I'm a sucker for beautiful makeup. I can't help it. I've been watching beauty you tubers for 10 years, watching the community develop into what it is today, and all the while falling in love with too many influencers. You instantly want to buy what they talk about and spend way too much money on all these beautiful things. My wallet always had other plans for me though.
I was a student for most of this time and while I would buy crazy makeup bits, it wasn't very often. By the time I got to an age where I could afford to splurge on makeup I was realising that wearing a lot of makeup daily was not really my thing. My morning routine, always as low maintenance as I can make it, didn't leave room for a full face of makeup on a daily basis. Most mornings of the week I don't even wear any at all but when I do it's pretty minimal. Powder foundation/tinted moisturiser, concealer, mascara, brows and a nude lip is more or less it. Sometimes liner, bronzer and contour if I'm feeling up to it. My routine instead started taking a skincare focus rather than a cover it all up focus to make the canvas I'm working on as great as possible so all I needed was a little bit of makeup.
Which is why when I go shopping for beauty products, rarely will I buy all the shiny bright fun stuff, instead splurging on skincare products and practical day to day makeup. This is basically why I wanted to share it though. There are enough people my age out there posting all these amazing beauty hauls that aren't hugely realistic for most women my age. I go for good quality skin care and beauty products, practical stuff that works for me every single day and that is really good for my oily skin. I thought there would be some value in sharing what I feel to be quite realistic beauty habits for busy women out there chasing their dreams.
I'm not 100% sure what kind of posts this will manifest into yet, part of the fun I suppose, but for right now I thought I would share some bits I got in recently because they sit in line with the above intentions in mind rather than my party makeup routine!
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint
This is the perfect piece in the minimal makeup routine. I've heard so many bloggers who, like me, don't go crazy intense full coverage on their makeup all the time and they have been loving this. I got a sample from the girls at Mecca Cosmetica in Newmarket and I so enjoyed using it that I knew it would be a summer staple for me. It's lightweight and makes your skin look healthy, plus you see a bit of your natural skin texture shine through from underneath. I don't have very noticeable freckles, but I like them and I like when they show through. I want to get a translucent powder to set this down because my MAC Studio Fix Powder is a bit heavy for it I'm finding, so I might go have a chat to the girls about what they would recommend.
Get it HERE - $71 NZD from Mecca Beauty
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer
I've been using this for a while now, and can never justify the money on the big bottle of it so I've been buying the mini ones for months now. I really enjoy this, I think it works really well on my skin, but I'm considering asking for a sample of the Stila One Step Correct or the Bare Minerals Prime Time because I want something that will help correct redness in my skin. I used this years ago but my skin has changed a bit since I used it last, so it might not work for me. It would be ideal though, because it would mean the Nars Velvet Matte would look even better on my skin.
Get it HERE - Mini Version is $29 NZD from Mecca Beauty
Mecca Cosmetica 'Lip De Luscious' in Peach Shimmer
Now these gorgeous things were given away to Beauty Loop members as part of the Mecca 20th anniversary boxes. Every level got some Mecca full sized, yes full sized, products as a thank you for supporting them. I'm only on level 1 right now because I've been buying less stuff recently (I was so close to level 3 at one point) but getting a full sized SPF lip balm that actually works pretty well for nothing other than buying my skincare is pretty great.
The one comment I have on this, and it's neither good nor bad really, is that it smells like lip balms from my childhood. Like that artificial sweet scent. I thought it might be artificial cherry, which I loathe, but I think it is maybe meant to be peachy since its the peach shimmer? I don't hate it but I don't love it.
Get in HERE - $33 NZD from Mecca Beauty and comes in 6 shades
That's it from me today - let me know in the comments what your holy grail daily beauty product is, whether it's skincare or makeup related. Always keen to give something new a try!