My current daytime skincare routine (dry/sensitive skin)

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Solidifying my skincare routine has probably been one of the longest personal processes I’ve ever went through! I have dry, sensitive skin, and am allergic to a lot of ingredients that are in heavy moisturizers, so finding a routine that works for me has taken a lot of trial and error.

I have been using my current routine for the last 6-8 months, and I finally think that I’ve found the perfect combinations! It’s a mix of budget K Beauty and high-end products from Sephora, but everything works together extremely well. My skin is calmer, more hydrated, and less prone to irritation than it has been in several years.

Toner: Mizon Intensive Skin Barrier Toner — This product has been the most recent addition to my routine. Before this, I was using a rich toner by Lancome that was good but, honestly, not the best thing for my skin. I decided to take a chance on this and ordered it from Amazon (bless Prime 2-day shipping). This toner contains ceramides and hyaluronic acid, which are both essential for hydrating the skin and repairing its moisture barrier. The results weren’t seen overnight, but after roughly 6 weeks of daily use, I can say the texture in my skin has diminished, my face is not as red, nor is it as easily irritated.

Essence: Mizon Water Volume EX First Essence — This is another amazing product by Mizon. It is a hydrating essence that contains snow algae extract, hydrasalinol, and moringa extract, and ceramides to hydrate, calm, repair, and soothe the skin. This product has been hard to find recently, and I’ve heard rumors that it has been discontinued, but I’m hoping Mizon will re-release it in the future! It’s a wonderful product and the best essence I’ve tried. I would hate to have to use something less effective.

Serum: Caudalie Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum — This serum has been in my routine for about 4 years now! It’s packed with hyaluronic acid and grape seed extract, which hydrate and protect the skin from free radical damage. At $49 a bottle, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but one bottle lasts me 2-3 months and the benefits of using this serum are more than worth the price tag!

Ampoule: Mizon Snail Repair Intensive Ampoule — This ampoule contains 80% snail mucus extract, which has anti-aging properties and helps skin regenerate. Peptides and vitamin 5 round out this powerhouse formula to nourish, brighten, and firm the skin. I have also used this product for years, and I definitely notice a change in my skin when I don’t have it in my routine.

Moisturizer: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion — This is perhaps one of the best moisturizers I have ever used, and I’ve used it since I first started experimenting with a more complex skincare routine! It’s thick enough that it keeps my skin hydrated all day, but it doesn’t contain fatty alcohols, which is so rare in a moisturizer formulated for dry skin! It does, however, contain mineral oil, so be aware of that in case you are sensitive to it.

Oil: Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil — Finding the right oil for my routine has probably been the most difficult part of solidifying my routine. Some oils are too greasy, others clogged my pores and caused breakouts, and some just weren’t rich enough for my skin. But this oil by Drunk Elephant is a holy grail product for me. It’s not a particularly heavy oil, but it delivers a lot of hydration nonetheless. I mix 2-3 drops into my Clinique moisturizer to apply it. It really helps “seal in” the many layers of my routine and helps my face stay hydrated all day long! This oil is $72 per bottle, so there are cheaper options out there, but I do have a certain level of brand loyalty to Drunk Elephant. I respect their vision and I trust their products, so it’s well worth the price to me.

Please comment below and let me know what you think of my routine, and feel free to share yours too! I am also happy to answer any questions you might have about these products.

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Warm Sunset FOTD!

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Hey guys! Now that summer is (finally) here, I couldn’t resist doing a warm, colorful look for a night out! 🌞💃🏻✨ I used several single shadows from my collection to make this look, check out the list below!

Base: Fenty Beauty primer and foundation #120, Tarte Shape Tape concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega bronzer, NARS Orgasm blush

Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz (in Taupe and Medium Brown) and clear Brow Gel

Eyes: Makeup Geek shadows in Chickadee, Tuscan Sun, Fashion Addict, I’m Peachless; Colourpop shadows in I Owe You, Come and Get It, Running Late; Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir mascara

Glow: My all-time favorite 😍 Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Champagne Pop

Lips: Gemini by Jeffree Star Cosmetics

This look was surprisingly easy to do, and would easily transition from day to night just by switching up the lip color! Let me know what you all think in the comments ❤

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Night out FOTD featuring Subculture!

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Hey guys!

I have been absolutely in love with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette lately 😍 I attempted my first halo eye with it for a night out, and it inspired me to go for a total vampy grunge look.

Base: Fenty Beauty primer and foundation in shade #120, Tarte Shape Tape concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega bronzer, NARS Orgasm blush

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz (in Taupe and Medium Brown) and clear Brow Gel

Glow: Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill highlighter in Champagne Pop

Lips: Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipstick in Trust Issues

I have seen some Youtubers say that they’ve had issue with blending out the colors in Subculture. I made sure to use a very light hand when applying and blending colors and being careful not to overblend.

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NYE Glam FOTD Inspired by NikkieTutorials!

Hello, everyone!

This is a look I did for NYE, heavily inspired by NikkieTutorials Ultimate NYE Glam Transformation!

