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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Makeup Essentials: October 2012 Edition

I can't believe it has been a year since my last In My Makeup Kit post! This time, I'm sharing great new beauty products I've discovered on top of my mainstays*. Get ready for one packed beauty post!

To reiterate what I wrote last year, I'm no expert when it comes to makeup, but I write about what works for me. So without further ado, here are my current favorites:

Photo credits go to the respective brands (L'Oreal Paris, Maybelline, Shu Uemura, NARS)

F1. L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Golden Beige*. I haven't tried any other foundation lately because this already works so well. It's easy to blend and provides enough coverage while allowing skin to breathe with its lightweight formulation.

F2. L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer in Light/Medium N 4-5. When I feel the need for a little more coverage on certain areas, I dab some of this concealer on. It's a different shade from my foundation of the same brand and makeup line, but this was what the lady at the counter recommended, and true enough, it blends in seamlessly.  

F3. Maybelline New York Clear Smooth Shine Free Face Powder with SPF 18 in Honey*. This is another foolproof product that I use for setting my foundation and making quick touch-ups throughout the day.

F4. Shu Uemura Color Atelier Glow On Blush in P Soft Beige 930. I was obsessed with using the MAC Iridescent Pressed Powder in Belightful as a highlighter for the past year. Unfortunately, after I hit pan, I learned that it had been discontinued! I originally wanted the Albatross from NARS, but after I tried this, I couldn't leave the store without it! Though the product is part of the Color Atelier line as a blush, it was introduced to me at the counter as the brand's best highlighter. I thought it looked too shimmery at the back of my hand but when I swept it under my eyes, the powder instantly brightened my complexion sans the excess sparkle. The case, sold separately from the refill, comes in black and white.

F5. NARS Blush in Orgasm. Ten times better than the Hot Mama blush from TheBalm that I used before, it's a longer-lasting, more pigmented "peachy pink with golden shimmer" powder blush that lends cheeks a radiant, natural flush.

Photo credits go to the respective brands (Etude House, Shu Uemura, Maybelline)

E1. Etude House Code B Strong Eyes Cream Liner*. Blogged about this here, here and here. I've gone through three pots of this already! I've got my dear friend Kang M. to thank for the recommendation.

E2. Shu Uemura eyelash curler*. Also blogged about this here and here. I thought it was going to last forever (because it worked so well for the past six years or so!) but now it's almost ready to retire. Time to get a new one!

E3. Etude House Proof 10 mascara. I love experimenting with different mascaras and this is one of my recent favorites. It lengthens my lashes, doesn't clump, and lasts all day. 

E4. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara. This curling and thickening mascara will make you look like you're wearing falsies! If not applied carefully, however, the formulation has a tendency to clump. I reach for this when I still have time to separate my lashes with a lash comb (as I'm still too scared to try my friend Cor's eyelash refining technique!) 

Photo credits go to the respective brands (K-Palette, Clinique)

B1. K-Palette 24H Real Lasting Eyebrow Liner in 02 Grayish Brown. This is an amazing recommendation from my mom. I only started using this a few months ago, and now I'm hooked. It's a brush tip pen that adds a light brown tint to my arches. I blend it in with a small angled makeup brush. The result? A very natural but polished look.

B2. Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Soft Shimmer in 06 Frosted Blossom. This came with one of my Clinique Bonus Time makeup bags. I use it to highlight my brow bone. I've been told that this technique lights up the eyes and gives the face a bit of a lift.

Photo credits go to the respective brands (Carmex, Maybelline, Etude House, Revlon, MAC)

L1. Carmex lip balm. I usually apply this soothing and moisturizing lip balm before bedtime to make sure that I wake up with hydrated lips. I like the pot packaging best but it's also available in a stick and a squeeze tube.

L2. Maybelline Lip Smooth Color Bloom in Peach Blossom. I use this sheer "color changing lip balm" as a moisturizing base before putting on lipstick. 

A girl can't have too many lipsticks and lip stains, but out of all my lippies, here are the ones that I currently have on rotation:

L3. Etude House Look at My Lips lipstick No. 9. I recently bought a couple backup tubes because the line is going to be discontinued! The only problem I have with this lipstick is that it's a bit dry. Hopefully, the brand's new line of lipsticks will be more moisturizing.

L4. Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. My mom also introduced me to this! She's in love with Revlon's balm stains and has started quite a collection. They literally last all day (without drying out my lips) which is why I can get away with borrowing one from her dresser every morning! No touch-ups required. Recently I've been swiping on the Rendezvous shade, which is a gorgeous, long-lasting coral. I top it with one of my nude lipsticks such as L5.

L5. MAC lipstick in Freckletone. Combined with L4, the result is a lighter coral that's almost peach. Worn alone, it is a peachy nude hue. I love combining highly pigmented corals with nudes! 

I'm not a big fan of eyeshadow, but I'd love to learn how to achieve the smoky eye. Perhaps I should get myself a neutral palette to experiment with! Stay tuned for reviews.

For now, you may want to join me as I go beauty vlog-hopping on YouTube. Here are a few of my favorite beauty vloggers who give some of the best makeup tips, tricks and tutorials:
  1. Tanya Burr
  2. Ingrid a.k.a. missglamorazzi
  3. Elle Fowler a.k.a. allthatglitters21
Just like the products they feature, these beauty vlogs are awesome pick-me-uppers and stress busters. 


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