Lazy Lady Hacks: Makeup & Tools

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As a lazy lady who’s newly into makeup, it’s been tough to absorb and process all the information about what you are told you need. Everyone is “obsessed with” or “in love with” or “can’t live without” EVERY DAMN THING, but i can’t afford everything, or i get it and it turns out i don’t ACTUALLY need it, or it actually sucks and what do i do with it now??

All i really need is a no-frills list of stuff so that i can make myself pretty and get on with my day. I want to sort the Needs from the Need Nots, the Holy Grails from the Piles of Poop, the Use Its from the Lose Its. I actually had planned to write this before Christmas, in case you were thinking of getting something for the lazy lady in your life, but Christmas happened and i wasn’t able to. So! Oh well! There’s always next year!

A short disclaimer though: I understand that these are specific to me. Everyone has different requirements to get through their day, and this varies depending on factors ranging from the climate you live in, to your skin type, to your occupation. In order to give context to this list, here’s a short profile of who you are dealing with:

Who: Me!
Skin profile: Dry
Local climate: Hot & humid
Other concerns: Atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, chronic laziness

Here we go! Here’s how i cheat the system.

1. You don’t need all the makeup brushes.

I’ve intermittently bought makeup brushes throughout my adult life, but could never justify the price for the nice ones. I typically prefer to apply bb cream or foundation with my fingertips (it’s faster), i don’t really use eyeshadow or anything that requires any precision (now i do though), and i just can’t be bothered to wash brushes anyway (which you should do regularly). For a while that worked for me, but i’m beginning to find that the best products – those with good pigmentation and long wear – are best applied with a brush, both for control and ease of use.

Because of this, it’s best to know which products you need before going out and buying that set of 24 that is omaigad so cheap and tempting. You seriously don’t need all of those – they will take up space, get dusty, and make you sad. Here are the ones i find myself reaching for the most:

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1 – Angled eyebrow brush – For years, this was literally my only brush. I use it for filling in my brows because i use powder; this is optional depending on how you like to do your brows. If you prefer pencils or brow mascara, you can skip this one. I use an Artdeco 2 in 1 Brow Perfector, cause the spoolie end is also useful. Kilay is life, as the kids say!

2 – Blush brush – I like the kind with a domed tip so it offers a bit more precision than the fluffy face brush.Hot tip: i don’t actually use this for blush. I use it for applying highlighter, and also blending out eyeshadow in the crease. This is a HUGE help to me because i don’t really want to have to get a separate fluffy blending brush for eyeshadow only?! It can also be used for contouring and applying blusher. I use a Real Techniques contour brush from the Core Collection for this.

3 – Two flat shaders – The reason i use two is because eyeshadow can get really muddy if you’ve got more than one color on your brush. For a cleaner application of color, i use one for darker shadows and another for lighter ones. I use one that came in the Japonesque travel tube, and the other that came free with my eyeshadow palette.

4 – Fluffy face brush – the Real Techniques buffing brush from the Core Collection is my weapon of choice for this, it is large and imprecise with a flat-ish top. I use this for setting my undereye & lipstick with loose powder, and for buffing out my blusher. You can also use a kabuki or a powder brush.

2. Makeup multitasking.

Here’s something i discovered: MAKEUP FUNCTIONS ARE JUST MARKETING. It’s all essentially the same thing: pigment and binder, just like paint! A lot of product functions can actually overlap beyond what’s stated on the package, if you are creative or cheap or lazy enough. Now granted, you may want to study things like formulation and coloration, and see how things work best for you, but ultimately, don’t let yourself be confined by what things are called. Here are some of my favorite multitasking products:

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1 – Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color in Sin City; 2 – Ever Bilena Blush Duo in Summer Fling; 3 – Maybelline Blush Studio Cheeky Glow in Fresh Coral; 4 – Mac Eye Shadow in Espresso; 5 – really old Maybelline eyeshadow duo; 6 – W7 In The Nude eyeshadow palette

Eyeshadow as brow powder (and vice versa) – If you have yourself a nice neutral eyeshadow palette, then a lot of those colors can function as filler for your brows. I like to use the shade Espresso by Mac. Cause it’s a powder. And it’s brown. And matte. Just like every other eyebrow powder. Wow.

