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My Makeup Routine

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It’s time! Here’s my makeup routine! 😊

Let me begin by saying that I do not have a daily makeup routine. It’s because I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis anymore. I used to. One day, I decided to let go of makeup. It happened gradually. I’ve only worn makeup about 5 times in the past months. I’ve been makeup-free for most days. It’s not because I’m lazy. It’s because makeup is not good for my skin type. It makes my skin oily and causes random breakouts. If makeup contributes to my acne, I prefer not to wear it. You might say that I’m wearing the wrong type of makeup. No, I am not. Imagine having naturally oily skin that is prone to acne and piling on makeup on top of that — that is pretty disaterous on a day-to-day basis. Makeup once in a while is OK. It’s not something I want to do every day. Makeup, in my honest opinion, is not good for the skin in general. So why wear makeup? I’ll answer that question in another post! Here are the makeup products that I use and have when I wear makeup.

Skin79 Orange BB Cream
Skin79 Orange BB Cream

Foundation/BB Cream:

I use Dr Jart Silver Label BB Cream or Skin79 Orange BB Cream. I prefer Dr Jart much more. The texture feels smoother and makes my skin look flawless. But, I’m not a big fan of either of these anymore. They haven’t helped with wrinkles, brightening, anti-aging, and so on. The only thing I liked about these BB Creams was the SPF. It stayed on my skin much longer compared to an SPF lotion that goes on clear. As of right now, I use it because I have it. I will be on the look out for a new BB Cream that is vegan and cruelty-free. OR, I’ll go back to using the good ‘ol basics: Powder Foundation & Concealer — I’m breaking the liquid foundation first rule, haha. Oh well! 😜

Milani Makeup
Top right, Gold Compact

Speaking of powder foundations, I use Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation. I have one in my skin color and one that’s much darker as a bronzer. These work quite well for the price. From what I remember, they are under 10 bucks! You shouldn’t have to pay $20+ for foundation. This is just my opinion. At the moment, I use my BB Creams more often than my Milani powder foundations. As I said above, I’m thinking about switching it around, since powder foundations are 10x more lightweight on the skin. I prefer the natural look over the made-up look.

Eyeshadow:

For my eyes, I use Urban Decay eyeshadow palettes. The same ones I introduced years ago. HAHAH! No, seriously. πŸ˜… I haven’t purchased any new eyeshadows for years. My eyeshadow palettes have lasted for many, many years. I always make sure to disinfect my eyeshadows before using them. I don’t feel the need to buy a $50-$100 palette or have a collection of eyeshadows sitting around in the dust, to be honest. It’s a waste of money and space. I’m not the type of person to buy makeup palettes to stare at either. It’s not my thing.

Eyeliner & Mascara:

Milani Black Eyeliner Makeup
My eyeliner: Milani Stay Put Matte Liner

Other eye makeup products I use are mascara and eyeliner. For eyeliner, Milani. For mascara, I’m currently using NYX Worth the Hype Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara.

Blush:

Milani Baked Blushes
Two shades of blush that lasts forever!!

I do use blush. I use Milani blushes. I don’t think they’re the best, but I’m not going to drop $$$ just because I want new blushes. These work for the time being, and I still have them.

Last but not least…

Concealer:

NYX Eyeliner Concealer
My mascara & concealer

That’s the mascra I was talking about earlier. The NYX concealer is actually pretty horrible. Since I still have lots of product left, I’m just making the most out of it. Don’t buy it. Once I’m done, I’ll move onto something new.

So that’s what I use. I know it’s not much, but it’s something. I think I prefer to keep my makeup routine low-maintinence and very minimal. How about you? Do you wear makeup every day? Do you not wear makeup? What are your favorite makeup products? Share your thoughts. Let’s talk!

