I have ditched liquid foundation!! Well, for now at least. If you read my last blog post, you know that I have been struggling with liquid foundations lately and I am not sure if they are mixing bad with other items I’m using, but my makeup was looking like garbage, like immediately. Not even after a couple hours. It would look separated and splotchy and cakey all at the same time as soon as I was done with it. Like the ingredients couldn’t blend together. I tried so many different combinations and it just kept happening to the point where I figured the obvious product causing this would be liquid foundation so let me just get rid of the liquid foundation and concealer!
For sure the Tarte Shape Tape concealer was fucking up the way my makeup looked. I am SUPER guilty of seeing a bunch of gorgeous and talented makeup artists post a product and then buying it. 75% of the time I am left wondering why there is so much hype behind this product, and I feel like I wasted my money. Back to my reliables at this point because my bathroom is exploding with products, and I don’t love any of them. The Shape Tape is just too heavy for my skin.
So above is what I have been using for weeks now, and my stress has finally dissipated! Hallelujah! I start with this Pixi brightening lotion which I love. It feels light as hell, is not oily and it hydrates. Big plus, the brightening component leaves a hint of a pink shimmer on my face. So pretty. Not sure it really shows through makeup, but if you don’t wear face makeup, this is a gorgeous moisturizer to wear alone with a fantastic price point.
Then I go right in for some concealer or undereye brightener. This NYX concealer is both for me (I buy it in Porcelain) so it’s perfect! I put it just under my eye and blend with a moistened beauty sponge. Then I use this Clinique face powder all over my face. I have been using this Clinique product for ages. I never am without two, one in Matte Ivory (for winter) and one in Matte Neutral (for summer). It is a powder and foundation in one but I find this one, and others I have used, to not be nearly as heavy a look or feel as actual foundation. It just gives a nice blurring effect to your face with some light, natural coverage.
Then I use Stila bronzer (discontinued, but here is a dupe) for my contour, as much as you can call what I do a contour (not much) and Marc Jacobs blush (the best blush everrrrrrrrrr). For me, the key for this point in my makeup are my brushes. I generally do not use any others for contour and blush. This Marc Jacobs blush brush is expensive, but I am telling you it is so worth it. I would buy it again in a heartbeat.
I finish off by adding this NARS powder to my cheeks to blend the blush and contour, and anywhere else on my face I may have contoured that day. It just brings the look together and it has SPF so it’s a perfect finishing touch. It does have the tiniest bit of luminosity to it so I will brush it on my cheekbones as well. This is another powder foundation but it is described as lightweight, and I totally agree. I guess what I like about these powder foundations I use is that it’s not a loose powder that can easily stick to problem areas on your face. I find that often when I use those it sticks to dry patches under my eyes or porous areas. This doesn’t happen with these powder foundations.
I am throwing some new home decor on this post as well just because I don’t want to do a whole separate post for it since I don’t think it’s enough, but I am excited about my purchases!
This gold tray and lantern are from H&M home. I have been loving their stuff lately. Some popular items do sell out fast, but everything is reasonably priced so I highly recommend them. Their candles are awesome as well (pictured above with makeup brushes, here and here).
I got this mirror from Amazon and it was exactly what I wanted. Really pretty, but simple and perfect for this space on my wall.
So we all are mourning the loss of Chris Cornell recently. Such a bummer. You all know my IG profile is full of t-shirts, records and concert footage from all his various musical groups. I love them all so much, and it sucks that he is gone. But I sure am grateful I got to see him perform live solo, with Soundgarden, and with Temple of the Dog…thank goodness.