Alongside my participation in the #100DaysofMakeup comes another challenge – 100 days of blogging. My goal for this project is to be able to think outside-the-box in terms of what an “everyday” look can be, as well as pump out tons of reviews for you guys. Let’s do this!
Is it sad that it’s only Day 2 and I’m already exhausted?
To be fair, I only got one hour of sleep and spent the entire day running everywhere and trying to get my financial aid situation figured out (1 like = 1 stance in solidarity). I’ll be keeping this fairly short – not much fluff, so I apologize in advance!
I kept it extremely simple today; just some BB, quick cushion action here and there, and a swipe of eyeshadow. I wanted to focus on products that were easy to use, but had impact. Because of this, I figured I could make things a bit more interesting by implementing a pop of colored mascara. Despite not feeling my look very much, I found some products I’ll be definitely be implementing in the future.
Not even a ring light could save my face today. AHHHHH
Base: ECLADO Regene Blemish Balm SPF 32 PA+++ *GIFTED*
I received a sample of this from W2Beauty during KCON. I don’t usually wear non-cushion BBs due to the stickier texture (I love SKIN79’s, though), but Eclado’s reputation and brand story made me want to give this one a shot.
I will say that a little goes a long way, but the coverage is still extremely sheer. It did enough to balance out my redness and dullness, so I have no complaints. Since I’m not a fan of the mix-moisturizer-into-makeup trick, I really want to try mixing this with a full-coverage foundation to see if I can sheer it out. Overall, though, I like this. I think I’ll opt for this when I’m having good skin days.
Like most BBs, it comes in one shade. I do think the sheerer nature of the product allows for more leeway for deeper skin tones, though. Still, I wish K-Beauty brands would expand their skin shade ranges to anyone beyond pasty white.
First off, we all know why I bought this. The packaging is too adorable, and Brown is my absolute fave from the Line Friends.
Cuteness aside, I’m kind of meh about this blush. I enjoy the delivery system in this blush (think MUFE HD Powder’s netting but with liquid…I promise it works), but the color payoff leaves much to be desired. I appreciate the mega-baby-pinks of the world and often reach for them when purchasing blush, but this to much too subtle. For a natural look, though, I can’t necessarily get upset. It gets the job done but I don’t reach for it as often as my Gudetama Jelly Dough Blusher.
This is the first Asian highlighter I’ve ever purchased. Actually, this is the first non-American highlighter I’ve ever purchased. I was shopping in Seoul and was excited to see what Korea had to offer in terms of a cushion highlighter, which I had never seen before.
My initial reaction was sour. I applied it like I would any of my other highlighters: after blush, apply to high points of the face. I was left disappointed in the “lack of pigmentation” – what I didn’t realize, though, was that not every product labelled “highlighter” has to be a shimmery, glittery explosion.
Post-realization, I played around a bit more and ended up LOVING IT. The difference between this vs “traditional” highlighting products is that the highlight effect here is more of a strobing moment as opposed to a pressed glitter, holigraphic one. It looks shiny, dewy, and wet (expect me to use the descriptor “wet” a lot, it’s my favorite type of look). Now, I like to use this with super-simple looks in which I’m not using any contours or hella intense blushes. Reverse contouring, I guess? She’s trendy!
Weird, but sometimes the shade is advertised as “Coral Time”… I like “Too Pretty Wedding Guest” much more, so we’re keeping it.
I LOVE THESE. They are so versatile, so easy to use, so pretty, so… every positive adjective possible. They work best with fingers, which is an A+ to me unless I have fake nails on. It doesn’t appear much in my selfie, but it’s just a testament to the versatility of the shadow. They can be super sheered out, or packed for an intense punch. The texture is creamy and the glitter is superfine.
My only gripe? The first ingredient is aluminum, which I try my very hardest to avoid in my eye products. More on that later.
Um, what a name?
For the sake of transparency, I should let you know I only bought this because Etude was having a sale on mascaras and I am OBSESSED with its black colored counterpart. Colored mascara has never really been a thing for me, nor does it work on my superblack lashes.
Aside from the excellent formula and incredible brush, this mascara’s pigmentation is really, really nice. It was able to shine through my dark lashes without the need for multiple layers – which is especially impressive due to how I apply my mascara (wipe the wand nearly clean and brush). I’m going to try and experiment with this a bit more, perhaps use it on my brows? Who knows, but I’m looking forward to it.
I LOVE LIP PRODUCTS. Seriously, no matter where lip trends are headed, I am always going to be rocking a made-up pout.
This color is the perfect nude for a huge variety of skintones, including mine. It’s like Velvet Teddy by MAC meets K-Drama coral, and I love it. The texture is soft and able to sheer out while maintaining a plushy+smooth finish. Good stuff.
Aaaaaaaand DAY 2 is done! Sorry for the lazy writing & look today – I’ll definitely be back on my full-face game next week or whenever Mercury decides to be out of retrograde. Talk soon!