November 2014 ~ { Boho Vanity }

November 27, 2014


The day you have everything
I hope you remember
When you had nothing

- Rupi Kaur

November 12, 2014


On mornings where I can muster up the inner strength to roll out of bed a half an hour early and wipe on some makeup before work, I reach for a consistent group of products that are simple to use and will endure a long eight to ten hours through sweating, dehydration, and general wear during an active day. Besides what I put on when I wake up, I keep a touch up filled makeup bag inside my locker with chapstick, a brown eyeliner pencil, an eyebrow spoolie, oil absorbing sheets, and a pressed powder compact to freshen up on breaks.

Face
A good moisturizer is the perfect base to keep the skin hydrated and smooth all day long, preventing any dryness that can occur especially if I get behind on my water intake. On a freshly washed face, I first like to apply a nourishing serum like the tarte maracuja oil, then layer it with a lightweight SPF such as the Simple Skincare Protecting Light Moisturizer. Since I have an oily skin type, my best defense against a greasy look is to use a face primer like the Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser as well as a mattifying yet breathable foundation like Revlon ColorStay for Combination/Oily Skin. Setting the liquid with a powder locks in the product and enhances the staying power even more, and just a dusting of Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder keeps the shine at bay until I can later touch up with my NYC Smooth Skin Pressed Face Powder. I typically use a concealer like the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser to brighten and hide my dark circles and lightly layer it with a bit of Physician's Formula Mineral Correcting Powder to further camouflage and avoid any creasing.

Eyes
I usually keep my eye look simple with a sweep of neutral brown eyeshadow on the lid and crease, a shimmering pearl highlight on my brow bone and inner corner, as well as a deep brown or grey gel liner on the lash line and just below the waterline. For an extra boost, using a flesh-toned eyeshadow base like the Urban Decay Primer Potion helps to prevent creases or fading on oily lids. Sometimes I even pat a bit on my under eye area or on my brows to help other makeup stay put as well. For the top and bottom eyelashes, I prefer to use a waterproof mascara like the tarte lights, camera, splashes 4-in-1 as I tend to get unsightly smudges and flaking towards the end of the day.

Lips
I only wear lip balm or a moisturizing tinted lip color like the Burt's Bees Lip Crayon as they are no fuss, easy to swipe on without a mirror, and prevent any dryness or cracking.

What are your favorite makeup products that endure a long day at work?

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