Everyday Beauty

I have finally found the pen eyeliner of my dreams. That’s’ the good news.

The bad news is that it comes with a pretty hefty price tag.

$56.00 to be exact.

I have Jenn to thank for that since I was eyeing the Tom Ford Eye Defining Liquid Liner Pen for a while now, but ultimately, it was her post that convinced me to buy it.

All I have to say is this: it’s worth it. It is so worth the price, guys. It just makes applying eyeliner so easy; it glides and goes on so smoothly, it’s just a beautiful, beautiful product. A very expensive beautiful product, that is worth every penny. The pen itself has a little weight to it so it feels very comfortable in my hand- even though it’s much longer than traditional pen liners.  It’s dual ended and incredibly precise. There’s no tugging, no pulling on the lid involved, it’s just pure perfection.

Every summer, I bring out my white nail polish. Seriously, white and black are my go-to colors these days (with a little sheer nude somewhere in between).

If you’ve ever used a white nail polish, then you probably know how tricky they can be to apply. They get streaky, patchy and sometimes you have to apply as many as 4 coats to get an even coverage. One of my favorite white polishes is Revlon’s Sure Thing– it’s super bright and applies really nicely. I recently found something even better and a bit more long-lasting: Context polish in Dream On. The application is a breeze, it dries very quickly and I love how long-lasting it is on my nails. The formula is also very clean + vegan.

I usually never rely on makeup products for sun protection, and always wear sunscreen underneath (or on top) of my makeup. Lately, though I’ve been really liking Coola’s Makeup Primer*. It has SPF 30 and that silky-smooth (very primer-y) formula that plays very nicely with all the foundation/base products I’ve used it with so far. It has a very light scent that doesn’t irritate my skin, which is kind of different- usually, the moment I realize that a priming/base product is scented, I expect my skin to burn. Not with this baby.

I’ve been off Absorica for about two weeks now, and so far my skin is just as dry as it has been during my treatment. You’ve seen me talk about Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua and L’Oreal’s True Match quite a lot, and since my skin is still very dry, I still reach for these two, most of the time. Both are so lightweight with a really natural finish, what’s not to love?

Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer has also been my best friend lately. I mean, this product has been around forever, and I still love it as much as I did when I first used it.

If there’s one product I definitely don’t need more of, it’s mascara. Mascara is probably one of my favorite makeup products and I own well over 10 (I rotate between them ALL the time), so when I see something interesting come out, I always want to try it. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about new Cover Girl Total Tease Mascara. I think that if you’re a mascara junkie and love taking your time when coating your lashes (that’s me!) then you would really like this one. If you don’t usually have time to play around with first coating your lashes with mascara, then “teasing” them, then you won’t like it. It does a really good job at separating the lashes and I didn’t notice it flake too much. I like it, but it’s not something I’ll be reaching for when I’m in a hurry. The cool thing about the little “tease comb” part of the wand/brush, is that it’s perfect for coating those hard-to-reach lashes in places like the outer and inner corner of the eye. I swear that my actual lash line is longer than my lid, so this comes in handy. You just have to be careful not to poke your eye with that thing, of course.

Chanel Le Volume de Chanel mascara- I fall in love with this one more and more, with each use. I actually wasn’t a fan at first, and I think that my application technique had a lot do with. The way I make it work is by really concentrating on the base of my lashes- coating it very well, before distributing the rest of the product. It gives me an insane amount of volume, without any clumping.

My “everyday” lip combo over the last couple of days has been pretty much the same: Rodial XXL Lip Liner in Nude (got this one of my Glossyboxes) and MUFE Lip Booster in Light Pink. This is a perfect, natural, minimal makeup, office-friendly combo. The only downside is that the Lip Booster isn’t very long-lasting- it’s sort of like a combo between a gloss/oil and a balm, but it works really nice with my dry lips (which, unlike my skin, are coming back to normal, thankfully).

While I’m not too much of a bronzer girl, I’ve been reaching for Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze compact, all the time. I’m slowly starting to use a self-tanner and as a result, I feel like my foundation always looks a bit lighter. I keep my self-tanning to a bare minimum, really- just enough to avoid scaring people away when wearing a dress and to make myself to look a bit more “healthy” (kind of annoying to hear “you need to get some sun, girl!” all the time). Using a little bronzer, with a huge fluffy brush does just enough for me, whenever I need to warm up my foundation a bit.