Bronzer, blush or highlighter as eyeshadow IT’S ALL JUST POWDERS SERIOUSLY YOU GUYS. You can use blush as pink eyeshadow! Bronzer is a great transition color! Highlighter is so pretty in your inner corners and browbone! IT’S ALL THE SAME DAMN THING.

Brow mascara as lash mascara – If you are like me and sometimes don’t want to overwhelm your face with very strikingly black spiders on your eyeballs, i will occasionally use a dark brown brow mascara on my lashes. They still keep the curl and I get a little bit of length and volume, but the effect is more muted and less spidery.

Same principle applies to pencils: some of the softer gel or kohl formulations can be blended out to do all sorts of crazy things. Experiment!

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1 – Maybelline Fit Me concealer in 25 Light Medium; 2 – Benefit Boi-ing concealer in 02 and 03; 3 – Clinique Anti-Blemish clearing concealer

Concealer as eyeshadow primer – This is also a good way to use up any product you have lying around that you don’t like. I was totally dissatisfied with Clinique’s Anti Blemish Solution Clearing Concealer for the precise reason it makes a fantastic eyeshadow primer: it was too light for me, and it was far too sticky. BAM. I actually do like the other two concealers pictured here, but they do function as eyeshadow primer very well also!

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All my lipsticks. It’s not a lot, but it’s a good selection!

Any lipstick as blush – There’s always a lot of talk about matching your blush and your lipstick, and i can’t be bothered to buy one of each. Just dot your lipstick on your cheeks, and blend. Instant matching blush. It’s also how i use up lipsticks i didn’t like. Here i’ve swatched my favorite one to use as blush:

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Lancôme L’Absolu Rouge in 151 Absolute Rouge: I was given this as a gift and i never used it; wasn’t a fan because it has absolutely zero longevity on the lips. But i’m really happy with it as a blush! Look how pretty! It looks like all my blood is rushing to the surface of my skin omaigad its too real

This list is in no way comprehensive. I might do a full separate post of multitasking makeup because i have a lo0o00oo00ot of split function ones, but anyway! Experiment and let me know what else you come up with!

3. Longevity is life.

The longer your makeup stays put on your face, the less you will have to fuss with it throughout the day. The staying power of your makeup is very dependent on your skin type and the products you use, so you will need to find out what works best for you!

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1 – Nichido Final Powder in Creamy Glow; 2 – innisfree No-Sebum Mineral Powder; 3 – Benefit Porefessional

For me, using a primer or a really good foundation is usually enough because i don’t oil up at all, and never need to blot or reapply anything. I like to set my undereyes with loose powder to prevent caking and stickiness, but that’s it! I just put everything on once in the morning and forget about it until i need to take it off at night.

Liquid lipsticks are also a great longwearing product that i rarely need to reapply. I got some Soft Matte Lip Creams by Nyx for Christmas and they are BOMB. I wore Cannes for Noche Buena AND Media Noche and it survived with only one reapplication. Nice one Nyx!

Bonus hack: Setting spray dupe

I don’t own setting spray because I am unconvinced of its actual function for the cost. From what I am reading, it is mostly a lot of water and alcohol and/or glycerin in a spray bottle. A popular one is the Mac Prep+Prime Fix+ setting spray, and while I personally haven’t tried it, there are tons of dupe recipes out online. Most of these recipes have a short shelf life, and go rancid within a few days due to the use of raw vegetable glycerin as the main ingredient. I found that my Human Nature Hydrating Face Toner contains glycerin as a main ingredient too, PLUS all the requisite preservatives to keep it on the shelf for almost a year, PLUS a lot of other yummy skin ingredients (it’s toner for heaven’s sake). So i just dilute that in water 4 parts to 1, keep it in a tiny spray bottle and use that as my setting spray. And it works. And it’s 99 PHP; 119 if you need to go out and buy a spray bottle. YOU’RE WELCOME.

And that’s all she wrote, my babies! See you in the new year, and have a happy holiday!

