Monday, May 25, 2015

FOTD May 22, 2015

SPF Laneige Sun Block Supreme SPF 50
Moisturizer Too Faced HangoverRx
Concealer Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer in .05
Powder Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base in Shell Blanc (under eyes) and Physician's Formula Super BB Powder SPF 30

Brows A matte brown shade from Coastal Scents Revealed 2
Liner Bellapierre Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Ebony
Mascara bareMinerals Lash Domination Volumizing Mascara (top lashes) and Covergirl Clump Crusher (bottom lashes)

Blush Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Thriller
Contour "Cool Gray" from Lorac Pro 2 Palette
Highlight e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems

Lipliner essence Lip Liner in 07 Cute Pink (used all over)

I wanted to do a quicker, lighter look today by skipping foundation so I used my new favorite thing in life (the UD concealer) under my eyes, around my nose, and on some red areas on my chin and then smoothed everything else out with a new purchase, the Physician's Assistant Super BB powder. I had been looking for a powder with high(er) SPF that I could use to boost my protection on days when I can't easily re-apply sunscreen, and I've been really pleased with this so far. It offers a very small amount of coverage (so I wouldn't suggest trying to use it as a foundation unless you are looking for something very sheer), but the powder is oddly... creamy and looks very soft and flawless on the skin, not powdery at all. I'd definitely recommend this to other dry skinned folks.

I also decided to do a little highlighting and contouring as I'd saved myself some time by not applying foundation. I like using the Cool Gray shade (this name bugs me every time I use it... if you've ever used the palette, I'm sure that you could agree with me that the shade could be considered a cool brown, or a warm gray, but it is definitely NOT a cool gray!) from the Lorac Pro 2 palette as my contour shade. It does require a very light hand, but I find the cool toned shade tends to look like a pretty natural shadow once it's blended out. I've been trying to work on applying my contour slightly higher on my cheeks as I don't think its current position is doing me any favors, but I always seem to remember this AFTER I've already placed my contour and it's too late to fix. I was able to get a lot of glow from the Tarte blush and the e.l.f. baked highlighter, which is really a phenomenal highlight product if you're looking for a cheap one.

I also wanted to show off that finally, after many months of having bare nails, I decided to put some of my nail polish to good use. The base shade here is Wet 'n' Wild Coast to Coast. I believe this was a limited edition shade from last summer's (2014) collection and this is embarrassingly enough the first time I've used it. It's a great polish (like other Wet 'n' Wild polishes-- they are some of my favorites even though they're an inexpensive brand)-- very user friendly, opaque (you could probably do this in one coat if you're skilled and patient, but I'm not), dries reasonably quickly but not so fast that it gets goopy before you can even finish painting one nail, and best of all-- the brush on these polishes is DIVINE. It's nice and wide so I can paint each nail in only 2-3 strokes. Love. For the flowers, the base color (a light pink-- not easily visible here) is another Wet 'n' Wild polish, Sophisticated Lady. This was also limited edition, but I forget when it came out. The darker pink petals are Zoya Kylie (also used for the horribly drawn stripes), the white center is a Wet 'n' Wild matte shade, Lac my mani? (also used for the white dots on my thumb), and the leaves are Covergirl Glosstini in Appletini. Finally, the copper glitter is a Sally Hanson Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in Frazzle Dazzle. I really liked this polish until I realized there was black bar glitter in it (I hate bar glitter, I don't know why). It only appear on one nail (not pictured), which also kind of bugs me. I used Sally Hanson Double Duty Base and Top coat as my top coat, which impressed me quite a bit as this manicure lasted a full week with only the most minor tip wear and a tiny bit of chipping on one finger. I've never had a manicure last so long in such good condition before. Part of me is curious to see how long it could last while still looking wearable, but I'm definitely going to remove it after I finish typing this as I'm quite desperate to cut my nails (I can't imagine anyone in the beauty world sympathizes with me, but for some reason it drives me nuts to have my nails any longer than the ends of my fingers, as beautiful as long nails look).


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