Current Makeup Menu

Hello! Long time no makeup talk. I have been enjoying having my makeup done (by myself) every morning. This newfound love is due to me recently redecorated our extra bedroom which we use for storing our clothes and getting ready. I also recently bought several new beauty products to mostly replenish products that I finished as well as to rebuild my routine. For the past year I have been only using cleanser and moisturizer (ok, plus my SK-II FTE because I can’t live without that shiz) most of the time. So when I have these new products I just want to slap them on my face all day long.

For this post I’m going to just focus on the makeup because as much as I like skincare products, I enjoy playing around with makeup more. Instant result, instant gratification. You feel me?

There is nothing new in terms of the vibe of makeup that I’m going for most of the days. Although new products have been incorporated, I’m still an advocate of that no-makeup-makeup-look. Basically just enhancing what I have instead of trying to fake what I don’t have.

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For base I’m going super minimal but not really hahaha. Minimal as in I only use concealer for concealing purposes but I do have a plethora of products to choose from. So I usually rotate this around my NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer, KIKO Skin Tone Concealer, or MAC Prolong Wear Concealer. As if I don’t have enough already I’m actually waiting for my friend to be back from Canada with my Glossier order which includes their Stretch Concealer. To me concealer mostly is used for my under eyes rather than anything else. I have pretty dark under eyes which makes me look extremely tired. I kind of chose my glasses frame to kind of cover this problem.

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I don’t have a set of rules or steps in terms of makeup application. Some days I go for brows after but some I go for bronzer. A few weeks ago I bought a pot of RMS Buriti Bronzer and I have been wearing that every single day. There’s a significant dip already in the pot. Granted it’s a very sheer bronzer so I go H.A.M. usually with it. But trust me this thing is summer in a pot. I put some on my nose bridge when I’m not wearing glasses to give the sun-kissed effect.

Following up, I usually do blush and highlighter after. For blush I also use one of RMS Lip2Cheek in the shade Illusive. This color is also great for on the lips. It translates to a dusky rose MLBB shade on my lips. As for highlighter I’m still working my way down of my Benefit Watts Up Highlighter. I’ve always thought that I need to buy RMS Living Luminizer but I don’t think I can justify having two cream highlighter when finishing one can take me a decade hahahaha.

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L-R: RMS Lip2Cheek Illusive, RMS Buriti Bronzer, Benefit Watts Up

For now I’m not loyal to anything in terms of brow products. I have my MAC Concrete Eyeshadow to fill in my brows but sometimes I want to just use a pencil instead but I don’t have any at the moment. Honestly the only thing that makes me a bit hesitant to use powder eyeshadow is it takes me extra seconds to find my short Anastasia brow brush in a jar of tall brushes hahahaha #firstworldproblemamiright. But I always always always finish with a brow gel. I really like my NYX brow gel in Brunette despite its mascara sized brush in the world of teeny weeny eyebrow brushes. But no fear, my Glossier Boy Brow is en route to me.

And then… I’m actually done hahahaha. I don’t really wear eyeshadow on the daily nor mascara. Although I do love my Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara but I don’t like removing them by the end of the day. So I just forego them. I’m quite happy with the result of all those products above because they help me achieve my no-makeup-makeup-look. Because my main reason of wearing makeup is more of the application process than making me like a billion dollar baby hahahaha.

Non Summery Summer Outfits

How’s the weather where you are? Here is kind of weird. Are we officially in Summer yet? Because it’s only warm one day a week in this city. With very breezy morning which revoked my shorts wearing option.

So I’ve been super overwhelmed with my Summer wardrobe planning. There are so many cute dresses out there that I want to buy. Which I also did but ended up returning almost all of them (I kept one, I posted a photo of me wearing it already).

I’ve been saving a lot of French girls outfit photos on Instagram in the hope of to be able to dress like them. But whoamIkidding, I’m not French. Nor do I wear clothes like that. I mean, I can forego wearing bra like all of them are but some outfits are just not practical.

