Current Makeup Routine | Winter 2018

Happy Friday, I hope everyone is doing well today! Today’s post is going to consist of my current makeup routine! I am excited to be sharing my go to makeup look today. Now I do not wear makeup everyday; however when I do go out and decide to put on a full-face of makeup this will be my casual look. My makeup routine often changes, but these are the products that I am currently using throughout my routine.

As a disclaimer all these products are cruelty-free, and my makeup routine is pretty minimal. These products work pretty well for me and if you have any questions at all about the products then ask me down below. Now onto the routine!

Makeup Prep: 

I find that to get the ultimate makeup application it is best to have a fresh cleansed face. Whether I shower or wash my face, I go in right after with my Pacifica Dreamy Youth Day and Night Face Cream mixed with my Lush Grease Lightning Tea Tree and Aloe Gel to create my moisturizer (Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018). To prime my face, I use the Pixi skintreats H2O Skindrink: Pure Hydration Geljust a little goes a long way. Lastly, spraying my face with my Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber, and Green Tea, to lock in all that hydration and moisture into my skin. 

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Eyeshadow:

I start off my makeup with eyeshadow just in case I ever have fall-out, I am then able to clean up with the rest of my routine. My go-to palette is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow palette, definitely a cult favorite for many beauty gurus or makeup lovers. As my transition shade I use “Warm Taupe” using my Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush seamlessly blending the tone into my crease and lid. Then, I use the same blending brush to blend “Buon Fresco” onto the center of my crease by doing a halo effect, in the center of my crease. To add depth for the corner of my eyes, I take my Blending Crease brush from It Cosmetics 105 and dip it into “Red Ochre” lightly and blend in a circular motion. Taking my Elf Crease brush, I apply the shade “Vermeer” to add a pop of highlight underneath my brow bone arch. That completes the simple eyeshadow look that looks amazing in sunlight if I do say so myself. (Also please excuse my brows, I am currently growing them out, so the natural look is going to have to do for now. Either way I do not do anything to my eyebrows except comb them through with an eyebrow gel.)

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Base:

Currently, I have been using the Burt’s Bees BB Cream in the shade Light/Med that I apply with a Black Original Beauty Blender (my favorite way to apply any foundation/bb/cc cream). I have not had any recent breakouts, and luckily my skin is actually pretty decent right now. My one skin issue is slight hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and around my upper lip. Surprisingly, I find that the Burt’s Bees BB Cream has good coverage, it illuminates the skin, and it is very moisturizing. For concealer I will be using the famous Tarte shape tape in the shade light neutral, for those of you that are unfamiliar with the concealer it is extremely high coverage, which is why I use a Silicone Liner Brush by Real Techniques to be precise with the application under my eyes and in other areas I want to conceal such as, my upper lip or above my brows.

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Setting the Face:

I usually prefer my face to be more matte since I have oily skin, but throughout the winter I also want that glow; which is why I do not bake but instead lightly set my face using one of my holy grail products, the Laura Mercier Translucent loose setting powder. I dip my beauty blender into the lid and set the makeup under my eyes and on my T-zone to prevent oil and creasingOnce I am done setting my face, I apply my NYX HD Finishing Powder (My favorite finishing powder that does not cause flashback in photos!) to reduce shine throughout my T-zone using the BH Cosmetics V2 Face Brush. 

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Bronzer/Blush/Highlight:

For bronzer I used the Bahama Mama Bronzer by the Balm Cosmetics, a favorite of mine on the sides of forehead and temples. I also lightly contoured my cheekbones to define them naturally, using my Real Techniques Contour Brush. The blush I reached for was the Wet n Wild Coloricon Blush in Mellow Wine 328B using my Real Techniques Blush Brush (Real Techniques is my favorite brush line, their brushes are synthetic, extremely soft, and cruelty-free). For highlighter I went back into the ABH Modern Renaissance palette and took the same shade I used to highlight my brow bone, “Vermeer”, using the SLmissglam highlighter brush that I received in my Ipsy bag this month.

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Eyes:

To curl my lashes I use a Sephora eyelash curler and finally apply a few coats of the Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara, a sample that I received in my November glam bag. Short and simple, just the way I like it. A tip I recommend doing before applying mascara is, to comb through your lashes with either a lash or brow comb, this really helps separate the lashes and gives them a fuller look!

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Setting Spray:

I often switch my setting sprays, but as of now I am using the Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray. Perfect for that natural glow and helps keep makeup in place with a delicate scent of roses. Also for my lips (not pictured) I used the Burt’s Bees Lip Shine in Peachy, a sheer gloss.

