Skincare is serious. And makeup is fun!
What I mean by that is that I can’t do without skincare. I can’t not protect, cleanse and moisturize my skin.
But I can leave my house without even the slightest bit of makeup. And I’m fine. I don’t have a complex around how my face looks without makeup.
So when I wear makeup, it’s really just for the heck of it. For the sake of novelty, color and the art of illusion.
Now that I’ve found a skincare regimen I am happy to stick with, I’m focusing a bit more on makeup.
And as I promised in my previous post, I’m going to show you some makeup items I’ve recently acquired from Asian brands.
First up is this…
Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base by Tony Moly
No, I didn’t buy this just because it came in this ridiculously cute packaging. I got it because it actually does a good job of brightening the area under my eyes.
It is neither a concealer nor a color corrector. It is a brightener, plain and simple. It rolls up in a cream stick form. It glides easily on the skin and blends in matte. The brightening effect lasts for a few hours.
Purchase price: $14
Lovely Eyebrow Pencil by Tony Moly
A double-ended eyebrow pencil. I got the gray brown color. It can be applied in light feathery strokes and can easily be built up to darker strokes. It blends in easily with the use of the spoolie brush. But in contrast to my black eyebrows, this almost looks reddish brown on me (but only if you’re looking very closely).
Basically, it’s an easy to use eyebrow pencil and does the job well. Next time I’ll try the plain gray color for an even more natural look.
Purchase Price: $5
Long Kinny Mascara by Tony Molly
I think they meant to say Long Skinny Mascara (lol, Engrish). It’s pretty obvious what drew me to this mascara. The brush is so teeny weeny. I’ve never seen a mascara brush this tiny before. I’ve been using L’Oréal’s Telescopic Mascara, shown next to the Perfect Eyes for effect, and I thought it was one of the skinniest brush wands out there.
I recently read an article about mascaras which points out that the formula from one mascara product to another do not greatly differ. What makes the difference is in the brush and the wiper.
This mascara is really good at lengthening my lashes while keeping individual lash hairs separate. Which is great if you are going for a more natural effect.
Purchase Price: $16
The Face Shop Face It Lesson 03 Lipstick
This is a bright orange glossy lipstick. And it’s currently my favorite! I got it as a birthday gift because Oliver saw me swatching it and loving it at the Face Shop. And he remembered which exact color it was that I liked!
It’s not a true orange though. It’s more on the reddish side. But nevertheless, I love how vibrant the color is. And it’s moisturizing and long lasting. What more could you wish for in a lipstick?
Purchase Price: $22
Babyface Powder In Cream Blusher
So if you haven’t noticed, I’ve really been into orangey makeup lately. This is a cream blush by Babyface in color #3, a light orange / apricot color.
I like how this blush is super easy to apply and blend in. The color goes on sheer and can be built up. The only minus point is its heavy baby powder scent.
Purchase Price: $11
Before & After
Here are the before and after photos of me wearing all the products shown above.