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My Everyday Makeup Routine

I don’t wear Makeup every single day because, lets be real, sometimes I’m lazy and just can’t be bothered. When I do wear makeup though, I like to have fun and tend to go a little extreme. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Smokey eye and a bold lip, but its not always the most appropriate thing for running errands or going to the doctor. For a long time, I’ve had two looks, nothing or everything. For a while this worked for me, but I decided that I wanted to find that in-between place, enough makeup to feel a little more put together and equipped to handle the world, while still looking fairly natural and understated. A makeup routine that I can just throw together when I’m in a hurry. So for the last little while I’ve been experimenting with products and looks in order to create my everyday makeup routine. So let’s stop the stalling and get into the look!

 

Step one: Primer Primer Primer!

My skin is fairly normal, I struggle with a little texture, but other than that I don’t tend to have too many problems. My nose though, oh my nose! Is insanely oily, like we’re talking oily in minutes, makeup refuses to stay on oily. So obviously, I’m a huge believer in multipriming, because I can’t use a mattifying primer all over my face, but if I don’t use a mattifying primer on my nose I’m so oily you could fry a banana on my face by the end of the day. On the rest of my face I like to use something a little more hydrating. Primer is defiantly part of my everyday routine.

My current favorite mattifying primer is the
DR BRANDT SKINCARE pores no more® pore refiner primer

 

 

and my favorite all over primer is the
TOO FACED Hangover Replenishing Face Primer 

 

 

 

 

Step Two: BB Cream

I love me some foundation, but on a everyday basis I prefer a light weight BB cream. I’m extremely lucky to have found a skin care routine that takes care of my skin, but I also don’t worry if imperfections are showing on aneveryday basis, so I don’t worry about a lot of coverage on an everyday basis.

The BB cream I’ve been using everyday is the PIXI BY PETRA H2O Skin Tint – In Cream                        NOTE: I picked mine up at Shoppers Drug Mart (I’m Canadian) but I couldn’t find it online so I linked the actual Pixi website.

 

 

You can apply this with your hands, but I really like using the
E.L.F Ultimate Blending Brush to apply because its fast and easy to blend.

 

 

 

 

Step Three: Concealer!

I have dark under eye circles, so concealer is an important part of my everyday routine. On a daily basis I like something more lightweight, but still has coverage. I also look for something that I can apply with my fingers because ain’t nobody got time to mess with a beauty sponge when they’re in a hurry. To apply with my fingers, I just use the applicator to place products under my eyes and then I use my ring finger (it’s the gentlest for the under eye because it has the least strength of all your fingers) to tap and blend it in. My everyday concealer is the

URBAN DECAY Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer- In Fair Neutral

 

 

Step Four: Powder!

On top of having an insanely oily nose, my under eyes also like to crease. Because of both of these things, powder is a non negotiable for my everyday. The Pixi Skin Tint tends to dry down matte, soI usually only powder my under eyes and my nose. My everyday powder however, is something that I picked up the last time I was in the Seattle, and Ihaven’t been able to find it in Canada. I picked mine up at a Walgreens in Seattle, but I did find it on Amazon.ca! So I’ll link that for all my Canadian people. BUT if you can pick it up in an American drug store I highly recommend that because its much cheaper than buying it on amazon.

My Current Favorite powder is the                      COTY AIRSPUN Loose Face Powder – in translucent             

 

I use the
REALTECHNIQUES Powder Brush to apply it

 

 

Step Five: Blush!

I love blush, and it really does add good colour to the face. for everyday I like to use something “foolproof” i.e something lightly pigmented and, lately, I’ve been enjoyingpeachy tones. I like lightly pigmented because I don’t have to be super precise when I’m in a hurry, and I like peachy because I know it flatters my skin tone, and frankly, I like the way it looks.

I tend to change my blush out a little bit day to day, but the one I’m using the most right now is the TOO FACED Sweet Peach Papa Don’t Peach Blush 

 

 

To apply this, I just use a large duo-fiber stippling brush. I have like three of them and I can’t for the life of me find any of them online, so I’m going to link one by the same brand as one of the ones that I have, but its not the exact one I use.But it’s the
BH COSMETICS Brush 9 – Duo-Fiber Stippling Brush  Again, Not the exact one I use, but I feel like every brand makes one, so this was really just to show what I meant when I said “duo fiber stippling brush”.

 

Step Six: Highlighter!!!

Here’s where my everyday routine gets a little less “everyday”, because I love highlighter. In fact, I LIVE for highlighter. So clearly my everyday face is highlighted so you can see it from across the room. This is the product that I change up the most in my everyday look, but lately I have fallen head over heels for a specific one and I’ve been using it non stop.

