Natural Glam: Creating a bright, flawless canvas

In a perfect world, I would wake up looking well-rested, glowy, and fresh-faced every morning. It’s ironic that a natural, no makeup look could take so much work, lol. Most days, I go for the natural look anyway — but it totally depends on the condition of my skin; and occasionally, my skin needs a little bit extra. What I mean by “natural glam,” is that the general idea of the look is still natural — but there’s a little bit of an oomph. It’s subtle but the flawless and dewy canvas is often faked with glow-inducing products! :)

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For the natural glam look, base makeup is important. What you layer on underneath your makeup needs to be taken into consideration; and, that’s why, for a look that needs extra oomph, I use the Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Skin Corrector to get my skin looking good before makeup application. After the morning skincare routine, I use the Rachel K CC Cream in neutral to even out my skin tone and correct any irregularities. This is perfect for days when you don’t need much but you still need something.

For additional brightening, concealing anything that the CC Cream didn’t get is imperative. Nothing will ruin a bright look than a dark spot — or any darkness, for that matter. For any darkness on the face and under the eyes, it’s best to use something like the Benefit Erase Paste to neutralize anything and everything. It’s also good to apply this around the corners of your mouth and nose as well — and, this is because there’s natural shadows there that will inadvertently create darkness.

Next, I applied NARS The Multiple in “Luxor” to create a healthy, pinky sheen on my cheekbones. This is key for maximum glow factor. Highlighting is a must. I’ve skipped powdering in general because it tends to matte down the skin too much, and it defeats the purpose of a dewy, glowy look. If you want to lock in your concealer, powdering those areas with a translucent powder isn’t a bad idea. For blush, since I’m skipping powder products in general, I’ve used the Benefit Posetint (sample) to get a bright pop of color on my cheeks. While the color is bright (and tends to be brightening), you don’t want it to look stark and unnatural. Firm blending is essential with this.

With a bright complexion, eyebrows are strangely important. Without good, framed eyebrows — it will just look like something’s missing on your face. I used the Tom Ford Brow Sculptor in “Chestnut” because it’s a warm, medium brown shade that isn’t too dark. When my brows are too dark, it makes me look like a demon, lol. And, especially, when you’re going for an ethereal, bright look — you don’t want super dark eyebrows to cast any darkness on the face! :)

What’s In My Makeup Bag v.2

Holiday cheers! Awhile back, I wrote a post called Weekend Getaway: What’s In My Makeup Bag. This time around, it’s version 2 because I’m going back home for the holidays. Since it’s a bit more than just a weekend getaway, my packing is a bit different.

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I found this cute makeup bag at Forever 21 for like, $6-$7 and couldn’t pass it up. I switched to this bag because I will packing other bags with skincare essentials, brushes, and cleansing essentials. On top of that, I will also be bringing hair care, body care, and random styling products since I will be at home for a few weeks.

An opportunity that I like to take advantage of when I go back home is to FINALLY use up products. I say this because it feels like I’m intentionally “restricting” myself. I don’t like to overpack – even though all this seems excessive, lol, and I only bring what I know I’m going to use, because I try to avoid the “what if” situations. It’s generally a good time for me to bring items that are almost done so I can finish them up. Also, much like my weekend getaway bag, I can’t be bothered to be testing products, so I bring my trusted products only – I don’t want to be frustrated and stuck with a product I don’t like or have to deal with a product that breaks me out.

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A quick peek inside!

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As you can see, this bag may look small, but it sure does hold a bunch of stuff! It’s just the right size – that way, it’s not too big that I over-stuff it; and, it’s not so small I feel insecure about bringing too little, lol. And, when I’m back at home shopping is just much better. So chances are, I’ll end up buying a thing or two while away and end up using that too!

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Inside:
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light, reviewed here
Benefit Sun Beam, reviewed here
Rachel K CC cream, reviewed here
YSL Touche Éclat – Radiant Touch, reviewed here
Benefit High Beam, reviewed here in a post about glowy skin
MAC blush in “Well Dressed,” refer to this post

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Inside:
Cetaphil Daily Advance Lotion (sample)
Benefit blush in “Coralista” (reviewed in same post as Sun Beam)
Canmake highlighter
Clé de Peau Beauté concealer, reviewed here
Bobbi Brown Natural Finish Long Lasting foundation, reviewed here

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Inside:
KOJI eyelash curler
Dior Nude Rouge lipstick, reviewed here
NIVEA Intense Moisture – healing medicated lip care
Laura Mercier Lip Glacé in “Bare Naked,” reviewed here
Shiseido Mascara Base
Fasio Ultra Curl Lock mascara, reviewed here
L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara

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For the eye makeup portion, I’m just bringing my Z palette with some of my trusty eyeshadows and MAC’s eyeliner in “Teddy.” I will post a more in-depth color review/swatch in another post regarding my top, favorite MAC eyeshadows. But for traveling purposes, I need something versatile, compact, and easy to carry. Also, this way, if I end up purchasing something new, I’d have room to bring it back (or enjoy it while away).

As always, thanks for reading. Are any of you guys going back home for the holidays? What are you bringing?

Rachel K CC Cream – Neutral

CC creams are all the craze now even though the Western market is just now coming out with BB creams. If you’ve been watching LisaLisaD1 on YouTube, then you’ve heard of the Rachel K CC Creams from her. When she re-stocked her online store, I immediately placed an order to beat the crowd since they’re always sold out!

CC creams are fairly new to me and this is my first one. Before LisaLisaD1, ChefCaffy on YouTube was rumored to have raved about this product, so I didn’t doubt that this was a good, well-performing product. Shipping was fast and I tested the product out immediately. Since then, I’ve been using it non-stop. This is considered to be a “10 in 1” product and is marketed as a mineral color control bb cream. According to the box, “CC cream is a much more refined and improved BB cream which combines various benefits all in one: color control, oil control, whitening, brightening, moisturizing, and UV protection (SPF 35 PA ++).”

The product claims to “ehance complexion by improving texture, balancing skin tone,” and mimics real skin – providing a dewy, fresh, and glowy complexion. The tube is deceiving because it’s quite small; but there’s 1.4 fl. oz. (or 40 g) of product, which is more than the average amount of base product you get.

I can’t say all the additional skincare “benefits” are doing anything miraculous, but it feels nice on the skin and makes me feel like I’m doing something to help my skin during the day.

This good size dollop is more than enough to cover the entire face. I chose the color NEUTRAL because it is supposed to accomodate yellow undertones. To me, the product is not very yellowy, but slightly gray-pink. Like all BB cream, the color adjusts on the face by oxidizing slightly. Like Lisa, if you choose to add mineral powder, power foundation, or anything else on top, the CC cream will balance out.

FOr those who need full coverage, this is great to start out with as a base/primer. Because the product “color corrects,” mostly all imperfections are cancelled out immediately. I feel that applying foundation or anything else on top will be easier since you would need less of it to do the job.

For me, I wear this on its own since I don’t need additional coverage. This product really does create an immaculate cavas – no lines, no pores, no pigmentation peaking through. The coverage is strong and a little bit goes a long way. I would suggest using your hands or a buffing brush to apply this and give it a minute to set on the face before deciding to add anything on top. Although the finish is dewy, it does remain non-oily for the most part of the day.

I can’t say that this is anything more than a BB cream because it seems all work relatively the same for me. I really like the conveience of the product because it makes my morning routine so fast. It’s great to slap on when you don’t have anything planned or you’re heading to the gym (without wanting to look like monster-face).

Made in Korea.