The Basics: MakeUp Kit Edition

I loooove cosmetics and make up. Love to try new things, new products, new ways of wearing them…

Having said that, although I love them, I don’t like to own a lot of products. I usually have only things I tend to wear in regular basis (and a few options) and things that I actually adore. Plus a few items for events or occasions that every now and then I have ahead. So I keep my kit to a minimum.

And yes, every now and then I add something new to try on. If I like it, I usually incorporate it to my routine. As an option or to rotate with the one or the ones I already use and love. I personally think this is an awesome approach because cosmetic products have indeed an expiration date and we all should respect that.

For our skin’s good health sake.

Although (again) I love make up, I usually wear close to none make up in my daily life. I like to let my glowing natural skin do most of the talk. So the no makeup makeup look is my go-to look.

With that in mind, basically those are my make up essentials, aka the products I wear daily (some even to my morning walk and Pilates/Yoga classes):

My Basic Daily MakeUp Kit.
  • A great moisturizer and a sunblock. Not negotiable.
  • A tinted protective cream (something close to a foundation but lighter). Sometimes (aka quite often) I wear only my skin and ditch this cream.
  • A healthy glow blush. When I am tanned I skip it but usually I am not, so I wear it.
  • An eye pencil. (My favorite is a gray one, slate). Love to wear a bit of it.
  • A pinkish almost nude lipstick. The type that stays on for a long time.
  • A mascara (I wear it but not that often).
  • A highlighter in a certain spots.
  • Kim Kardashian contouring sticks. Because it is an easy contouring kit that anyone can use. Seriously. But I must confess that I don’t wear it that frequently.

Those are my go-to essentials for my daily make up routine, the products I do wear frequently. However, my make up kit is a bit broader than this. Because every now and then I like to wear a little bit more make up. For a special occasion or just because. Especially when going out at night. Then I go for some foundation or illuminating cream, sometimes a darker lipstick (red is usually my color), mascara for sure, some eyeshadow and some lip gloss.

And sometimes I even bet on a cat eye, so eyeliner is a must too.

So, here is my broader list of the basic make up kit:

A great moisturizer and a sunblock.

Please do have both in your kit. A necessity.

My ab favorite moisturizer is Belif’s Aqua Bomb. And even when I can’t find it here (aka Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), I wear another moisturizer. But never ever I go without it.

A sunblock is what I call my second moisturizer layer. A must. My fave is the Loreal Solar Expertise Antiwrinkle.

An Illuminating cream.

This one can be used instead of a foundation. It is lighter and illuminate your skin. But pick one that is in the exactly tone of your skin.

The one I totally recommend is the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer – Illuminating.

A foundation and a concealer.

If you feel you need the extra coverage, go for it. But I do think that as our skin ages the lighter you go, the better you will look.

I have a concealer (Radiant Creamy Concealer by Nars) and foundation to wear sporadically or when I want a more done look.

Some people, actually, a lot of people use a powder after foundation to fix it better or give an extra touch to the skin. I hardly use it. Because as I said before, lighter is better for me.

Eyebrow gel:

In my case a gel to keep my eyebrows in place will do it cause I don’t have imperfections on my brows so I don’t need anything to correct them.

But if you need a little help to correct imperfections then add a kit for it. Go for something that gives a more natural look to them.

Also, if you want to hide some gray hair there, there are good options for it. And you can include it in your kit too.

Eyeliner, LashCurler and Mascara:

It is a good idea to have a few pencil eyeliners like black, brown, slate to vary if you like this item. I’d rather wear slate and brown for day and black for night. Although I do wear slate for night a lot.

A liquid eyeliner is also a good idea to have if you fancy a cat eye.

LashCurler is one of the tools that I have but rarely wear. And the reason for it is pure laziness. And the fact that my lashes are pretty good as they are. So, I hardly bother wit it.

That is why also I can go without mascara. But usually I wear it. Cause I like it. If I want something less dramatic I bet on a brown mascara. Black is for those days when I want to count on my lashes to be one of the makeup stars. Maybelline is a cheap good brand for it. If you want to save some money on make up, here is your best bet.

And yes, waterproof is the one I go for.

Nude and Colored Lipstick:

I have a few nudes that I love. But usually I go for the ones that are lipstain and lasts for a long time. Like this one by Revlon called ColorStay Overtime. It does last long. My current favorite is Unlimited Mulberry. Lovely shade of pink. For lipstick, Pillow Talk by Charlotte Tilbury is the one I keep on my bag. My fave nude at the moment.

I would add here a lip pencil in the color of your lipstick. Sometimes you can wear it instead of a lipstick too.

I do.

Spice by Mac has been my bet since ever. Best nude lip pencil.

And a lipgloss:

To wear with or without lipstick. Not a must-wear product for me, but I like to have one around just in case I am in the mood for it. The one I wear is from Fenty Beauty.