My current favorite highlighter is            NARS Albatross 

 

 

To apply this, I’ve used a fan brush, but I find I get the best pigmentation and look with a tapered brush that I got in a set from BH COSMETICS. It’s the 125 brush from the BH COSMETICS 10 Piece Sculpt + Blend 2 Brush Set

 

 

 

Step Seven: Brows!

On an everyday basis I don’t go for a super bold brow, I tend to lean towards a feathery, natural look. With my everyday makeup look one of my goals is speed, in order to make doing my eyebrows more time efficient, I maximize on having a lot of natural brow hair and I just use a gel to darken and define my brows.

The product I’m currently using to do my brows is the BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel – In 3

 

 

 

Step Eight: Mascara!

I’m one of those people that is Very particular about mascara. So when I find one I like, I tend to stick to it. Because I’m naturally blonde, my natural lashes or quite light, so I tend to go for a dark mascara that can define my lashes, while still adding volume and length. I like to avoid clumpy lashes, and I also can’t stand mascaras that cause “failure flakes” (a term coined by one of my best friends Meera C. check out her blog here: http://meerachampawat.com  ). A mascara that can hold a curl is also a must!

The mascara I’ve been using, and loving is the
L’OREAL Lash Paradise Washable Mascara – In Blackest Black

 

 

 

 

 

Step Nine: Setting Spray!

Even when I’m in a hurry, I don’t like to skip out on setting spray. I feel like is melts all the powder into my skin, and the one I use gives me a dewy healthy glow. I also love setting spray because it really does help to lock makeup in if you use the right one.

The setting spray I use on a daily basis is the
FRESH Rose Floral Toner

Yes, technically its called a toner, but the product comes with a spray nozzle and the instructions say it doubles as a setting spray so that’s how I originally tried it, and I fell in love.

 

 

Step Ten: Last but Not Least, Lips!

Sometimes I’ll wear a liquid lip with this look, but mostly, I just throw on chap stick or a lip gloss on the bus because I ran out of time before I had to leave. On the days that I’m doing this look my lips probably need a break anyway. The problem is, I hate most lip glosses. Don’t know why, I just do. So when I finally found a formula I liked I stuck to it.

 

Pretty much the only lip gloss I actually wear (not the only one I own though) is the
NYX Butter Gloss – In Vanilla Cream Pie

 

it’s the perfect softly pigmented pink that just gives a healthy natural shine.

 

 

And there you have it! The everyday look of a makeup obsessed girl. If you want more in depth reviews on any of these products just let me know in a comment!

I wear makeup because it gives me that extra boost I need to get through the day sometimes, and I genuinely enjoy applying it, but if you feel good without any makeup, then don’t wear any! Do what makes you feel amazing, because you are amazing.

Invincible.

Somedays you wake up feeling ready to take on the world. You feel invincible. On those days I go for dramatic color. I experiment with the rules surrounding which colors should and shouldn’t go together. Sometimes it goes awry, but other days it comes off well. This look reflects feeling like I can fight any dragon or climb any mountain. It is loud and proud. Unapologetically bold. The product of trusting my gut. I didn’t have to look to anyone else for the inspiration to create this look. No one had to tell me it was okay. I just took a brush to the colors and let myself create it.

I often look to other beauty bloggers or youtubers for inspiration when getting bored of my everyday looks. I rarely take the initiative to just do it myself because I’m afraid of what my face will look like at the end. However, over the last two years, I’ve learned so much about how to apply makeup well and what just really doesn’t work. Until recently I haven’t had the faith in myself to trust the combination of my creativity and skills. But this is a look I am exceptionally proud of.

Of course, as always there is room for improvement. Namely, I would have liked to deepen the outer v of the eyes a bit to create more depth. Additionally I would have liked to leave a bit more room for vermeer to shine on the inner third of the lid. And my lips could have been a bit more clean. But those small critics won’t stop me from posting this look with pride. I’ll do this look again someday and attempt these changes. I will royally mess up many a makeup look. I’m not perfect. But who cares?