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The Final Look: 

This is my final makeup look, I love the natural glow that this look gives, it especially looks gorgeous in the sun. I hope you appreciated this post, if you did please like and subscribe! Also comment down below if any of these products are in your current makeup routine.

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Much love, Ari. 🍑

Check out my last post: Winter Skin Essentials\\\2018

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Women’s March: Power to the Polls Chicago 2018|Why I March

On the Saturday of January 21st of 2017 a revolution began, known as the Women’s March. This women/feminist revolution specifically occurred the day that Donald Trump was inaugurated into office as the new president. Women activists decided to take a stand against Trump’s misogynist, racist, homophobic, egoistic, inequality evil agenda by marching throughout the country and protesting in numerous cities about the upcoming four years.

Now it is January 20th, 2018, a year after Trump has become inaugurated as president and many are here marching against Trump and his administration, fighting for human rights that have been impacted within this past year. I was given the opportunity to march with my fellow people against Trump’s agenda and his administration. I marched to the polls on January 20th, 2018 in my beautiful home city of Chicago. As an intersectional feminist it was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. Personally to me what’s real amazing is how over 300,000 people came out to the Women’s March in Chicago to protest, march, and unite.

Yesterday I marched for the inequalities that women, people of color, immigrants/refugees, the lgbtq+ community, the disabled, and the less fortunate face in today’s society. I also march for sexual assault survivors, for those that have been separated and deported from their families, for the earth, and those who have lost their life in 2017 from Trump’s America. I march to say that these marginalized groups are important and that they matter. Become an intersectional feminist, be an activist, be someone who protests what you want to change, and lastly vote because your vote matters. Remember that we can, we have, and we will demand change. The future is female and 2018 will be the year we come back!

“Change only happens when ordinary people get involved, get engaged, and come together to Demand It.”  – Barack Obama 

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At with Women’s March with the sign I made. The Future is Female ♀
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Marchers carrying signs that were some of my favorite.
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Nasty Woman.

Much love from Ariana: a badass intersectional feminist!


 

What’s in my Ipsy Glam Bag for January 2018?

Today, I am going to be showing what I received in my glam bag for the month of January. If you are unsure what Ipsy is well, it is a monthly subscription for five beauty products (usually travel size, however sometimes full size) that is personalized for just you,  that costs $10 a month plus free shipping for your glam bag. At the end of each month, you will rate each individual product and the glam bag as a whole. The ratings will then influence your next month glam bag. Also, each month there is a different theme that might contribute to some of the products you may receive.

I have been an Ipster since April of 2017, since then I have received glam bags that I was obsessed with and others that… didn’t really meet my expectations unfortunately.

The month of January consisted of the theme “Game Face”, which correlates to the new year, that you can achieve your goals, if you simply set your mind to them then anything is possible. Anyways, let’s see what I got in my glam bag!

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Game Face themed glam bag for the month of January 2018.

LUÉ by Jean Seo: Balance hydrating & calming serum

I have never heard of this brand, although I am very curious to try it out! I have been in need of a serum especially throughout these winter months. The serum is light and unscented, the directions state to apply after cleansing the face in the morning or at night.

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Mary-Lou Manizer by The Balm cosmetics: highlighter, shimmer, eyeshadow. 

I absolutely love The Balm cosmetics, their products have a vintage vibe to them and they are just super cute, always work out for me, and they are cruelty-free. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a champagne color that gives a subtle glow to the skin. I have also gotten the Betty-Lou Manizer in a past glam bag, which is a copper bronze shimmer color.

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Highlighter brush by SLmissglam: L36 (brush name) collab with Ipsy 

First things first is how cute the actual brush is, it had a pink glittery handle and the brush head is this ombre of a pinkish to a neon purple. The brush itself is extremely soft and has a great precision for highlighter. Will definitely use this the next time I wear highlighter!

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Dermelect Microfacial Exfoliating Masque

This is also another brand I have never heard of, but I am very eager to try this face mask out, the packing mentions that it’s a multi-brightening mask that restores dull looking skin to luminous and radiant! Also it is cruelty free so as always that’s a win!

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Kissable Liquid Lipstick by Kokie Professional: in shade Mad about Mauve

I believe I have received a liquid lipstick by this brand before, I will say that the shade is gorgeous simply because I love mauve shades. I am not a huge liquid lipstick girl overall but I will give this a try and see how I like it.

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Whole Ipsy Glam bag| January 2018

 

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed seeing what I received in my Ipsy glam bag for the month of January 2018! Much love, Ariana.