Several of you have requested to see what my skin care routine is like and what kinds of make-up I use on a daily basis. So, I finally decided to put together a post to show some of my favorite products as of late! I usually don’t switch products up too often because I am totally the type to get comfortable with something once I find it works well for me. However, being the new year and all… my adventurous side came out & I’ve been trying a ton of new products. Much to my surprise, many of the things I’ve tried have not disappointed, and are now a new part of my routine! Now let’s get started with my beauty favorites of 2017 so far 🙂
Earlier this year, Ulta had an amazing deal with Buxom Cosmetics where you can customize an entire palette of 6 eyeshadows for just $40!!! It was such a steal. Really though, I was in the market for a new palette because my LORAC palette was hitting the pan for a lot of the popular colors. What bothered me though, was that there were still a ton of unused colors in that palette. I’ve noticed that I tend to use the same 5-6 colors over and over to create my everyday smokey eye, so being able to create my own palette was just perfect! Of course, I ended up picking one black, one dark brown, one brown shimmer, one gold shimmer, one pink shimmer, and one white shimmer. I use all of these colors on repeat and love that I can just refill each shade as they run out. Never again will I have to deal with unused eyeshadow colors again!
I also recently ran out of liquid liner, and was given the opportunity to try out Maybelline’s master precision liquid pen. It’s amazing for creating the perfect wing. I also currently use one of their mascaras! A more detailed review of both products can be found here.
And now, the GAME CHANGER. Those of you who are Asian may understand the struggle of having really flat eyelashes. I’m actually blessed with pretty long lashes, BUT they never seem to hold curl… like, ever. My cousin then told me about her heat lash curler. I actually had one for a year but never opened the box or tried to use it. I decided to finally give it a shot. Since then, I have never touched my traditional eyelash curler again! It works wonders, doesn’t cause any irritation, and best of all, doesn’t ruin the rest of the make-up or cause any smudging. I love it!
I actually switched up the majority of my face routine this year. As for primer, I still use one by elf cosmetics, which has never failed me and is very wallet-friendly. To cover up red spots, I use Smashbox’s Studio Skin 24 Hour Waterproof Concealer in medium. For foundation, I decided that while my BECCA foundation was great for coverage, it got me oily way too quickly. I am now using Chanel’s Perfection Lumière Velvet liquid foundation in beige 50. It provides great coverage but stays matte for longer. On my better skin days, I opt for a more natural option — Bali Body’s BB cream in tan. It comes with an SPF 15 so it’s great for a day outdoors too. I would say that the coverage is pretty decent for a BB cream, but not the best if I’m having a large breakout. Luckily, that doesn’t happen too often, though!
For contouring, I’ve been using NYX’s “LOVE Contours All” palette, which was gifted to me at a beauty event. It has a good amount of shades in there for me to blend into my cheeks and contour my nose. This palette is best for those who want a more bronzed (as opposed to rosy) finish. It also has some great brown shades to complement many eyebrow colors, so I use one to fill in mine.
Lastly, to set all this make-up and keep it matte all day long, I use Chanel’s #1 powder brush to brush a light amount of Laura Geller’s matte oil blotting powder. I got this from Ulta and totally swear by it if you want flawless looking make-up.
As for general skincare products, I’m really loving Orogold Cosmetics’ 24K dark circle eye solution and collagen renewal cream. For whatever reason, concealer never works for me (yes, even the thickest type) because my eye bags are bad! They are so bad that they don’t really improve even with enough sleep. At this point, I’m convinced that my skin under the eyes is just thinner than usual. The dark circle solution helps give me a lift before I apply make-up and is a good eye cream to use at night. I’m all about collagen for my face lately, so the renewal cream is just right up my alley!
I used to apply Jergen’s gradual tanning lotion religiously, until my best friend called me out for getting too orange. OOPSIES! The winter struggle… I swear, it’s never rained for so long in LA, and so much at a time! I hate feeling pale, so needless to say, I have been missing the sun dearly. In the mean time though, I have incorporated Bali Body’s bronzing lotion into my routine, along with Orogold Cosmetics’ bodylift cream.
I haven’t completely given up my Jergen’s lotion, but have found that when I alternate between these three products, my tan builds beautifully! Bali Body’s bronzing lotion gives a very beautiful brown tan, but unfortunately, it washes off in the shower completely. As of now, they don’t plan on adding any gradual tanning lotions into their line. So, I alternate between this one and the Jergen’s lotion to create the perfect glow without the sun. I also have BB’s sun tanning body oil, but haven’t gotten the chance to use it yet because it’s been so gloomy out. I’ll definitely be using it in a couple months when I head off to Cabo in April though, so stay tuned for that 🙂
To prevent getting orange, I give my skin some “off days” from any type of bronzing lotion. On these days, I use a rich body cream. I love how Orogold’s bodylift cream makes my skin feel and look very toned and firm!
And there you have it — my beauty faves of 2017 so far! What are some products you’re loving lately?