Another month, another slight product shake-up. I'm really starting to find a core set of products I love and don't really want to stray from, so I may start doing these posts on an every-other-month basis instead of every month. Anyway, last month I was going a little "extra" with my look, and this month I'm toning it back down. Isn't that how it always goes with me?
I'm still loving the Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer to start. I can't believe it took me so long to try this - it really plumps up and smooths out my skin. I've gone back to my beloved Cover FX Natural Finish Foundation (review) lately. I just think this is the everyday base for me. I love the finish, how moisturizing it feels on the skin, how it doesn't cling to dry patches, and how it's easy to adjust the coverage based on my needs for the day. Luckily, my skin is finally seeming to clear up, so I've been sheering the foundation out a little bit with the Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint. The combination is beautiful, too - the perfect amount of glowiness and coverage. Concealer hasn't changed - I'm still reaching for the Milk Makeup Flex Concealer over anything else. It's just so good and I haven't found anything else that tops it. An extra step I've been doing is actually setting my face with powder - the foundation can tend to get a little too dewy on my nose without powder, so I've been lightly applying some Glossier Wowder* down the center of my face and under my eyes. I've been using my Beautyblender for this rather than a brush, and it meshes it into the skin so nicely.
Brows are the same as last month - I'm still absolutely loving the Nudestix Brow Stylus* and have even been choosing it over Boy Brow! I've really gotten the hang of using the triangle-tip pencil, and it makes my brows look naturally full and fluffy. And the gel is amazing - still crunchier than Boy Brow, but this stuff really hold the hairs in place until you wash it off.
Eyes are really where I'm simplifying things. I've mentioned here and there that on days I have kickboxing, I don't like to wear mascara. That's just because I only put my contacts in right before class, and if I have mascara on already, it flakes into my eyes and gets stuck under my contacts. So, no mascara on those days. But actually, I've really been liking the look of wearing some really simple eyeshadow (the lighter shades of Glossier Lidstar* have been my go-tos lately) and just curling my lashes with the Surratt Relevee Eyelash Curler. This curler is seriously worth the hype and price - nothing has ever given me a better curl, and it lasts all day, even without mascara to lock it into place. Although I have just gotten the Chanel Le Volume Mascara that I'm absolutely obsessed with, so I'll be wearing mascara more often again I'm sure.
For blush, I've actually been using something other than Cloud Paint! The Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Sticks* (review) have been my favorites lately. I use Nightingale striped onto my cheekbones and blended all over as bronzer, and then a few teeny dots of Cruz on the apples of my cheeks for blush. They're so pretty and dewy, and they blend out so quickly and easily. Continuing with the stick-cheek-product theme, I'm still using Glossier Haloscope in Quartz, forever and always. Pictured here is the tiniest sliver of my second tube that I had left - I've sinced moved on to my third one. It's that good.
Lastly for lips, I've been (surprise) also keeping things simple. A few swipes of the Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy* in Dream is all I need - it gives the prettiest wash of pink to the lips, and it's super moisturizing. If I'm feeling a little fancy I'll add some of the Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Blush. This is a lovely gloss formula that feels creamy rather than sticky, and it lasts well, too.
What products have you been wearing lately?
*Products mentioned have been sent to me for consideration, but all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.