Unfortunately, university is back around the corner and here comes late nights, waking up late and trying to look at least semi-presentable in that brief amount of time you have. If you’re like me, this will happen a lot… so here’s a couple of makeup options you might need to quickly kick start your day.
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream | $25 AUD
Years Used: 1+
Favorite Hue: Light Beige
When in a rush, a great base is necessary, and this CC cream from Bourjois is a lovely light coverage foundation! With the BB/CC Cream uprising, especially in Asian cosmetics, I’ve tried several CC creams that just never sat right on my face, or looked kind of weird but this gives me just enough coverage to last and camouflage redness, hide minor dark spots and any white pigments on my skin! It’s lightweight and rather runny so it takes a little getting used to but a little really goes a long way on this product. If you tend to get a little oily like I do, be sure to use some powder on top. I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder, and it works beautifully.
MAC Bronzing Powder | $39 AUD
Years Used: 1
Favorite Hue: Matte Bronze
I never really found any drugstore alternatives to bronzer that I liked, most I’ve tried ended up looking too orange on my skin. If you have a great drugstore bronzer, let me know! The bronzer isn’t too pigmented, so if you’re relatively new at applying bronzer, it’s a great product for you because it’s almost difficult to over-apply. I was keen on trying the Benefit Hoola Bronzer because of the rave reviews I’ve heard about it, but here in Australia it’s $51 and being a student with being broke projected for the next 30 years of my life… it probably won’t happen any time soon.
Revlon Photo Ready Blush | $26.95 AUD
Years Used: 1+
Favorite Hue: Pinched
This creme to powder blush is adorable, the colour is amazing all year around and it’s formula is really smooth! It does set in rather quickly though so if you need to change something, work fast! I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush with it, and it blends out wonderfully. Also, it’s not as bright as it is in the pan but I think for someone who tends to go a little overboard sometimes, it’s great for a natural look. For those with darker skintones, I’d recommend Charmed from the range.
Maybelline The Falsies Waterproof Mascara | $19.95 AUD
Years Used: 2+
Favorite Color: Black
As someone with not really voluminous, weirdly straight but not lashes, I tend to focus on trying to get my lashes to stay up all day. The wand is slightly curved and is a little chunky, allowing you to really get your lashes coated with the product. When using the product brand new though, it’s really wet but I love when the product starts to dry up a little because application is quick and easy and it just stays on so well… is that weird? This stuff doesn’t move and I usually have trouble taking it off at the end of the day, nevertheless, I love it.
Kat Von D Tattoo Liner | $28 AUD
Years Used: 0.5
Favorite Color: Trooper (Black)
If there’s one thing I usually have on, it’s eyeliner. I’ve been using pen liquid liners for a couple of years now, so doing a small everyday cat eye for me takes about a minute. This step isn’t for everyone, but I really love this eyeliner! It’s waterproof, glides on beautifully and the best part of this is the brush. Yes, brush. I’ve used felt-tip liners in the past but I often found they ended up fraying and it made getting that precise flick of the cat eye too difficult for me. Comparing it to other eyeliners I’ve tried over the years, the formula is not too watery where it will just fray off as you put it on, and it’s not too light where you have to do a couple of coats to achieve a true black colour. Sadly, in Australia it’s only readily available at Sephora, but I’d hurridly make the trip there anytime for this stunner!
Revlon Colourburst Matte Balm | $17.95 AUD
Years Used: 1
Favorite Color: Sultry
The balm stain has the same triple butter complex (shea, mango and coconut butters) as the rest of the range, along with a light peppermint fragrance to it. As for the formula, it feels soft on the lips with a velvety finish. The colour I have, Sultry, is a nice brown-pink with light hints of plum and as mature in the bullet as it looks, it’s light and nice. It’s sort of got this modern take on a vintage look feel about it. I have 3 of these, each of which are nicely pigmented and do not dry out my lips. Whether I use a bright, bold colour is really up to how I feel and look on the day. Most days, I don’t really gravitate towards lip products, but on days where I have really dark circles, or just can’t have with it with my eyes, I go for a bright colour on the lips to draw attention away from the eyes.
What are your essentials? I’d love to know!