Every Day Office Makeup

When looking at your whole beautiful makeup collection, sometimes it can be really hard to pin point what your everyday makeup is.

You may factor in that every now and then you wear this primer…..

….orrrrr for days you’re a little more glammed up, you’ll wear this lipstick….

…and you know, you do rotate what eyeliner your using sometimes…

But now that I start work at 7:30 a.m. and bring my travel bag of makeup and quickly put it on right at my desk more often than I’d like to admit, I’ve stripped down to what products I absolutely need on the regular that make me feel confident and ready to face the day!

Shocker #1 — no tinted moisturizer. A staple for me on nights out, but I like to let my skin breathe — at least for the summer while I have a natural tan going on, it takes less time in the morning.

I start with (most mornings) Tarte Amazonian Clay bronzer, or if I’m up for contouring, benefit Hoola bronzer. I use my real techniques multi-task brush for this.

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I follow that up with my beautiful, Nars Amour.
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I then put on the Revlon Colorstay concealer to cover those purple bags. Definitely needed for that 6:30a.m. wakeup.
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Next, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow pencil, followed by my Body Shop brow gel.
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Then I follow with my Hourglass Ambient Lighting palette for highlight, used with my Body Shop slanted Kabuki brush.
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Onto the eyes, I use Urban Decay’s Naked palette, shades W.O.S. and Naked 2 OR Lancome’s Positive Matte for the base. If I have time in the mornings, I opt for the Naked 3 palette, but it usually comes down to Naked Basics right at my desk! haha
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I then line the eyes with either my L’Oreal Paris Lineur Intense Carbon Black liquid eyeliner or if I am going for a smaller cat eye, my Stila black liquid liner.
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Shocker #2 — Not usually sporting pencil eyeliner at work. As much as I love my Urban Decay Perversion, I just don’t want to have to worry about raccoon eyes that I usually have by the end of the day!

Last of the routine is my fabulous Tarte lights, camera, lashes mascara.
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Finish the look off with the lip colour of the day and Voila! my every day office wear makeup!

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Holy Grail Hump Day — Revlon Colorstay Concealer

For me, a Holy Grail status is a hard one to achieve. I don’t take that title lightly. A Holy Grail product isn’t something I just like, it’s a product I know I can depend on time after time. That I will continue to repurchase because it exceeds expectations and gets the job done every single time.
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Therefore, it’s pretty shocking for me that after less than a month, the Revlon Colorstay concealer has already achieved Holy Grail status for me! I got this product completely on a whim, my Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage is going quicker than I want and was hoping to find something for a cheaper price that could do the trick.
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(03 Light Medium blended)

Well this does the trick alright. Super blendable, this product comes on creamy and blends in effortlessly. I personally love these tub and stick applicators, it makes it easy to get the product in the exact areas you desire. 03 Light Medium is the perfect shade for me.

Coverage is great, it is buildable, so depending on the coverage you want you can get. However, I feel it comes on pretty thick anyway…a little goes a long way. I use this for the under eye dark bags and it hides them perfectly, with no cakey look whatsoever. It isn’t a highlighter in any way, but a straight up concealer. It does the exact job it has set out to do, and I couldn’t ask for anything more!

Choose-Day Tuesday: MAC vs Laura Mercier

Today I will be addressing not one, but two highly respected concealers. The match-up consists of two well-known, high end brands whose concealers are some of their leading selling products!

In the right corner is the competitor who can lighten up the darkest of situations. He goes on thick, has the endurance to last all day long, and will never quit! Ladies and gentleman, MAC Pro Longwear Concealer!!
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In the left corner we have the competitor who can make the worst of nightmares DISAPPEAR. She’s light on her feet, you won’t even know she’s there. But don’t be fooled, she gets the job done every, single, time. Today’s competitor, Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage!!
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(Can you tell I have fun pretending they are legitimately fighting?)

ADDRESS: Mac Pro Longwear Concealer
$21.00 CDN
9ml/0.30 US fl oz. 

ASSESS: This concealer comes in a large variety of shades, accommodating any skin tone. Known for it’s ability to last, I can put it on in the morning and it is still doing its amazing work late at night. Smelling like paint, you know this stuff is going to go on thick! A little bit goes a long way, and I find it looks more natural to put on a very thin layer, and then go over the area again to really do the trick.

I tend to use this concealer more for covering redness, blemishes and actually doubling it as a highlighter for some areas. While I have used it before for underneath the eyes since it is amazing for not creasing, unfortunately I do still think my dark circles come through. That being said, the other areas I put it on and it lasts. All day. Through thick and thin, this stuff does not budge!! I know when I need something covered, I can trust my pro longwear.

