I love my big girl job. It gives me a chance to help others and meet new people every day. Every day is a new adventure in the world of HRC, and I would not have it any other way. Of course, working for such big institution also means image is rather important. Be professional, but also look professional. Yet, while I love having the opportunity to dress business casual every day and look polished, there are a few days a month things get super hectic, and makeup is the first thing I forget about. As many in my department, I am all for a clean natural look. No makeup, no stress. But makeup should not be stressful!
When I started wearing makeup, during the long-lost high school days, I thought makeup was so fun. It was a way to express myself with color and glitter (I miss the early 2000). Today, makeup can be a little too complicated and time-consuming. Brows, bold lips, contouring, highlighting… Sometimes I don’t know where to begin! Here are a few products which help me get an extra five minutes of sleep in the morning and forget about that struggle-bus.
For years I have struggled to find the right foundation. My skin is fair, yet I have freckles. Finding foundation that assures coverage without making me look like a Oompa Loompa was a very long process. Finally, Maybelline came out with their Fit Me line, which not only matches my skin tone perfectly, but it also matches my normal to dry skin texture. It’s pure magic, and it guarantees coverage all day long.
Let me begin by saying that I am no expert when it comes to brows. I have never plucked my brows and see no need for it; still, occasionally I like to define my brows and make them a little thicker ( I have very thin and light brows). I have tried several eye brow kits, from the cheap kinds to the very expensive ones. Before trying Anastasia, I would end up looking like Burt from Sesame Street. Too heavy. Too dark. Too much. Taupe by Anastasia is the perfect shade (I usually apply only the light part), easy to apply, and easy to remove. It does not smudge, and it stays on even after a sweaty workout.
If you have never heard about Julep, let me give you the scoop. Julep is a cosmetic company based in Seattle, WA which sells its products online. Their retail system is subscription based, like many other online shopping sites such as Fabletics or Shoedazzle. Unlike other companies, Julep allows you to completely personalize your monthly box, or receive a box with a few products for you. I know what you are thinking, “What if I do not like the product they chose for me?”. Although I still have to find a Julep product I do not like, you can choose to just skip the month. In my case, one day I forgot to skip the month completely, so flash-forward to a week after I had a nice Maven Box (that is how Julep calls their boxes) and three incredible products, including my favorite gel eyeliner. The eyeliner is pitch black and smooth. It has a super thin applicator, which helps a great deal with drawing that flawless wing.
I love liquid foundation. It works perfect as far as coverage and helps moisturizing my skin. However, some days my skin decides to be more oily than usual, making it hard for my foundation to set. This high-definition powder is my secret weapon for those oily days. Just apply a very thin layer with my powder brush and voilà! No more oily skin or big mirrors on my forehead. Also, it is relatively cheap and can be found at any drug store.
Last but not least is my all-time favorite product. This lipstick is absolutely fantastic and the shade is to die for. The mousse is soft, luscious, and literally lasts all day long. I usually apply some in the morning before work, and come home after a 10 hours day with flawless lips – picture to prove it. You can eat, drink, workout and it’s still there. It’s your lips’ best friend. I absolutely love it!
What about your makeup routine, do you have some a few products you cannot do without? Share them in a comment at the bottom of the page. 😉 Ciao!