To learn more about how I created this look you can see a list of products and read a bit about the process below:

The Products

-The Base:

Primer: Makeup Forever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer in Redness Correcting

Applied with my hands

Foundation: Estée Launder Stay-in-Place Makeup in 1C1 Cool Bone

Applied with my Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush

Powder: Makeup Forever Ultra HD Microfinishing Loose Powder in Color 1 Translucent

Applied with a Makeup Forever 130 Large Powder Brush

-The Eyes and Brows

Primer: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original with some loose powder to set (from the base)

Applied with Fingers

Eyebrows: Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel in Color 03 Medium

Applied with Product Applicator

Eyeshadows (in the order applied): Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette

-Warm Taupe in the Crease

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Blending Brush #27

-Red Ochre in the Outer V

Applied with Zoeva 231 Luxe Petite Crease Brush

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Venetian Red across the Outer Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

-Love Letter across the Middle Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 225 Luxe Eye Blender

Blended with Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

-Vermeer across the Inner Third of the Lid

Applied with Zoeva 232 Luxe Classic Shader

-Tempera in the Inner Corner and to Highlight the Brow Bone

Applied with Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Upper Eyeliner: Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

Applied with Product Applicator

Lower Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Blacquer 42

Mascara: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara in Black

Applied with Product Applicator

-The Face

Smashbox Step-by-Step Contour Kit in Light/Medium

-Contour

Applied with Zoeva 127 Sheer Cheek Brush

-Bronzer

Applied with Sephora Collection Pro Contour Brush #79

-Highlight

Applied with Sigma F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter Brush

Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette

-Blush: Unleashed

Applied with Sigma F50 Duo Fibre Brush

-The Lips

Primer: Bite Beauty Line and Define Primer

Applied with Product Applicator

Lipstick: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Dagger

Applied with Product Applicator

 

A Bit About The Process

Before I apply any of these products to my face I always go through my morning skincare routine. Let’s be honest, makeup isn’t the best for your skin, so taking care of it before and after application is extremely important. I usually give my moisturizer at least 30 minutes to set into my skin before beginning makeup application because my foundation doesn’t sit as well if applied straight after moisturizer. Primer is an essential step to long lasting makeup looks and, as an added benefit, protects your skin from your foundation. Again, I tend to let my primer settle before slathering my foundation on. Next I use an angled brush to apply my foundation all over my face, also fading it down my neck. Then, using my giant, fluffy powder brush, I apply my loose translucent powder. I find my foundation does enough for coverage, so I don’t need any further pigmentation with my powder. It’s there to set the foundation, keep my makeup from getting shiny throughout the day, and create a powder base for applying my powder face products later down the line.

Next come the eyes and eyebrow portion. I do this step before completing the face because in my experience, it’s easy to correct any errors or wipe away fallout if it’s just the base, but can be much more challenging to rectify when blush, bronzer, highlight, and contour come into play. First I apply my eyeshadow primer, and top it with a touch of translucent powder to set, so it can set while I do my brows. My father gifted me with his bushy brows, so while I have to wax them every two weeks, they are quite easy to do. I just brush some colored brow gel through them like mascara and I’m done!

Then comes one of favorite bits: the eyeshadow. Eyeshadow is where I get to have the most fun with colors and experimentation. For this look I took warm taupe from the modern renaissance palette through my crease, accounting for the asymmetrical nature of my eyes of course. Then I applied red ochre to my outer v. Working shadows into my outer v took me a long time to learn, but if you start with a small amount of product and build it you will be much more successful with it. Also remember to use a light hand and to feather your strokes so it blends easier. Then I used a sigma brush to blend warm taupe and red ochre together a bit more seamlessly. Changing brushes, I then sweep venetian red across the outer third of my eyelid, and blended the shadows again. I repeat this process with love letter on the middle third. Using a shader brush, I pack vermeer into the inner third of my lid, adding some light to the look. To finish off the shadow, I highlight the brow bone and inner corner of my eye with tempera.

With the shadow complete, it’s time to apply liner. For my upper lid I almost exclusively use liquid liner because of the crisp application and appearance. With this look I also utilized the oh so magical winged liner. To perfect this look, I draw the wing on first. Following my lower lash line, I draw the bottom line outwards to my desired length. Then, I reverse the liner pen and draw on the upper line towards my eye. If all has gone smoothly I color in the wing and line the rest of the eye. It’s important to match the thickness of the line to the thickness of the wing and to make sure they are connected. This is the most successful method I have found for mastering the art of winged liner. Once my liquid liner eyeliner is done, I take my eyeliner pencil and line my waterline. Some people say you shouldn’t do this because it closes off your eye shape, but it looks great on me so I do it anyway. Last but not least, is mascara. I coat both my upper and lower lashes because nothing ties the eyes together quite like mascara.

