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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

Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie

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Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie
Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie

Peanut Butter Cookie, anyone? 🙂 Surprisingly, I’ve never seen this one before until now. I’m sooo happy I ran into it! I’m a huge fan of peanut butter, and peanut butter cookie sounds really good! Here’s more information on Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie before I review it.

Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie:

Nutrition Facts & Ingredients: Dates, Peanuts, Sea Salt.

Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie, Nutrition Facts & Ingredients
Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie, Nutrition Facts & Ingredients

What can I say about the Larabar Peanut Butter Cookie? I can say that it’s super tasty! I love it! It’s one of my favorites now! It’s a peanut butter lover’s dream! The ratio of the dates, peanut butter, and sea salt is absolutely perfect! Really, it only contains those three ingredients. Nothing else! Very natural and makes a great snack between meals or even for breakfast. Peanuts are a very good source of plant-based protein and healthy fats! Awesome! So, this bar is definitely thicker in texture compared to other Larabars I’ve tried so far, but it still maintains its softness. If you look at the photos of the Peanut Butter Cookie bar, peanuts are distributed throughout the whole bar. The peanuts make it a tad crunchy. Mmm! I like it. Keep in mind that the calorie count is much higher (220 calories). The typical Larabar is around 190-200 calories from what I’ve noticed, and I’ve been trying out a lot of Larabars, lol. It’s not by much, but I just wanted to put that out there. Me, I don’t really care. It’s delicious and satisfying! 🤤 I highly recommend this one if you LOVE peanut butter or peanuts in general. I would purchase the Peanut Butter Cookie again.

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© Jennifer Nguyen