Brush Hygeine

Let’s talk brush hygiene. If you’re like many people you’re probably wondering, “what hygiene???”

But, when you think about it, it makes perfect sense, you put your makeup brushes into makeup and onto your face everyday so they should be clean. Additionally, the product build up (in my opinion) makes the brush perform at sub-peak levels.

The general consensus regarding brush cleanliness is that you should wash them once a week.

Now you’re thinking, “ugh! But that’s so tedious.”  Well, I agree. I wish I could say I’m a model citizen and that I wash my brushes every Sunday at 4PM on the dot, but I don’t. Especially at the ridiculous quantity of makeup brushes I own it can turn into a 30-45 minute ordeal. But, I’ve gotten my brush washing system to a place that makes it less terrible. Let’s go over the supplies I use:

Great, now you’ve got your supplies. The first step (very important) is to play a podcast so you don’t die of boredom.

Next, wet your brush with warm water (do not get the barrel wet) and swirl it onto the soap. Once it is soapy rub it over the mat until the brush looks clean. Run under the water to make sure it runs clear and then get any soap out. I then gently squeeze out the excess water and reshape the brush.

Now comes the drying. My favorite method is to hang them on a towel bar with elastics (see below). I find this dries them the quickest. This method also works with a clothing hanger. Otherwise find something to prop the brushes against to dry them at an angle on a towel to prevent the barrels from getting wet.

The last thing you want to do is to wipe down the barrels with alcohol to kill any germs that are on there from your hands touching them everyday. Tada! You’re done and ready to conquer tomorrow’s makeup look.

TIP: If you have 1000000 makeup brushes like me, I recommend rotating the ones you use and just cleaning the ones you’ve used, to save yourself the hassle.

Brush Hygeine

Eye Makeup Brushes

Hi everyone!

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote a blog post, as I pre-wrote my posts for the month of May while I was in Europe. I had a fabulous time and can’t wait to write about some of my experiences in later blog posts.

But today I want to talk about makeup and more specifically makeup brushes. Back in December, I decided I wanted some nice quality eye brushes as I was getting more into eye shadow. Before then, I had a random assortment of drugstore and Morphe brushes. And while they were OK, I just felt that there were better brushes out there. Cut to me furiously researching eye makeup brushes and I decided that I wanted The Complete Eye Set from Zoeva. I picked this set because Zoeva brushes has a good reputation and the price was reasonable for what I wanted.

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Wow, was I ever impressed by these brushes. They’re very soft against my eyelids, which actually made me realize how scratchy my other brushes were! The set is awesome, it has everything that I could possibly need. I really think having better brushes has helped me elevate my eye shadow game.

Another thing I noticed about these brushes is that they are super easy to wipe off and use again with a different color. Honestly, I don’t have enough brushes to grab a new one every time I want to use a new color so I need brushes I can quickly wipe off and reuse. I just wipe off the brush on the back of my hand until I don’t see color coming off anymore. In addition, when I do wash the brushes they hold their shape once they dry.

I’d recommend these brushes to someone who really wants to get better at eye shadow and sees themselves using the brushes regularly, otherwise they’re not really worth the investment.

Lastly, I want to highlight a few of my favorite brushes:

  • 227- Luxe Soft Definer: I use this for any blending or applying of shadow in the crease. It’s narrower on its side so it can be used more precisely or for a wide area.
  • 234- Luxe Smokey Shader: A great brush for packing a shadow all over the lid.
  • 231- Luxe Petit Crease: I love this brush for intensifying color in a small area or blending out shadow on the lower lash line.
  • 237- Detail Shader: A tiny brush perfect for inner corner highlights.

 

 

 

 

Eye Makeup Brushes

How to Pick a Fabulous Hostel

Hey everyone!

Today I want to discuss something I love: hostels! I love travelling and a big part of that (for me) is getting to stay in hostels. They are cheap, you meet awesome people, and the staff generally know a lot about the city you’re in. However, if you’ve never searched for or stayed in hostels it can be pretty overwhelming. Fear not! I am here for you with a step by step guide to finding a great hostel.

