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Waterproof, Beach Ready Makeup

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I’m finally home! And you know what that means – it’s beach time. Since my town is located right on the beach, going there is rather low-key event, not a 6-hour-beachathon complete with coolers and chairs etc. My friends and I will stop by the beach for about 3-4 hours, then maybe go somewhere else in town to grab a bite to eat or stop at our next location sans shower. Translation? I need to look presentable going to and from the beach and waterproof makeup is a must!

Enter my waterproof must-haves. For a base I smeared on some Neutrogena Healthy Glow Sheers Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Medium to Tan 40. This is great for a beach “foundation” as it not only provides an SPF of 30, but a thin tint to even out your skin tone without seeming like you tried to hard. Next up is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Medium. While I don’t feature this product on my blog very often, I do think it’s a great concealer. Does it work miracles like Bobbi Brown or NARS? No. But it’s great to throw on before heading to the gym or to the beach, times when I feel like using an expensive product will be a waste!  For my eyes I kept the look as simple and waterproof as possible. I used the MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study across the lids and the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in 13 (Black) to create a subtle cat eye to define the eye. With the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in OL Black in the upper waterline and L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara on my lashes the eyes were done! All of these products are completely waterproof and won’t budge even after swimming – in fact, the MUFE Aqua line was created specifically for synchronized swimmers.

While I prefer using powder to fill in the brows, I knew it would be gone in an instant with the sweat and salt in the air. So, I opted for a waxier formula that would really cling to my brow hairs and last longer. Reverting back to my old routine from freshman year of college, I used NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal and Benefit’s Instant Brow Pencil in Medium in the middle sections of the brow.

On the cheeks and lips I wanted to use a product that would stain and provide lasting color. I dug up Benefit Cha Cha Tint from the archives of my collection to add the perfectly natural coral flush. This product is tricky – if you dot it on the cheek as directed by Benefit, you’re left with three faint dots that remain no matter how hard you blend. I apply it by swiping some product onto my finger from the brush, then swirling my finger onto the cheek. The circular motion prevents the product from settling on the skin at first contact and eliminates the possibility for an uneven stain. For my lips, I apply the products right onto the lip from the brush and blend with a finger.

The finishing touch was a spritz of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray, which I reviewed here, and I was off to the beach! This makeup lasted me all day, even after trips into the water and to the gym!

Do you wear makeup to the beach? Let me know!

Face of the Day #1: A Lazy Bronzed Sunday

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When I woke up I decided today was going to be a productive Sunday, so I wanted to look at least semi-decent (I find the sloppier I look, the less work I do). I didn’t, however, want to take 30 minutes to get ready or use a lot of products. So I whipped out this quick and easy face with a bronzed eye that’s a step up from my minimal makeup, but isn’t trying too hard for the weekend.

For my base I used my Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm, which I has been my go-to foundation substitute lately. It’s very light on the skin yet provides just the right amount of coverage for the weekend. I blended it all over my face with a kabuki brush and added extra layers with my fingers under my eyes. Normally I wouldn’t recommend applying foundation under the eyes but since this BB cream is incredibly moisturizing, it works great in this area. Then to brighten up under the eyes even more I applied some Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer in Neutralizer with my ring finger. While I usually set my makeup with a powder, but I couldn’t really be bothered…it is a Sunday after all. To liven up my cheeks I swiped a bit of Elf Blush in Candid Coral across the apples of my cheeks – I love this blush as it is both cheap ($3!) and great quality. This shade in particular is one of my favorites because it adds a healthy glow to the face without seeming too obvious that I’m wearing blush. On my eyes I used Maybelline Color Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze as an all-over the lid color. This cream shadow is genius for lazy days because its shade can vary depending on how much of it you layer on, making your one-eye shadow look like you put way more effort into it. I drew on a bit of NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in 609 French Fries, a dark bronze, under my lower lash line and onto my waterline to complete the bronzed look. For an inner corner highlight I used the same pencil but in 608 Cottage Cheese, a shimmery white. I love these Jumbo Eye Pencils because they are affordable and can be used for eye shadow bases or alone. To complete my eye look I used my staple Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, and L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara, which I’m trying out at the moment. And of course, I had to attend to the brows, so I filled out the ends with a bit of my NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal.

A simple bronzey eye is a great way to add sophistication to your makeup, especially for Sundays when you’re feeling a bit lazy….

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