October Beauty Haul 

I feel like I’m a legit lipstick blogger lol. I have acquired so many kinds over the past decade and even repurchased a few this month. Not to mention, I feel like I post about lipsticks a lot more than anything else. I’m planning on reorganizing my lip collection soon because I have so many that I don’t use or even want. My style has changed, and I know myself now more than ever before – so a carefully curated lip collection is necessary.

October brought me many first-time pleasures:

Laura Mercier 

  1. Translucent Setting Powder – first timer

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Kiko Milano

  1. Invisible Lip Liner – first timer to this brand, but not clear lip liners. I love them! It’s a must-have item in a lip arsenal.

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M.A.C

  1. Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Indianwood and Quite Natural – first timer
  2. Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45 – repurchase. I use it to define my eyebrows here and here.
  3. Angle Brush #266 – repurchase. I needed another angle brush for doing gel eyeliner because I found myself using the same brush for my eyebrows. I really like using this brush for gel eyeliner because it’s sturdy and already has an angle tip to help guide my “flicks.”
  4. Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it’s still applicable to my entire being.
  5. Lipglass in Explicit – repurchase. This shade was my life in high school/college and it still has relevance.
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Far left: Select Cover-Up Concealer NW45, Top: Pro Longwear Paint Pots (L: Quite Natural, R: Indianwood), Middle: Lipglass in Explicit, Bottom: Angle Brush #266, Far right: Cremesheen Glass in Boy Bait

NYX

  1. Lingerie in Teddy and Beauty Mark – first timer
  2. Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and Copenhagen – first timer to these shades. I love this line. It’s not long lasting at all, and I’m a bit skeptical about the “matte” claims, especially with these two shades. However, I like the creaminess of the products and the fact that it’s not overly drying. I swear by the shade “Abu Dhabi.” It’s hands down my favorite nudish matte. I’m wearing it in the photos here and here.
  3. Liquid Suede in Club Hopper – first timer
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Top Lingerie (L: Beauty Mark, R: Teddy), Middle: Liquid Suede in Club Hopper, Bottom Soft Mate Lip Cremes (L: Transylvania, R: Copenhagen)

 

The end. I’ll see you all in November. 🙂

-Genevia 

Prime Time For Oily Skin

When is prime time? Every time you wear tinted moisturizer or foundation.

My 16-year-old cousin inspired today’s post. Hey, Arlyn, hey! She spent a weekend with me last month, and we chatted about makeup. How could we not? I found out she doesn’t use a primer, and I couldn’t believe it. It’s such an essential part of applying makeup. How does one skip it? Come to find out, some people just don’t think it’s necessary, don’t know how or when to apply it, don’t know that it is an actual thing or can’t be bothered with spending money on it.

The truth is primer gives your foundation or tinted moisturizer something to hold onto, so that your makeup stays on longer, even in extreme weather. It also creates a smooth base for makeup application, and in my case, helps control oily areas. Eyeshadow primers do the same thing. The best way to apply primer is with your fingers. This allows for you to really work the product into your skin.

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I have textured, oily skin and I must say, my two holy-grail primers do an amazing job of combating shine and allowing my makeup to go on smoother. I’ve even worn primer alone; it just gives you a more polished, fresh face. I’ve only done this with Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer (LM), though. All the others I have tried leave a white, powdery finish. In fact, I used to use Milk of Magnesia (MoM) as a toner (doubles as a toner and primer for external beauty purposes), and then I would apply Laura Mercier’s primer to cover up the powdery finish. This combination kept my face matte forever, promise. I specifically used these two together when I traveled by airplane. I don’t know about you, but when I board a plane with just a fresh face, I deplane with a grease-bucket face. Not cute. The MoM and LM combination helped so much. The only thing I didn’t like about the combination is that it made my face feel cakey. It was a weird, heavy feeling – and I assume it is because MoM isn’t exactly the most translucent product when applied to the face. It does leave a fairly thick ghost-face finish even if you use a small amount. Adding a creamy, gel product like LM’s primer isn’t going to make everything feel lightweight, either. Still, my skin looked flawless and oil-free. This partnership is the essence of a no-makeup makeup look.

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I’ve tried several primers:

Prestige

  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer
  • Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector
  • Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer

Drugstore

  • No. 7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base
  • Maybelline Master Prime by Face Studio Blur + Smooth Primer
  • Milk of Magnesia

 

Laura Mercier and Milk of Magnesia stopped controlling my oil when I wore them separately with foundation/tinted moisturizer. MoM used to be my holy-grail primer, but then it decided it wasn’t going to come through anymore. Or, maybe my skin is maturing? I don’t know, but it dumped me. I decided to dump Laura Mercier. It just wasn’t working out, so I moved on. No.7 just doesn’t work for me, period. It is not mattifying at all. Maybelline also sucks as a primer for oily skin. The only things I will say it does a great job at are blurring/smoothing fine lines and textured skin. It does not control oil.

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maybelline primer

Now, Becca and Make Up For Ever? Those two queens are my jam! They really help keep my makeup matte for about eight hours. I only have to use blotting tissue once, and not much oil transfers onto the tissue. I should also note that the application process matters. It is critical that these two products aren’t smeared across your face with your fingers, but instead, dabbed or patted. For some reason the formula will ball up and start to look flaky if you rub it on your face – and that’s not going to give you a smooth-looking finish when it’s time to apply foundation. So, just dab. A raisin amount of primer will suffice for your entire face or just focus areas. Also, wait for your primer to dry before applying foundation. Major key. After I moisturize, I apply my primer and then start to do my eyebrows. This way the primer has time to properly dry and be more effective underneath my makeup.

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Holy-grail primer.
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Holy-grail primer.

I still want to try Dr. Brandt Pores No More Refiner, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, Smashbox Photo Filter Pore Minimizing Primer and Givenchy Mister Mat Matifying Primer. I heard they’re great. I’ll be the judge, though. There should be travel sizes in the Hourglass and Smashbox primers at Sephora, which helps because they’re prestige products (pricey).

Last repetitive piece of advice: use a primer because you should have something in between your moisturizer and foundation, always. Your good looks will last longer.

Feel free to share your thoughts or questions below. Thanks for reading! 🙂

-Genevia