Before we get started I want to say a few things about hostels. First, if you have this image of hostels as gross and noisy places, you’re wrong. It’s really not hard to find a hostel that isn’t dirty or that is more chill/quiet if you want. Second, staying in a good hostel can totally change your experience in a city, so I recommend keeping a good budget for hostels. They often have free activities and kitchens so you can save money elsewhere. Let’s get booking!

So when booking hostels I like to use the HostelWorld app. They also have a website but I don’t think it works as well as the app. That is why I use the app and why my tutorial will be based on app, but the same ideas apply to this or other websites.

 

 

 

The first step is to open the hostel world app. This is what it looks like on the iPhone as of the end of April 2017. Pick your destination, the nights you want to stay, and the number of guests. Time to search.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next step is to click on the filter button in the bottom right of the screen (see right.)

 

 

 

 

 

Next, pick the filters you want to use. Personally, I recommend sorting by rating and by limiting your search to hostels. You could also do a price maximum but I usually do not, just to see everything. Apply the filters and go back to the search.

 

 

 

 

 

Next, look at your results and find a hostel that has an interesting price/rating. Click on it and now we will look at the rating. As you can see on the right this hostel has a great score of 9.3/10. However, what does this score break down to? To find this out click on the overall rating to see the breakdown.

 

 

 

 

The image to the left shows the breakdown of the rating. The main things I look for are location, cleanliness and security. My preference is hostels in a good location because even if the atmosphere isn’t a 10/10 at least you’re in a great spot! Next, I read some of the reviews. This gives me a feeling for the “vibe” of the hostel and what to expect when I get there. This is hard to teach to someone else but just read them and see how they make you feel about the hostel.

 

 

Next, I take a look at the facilities of the hostel. There are a few non-negotiable things for me when it comes to facilities. I want:

  • Free wifi (for obvious reasons)
  • Linens included: I don’t bring sheets with me when I travel
  • Towels for free or for hire: same as above, do not travel with a towel.
  • Security lockers: I need lockers to lock up my stuff, no desire or time to get stuff stolen.

I also check for 24 hour reception for times when I am arriving at the hostel late. If you plan on cooking many of your own meals, check for a kitchen.

Lastly, I just take a look at all the information included about the hostel. If it has what I want, is a reasonable price, and has the right vibe, I am happy to book it. To do this either book on HostelWorld or try and book directly with the hostel. HostelWorld charges a 10% fee on top of the cost of the hostel so you can save money by bypassing them. I often book with HostelWorld because all the information about your booking is easily accessible in the app. Additionally, when booking a bed I would recommend a room with 4-8 beds, more than that can be really overwhelming, but is not the end of the world.

Feel free to comment if you have any questions. Good luck and have a nice  trip!

How to Pick a Fabulous Hostel

European Backpacking Packing List

Since I am currently travelling in Europe for the month of May, I decided to write about more travel tips this month. Below you’ll find my tried and true packing list for backpacking through Europe in April-August. I pack all my things in my travel backpack and use compression packs to help with organization. Look out for a post in the near future reviewing these! Also if you decide to read nothing but the intro, I want to stress something to you: if you don’t wear it/use it at home, don’t bring it.

Clothing/Outerwear: When choosing what clothes to bring, I recommend picking clothes that all go together so that you have a wide variety of outfits. If that shirt only goes with 1 other item, then probably not worth it. Please note: this list is really tailored to going to Europe in Spring or Summer. Adjustments will need to be made for other times of year.

4 short-sleeve shirts or tank tops: Pick tops that go with everything

1 or 2 long sleeve shirts: This depends on if you’re going somewhere colder, but I’d still recommend bringing one even if you’re going to be somewhere warm.

1 sweater: I highly recommend packing the smallest yet warmest sweater you can find. Another option is a nano-puff jacket that folds up small. Sweatshirts take up a ton of space in bags, if you’re not going anywhere cold consider not bringing a sweatshirt. I did not bring one on my first trip to Europe and was totally fine as I was there in July and I had a long sleeve shirt and rain jacket.