So I stripped all nonsense and somewhat came up with a rule of dressing to myself. I’ll only wear black. And restrict myself with only wearing black t-shirt + black jeans combo. Which means, I have been dressing like this lately.

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Very colorful indeed.

So far I feel pretty good about this. I mean I still think about clothes, but no longer what to buy. Also getting dressed has been pretty easy. But now I think more about makeup hahaha.

I’m not sure how long I would like to do this all black ensemble, is this an experiment? Or lifestyle choice? I still have to decide on that.

This also means I’m going to refrain from posting my outfits because I wear the exact same thing everyday. On good days, I even wear the exact same t-shirt two days in a row (if my pits aren’t that sweaty hahaha). So no need to update on boring stuff rightttt.

Spring Outfit 12

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Who’s this girl????

I feel like a different person in this dress. In a good way. I walk different, I talk different, and I sit different. I read a piece on manrepeller.com when Leandra Medine wrote clothes are like tattoos. To quote her;

I called clothes “temporary tattoos” because they let me say whatever I wanted without words, then take those comments back. “No decision is irrevocable,” I would preach. I marveled in the opportunity to be anyone I wanted to be whenever I wanted to be her. -Leandra Medine

And today I want to say that I’m a woman who lives in St. Tropez with her husband and her twins. I bet women there don’t dress like me hahahaha.

The two last buttons were left unbuttoned to show a little bit of skin when I’m walking. This way, I feel like I’m walking on a red carpet all day every day.

By the way, I spent the whole elevator ride today to remember when I bought these shoes. Was it 2013? Or 2014? I still can’t remember! But I bought them when I was sooo into watching chriiissstttine on YouTube. She has/had a pair from Steve Madden I believe. So one birthday I treated myself with a pair of these and they’ve stayed with me ever since! Still very comfortable.

Outfit details:
– Zara dress
– Sacha shoes

My Current Cleansers Rotation

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For some reason, I always always always have a lot of different facial cleansers in my arsenal. I don’t know how and I don’t know why. Maybe when I’m not looking they just decided to proliferate or something. I swear I didn’t plan on having this many! Ideally one is enough ya know. Currently I have…

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser

My favorite out of the four that I currently have. It’s very gentle, doesn’t sting my eyes, doesn’t leave a film after I wash it off, and just very very very pleasant to use. The scent is also very easy on my nose. I’m on my 2nd and 3rd bottle. One in the shower and one one the sink and both are halfway gone. Not sure if I’m going to rebuy anytime soon though since there’s no easy way to get it here in Holland but if I had the chance, I will.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

I have a massive bottle of this in the shower right now. Also halfway done and I’m considering using it as a body wash instead hahaha. This is not saying I don’t like it, it’s just so bland. It works for post cleansing oil/balm or AM facial wash but yea… nothing spectacular. No scent, no frills. Idk why I bought the big bottle, value pack always excites me.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright, Light Cleansing Oil

For a while I didn’t have any kind of cleansing oil/balm. My last one was probably Clinique Take the Day off or The Body Shop Chamomile cleansing oil. And I quite miss having something slippy to take my make up off. There really no good reason why I chose The Face Shop, it’s just come to my attention by beauty bloggers so I decided to give it a whirl. And the verdict is, I don’t like it. Don’t think it removes my makeup enough, it stings my eyes, and the texture is quite dry for a cleansing oil. Don’t ask me how an oil can be dry because I have no clue. All I know is I don’t like it. But I’ll use it up anyway. Maybe as body wash? Hahahahaha.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

This one is a travel size bottle. Do we count this as one or half? I bought Cetaphil in the travel size due to two reasons, one I want to try it but kinda know that I will like the Glossier version better and two is to reuse the bottle to fill with Milky Jelly cleanser once I empty it out. So far, I have only used it three times. Once to try and the last two is when I travel. Everything but the smell is similar to Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser. So if I had to choose, I’d go for Milky Jelly. Oh also this one stings my eyes. Not sure if I have overly sensitive eyes because everything seems to sting my eyes. But I once slept with contacts on and was fine the next day. So I’m guessing don’t blame my eyes.