Is it reMARCable?

Summer is the time for brands to come out with products. This summer was no exception to that. As a result, I spent a lot of summer dabbling in products and trying to figure out what I love and what I don’t love.

The Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able foundation was my first summer product that I tested. Quite frankly I loved it. I don’t love many foundations and I normally can’t check all the boxes but this foundation definitely did it for me. Not only does it hold up after a sweaty workout in the gym but it also won’t come off in the shower. If in those two situations it holds, $55 for a foundation is totally worth it.

However, the one con about this foundation is its method of application. It doesn’t have a pump and there’s no way to pour the product into your hand. As a result, you have to take the applicator from the bottle and put it directly on your face everytime you want to put on some foundation. For me, this isn’t a huge issue since I normally wash my face before doing my makeup. However, this is a sanitary issue.

I would give this foundation a 4.5/5 and the shade I am is Golden Bisque.

 

First Impression Faves

Now, I was sick for 6 days and payday was just a couple of days ago and if you know me, you know I was in Ulta trying out some new products and getting some retail therapy for a crap week. I’ve been wearing/using these products for a couple of days and I’m ready to share them!

  1. Becca Ultimate Coverage Foundation(Tan) – $44.00

I watched a couple of Youtube videos on this foundation and found it to be an extremely underrated foundation for its full coverage abilities. With over 20 shades, I’d be astonished if a person can’t find their shade. Trust me, this is definitely a full coverage foundation. I can attest to that. I tested this foundation out not only with a Beauty Blender but also with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. It’s worth every penny and I’d highly recommend it. Every day it grows on me and gives you that airbrushed feeling by being full coverage but a lightweight foundation.

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 11.45.58 PM.png

2. Real Techniques Powder Brush – $9.99

Every girl needs a good powder brush and this brush is no exception. Not only does it do a good job picking up the product, but it also does a good job evenly dispersing the product. I’d highly recommend it to anyone in need of a powder brush. It does a good job and it’s not terribly expensive for a brush.

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 11.48.57 PM.png

3. Nyx Eyebrow Powder Pencil(Ash Brown)- $6.49

I was never really one to fill in my brows. I’ve also been blessed with pretty good statement brows. However, I decided to try my hand at playing with mine and making them bolder than they already are. I was strangely surprised at how easy it actually is to fill in my brows and outline them to make them bolder. I’d highly recommend this pencil whether you’re a beginner or a brow expert. I am definitely a beginner in the brow department and was able to exceed with this pencil. It also helped that there was a spool to mix the parts that were filled in with my natural hairs.

 

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 11.53.54 PM.png

4. Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation(N40) -$36.00

With a full coverage foundation comes a setting powder. I decided to find a new setting powder and I fell in love with this one. Not only because it does a good job setting my makeup, but also because it adds an extra layer of coverage on top of the foundation. Due to that, if you’re going for a very natural look, it’s possible to just wear this foundation and since it’s made of minerals, it wouldn’t be terrible for the skin. So it’s a double duty product and I’m all about multiple uses for a product.

foundation.jpg

5. Maybelline Great Lash Clear Mascara – $5.99

I am someone who has long lashes as it is. So, I don’t really venture into falsies and instead, I invest in eyelash curlers and mascaras. I love this clear mascara to put on my eyelashes before my mascara. It’s a great way to prime my eyelashes but still looks incredibly natural.

Screen Shot 2017-06-06 at 12.07.55 AM.png

5 Summer Makeup Essentials

summer

  1. Sunscreen – always have a fresh layer of sunscreen on under your makeup even if your foundation has SPF in it. Also, make sure you always have some on you to reapply.
  2. Light Foundation or BB Cream – I’m a full coverage girl so I love the Too Faced Born this Way since it’s a lightweight full coverage foundation. However, if you’re looking at BB cream, I’d recommend Smashbox or the Garnier Fructis BB cream.
  3. Tinted chapstick – Summer is the time where you’re always drinking something and a tinted chapstick is the way to go since it moisturizes but also gives your lips a bit of color.
  4. Water – I understand that isn’t actually a makeup product but constantly staying hydrated is extremely important for your skin to stay clear and hydrated. Rather than dry and problematic.
  5. Blotting papers – Sweating & oil go hand in hand over the summer. The perfect way to keep your look staying the same way as when you first did your makeup is keeping blotting sheets and blotting periodically to get rid of anything excess on your face!

