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Monday, July 23, 2018

My Daily Makeup Routine

My Daily Makeup Routine | Lexi & Lady

I get asked a lot about my daily makeup routine, guess people like the natural look. I like my makeup to enhance my natural features rather than covering myself up (notice those freckles). Not to say I don’t try my hardest to hide dark under eyes! I’m going to jump right into describing my routine and link the products I use. My makeup brushes, minus my e.l.f. brush, are an old Sephora set, but I have included similar brushes.

Prep

Before I apply anything I take a makeup removing wipe (Ponds are my favorite) and cleanse my face. It removes any leftover makeup, sweat, or dirty that remains. Essentially giving you a clean canvas to work with.

After my skin is dry I apply REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. I use this both before bed and in the morning. I have dry skin and this helps hydrate it throughout the day/night.

While the cream absorbs I usually take this time wet my beautyblender, apply a lip treatment, and get my foundation ready. I don’t always use the beautyblender for foundation, but occasionally I will.

Face

I have tried a lot of foundations both high-end and drugstore and honestly I can’t decide which ones I like so I keep rotating. Right now I’m using L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation in 202 Creamy Natural. Even though I prefer a matte look, the pro-glow doesn’t make my skin appear dry. I place this on the back of my hand and use an e.l.f. Selfie Ready Powder Blurring Brush to pick up product and blend it in. The brush isn’t technically a foundation brush, but the densely packed shape and size distributes product quickly and easily buffs all over the face.

To cover those under eye circles I mentioned I use a generous amount of Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Concealer Treatment in the color light in a triangle shape under my eyes extending down to my nose. I blend this out with my damp beautyblender. Using the excess product to conceal/prep my eyelids too.

Then I set everything with Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder and a large powder brush. During the summer I tend to use more setting powder because well it’s Texas and it’s hot and humid. If I don’t, I feel like my face is melting off!

Eyes

The eyes have several steps, but again, I keep it natural looking. For most of this process I use eyeshadow from Urban Decay’s Naked2 Palette. Using an angled shading brush, I cover my entire lid with Foxy. I feel it helps set the concealer I added and gives a smooth base for the rest of the shadows. Next I use a tapered blending brush to apply Tease in my crease. I blend it back and forth in a windshield wiper motion. I pick up the color Verve on my finger and tap it across my lid, below the crease. Verve is a warm pewter color with a frosty finish. I like how it makes my green eyes pop. BTW, some eye shadows just seem to apply best using your fingers! To highlight my brow bone, I once used Bootycall, but I’ve been out for awhile so I reach for an eyeshadow brush and Morphe’s Jaclyn Hill Palette. Picking up Beam and tapping off the excess, I blend the eyeshadow just below my eyebrows.

Since I am a redhead my hair (in addition to my skin) is very light/fair. For years I didn’t add product to my eyebrows, but the older I got and the more I learned, I realized I needed to make my eyebrows stand out. The powder I use is no longer available, but here’s a product I had used on me when I had my makeup done. I liked the finished look. It’s the Dior Backstage Brow Palette in Light. The two shades of powder help define the brows while the wax sets it all in place. I use a spoolie and angled brush to apply.

To finish the eyes I add a coat or two of L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara in Blackest Black to my top lashes and one coat Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara to my bottom lashes. My favorite mascara is Diorshow, but I am allergic to something in their formula. The Voluminous Lash Paradise is the closest thing I have found to Diorshow. Maybelline’s Lash Discovery’s wand is the best for getting my lower lashes coated.

Lips

At the beginning of my routine I applied lip treatment. I will either add Chapstick and go about my day or apply NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien (rose pink). It’s my favorite “my lips but better” color.

Finish

To finish the whole look (back to that Texas heat and humidity comment) I spray my entire face with NYX Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray in matte finish (thank you Veronika from Veronika’s Blushing for this product find).

I hope you all enjoyed this daily makeup routine post. Maybe you found a new product or two in it. Share your favorite daily makeup products in the comments below.

Until next post…xoxo Becca

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Drugstore Makeup First Impressions

Drugstore Makeup First Impressions

Last Monday I shared I had picked up these drugstore makeup items to test out, hence the title “Drugstore Makeup First Impressions.” I ran out of what felt like everything and didn’t want to spend a million bucks to replace them with items from Sephora or cosmetic counters. Last week I tried each of these products so I thought I would give you a first impressions review. The prices listed are what I paid at Target.

L’Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup

Description: Medium coverage. Skin-improving. Luminous finish.
SPF: Yes, 20
Color Range: 15 in warm, neutral, and cool
Price: $10.99

I love there is a good range of color options in warm, neutral, and cool tones. I first noticed the product was really watery. The full description says it contains 40% water for hydration, but this means the coverage is thin unless I doubled the product. After about 8 hours the coverage is blotchy. Overall I wasn’t impressed and I don’t think it will be repurchased.

L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

Description: Up to 24 hour wear with a hydrating glow. Lightweight and creamy, goes on smooth with a glow that lasts. Medium coverage.
SPF: Yes
Color Range: 12
Price: $11.99

Last summer I shared my favorite drugstore foundations and this one definitely makes the list now. The coverage is great! With a minimum amount of product I was able to cover my full face with an even layer. It didn’t feel heavy and provided a luminous finish (before I added a matte powder). Sometimes foundations look blotchy on my skin by the end of the day, but this one did not. Overall this is a win in my book and a I will repurchase!

Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Concealer

Description: The oil-free concealer helps cover up imperfections and dark circles instantly. The lightweight formula blends easily for all day coverage.
Color Range: 6
Price: $5.99

This product was recommended to me, but I am not impressed. I have blueish/purple under eye circles and felt no matter how much product I used it wouldn’t camouflage them. I applied this product with a beautyblender, maybe a concealer brush would work better. Overall I will pass on repurchasing this product.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Powder

Description: Mattifies and leaves a poreless-looking finish with long-lasting shine control. Skin stays poreless and perfectly matte for up to 16 hours.
Color Range: 12
Price: $5.99

I was impressed by this product. Even though two of the foundations I picked up were glowy/luminous I still like a matte finish. This product really did make me matte and poreless. On Friday I only applied moisturizer and this powder and my face instantly had a smooth look. It didn’t hid any discoloration or imperfections, but it also doesn’t claim too. The description says it leaves you matte for up to 16 hours. This I don’t believe. After 8 hours at work, shine was starting to show through, but re-powdering doesn’t take that much effort so I’m fine with it. Overall I would probably repurchase this product.

I hope you enjoyed this post and have a great week. Until next post…xoxo Becca

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