my “everyday” makeup and product reviews

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even though i’m a self-proclaimed makeup junkie, in reality, i actually spend almost every day in sweats and good ol’ moisturizer. when i say “everyday” makeup, i mean the rare occasions that i actually left the house and made an effort. my goal is usually “easy” and “natural” looking makeup. of course, scrolling down the list, one would hardly call 15 products “natural.” eh, tomayto, tomahto.

for the face:

amorepacific color control cushion compact in 204 – i love how light and moisturizing this cc cream/foundation feels. i would say the coverage is about light to medium. it makes my skin look glowy and natural, where my freckles still peak through. for medium to full coverage foundation, i love koh gen do maifanshi moisture foundation. however, i don’t like full coverage for “everyday” makeup, so the amorepacfic cushion works well for me. the 204 shade initially applies light on my NC35/NC40 skin, but eventually oxidizes to a closer match. i find the fragrance to be mostly tolerable.

nars radiant creamy concealer in custard – now that i don’t get as much sleep as i used to, the under eye circles are definitely coming out to play. i like how the nars concealer are indeed very creamy. they don’t dry out my skin and leave behind nasty looking cracked lines. it’s also heavy enough to cover some stubborn pigmentation. the custard shade is a little light for me, but the next shade up is ginger, which i find to be too orangey and slightly too dark.

chanel joues contraste powder blush in emotion – this is one of my favorite blushes. at first, i was worried that this pink would be too cool on my warm skin tone, but it’s actually very neutral. this blush is very pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

kevyn aucoin the sculpting powder in medium – i love that this contouring powder is a bit gray, and not at all orangey. the texture is very soft and fine, which gives me a lot of control. i usually apply this powder to trim down my jawline and mildly emphasize my cheek bones.

koh gen do maifanshi face powder – since i have dry skin, i rarely use loose powder. however, for the days when it’s really humid outside and i need my makeup to be more durable, i will dust on a very light application. this koh gen do loose powder contains hyaluronic acid, which is perfect for my dry skin. i never get any fine lines from this powder.

for the eyes:

tom ford eyeshadow quad in nude dip – i fought tooth and nail for this eyeshadow quad when it was first released as a limited edition product. now it has been promoted to their permanent collection. along with golden minks, nude dip is the eyeshadow quad i reach for the most. the texture is super smooth and buttery. the shades are rosey netutral on me.

k-palette 1 day tattoo real lasting eyeliner in super black – i use this eyeliner for my top lash line. i think they’ve recently changed their formula, and not for the better. it used to stay on my lids quite well, but now, i always end up with some transfer on my under eye area. time to find a new eyeliner.

chanel stylo yeux waterproof long-lasting eyeliner in black shimmer – sometimes i use this eyeliner along the outer, lower lash line because it’s more of a dark gray color, which has a softer effect than true black. however, i must admit that i’m not crazy about this eyeliner. even though it’s supposed to be “long-lasting,” it seems to fade within a couple of hours on my eyes. i think the giorgio armani eyes to kill waterproof eye pencil is better.

nyx jumbo eye pencil in cashmere – inspired  by the asian “youthful” bright eye makeup style, i apply this nyx jumbo eye pencil along my eyes’ inner corners and lower lash line. this golden shade is softer than the typical silver or white, which i find to be less harsh and subtler on my warm skin tone.

shiseido the makesup nourishing mascara base – my lashes are super coarse and stubborn. they usually stick straight down half an hour after i curl them. i need this mascara base to hold my curls. i’m not sure if it’s actually “nourishing,” but it sure is hard to remove. if i can get a way with not using it, i would.

giorgio armani eyes to kill excess mascara in black – it’s a pretty nice and super dark mascara, but i’m not attached to it. it gives me a some volume, but nothing to write home about.

shu uemura hard formula brow pencil in stone gray 05 – this is the perfect shade to match my jet black hair. it’s a really hard pencil, which gives me great control.

for the lips:

nars satin lip pencil in rikugien – i love nars’ chubby lip pencils! they’re a little less precise, but so fast and easy to use.

tom ford sheer lipstick in pink dune – since my last tom ford lipstick post, i have acquired even more lippies from mr. ford! one of them is this sheer lipstick from the summer collection. i absolutely love this shade. it gives my lips the most beautiful and natural pout. the sheer lipsticks are like its name – sheer. the lasting power is definitely not as long as the regular lipsticks, but they feel just as rich and moisturizing. pink dune seems to be sold out, but skinnydip (looks almost identical on me) is still available.

giorgio armani flash lip lacquer in 501 – half the time, i skip lip gloss though because they don’t usually last very long on my lips. however, when i do wear one, giorgio armani lip gloss has always been one of my favorite lip glosses. it’s not too sticky like most ones on the market. i really hate sticky lip gloss. there’s nothing sexy about constantly pulling hair or stringy goo off of my lips.