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Fresh summer bronzy look with just 6 products!

It’s the summertime and it’s the perfect time to glow to the heavens. I do already have that pregnancy glow that everyone envies…but I feel like since I am getting closer to due date, my dark circles are deepening as I am getting more tired, which doesn’t bother me much anyway. But just so I don’t look like a zombie for the rest of my pregnancy I am making efforts to put on a little bit of makeup. I don’t like to put a ton of it because it feels gross with the extreme heat we’ve been getting here in Montreal. This is why I usually like to use cream products during the summer because they blend nicer and stay put on the skin and blend as one rather than sitting on top. I also usually love to tan quite a bit in the summer; I like to spend a lot of time under the sun because being a golden goddess is the best way to go! Since I don’t want to end up with the “pregnancy mask”, I am more vigilant in being out in the sun and I make sure to put sunscreen and reapply whenever I need it, I have now converted to using a little bit of help with the glow/bronze department and I am actually enjoy it.

You don’t need a huge amount of products to look good….you can do it on a budget and what’s amazing in the beauty world is that many products have multi-purposes. You can, for example, use a lipstick as blush and eye shadow too…depending on the color obviously.

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So, with only 6 products, I have created an everyday simple, fresh summer look…with extra glow and extra bronze. This is for the woman on the go who wants to look good, without spending too much money or time…again, it’s not everybody’s cut of tea…but it works great for my current lifestyle.

1) L’Oreal Paris True Match Lumi Glotion Natural Glow Enhancer

This pretty much is the central focus of the entire look. I don’t usually wear foundation because I don’t like the texture of the look on my skin…I like to go natural most of the time and I try to rely on good skin as a canvas. This Glotion adds just the right about of glow and coverage because it is slightly darker than my skin tone; so it makes me look extra bronzy, which is why I love it. I don’t go crazy with it, but I put a pea size amount and mix it in my sunscreen and spread it all over my face and neck evenly. The slight tint in it makes my skin even and we can barley see the unevenness in my skin anymore and I am quite happy with that. I am starting to get a little darker around my mouth because of the hormones but nothing too crazy…but with this Glotion…I can get the evenness I am looking for. It’s a drugstore product and so it isn’t super expensive and a little bit goes a long way.

2) Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder

As soon as my base is done and I am satisfied, it’s straightforward from there, I either go out like this or add more color if I am feeling adventurous. Most of the time, I go out barefaced because it’s just simple. On the days I want to look extra put together I work on adding more bronze by using a bronzer. I have mentioned the Bobbi Brown bronzing powder before in a previous post and I am still an avid fan; it’s a good color and it blends well and for me it double as an eye shadow; it’s 2 in 1. When you can save up on using multiple products, then why not?! I use it on my eyelids to add more depth and sometimes on my lower lash line, depends if I’m feeling rebellious that day. You don’t necessarily have to use this bronzer in particular, you can stick to using your favorite…just working up the bronzer in a 3 shape around the forehead, cheeks and jawline…you’re good to go!

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3) MAC Powder Blush (PINK SWOON)

After bronzer….the color starts to come in. Adding blush is optional but, again, I don’t want to look dead or 1 dimensional, so adding blush is crucial at this point. I like to go for something either nude-y or something a little more pink…sometime coral but very rare. My current favorite is the MAC Pink Swoon blush…Mac blushes never seem to hit pan! I have had this for almost 2 years and it’s still going strong. Adding blush not to close to your nose will make you look much healthier and more defined. I like to add it a little closer to the ears and a blend it in closely with the bronzer so that it is all seamless.

4) Sephora All Access Glam Gold and Silver Eye and Face Palette

That’s when the fun starts!!! Extra highlight! I am always up for more highlight…expect I keep dropping mine and shattering them on the floor…so I always run out; every freaking time! Since I haven’t been out shopping for new highlights at the moment. I am trying to use up this palette so it doesn’t go to waste and so the highlighter has been the main focus…it’s not crazy bright but you can easily build it up. You, however, need to be careful so it doesn’t look chalky or powdery on the skin. I simply add this bad boy on my cheekbones, on my brow bones, some on the bridge of my nose and sometimes on my temples (sometimes). It adds a je ne sais quoi without being too in your face and that’s what I like. I don’t want to look like I spent 20 hours doing a simple makeup look.

5) Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

This step is a no brainer and well the most important of them all…MASACARA!! I seem to have lost the oomph on my lashes and I don’t know if that has to do with the pregnancy or just ageing in general; they just seem sad all the time…le boo!!! I have discovered this mascara because I heard so may people talk about it and I figured I tried so many mascaras, I have nothing to lose in trying a new one. So I went off to Sephora and bought it and I can instantly say that it is a love affair. This mascara transformed my lashes from non-existent to full on in your face. And the most wonderful part about it is that you can build it up…add more layers without having spidery lashes! Volume, curl and definition; all in one. This mascara is a total win for me.