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Lazy Lady’s Skin Care Routine 2016

OKAY HOLD ON LET ME EXPLAIN. I know what you are thinking! What kind of lazy lady has a regimen consisting of more than one or two things?? Hindi ka tunay na tamad, Polly! Isa kang huwad! I know it looks like a lot of STUFF to have to DO to yourself, and as a fellow lazy lady, you are probably finding the fact that I have a list of products like this is absolutely reprehensible. So first, a couple of disclaimers!

As i mentioned in my previous post, i actually did not go out and purchase a buttload of new items since my Skin Care epiphany – many of these products, i already had lying around and was just not using for one reason or another. Mostly that reason was i had no idea what they did or why i should use them.

Because of that, the list looks bloated. I’m trying to use up all the products i have lying around because it’s just rotting away in drawers and shelves and things. Sayang! A lot of these items could actually work for both nighttime and daytime use, i just use two different kinds for the same function maybe (like face washing) cause i happen to have two kinds.

Also, i’ve found that taking my time to do this does actually help my skin clear up and feel better. A breakout i’d been fighting for over a year disappeared in two weeks, i think just because i’ve been washing my face more thoroughly and more often. Just training myself to have that awareness – of cleansing, moisturizing and protecting – has really upped my game and helped my skin survive all the crazy i’ve put it through.

Ok enough talking! Here’s my routine, with some reviews.

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1. Wash face

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Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser – Everyone’s used this at least once in their life, right? This cleanser gets a lot of bad rap because a lot of people find it a mite TOO gentle, but since i’m reluctant to wash my face in the morning anyway (CAUSE WHY??) i feel better about it using this because it doesn’t feel too soapy

2. Tone

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Hada Labo Gokujyun Light Lotion – THIS STUFF IS LIFE-CHANGING. This product contains something called hyaluronic acid, a humectant (moisturising agent) that’s got a whole mess of benefits. It isn’t sticky or heavy. It looks like water, but applies like lotion. I love it so much. I put it in a little spray bottle so i don’t have to fuss too much about putting it in my hands; i just pat it on. There’s a specific way to do it according to the company’s website, but i just let it air dry. Also this bottle is huge, and you don’t need much daily, so it looks like it will last me upwards of 4 or 5 months.

3. Moisturize

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Celeteque Dermoscience Hydration Facial Moisturizer – I had this lying around because i was using it to travel, but the bottle was usually too big for my bag. It’s got a light gel consistency, is totally non-greasy sits very well beneath makeup.

4. Sunblock

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Dr Jart Derma Defense UV Sun Fluid – One of my new purchases. This is a beautiful sunblock though: great creamy consistency, dries quickly, and sits well under my makeup too. Even in tandem with the moisturizer it doesn’t make me greasy at all, just the right amount of dewy for my alcohol-based BB cream to neutralize (I KNOW that’s bad, but more on that in another post).

 5. Makeup (if i’m going out)

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6. Sunblock reapplication (optional cause lazy)

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For when i am feeling crispy toasted in the sun and really feel like it is necessary, I got a bottle of Belo SunExpert Transparent Mist. This stuff is SPF50, is clear, and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. It goes over makeup nicely and i can even put it on my neck and shoulders.

 

And that’s it for daytime stuff! Makeup is another discussion entirely and i’ll let you guys in on that in a future post. For now, on to:

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1. Remove makeup

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If i’ve felt fancy enough in a day to put on makeup (i.e. i had a client meeting or something and had to look like an adult female), the first thing i do when i’m settling down for the evening is take it all off! These are my preferred products: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover, which is an oil-based remover that I’ll typically use for more stubborn lip and eye products. It can be a bit strong for me, so i try to use it sparingly. For the rest of my face, I’ll use these Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, which is perhaps the most generic name imaginable, but it does as promised. Also it’s 39 PHP which is CHEAP AS SHIT and i love it.

2. Double cleanse

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I bought a bottle of Neutrogena Deep Clean Brightening Cleansing Oil by mistake a couple months ago because i thought it was a makeup remover, but it’s actually an oil cleanser that emulsifies when it combines with water. So i use this to oil cleanse… i’m still a bit dubious about anything that says brightening or whitening (APPARENTLY THERE IS A DIFFERENCE?!), but i just thought since i use it at night, and i do all these sunblocky things in the daytime anyway, so it might not be so bad. But we’ll see. My evening facial wash is Dr Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam, which came free with my sunblock! At first use i thought it was a bit strong, but after repeated use, the finish is actually pretty soft and smooth, so it has grown on me!

