Makeup In a Hurry

Not too long ago, one of my favorite beauty bloggers, Essiebutton, wrote a blog post featuring In-A-Hurry Products. I was inspired by her post and found myself slapping products onto my face when I was running late a few days ago. I found that it’s better to be a little late than to arrive looking disheveled, lol — so, I needed quick, easy to use products that were already tested and known for its reliability. My on-the-go and in-a-hurry products are multi-functional, so keep that in mind when you’re in a rush as well!

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Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pink Transformer + Kiss Me Heroine Make Mineral White BB Cream
First things first — and, that’s base makeup. For me, looking “put together” — even in a hurry — means polished skin, some color on the cheeks and lips, and definitely some good mascara. Base makeup consist of another one of ChefCaffy’s favorites — the Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pink Transformer paired with the Kiss Me Heroine Make Mineral White BB Cream. ChefCaffy has stated that the Asia version of the Maybelline Baby Skin primer is a dupe for the CHANEL Le Blanc Light Revealing Brightening Makeup Base. With its pink-toned base, it brightens up the complexion, conceals pores, and evens pigmentation. Applying anything else on top is a breeze!

YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch
For some help with the under-eye area, as usual, I just swipe on the YSL Touche Éclat Radiant Touch and quickly blend it in. Since I’m skipping a highlighter on the face (due to time), I also use this product along my cheek bones, down the bridge of my nose, and around the mouth area/smile lines for extra brightening. I don’t like to powder over the prettiness, so I just skip it.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise”
Cream blush is a must when you’re in a hurry. And, the best cream blush formula is Illamasqua’s. Just a few swipes of this with a synthetic buffing brush and you’re all ready to go! The color “Promise” is flattering, brightening, and super easy to use. It’s a shame that it seems like Sephora won’t be carrying the range eventually.

Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in “Sheer Berry”
For on-the-go, a multi-functioning lip product is a must — so hydration + color is important. I keep Fresh Sugar Lip Treatments around all over the place for such occasions; but, recently, the shade “Sheer Berry” has really been one of my favorites. When I’m in the mood, I’ll switch things up and use one of the Revlon Color Burst Lip Butters for the same effect!

I think that moments like this when you’re in a hurry, you tend to gravitate towards products that are good for a reason. This is a great way to really know how products work — simply because you can’t afford to waste time on “testing” things out when you’re in a rush. Reliable and easy products are always an important part of a morning routine, so hopefully this post has helped put into perspective what my go-to items have been! What about you?

This Week’s Face of the Day

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.

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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.

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. :)

Face of the Day — featuring one eyeshadow

I’ve included an eye look in this face of the day post. I’m quite simple (and lazy) when it comes to eye looks, unless I have somewhere to be, lol. I know that using one eyeshadow may not seem like anything special, but it’s a good trick to know for a rainy day. When you’re in a pinch or in a hurry, and you find it necessary to put in some effort for your eye look, using one shadow can really help.

It’s quite simple: you apply a wash of your singular color of choice and then blend. Blend to sheer it out. Then, apply the same color to the outer corners of your eyes to add depth and some dimension. Blend. Add more of the same color into the same place. Blend.

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For my face, I’m using the Chanel UV Essentiel Complete Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 as my sunscreen/base, but I’m finding that it’s kinda oily for my liking. That’s why I paired it with powder foundation for a bit of oil control. Since finishing the Chantecaille Compact Makeup Foundation in “Petal,” I’ve re-purchased it in “Shell” and still love it. “Shell” is not pink-toned like “Petal,” and it adjusts well to the skin. It’s still one of my all time favorites — even though it’s stupidly expensive.

For blush, I’m STILL obsessed with my Illamasqua Cream Blusher in “Promise.” Enough said, lol. For some minor contouring of the nose, I’ve come back to the Benefit Hoola Bronzer because it’s warm for my pale skin tone.

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Here are my eye products. I’m still using the same KOJI eyelash curler with my Shiseido Mascara Base and new MJ mascara. I’ve been using the clear Maybelline Great Lash Mascara to run through my brows. I’m really liking it for the brows after using brow powder, mainly because it’s less sticky and hairspray-like. The finish is very soft and natural. Because it’s clear and my powder brow products are dark brown, I assume this will get dingy and dirty looking really quick. Good thing it’s just a few bucks!

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The “one eyeshadow look” is featured in this post using the Laura Mercier eyeshadow in “Bamboo.” In a previous post some time ago, I wrote about Top Neutral Eyeshadows to Own and mentioned this very shadow. As you can see, it’s still one of my favorites for sure.

I’ve also been playing with the Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in dark brown. The packaging has changed and so has the amount of product. I like it, but to me, it’s just like my other eyebrow powders.

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The “one eyeshadow look” is literally that — I’ve only applied on eyeshadow, but layered it so that it looks dimensional. :) While I know that this look may not be interesting/useful to others, it’s just another way to simplify. During the hotter months, nothing is worse than having all your makeup melt off your face and get streaky! Another things to keep in mind is that not all singular shadows can look good on its own. I feel that there are some colors that need a partner, so try it out and see what works best for your eye color and skin tone.

Illamasqua Cream Blusher – “Promise”

I’ve written and complained about cream blushes before. This is only because I was always unhappy with either the application of it or the texture. However, I think I’ve found the most perfect cream blush and I’m itching for more. While I was visiting home, I went to Sephora and came across the Illamasqua section. I have to admit it was exciting to see the display in person! I purchased the cream blusher in “Promise” and it’s to die for. I recommend. HIGHLY.

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I don’t really like the packaging because it’s so bulky and big. The shape of it is odd, so it’s also difficult to store since it’s not really stackable. However, despite that, the snap closure is tight so the product doesn’t dry out. The color “Promise” is described as a “petal pink” shade; and, it runs slightly on the blue side of pink. I think that’s kind of a good thing though — because it has a subtle brightening effect that gives you a glow without being too obvious.

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The texture is creamy and soft — like butter. It’s pigmented, but not so much that it’s difficult to work with. It blends easily and beautifully without drying too fast, so you have time to work with it before it sets. I’ve used my fingers to blend when in a rush and the application was fine. I prefer to use a synthetic buffing brush (Real Techniques) and it does a great job at allowing the product to apply and settle in a natural way.

The color itself is bright but can be tamed, as the product is quite buildable. While I like to apply this on top of a non-powdered canvas, it does well over powder foundation without disturbing the base. Basically, all forms of issues I’ve had with other cream blushes don’t seem to exist with this cream blush. And, I think that’s why I like it so much. The finish is so pretty and I think it will be perfect for the summer, especially with having a dewy, fresh base underneath.

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If you’ve hated cream blushes before, I highly suggest you give this one a try. There are tons of colors available and I will be exploring more options soon. But if you’re looking for something safe and wearable, I suggest “Promise.”

0.14 oz.
Retails for $26.00 USD.