Brushes and Sponges:

Chose the right kind for what your kit has. Like a brush for foundation, for the multiple ways to apply the eyeshadow, for blush, for contouring…

I must confess that I love to use my fingers to apply cream and foundation and concealer, creamy blush, highlighter and even a bit of eyeshadow. But every now and then I do use brushes and sponges.

But hey, it is up to you and what it works best for you.

Blush And Highlighter:

For blush I like something pink-ish or peachy-ish just to give me a healthy glow. I have a few options here and one of them is the easy to use Benetint Cheek and Lip Stain. And yes, you can wear both ways.

For a highlighter, lately I have been using Milk Highlighter in certain spots like my forehead (between the brows), under the eyes, above the lip, under the outer eyebrows. Love it because it gives some shine but not that much. And it is easy to apply.

Eyeshadow Palette:

Here I do recommend that you put together your own palette instead of buying one already set. Think what kind of colors you like to wear and which occasions you might have ahead to wear them and pick the shades that perfectly suits your skin undertone. Like every shade should be your bff.

If that is too much for you, the Naked palettes from Urban Decay is a good option for a pre-set palette. But pick the one that most suits your skin undertone. This is very important.

Q-Tips and MakeUp Remover:

Q-Tips are great for quick fixes so it is a good idea to have them around just in case.

Recently I have heard that the wet towels are not the best option to remove make up. I have mixed feelings about them. Sometimes I like, others, not so much. But usually I go for cotton and a liquid remover. Never used Micellar Water but some people love it. It is great for sensitive skins, so I have heard. Lately my fave is this one from Evelom. But in a recent past I like the Bioderma Sensibio H2O.

And that is it. You are set with your basic make up kit. This way you will have all the essentials for day and night and everything in between.

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Style Clue 2: “Make sure you can easily see everything you have in your closet, drawers, all your clothes and accessories. Because if you don’t, you will probably forget about it and therefore will not wear it as often, if ever.”

Try This When You Feel You Are Stuck When Working At Home

Every time I feel stuck, procrastinating like a pro, out of creativity, mojo or inspiration/motivation when I am working at home… I relocate my working space. And boom, it works. At least for me, it does. I manage to get the work done. And don’t feel as if I did something robotic and bland.

This is my relocated working place. It helps me get the work done. So the extra help. 😻😻

And yes, I am talking about relocate your working space inside your own home. If you work in the living room, move to your room or kitchen. Or if you have a balcony, try to work there. Be creative and see how it goes.

And yes, if your place is tiny and inside your home there is no space for relocation… then try to work somewhere else outside your home. In a coffee (or tea) shop, park or anywhere else you can think of and want to have a go.

This simple change of air can refresh your inner mojo and do this trick.

Left Nostril Breathing Can Help You Relax, Calm Down And Curb Your Anxiety

When you feel that your mind is too active, with thoughts racing for attention, too plugged in that you can’t sleep, highly worried about a particular thing or just want to take a moment to relax you can try this Kundalini breathe called Left Nostril Breathing to bring some serenity and peace back to your state of mind.

This is how you do it:

Sit in Easy Pose (on the floor with your legs crossed). Close your right nostril with your right thumb while your other fingers are stretched straight up as antennas. Put your left hand on your left knee in Gyan Mudra. Close your eyes and put all your attention on your third eye (middle of your forehead). Begin to breathe long and deep only through your left nostril. Do this breathing for 3 minutes. If you can, you can increase the time for 5, 7 or even 11 minutes. Or 31 minutes if you feel up to.

And there you go.

Above you have a video that illustrates pretty well how to do it.

The left nostril breathing helps to calm you down because it activates the Ida Nerve Ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. By the way, the left nostril is related to the moon energy, which is changeable, feminine, yin, giving, and cool.

Researching about this Breathing so I could make this post, I found this on GRDHealth:

“The benefits of left nostril breathing are numerous including sharper, clearer focus of the mind, and a deep, full relaxation or sleep. It is said in the Yogic tradition, as taught by Yogi Bhajan, that if a person breathes through the left nostril for 31 minutes a day for 90 days (the time it takes to plant a new habit into the subconscious) they will naturally change their metabolism in favor of relaxation and weight loss.”

I guess I just found my new Kundalini routine for the next 90 days… 😉😁

And if you want to check my past Kundalini routines, check this tag.

A Quote To Lighten Up Your Tuesday

So true. On the dance floor. Or in life. At least that’s how I feel. Because the journey matters. Perhaps the most. So we should enjoy every single step. Being present. Breathing in (and out) the moment. Savoring every experience. Retaining the lessons. Being grateful. And keeping on going. Flowing. Glowing…

Of joy. 

As you can see I love quotes. They inspire me, they make me think, they make me connect. With myself. 

And how about you? Do you also feel inspired by quotes? Which one is your all time favorite? I do want to know. 😘