My Skincare Routine

Ever since I got back from Thailand in January, I’ve been struggling with some severe dry skin issues and I’ve finally gone through enough trial & errors to come up with the perfect skincare routine and I’m going to share that with you.

Originally for my dry skin, I would put a layer of Aquaphor on my face and go to bed with an intensive hydration mask. However, over time I discovered that this didn’t actually help since even though I massaged the excess into my skin, I still ended up having dry patches that I couldn’t solve.

After that, I went back to a tried & true brand of skincare called Origins. Back when I had terrible acne in middle & high school, I had used their products and found that they were great with my sensitive skin but not tough enough for how bad my acne was. So, for a couple of years, I used products that my dermatologist recommended and they worked, but they were expensive.

Now, I’ve decided to go back to something familiar for hydrating my skin and it’s been working out great for me!

I start off by washing my makeup off with Epionce Lytic Gel Cleanser.

After that I put on the Origin’s Night-a-mins.

However, every third night I put on Drink Up which is an intensive hydration mask.

Along with that, every two nights, I use Origin’s Modern Friction to smooth out the texture of my skin and to get rid of any dead skin on the surface of my face.

This skincare routine has been working for me and I wanted to share since the seasons are changing and skincare will be changing as well!

Applicators

Whenever we think of makeup, it’s normally the actual products on our face. Foundation, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, concealer, etc. But what about the applicators we use to put these products on? No one really thinks about those as much and they really should.

There are many different types of brushes and applicators and they all have general pros & cons to them. The biggest con of any applicator is that there is a lot of lost product in terms of what the applicator picks up vs. how much actually ends up on your face. Whether you’re a seasoned makeup artist or a beginner, these are the kinds of applicators you should expect to see in everyone’s makeup bag. The secret to making your brushes last is taking care of them and washing them regularly.

Foundation: Tarte Short Flat Top Kabuki ($34 – Sephora.com)

This brush is amazing for cream, liquid or powder foundation and I would recommend it to anyone. I’ve owned mine for 3.5 years and it still has a lot of life in it.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 7.54.43 PM.png

Powder: Elf Powder Brush ($4 – Elf.com)

This brush is great for setting powders to bronzers. I even know of people who have used it with liquid foundations and it’s worked. This brush is great especially if you’re balling on a budget. I’ve had mine for 5 years and it’s still going strong. It might be cheap but they live quite long as well.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 7.57.25 PM.png

All Over Face Application: Beautyblender ($20 – Sephora.com)

Now, I understand you could be asking yourself why you’d spend $20 on a reusable sponge. However, once you use this sponge, you’re life will change. It’s a multi-functional makeup applicator whether it’s foundation, concealer, blending or putting on setting powder. Due to the fact that it has the capability to do what 4 brushes can do, it’s definitely worth $20.

Screen Shot 2017-04-23 at 7.59.03 PM.png

If you have any other applicator inquiries, let me know! These are just the necessities for an even skin-toned face.

You are beautiful.

I know that this is supposed to be a blog about my makeup journey and providing tips & tricks but over the last few weeks I’ve been realizing something related to beauty and I wanted to share.

I’m normally the woman who has to wear makeup when I go out because I’m not comfortable enough in my natural skin to go outside. By also doing this, it takes me 20-30 minutes to get ready before I can go anywhere. Now, to some people, this might seem strange but others might find this concept extremely relatable. We live in a society where people are constantly needing to be “perfect” and if they’re not, they’ll be judged for it and I find this unfair. People are supposed to be accepted for their flaws, not treated lesser for them.

These past couple of weeks I’ve been trying out a new beauty look and I’ve been enjoying it. Instead of eyeliner, concealer, foundation, bronzer, lipstick & powder; I’ve gotten myself down to a foundation, lipstick, and mascara. Quite frankly I’m proud of myself for doing this because I’ve been more willing to accept my skin for what it is.

Now, I realize that you could be asking yourself why I’m writing about this and the answer is actually quite simple. For those of you who do a full-fledged face every day, I challenge you to get your everyday makeup down to 3 products. If you do this, comment below what your full face to bare face was. By doing this, I hope you remember to keep your head up. I understand that you’re wondering what people are thinking about you but remember that you’re beautiful and that’s all that matters.