2 pairs of pants: I recommend bringing a pair of leggings and a pair of linen pants for warmer destinations. For colder destinations, I recommend a pair of warm leggings with jeans (or more leggings). Leggings are great because they are comfortable, don’t take up a ton of room in a suitcase, and are mostly fuss free.

2 pairs of shorts: I mostly bring jean or dark colored shorts as these show signs of dirt much more slowly.

1 dress: I don’t personally bring a dress as I don’t wear them at home (pro tip: if you don’t wear it at home don’t pack it). However, they are a very nice addition as they are easy to look put together with, don’t take up much space, and are great for warm destinations.

2-3 bras: I recommend taking a normal bra, a sports bra and then either an extra comfy bra or a bralette. Between these 2-3 bras you should be set for a long time. You can also get quick dry bras that are easy to wash if you are concerned and want to wash your bra between most wears. I find washing them weekly when I do laundry is enough for me.

4 pairs travel underwear: There is nothing I can recommend more than buying some pairs of travel underwear to save on space and for ultimate comfort. I own 4 pairs and they are my favorite underwear ever, they’re super comfortable and you can wash them in the sink with soap or shampoo and they will be dry in a few hours.

5 pairs noncotton socks: I highly recommend noncotton socks as they are much easier to wash in sinks. Cotton socks don’t dry and really don’t get that clean when washing in the sink.

Bathing suit: even if you don’t plan on going somewhere where you will use it I recommend bringing a bathing suit just in case as they are small to pack anyways.

Sneakers: You’re going to be doing a lot of walking, I can guarantee it, so a pair of sneakers is awesome. I bought a pair of all black Nikes that go well with a lot of things and aren’t horribly ugly and they work great. You might not be the most fashionable person ever but just remember no one knows you and you can be fashionable at home 😉

Sandals: these are super important for many reasons. First, you need something to walk around the hostel in. Second, some days it’s just too hot for sneakers so sandals are ideal. And lastly, you might be going to the beach where you will need sandals. I recommend getting a pair of multifunctional sandals that you can both wear out places but also get wet. I have a pair of yoga mat sandals and I love them.

yoga sandal

Rain Jacket: Bring a rain jacket! They are multifunctional because they keep you dry but can also keep you warm, and they fold up really small.

Small Scarf: This is optional but if you are going somewhere cold or are constantly cold this might be a good idea.

Hat: only if you will wear it! I bring a baseball cap as it is great for the beach or really sunny days.

 

Toiletries: as you may know by now, I am a makeup FIEND. I love it, but I chose not to travel with it. Makeup is a hobby, a hobby I can easily do at home so I chose to not bring it so I can focus doing things I can’t do at home. Additionally, my skincare routine is very “extra” but again I chose to travel with the bare minimum skincare wise as I travel with a carryon only. Lastly, some stuff you can just buy once you’re at your destination especially if you’re travelling with one or more people, as you can just share them.

Toothbrush

Floss: Be honest with yourself, if you don’t normally floss don’t bring it.

Travel sized toothpaste: I recommend trying to find a 2-3oz travel toothpaste so it can hopefully last you the whole trip

Travel sized bottles: I bought mine from Amazon and I use these to bring my necessities with me. I have 3 bottles, 1 for face/all over body lotion, 1 for shampoo and 1 for conditioner. I am allergic to fragrances so I have to bring my own supplies, however if you are fine with a 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner totally get that to save on space! It’s not the best but also not that bad for a few weeks.

travel bottles

Deodorant

Bandaids: highly recommend investing in hella expensive blister bandaids. They are amazing/game changers if you get blisters.

blister bandaid

Hairbrush/comb: I bring a comb as it works for my hair and it smaller.

Sunscreen: do not forget this!! Very important, but can also easily be bought once you’re at your destination which I sometimes do.

Razor: I personally am able to shave without shaving cream so I don’t bring any. However, to save on space you can shave using conditioner or just normal soap, so keep that in mind.

