You wouldn't guess from the fact I write a beauty blog and am a self proclaimed beauty junkie, but I can be quite low maintenance in terms of beauty. I've flown back home during spring break, simply to play the substitute Mum, as she's in China for 2 weeks, travelling and living life. As I nearly ran out of my skincare products, I decided it'd be good to not bring any skincare and go for the bare minimum in terms of make up, so I could give my products at home some love as well. Luckily for me, I was greeted by my good 'ol stash at Mum and Dad's, which - for the record - was much bigger than I thought it was. And way too big for a person with just one face to slap it on...
When my skincare routine is minimal, I notice that my skin looks the best as well. It gets calmer and I notice less [intense] breakouts. I tend to have a few cleansers on rotation – Bioderma's Créaline H2O to remove make up – using each depending on how my skin acts and needs. Oskia's Renaissance Cleansing Gel – earlier featured here – is my go to when my skin is looking lacklustre and needs some glow and enzymes. Aurelia's Miracle Cleanser is packed with Probiotics, Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Rosemary and Bergamot, making it not only a gorgeous smelling concoction, but very calming to the skin. I tend to scoop out a generous amount, massage it onto my skin and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Being a big lover of all things South Korean, I had to get my hands on Su:um37 Miracle Rose Cleansing Stick after Refinery29 featured it. I've yet to try this, but since I scooped out the last bit from Aurelia's Miracle Cleanser, I'll give this a go tonight. Will keep you posted!
After cleansing, I use Caudalie's Moisturising Toner to seal in the moisture and follow up with a treatment. In the morning it's JUJU Cosmetics's AQUAMOIST Hyaluronic Acid Essence for a moisture boost and to substitute Indeed Labs's Hydraluron and Institute Esthederm's Cellular Concentrate, which 'restarts cells' life cycle and balances the skin's dysfunctions'.
As I'm here as a substitute-mum, make up is rather simple and plain. I use This Works's Perfect Look Skin Miracle as a bronzing primer. When I have plans to meet people, YSL's Le Teint Touche Eclat is my go to, dusting RMS Beauty's "Un" Powder on my T-Zone. It's actually one of the few foundations I have actually nearly finished and have about 1-2 uses, so a repurchase is on the list! On a more low-key kind of day, I opt for Chanel's CC Cream. I know I've mentioned earlier that I didn't really get on with it that well, but I guess my skin's changed – for the better – and lighter coverage products work on me well. I'm not blessed with flawless skin, so I'll use either Chanel's Correcteur Perfection Concealer in 20 or RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-Up in 22 to cover up remaining blemishes, hyper pigmentation or dark circles.
Brows have really become my thing right now, and my current fave is Eye of Horus's Brow Define in Nile. It's a great shade match, easy to use and lasts all day. Defined brows really make or break my look – especially since people keep ruining them. For blush I've fallen back in love with Chanel's Joues Contraste in 72 Rose Initiale, a pretty pink and a mix of all the NARS's Virtual Domination shades. Due to my weird and binge eating habits, I've become a bit fluffy and puffy in my face, so I like to use NARS Laguna under my cheekbones to define them a bit. To finish the look, I've been reaching for Chanel's Rouge Allure Gloss in 15 Sensible, which leaves a slight hint of a peachy pink on the lips, whilst being moisturising. The whole shebang – skincare, and make up – takes me about 15-20 minutes to slap on, or less. I'll post a full and updated skincare routine soon, watch this space...