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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. 😅 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

Review: Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner

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Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner

Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner

Here’s my review on Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner. I’ve been using this liquid eyeliner for ages! I have the one in Black Matte. It’s my go-to eyeliner. I’ve used plenty of liquid eyeliners in the past, but I always come back to this one for several good reasons. Let’s begin!

Brush:

The brush applicator is pointy and soft. It’s great at creating thin, medium, and thick lines. You have total control over it. I’m able to reach the inner corners of my eyes and pull it out to the outer corners of my eyes easily. It doesn’t tug my delicate skin. It works wonderfully.

What the brush applicator looks like

What the brush applicator looks like

Color:

Here’s a swatch of the liquid eyeliner. As I mentioned earlier, I have Black Matte. There is no other color I want but Black Matte! The liquid eyeliner is concentrated in rich color at first then it becomes lighter, faded. I do have to re-dip my brush applicator several times to achieve a concentration of color on my lids. The good thing about this liquid eyeliner is that you can layer it on as often as you would like without causing the product to become crusty and flaky. It still looks good in the end. 👍

Swatch of Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Black Matte

Swatch of Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner in Black Matte

Lasting Power:

It doesn’t last 17 hours as it claims, but it does last for a decent amount of time. I do have to reapply when the color isn’t as bold anymore, which is about 1-2 times after the first application. Not bad at all. Also, it does a pretty good job staying in place in pure humidity and sweat. I wouldn’t go for a swim with this liquid eyeliner on though. I wouldn’t wear makeup at all but water-resistant sunblock. 🌞

Finish:

As the product states, liquid to matte. Love it.

Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner is pretty good for the price even though it has minor flaws here and there. I’m willing to put up with it because I’ve tried more expensive liquid eyeliners that worked just about the same or were even worse. I will continue to use this liquid eyeliner unless the formula changes. Or, if I find another liquid eyeliner that works better for me. I would highly recommend Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner if you’re searching for a good, affordable liquid eyeliner! Go grab my favorite liquid eyeliner right here!

Have you tried Milani Stay Put Matte 17HR Wear Liquid Eyeliner? Share your thoughts and experience on it! Also, check out my other reviews on Milani makeup!

*Milani Even-Touch Powder Foundation*

*Milani Baked Blush Luminoso Bella Bellini*

 




© Jennifer Nguyen