Effortless Makeup Essentials

    This summer has been quite hot in California so far. Thus I've been either skipping on makeup entirely or wearing a bare minimum of it. The first thing that I ditch entirely in my makeup routine during these hot days is the foundation. I don't want it melting off my face, mixing with sunscreen and sweat.

    Concealer, however, works perfectly fine. The one that I've been using is The Retoucher by Charlotte Tilbury in 4 Medium. It covers the imperfections, brightens up the whole complexion. What I also like about this concealer is that it's moisturizing yet quite long-lasting. I love how it combines great coverage, decent longevity, and lovely moisturizing texture. However, I'm not the biggest fan of the applicator. Even though it looks sleek and pretty, you do get all the disadvantages of the click-brush applicator. It's not the most hygienic, you do have to click it a million times the first time you use before any product starts to come out,  and after that, the brush is forever drenched in product and you can't wash it. I enjoy using The Retoucher so far, but I'll think twice before repurchasing it.
    Now, the eyes. I don't know if I'm the only one who hates wearing mascara at all times because it starts to hurt at the roots of my lashes, no matter how expensive or hypoallergenic the mascara is. And the discomfort doesn't go away after I take it off, it lasts for a day or two afterward. One of the mascaras that gives me less discomfort is infamous Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced (it also comes in a waterproof version, but for everyday use, I find the regular formula works just fine).  I found myself reaching for this one more often than the others (aside from causing less pain) is that it looks so darn natural. It separates the lashes and gives them volume. And because the formula of this mascara is so thin it doesn't clump and coats every lash making it more visible and black.
     But my favorite way of defining my eyes is a simple black eyeliner. I am very passionate about this eye pencil by Pacifica in the color Fringe . It is not too soft and not too stiff, just the perfect consistency. The color is classic brown which is also perfect for everyday makeup. And it is super hypoallergenic because I don't feel it on my eyes at all (yes, eyeliners irritate my lashes too, yay). It's not completely smudge-proof, but it'll stay on your eyes unless you'll be rubbing them frequently.
To add some subtle bling to my eye makeup I love using this By Terry Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in Bronze Moon. It's incredibly easy to use, you don't even need a brush to apply or to blend it out. All you need is your finger. It honestly takes me a minute to do my eye makeup with this handy eyeshadow stick. And the color on me just gives more definition and a subtle elegant sparkle to my eyes. With this one, I have no complaints whatsoever.
    For the lips, I've been loving this combo from Kevyn Aucoin that I got as a part of The Expert Lip Kit (The Minimalist). The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil blew me away.  I have no idea why it's so underrated in the blogosphere. Basically, this lip pencil is a pure pigment in a solid serum form. It sounds weird, I know. But when you apply it, it glides on your lips leaving weightless concentrated pigment on. I expected it to be creamy or slightly sticky like Charlotte Tilbury's lip pencils, but you actually can't feel it on your lips at all. But you definitely can see it, especially if you go with a shade or two darker than your own lip color. This one in medium ever so slightly darker than my lips so I find it perfect for a slightly enhanced pout.
    The Expert Lip Color lipstick in Roserin on its own at first seemed slightly too pink for me. But applied with the lip pencil it looks simply perfect. The formula of the lipstick is also very comfortable to wear. And it smells very delicious. Love it!
And a finishing touch to pull this look together is this pretty dusty rose nail color by TENOVERTEN in Mulberry. It's 8-free, cruelty-free (like everything I've mentioned above) and richly pigmented.

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