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Product Review: First Aid Beauty Coconut Primer

Product Review

The Product: First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer

Rating: 4.3

Skin Type: Dry as the Sahara Desert

Primer is one of the essentials in the world of makeup. It protects your skin, provides a base for your foundation, and assists with keeping your makeup in place for the duration of the day. There are tons of primers out there too, so finding the right one can be really challenging. It’s not always the primer you’re first handed, or the one matching your foundations brand, or the bestseller. But when you find it, the right primer can revolutionize your makeup routine.

I initially used the same primer until the day it expired. It worked pretty well for me, but I was also too afraid to deviate from what was working. But then it finally expired. I could tell because my skin went ballistic and it smelled real funny. Off to Sephora! I explained my skin type, past debacles, and fears to the ever patient Sephora sales person and she whisked me out of color and over to skin care. Behold: we had arrived at First Aid Beauty, my trusty skin care brand. After a full run down of pros and cons, a swatch, and a few comparisons, I decided to jump in with the new First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer.

Having such dry skin, a moisturizing primer seems to be a logical plan. But I had had an unfortunate run in with a moisturizing primer which had led to greasy foundation and a less then matte finish to say the least. So I was apprehensive. My old primer was not moisturizing, which displeased my skin greatly, but did result in bulletproof foundation.

The first time I put the FAB Coconut Primer on I was immediately pleased. The smell was delightful and it was soothing to my skin. In the past, applying my primer had meant gearing up for a dried out face. But just applying the primer, I noticed an almost instant change in my skin. The tone evened out, my skin became a bit more glowy, and the redness calmed down. While this was a good start though, the real test was yet to come.

After letting it set, I began applying my foundation. Joy and celebration! My beloved foundation was applying evenly, blending smoothly, and still looked how I excepted. I love my foundation so this was an exciting moment for me. As the rest of my routine progressed everything went off without a hitch. The finished product was definitely up to snuff. There was a visible difference between the finish of my old and new primers, but sticking it out seemed like a good option, for the sake of my skin.

Over the course of the day, my makeup stayed in place quite well. As is to be expected, my eyeliner smudged under my eyes a bit but I don’t fault my primer for that. Where we receive the small deduction here is my face did get a bit shiny. This has never been a problem for me before. However, this is probably because I have been constantly drying my skin out with products which are not suited to it. Would it be more ideal if I could avoid getting shiny AND stay moisturized? Of course. But I’m taking this as a win for now.

This product review comes on the heels of purchasing the product so I will come back farther down the line with an update for you. As of now, I’m quite happy. My skin is doing markedly better then usual, my makeup still looks as kickass as ever, and I smell nice to boot. Have you ever tried this primer? What did you think? Give it a try if you haven’t! I’m certainly enjoying it!

Leave a comment below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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Process Post #4 – My Audience

My audience is something that is already sacred to me. I picture my audience as people who need softness and a little extra love in their lives. I picture my audience as the me that I lived as for so long. The quiet, lonely girl who needed a little extra self love, but couldn’t recognize it yet. I also see the girl who loved to play with makeup, but couldn’t find a way to express it. With Makeup Your Mind, I want to foster a safe place for my audience to be unapologetically happy.

I’ve started doing this in my design with soft colours, like the main type being in a soft grey instead of black. I find this softness to be less assaulting than black, and I also aim to keep the colours minimal, so I don’t overwhelm. I also show this softness in the site title, the thin cursive implies softness. As of now, my post headers are still quite bold, but I plan to change that.

I also picture my audience as unpredictable though, I don’t know exactly who’s going to stumble upon my little slice of internet, so I’m doing my best not to alienate anybody. I have thought long and hard, and yes, I do have an audience that I want to reach. The whole point of my blog though is to invite and foster happiness, so my goal audience goes beyond what I picture in my head, and extends to anybody who wants to play with makeup or wants some self care tips, and some extra love.

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.

How I Deal With Makeup When Running Late

Successful Transit Makeup

I am chronically late. And I am not a morning person. AND I will always chose 10 more minutes of sleep over doing my makeup. But then I will still try to get on a face of makeup knowing full well I am going to make myself late. This semester I have been making a real push to address my chronic lateness because you know, school is important. However, having the expectation of getting up everyday without fail to throw my face together is unrealistic. Don’t get my wrong, there is many a morning I will choose to just not with the makeup and charge into the day barefaced and proud. But sometimes I want to wear my makeup! But I also want sleep! What is one to do?

