Something about working in an office setting makes me want to put my best foot (and face) out there. Between having meetings with staff from other departments who have decides of experience at their jobs and running around the 90 degree weather feeling like a hot mess, I feel personally obligated to make it seem like I’ve got it together over here (newsflash: it’s an illusion). I’ve found that one of the simplest ways to give off that “I know what I’m doing” vibe other than actually knowing what you’re doing, is looking and feeling physically put together. Enter my 5-minute face…
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Before I slather any makeup on my face, I wash my face with my Philosophy Clear Days Ahead face wash and then moisturize. I’m still really loving my Origins eye cream and Philosophy SPF moisturizer. Back from my YouTube days, it was engrained in my noggin that you should apply products to your face in the order you want them to be absorbed. For example, I want my under eye area to absorb the eye cream before it absorbs any extra moisture from my SPF so I apply my eye cream first and then my SPF moisturizer on top of that. This “fact” could be a total lie and have no actual clout, but I’ve gotten used to applying products this way and I think I’m seeing positive results so I’m going to stick with it. After I brush my teeth, eat breakfast and make coffee, it’s time to put my make up on.
These are all of the products I use. As you can tell, some are very well
beaten up loved. Here are the products I use every morning before work, in the order in which they get used:
- Garnier Nutritioniste Skin Renew Anti-Dark-Circle Roller. I have had this product longer than I am willing to admit on the Internet, but it’s fantastic. My favorite part: it does exactly what the name leads you to think it will do. I do a couple swipes under each eye and pat it into my under eye area and on my eye lid to help conceal those super attractive eye lid veins. Since the roller ball itself is metal, applying this product is a very cooling experience and makes my eyes feel less puffy. Unfortunately for me, this product is at the tail end of it’s life and I’m on the prowl for a new concealer. I’m leaning towards the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea concealer, but I have this feeling I’m then going to need to pick up a Beauty Blender to blend it in. Maybe not? If you’ve used the new Tarte concealer, I’d love to know how you apply it and if you think it’s worth it!
- Next, I set my concealer and powder my face using the Rimmel London Stay Matte Finishing Powder in the shade 004 Sandstorm. I love this product and Rimmel as a brand, but man, am I SO sick of the name of the product getting rubbed off. I’ve been using this powder on and off since I was a freshman in high school and I always come back to it: you can’t beat the results for the price. To dust this product over my face, I’ve been using this Kirkland Powder brush (I see you, Costco!) that was part of a Kirkland brush set I got for Christmas years ago. Even during the hottest summer weather, during my sweatiest times, this powder does not budge off of my face. Well, that is until I wipe the sweat off my face. In terms of the brush (the larger of the two in the above photo), I’m over it. It sheds like mad and isn’t as soft as it used to be. I’m really loving the ELF Complexion Brush, so I think I’m going to pick up another one of those next time I’m at Target.
- Using the ELF Complexion Brush, I apply the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer in the shade 027 Sun Dance on my face using the “3-B” method (more of my YouTube lingo). To be honest, when I went to purchase bronzer originally, I was looking for NYC’s Sunny Bronzer and it was sold out, but I’ve been happy with this product and all Rimmel powders in the past, so I thought I’d give it a go. Back to the 3-B method: this means that you are applying the bronzer to your face in the shape of a 3 on one side of your face and a B on the other side. I start on my cheeks towards my hairline, sweep up to my nose and then back onto my temples and then just under my chin/on my neck. In the summertime, I’m more heavy handed with the bronzer than I would be during the winter months because well… I’d like to pretend that I’m tan during the summer. Since I spend peak sunshine hours inside an air conditioned office, I like to give myself the appearance of a faux-tan. One thing to note about this bronzer is that it is sparkly, which, again during the summer, I don’t mind.
- Now, it’s my favorite time: MASCARA TIME. I’m beyond obsessed with the Tarteist mascara. I bought this mascara at the beginning of May on a trip to Sephora with Tucker’s sister. Side note about me in Sephora: I can’t handle myself. I transform into the epitome of a kid in a candy shop. I run around from one of the store to the other with swatches on swatches covering my hands – it’s quite hysterical. But anyway, this mascara is marvelous. It’s the darkest black, most curling, thickening and lengthening mascara I have ever used. Seriously, it’s the best. Go buy it. Today.
- Lastly, it’s lip stick time. Well I guess the NARS Satin Lip pencil is technically a lipstick in a pencil format, but I love it. I have the shade Rikugien. This is another product that glides on super smoothly and stays all day, even after many, many sips of coffee. Of course during summertime, every brand is releasing tempting lip products. I’m currently eyeing the Clinique Pop Lip Color, the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick line (really into the color ‘Naked’) and the Smashbox Liquid Lipsticks.
This entire look, if you can even call it that, takes me no-joke, 5 minutes. It’s natural, work appropriate and holds up in the summer sunshine and heat.
If you’ve been really impressed with how any products you’ve been using have held up in the summer heat, I’d love to know what they are! I am constantly perusing Sephora and Ulta’s websites and would love to know what products people actually recommend.