Again, there’s probably nothing that I love more from this bunch than this eyeliner. Since I’m being more mindful about my beauty spending this year, I love knowing that splurging once in a while on a high-quality product, feels a lot better than spending a small fortune on “meh” products that do nothing but take up space.

What’s in your “everyday” stash at the moment?

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  • Kiri Yanchenko

    I really think the Tom Ford Lipsticks I have are worth the money too!
    I wish I would use liquid eyeliner properly – you are making me want to buy one. But I will need a video tutorial and LOTS of practice.

    Well – funny you should ask.
    I did a whole blog post on it.
    I am carrying around Lip Glow, the new Lancome Cushion compact coz it has more coverage than miracle cushion, lots of lip balms and some repair cream for my eczema. I have solid perfume and brush on perfume too!
    Kiri
    Set to Glow
    http://www.settoglow.com.au

  • Chloe

    Thank you so much for sharing this post – I always love reading your blog as you’re so informative and write in an interesting way :) I really like the sound of that eyeliner, it’s very expensive and I don’t know if I’d ever spend that much but, hearing how much you love it makes me want to get it just to see the goodness of it haha. I completely get what you’re saying about white nail polish, it can be sop annoying to apply but, it really is the perfect colour for summer.

    Have a good day :)

    Chloe @ https://girllgonerogue.blogspot.co.uk/

  • I have never had white nails! For some reason I am a real chicken about it o.o

  • Okay, I do love eyeliner, but I will for sure never try this one. It would be too expensive to fall in love with…

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • I’m obsessed with Coola’s primers – I haven’t met one that I didn’t like. Seriously! Gorgeous photos as always. xoxo

    Genevieve | http://www.blueaugustine.com

  • I’m desperate to try that Tom Ford liner, it looks so beautiful! Lovely post, as always Paula.
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • Currently at the moment I been loving Benefit brow products, too faced born this way concealer, Milani Bronzer and Sephora Collection Blush called passionate.

    Kayla
    Sheer Beauty Blog

  • That TF bronzer looks so beautiful! The eye liner sounds amazing but since I use eye liners very rarely I can’t justify such a hefty price tag for it.

    I also love L’Oreal True Match foundation and the Maybelline concealer! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

  • The Tom Ford eyeliner sounds so tempting, I’d love to try it out to feel the difference with other liners! Because you do seem super happy about it and it seems like it really stands out for its quality. Maybe one day… haha :)

    Julia x
    Last Post: How Much Is My Makeup Worth? | http://juliaspeaksbeauty.blogspot.fr/2017/06/how-much-is-my-face-worth.html

  • Bernadette

    Such a lovely selection of makeup items. Your photos are serious goals by the way!

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

  • Love the sound of the Coola primer! It’s a brand I really want to try! I’ve got some newbies to my stash recently with a Sephora and Cult Beauty order so I’m loving trying everything out! Definitely need to pick up another eraser concealer too!

    Danielle’s Beauty Blog

  • Always on the hunt for CF nail polishes (and makeup in general), so thanks for turning me on to Context! I’ve always, always wanted to try Tom Ford makeup, but have been to apprehensive because of the price. With a review like that, though, I definitely think I’ll add it to my ‘next to try’ list! I agree that quality over quantity is SO much better. It feels less disposable, more luxurious and it makes doing generally routine things (skincare/makeup application) feel more like a treat. Thanks for another great post!

    Eire | Wolf & Stag

  • I really love your photos ;)

    Flung out of space

  • Jolie Luu

    I’ve seen people talking about the new Cover Girl Total Tease Mascara everywhere. So tempted to buy it and try it but I have like 10 mascaras lying in my draws lol. I’d feel so bad if I go out and get another one. Or maybe not haha!

    Jolie
    Joliecious.com

  • All amazing products here, I love that TF liner. I bought it for my mom as a Christmas gift, now she can’t live without it. With daily use, it should last about 6 months if not more. Amazing little guy. I need to check out those nail polishes, white and black for me here too hah

  • Natalie Redman

    That Marc Jacob’s bronzer looks insane!

    http://www.upyourvlog.com

  • Carolina Pereira

    The Marc Jacobs O!Mega Bronze is so pretty I wish I had purchased it :(

    carolinasmakeuplife.blogspot.pt