2. Tone

I just use the Hada Labo stuff. SO GOOD.

3. Moisturize

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Nivea Rich Regenerating Night Cream – I got this stuff in New Zealand because i ran out of my usual, and i don’t love it. It feels very thick and it’s very very rich, but it feels like it just sits on top of my face. In the morning i don’t really notice any residue or anything like that, so maybe it’s my imagination, but i don’t ~look forward~ to my moisturizing because i do not enjoy this cream. Maybe it’s a more heavy-duty night cream than i’m used to, but i’m just not into it. It also sometimes stings any dryness or flakyness i might have. It’s basically Crisco for your face.

4. Eye cream

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Etude House Moistfull Collagen Eye Cream – This is an absolutely frivolous product. I got this a few weeks ago because i have never used eye cream in my life and i just felt like … i wanted to understand!! What the fuss was all about! And this product gets rave reviews everywhere, and it’s NON-WHITENING, which is a complete unicorn in and of itself. It’s actually super nice, since i started using it i’ve rubbed my eyes less, and i don’t feel so baggy and puffy in the morning, even when i get less than my usual hours of sleep. I could live without it though.

OKAY I GUESS I’M DONE NOW.

My skin care renaissance, or what I didn’t know about my largest organ

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As it turns out, i had been completely missing out on something pretty valuable and more importantly, culturally and physiologically fascinating, and that is the world of SKIN CARE. That still sounds absurd and bizarre coming from me – someone who doesn’t really do “beauty rituals”, who barely does makeup and whose clothes are chosen for their ability to look good on me without me trying. I’m not a particularly vain person – or at least, my vanity has always been more intellectual than physical. I’m one of those girls that almost takes pride in how little i do to look like myself, in how little i try, in how shitty i should look but don’t. It’s stupid, i know, but i always felt like i had a bit of ascendancy over people that did try because i didn’t feel like i had to.

But age has caught up with me, and i’m beginning to wish i had taken better care of myself at a younger age. My favorite clothes have stopped fitting and my ability to remain skinny despite being sedentary is starting to slip. I don’t remember things as well as i used to. I do not dress my age. I guess i’ve just started to feel like… i could do a bit better for a woman of 29 years.

I always knew my skin care routine was skeletal, but I also thought it practical, basic and functional. Turns out i was not entirely wrong, but i was wrong a little.

I went to HK a few weeks ago with a friend of mine who i had never travelled with before. And sharing a room with her, i noticed she had a significantly more elaborate night time and morning routine than me. I questioned her about it, and we talked a great deal about her interest and adherence to this skin care routine. I thought it was pretty interesting, i went online and googled some of her sentiments and just fell into this rabbit hole of blogs, product reviews and tutorial videos.

There is SO MUCH information out there it’s INSANE. I SERIOUSLY HAD NO IDEA THIS WAS A THING. I thought it was just like a niche thing that some particularly problematic people were interested in, but it turns out, all of Korea is kind of obsessed with it. Like they have a 10-step routine that everyone does to keep their skin looking good, even men. Maybe it’s because because my mother doesn’t do much, she just moisturizes at night. Also my mother is gorgeous and she is a doctor. My derma has never advised much: i only see her when something is terribly wrong (usually my atopic dermatitis or my acne), and she treats what’s wrong, and tells me to wear sunblock. That’s pretty much it. And i don’t think either of those things are wrong, but there’s a lot more going on that i didn’t know about. My skin care routine, from morning to night, used to look like this:

1. BB cream SPF 30 + eyebrow powder (this, plus a shitload of lipsticks, was literally all the makeup i owned)
2. Remove makeup at night
3. Wash face
3a. If treating breakout, apply meds
4. Night cream

Here are just a few things that i found myself corrected about, upon doing some reading!

