Thursday, February 7, 2013

Minimalist Beauty: How to Achieve A Fresh Faced Look

Four or five years ago,I idolized Fafinettex and Misschievous on youtube who never fails to showcase their talents by featuring smokey eye looks. Thus, going minimalist was not in my vocabulary back then.  I was a fan of black eyeliner (which makes my eyes look smaller and gave me that strong look), bright colored lipstick and shocking eyeshadow shades. After graduating in lawschool, my preference suddenly changed.  From bold looks, I learn to love neutrals and last 2012 I learned to love the idea that less is more.

For the face, I always make sure that I use moisturizer and sunblock. In this look, I use Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation in Warm Golden. Applying concealer to cover up dark circles is a must. I use my fave concealer (in 2012) which is the K-Palette Zero Kuma Concealer in No. 2. Then, I set my whole face with Fanny Serrano Powder Foundation in Chino.

For the eyes, I tightline with the use of Nichido Kohl Minerals Eyeliner in Onyx.  To brighten up the face (minus the highlighter) , focus on your eyes. It is best to use a good mascara to open up your eyes and to prevent it from looking droopy. I used one of the best mascara I have ever tried which is the Fairy Drops Volume Burst Mascara. 
This mascara has a tacky but light  formula which is best for those with sparse lashes. It lengthens my lashes and gives it that much needed volume. It dries quickly. It does not weigh down my lashes. What I love about this mascara is that it can hold my curl for hours. I have the bad habit of recurling my lashes throughout the day and with this mascara I experience no lash breakage at all. I think this is attributable to the formula of this mascara which does not make my lashes too stiff and too hard.

The brush applicator is very unique too. It can evenly distribute the product on my lashes even those hard to reach areas like those in the inner corner of the eyes. It also applies mascara perfectly on my lower lashes.
Before the tragedy, I discovered this product. No, this is not a new product from ELF but I just discovered a new way of using their concealer kit in the shade - dark. I have been a fan of contouring my face primarily because I have chubby cheeks and a flat nose. Contouring has been my best friend because it can literally make me look good in pictures. I use this concealer kit as a base for my matte bronzer. The colors are all usable.  With this as a base, my contours can last half day without retouching esp. on the nose bridge. (Take note I have dry skin so the longevity of makeup will vary depending on your skin type). 
 Here are the swatches:
For the lips, I use Nichido lip liner in Rosette and a peach lipstick from Sophie Paris' Satinlips Mini Lipstick Collection.

For only less than 250 pesos, you get 8 different shades of mini lipstick. I think this idea is quite ingenious especially for a brand that retails their product through a catalog. The shades seen on the catalog is not always the actual shade of the product. If you would like to try their satin lipstick and you do not know what shade looks best on you or if the formula will suit you, buying this sample size collection is the best.



BF loves this minimalist look. It only proves that you don't need to much product to enhance your beauty.

Godbless everyone!!




P.S. All pictures are taken before the tragedy. Thus, I cannot give a full blown review of the products I have mentioned because I have used them  for a short period of time only.



 
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27 comments:

  1. You gave me an idea about the ELF concealer palette. Great post, as usual. Thanks! :)

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    1. Thankd Yette for always finding time to read my posts :))

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  2. I love this look. Simple make-up but it brings-out your beauty.

    XX, IamJenniya

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  3. Very fresh indeed. :) Looks good on you. :)

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  4. My bf loves minimalist look as well. Ang gorgeous mo lalo pag simple look lang. :)

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    1. thanks micmic,, bf loves it more when i do not have any makeup :)) ang huweird lang!!

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  5. Where did you got the mini lipsticks? I want!! You looks beautiful here. <3

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    1. Thanks Clai!! at Sophie Paris Catalog,, :))

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  6. I hope you are better now Ms.Donna :) Hoping and praying that you and your family are okay...

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    1. Thanks SHeng.. Doing great with God's help..

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  7. I love this look, Atty! I want to be like you in a few years, a blawgger. :) I just can't find time to blog because my law school load is so heavy!

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    1. yay!!! Remember study study study pray pray pray do not waste your future now.. :))

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  8. Glad to have you back Donna!!! :D And i do love the fresh faced look on you. :) Always smile <3

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  9. Great post sis! I experienced the same thing. When I was first started with makeup, I go for the bold colorful looks...but now that I'm older, I usually favor the natural look like what the Korean actresses wears most of the time. Fresh and youthful :)

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    1. oo nga sis!! sana nga maputi din ako para mala korean ang peg ng mok ap ko everyday!! haha

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  10. I love that recommendation of that Elf Palette: I have a wide nose too and I can see your shading looks so natural. Sometimes minimalistic does the trick better than all the smokey eyes, especially for some eyetypes

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    1. thanks.. just make sure you it with a matte bronzer :))

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  11. You look so beautiful with neutrals! :)

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  12. Wow! You look absolutely stunning!

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  13. Hi Donna! What's the staying power of that Nichido eyeliner? I've been wanting to tightline too kaso I haven't found the right pencil for it. Does it smudge?

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    1. Hi CHrystal.. :)) hello:) thanks again for your sweet treats.. :)) OK lang nagttransfer siya sa lower waterline eh.. then after a few hours it smudges sa outer corner ng eyes ko siguro kasi ang watery ng eyes ko: pero ok nmn over all hindi nga lang long lasting for tightlining..

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  14. I love fresh and simple looks. This looks great! :)

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