Hello, friends! Happy New Year!
2017 didn’t end up with a bang for me – it was more of a dying sizzle than anything else, to be honest. Don’t get me wrong, I had a great year – work’s fine, school is also not problematic and I’ve succeeded in establishing several good habits this year. My relationships with my friends, family and boyfriend are also great. Overall, I’m very thankful.
However, my December was a bit of a bummer. First of all, I was sick almost the entire second half of the month. I spent Christmas until New Year (until today, actually) sick with Upper Respiratory Tract Infection. I couldn’t even enjoy the festivities and family travels as much because I felt like crap. There’s also the fact that my grandpa suffered from a heart attack on New Year’s Eve. We were all pretty scared, but now he has undergone an angiogram and will be having angioplasty soon. I hope he gets better ASAP!
So yeah, that was why my 2017 didn’t go out with a bang haha. Anyway, that’s not what you’re here for, so I apologize for the ranting. Let’s get on with my everyday makeup!
My Everyday Makeup Essentials
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Clear Pact SPF 25 PA – 01 Vanilla, Trestique Mini Highlight Stick – Maldives Luminescent, The Face Shop Dual Veil Concealer – V201 Apricot Beige, The Face Shop Photo Blur BB Cream
I think by now almost all my daily skincare and makeup products fall into the realm of Asian Beauty, especially Korean products. I still have some high-end Western brands, but I only use them when I’m going somewhere special. I find that Asian brands complement my colouring more and make me look dewier!
For my skin, I use two products from The Face Shop as my base, namely the Photo Blur BB Cream and the Dual Veil Concealer. GUYS. This BB cream is insane! I bought it recently and it instantly replaced whatever CC cream I was using before because it’s magical. It makes your face look flawless without being full-coverage, smooths out your skin, brightens, and has SPF. The dual concealer comes in both liquid and cream, which is handy depending on where you need to conceal.
The Tony Moly powder compact is too cute for words! It’s pretty good at oil control as well. I wear it on my T-zone and cheeks because that’s where I get shiny mid-day, the rest of my face is pretty dry. This has no coverage, though, so if you’re freckly like me, or if you have some blemishes, they’ll still be visible if you don’t have any concealer or BB cream underneath.
And last but not the least is my Trestique highlight stick, which I got for Christmas and replaced my former powder highlighter because it’s just plain convenient. I use it to brighten my browbone, nose bridge, the inner corners of my eyes, and cheeks.
Eyes and Eyebrows
Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Pencil 01, Clinique High Impact Mascara – 01 Black, Sephora Waterproof Contour Eye Pencil 12HR Wear – 01 Black Lace
Okay before I get on with my makeup descriptions, I just want to mention that I noticed something – almost all my makeup products are shade 01 haha! I just thought it was funny. You’ll see more of them below. 😛
This Etude House eyebrow pencil is one of the easiest I’ve ever used. It’s double ended, one is a spoolie brush tip and the other has an angled eyeliner. My brows are rather dark and thick already, so I mainly use this to groom them into place and fill in some sparse areas. My eyebrows are straight, so I don’t bother shaping them.
The Clinique mascara is my #2 HG lash product next to Lancome Hypnose Drama, but since I received lots of Clinique mascaras for Christmas, I’m going to use them up before I repurchase Lancome again. 😛 I legitimately like these though, very pigmented and lengthening.
I rarely wear eyeliner these days, to be honest. But if I do, I use this eyeliner because it’s waterproof and doesn’t smudge. Definitely recommended!
Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Glossy Lip Crayon – 01 Hey Orange
I don’t know why, but orange lip colours are the only ones that look good on me. Pink makes me look washed out, red makes me look like a vampire, and nude colours just look meh on me. But!!! Orange is just right. And this Panda’s Dream lip tint from Tony Moly is my HG MLBB shade.
Here’s the nail colour I’ve been using since New Year’s Eve! You all know that I’m into minimalism not only in my lifestyle, but also in my fashion choices – so my nail colours are only ever black or clear/transparent.
This nail polish has been one of my presents this Christmas and so far I’ve been loving it! It’s pale/nude enough to not draw attention to itself, and it goes perfectly with my skin tone.
LA Colors – Mega Watt
This is a liquid lipstick from Kat von D that I also received this Christmas (thanks, awesome cousins). It’s super long-lasting and pigmented, in a pretty purplish-pink hue. I want to try to work it into my makeup routine sometime – maybe completely a completely neutral look with only the lips in focus? What do you guys think?
Kat von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – K-Dub
Here’s what my everyday makeup looks like! It’s not very colourful, but it’s exactly what I want and need – a quick, simple look that’s easy to apply and impossible to mess up, haha!
Too lazy to sit up.
During our family’s Christmas party. (I have jagged, pointy teeth – please ignore. I don’t want to wear braces so I’ll have to suffer with these for the rest of my life.) My freckles and scars are still visible because I didn’t wear concealer that day – the BB cream and powder combo has minimal to medium coverage at best.
This was during a date with my boyfriend! Indoor lighting + Dual Veil Concealer for more coverage. My nose freckles still definitely showed up though (not visible in the picture.
And there you have it! Those are my everyday makeup essentials. I hope you enjoyed my post! Thanks for dropping by. 😀