1. BB cream is not sunblock. Even if it has SPF.

This is probably the most annoying thing i learned. BB cream is makeup, and in order to get the SPF stated on the bottle, i need to apply something like a shotglass full of it to my face. This was particularly annoying because the BB cream I use, i chose precisely because of it’s ultra thin application and great coverage, it feels like i’m wearing nothing and it just looks so natural. I’m so cheap when it comes to makeup, i feel like the products i buy have to do more than ONE THING. It can’t just be foundation, it has to be moisturizer and it has to be sunblock. That is the only way i’ll pay for it. So i guess i just thought, yeah, Clinique is expensive and famous and looks hypo, it should be okay…?

And i’ve been using it for three years. So yeah, fuck, turns out i have just been walking around in the sun barefaced for the past three years?! The fact that my face doesn’t look like a dead coral reef is a testament to my genetics.

2. You’re supposed to wash your face twice a day.

I didn’t really understand the logic of washing my face when i woke up in the morning, because i go to bed at night JUST having washed my face. What could have possibly happened between then and now that would warrant another face wash?! WHY DO WE NEED TO DO SO MUCH OF THE WASHING GUYS. I think the most sensible answer to this for me was that you need to de-oil your face before you put makeup on so that your products adhere better. Also, night creams is formulated to be thicker and richer than daytime moisturizer, so some of it stays on the surface of your skin if it isn’t absorbed during the night, and is comedogenic (pore blocky). What the shit!

3. Toner isn’t bullshit.

I have hated toner with a passion ever since i used Clinique’s anti-blemish line and their bullshit toner with the little specks of dust in it. It did NOTHING for me, it dried me out, and it didn’t even make me feel clean. “What the fuck is this sketchy shit!” said my face. “Just do what the goddamn derma told you to do!” As it turns out, toner is just a generic word used for the stuff you use after you cleanse your face to prepare your skin to accept moisturizer. Western brands typically create astringent toners – which are primarily cleansers also. It’s these alcohol based ones that are very drying and total bullshit. They are meant to “clean” as well as prep, but in doing that, they tend to also suck up a lot of your skin’s natural oils and leave you supes dry. Asian brands typically create toners that are primarily moisturizing – and are oftentimes referred to as freshener or lotion. The best explanation i read sounded like this: If you have a dry sponge, and you put some cream or product on top of it, it’s not going to absorb it very well. But if you wet the sponge first, it then is able to absorb the product way better. “Wetting the sponge”, in this case, is applying toner.

4. You’re supposed to reapply sunblock throughout the day.

fuuuuccckkk but i’m so lazyyyyyy

5. Makeup removal is more than just swiping everything off with a cotton pad.

I never wore that much makeup to begin with so i never felt the need to be that thorough about cleaning my face, but turns out, that’s why i’m STILL breaking out at 29 years old. I’ve been reading about this double cleansing thing and it really sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, especially since i work from home and don’t put that much product on my face anyway. But it kinda does make sense when i think about it. Cleanse with oil first to loosen the initial layer of muck, THEN use facial wash, which is a kind of soap, which repels oil. It feels much less drying than using a stronger facial wash or an astringent cleanser. I have been doing this in tandem with micellar water on occasion, which helps to loosen the more stubborn makeup (like lipstick, mascara or eyeliner) on fancy makeup days.

6. Skin care is cumulative.

I used to think that, as long as i used some form of moisturizer, i was already taking care of my skin. I wasn’t entirely wrong, but as it turns out, i wasn’t entirely right either. Skin care is more than just using a product or a series of product, it’s an actual mindset that I needed to put on – that i need to protect it during the day, that i need to clean it in the evening and that i need to moisturize it at night.

I know that sounds like a lot of snake oil horse shit, but whatever, i’ve been applying this knowledge for the past few months and my skin has looked and felt much much better. I didn’t have to purchase a ton of new products to reup my routine either – i just had to change how i was using stuff i already had. I am so sensitive, and prone to breaking out, so its not like i can use a ton of crazy things anyway. I had a couple products lying around that i either hadn’t finished up or wasn’t really using for one reason or another, so i lined them up, bought some toner and came up with

My NEW Basic Functional Skin Care Routine For My Low Maintenance Life Which I Guess Is Slightly Higher In Maintenance Now Because Of All This Stuff

That’s coming up, and will be my next post! That’s it for now!