Lovin’ Lately

At the beginning of this year, I shared my thoughts about buying too much makeup and being more mindful about my beauty spending. After getting rid of a huge portion of my beauty collection, I try to rotate between some of my favorite products, rather than letting them sit and collect dust. Tarte’s Tartelette palette is one of my favorite eye palettes in my collection. Love that it’s an all-matte palette, the shades are beautiful, they blend very easily and go on very smooth and I’ve been using it all the time lately. Sometimes, you forget just how much you love a product, if you don’t use for a while.

I always get overly excited, whenever I find a new base combo that works great with my skin. It was always a struggle for me while battling acne and oily skin, and it’s a struggle with my now dry skin, as well. This 4-step routine works really well with my dry skin: I start with Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion* all over, then mix Armani’s Luminous Silk in 4.5 with Chanel’s Vitalumière Aqua in 10 Beige applying it with a beauty blender and I then apply Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer, whenever needed (usually just around my eyes). The Bamboo Matte Lotion didn’t sound like something that would work with my dry skin at first, but I fell in love with it the moment I used it. It minimizes pores, leaves skin feeling smooth and matte, but not dry- it actually works almost like a lightweight moisturizer. Not sure how well it would work with extremely oily skin, but it’s a nice alternative for a primer/moisturizer when prepping your skin. The foundation combo also works really well- Vitalumière Aqua is incredibly light and sheer so I add Luminous Silk for a bit of extra coverage and I get a beautiful, natural-looking finish.

Few other favorites for my dry skin: IT Cosmetics Confidence in a Cleanser* (only wish is that this was fragrance-free), their Bye Bye Redness Cream (so hydrating and great for sensitive skin), The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid (always use this before my moisturizer) and Missha’s Soft Finish Sun Milk 50+ (very lightweight, non-greasy and doesn’t irritate my skin).

Dior’s Créme de Rose is one of my nightstand regulars, along with Weleda’s Skin Food lotion which I usually use on my hands. Probably one of the only things I miss from being on Accutane was that I didn’t have to worry about my cuticles. Sounds weird, I know, but they just wouldn’t grow and always looked perfect and soft. Now with the sudden temperature change, my lips and hands are definitely feeling very dry and Skin Food is a great product to use in place of a cuticle cream (great multitasker, too).

Tom Ford’s Eye Defining Pen is a product that makes me go “I can’t believe I spent 60 bucks on an eyeliner” but if you can afford to splurge, it’s worth every penny. Hands down the best pen eyeliner I’ve ever used; had it for months now and it still works like a dream, goes on smooth and stays on all day. IT Cosmetics Brow Power is my current go-to brow product, mainly because it’s very easy to use and looks very natural, doesn’t oxidize during the day.

In the mascara department, there are two products I’m loving that I already talked about in this post: Urban Decay’s Troublemaker* mascara and Givenchy’s Base Mascara Perfecto.*

What have you been lovin’ lately?

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    September 5, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Really like the sound of the Erborian Bamboo Matte Lotion!

    Sara – Flemingo

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    September 5, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Gorgeous post as always Paula! So jealous of your photography skills! I love that Tartelette palette too it’s so cute and the quality is amazing 😉

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    September 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    I’ve just gotten back into Vitalumiere Aqua again! I’d lock to try some of the IT Cosmetics skincare – my friend is in the U.S. next month so I might ask her to pick some up for me! xx


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    September 5, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    Great post! I really like the Tartelette palette it is so stunning, and great quality!
    Thanks for sharing.

    N, xoxo. /

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    Genevieve Cordery
    September 5, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    There are so many goodies in here that I haven’t tried yet!! As always, your photography is stunning.

    Genevieve |

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    Very Much Mia
    September 6, 2017 at 12:53 am

    The Maybelline Age Rewind concealer has been a long-time favorite of mine, and you can’t beat the price! Skin Food is definitely something I need, especially as we start heading into the cooler seasons. My skin gets so dry in the fall and winter!

    Mia |

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    September 6, 2017 at 5:39 am

    I was a bit hesitated to buy the tarte palette, but now definitley going to get!

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    Natalie Redman
    September 6, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Nice picks! I also love your new profile picture. So beautiful!

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    September 6, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Maybelline Age Rewind concealer is awesome, perfect for on the go! xx

    Carolina’s Makeup Life

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    Dagmara Klich
    September 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    Oh the Erborian Matte Lotion sounds like something I would enjoy as well! It’s always so rewarding when you find the perfect base combo :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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      Paula @
      September 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

      It’s such a unique product, love the way it makes my skin feel. It really is haha! Especially when you deal with either very oily or very dry skin!

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    Meghan Baxter
    September 6, 2017 at 10:33 am

    I feel like The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid is a staple skincare product. I’m totally obsessed with it!

    Meghan | The Lipstick Philosopher

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    Lisa (Soho Stripes)
    September 7, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I absolutely love the Tarte palette, especially since it’s all matte. I’ve never tried anything from them before but I definitely want to get one of the eye palettes, because they always get such good reviews. x

    Lisa | Soho Stripes

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    Naya //
    September 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Everything here – love! I agree about the original Tartelette; many people prefer their “in bloom” palette, but I find that I have so much glitter, random pigments or individual (foiled) eyeshadows anyway – I need some mattes to sort things out. And it is brilliant for that. Have you tried KVD original eyeshadow palette? It is also all-matte and so buttery smooth. A true staple! xx

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    Lea H
    September 18, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    These are some amazing products! I love the Tarte’s Tartelette Eye Palette it looks proper dreamy. I have fallen in love with the Ordinary they have great products for an amazing price.
    Lea, xx

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