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6) Lumière Lippie Stix lipstick ColourPop

Last but not least, adding lipstick just make you go from a 5 to a complete 10. Orange is usually my go to summer color, but lately I have been feeling the nude. This Lumiere Colourpop lippie stix is perfect, it’s easy to add on the go…no mirror needed. It’s like your lips but better. I am currently suffering from blueish/purpley lips due to the lack of oxygen getting there…lol 8 months pregnant here, my lungs are quite restricted. Adding this by either tapping it in or simply directly from the tube makes my lips better and gives me a much healthier look. I don’t like to fuss around with color much on my lips these days because I am constantly nibbling something; I don’t want to worry about reapplying too too much and this is a great option.

So there you have it boys and girls, this is my current summer makeup look using only 6 products….my current favorite 6 products. It’s quick, simple and easy and also perfect for the lazy gal or the gal on a budget. Remember, you don’t need to spend a huge sum to look like a million dollars…you just need a few products to enhance your natural beauty and you’re good to go!

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Zhush up your face…in 5 minutes!

One of the things that has been keeping me happy these past few weeks is maintaining my skin healthy and hydrated at all times. Even more so, having minimal makeup has been boosting my energy and making me feel like a pretty little lady. I am not known to sport heavy bases such as foundation or even BB cream; I’ll do that for certain occasion, but not on a daily basis. I feel like I look too made up and sometimes with my drier spots, the base will show and it can look quite ugly. Since I am having good skin at the moment, I haven’t been needing much concealing anyway, except for my deep dark under eye area. In today’s blog post, I would like to share the products that I have been using on a daily basis to zhush up my look.

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I certainly take the time to clean my face in the morning and at night…but sometimes, I feel like I can’t be bothered and end up just slashing my face with water and call it a day. However, I force myself to make an effort and enjoy it now before things get hectic in a couple of months. So here are the products I use and this literally takes me 5 minutes to do.

1- AHAVA Time to Hydrate Essential Day Moisturizer

First and foremost, I make sure to have a good base and so I moisturize my crazy dry skin with the Ahava . Even though this has a thick cream consistency, it’s easily absorbed by the skin. It doesn’t leave any residue or sticky feeling. The skin feels plump and ready for the day! I apply a small amount because a little bit goes a long way and take it down to my neck as well.

2- Avène Very High Protection Cream SPF 50+

After moisturizing is the exciting part!!! Where glow comes into play!!! I obviously put on my SPF cream on, but I mix it with a little bit of wonder glow from Charlotte Tilbury. This Avène SPF is honeslty the only one that doesn’t bug me as much as other ones do. I sometimes leaves a white cast if you put too much of it…so I always make sure to put only half a pump and apply it everywhere even down my neck. The wonder glow is basically a liquid slightly tinted glow with micro gold glitters. It blends into the skin beautiful and leave a light layer of shine and this somewhat blurs the slight imperfection you may have with your skin.

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3- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer (Shade: Ginger)

I then proceed to adding some concealer to my under eye area…I don’t put it everywhere under my eye as it will look weird without full makeup. I just tend to take some bit of product with my ring finger, warm it up and put it where it’s really dark and sometimes I set it and other times I don’t….depends on how I feel really. This has been my go-to concealer for a couple of years now…it’s good and doesn’t crease on me.

4- Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (Shade: Medium 2)

Then to add some dimension to my eyes, I add a little bit of Bobbi Brown’s Bronzing powder (in the color Medium 2). A wash of color on my crease and voila, the trick is done. It instantly just wakes my face up and adds color to my sometimes pales yellowish tone. I know it’s a bronzer but I prefer to use it on my eyelids and have been since I got it as a sample a while ago, I never even tried it as a bronzer yet. I used it almost on the daily and I made a dent in it. I even use it as a transition shade in my crease whenever i do heavier makeup looks.

5- Bobbi Brown Lipstick (Shade: Brownie)

My life obviously wouldn’t be complete without doing lipstick! I never go out the house without lipstick. It usually is the only product I will put on my face most days. Lipstick is so crucial in my life and I usually double it as blusher…just because I am lazy and just because it saves me time. I apply a little bit of lipstick onto my fingers…warm it up and pat it onto my cheeks ever so slightly and there I have an almost complete look.

6- L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara

I add mascara, obviously! This L’Oreal mascara isn’t my favorite one out there, but it does the job of giving me something. It doesn’t hold well, but it lasts for a good amount of time…it starts flaking off after a couple of hours, but then again, for the price, can’t complain.

7- E.L.F Baked Highlighter (Shade: Blush Gems)

Last but not least, how could life be interesting if you don’t add even more highlight on your face? I mean obviously you want your cheeks to be popping! I add this really affordable E.L.F highlighter with a light brush dusting over my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on the high points of my brows and sometimes forehead.

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And there you have it, the 5 minute wake-up makeup…minimum products required. Keep me fresh and happy and all th