My “ughhh” moment comes with the packaging. As mentioned above, you only need a TINY bit of this stuff for it to work amazingly. The product comes in a glass bottle (don’t like) with a pump (don’t like). It is extremely hard to pump out the true amount of product you need, it delivers SO much. I hate wasting, and you are wasting half of the product that comes out every time you use it!!

If you are able to master the pump, this product will last you a million years and is definitely worth the purchase.

ADDRESS: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage 
$38.00 CDN
0.26 US fl oz.

ASSESS: This product comes with both a proper concealer and a highlighter. It only comes in eight different shades, however thankfully SC-2 is perfect for my skin tone. The concealer is orange based, which is perfect for cancelling out the purple/blues. Before this, I had yet to find a concealer that could truly mask my dark circles beneath the eyes, it is a miracle worker! It also does an awesome job covering up any redness. When travelling, this is my go-to since I know it will cover everything I need for every day.

The highlighter is actually pretty drying, I don’t even bother trying with a brush it simply will not work. The only way to get some payoff is to warm it up with your finger first, which is pretty annoying.

However, it is the concealer I am focusing on here, and it the concealer that is absolutely magnificent. It’s thick formula is extremely pigmented and covers up absolutely everything. With drying skin like mine, it is a huge plus when I have no creasing and I can put this on anywhere, for any amount of time and I can trust it will do the job right with no irritation.

VERDICT: This was a tough battle. I just want to start off by saying these are my top 2 concealers, of all time. They both last all day, and truly do an awesome job of concealing! That being said, the winner is…..Laura Mercier. If I am going for a natural day, this could be all that I wear and no one the wiser. If I am going out for the night, I need it to hide all the perfections and give me the confidence I need to feel great! Laura Mercier edged out her competitor with truly covering those dark circles, and being perfect even for us with sensitive skin.

What is in my Travel Makeup Bag!

Since I am currently in the process of moving, I figured it was the perfect time to do a post about what is in my travel makeup bag!

Going back and forth between two cities often lately, it is easiest to only bring the essentials. However, with saying goodbye to the place I have lived for the past years comes goodbye dinners, parties, etc. So I still want to look nice!

First off, this is my makeup bag:
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My sister is AWESOME and gave me one of my favourite Christmas gifts, a Coach cosmetics bag. In purses/wallets I usually go for neutrals, but I am absolutely obsessed with how vibrant/deep this turquoise is. It easily stands out in my large duffel bags or suitcase, and has big enough pockets to store lots of products for a makeup junkie like me.
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(My bag is a bit dirty so I got this picture from online to show the inside!)

Moving on to what is actually in there (makeup only), my essentials are:

  • Primer
  • Tinted Moisturizer
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Highlighter
  • Concealer
  • Eyebrow pencil
  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Eyeshadow
  • Pencil Liner
  • Liquid Liner
  • Mascara

…Shit, that is a lot of essentials.

Primer & Tinted Moisturizor – laura mercier foundation primer & lightweight flawless coverage tinted moisturizor in Nude
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Primer for T-zone: Benefit – POREfessional
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Blush – Lancome Rose Romantique Powder Blush
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Bronzer – Benefit Hoola
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and currently to test Tarte – Mineral Powder Bronzer in Park Avenue Princess
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Highlighter – laura mercier
Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact in Highlight
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Concealer – laura mercier Undercover Pot
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Eyebrow Pencil – Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
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Eyeshadow Primer – Too Faced Eyeshadow Insurance
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Eyeshadow – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette
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Pencil Liner – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Double Ended Eye Pencil in Perversion and Demolition
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Liquid Eyeliner – L’Oreal Paris Carbon Black Lineur Intense
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Mascara – Two options
1. For daytime: Lancome – Definicils High Definition Mascara in Black
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For a night out: Too Faced – Better Than Sex Mascara
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This list also doesn’t include skincare products, makeup remover, and makeup tools (tweezers, brushes, etc.) — yep that Coach bag is well used! haha

When it comes to your travel makeup bag, it is important to pick the products you’ve come to know and love. The last thing you need is a blush that makes you look like a tomato or a liner that runs and bleeds all over your face when there are no other options around! If you are going to bring along a new product, make sure you have a backup of another brand you know can take it’s place if need be.

Even if it is just for a couple of days and you don’t really think you need something you normally wear, I recommend bringing it anyway if it’s possible. You never know what might happen on this trip, and could thank yourself later on for having your normal makeup routine around.