast because of my workload and classes. I’ve kept things so minimal on my face that I almost felt foolish posting about it. However, because I’ve been using new products, I figured it would be still be fun (and somewhat useful) for you to see what my day-to-day products have been. Keep in mind I still do my brows and eye makeup, but my face makeup is quite minimal.

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I begin my mornings, of course, with proper cleansing and morning skincare. My current sunscreen of choice has been the Biore Perfect Face Milk SPF 50 PA +++. This has “sebum controlling ingredients” and is excellent for oil control. Seriously. Under makeup, this is the ideal sunscreen. I’m still on my primer kick, and my current favorite is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15. I apply a thin layer all over my face and it absorbs quickly. Seriously, the best primer for life. I like that I can wear it alone without foundation and it still helps with my pores, redness and some unevenness.

Because my face is so minimal, and I’ve skipped foundation in general, it’s important that my eyes look awake and bright. I’ve been using the Diorsnow UV Shield BB Eye Creme SPF 20 PA++ under my eyes and on my eyelids. It’s soothing, hydrating, and helps my eye area look 100 x’s better. I applied it with my Sephora Collection concealer brush. For color on my cheeks, I’m still obsessed with my Illamasqua cream blushers. I routinely alternate between “Promise” and “Laid.” I’ve been using the Real Techniques contour brush to apply my cream blushers lately. I normally use the Expert Face Brush. I like the contour brush because it’s slightly tapered and it’s smaller, so it’s easier to control on the cheeks. It’s too bad that it comes in a kit and not sold separately.

I promise to have more eventful face of the days soon. :)

REVIEW: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15

After reading about the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15, I had to see for myself what the fuss was all about. Now that I’m on my primer kick, I’m curious about what’s out there and what really works. For me, applying primer is optional; but, when it’s nearly 100 degrees outside with like 80% humidity, having a great primer is like striking gold.

This primer is marketed as “a mineral-based, water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth, uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.” It’s watery and light in weight and texture. It disappears and absorbs upon contact, leaving behind a silky, smooth, and even finish. This “clean, satin-finish formula helps keep makeup looking fresh and prevents fading,” and also “absorbs excess oils and minimizes the appearance of pores by evenly distributing light to help hide and soften skin imperfections and fine lines.”

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I picked the travel size version to try out. And, luckily, I really love it and believe that it’s totally worth the price tag for the full size. For right now, this is great for traveling. I like primers that work double duty — meaning, I can wear it alone and wear it underneath foundation/BB creams. This does just that — evening and smoothing out my skin beautifully. It’s not oily and not drying. It feels clean and light on the skin — which is the best option for the summer time.

What else you need to know:
“Veil Mineral Primer is formulated with naturally derived titanium dioxide and zinc oxide instead of chemical sun-blocking agents. This water-resistant primer is also 100% free of fragrance, oil, and gluten.”

0.33 oz. for $18.00 USD.
1 fl. oz. for $52.00 USD.