Body soap: personally I prefer bar soaps so that is what I bring, however even if you prefer liquid body soap you might want to opt for bar soap as it is not a liquid.

Hair Elastics

Chapstick

Nail Clippers

Prescription Medication: make sure it has the prescription label attached

Other medication: bring any other medication you take. I also suggest bringing some Advil with you just in case.

Makeup: bring any makeup you want but pack this last as it is the least “necessary.” I personally bring an eyebrow pencil, dark circle corrector, eyelash curler, and a lipstick.

Makeup remover

 

Other Items: important stuff like passports!

Inflatable neck pillow: I did not have this on my first trip but oh man on my trips since this has been a game changer. I often take overnight buses or sleep in airports or on airplanes and having a neck pillow makes the experience so much better. I recommend one you can inflate so it takes less room.

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Reusable water bottle: save money on water bottles by filling up your own. Water is safe in most places so tap water is totally drinkable! Also, great to fill up once you pass security at the airport.

Padlock: bring your own padlock so you can actually lock your stuff in lockers at hostels.

Passport: please be sure to check your passport is not expiring soon and that you have any visas if you need them.

Phone charger/Adapter: make sure to check the countries you are going to and that you have the right adapters.

Tablet: I do not personally bring anything other than my phone as I can do everything I need to do on there while travelling, but if you know you need a tablet bring one.

Headphones

Handwashing Laundry Soap: I order this off Amazon and it is awesome in a pinch.

handwashing soap

Credit cards: My recommendation while travelling is getting a credit card that does not fee you when you are travelling/spending money abroad. This is the best exchange rate/deal you will get and most places do take card. I personally have two credit cards now for when I travel alone in case one does not work. The key with credit cards is to not spend more than you have.

Debit card: talk to your bank and see where you can withdraw money abroad with the least amount of fees.

Photocopies of important documents: if you lose your passport but have a photocopy your life will be much easier. I also keep photocopies in my drive so I can view it from anywhere.

Ziplock bags: you will probably need these for a variety of different reasons, good to keep them on hand.

Sunglasses

European Backpacking Packing List

Vegan Gooey Microwave Brownies

Today, it’s time I reveal one of my favorite things ever: vegan, gooey microwave brownies. To be completely honest, I am not vegan but for some reason I prefer vegan brownies. I find them denser and fudgier. Warning: These brownies are addictive!!! I am currently in the midst of my finals, so while I haven’t really been wearing much makeup, I have been eating many of these brownies, so why not write about them? 😉

These brownies are quite simple and take about 2 minutes to make and then 30 seconds to inhale. All you need is a mug or bowl, a teaspoon, a mixing spoon and a microwave.

Here are the ingredients you will need:

Then all you need to do is mix all the ingredients together. If it does not seem wet enough, which it probably won’t, add a splash of milk (I use almond milk). Once combined, put into the microwave until mostly, but not totally, cooked as this brownie is best a little gooey! For my microwave that is 35 seconds on 50% power, but it will vary for different microwaves. Then either enjoy alone or with a little vanilla cashew ice cream.

Pro tip: Save the image with the ingredients (above) onto your phone and then make these anytime!

For a printable version of this recipe click here.

Vegan Gooey Microwave Brownies

My Skincare Routine

If you read my last post, then you know that I have struggled with my skin since I changed birth control methods almost two years ago. I went from doing very little to maintain my nice skin to having acne, enlarged pores and ridiculously oily skin. A few months later, I changed back to my original birth control method and within a week I saw probably a 40% improvement in my skin. I thought this was fabulous and that it would get better in no time. However, that was not the case, after about a week my skin plateaued.  Cue to the next year of me fumbling my way through different skincare in the hopes that something would work.

Surprise! My half-assed attempts didn’t work. Now, let’s talk about what did work. First, let’s look at a before and after photo. The before photo (left) is poor quality but to be honest didn’t love getting my picture taken. As you’ll see I look textured and shiny. In the after photo (right) I am wearing no makeup and quite happy with my skin. The picture is taken in daylight and you’ll see I have a bit of scarring on my cheek/chin, but otherwise my skin is fairly clear. (Note: the skin around my eyes is darker than the rest of my skin due to years of eczema there, it is what it is).

