I have to start this blog post by saying, I am a pretty simple person (even though I have an ‘extra’ side). I barely wear any makeup, if any at all, on my day-to-day, and my hair is usually the same style everyday. Some people may say this is boring, I say it is simple and I keep a positive mindset about it. I have my routines when it comes to beauty, even though I am always on the lookout for new products to try out for hair, makeup, and skincare, but usually I stick to the same looks for my day-to-day. People that know me joke that I am basic, and I definitely embrace this because I have no shame in my game and I am proud of the person I am (even though, like everyone, I have my insecurities too).
There are so many bloggers, Instagrammers, and YouTubers out there that always appear to have their hair and makeup done to the nines. I am just not like that. Maybe it is because I can be the laziest person on the planet (or just because who really has the time), but I just don’t care to look like I am going out to an event every day. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with getting dolled up every day. All the power to the people who do it, I just am not that person. I will post a picture (and in future videos) on getting glam and hopefully soon be doing tutorials on YouTube, but my every day look is pretty basic and simple.
I like to be quick with my hair and makeup (probably because I am always late), so I usually do my hair the night before, or if I don’t have to be at work until later on in the day, I take my time before work to do it. My hair is usually curled and rarely do I wear it straight (I just find it gets oilier faster if it is straight, so someone please let me know how to fix that). I curl my hair with a straightener because to be honest, I find it easier than using a curling iron and my hair stays curled longer. I have burned myself pretty bad using a curling wand so even though they work great, I am terrified that one day I will burn an ear off or something.
The way I curl with a straightener (eventually I will post a how-to video about this onYouTube), is to section the hair off from bottom to top (see images below). I do this layer by layer from bottom to top and usually I section it in three’s unless I am going out, then I do more layers of curls. I then take small pieces from each layer, clamp the straightener at the top of the piece of hair, twist the straightener, and pull. I usually leave about an inch at the bottom that is straight to give it more of a ‘beachy-wave’ look after I have finished. I repeat this process by section and at the end, run my fingers or a wide-tooth-comb through my hair and flip it so that the curls loosen up.
The curls will fall after a while and usually my hair will stay wavy for a couple of days, even after I sleep on it (I don’t always use hairspray either, but when I do the curls will stay curlier longer). The next day, depending on how I slept, if my hair is not very knotted, I will run my fingers or the wide-tooth comb through it. If my hair is a bit knottier I will brush it with a paddle brush. My hair will still stay wavy either way, and I don’t need to retouch it, unless there are too many pieces that are super straight compared to the rest of my hair.
The hairspray I use is the Tresemme Tres Two Extra Hold Hairspray, and I also use a root booster (but not as often) by Eufora that is called Boost and is a root lifting spray. Every second time I wash my hair I use Bio Silk’s Silk Therapy original and run it through my damp, towel-dried hair before blow drying. This keeps my ends soft, especially since my hair is quite blonde, I need all the help I can get keeping it healthy. If I ever use dry shampoo, my latest one that I have been using is the Dove Volume Dry Shampoo. I love the scent because it just smells clean, and I find that it does not leave a powdery, white residue like most other products do.
My go-to make up always takes less time than my hair. I am pretty simple with my makeup (when I actually do wear it) unless I am going out to an event or a night out with friends. But for when I go out to work or shopping or even taking photos for Instagram, I usually have one go-to look and it is very simple. So if you are expecting a crazy look for day-to-day, you won’t get it in this post.
**Please, note all products mentioned are products I am currently using for my every day wear and does not include extra ones I may use for evening looks.**
I love having my lashes done, it saves me so much time during the day, and also if I am going to have any part of my face done, it’s my lashes. When I do my makeup for the ‘everyday’ I start with a primer. I am not usually picky about primer and currently I am using Sephora Beauty Amplifier matte gel primer, and I apply it in my T-Zone. I apply the primer with my fingers and let it sit for about 30 seconds before applying the rest of my makeup.
After primer, I use the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind dark circle eraser concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and a little on any blemishes I may have at the time. Then I take the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and apply it with the wand applicator all over my face. I do not use much, because it is technically a liquid highlighter, but acts more as a sheer foundation (for me at least). I use a flat top foundation brush to blend it all in and I like to blend it down past my jawline. Then I alternate between RCMA No-Color Powder (if I want a more matte look) or Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Skin Perfecting Micro Powder (if I am looking for more of a glow) with a powder brush.
Next for me is a light contour with NARS contour duo. I do not use the highlighter (not just because I am out of it), but I use the bronze contour powder. I apply it with an angled blush brush under my cheekbones, the hairline on my forehead, the sides of my nose (usually with either a smaller brush or by pinching the angled brush so that it creates a thinner line), and ever so slightly under my jawline. After the contour, I use NARS Orgasm blush, which is by far my absolute favourite blush colour. I apply the blush lightly on the apples of my cheeks and bring it up my cheekbones a little (not too much because I don’t want to look like a clown, because clowns freak me out and its not a good look). After the blush is applied, I start on the brows.
I don’t always nee to fully do my brows, because I have been using the Maybelline Tattoo Studio Brow Gel, which lasts for a couple of days. If anything I will just need to touch it up, but this product actually lasts a couple of days without having to fully reapply. Side note – how amazing is that?! Anyways, after my brows are done, I move on to the last step; highlighter. I use a MAC highlighter because it is a little more subtle and there is already a little bit of shimmer in the Orgasm blush. I finish he whole look off with the Urban Decay All-Nighter Spray to set it and that’s all there is to it!
There it is, my daily routine for hair and makeup! Mind you, when it comes to my hair, I don’t curl it every day (as I mentioned earlier), but I do like the look of the fallen curls on myself. I will eventually be posting videos that will be tutorials on this and many more makeup looks, once I figure out how to properly use my camera and how to properly edit videos so they are not crazy long.
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