I moved into a new apartment in June that is so cute, but teeny tiny. There is not a lot of storage space, so I had to get creative with my makeup storage since I have quite a lot of makeup. The main thing I wanted was it to be easily accessible. In my last apartment, besides some basics I used daily that I stored in the bathroom, my makeup was put away in drawers in my bedroom. I rarely went through them and pulled out different things to use.
I hung up the Honey-Can-Do Over The Door Clear Shoe Organizer/Storage Rack, which has 24 clear pockets, on the back of my bathroom door, and divided my makeup into the categories below. Since implementing this storage system I have definitely used way more of my makeup and experimented with different items and looks. It makes it so easy to see all of my makeup and decide what to use when I’m getting ready.
Top to bottom, left to right: row one – cream blushes, liquid blushes, powder blushes, every day basics; row two – clear lip balms, tinted lip balms and lip pencils, lip glosses and liquid lipsticks, lipsticks; row three – primers and setting sprays, foundations, powders, highlighters and concealers; row four – eye liners, mascaras, cream eyeshadows and stick eyeshadows, eyeshadow palettes; row five – face masks, skin care x3; row six – samples x3, perfume.
I’m late to the party on this one, but after admiring it from afar for many months, I finally picked up the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette recently. I was waiting for my Hourglass Abient Lighting Powder in Dim Light – which I love and use daily – to run out before purchasing, and when that happened to coincide with a 50% off Space NK deal on Gilt City, I couldn’t resist. The palette contains three Ambient Lighting Powders, in Dim Light, Radiant Light, and Incandescent Light, which is only available in the palette. The Ambient Lighting Powders are light reflecting finishing powders that are meant to create different subtle lighting effects on your skin. The key word is definitely subtle here.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
Dim Light is a peachy neutral colour that I apply all over to warm up my pale, pale face, that is also supposed to blur imperfections. I don’t use it as a setting powder – I apply it over Nars Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder – as it does not have good oil control. The powders are very finely milled, and therefore great for layering. I find it really does finish off your makeup in a nice way though, somehow making your makeup and skin look smoother, livelier, and just more finished once applying. Since buying Dim Light separately about a year and a half ago, I’ve been using it every day. Radiant Light is more golden and shimmery, so I use it as a bronzer below my cheekbones and on my temples, and it is meant to add a sun-kissed finish to your skin. It looks pretty shimmery in the pan, but like all the Ambient Lighting Powders, the effect is very soft once applied. Incandescent Light is a very understated, slightly shimmery brightening powder. I use it to lighten up areas of my face, including my cheekbones, forehead, center of my nose, and chin, where I wouldn’t use an actual highlighter out of fear of being too shiny. I do usually put another highlighter such as The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer over it on my cheekbones since it is so subtle.
(L-R: Dim Light, Incandescent Light, Radiant Light)
So is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette life changing? No, not really (though I do love Dim Light a lot). But if you want a subtle, glowy, can’t-quite-put-your-finger-on-it complexion boost then it’s definitely worth checking out.
I love Essie Splash of Grenadine because it’s bright and fun while not being overly obnoxious. It’s a really unique colour – not quite fully pink, but not quite purple either. On my nails, I think it looks a lot more pink than it does in some other swatches online. Essie describes it as a “playful magenta pink”.
Essie Splash of Grenadine is a great consistency; it applies easily and dries extremely smooth and shiny. I added a top coat of Seche Vite for maximum shine, though I don’t think it’s really necessary to use a top coat with this one. It was pretty opaque in two coats, but I added a third coat just to make sure!
No matter where I’m going or how big or small the bag I’m carrying is, I always find room to cram in the following three beauty essentials.
Bag: Rebecca Minkoff, phone case: Rifle Piper Co., card holder: Kate Spade (review here)
I’ve recently been using Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in Light again. While not the most covering, it’s very creamy and light, and can therefore also be used more like a foundation if necessary, without things getting too heavy. I like this concealer a lot, but I don’t think it really lives up to its “creaseless” name. The tube I have is a mini version from a set, which makes it great for lugging around!
My skin gets super shiny throughout the day, and MAC Blot Powder/Pressed is great at mattifying while adding a little more coverage, without making your face cakey. It includes a convenient round puff applicator for on-the-go application, so there’s no need for carrying around an extra brush (though towards the end of using up a compact the applicator gets pretty destroyed and isn’t as easy to use). The compact mirror is also very handy for other makeup touch ups!
Tinted Lip Balm
I’m constantly applying and re-applying lip balm throughout the day, so I usually have at least 2-3 tinted and untinted versions with me. If my bag is extra small though, I always go with tinted so I can easily add some moisture and colour to my lips. I also love that tinted lip balm can double up as a blush in emergencies! My current favourite tinted lip balm is Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips.
I ended up with both the aerosol and non-aerosol version of the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk completely by accident. I originally purchased the aerosol spray version after hearing great reviews from pretty much everyone, including my friend Lisa. I went to repurchase it during a special 40% off select items promotion Birchbox was running, but purchased the non-aerosol version without realizing. Both versions are made with rice starch and oat milk extracts, and soak up excess oil while not being too drying on your hair.
I use the non-aerosol version how I use baby powder as dry shampoo – by putting a small amount in my hand and applying it with a (very old) makeup brush. To get the product out of the non-aerosol bottle you have to squeeze the bottle until the dry shampoo puffs out. I find that the bottle dispenses way too much product to apply it directly to your hair and can be very messy, which is why I squeeze it into my hand first. It leaves your hair feeling a little more powdery than baby powder and the aerosol version, and has a pretty strong white cast, but since I’m blonde that isn’t really an issue (I use the makeup brush to make sure it’s all blended in, plus it makes roots less noticeable). It has a pretty strong scent, but it definitely smells better and less obvious than baby powder. I don’t think I would repurchase the non-aerosol version as I don’t think it performs much better than baby powder, but is a lot more expensive. It is more volumizing than baby powder, but I can live without that. Since it is non-aerosol, it is better for the environment.
However, I LOVE the aerosol spray version and have to refrain from using it every day. I like that it works as both a dry shampoo and a light hairspray, and adds some volume while allowing you to move and shape your hair a little. The aerosol bottle is very convenient and dispenses the perfect amount of product, making it much easier to apply than the non-aerosol version. I shake the bottle and then spray it directly on my roots, and brush it out a little with my fingers. It is not as strong smelling and leaves less of a white cast than the non-aerosol version, and there’s also a version for brunettes.
It definitely feels like I’m going through the aerosol spray version a lot faster, even though I use the non-aerosol one significantly more. I usually use the non-aerosol version during the week, and save the aerosol version for the weekend or more “special occasions”. I think the non-aerosol version is a bit better when it comes to oil absorption, but the spray version works fine for me as my hair doesn’t get too greasy. It you have super oily and fine hair you might prefer the non-aerosol version. I will definitely be repurchasing the Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk aerosol spray version when I run out, but sticking to my usual baby powder during the week. Sorry environment!