I have an answer: transit. Figuring out I can do my makeup on the bus and skytrain was a borderline terrible realization because my brain has translated it as: I can now sleep in because we have the skytrain. I can promise you there are several bus drivers and daily commuters who know my makeup routine by now. Over the last month I have learned, through a dangerous game of trial and error (or trial by fire as there is zero margin for error on the skytrain), what the perfect makeup routine is when I am doing my makeup on transit.

First and foremost: the key to transit makeup being successfully completed is getting my foundation on before I leave the house. Blending foundation takes a long time to do and I have to apply it to the back of my hand and I use a liquid foundation which is messy. Basically it is not wise to attempt foundation on the transit system and it is also not an efficient use of my limited time. So primer, foundation, and translucent powder are typically all applied before I leave the house. If I have the time I’ll make a run at my eyeshadow primer too so it will have more time to set. Another key to transit makeup is not having to run to catch the bus. Sweat is not an awesome addition to your face part way through a makeup routine.

The first leg of my transit is a bus ride and it’s not the best leg of the trip for makeup application. The drivers are typically running a minute or two behind schedule and it is all downhill, making it unsteady to say the least. My eyebrows though, are one of the lower maintenance pieces of my routine and, lucky for me, don’t require too much precision. This means brows are a perfect first leg step to accomplish. Once I’ve safely made it to the skytrain, the real work begins.

I chill out on the millennial line for quite a while when transitting to my downtown classes (which is also when my transit makeup routines tend to occur). The best news about the millennial line: the track is smooth and the trains tend to remain at consistent speeds. The bulk of my makeup application tends to occur while on the millennial line: the millions of layers of eyeshadow, the eyeliners, and mascara. Those three items are an absolute must on the millennial line. If I don’t get my eyeliner done before the switch to the expo line I could be in serious trouble. If I’m lucky I will also be able to get my face done but that is entirely dependent on the eye look I’ve gone for.

The expo line is not great for makeup time. It is much more crowded and the ride is far from smooth. The train cars tend to jerk around a bit and are rarely consistent with speed. Applying my face makeup can be fine on the expo line though. Ideally, contour should be done on the millennial line because it requires a bit of precision, but bronzer, highlight, and blush are totally doable on the expo line if needed. Lip primer is also easy to apply on the expo line because there is no pigmentation in the primer, so it’s basically impossible to mess it up. When applying lipstick I try to apply while stopped at one of the stations, to avoid uneven lip lines or you know… looking like wannabe clown.

With any luck I will be done as I role into waterfront station! There has definitely been a time or two I’ve been applying lipstick while walking through a crosswalk, or have missed steps to save time, but I am definitely getting the hang of it! In the past I’ve always had to choose between sleep/being on time and doing my makeup because I either needed to drive (and no I do not do makeup and drive at the same time) or I was living on campus. Now though, I seem to have found a happy medium on days when I really need an extra half hour of snoozing my alarm. I know I can’t be the only one who’s ever faced this sort of struggle. If anyone else has time saving suggestions, feel free to comment them below!

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

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.

A Vision For Beauty As Art

When imagining my blog I knew it was going to be centered around makeup. Over the years, my passion for makeup has grown and execution has improved exponentially. Sharing this passion seemed like a fabulous idea! But I didn’t know how to infuse myself into it; how to ensure it wouldn’t be a typical makeup blog. I wanted it to reflect my relationship with makeup. So I started brainstorming the words I associate with sitting down in front of the mirror when I know I’m going to get to do my makeup.

Self Expression: first and foremost, makeup is a form of self expression in my life. Different looks I create change the way people perceive me as well as the way I carry and present myself. I can create a look that says I am bold, or I am assertive, or I am calm, or I am mature, or I am happy, or I am angry. I can be closed off or welcoming. You would be shocked how my makeup changes how people interact with me. It’s a great way to express myself without words because sometimes words aren’t what you need.

Beauty: when I put the final touch on my face there is an inevitable surge of pride. Because there is beauty in what has been created. Not because it is more beautiful then my bare face, but the face I have put together with my makeup is beautiful in its own right. They do not have to be in competition. Feeling pride in my face with makeup on does not take away from the beauty of my face without. Beauty is just evident in both.

