Can you tell I’ve waited almost a year to get to May and use this alliteration? Oh I did! The little joys of blogging also lie in giving one’s posts the catchiest titles one can come up with, which more often than not fall flat but who cares? This Triple-M-Threat is all about my May makeup menu (another one!) which unfortunately hasn’t much changed from last month but hey! This should only tell you how much I am enjoying this lot here right?
While the weather shows no signs of takin’ it easy I have no choice but to go “less” with makeup and “more” with cooling spritzes! Fewer base products are gracing the face and more long-lasting and immovable liquids are the jam! I am holding off using new things till a substantial “dent” is made in my existing makeup lot but I am sure things are going to shift gears as soon as the weather cools down. I CANNOT WAIT.
I had a rather strange concoction of base products going on this month. Thanks to the horribly sweaty weather none of my bases were living up to their previous longevity claims so I decided to cut down on all and any and go for as little coverage as possible. Embracing the flaws and letting the skin breathe has been the idea lately! So obviously there are no foundations or tinted moisturisers or bb creme to be found here, instead what I have been using is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone almost all over the face and then liberally powdering everything with the Chanel Les Beiges powder.
I know I know, slapping my entire face with something that has the word “shimmering” in its name may sound like the opposite of what this weather needs, but much to my own surprise my skin seems to love this a lot and sort of balances itself to NOT be so greasy when I have this on! It almost helps to mattify my skin and gives it a new glow without the greasy discomfort. It also evens out my skin and blurs the now fountain-sized pores and just looks pretty good!
The Les Beiges powder when worn on top seems to dull it down the glow a bit and puts everything on the fine line between glow and matte. I have also been using Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir as part of my makeup routine, initially only because it was very cooling and later because I discovered it takes away any powdery-effects and makes everything look “lived in”. For any concealing purposes my MAC Select Moisture Cover Concealer is still going strong although, I now realise it doesn’t have a lot of coverage or a decent staying power. It just looks really natural once blended in which basically ticked the right boxes for me. Not repurchasing certainly!
The coral love affair is at its peak right now! I have SO many blushes in that family that I could wear a new one each day of the month.. and I am not even kidding! I have had Chanel’s Presage Cream Blush since the time I’ve had Destiny in my stash (a.k.a bought together!) but unfortunately this is the more neglected kid! I somehow picked it only based on how much everyone else (read bloggers) seemed to love it while knowing pretty well that the stunning coral was too much for me! Fast forward to this month, I was feeling guilty owning but never using it so I decided to give it a go and bam! Love it! How did I not know that this can be sheered out and worn softly?! It has incredible staying power on bare skin and I am really pleased to have it back on rotation. Its one of the corals that stays peachy on me instead of turning a regular pink and in some lights gives a lovely sculpting effect to the cheeks sans any bronzer or contour!
Another oldie but a goodie, Makeup Forever Sculpting Blush. Who remembers these? I am not sure they still make these (oh wait! I did spot these on the MUFE website) but these are quintessential MUFE products; pigmented, soft, long wearing and beautiful! The one here, no. 10 is the perfect peachy pink.. period. The best amalgam of peach and pink with a champagne sheen which is everything I wish Nars’s Orgasm was!
Another MUFE gem I rediscovered is this plain old borderline boring beige eyeshadow! Its a matte creamy color which for my skintone makes for the perfect base eyeshadow to cover up any blues on the lids and also help blend whatever color I wear on top. Good things just drown under piles of new makeup, and I found it the other day while looking for an entirely different product and cannot since remember what it was that I was looking for! Story for another time.
This especially works well with sheer eyeshadows like MAC’s All that Glitters, such that it helps the real tones of the eyeshadow to show through and not get altered thanks to my pigmented lids. This is a nifty little trick you know? I also sometimes just wear it on its own and it makes for a really evened-out, soft look. My MAC quad has the same contents as last month. Why change a good thing?
MAC’s Hug Me is growing on me. There I said it. I think I like this lipstick now contrary to what I may have said previously! Its cool-toned definitely but it looks good when I have a lot of peachy-pinky-ness going on elsewhere. It just “fills in the gaps” without taking the attention away from the glowing face, bronzey eyes or peachy-pink cheeks. A lovely barely there color. I am trying to use this one up (and happily so) and I think the next time I’ll get Jubilee, its more peachy sister which might go better with my complexion? thoughts?
For a more creamy and long wearing option I have felt a whole new love for the YSL Rouge Pur Couture. Not really sure if I have praised these before but what a brilliant formula this is, especially if you don’t like wearing matte lipsticks or ones which tug on the lips and make them drier . These are probably my favorite lipstick formulas, super opaque and creamy and wear so well! It almost stains my lips so even if the creamy top layer rubs off I am still left with a lot of color on my lips which is such a boon when you don’t have time to reapply lipstick after every coffee you guzzle down! I have No. 5 a pinky-peachy-slightly-brown nude which goes with all those blushes up there! Perfection in a tube!
A very similar but a bit drier formula is that of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Sculpting lipsticks. Again, pigmented, creamy and long wearing with an impressive color selection! I have Intense Nude my first (of many) and I love the grown up nude that it is. No peachy tones, just a good’l brown nude with mauve tones running through it. If peachy pinks wash you out, you might want to take a look at this one!
I’ll probably give this “use the old stuff first” restriction a break and dig my fingers into all the new stuff I have been collecting in the coming month!
Hows your Sunday going? Have a good one!