My everyday skincare routine

I mostly talk about makeup on my project pan, but I decided to show you the skincare products I use everyday. It is really important to have a nice clean, hydrated skin to do your makeup and make it look nice and protect  your skin from the sun is key for reasons we all know about.

 

Skincare 1

 

1 – Tea tree skin clearing facial wash, 2 – Tea Tree skin clearing toner, 3 – Tea Tree skin clearing lotion  (The Body Shop)I bought this kit the last time I went to the US, and I’ve been loving using it so much. It makes my skin feel so fresh in the morning and I believe it helps with redness on my skin.

 

Skincare 2

 

4 – Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel: I use this sometimes in place of the tea tree lotion.

5 – Aveeno Positively radiant daily moisturizer: Since it’s winter here in the southern hemisphere, my skin sometimes needs extra hydration, and this moisturizer does it for me, specially with an spf of 15 that I feel is enough when I’m not gonna be out and about in the sun.

6- La Roche-Posay fps 60 sunscreen: I use this sunscreen everyday.

 

Skincare 3

 

 7 – Yes to cucumbers soothing eye gel: I use it everyday before my Shiseido eye cream (that is on my project pan) to reduce puffiness around my eyes.

 

Next week I’ll show you my everyday makeup products that are not necessarily in my project pan.

 

What are your skincare favorites?

 

Luiza

 

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Benefit Eye Bright Review

So, I’ve finished this a while ago in my project pan and usually I do a review the same week I finish a product, but this review was kind of hard to do.

After I finished it in my project pan, I opened the back up I have of it and was using it for a couple of days so I could try to make my mind up of how I feel about this product but I’m not really sure.

 

 

Benefit Eye Bright

 

 

It is a product nobody ever talks about it, maybe because it’s an old one? I don’t know. I haven’t looked for reviews online because I didn’t want to “contaminate” what I think about this product with other people’s opinion.

 

On Benefit’s website it says “This instant eye brightener is like a nap in a stick! Perfect for all skin tones, this pink perk-me-up brightens your eyes and your spirits in a single stroke. Apply it to the inner & outer corners of each eye and blend for a wide-awake look. For best results, apply as the final step after you’ve applied other makeup”. I’ve tried wearing this like they said and also as kind of a corrector before concealer but I feel like normally it just doesn’t look so great, either way. I feel like maybe it’s too cool for my very warm skin.

 

 

Benefit Eye Bright

 

As you can see from the swatch above it seems to have glitter but it’s not very noticeable once applied, it just seems glowy . And it is also a bit pinker, in this picture it looks very white.

 

Normally it does not blend seamlessly, specially in the humid and warm weather where I live, it feels like it will just melt away on your skin but sometimes when I’ve used it, I was able to get a nice and discreet highlighting effect above my brow bone, so go figure. You should definitely not over apply it so it’s easier to blend. It does give a bright eye effect sometimes and other times it makes my eyes look tiny because of its cool tone.

 

Benefit Eye Bright

 

It is definitely not a must have product and it’s very expensive for what it is at 20 US dollars. It is just one of those products I don’t remember to reach for, and when I do, I have already finished up my makeup and it is hard to apply it because I get the best results when I apply it with my fingers, and I tend to smear my eyeliner if I do that, so I should remember to use it before applying the rest of my makeup but I just don’t.

 

Maybe if you have cool toned skin and live in cold and dry weather you would get along just fine with this product. I won’t be repurchasing it when I’m done with my back ups, but will keep using it looking for those rare occasions when I can make it work for me.

 

Have you tried this product? What do you think of it? Does it work for you?

 

Luiza

 

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Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush – Review

This week I won’t have any project pan products to review, since I haven’t finished any more of them (the update is coming soon!), so I decided to review a brush that I have been loving, the Tarte Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush.

This brush was made to be used with the Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation ($36), which I haven’t used yet because I have other powder foundations to use up before this one.

 

 

The brush is very dense, as you can see in the pictures below, more dense than regular kabukis, which delivers a very full cover. I personally like the look it gives, it does look flawless in my opinion. It may make the skin look a bit flat, because powders make the skin more matte than liquid foundations, but a shimmery blush, a highlighter or finishing the makeup with MAC Fix Plus will help with that, making the skin look a bit more dewey or luminous.

 

 

It is a beautiful brush, the bristles are very soft, and they do pick up a lot of product, it feels like product gets stuck in the bristles, which might seem wasteful, but that’s not a big issue for me because of the finished look. Also, I haven’t noticed any bristles falling off.

It is a very expensive brush in my opinion ($26) and it is hard to clean because the bristles are very short, so water does get to the bamboo part, which makes me afraid it might ruin the brush. I do recommend it if you love brushes, use powder foundations regularly and like a full coverage foundation.

I honestly don’t know if you can use it with liquid foundation.

 Have you tried this brush? If so, do you like it?

Luiza

The second finished product – Benefit Erase Paste – review

I decided to do in depth reviews of the products that I finish, because I believe that when you finish a product it means you’ve used it enough times to know if it works, if it doesn’t, what are the pros and cons of it.

To begin with, my skin is a MAC NC20, but my under eyes work better with concealers in NW20 (because yellow concealers tend to make my under eye area look gray). I use the color 02 Medium of the Erase Paste. My under eye area is usually really dark, and depending on how much and how well I sleep, it gets darker or a bit lighter.

 

 

This Benefit concealer has a peachy tone (like correctors) and is also an under eye brightener, all in one. It matches my skin quite well and blends in nicely. It doesn’t set so well, it looks very dewey and luminous (not something I personally like for my under eye) so whenever I use this, I feel the need to set it with a powder. It works really well with the under eye setting powder PowderFlage by Benefit as well, but it has been discontinued. I’ve been using it with the Bare Minerals Well Rested setting powder, but I feel like the area gets too light with this powder. I like the coverage of it because of the brightening effect, it is a thick, pasty concealer and it does settle in my fine lines. Maybe I use too much of it, and that’s the reason why it settles. You only need a tiny amount of this concealer, but since it was in my project pan, I believe I was using more than necessary to finish it up quickly. But still, in my opinion it is a bit greasy, so it’s not something I reach for to use on my face, only the eye area.

 

 

The best result I’ve gotten using this concealer is to buff it with the ELF studio flawless concealer brush*, because this brush makes the concealer blend nicely and flawlessly onto the skin, it does give a natural finish. The concealer doesn’t feel and look as heavy as when I use it with other brushes, and I like to bring a bit of the concealer down, past the under eye part, to try to blend it better on the skin and get a (discreet) brightening effect on the cheeks.

 

ELF brush compared to Erase Paste

 

It does take a long time to use a full jar up (when I only had this concealer, it took me more than a year to finish up with daily use) and I still have 2 jars of it to be used, one of which is already open. Because I’ve been using it daily for a while, I’ve gotten kind of tired of using it, so as I said on my other post, I’ve turned to my NARS radiant creamy concealer, but when I use it up, I’ll probably have to go back to Erase Paste.

 

All in all, it is a good high coverage concealer, but it’s honestly not my favorite. It is too creamy and I feel that its brightening effect and thick coverage kind of disappear throughout the day in warm weather (which is the type of weather I get almost the whole year), specially without setting it with a powder.

 

Erase Paste costs $26 US dollars and it is not for sale in Brazil.

Have you ever used Erase Paste? If so, what do you think of it?

 

*The link to the elf store is not an affiliated link, it’s just to make it easier for you to find it, in case you were curious