Now onto the face! At this point I sort of resemble the moon as the foundation has wiped out all color from my face. First thing is first: contour. The world may be obsessed with highlight right now but I will never lose my love for contour. I use a slightly fluffy, angled brush to apply my contour because my contour tends to be pretty subtle in the daytime. I apply contour just under my cheekbones, to the outside edges of my forehead, and under my jaw. Next is bronzer. I am a fan of bronzer! I think it adds nice color to the face. I bronze my forehead, the outer half of my cheekbones, very lightly along my jawline, my chin, and to my nose. As with eyeshadow, a good rule of thumb is too apply a little and build it up so you don’t look like to you have a bad fake tan. Then comes highlight. I haven’t quite climbed abroad the ‘shiny unicorn’ highlight train yet, however I am a fan of a nice matte highlight. I think it can add more dimension to your features which is always fun. I tend to take my highlight shade across the top of my cheekbones around my temples, and a bit above my brows. To complete the face, it is time for blush. I use my sigma duo fibre brush to apply my blush because I’ve found the best method for applying blush to be stippling. Basically instead of brushing the product across your skin in a sweeping motion, you dab it on like you’re using a beauty blender. So I lightly swirl my brush in the blush then pay it onto my cheeks for a seamless finish.

Last but certainly not least, is the lips. Part of my skincare routine involves putting on lip balm which by now has entirely sunk in. So first I apply my lip primer all over my lips and let it set. Then comes the lipstick! I’m lucky because my lips have a nice full shape, so I don’t over line my lips. First I apply to my lower lip, following the lip line and coloring in the whole lip. When doing the upper lip, I start by drawing a small X from either side of my cupids bow, so I know how high to make both sides. Then I draw on either side of the lipstick and color in. If all has gone well I have two sides of my lips which match!

And thats how I created this look! If you have any questions or comments feel free to write them below! I’ll see you with another look next week!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

march

It’s my birthday month!!

I feel like every time March rolls around, there’s just so much to do. From midterms to end of semester events plus having my birthday during this month, March just has a super packed schedule.

 

I finally got some time near the end of the month to go out and shoot for my blog. Having family time is really important to me, so my mom, sister, and I went out for brunch at Market by Jean-Georges.

As we enter into Spring, I’m using the little time we have to wear my leather booties as much as possible before the transition into lighter sandal-type shoes. Mock neck shirts are one of my favourites as it makes an outfit more put together with the higher neckline. If I’m unsure of what to wear, mock necks are my go-to. To keep it neutral (what’s new?), I wore all black to make the light grey coat stand out.

 

 

Top: BP. Black mock-neck long sleeve // Bottoms: Oak and Fort Pant 1014 // Boots: Jonak // Coat: Zara // Bag: Saint Laurent Baby Sac de Jour

château d’amboise, france

 

I had the chance to visit the Château d’Amboise in France, a historic monument located along the Loire river. Unfortunately the castle fell into decline after the 16th century and most of the interior were demolished, but have been restored to what it is today. Off to the side of the castle stands a gothic style chapel where Leonardo Da Vinci was buried.

What I Wore:

On this full day of walking and exploring multiple castles, I resorted to the comfortable outfit option of Nike Juvenates and sweatpants paired with a white cropped tee, and a light jean baseball cap as my pop of colour. It was quite sunny on the day we went, so the lighter, cotton materials I’m wearing helped with keeping cool, opposed to a polyester fabric. The weather during this time (early September) was perfect – not too hot and not too humid. It is actually quite similar to the summers we have in Vancouver.

 

Amboise, a few years since, was a smiling, lively little town, and the castle was a pleasure residence of the last king; the gardens were delicious, the little chapter of St. Hubert a gem, restored in all its lustre, and the glory of artists and amateurs. All is now changed: a gloom has fallen on the scene, the flowers are faded, the gates are closed, they pretty pavilions are shut-up; there are guards instead of gardeners, and a dreary prison frowns over the reflecting waters, which glide mournfully past the towers.

— Bentley’s Miscellany, 1852
Shoes: Nike Juvenate // Bottoms: Urban Outfitters // Top: Missguided // Accessories: The Style Club baseball cap // Bag: Urban Outfitters

paris

Bonjour! Summer of 2016 treated me to an eye-opening trip to France…

Every time I get a chance to go on vacation, I feel the need to up my fashion game. As Paris is one of the “big 4” cities that holds biannual fashion week events (along with Milan, New York, and London),  I expected high fashion standards going there. It is truly fascinating to notice the differences in style across the globe. The “Parisian craze” is popular abroad as French girl outfits were, and still are, what people aspire to dress like – emphasizing natural beauty through minimal patterned clothing, avoiding scuffed/cheap shoes, a neutral colour palette, and accentuating the fit of the clothing.

Don’t wear the clothes, let the clothes wear you.

This outfit is probably not something I would feel as comfortable wearing at home in Vancouver, but being in a fashion city boosted my confidence in stepping out of my comfort zone.

Bomber: Mango // Shoes: Vans // Dress: Missguided