A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on what was in my on-the-go makeup bag, and I thought it would be a great idea to turn it into a semi-regular series. Work is going great, it's so much better than my previous jobs, and I really like my coworkers. They all have interesting personalities, and some of them are just so nice and easy to work with. One of them, the manager, is straight to the point and direct, which I really appreciate because it makes it easier to establish trust in the workplace.
I work on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and thus I worked on Valentine's Day. I had to bake a Red Velvet cake in the shape of a heart, topped with some marshmallow frosting. It was so weird baking for V-Day when I don't even participate in it at all - I find the holiday to be over-the-top and sappy. Sean and I are perfectly content with just pretending it doesn't exist, because romance should be every day, not just one day out of a year. It's just the way we are, and we don't even put a lot of effort into our anniversaries. It's not like we have the financial security to splurge on a gift for the significant other every few months so we make Christmases and birthdays super special.
This year was probably the most effort I put into Valentine's Day, picking a few orange roses to display in the cafe as well as wearing my Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips in Passion Pink. I just realised that everything about that product's name just screams "HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!"
Well, at least I had some compliments on my choice of lipstick for the day!
I'm still using the same Kikki K pencil case as my makeup bag, and I like it more every time I use it. I do wish that it had a bit more wriggle room in its main pouch, but it encourages me to pare down what I bring with me to work. I try to change things up a little each day to make sure everything gets some use, and nothing is going to waste since I have so much makeup in my possession. So far, this idea is going really well, and I'm also getting a bit of use out of my eyeshadow palettes.
I'm rotating my palettes so that each and every one of them gets used. Sometimes, if I can't decide between two palettes to use for the next day, I just hold them out in front of Sean and tell him to choose one for me. I've got a good system going, and it's really fun playing with something different each day. So far, most of my eye looks have been pretty basic, using the neutral shades in these palettes.
The base remains unchanged, though. I'm still using the Wet n Wild Ultimate Sheer Tinted Moisturiser and the LA Girl Pro Conceal in Natural to conceal my dark circles. I'm still using the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder to set the moisturiser and concealer. I've actually noticed that the tinted moisturiser is causing little bumps to appear under my nose, much like what happened in Japan (I brought the tinted moisturiser with me then) as well as large pimples in random places on my face. I think it needs to be replaced, possibly being too old for use. I've got my eye on an oil-control one from Natio that I'll try out on Tuesday after work.
Week Two of Work saw me using Colourpop's Lippie Stix on the Tuesday not just as a lipstick, but also as a blush. I decanted some of the Milani Foundation in Body Glow into a tiny jar so I didn't have to take the entire thing. I use this on the tops of my cheekbones. I used theBalm Appetit Palette in the morning before I left for work. Again, I brought with me the Essence Lash Princess Mascara.
I had horrible sleep on Thursday so I got out of bed earlier. It gave me the time to do my makeup at home, so I was able to put a bit more effort into my appearance. I used the Milani Rose Blush in Romantic Rose, the Mary-Lou Manizer, Makeup Revolution Radiant Highlighter in Breathe all over my face, and then the Milani Amore Matte Lip Creme in Adorable. I used the Chi Chi Glamorous Sun Kissed Palette on my eyes, though it was a bit more subtle than I would have liked since I didn't use the orange shade that I love.
Week Three, I switched some things up. I kept the base the same, but on Tuesday I bypassed the eyeshadow and kept my eyes bare except for the mascara. I used the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Fanciful, the Makeup Revolution Radiant Highlighter in Breathe, the Milani Foundation in Body Glow, and I also used the Makeup Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Setting Spray, decanted into a tiny spray bottle. This was the day that I used Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips in Passion Pink.
Thursday, I used theBalm Voyage palette to do my eyes, using the pink shades, and I did a slight wing with Face of Australia Liquid Eyeliner. On the train, I applied my base as well as the Milani Rose Blush in Tea Rose, the Radiant highlighter, the Milani foundation. I finished the look with Barry M Showgirl Lengthening Mascara. I actually really like this mascara, it opens my eyes up so much and looks really natural as opposed to the Essence Lash Princess Mascara. I'll need to do a review on this mascara sometime soon. I finished my look with e.l.f. Cosmetics Moisturising Lipstick in Ravishing Rose.
I was watching Celebrity Apprentice the other day while I was at Mum's house, and the first task was focused on Tyra Banks' new makeup line. I thought the men's concept was so on point, compared to the women's. It was ironic, but I totally understood why the men won both times during the episode - they actually understood and followed the brief. I'm digressing somewhat - what interested me the most was the makeup line, Tyra Beauty. It promises to deliver a fierce face within 5 minutes, using just a few products and no applicators except our fingers. That sort of thing is something a lazy girl like me could really go use those sleepy mornings before work.
It seems like the brand is against animal testing, and is vegan for the most part. It's quite vague on the website, though, so more research into the brand is necessary to determine whether it is truly cruelty-free and vegan. It would be really cool if it's actually true that they can deliver gorgeous results within a few minutes. Then again, I already own stick products, except for the contour which I most likely wouldn't use, so maybe that's a bit redundant?
Do you apply your makeup while travelling on public transport? What are your must-haves?