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. :)

Illamasqua Cream Blusher – “Laid”

Adding onto my Illamasqua Cream Blusher collection, I recently purchased “Laid” while I was visiting home. Much like my most favorite blush and best cream blush of all time — “Promise,” “Laid” is the same quality, texture, and prettiness.

“Laid” is described as a “bright rose pink” and is exactly that. It’s brightening — meaning, it imparts the most beautiful and subtle glow — yet, the rose pink color gives you a healthy look without coming across too strong in either direction — red or pink. It’s the perfect in-between and totally worth it.

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You may find an Illamasqua section at your local Sephora; for me, I’ve only been able to find it at the Sephora next to my parents’ home. Online, the cream blushers are selling like hot cakes, so when they’re back in stock — I recommend you snag “Promise” and “Laid” to start with! :) The best thing about Illamasqua’s cream blushers is the formula/texture of the product. Not only is it easy to use and apply, but the creamy, non-tacky formula blends easily onto the skin. I don’t feel like it’s wiping off my foundation, like most other cream blushers I’ve tried. It also helps that the product is long-wearing and looks pretty all day.

Retails for $26.00 USD.
Made in Germany.

Minimal Face of the Day

Despite stopping by Sephora and Ulta religiously, I haven’t really picked up anything new. And, now that we’ve entered the summer months here in Texas, keeping things minimal and simple has been key. It’s been a rough couple of weeks for me, so I haven’t felt entirely inspired by anything or anyone — my daily look has been the same — just enough to even out the skin tone and a dab of cream blusher to allow me to look alive.

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I’m back to using the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, and recently re-purchased it in the shade “Terre-Neuve” which is a touch lighter than “Finland” and less yellow. It’s a good summer product to have because it does so much — moisturizes, protects, and conceals — much like a BB cream. While marketed as a tinted moisturizer, it’s like a light foundatio to me.

As previously mentioned, I’m still on my Illamasqua cream blusher kick. Currently, “Promise” is the only shade I own because everything else seems to be out of stock on Sephora’s website. When they’ve been re-stocked, I’ll definitely be trying out more shades. This is the best cream blush ever; and, if you’re like me and have lost faith in ALL cream blushes, try this one. Your faith will be restored.

As usual, I’ve relied on my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to do all my blending and applying. I own 4 of these brushes and have them stashed all over the place. It’s great for applying my base product and I use a separate one for applying the cream blusher. But really, any synthetic blending brush will do the trick.

Have a great weekend.

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.

Nail Talk: Butter London Nail Foundation & Illamasqua Nail Varnish – “Nomad”

My current favorite base coat is the Butter London Nail Foundation. Much like foundation for your face, this base coat is a beigey-skin color that neutralizes any imperfections your nails may have. Unlike the traditional clear base coats, by starting off with a your-skin-color, the nail varnish you apply afterwards appears truer and bolder.

I’ve also noticed that it helps even the goopiness in some nail polish formuals. For example, Essie polishes are annoying to use because it streaks and thins out when applying; for me, it’s impossible to get a smooth and even application. There’s something about Butter London’s Nail Foundation – I don’t know what it is, but it’s a foundation – for your nails. Clever.

Today’s choice of color is Illamasqua‘s nail varnish in “Nomad.” The shade on the left is “Milf,” which I’ll be playing with next.

“Nomad” is a rich, bright kelly-green shade that is kind of minty as well; the application was smooth, thick but not difficult to work with, and the pigmentation is impressive. It dries well before the top coat application and the opacity of the color is a bonus on top of the vibrant and glossy looking finish. The “formula is hard wearing and chip resistant and contains individual finishes from matte to high gloss,” according to Sephora’s website.

I really like Illamasqua’s polishes and am looking forward to indulging in more fun summer colors. What are some of your new favorite shades? What are your thoughts on the nail foundation?

*Pictures taken using CANON POWERSHOT SD1300 IS DIGITAL ELPH (12.1 Megapixels)