My Current Makeup Routine

My Current Makeup Routine

I’ve always been a bit lazy with my makeup routine because I really, really like sleep. I’m the least morning person who’s ever morninged, so I’m only willing to sacrifice 15 minutes for makeup, max.

But I also really enjoy playing with makeup, so cramming in a bunch of products is also necessary! My current makeup routine has expanded to the following, which I’m pretty proud of because it stays nice-looking despite the Australian summer and my oily-ass skin.

Pre-makeup: Wash face with water, apply sunscreen (I’m currently using Ultraceuticals Ultra UV Protective Daily Moisturiser SPF 30 Mattifying, my previous fave was Biore Aqua Rich Watery Essence). Use Pixi 24K Eye Elixir on puffy bags if I feel particularly nasty (the cold rollerball is almost as good as a coffee).

My Current Makeup Routine

1. Klara Cosmetics Reset Glow and NIOD Photography Fluid Opacity 12% mixed together as a glowy primer with a little Shu Uemura Face Architect mixed in if my skin is being naughty. I’ve also started trying Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone as well. Since my skin is quite oily I used to avoid any sort of illuminator to cut down on shine, so applying it all over is a bit of a radical departure. I’ve found that if I put it all over with a sponge and cover it up with powder later, it works really well to make my skin look glowy and healthy without making it look greasy. Here’s what the three illuminators look like alone. From left to right: Klara, Becca, NIOD.

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Why Make-Up Flashback Happens and How to Avoid It

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Ah, the dreaded make-up flashback! Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Miley Cyrus aren’t immune to it, even with their hordes of make-up artists:

Here’s the science behind make-up flashback, and how to avoid it.

What causes make-up flashback?

The harsh white markings are caused by silica, an ingredient in many translucent powders, particularly those labelled as “HD”. (Note: silica is not the same as silicon and silicone!) it-cosmetics-bye-bye-pores-IMG_8765 The silica used in makeup is fumed silica, a type of amorphous silica which has been processed to give it a large surface area. This means that it’s great as a microscopic sponge for soaking up oil (kind of like activated charcoal but colourless).

It’s also fantastic for diffusing light – all the tiny surfaces scatter light at different angles, giving a blurry, matte texture, making your skin look flawless on HD video (hence the HD label).

But not when direct flash comes out!

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It Cosmetics Blurred Lines Lipstick Swatches and Review

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It Cosmetics has been featuring prominently in my makeup routine, with their yellow-toned Your Skin But Better CC+ cream and their easy-to-apply Bye Bye Redness concealer. I’ve recently added their new CC+ Blurred Lines Smooth-Fill Lipsticks to my rotation.

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There are 7 new shades available in Australia, 4 of which are creme and 3 which contain shimmer. Swatches:

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Daring: sheer brownish plum creme

IT Girl: vibrant red creme

Love:  sheer mauve rose creme

Live: sheer rose pink creme

Naturally Pretty: soft mauve pink with subtle gold shimmer

Believe: sheer berry with silver shimmer

Ruby Slippers: sheer pinkish red with gold shimmer

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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream review

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IT Cosmetics has landed with Sephora in Australia recently, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised by their base make-up products. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is the product that got me researching snail slime science recently.

It’s not actually the first snail slime product I’ve tried – that was actually a tiny sachet of Skin79 Snail Nutrition BB Cream. At the time, I assumed that the strong fragrance was necessary to cover up the scent of snail secretion, but since then I’ve come across unscented Mizon and Benton products in my travels through the blogosphere.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream is much less strongly fragranced, though it does have a citrus scent. It’s a medium coverage foundation-like product – I’m not really seeing any colour correction in this CC cream, but I don’t mind, because I really don’t need my entire face’s colour corrected and I don’t think most people do either! It applies easily with your fingers or with a sponge or brush, and blends in easily. I’ve seen some people say that this doesn’t work that well for oily skin, but with a bit of powder I found that it works quite well, and doesn’t wear off throughout the day.

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