Gel liners delivered in the form of pencils are all the buzz these days– not a concept I was completely on board with. Why? Well, the reason I gravitate towards gel liners in the first place is to capture the precision of an angled brush paired with the pot of liner. But come to think of it, liquid liner pens are also fabulous for super thin lines and graphic flicks. Continue reading GEL LINER PENS // BENEFIT VS. HOURGLASS
And voila! A soft, simple look that while doesn’t look like a ton of makeup, brings warmth and dimension to your face and definition to the eyes.
And finally, my third resolution: getting my skin in shape! Hula hoop not included. No, I mean getting my skin as clear as I possibly can. This is sounding super obsessive, but I mean, like, skin is a huge part of self-confidence, at least to me. This kind of came about during the Christmas break, when I’m not so keen on putting on a ton of makeup just to lay around the house. I noticed about a week of minimal makeup that my face was looking way clearer. And come an event in which I had to finally make myself up, I realized just how obvious it was that I had face makeup on. I didn’t look like skin. It looked like makeup, and that annoyed me because my skin under it all was actually looking alright yet I was covering it up. While I can no longer lay around without makeup (school, ugh), I’ve promised to take better care of my skin. And with this resolution, I’ve opted to wear light, light coverage foundation. It’s scarier having less on, I won’t lie, but it’s better for your skin and it’s way less obvious. So let’s get into it already!
I go for Jet Peel treatments every month, as I have been doing for about four months now. Amanda’s praised these before– they essentially clear out your pores, which has benefits for EVERY single skin type. On my acne-prone oily skin, I’ve seen less discolouration and less frequent breakouts. My facialist recommended that I start IPL Photofacials along with the Jet Peels, which I start this weekend. They promise a multitude of results and also speak to many skin concerns as well– my main aim is to get rid of old acne scars and prevent future acne. It’s not a cheap monthly visit, no, but the results are obvious.
Even fancy treatments won’t work if you don’t put in your own effort. I wash twice a day, always, and I follow up with toners, serums, moisturizers, the whole she-bang. I should really do masks more often but considering I always do them right after I wash off my makeup, I’m always to tired and, well, they don’t get done. So moral of the story, with this new years resolution comes the promise to do at least one mask a week–my favourites right now are Boscia’s White Mask, The Body Shop’s Blue Corn Mask, Éminence Clear Skin Mask and the Murad Blackhead Remover. After a mask, I always follow up with Lancôme’s Généfique Serum, just because I feel like it replenishes my skin after a strong mask.
As for makeup, I’ve ditched my beloved MUFE Velvet Mat and opted for Hourglass’ Immaculate foundation. It’s super light coverage, it feels amazing on my skin (you’d think it’s a primer-foundation hybrid) and most importantly, my skin looks like skin when it’s on. For any remaining spots that need covering, I use my Amazing Cosmetics Concealer. Now, I’m aware that this concealer is like the highest coverage concealer in the universe, like industrial strength, but hear me out. I put like a tiny, tiny dot of it on the back of my hand, then I dip my finger in a just a bit of it, then start dabbing it on my hand to get it all off. Then I dab another finger into the dabbed concealer, and only then do I apply it to my face. And I’m sure you’re wondering what the fuck was the point of all that. Well I’ve got some really, really dark acne scars and they’re a pain in the ass to cover. By only using a really thin layer of the product (which I get by said process), I get only the coverage and not so much the thick texture that I think gives that cakey look. Less makeup means better skin and well, it just looks like less makeup.
“The Immaculate Foundation is god-send–the formula feels like a gel moisturizer, the coverage is light but buildable, and it controls oil while looking natural”
“It truly is the blackest liner I’ve ever used”
“The warmth of this shade is the key to covering the purple hue that naturally shadows my eye, no matter how much sleep I get”
“Medium to full coverage and the ability to keep your hyperactive oil glands at bay”
“A deep, optimistic mix of iris, patchouli and gourmand. For me, it comes off as very feminine, floral (but not overbearingly so) and a bit mature”
“I love it because it makes you seem like you just naturally smell amazing, not like ‘oh, her perfume smells amazing’.“
“The products have not only done heaps in clearing my skin, but have also faded a lot of the marks from old breakouts”
Vernis in Love in Grey Lumiere
“When I wore it, I noticed that in some lighting it had a burgundy hue, then in different light it looked a bit like a really dark emerald shade and then sometimes it even had a blueish sheen.”
|From left to right: Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in Birthday Suit, Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Mahogany, Yves Saint Laurent Rebel Nudes Glossy Stain in Reckless Pink.|
Cheeks: Katniss is sporting some seriously on-trend bronzer-as-blush cheeks. Get the look with a powder bronzer, however go for a product with pink-y tones as well, it will look more natural.
Using your hands, comb through your freshly washed, wet hair with both a thickening mousse and a nourishing oil. Blow out with a big round brush (2′ is probably preferable), making loose waves. If you’ve got the knack for it, curl the pieces so that they come towards your face, if you know what I mean. Once dried, comb through with your hands and voila.