My Spring Base Routine


Today I wanted to share with you my go to spring base routine. I’m constantly trying to figure out the right combination of products that will give me the best looking base. My thought is, everything works better with a great base, and as I tend to go for a more natural look most days, my base is where I spend the majority of my time. I tend to stick with this routine for every day, only really changing up the base itself. Right now I’m alternating between a couple lightweight bases.

I start out by dusting a small amount of the MAC Mineralized Skin Finish on my face, in the place of a primer. I don’t like the look of tinted moisturizer when applied on top of a primer, and I find that a light dusting of the powder helps the tinted moisturizer last longer. I then apply my NARS Pure Radiance Tinted Moisturizer (I wear the shade Alaska). I love to use this because the coverage is great for a tinted moisturizer, it evens out my skin tone and covers my redness, while stilling looking natural.

I’ve been absolutely loving the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer for my under eye area, as well anywhere that I need additional coverage (you can read my whole post on Pro Longwear here). I then use the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in Radiant to highlight the high points of my face, and the inner corners of my eyes where I tend to get serious shadows.

I then set the under eye concealer with the tiniest amount of Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder. I set the rest of my face with the Mineralized Skin Finish, which adds the slightest bit of additional coverage and sets the tinted moisturizer in place. Finally, I use my favourite Body Shop Honey Bronzer to make my pale skin look a little less pale.

From there, I will go in and do my eyes, cheeks and lips, where I tend to be much more creative.

Are you a base perfectionist like I am?

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What’s In My Travel Makeup Bag

Travel Makeup Bag


Hi Everyone,

This week I’m travelling overnight for work, and thought I would share with you what I pack in my makeup bag. When I do these overnight work trips, I only bring a carry on, which for a pack rat like me is a serious challenge. I do a lot of these overnight trips, so I’ve really figured out what I actually need and don’t need. If I was going for a personal trip, I wouldn’t pack this much stuff, but because it’s work meetings I have to look professional.

I try and fit everything into this lovely little (little by my huge makeup bag standards) makeup bag.

For my base products, I like to bring a long wearing base, the Benefit Big Easy is great because it’s not to heavy, but dries to a matte finish and doesn’t require powder to set. For concealer, I go with the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer, to cover my dark travel induced circles, and use the mini version of the Tarte Amazonian Clay Setting Powder to set. I use the Maybelline Dream Lumi to highlight and help hide how tired I am from all the travel. For bronzer and blush, I use the NARS Orgasm/Laguna duo that I picked up at Sephora. It’s perfect, because it’s everything I need in a little compact.

For my eyes, I pack the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, because it’s so tiny and I can do a ton of looks. I also bring a single Urban Decay shadow in a shimmery shade (this one is Toasted), in case I don’t want an all matte look. As a base, I bring the Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded. I usually bring whatever mascara I’m using at the moment (this is the Bobbi Brown Smokey Lash), and then the Benefit Gimme Brow in Light/Medium to touch up my brows. I also bring a nude eyeliner pencil, this one is the Maybelline Colour Show in Nude, to help brighten up my eyes and make it look like I’m not jet lagged.

For brushes, I go for the multi tasking ones, so I can bring as few as possible. For eyeshadow, I use the dual ended Smashbox brush that came in their Full Exposure palette. It’s got a shorter dense end, and a fluffier MAC 217 dupe on the other end. For my base I bring the Real Techniques Buffing brush, and for my powder, bronzer and blush, I bring the Real Techniques Multi-Task brush.

As far as lips go, I honestly tend to have so many lip products in my purse, that I don’t pack additional ones in my makeup bag.

So there you have a peek into my travel makeup bag. Considering how much makeup I use on a daily basis, I must say I’m rather proud as to how little I actually bring with me. Now if I was checking luggage, it would be a whole different ballgame!

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