The 5-Minute Face

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NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30
To begin my 5-minute face, I start by applying my trusty Anessa Perfect Essence Sunscreen and then apply the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in “Terre Neuve.” This is a re-purchase item for me and I got a the newest lightest shade 00 “Terre Neuve” this time around. Applying a tinted moisturizer as a base for a 5-minute face is perfect for natural coverage and evening out of the skin. Because it applies so easily and quickly with minimal blending action, it’s great for when you’re on-the-go or in a hurry in the mornings.

Benefit Ooh La Lift
To brighten the under-eye area, I applied the Benefit Ooh La Lift and blended it in using a small synthetic buffing brush. I have a separate review coming up on this product, and I highly recommend it for brightening and prepping the under-eye area. You can see it in action in my recent Full Face of the Day post.

Illamasqua Powder Blusher – “Katie”
For blush, I’ve rotated out of my usual blush “Well Dressed” by MAC and am back to my Illamasqua Powder Blusher in “Katie,” which is just another cool-toned baby pink shade. It’s smooth and buttery and doesn’t take much effort to blend. Every time I take a long break from these blushes and I come back, I’m reminded how great it is. Totally recommend.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Demolition” & Random Japanese Eyebrow Pencil
For some definition along my lashline (lower and upper), I used Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in “Demolition” and smoked out the ends to make it look more natural. For my brows, I used a random eyebrow pencil that I bought at the Asian market. It doesn’t really have a name but claims to be able to hold for 24-hours. It’s very long-lasting, but I can’t say that it lasts for 24-hours since I don’t ever leave my makeup on for 24-hours! The pencil is just waxy enough to give me color and keep the eyebrow hairs in place. So far, I really like it.

Shiseido Majolica Majorca Lash Bone Black Fiber & Kiss Me Heroine Volume and Curl Mascara
It’s pretty self-explanatory what my eyelash routine normally is. I curl my lashes with the Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, which I like much better than the Shiseido Eyelash Curler. The Shu curler fits my lid shape better without pinching and pulling. The Shiseido curler is too flat and I find it uncomfortable to use. For the lips (not pictured), I just applied the La Mer Lip Balm and headed out the door. :)

What do you wear when you’ve got 5 minutes?

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.