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist, take everything I say with a grain of salt, do your research, and talk to your doctor if you have any questions. This is just what worked for me but we all have different skin types.

My Skin Type: Now, I’d say I have fairly normal skin as I do not get oily and I do not have dry patches. I am allergic to fragrances and have eczema prone skin (thanks genetics). Before I started my current skincare routine I’d say I had dehydrated, combination skin, meaning I would get oily but still had dry patches. I’ve been told dehydrated skin causes the skin to overproduce oil.

Now onto how I got to where I am now…

The first thing that I noticed that helped my acne was when I stopped using a face cleansing brush. I did this about a year ago and noticed a near immediate reduction in acne. I have a feeling that one of the main reasons the brush was giving me problems was because I was not removing my makeup first, rather I was using the brush to remove my makeup. If you use a cleansing brush with makeup still on you are basically pushing that makeup into your pores. However, I promptly returned that brush so I cannot speak to how it would work with first removing my makeup. For those interested, I was using the Philips PureRadiance Multi-Speed Skin Cleansing System.

Next came 8 months of aimlessly trying different skincare products to no avail. By November 2016, I was starting to get frustrated so I made an appointment with my dermatologist around the holidays. However, many of my friends who have struggled with acne got prescription after prescription from their dermatologist without any permanent solution or results and I did not want to be a part of that. I told myself I would commit to researching and using an intensive skincare routine and use the dermatologist as a “last resort.”

And so the research began. Something you should probably know about me is that I love researching and I spent hours researching my skincare routine. I decided to get most of my information from the Skincare Addition Subreddit. Not everything said on there should be trusted or followed but they seemed like they had pretty good guides to getting started so that is where I went. On the right hand side of the page you will find the “Resources” section and this is a lot of what I used. I had three main rules when it came to choosing products:

  1. It had to be affordable (my (and many) dermatologists say that you do not need expensive skincare, and I decided that I agreed)
  2. It had to be fragrance free
  3. If possible, it was available on Amazon (’cause ease)

Through the research I did there and elsewhere I decided I wanted the following steps in my skincare routine:

  1. Oil Cleanse: to remove makeup. I use this every night on the days I wear makeup.
  2. Normal Cleanser: to clean skin, I use this every morning and night.
  3. Toner: to re-balance skin, I use this every morning and night.
  4. AHA/BHA: Helps your skin to regenerate faster which helps to clear acne and scarring (known as chemical exfoliants). I use Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA) every other night and am currently not using Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA).
  5. Serum: to add moisture back to the skin, I use this every morning and night.
  6. Face Lotion: to add more moisture to the skin, I use this every morning and night.
  7. Eye Cream: eye creams are a heavily debated topic on the internet, are they worth it?! I decided that for me, yes, they are worth it because I have EXTREMELY dry skin around my eyes because that is where I get eczema. I only use this at night or the mornings I’m not wearing makeup.
  8. Sunscreen: !!! Important !!! I am so glad I finally added sunscreen to my skincare routine. I found a sunscreen I like and I feel good knowing I have it. Not only does it help to prevent skin cancer it also helps to prevent ~premature aging~ (wrinkles). I put this on every morning.

After lots of exhaustive research on products and also the best deals on products these are the items I decided to purchase and have now been using for three months:

