Winter Foundation Routine

Even at my laziest, I always make sure that I at least apply some form of foundation every day.  I don’t really have blemishes but I love the look of a perfect, flawless face.  Here is my routine.

Sans makeup!

I always start with my daily face routine.  I use the Clinique Three Step System, which consists of a soap, toner, and moisturizer.  My face isn’t really greasy at all, I have more of a normal skin tone, in the photo it looks kind of shiny, but this is after I just applied my moisturizer.

Next up I always use a primer before my foundation.  Right now I am using my sample size of the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.  Once I started using a primer I seriously cannot apply my makeup without it; it’s a staple in my collection.  

I have a few different foundations but the one I’m using at the moment is MAC’s Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15.  Over the summer I was using Laura Mercier’s Silk Creme Foundation, but now that it’s winter and I’m a white as a snowman it’s back to my Pro Longwear.

Using my E.L.F Studio Powder Brush I first stipple my foundation on my face and then buff it into my skin. Because this foundation dries quite quickly I find that I don’t need to use a setting powder at all to set the foundation.

Because the foundation usually wipes out my eyebrows I use the colour Sable from Clinique to fill them back in.  

Using a bronzer (I usually flip between NARS’ Laguna and Casino; I used Laguna for this post), I contour my cheek bones and bring the colour up to my temples.

I usually switch blushes up but for this post I used NARS Sin, a berry colour with gold shimmer.  To matte the colour a bit I usually take a fluffy face brush and blend the colour in a bit more so it’s more subtle.

To finish up my cheek area, I usually apply a highlighter.  I usually use NARS Hungry Heart or Benefit’s High Beam (which is what I used here).  I apply the highlight to my cheek bones.

Here is what my face looks like before I apply eyeshadow.  

After I apply my eye makeup I apply a concealer under my eyes to freshen up my eye area and to take care of any fall out that may have occurred.  I usually switch between Benefit’s Erase Paste (the one I used above) and It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer.

I usually dab some concealer under my eyes and then blend it out with a concealer or small foundation brush (I used an E.L.F. Foundation Brush here).

So that’s how I usually apply my face makeup in the morning.  What’s your routine?

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NOTD: OPI Pink Friday and Save Me

I can seriously say that I don’t think I have ever been so excited over a nail polish collection from OPI before.  I really enjoyed the Katy Perry collection from early 2010 but even then there were colours that I loved and others that I didn’t think were that great.  Earlier this month OPI released a collection with Nicki Minaj and although I’m not the biggest Nicki fan (I used to hate her until I saw her in concert), I am obsessed with each and every one of these colours.

The collection consists of three cream colours, three glitters, and a new shatter.  I already featured Did It On Em last week, the bright green colour from the collection.  This week I’m sporting Pink Friday with Save Me on my ring finger over top.

Pink Friday is a baby pink colour, it’s very pretty but nothing really spectacular. I’m sure OPI has tons of different dupes for this colour.  With that being said though, I do really like this colour and really who doesn’t need a baby pink shade in their collection.

The colour applies kind of streaky, I couldn’t get a perfect application with this even after three coats.

I have read that some people compare Pink Friday to Mod About You (my favourite OPI colour ever), but Mod About You is more of a blush pink; it’s more lighter than Pink Friday. I also compared it to SpaRitual’s Knowledge is Power (another one of my favourite colours) but Knowledge is Power is definitely more of a Malibu Barbie, hot pink colour.

As for Save Me, this glitter is unlike any other glitter I have seen.  The thing that makes this so special is the fact that it has not only microglitter but bar glitter.  Whenever I take a look at this colour I always think of the Saved By The Bell theme song; it’s so ’80s.

I haven’t tried this colour on by itself but it looks really nice layered over Pink Friday, it does  lighten the colour a bit.  

Have you tried OPI’s Pink Friday or Save Me?  Leave me a comment below!

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Pink Obsessed

I’m the first one to say it, I have a serious addiction to pink lipstick.  I made the mistake of checking out the new MAC Iris Apfel collection swatches on Temptalia and the lipsticks are to die for!  I’m staying far away from my local MAC store and besides I’m sure they are sold out.

Speaking of pink though, I got a new workout top from Lululemon in their irresistible Paris Pink colour and got inspired for this post.

NYX Dolly Pink lipliner with Revlon Cupcake Lip Butter

Just a little lipstick glamour to start your weekend.

Colours shown: MAC Saint Germain, Viva Glam Gaga II, and Candy Yum Yum; Revlon Lip Butter in Cupcake; YSL Rouge Volupte in Lingerie Pink, Fetish Pink, and Frivolous Pink.

You can never have enough pink lipsticks… speaking of, I’ll probably be picking up more YSL shades when I go to Montreal in February, can’t wait.

Hope you have a nice weekend!

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