Coverage

A concept people are either extremely familiar with or lack knowledge about is coverage.  A person can walk into a makeup store and based on a number of blemishes they have, decide what kind of foundation you need. However, there’s more to the foundation than just that.

 

51320562482__4DA9AC9C-7172-4842-AC42-7FD017B35DE3.JPG.jpeg
On the left is the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation and the right is the Smashbox Studio Skin foundation.

 

In this particular picture, I have a swatch of two different foundations to show their differences. As you can tell, one foundation covers more than the other. If you need what the left looks like, you might have a ton of acne/acne scarring or you like the matte look on your skin. Matte means a one-tone look. However, if you like the look of the right one better, you like a more light-medium coverage foundation and a dewy look for your skin. Dewy means a fresh and youthful look. Neither option is wrong. Everyone’s skin is different and people have different preferences.

I’ve included a picture below to show the side-by-side comparison and give a look to the name.

matte vs. dewy
Hayden Panettiere (left) has the dewy look Taylor Swift (right) has the matte look.

 

Foundation

Finding a foundation formula is one thing but finding a formula that I like with a color range that works for me is something else. I’ve been testing different high-end foundations since I was 16 and have finally found some ones that I love. It took 5 years of searching to finally figure out what works for me.

Before this, I would dabble in drugstore foundations but I always struggled with finding one that correctly matched my yellow undertones.

Now, I understand that high-end foundation is expensive and not everyone can afford it. Due to this, I will also show my favorite drugstore foundations that I got relatively close to my skin tone.

Favorite drugstore foundations: Maybelline Fit Me & Revlon ColorStay

Favorite high-end foundations: Too Faced Born this Way & Tarte Amazonian Clay.

Color Matching: Do NOT match based off a swatch done on your arm. Swatch on your neck to see how close the foundation is to your skin tone.

This shows you how to compare different foundations before swatching on your neck:

swatches 2.jpg

This shows the power of a uniform base of my skin:

IMG_0177.JPG.jpeg

The Basics

Whenever I hear “The Basics”, I think of writing. Where do those basics start? Maybe grammar, constructing sentences or even spelling. However, in this particular point of view, it will be about the basics of makeup. What do you think is “The Basics” of makeup? Now, it’s actually going to be the base of your face. Before you put on makeup, what goes on first? Maybe a moisturizer? Yes. But you’re also forgetting a couple of steps along the way. Applying makeup can be a long process, but it’ll feel like a breeze once it becomes a habit.

First, you actually want to start off with washing your face. This will make sure your natural oils are in check for a fresh start. After that, use a light moisturizer and some SPF to do your skin wonders. Finally, get a face primer. Now, I know you’re wondering what the point of a primer is when there’s moisturizer.  I use to wonder the same thing too. So, let me explain it to you. Moisturizer and SPF are about nourishing and protecting your skin, a primer is about providing something for the makeup to stick on. Along with that, there are pore-filling and color-correcting primers to name a few. Those can help change the appearance of the natural skin and minimize pores. After this, you use a foundation on top to even out your skin tone (foundation matching tips coming soon). Lastly, conceal what blemishes you don’t want to be seen and put some concealer under your eyes because you’re probably losing sleep staying fabulous. Set all of the foundation and concealer with a powder to make sure it stays in place all day. After all these steps take place, you have the perfect “canvas” for a masterpiece. Makeup is an art and your face is the masterpiece. Make sure to keep your head up and to be proud of your work!makeup

My Introduction

makeupI’ve been a dancer since I can even remember. Dancing means performances and performances mean makeup. Makeup was always a word I associated with special events where I would see hundreds of people staring and me while I performed.

However, the thought of makeup changed when I was in 6th grade and got my very first zit. Everyone around me had flawless skin and I wanted to cover up my blemish. I first started dabbling in concealer and using myself as a guinea pig for different ways to conceal things. Next came eyeliner. One day, I snuck into my mom’s makeup drawer and started playing with eyeliner and my waterline to see how it made my eyes look smaller vs. eyeliner on top made it bigger. After that, I discovered the wonders of foundation and how it could even out the skin tone of my entire face.

Now if you know me, you know how much I love my makeup. Along with that, you’ve probably seen my giant collection either in my bathroom or on my desk. Being a brown girl that loves makeup can be difficult. This is why I’ve decided to share my tips & tricks to beauty along with product reviews.

This is my makeup journey and welcome to it.