  1. Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Oil: I decided on this because it is inexpensive and fragrance free. It’s pretty good as an oil cleanser, but my favorite is the Burt’s Bees one but unfortunately it is heavily scented. Please note: I only use this on days where I wear makeup.
  2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser: I love this cleanser! After washing my face, my skin is left feeling soft and nourished.
  3. Thayers Alcohol-free Unscented Witch Hazel Toner: Not much to say here other than no complaints! It pretty much feels like putting water all over your face.
  4. Cosrx AHA 7 Whitehead Power Liquid: I bought this as my AHA but am currently not using it and focusing on BHA. Since I have sensitive skin I find it better to focus on one thing, but I did really like it while using it.
  5. Paula’s Choice SKIN PERFECTING 2% BHA Liquid Salicylic Acid Exfoliant for Blackheads and Enlarged Pores: I use this BHA every other night and let it sink into my skin for 10-15 minutes before moving onto the next step in my routine. I think this exfoliant has made a large difference in my skin and I really like it!
  6. Hada Labo Rohto Gokujyn Hyaluronic Acid Lotion: This serum was honestly a game changer for my skin. I think this is one of the big things that helped it go from combination to normal skin. Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 500x its weight in water (wow) so it helps to seriously moisturize the skin.
  7. Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion: This is my face lotion (works for face and body) does a great job moisturizing and sinks in fast enough so that I can do makeup soon after. Also great bang for your buck as it’s a giant bottle!
  8. Baebody Eye Gel for Dark Circles, Puffiness, Wrinkles and Bags: Honestly don’t find this gel really helps with dark circles, wrinkles, or bags. However, it does a great job moisturizing and it’s a great deal (huge container).
  9. Eltamd UV Clear SPF 46: This is the sunscreen I use and it is fabulous. Up until I discovered this, I hated sunscreen, it always made my face burn and breakout. This one leaves my face feeling normal and allows me to put makeup over it without problems. This sunscreen is sold on Amazon, however the Eltamd website says it is not authorized to be sold there and that you should get it from your dermatologist. I got it from my dermatologist but it is more expensive there.

In the end of December 2016 I fully committed myself to this routine. Every morning and every night I spend 5-20 minutes focusing on my skin, and in my opinion the work has paid off!

My Skincare Routine

Rocking a Full Face of Makeup– Without Foundation.

Recently while browsing one of the beauty Sub-Reddits I like to follow (can’t remember which one, but check out this post for some good ones!) I came across a question about wearing foundation. The poster asked if it was OK for her to still wear makeup even if she didn’t have foundation on. This question seemed crazy to me, of course you can!!!!! Then, I took a step back to think about it, I’m not and never have been a foundation wearer and I wear a crap-ton of other makeup, so of course it seems totally fine to me.  That’s when I realized I wanted to write about not wearing foundation but still rocking 100 other layers of makeup 😉

Me (Sophie) Without Foundation

The main reason I don’t wear foundation is because I just really hate the feeling of foundation. I’ve tried probably 10 at this point and I’ll like them for a few days and then realize I can feel them on my skin and would rather just not wear any. Another reason is that when I first got into makeup I had really nice skin. I had some acne scarring and the occasional pimple but for the most part was pretty lucky. So, all I did was apply a bit of concealer in places that needed it and then was on my way.

However, a little less than 2 years ago I switched birth control methods and got pretty bad acne. I included a picture below, unfortunately it’s not a great picture as I really wasn’t in too many pictures as I felt really uncomfortable with the sudden change in my skin. I went from combination skin to extremely oily skin with lots of acne all over my forehead, cheeks, and chin. At this point, I decided to give foundation another try, because I had all this acne so it was what I was “supposed” to do to wear makeup. I got a few different foundations and started playing around with them. Well guess what? I still hated wearing foundation. I thought it felt heavy, accentuated texture, clung to dry patches and slid off in the oily areas.

Me (Sophie) With Acne

Now, I’m still dealing with some of the acne but much less than before. My skin is much less textured and overall is doing much better (skincare routine coming soon). And these days, I’m still just wearing concealer under my full face of makeup.

Now that I’ve explained my no foundation history I think it’s time I explain why it can be a good choice for everyone. Let me start off by saying, however, this is not to discourage you from ever wearing foundation if you love it, this is to encourage you to not feel like you always have to wear foundation. You should wear makeup for no one but yourself so do whatever makes you feel great.

