Based on my blog content you might think that I start each day with a full face of war paint. The truth is, that as much as I love make up, my every day routine is quick and minimal.
Here’s my five minute daily look. I always start with a good base consisting of serum and moisturizer (these change based on the season and my mood). I also never skip primer. Right now I’m using Stila Say All Day 10-in-1 HD Beauty Balm. I got it on sale at Shopper’s Drug Mart. It’s ok, but not my favourite. It’s a bit hard to smooth over the skin and smells like paint thinner.
If I’m having a good skin day I use my favourite Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer (if you haven’t tried this you should – it’s brilliant) under my eyes, on the sides of nose, and dotted on my chin and forehead. I blend that in with a damp Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, which I think is better than the Beauty Blender. Sacrilege, I know. If I’m having a bad skin day I also use a bit of foundation. At the moment I’m using The Ordinary’s Coverage Foundation. It’s really good, especially considering the low price.
I top off my base with a dusting of setting powder. I’m currently using Glossier’s Wowder, which I’ve talked about here. After powder I use a fluffy brush to sweep some bronzer over the hollows of my cheeks. I recently finished up my Physician’s Formula Butter Bronzer, which is very good. New in is Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer, which I will report back on (it smells like chocolate so I think we have a winner).
Next up is setting spray. I’m currently using MAC Prep and Prime Matte. I won’t repurchase this because the spray is not fine enough and I don’t think it keeps oil at bay any more than any other setting spray.
Lastly, I finish off with a coat or three of mascara (I’m currently using L’Oreal Telescopic) and some kind of lippy. I have pretty dry lips so I most often reach for a gloss or balm, especially in the colder months.
If I had to choose a favourite make up product, it would definitely come down to either lipstick or blush. I love me a bold lip, and a healthy flush.
For the last six months or so I’ve been addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay 12 Hour blushes. I don’t carry blush with me so I find it annoying when it starts to fade halfway through the day. Not a problem with these Tarte blushes. They last for ages, and at the end of the day they look the same as they did when I applied them that morning. Impressive!
Random side note: I just got hit with the worst craving for one of those Tim Horton’s muffins with the fruit filling. Does that ever happen to you guys?
Now, these blushes cost a pretty penny. They’re about $35 a pop, but of course I didn’t pay that for any of mine (I love me some eBay). It’s worth it though. Tarte is a cruelty free brand, and the quality speaks for itself.
I have three shades: Natural Beauty, Fearless, and Magic. Natural Beauty is red toned and when I first got it I was afraid of it. I’d never worn a red blush before. That said, it has quickly become my favourite of the three and it’s the one I wear the most. It’s heavily pigmented so you only need to touch your brush to the powder and you’ve got enough colour for both cheeks. It’s totally matte and it works beautifully with a bold red or fucsia lip. Fearless is a pretty coral pink with gold shimmer. It’s a great daytime shade and gives you that flush that you get from being outside in the cold. Magic is a completely matte peachy pink. I think this one has been discontinued so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail about it.
Swatches right to left: Natural Beauty, Fearless, Magic.
I haven’t tried anything else from Tarte but the blushes are phenomenal. This is definitely a brand I want to explore further.
I love me some blush. I think that blush may be my favourite type of make-up. Maybe.
I’m completely addicted to my Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush. I have the shade Fearless.
It’s peachy pink and it’s a great everyday colour. There’s no glitter and it’s really well pigmented. The really great thing about this blush is that it’s a long lasting formula. They say it lasts for 12 hours and they’re not lying. I put this on in the morning and by 8:00 pm or so, when I get around to washing my face, it looks the same as it did when I put it on.
I picked up the Bourjois Paris Little Round Pot Blush in Rose D’Or at Shopper’s Drug Mart some time ago when I was hankering for, but too skint to afford, the Nars blush in Orgasm. It’s a lovely shade of Barbie pink with gold shimmer in a cute round case. It gives you that really pretty “I’ve just stepped in from the cold” flush. I like this blush for the winter when I’m even paler (think underbelly of a dead fish) than usual.
The blush goes on nicely with no streakiness or clumping, and I find that one sweep over the cheeks usually does the trick. The only minor compaint that I have about this product is that it fades after a couple of hours, and has to be reapplied.
The verdict? For around $20 it’s not a bad value. I’d buy it again.