Friday, 3 November 2017

Recent Beauty Favourites [Oct 2017]

I did one of these posts back in May [read it here] and it's interesting to see the changes in my routine. I'm actually following a rigid skincare routine now, something I never did. I guess this is only one of the many ways New York has changed me.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I don't really swap out products from my routine. When I find something I like, I stick to it. Off late, I've acquired a lot of new products in my routine and I thought I'd document it on my blog for those who care and for future me who forgot what 25 was like!

For starters, I am actually using foundation now. Well, to be fair, I did use it in the past but not on a daily basis and I didn't put a lot of effort into it. The first and only foundation I picked up in New York was the Maybelline Fit Me. It is available in India, but not the entire shade range which is tragic.

I had the sales assistant match me at the store because I still don't know how to do that and she set me up with what she claimed was a good match for me. It seemed right at the time but after a full day of wear, I began to notice that the colour isn't right for me at all. I can't tell if it's the shade in itself that's off or if it's the wrong undertone. All I know is that it makes me look a bit orange and I'm not happy about that.

I put it in my favourites because I love the way it goes on and blends into the skin. I put it on with my fingers and have the quickest and easiest time blending it out. I make it work for me by mixing in equal parts of a lighter BB cream. Honestly, I'm not the best judge of foundations but if I can get away with concealing everything without using a concealer and call it a day, then I'm all for it. This product does just that!

I also use it on my eyelids to create an even base before shadow and find that everything stays put over top and then use a powder to set everything, the same powder I mentioned in my previous post.

For eyeshadow, I've been loving the L'Oreal La Palette Nude in Beige. To say I've been using one shade out of the palette would be more precise.

I've been using the third shade, which has no name but is matte soft brown, all over my lid and I love the way it looks. On my skin, it is quite subtle but I love the hint of warmth it adds to my eyes.

The shadows in this palette aren't super pigmented or soft. If you're trying to go for something dramatic, it's hard to pick up a decent amount of product on a brush but I find that that suits me just fine. I'm not one for over-the-top makeup and as a amateur eyeshadow manipulator, I'm less likely to stress over potentially looking like a panda (no offence to pandas.)

I top off my shadow with liner, something I cannot leave the house without. I've been wearing eyeliner since I was 13 or 14 and I feel naked without it on.

For the longest time, I used the L'Oreal gel eyeliner for all my eyeliner needs but lately I've moved onto the L'Oreal Infallible Super Slim Eyeliner. The switch over to something more "basic" was to reduce application time and risk of errors, which tend to happen on occasion. What I don't like about this product is that it isn't waterproof (which is of utmost importance if you wear contact lenses) and it doesn't dry down to a matte finish, which is what I prefer.

As for mascara, I've been loyal to the Maybelline Lash Sensation Mascara for a while now and I wouldn't dream of switching to something new just yet. I prefer the waterproof version, again because I wear contacts and I won't have to worry about it running down my face.

I haven't tried heaps of mascaras but I can confidently say that this is the best one out there and I feel like everyone needs to try it. The brush helps curl my lashes to perfection and adds length and volumes my roots without making my lashes look clumpy. I've been recommending it to everyone around me so it only made sense to bring my opinions to the blog.

Onto things new in my routine. I recently went to a makeup event hosted by Dior and although my main agenda that evening was to guzzle as much of the free champagne as I could, I did learn a thing or two about makeup application. For starters, I finally understood the science behind bronzer application and the wonderful make-up artist urged me to not fear the product, but use it wisely. So I took a trip to the pharmacy and picked up the least expensive one I could find.

This is from NYC and it's simply called the Sun 'n' Bronze and I picked up the lighter of the two shades available called Hamptons Radiance, although I can't image anyone in the Hamptons using something that costs less that $5. The product contains a combination of four shades, one golden-brown, one pink, and one more of a highlight shade. I tend to avoid the highlight shade and swirl my brush through the two other shades and use it under my cheekbone. The product has a bit of a glow to it, which I'm not a fan of as I prefer matte products, but for $5 I think it's a good starter bronzer.

At the same event, I learnt how to do my brows, which I never thought I needed to do as I have naturally full brows and get them threaded. The idea, I was told, is to make them look stronger when wearing foundation because they tend to get lost in the face otherwise. As of now, I've been using an angled brush and a dark brown shadow to fill them in but have been looking into some brown pencils for future purchases.

As for lips. there's always a barrage of lipsticks I'm using at a time and the makeup graveyard in every one of my bags is proof of that. Lately, I've been mostly rotating between three, which is cutting it short for me.

I mostly stick to neutrals and have done so for as long as I've been wearing makeup. When I moved to New York, I felt daring enough to get out of my comfort zone a little and so I picked up the Velvet Matte liquid lipstick from Victoria's Secret in the shade Seduced. It's a vibrant pink that is very unusual for me but I do enjoy it. It does dry my lips out but it lasts super long and I do put on lip balm over it to hydrate throughout the day. I always use dark shades with liner and I know that VS now has Velvet Matte liners to match each of their lipsticks.

The other two are my everyday neutrals. The first is the Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Gradation lipstick in Mauve. I think this is exclusive to asian markets as I cannot find it online or in stores anywhere in New York. It's supposed to make it easier to create a gradient effect as it has a sponge on one side and a twist-up lipstick on the other side. The texture is super creamy and it's one of those that's really easy to wear all day, although it doesn't last too long.

The second, is the Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick is High Flyer. It's the perfect natural pink for an effortless everyday look. It goes on really smoothly and evens out my lips without making me seem overdone. The only thing I do not like about this product is that it smells like chemicals. I wish they would've masked it with a light perfume.

Of course, I hope to go out of my comfort zone a bit more and experiment with deeper tones in the colder months. Hopefully, I'll have exciting products to put into the next favourites post, whenever that will be.

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