So far, so good for #NoBuyJanuary, and that's about all there is to say! There is one item that I found this week that I am adding to my wish list: a natural exfoliating toner from Etsy. What's really tempting me is this Vegan Diner cookbook, which is written by the former owner of Native Bowl, one of the best food carts, ever. There's a 99% chance I will pick it up first thing in January because I just gots to know how to make that BBQ sauce. Anyways, if you're participating in #NoBuyJanuary, let me know how it's going, and if not, leave a comment with what you've picked up this month!
In the spirit of minimalism, I wanted to share the most simple-yet-complete makeup routine that I imagine. It's five steps, five products, and takes less than five minutes! This is for those days you are just shy of going out the door with no makeup on, but decide you will at least do something.
1. Apply a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This handles coverage and sun protection in one step. Not to beat a dead horse, but MVO Everyday Coverage is still my favorite. This protect has impressive coverage for a tinted moisturizer, yet the sheerness of this product doesn't wipe out the natural dimension of your face. That saves you the whole highlight/contour step. Keep in mind that you need to apply any SPF product evenly and thoroughly over your whole face to get full protection. And if you do need a bit more coverage, you can sneak in a pump of Christopher Drummond Duo-Phase Concealer, but that makes it 6 products, which is a less catchy post title...
2. Apply a bronzy blush on cheeks, and brush lightly across forehead and down nose. Since we're in a hurry, and there won't be any bronzer, I like to use something that will still give the face some warmth. Suncoat's Tan Blush is that versatile and pigmented shade that makes your face look more lively. The formula contains bamboo powder and has a pleasant silky feel. To apply the perfect amount, I tap my Real Techniques Blush Brush in the pan, dab the excess on my hand, then swipe onto cheeks.
3. Smudge an earthy brown cream shadow on your lids and along your lower lash line. RMS Beauty Cream Shadow in Seduce is my favorite pick for a quick, simple eye look, because it's perfectly neutral and shimmery. It doesn't give my fair skin that red eye look that you can get with some warmer shades. By using a product like this, longevity is definitely sacrificed, but it looks so much better than anything else you can do in under a minute. If you want to do a single shadow look with a matte powdered product, I am also a fan of Silk Naturals Stag.
4. Apply a healthy dose of mascara! Jane Iredale still reigns supreme in this category for me. Their Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara* is the only natural one that I've ever really loved. This one can be swiped on a couple times for some of the most feathery lashes ever, or built up to full-on clumptastic volume, if you so desire. It has a large, tapered natural fiber brush that is best for building volume, but the smaller end still reaches the small corner lashes.
5. Time for a lip product. For everyday, I strongly prefer to wear a plain balm rather than a color product. Waxelene* is my current go-to, because I find it particularly healing in this frigid weather. I've had this rosemary-laced salve in the glass jar packing before, but now that it's in the tube, it can come everywhere with me. Of course, if it's your personal preference, go for a "kiss of color" type of product, or even a full on lipstick if that's what you're comfortable with!
What are your 5 minute makeup tips? What do you reach for when you've got to get out the door ASAP? And how is your #NoBuyJanuary going?
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