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What’s in My Travel Makeup Bag: Spring Break Edition

what's in my makeup bag spring breakAs you might have noticed, I have been seriously neglecting OBbeauty and it makes me very sad. School work, midterms, and spring break have been a giant interference but I’m back and ready to continue blogging with a vengeance! So here’s my first post back, a What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag Spring Break Edition (you can read my first one here). I spent the past week getting bronzed in the lovely Puerto Rico and I thought I’d share with you what makeup I brought along with me.

Now since my main goal of this vacation was to get tan, I knew I wouldn’t be wearing a lot of makeup during the day due to beaching and swimming, yet I wanted to glam up at night for our fancy dinners. So,  I stuck to the bare minimals but added some fun lipsticks for the nighttime. For a base I brought two shades of my favorite Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua Foundation in B30 and B40 to mix together to match my various darkened shades of my face, and toss in my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer in Beige which I can now wear under my eyes once again because of my tan! I kept my bronzer and blush choices slim, and picked out NARS Orgasm for my sole blush of the trip because it looks absolutely fantastic on tan skin. The peachy pink shade gives me an unbelievably natural yet flushed cheek and the gold shimmer leaves me free to ditch highlighter. I brought along my Stila Sun Bronzing Powder in Shade 02 as it is perfect for my tan face. It can lean a bit orange but since my yellow skintone also leans orange when it’s tan it’s a great match.

I had to bring along one of the Urban Decay Naked palettes of course so I picked the original one as it includes warmer shades that are more suited for darker, olivey skin tones like I have. This palette is amazing for travel (and overall) because of the great variety of eye shadow colors it contains. Its range shifts from pale golden and pinky shades to dark olive and coppery browns and even includes a sparkling black that can be used as a liner so one can achieve both daytime and nighttime looks with this one palette. In addition I packed my MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (which I reviewed here) because it is not only waterproof, but also can be worn alone as a subtle shimmery sheen on the lids or as a base for powder shadows. The rest of my eye makeup is standard: Maybelline The Falsies Flared Waterproof Mascara, Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, NYX Slide-On Pencil in Brown Perfection, NYX Auto Eyebrow in Charcoal and Benefit Instant Brow Pencil in Medium Brown.

As I absolutely adore lipstick (and would wear it every day if I could) I brought 3 lipsticks as well as a tinted lip balm which I am in love with. Korres makes some great products, and their Korres Lip Butters are no exception. I have the shade Mango, which is a sheer wash of orangey goodness that both moisturizes the lips and provides that extra color to make your face pop. Also in the coral family is MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt, an corally-orangey-pink lipstick that has that delicious vanilla scent of the classic MAC lipsticks. Because it is an amplified formula it is incredibly pigmented and is best applied straight from the bullet then dabbed a bit with the finger. This also looks amazing with a tan because it really stands out and screams summer. The other two lipsticks I brought along with me are both Revlon. Revlon’s Fire & Ice Lipstick (review post in the works) is a bright warm red that is becoming my #1 red lipstick (sorry YSL glossy stain #9) and Persian Melon is a a bright warm pink that is universally flattering. The latter of the two is in a green tube because it is from the “Moon Drops” collection, and also has the scent that the Super Lustrous Lipsticks used to have back when I was a young child. The scent to this day still reminds me of my mother’s Revlon lipsticks she used to wear (Wine With Everything, yes Mom I do remember the exact shade) and I used to try on when she wasn’t looking.

Another lip product I brought but completely forgot to include in the above picture is the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Balm in 04 Mega Melon which is the perfect my-lips-but-better shade for me. Goes great with a casual look or a smoky eye.

As you can see I packed pretty lightly! At night I usually stuck to a gold eye and a bright lipstick but at least I had the Naked Palette handy if I wanted to really mix up my looks!

