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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.

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.

Maybelline Dream Cushion

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Don’t tell me that I’m 1000 years behind for talking about a cushion foundation on this blog. I just finally gave into the hype y’all. It was on sale and I was on the market for new foundation/tinted moisturizer that I can use daily. Not gonna lie, it was an unplanned purchase but it was somewhat on the horizon.

The coverage is beautiful for daily wear. To me it hits the soft spot of evening out my skin without looking like I’m wearing too much makeup. Application wise, I just dunked my beauty blender and dab dab dab dab dab. The puff is completely usable too, I just don’t want to dirty the compact. So I opted for a separate sponge instead.

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For my normal skin, I can not set it with powder and I prefer to go that way. At this moment I don’t have a good setting powder that doesn’t make my face look like I’m wearing a truck of makeup. So I just go sans powder. One step less to do. But I have read that some people prefer to set it to make the foundation lasts longer.

I wear the shade 30 sand and it does a great job of brightening my face without making it look ashy.

The cushion retails for €15.99 (but I got mine for €8.00).

Summer Beauty Favorites

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It’s been a hot minute since the last time I posted a beauty favorites post. Or maybe it’s just been a hot minute since I post about anything at all. But I have made a deal to myself to blog more religiously and improve the quality of my content. I hope you guys stick around with me for more contents in the future!

This year summer is different than all the summers I have had in the past (I moved to a country with four seasons in 2011 so before that I didn’t really have summer). This year we have had so many hot days. Way more than 2016 as far as I can remember. In The Netherlands they always say that we only have about 2 weeks of ‘nice’ (nice is subjective, in here, it means warm) weather a year. But oh boy 2017 is the year of long Summer. I had to panic buy lots and lots of sleeveless tops, denim cutoffs, and linen everything. Which I returned about 95% of them because I came to realize that I hate summer dressing. But summer beauty is different. You get to be heavy handed with your bronzer and your face looks healthier than any other season. That’s how I feel anyway.

Speaking of being heavy handed with bronzer, the one that I have been using non stop is my NARS Laguna bronzer. I can’t say I have tried a lot of bronzers out there but Laguna takes the cake for me. The tone of the bronzer just emits warmth to my face with the slight shimmer in it. NARS Laguna on me don’t look too noticeable upon first application so I can build it up to my liking. Which is my preference when it comes to cheek products actually. I don’t need them to be too pigmented as long as they are buildable.

Waterproof mascara is arguably the most important thing that I stock up to prepare before summer. This year, I purchased Fairy Drops Scandal Queen waterproof mascara off of ASOS as my waterproof mascara of choice. Initially, I was slightly underwhelmed by the performance of this mascara. I am a lover of thick full lashes so I really like to wiggle the wand on the roots of my lashes to give them super full coat. Unfortunately this mascara didn’t deliver when I first used it. But once it’s opened for a little while, I can achieve my lash dream with this mascara. And the formula holds the curl until you have time to take it off. And you need a powerful waterproof eye makeup remover to do so. My favorite is this one.

For a good lip moisturizer that has spf in it, I have been using By Terry Baume de Rose lip balm. You might think I’m nuts for spending around €40 on a pot of lip balm, but I’d like to slip in a small bit of luxury in my day to day life sometime. And this one just do the trick. I’m so happy that this lip balm has spf 15 built in so I can avoid getting burn lips. Funny story, I didn’t know I was capable of getting burned (this was stupid I know) and so ignorant of the pain it brings until my holiday in Thailand that I missed a spot on my shoulder. After that I have made a promise to myself to better overdose on the sunscreen than getting burned.

When I was in Marrakesh in June, I purchased myself a small bottle of argan oil infused with gardenia in it. And so far my favorite way of using the oil is as an oil perfume. My mom used to buy the small pot of oil perfumes from The Body Shop when I was young, so using an oil perfume now makes me feel slightly nostalgic. The gardenia scent in it just so soft and feminine yet so memorable. The way I apply it usually by rubbing a small dot onto both my hands and my neck. Moisturizing + smelling good at the same time. Unfortunately I can’t tell you where to get this anywhere other than Marrakesh. Even then I don’t remember where exactly I bought it (somewhere in the beginning of anti atlas mountain). But you probably can try a perfume by Aerin.

And you might wonder, where is the favorite sunscreen, Ellya??? Oh well, I was just using up my Rituals one and I kind of hate it now that it’s so hot. It’s a bit too oily for the summer time. I do like the one I just bought from La Roche Posay but don’t feel comfortable saying it’s a favorite since I have had it in my possession for about a week. It’s this one if you’re curious.

So now that I have spilled all my favorites for the summer months, can I say that I can’t wait for fall to come?