My Face, My Hits & Misses

Spring Favorites + Peachy MOTD

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I’ll have to get into the full story at a later date, but long story short: if you love makeup and wear glasses, share your pics on any social media platform and tag them with #FOUREYEDMUA. You can also follow the @FourEyedMUA account on Twitter (that’s me). Let’s work together to build a better community for makeup-loving bespectacled beauties!


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I posted my first “spring makeup look” of the season earlier today and had several people ask me for a blog post, and I suppose I should give the people what they want! So here’s a little run down of today’s look and my current spring favorites.

There are a few basic items that are on every “essentials” list I will ever put together as they are my “HG” (Holy Grail) products: Too Faced Hangover RX primer, MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot, MAC Pro Longwear concealer, and tinted brow gel – right now I’m using Benefit Gimme Brow in medium/deep. You can see these as well as the rest of my face prep routine here.

Now that the sun is shining and a fresh face feels a little nicer, I’ve switched up a few steps in my routine for a lighter, more natural look.

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My Hits & Misses

Top Five: February Favorites

I love watching YouTube stars share their favorites every month, but some of those videos and lists are just sooo long. Since I’m doing the whole beauty blogger thing now, I decided I’d share my favorites too – but I’ll be keeping these lists to just my top five, not every item that made its way onto my face last month. So here it is, my Top Five February Favorites:

Tarte Tartelette Amazonian Clay matte palette ($44) – I picked up this gorgeous all-matte palette recently and I just can’t get enough right now. The colors are buttery and pigmented, they blend beautifully, and they all pair well together lending to cool neutral looks with a touch of drama from deep purple Bombshell and pure black Fashionista. I’ve reached for this practically every day and even The Boyfriend loves the purple smokey eyes I’ve been rocking lately.

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My Life

My Collection: Travel Essentials

Okay okay, I’m not going to lie to you – I’m using the term essential veeery loosely here. Some items are a “must,” but many are just a “want” because I like to be prepared for anything – especially when traveling back to my hometown for special events like weddings and birthdays. As I mentioned in my last post, I’m back in Philly this week for a small stomping grounds reunion and a major wedding in NY, so here’s everything I brought with me for a few nights out with my closest friends, two separate looks for the wedding ceremony (daytime) and reception (evening), plus The Boyfriend’s birthday the very next day. I guess you can call this the “special occasions” version of my travel essentials.

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My Hits & Misses

The Semi-Annual Destash

I live in Oregon now, but my family and closest friends are all in Pennsylvania, where I grew up. We (The Boyfriend and I) usually go back a few times a year for various reasons and a seemingly endless stream of weddings.

We’re heading back for a few days later this month and it’s the perfect opportunity for me to continue curating my collection. There’s a great post about how to develop your own “C^3” or “Carefully Curated Collection” HERE, from a fellow Redditor over at /r/makeuprehab.

So what exactly am I doing here? I’m not too concerned with the size of my collection just for the sake of its size, but I have plenty of items I dislike or don’t use and most beauty products have a limited shelf life. Anything past its prime – throw it out. You can find a brief guide to makeup “expiration dates” HERE.

For everything else, “destash”. Destashing is for those perfectly fine products that you just don’t like or don’t use, samples that just aren’t for you, and all the “dupes” you’ve collected of your favorite products since the last destash. My little sister usually gets first dibs for these (sanitized) products and I try to give away the rest to family and friends (after sanitizing everything, I really can’t stress this enough). You can also try to sell your unwanted goods (after properly sanitizing of course) on various makeup forums and sites, the most popular probably being /r/makeupexchange.

So, moving on. This is my first real trip back east since August and I’ve accumulated a ton of stuff to hand off to my family and friends. After a few months of mostly unsatisfying deliveries, I’ve recently unsubscribed from both ipsy and Birchbox – monthly subscription boxes that deliver makeup and skincare samples to your door – and now have a bunch of items that were not at all chosen for my needs (despite the quiz each site offers to help tailor your box to your preferences). I’ve also purchased some items that later turned out to irritate my skin or otherwise just didn’t work. So, here’s everything that’s flying back for the destash:

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My Routine

Face Prep Routine

There are a lot of steps and a lot of products that go into a complete makeup look – from cleansers and moisturizers to primers and setters. Here’s my current routine for getting dolled up and then taking it all off:

Facial Cleanser: Lush Angels on Bare Skin

I use this to wash my face in the shower either before getting ready or at the end of the day if I wasn’t wearing makeup. It’s a great cleanser for all skin types and is both soothing and slightly exfoliating. If I’m in need of some extra scrubs, I will reach for Lush’s Dark Angels exfoliating cleanser, use no more than once/week. Note: Due to the freshness of ingredients, I always buy the smallest size available for Lush products to decrease the chances of it expiring before I can finish it.

Acne Spot Treatment: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel

I use this salicylic acid treatment to help clear up any rogue acne on my neck and chin. For some serious info about all things skincare, check out /r/SkincareAddiction on Reddit.

Moisturizer: The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Day Cream

I’m almost done my second full-size of jar of this stuff, I love it so much. It’s not always enough to moisturize my driest bits in the dead of winter, but it’s nevertheless a great product and I reach for it year round to help keep my skin hydrated without looking greasy.

Face Primer: Too Faced Hangover RX primer

Primer is a must for me for smoother skin, oil control, and added insurance to keep my makeup in place all day. I am absolutely in love with this silicone-free formula and the coconut water feels great on my skin. I dispense one full pump on the back of my hand and apply with the RealTechniques stippling brush. (You are totally free to apply primer with your fingers, but I try to touch my face as little as possible since I’m so prone to that dreaded oily t-zone).

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