Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Beauty Edit – 6 On The Go-Go

I have been out and about the past couple of weeks! At times, I felt like the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland, while the remaining moments left me feeling like the Mad Hatter. On these errands, I try to keep a close-knitted set of beauty essentials with me. Here's my top six favorite on-the-go products.
Laneige BB Cushion [Pore Control]
This compact foundation has been all the rage in Asia, as Laneige was one of the first cosmetics companies to ever introduce BB cushions into the market (although corporate group AmorePacific launched it through several of its daughter enterprises). This particular formula cools the face down and dries matte while providing a medium coverage. Needless to say, it comes in handy while I'm in transit because of the mirrored compact and portable cushion. No need to get your hands dirty over here, although I do recommend replacing your cushion every now and then. Currently, only Lancôme launched the Western equivalent to the BB Cushion called Miracle Cushion. Truthfully speaking, I think a lot of Dutch women are selling themselves short by not trying such an amazing product. It took us like, only 5 years to actually get into BB creams, so I'll dare say you won't find this product in a lot of women's beauty pouches for the time being. Still, I stand by my verdict and highly recommend a cushion compact to anyone who ain't got no time to powder their nose in 2x2 toilet cubicles on the road.

Having an oily complexion is no joke when you're running for the a) train b) tram followed by c) bus. This means that having blotting sheets or anti-sebum or setting powder is an absolute must for me. It's a never-ending battle against my sebaceous glands and so I'm always willing to try several products to combat this problem. Nars always has most delectable cult products, so getting this powder was an absolute no-brainer for me. It doesn't look cakey (even after hours) and it's practically invisible and weightless to the touch. The last thing you want during summer days is feeling like you're Nicholas Cage undergoing a laser facial transplant in FACE/OFF.

Henné Organics Luxury Lip Balm
If you can somewhat relate to me, you're probably one of those girls who loses her lip balms all over the place and replaces the lost balmy souls by buying even more lip care products. Yup, high five me through the screen, sister! Instead of opting for the local Lip Smacker I have been using this lip balm from Henné Organics diligently over the past few weeks. The weight of this baby is no joke, encased in Miron violet glass, it is the ultimate luxury lip product. Although it is primarily used on lips, I found that this formula also works on dry patches on the skin (although I wouldn't recommend sticking your fingers in it too much due to hygienic reasons, especially when you're on the go!). If you want to know more about Henné Organics and its philosophy, read my post on BloggerNet here. Interested in more organic niche cosmetics? Head over to my beauty buddy The Glow Guide, she curates international probiotic & organic green cosmetics and I've discovered so many new brands through her posts!
Henné Organics
The first thing that impressed me was the amazing smell, it literally smells like coconuts bathing in tropical oils. Which isn't surprising since the ingredients consist of coconut oil, cocoa butter, avocado oil, shea butter, vitamin E, beeswax and jojoba oil. Before I start applying makeup, I moisturize my lips with this goodie in order to prep them for any lipsticks or tints. It does not leave an overdone glossy residue and locks in moisture for a good while. Talk about lip service!

Purchase your luxury lip balm here.
Opting for a go-to lip tint is a smart way to ensure your lips looking lively (and lovely) if you don't have time to check on your lipstick. Tony Moly has always been an affordable favorite of mine since their products give you your money's worth. However, as with all lip tints, the formula can be rather drying. Hence, I always make sure to carry a lip balm with me at all times. The smell of candied grapes makes it really hard for me not to apply this every 5 seconds, but trust me when I say a little goes a long, long way. In case of SEX (Severe Exhausted eXpression) on long train rides, it can also be doubled up as a blush. Dot it in a crescent shape right onto your cheekbones and blend it out gently with your fingers.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz Perfect Brow Pencil
There are times when I haphazardly draw on my brows and go over it with a spoolie and call it a day. That is not a good day. Good days are when you spend a good 3 minutes per brow and hope they each end up looking like close relatives. I wake up fairly early in the morning and I simply don't have the time or eyesight to pull a Desi Perkins on my brows. It's always a good idea to bring a brow pencil (or powder kit, whichever you prefer) with you in case you're meeting with a client who might get distracted by a potential stray bald spot. Sometimes it could be as easy as just brushing and blending it thoroughly, so this particular pencil is ideal in its duo functionality. The formula is smooth and precise, making it easy to fill in any voids and still maintain a fierce or soft look.

I have been using this multi-functional baby for four years and not once was I left disappointed. Orgasm is a very subtle rosy color, perfect for a natural look. I dab a little bit of it on my eyelids as an eyeshadow because it makes me look awake and sparkly (the undertone tends to cancel out any darker areas and the shimmer brightens my eyes up). I prefer this creamy formula because it's easier to apply and less conspicuous if you accidentally push too hard (one wrong heavy hand motion with powdered blush and you end up looking like you're drunk), being able to blend it out naturally is always a plus in my book.
This concludes my top six beauty products I carry along with me when I'm rushing from meetings to dates. However, these products alone do not guarantee any romantic pursuits from strangers in the train. Just uncomfortable unisexual stares. What else is new, though?

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