DHC Velvet Skin Coat
Cinema Secrets Foundation
NYX Color Correcting Concealer
Sigma Beauty Serene Blush
NARS Orgasm Blush
Forever 21 Love and Beauty Bronzer Wheel
Graftobian Setting Powder
Skindanavia Oil Control Setting Spray
NYX Espresso Brow Gel
Benefit Gimme Brow in Dark Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Chocolate Tinted Brow Gel
LORAC Eye Primer
NYX Eye Primer
Stila "Mind" Palette
Crown Brush Liquid Eyeliner
MAC Zoom Fast Lash Mascara
MAC Fanfare Lipstick
MAC Brave Lipstick
Honestly, can't recall too many details about this particular day. I think I had to work. Actually, I do remember: it was one of my very first shifts at W.A. Frost! I was working lunch. Cool life, right? Seems like eons ago, but it was actually just this past Wednesday. I blame the long holiday weekend for the mental blur.
I found a gift I got in New York crammed at the bottom of one of my makeup bags: Crown Brush liquid eyeliner, which is actually surprisingly awesome. Crown Brush had a big presence at The Makeup Show, and they also sponsored the Beauty Tour. Several of the free gifts on that tour were Crown Brush products. I haven't used the eyeshadow palette, but was more than eager to try out the liquid eyeliner. Lately I've been using Eve Pearl's liquid liner, and it doesn't wow me too much. I find the application a bit watery. If I'm wearing any sort of shimmery eyeshadow, I can see a glint of it underneath the liner. While attempting to make a few passes over the initial application to make it more opaque, the brush seems to dislodge the dried liner, especially at the wing part itself. It's like the line will get darker and darker except for the flick. So, I've been trying out the Crown Brush liner and am really digging it so far. It seems a little more opaque right off the bat, so I don't need to spend as much time making a dark line.
Lately, my go to look has been winged liner and neutral eyeshadow. I've been experimenting with simplifying my routine for the summer. Since my skin seems to improve more and more over time, I've gotten less self conscious about my natural textures showing through foundation. Once I get my face together, I spend a couple minutes doing my brows (because obviously) and then throw on not more than two shades of eyeshadow and then some eyeliner and mascara. Boom. Elegant and classic. This type of look is also a little more appropriate for my job at Frost, where there's a bit more conservatism when it comes to external appearances.
On another side tangent, I think I've got a new eye primer situation in place that's really working for me. I stopped using Urban Decay's primer because it has an ingredient that I'm allergic to (and it causes little breakouts around my brow bone/eye area, regardless of the type of product it is), so instead I've been using two primers mixed together to create a hybrid product and it holds up really well! Last year when I got my LORAC Little Black Palette, there was a primer included with it. When I decanted the product, it seemed a little dried out. Even when warmed up on my fingertip, it still feels very dry. It has a nice tacky feel to it, so when I mix with the creamier NYX primer they seem to emulsify well together to create this perfect consistency that ends up gripping the eyeshadows very nicely. I'm really happy with this discovery, since it means I'll burn through these products faster and actually use them instead of leaving them to rot in my vanity.