  1. Oftentimes, foundations emphasize texture and dry spots that concealer would not. I know for me, I don’t need to put concealer over colorless textured spots or over my dry patches when I had them and this helped to conceal them where foundation would accentuate them.
  2. For oily skin, only having to put concealer on spots instead of foundation on the whole face really helped for the longevity of my makeup as there were less cream products to slide off my face.
  3. If you’re going for a “natural” look, it is really nice to still see your skin shine through and helps it look even more natural.
  4. Similar concept as above, but when wearing a full face of makeup (smokey eye and all) I really like the contrast of natural looking skin with unnatural looking eyes. It is interesting to look at and gives a really cool contrast– highly recommend you try this.
  5. This is more personal, but if you hate the feeling of foundation like me then not wearing it feels amazing.

Again, I just want to repeat that if you love foundation then don’t stop what you’re doing. However, if you feel “pressured” by society to wear foundation then I highly recommend you try going without it to see how you feel. You only grow when you push the boundaries of your comfort zone. Also, I’d urge you to think about how often you notice other people’s flaws. Probably not often, right? That’s because we are self centered beings that focus on our own flaws, so when you go out, remember that people are probably too busy thinking about their own flaws to notice yours. 😉

OK, now that that is done let’s talk makeup!!! How do you just skip foundation? Easy, you literally just skip it. I personally still apply primer because it gives me a glowy and more flawless base. I still apply powder to my whole face because it helps my other products glide on smoothly. I apply concealer to all my spots or scars and blend it out with a sponge. Any left over I will run over my cheeks or any area with a touch of redness. I apply my concealer in a triangle shape under my eyes to brighten up the area, even though some people say not to do that without foundation I think it looks nice on me. So here is the order of products I apply (I’ve also included the products I used in the pictures in this post):

  1. Primer: L’Oreal Magic Lumi Cushion and Smashbox Photo Finish Light Primer
  2. Concealer: On my face Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in 10 and 15. Around my eyes I use the Bare Minerals Bare Skin Serum Concealer in Fair and Light (4 concealers because I’m extra and it’s hard to find a perfect color match)
  3. Powder: RCMA No Color Powder
  4. Contour: Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder in Medium
  5. Bronzer: Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in the shade Bronzer
  6. Blush: Milani Baked Blush in Berry Amore
  7. Highlight: Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana (applied VERY liberally because I love this stuff) and Essence Pure Nude Highlighter
  8. Brows: L’Oreal Brow Stylist Definer in Brunette (I sort of hate this, just waiting to recieve my new Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz) and L’Oreal Brow Stylist Plumper in Light to Medium
  9. Eye Shadow: A bit of bronzer in the crease. Physicians Formula Eye Booster is my eyeliner (I kid you not it survived a blizzard)
  10. Setting Spray: Pure Bliss Makeup Setting Spray
  11. Lipstick: Maybelline Touch of Spice
  12. Mascara: Maybelline the Colossal Volum Express in Waterproof with The Mega Plush Volum Express also in waterproof. On my bottom lashes Covergirl Clump Crusher mascara (3 mascaras because I’m extra #noshame)
A Full Face (Using all 12 Steps) Without Foundation

Generally speaking, if you do not know me and my personal feelings about foundation your probably can’t tell that I am not wearing it.

Need more inspiration? Check out the following videos of makeup without foundation:

  • Thataylaa: She has cystic acne and loves to wear foundation but has come up with a no foundation routine that suites her.
  • Kathleenlights: She has near perfect skin and wears foundation in most of her videos but mentions that she generally does not wear it day to day.
  • Sharon Farrell: She does not have perfect skin but has worked hard to make it as nice as she can. She has a couple of nice no foundation makeup routines on her channel, I just linked my favorite.
  • JKissa: She never ever wears foundation (yay!) because she does not like the feeling of it. She wears super bold and intense eye looks and she rocks it without foundation. I wish there were more YouTubers like her. All her videos are without foundation, I just linked a fun one.

If you are inspired to try out no foundation makeup because of this post, I’d love to see it! Tag @sophs_10 and @feminineboutiqueblog on Instagram so we can make sure to see your lovely faces!

Rocking a Full Face of Makeup– Without Foundation.