Love, Jen

BB Creams & Foundations for Acne Skin

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BB Creams, Foundations for Acne Skin

BB Creams, Foundations for Acne Skin

I have a huge obsession with foundations that provide coverage, sun protection, anti-aging, and skin whitening benefits (helps to even out the complexion and reduces the appearance of acne scars/post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation) all in one. I find it pointless wearing a foundation on my skin that doesn’t provide any beneficial properties. Providing the skin with coverage isn’t enough for me! From the photo, from left to right:

  1. Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Silver Label BB Cream SPF 35/PA++
  2. Etude House Precious Mineral Bright Fit BB Cream SPF 30/PA++
  3. Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions (Orange)
  4. Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions (Hot Pink)
  5. Skin79 Super BB Cream VIP Gold Collection (Gold)
  6. Tony Moly Luminous Pure Aura CC Cream SPF 30 PA++
  7. Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Silver Label BB Cream SPF 35/PA++:

Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Silver Label BB Cream SPF 35/PA++ is still my current BB Cream. I’ve been using it for about over a year. I’ve gone through tube after tube. When a makeup product doesn’t cause break-outs on my skin, I stick with it. This BB Cream didn’t break me out at all. I love it. It makes my skin look nice, and it’s nice to know that it’s not harming my skin when I have it on. It provides some coverage. BB Creams, in general, from my experience, do not provide much coverage even though it comes out thick in texture. That is fine with me because I like the natural look anyways. I can’t stand cakey makeup on my skin or a face full of foundation that makes me look artificial. So it’s perfect for everyday wear. Also, it has whitening and anti-aging properties. This BB Cream is great for the combination-oily skin type like myself. I just wished it came in more shades.

So I bought Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

About Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15:

I bought Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 for a special event, since BB Creams don’t provide much coverage as I like. Plus, I didn’t like how the BB Cream I had (Dr Jart+) made my skin appear more dull and dry-looking. It’s awesome for everyday use, but I needed something that makes my skin look more elegant and flawless just for the night. Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15Β is very similar to a BB Cream (evens out the skin tone, provides sun protection), but it has more coverage. It blends into the skin much easier too, since it’s a liquid foundation. I was really cautious in choosing a liquid foundation. I’ve been liquid foundation-free for goodness knows how many years. I don’t like the way most liquid foundations feel on my skin. I was worried that Clinique Even Better Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 15 would break me out. Even though I’ve only used it for a few days, I noticed that I would get tiny clogged pores when I applied this foundation heavily on my skin (for more coverage). Otherwise, I didn’t get break-outs when I applied a thin layer on my skin. Let’s see how this goes!

Other BB Creams:

Even though I loveeeee Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Silver Label BB Cream SPF 35/PA++. The shade is horrendous! I’ve said this so many times. It makes my skin DULL. I can’t seem to find another BB Cream that won’t irritate my skin and cause break-outs. Today is the day that I will be venturing out to other BB Creams. I have samples. I decided to try two Skin79 BB Creams. I chose Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm BB Triple Functions Hot Pink and Orange. Hot Pink has so many raves and is the most popular one out of the bunch. But then, the Orange is for blemished skin. Here’s a comparison between the Hot Pink, Gold, and Orange Skin79 BB Creams.

Skin79 BB Cream Chart

Skin79 BB Cream Chart

Let’s break this down quick!

For oily skin? Hot Pink and Orange.
For Pore Skin? Hot Pink.
For Blemished Skin? Orange.

Gold is more for people with dry, combination skin. I’m swaying towards Hot Pink and Orange. All have whitening, sun protection, but Orange has the highest sun protection (SPF 50+/PA+++) while Hot Pink and Gold has the same (SPF 25/PA++).

I’m not going to try the Gold today. Only the Hot Pink and Orange. Here’s what I think from just using the samples.

Hot Pink

Orange

From my short experience with Skin79 Hot Pink and Orange BB Creams, I ended up purchasing the Orange one. It should be here in a couple of weeks. I really hope it works! *fingers crossed* The shade looks a lot better than the Skin79 Hot Pink and my Dr Jart+ Rejuvenating Silver Label BB Cream! I’m tired of my skin appearing dull when it’s not! It makes me look old and aged.

Has anyone used Skin79 Hot Pink, Orange, Gold, or any other BB Creams from Skin79? How about Etude House and Tony Moly? What BB Creams have worked for you? Share!

More on BB Creams:

Skin79 Super Beblesh Balm Triple Functions




© Jennifer Nguyen