Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Everyday Essentials

When I first started my new-ish job in May, I put on a full face of makeup everyday. That went from 60 back down to 0 very quickly. I used to arrive at work for 11AM but now that I have normal-people hours, I'm way too rushed in the mornings to cake it all on.

However, I still have my 5-minute morning routine so I look somewhat presentable before my morning Starbucks run!

Here are my everyday staples. I put them on in phases as I run around the apartment getting ready.....Step 1: Smear on the face cream > Step 2: Check email > Step 3: Fill in eyebrows > Step 4: Start breakfast > Step 5: Apply pore minimizer > Step 5: Drink coffee and so on... You get the point!

♥ L'Oreal Original Voluminous Lash Mascara in Blackest Black Nothing else high or low holds a curl and gives my Asian lashes volume like this particular formula. Only the Original formula of this mascara works for me.

♥ Clinique Pore Minimzer Refining Lotion Bought this product and didn't use it for the longest time (sorry, photo is actually of the T-Zone Control which looks very similar in packaging). Rediscovered it and realized it works very well as a mattifier/primer for my oily t-zone.

♥ Cargo OneBase Foundation and Concealer in One in B025 or B03 Bought two tubes at 50% off when Sephora stopped carrying the brand this summer. I wish I'd bought the whole store out! Love the natural looking medium coverage and easy-use sponge tip applicator. Great idea for traveling.

♥ Angled Eyeliner Brush Really any angled eyeliner brush and matte brown eyeshadow does the trick for me as long as they make my brows look like they exist!

♥ MAC Lip Gelee in Moistly Couldn't find an exact picture but think Benetint in a gloss. The perfect pinch of color and moisture for my lips.

♥ Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm Once again, Original formula wins! I love the smell and the tingly feeling on my lips. Plus, it really soothes the lips without stickiness or shine. Great for under lipsticks.

♥ Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler Under holy grail for thin Asian lashes that don't want to hold a curl. This curler actually curls all my lashes naturally!

♥ MAC Moisturelush Cream Love the smell of this cream. It doesn't claim to do anything special aside from moisturize and boy does it do that! Really helps during my daily (and recently very below freezing) walks to work.

♥ Annabelle Liquid Eyeliner in Black I love felt tip liquid liners. I hate
hate hate the thin brushes. I apply this between my upper eyelashes and just under the upper lash line to give the illusion of fuller lashes. Try it! A natural but noticeable different instantly!

I definitely don't discriminate between high and low cosmetics. I just buy what appeals to me packaging wise or what I've read good reviews on.

If I'm on the fence about a product, my first stop is Makeupalley.com for reviews. Women of all ages, coloring, skin conditions, and preferences review pretty much every product found in your local drugstore, department store, or Sephora. As for swatches of colored cosmetics? Nothing beats the good ol' Google image search.

The essentials change every once in a while. Foundation colors and skincare change between summer and winter. Throughout the year, I'll change up the roster as I fall in and out of love with products.


  1. I'm definitely a quick makeup girl too... for me the essentials are bronzer, blush, and mascara. Love your top beauty picks. xx

  2. I appreciate your recommends I have been looking for a decent mascara and eyeliner for a while. I love MAC but their eyeliner bleeds and makes me look like I have a black eye so I'm definitely trying yours. Thanks!

  3. I never tried an eyelash curler until a few weeks ago and I'm HOOKED!!!!! It looks like a torture device but it really works.

  4. bri, try the MAC gel liner. works better adn stays put.

  5. Court, I'm going to try the MAC gel liner now. I actually have one still in its packaging (yep, makeup addict here).

    Bri, if you like the felt tip liquid liners, try the waterproof Maybelline one, too. It's got a silver body w/ black cap..about $5. Stays on for ages!

  6. Thanks for your Post! Perfect~
    I Love mascara, Great eyelash curlers and all things Lashes.

    My favorite is the Hot Lashes heated 2 pc lash curler! You may want to read reviews on Amazon about Cult favorite Hot Lashes Makeup artist Kit..Absolute best out there~!

    They have an amazing sturdy 24K gold metal curler similiar to the Shu Uemura and Sheisdo one that comes with its own pink small heater base that heats just the pad in the curler, this way my curl lasts till the next day.

    Makes my eyes POP and Keeps my lashes curly till the next day. they have a website hotlashes...HTH~

    Major Rave, the cadillac of curlers..so worth the price. My friends and I love love love this one! Best by far,,
    HTH~…:) Abundant holidays blessings..

  7. i check Makeupalley.com for reviews too :)



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