Confidence: after applying a flawless face, I strut around with a slightly overinflated ego because I know how fantastic it looks. I feel confidence in both my skills and in my appearance for the day. It is empowering to not feel like I have to wear makeup to fit a standard, but to wear it for myself. Anyone who says I am insecure because I smear makeup onto my face is making quite a few assumptions without taking the time to know me. I am a  confident woman. I march around with makeup on and I march around without it.

Art: for me, makeup is another form of art. I have never had a knack for visual arts. When appraising my drawing skills (and my handwriting), my kindergarten teacher patted my mom on the arm and told her there is just no hope for some kids. I’ve accepted it. But I am excellent at makeup, both for my face and for others. I constantly break the ‘rules’ of makeup to find a new look. Sometimes it works, sometimes the lesson is rules are there for a reason. But I love creating art and my face is my canvas.

Passion: discovering new products and creating new looks gets me so excited I hardly know what to do with myself. I can lose myself entirely while creating a new makeup look for myself. Talking to others around me and teaching them brings me absolute joy. I am passionate about doing makeup, about the artwork I create. It’s a passion I want to share.

Love: makeup is also a form of self love and self care for me. When I’m feeling down, or bored, or irritated or don’t want to leave the house, I can always boost my spirits by focusing some time and attention on some ‘Me Time.’ The time I put into my makeup lifts my spirits, without fail.

Strength: makeup seems to be a somewhat controversial topic for people. For women I know, some look down up those of us who choose to indulge in makeup. Words like ‘insecure’ and ‘vapid’ and ‘materialistic’ and ‘shallow’ are often associated with people who take the time and energy to apply makeup. However, I am a strong woman who wears makeup. It is for me. No one else owns what I choose to do with my own face. It is a form of self love, passion, creativity, and joy in my life. And no one gets to take those things away from me.

Makeup is part of who I am. I am excited to share it with you through Beauty As Art. This is the home of self expression, creativity, rule breaking, and excitement. Not every look will pan out. Not every look will speak to you. Not every look becomes part of my daily life. I don’t love every product you’ll see here. But it will be a wonderful journey never the less.

Yours Truly,

Meera C.

What’s in my Pouch?

Hello beautiful!

Today, I’m here to share with you guys what I carry around my makeup pouch everyday 🙂 Whether I go to school, work, or to just hang out, I always have my makeup with me, so I can touch up. Depending on the day and the bag I carry, I leave some products out and only carry a few. Now, let’s get started to dig in my makeup bag!

This is the makeup pouch I’ve been carrying around lately. Ted Baker is one of my favourite brand because I just love the classic style they always have. I’ve receive this as a birthday present from my friend recently and I love it!

These are the products that I usually carry around to touch up my makeup during the day. Nothing too crazy but just enough to fix my makeup on the go!

These 3 face products are a must have for me. Being a girl with oily skin is not easy. I always have to blot and fix my makeup because it always want to melt off.

  • Mac Cosmetics, Select Sheer Pressed Powder in NC25
  • Etude House, AC Cleanup Mild BB Cushion in Natural Beige
  • Gatsby, Oil Clear Sheet

I’m a lip product junkie, so I have so many lip products that I carry around. It always changes depending on what I’m wearing that day, but I’ve been carrying these products because they are so easy to apply on the go!

  • Lancome, L’absolu Rouge in 290 Poeme
  • YSL, Rouge Pur Couture in 204
  • Sephora, Goji Lip Balm

Miscellaneous Products:

  • ON: The Body x Kakao Friends Hand cream
  • Elizabeth and James Nirvana Roller ball Perfume
  • Eye drops (I wear contacts everyday and my eyes are super sensitive + dry)
  • Hair tie (Always need an extra hair tie in case anything happens)

 

These are all the products that I carry around in my makeup pouch. Like I said, it depends on the day but these are the products that I enjoy to touch up my makeup. I usually never touch up my eye makeup but my skin and lip are the two that I constantly check.

Did you guys enjoy looking into my makeup pouch? Comment below and tell me which products that you guys carry around everyday! I would love to hear 🙂

Always, thank you for reading!