Beauty // Makeup Routine

    The last post of this impromptu beauty series will focus on my never-changing makeup routine and the products I have loved and used religiously. Here they are, in all their glittery, mascaraed glory:

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I’ve reviewed the Missha BB Cream before—I just adore it. I bought this bottle in March 2013, over a year ago, and it’s just beginning to run out. I spent $15—that’s value (I feel like half the time I’m showing off how poor I am on this blog 😉 ). My other must-have beauty item is Sephora’s $10 pot of creme eyeliner. It’s amazing, and also long-lasting. The only downside is its tendency to dry out when the pot’s contents decrease, but that’s normal I’m sure.

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I start with this Magic Perfecting Base as a primer. It has a thick, almost sandy consistency, unlike a lot of other primers I’ve tried which are runny and gel-like. I like this primer better because it really just soaks up midday oil. It also provides this wonderful smooth surface for the BB cream, and I end up using less face makeup and thus looking more natural. Also a necessity is my Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in “Rose.” I buy this stuff in bulk.

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Eyes: for day, MAC’s “Folie” as a dark color and Urban Decay’s “Virgin” for the light color. Since I started wearing makeup circa 2004, I have always done a thick winged liner. It’s my thing, and I don’t think I ever go a day without wearing eyeliner. Judge all you want 😉

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Sometimes I go without mascara because it’s such a hassle to put on. I also skip bottom liner most of the time, and only use it for night. My last step is blush: BareMinerals’ blush in “Glee.” I make this cheesy smiley face when I do my blush to make my cheekbones show up:

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Seriously, I haven’t changed these colors in years. Sometimes, in summer, I’ll layer some bronzer on top but very rarely, since I feel like bronzer makes my face look a little muddy. Oh, well! I guess it’s a pale girl’s life for me.

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So that concludes this personal beauty series! Thanks for reading 🙂 I’ll leave you with an old blessing:

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Beauty Review: Urban Decay Shadow

Today I’d like to take a minute to extol my newfound love for Urban Decay. Everyone I know asked for the Naked palettes for Christmas this year and I didn’t, because my MAC shadows are just fine, thank you very much. But then my trusted “Naked Lunch” ran out and I had to do something about it (the name of the shadow may have contributed to my love for the shade). My sister has the Naked 2 palette and ever since I used the shade “YDK,” I fell in love and never looked back.

Since I knew I wouldn’t use the whole palette, and since I like having a daily makeup routine of just one or two shadow shades, I opted to buy two new shadows: YDK and Virgin. They’re amazing. Here’s why.

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The label promises “insane color payout” and they’re spot-on. The color is exactly what it looks like in the pot, and it is so vibrant and vivid on the skin. I shy away from shimmer shadows but the YDK is between a matte and a shimmer, just glimmery enough to look pretty, but not so much that it looks like I’ve pasted rhinestones on my eyelids. It’s smooth and adheres so well.

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It leaves just a little fallout though, whereas my MAC shadows never did. I’m willing to put up with it for the sake of the deep, vibrant color, but it can get frustrating when your whole face is ruined after applying. I’ve learned to keep a little cotton ball and coconut oil handy to deal with it. I’m a survivor.

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I love the subtle sheen it leaves on my eyes. This is YDK and MAC’s “Folie” on the crease.

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My eye makeup arsenal! I cannot do without the Sephora cream liner. Only $10 and it lasts almost a year, and that’s from someone who does a thick winged line almost every day.

Conclusion: Urban Decay is worth the price. I’ll probably buy more shades when these run out, and have much more makeup fun. Stay tuned.