What did you bring in your makeup bag on your latest travels?

xo Olivia

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Tip & Trick Tuesday: How to Conceal Under-eye Circles

Concealer, what would I do without you?  Always a dear friend ready to comfort me after late nights of staying up to write papers or watch Desperate Housewives on Netflix, or to deal with the naturally discolored skin around my eyes. As mentioned in my Minimal Makeup post, under-eye concealer (and corrector) is one of those must-have products for me. That’s why this week I’m going to share with you my tips for concealing under-eye circles.

origins ginzingIt all begins with Origins GinZing.  This is an amazing eye cream that not only moisturizes your eye area to prevent dryness and nasty milia, but also eliminates bags and puffiness. It achieves this while simultaneously reflecting light away from the under-eye area to brighten the area! How incredible is that. Can’t go a day without using it. I apply it after washing and moisturizing the face but before applying primer and foundation.

concealer correctorAfter foundation however, it’s time for corrector. While some may consider this an unnecessary step, it’s essential for my everyday makeup. Color correctors for the under-eye area are generally peach or pinky in color as to cancel out the blue tones. One of the best correctors out there belongs to Bobbi Brown. She makes some fabulously hydrating correctors in both peach and pink (known as bisque) shades; I personally own the Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque. I apply this with my ring fingers straight from the pot and blend under both eyes to brighten the area even more. Then I use Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Treatment Concealer in Neutralizer, a yellow-toned concealer one shade lighter than my natural skin color, as a final “top coat.” I love this concealer because it’s cheap in price but a great quality product. It’s a thin, liquid-like formula that comes out of an antibacterial sponge-tip applicator. I just dab a bit under my eyes and blend with my fingers. A last but also necessary step is to set the concealer with a powder so it won’t budge all day! I know this sounds like a whole lot of effort, but believe me having an impeccable under-eye area really brightens up the face and makes you look 10 times more awake.

I hope you enjoyed my tip of the week!

Olivia

Minimal Makeup

DSCN2047DSCN2051Minimal makeup means different things to different people. To me it’s my routine on those days when I wake up late, exhausted, grouchy, and in a time crunch. Yes, there have been those days before a neuro exam or two where I have just rolled out of bed and staggered to class without a trace of makeup on, but those are special exceptions. Usually I stick to my “essentials” pictured above if I’m in a pinch.

On these minimalistic days I will stick with a base with a light coverage, such as the Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm (reviewed here), and quickly blend all over the face. To cover the pesky undereye circles my sleepless night has so kindly given me, I dab some Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque onto my ring fingers and tap underneath my eyes, magically concealing unsightly discoloration. Sometimes I just don’t feel like dealing wtih eyeshadow but feel like my eyes still need a bit of a pop so I swipe this Sephora Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow in Shimmery Sand on my lid with a finger and blend into the crease. This product has been discontinued, which is a shame since this is the perfect color for my “no makeup makeup” look: a shimmery sheen of golden delight that is similar enough to my natural lid color to seem subtle yet still radiant. To tight-line and line my upper lash line I always use my Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (reviewed here), and my favorite mascara is Maybelline the Falsies Flared Waterproof. On my waterline I used my nude eyeliner trick and on the bottom lash line, my NYX Slide On Pencil in Brown Perfection for subtle definition. To frame my face I filled in my brows as usual with the NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal and Benefit Instant Brow in Medium. Last but not least I dabbed on some of my favorite neutral blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Exposed. This pinky-brown nude is perfect for every day as it is not only matte, but leaves your cheeks looking naturally flushed for the entire day.

I would say that the most important features to highlight in minimal makeup would be the skin, eyelashes, and brows. It’s amazing how little makeup you can get away with if your skin looks great. Just a little concealer under the eyes and on red spots alone can make you look a thousand times more put together. I would also recommend wearing a natural blush – it brightens the face and can make you  look more alive and healthy. A girl should never skimp on the lashes either! Mascara is not only one of the most used beauty products out there but is one of the most effective in transforming a face. I’ve always been jealous of those girls who only needs an eyelash curler and mascara (sadly that is not me) to define her eyes. One last feature that should always be attended to (in my personal opinion) is brows. A well defined brow gives the face structure and enhances the rest of the facial features. If you’re not a fan of filling them in, they should at least be combed through!

What are your minimal makeup essentials?

Olivia