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Base: Make Up For Ever Ultra HD liquid foundation in R230, Tarte Shape Tape concealer, Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Bronzer, NARS Orgasm blush

Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe and Medium Brown, Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes: Anastasia Beverly Hills Subculture palette, NYX Ultimate Brights palette, Buxom Cosmetics single shadows, Urban Decay Heavy Metal glitter in Glamrock.

Glow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun-Dipped Glow Kit

Lips: Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini

This is easily the most complex look I’ve ever done! But the final product was exactly what I was hoping it would be.

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What I Wanted the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette to be

Hey guys! This is going to be a different blog post than usual. As you guys know, Too Faced released the much-hyped Sweet Peach Palette in mid-March. I bought it the day it was released at my local Ulta and was so pumped to get it! I’d been dying over the design of the case, the fact that it was supposed to smell like peaches… It was going to be heaven for me, even though I wished it was peachier. I had seen Temptalia’s review before I purchased it and was a little underwhelmed by the results, but I convinced myself I’d like it anyway. I mean, I’m not that hard to please, right?

When I got home from work that night, I popped the palette out of its box and was ready to play. First off, it smelled delicious. The palette felt sturdy in my hand. But once I started playing with it, I realized that it wasn’t all that I wanted it to be.

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Don’t get me wrong, the shades are beautiful, but it felt more like a standard warm neutral palette, which I love but don’t necessarily need more of, than a peach palette. The pigmentation was also inconsistent. Some of the shades were up to Too Faced’s general standard, while others were very patchy and chalky. The neutrals were primarily what performed the best, which is especially disappointing since the reason I bought the palette was for the peachy shades!

Since I got Sweet Peach, I’ve actually used it on my eyes maybe two times. Many of the colors are still untouched except for the two times I’ve swatched the whole palette.

Being bummed about Sweet Peach caused me to do some research to build my own version of what I wanted the palette to be. I came across a post on Reddit that showed how someone made their own 10-pan peach palette using only Inglot shadows. I am a big fan of Inglot and already own some of their shadows, so I placed my order on Beautylish as soon as I saw the post and swatches. I didn’t need to be convinced anymore! Here’s a list of shades I got:

  • 26 Shine
  • 612 Double Sparkle
  • 15 Shine
  • 605 Pearl
  • 12 Shine
  • 313 Matte
  • 312 Matte
  • 361 Matte
  • 314 Matte
  • 335 Matte

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Beautiful, right? Although the price of buying a custom Inglot palette is higher than the original Sweet Peach, I think it’s justified because I’m getting exactly the colors I wanted and WAY more product (0.95g for each Sweet Peach shadow vs 2.3g for each Inglot shadow). These are exactly the colors I wanted from the Sweet Peach palette too, and to me that makes this custom palette worth it. I do still want dupes for Bless Her Heart and Peach Pit but given Inglot’s extensive catalog of shades, I should be able to easily find dupes and just add them to my 20-pan palette in the future.

Here’s a final comparison pic of Sweet Peach vs Inglot. What do you guys think?

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Greed – 7 deadly sins FOTD

This is a look I did in collaboration with a few other beauty bloggers/enthusiasts. Our theme was the 7 deadly sins. I chose to do Greed. ✨

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For this look, I knew I wanted to incorporate gold glitter. But I also wanted to use a lot of products to really get into a mindset of greed and make this look truly excessive. Here’s what I used!

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Face:

  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in N115
  • Revlon Photoready Insta-Fix Foundation Stick
  • Sephora Bright Future green color corrector & Gel Serum Concealer in Meringue
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour Kit in Fair (not pictured)
  • Sephora Contour Powder in Tranquil
  • Becca Cosmetics x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Glow Face Palette – Prosecco Pop
  • Sleek Makeup Solstice Highlighting Palette – Equinox
  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder in Precious Petals (yes, I stacked 3 highlighters to get that glow!)
  • NARS blush in Orgasm
  • Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel cream bronzer
  • RCMA No Color Loose Powder (not pictured)

Brows:

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Eyes:

  • Morphe 35O Palette
  • Equinox from Sleek Makeup Palette for inner corner highlight
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy
  • Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (THE BEST mascara. New fave!)

Lips:

  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini
  • Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Liner in Midnight Cowboy

First impressions: I used several products for the first time with this look. I’ll just list them out with mini-reviews:

  • Morphe 35O Palette. I’ve had this for a long time but other than playing around with it when I first got it, I never really reach for it. Now that I’ve used it for a whole eye look, I don’t know why I haven’t! The mattes blended beautifully and the dark gold metallic shade I used for a lid base applied smoothly and I didn’t need to use Fix+ to make it pop like with other metallics.
  • Wet N Wild MegaGlo Highlighter. I was lucky enough to find both shades on eBay for a decent price, but you guys seriously need them. I’m sure literally every other blogger has told you that, but if you can find them, buy them immediately! Precious Petals is such a beautiful color.
  • Sleek Solstice Palette. I bought this because of Jaclyn Hill’s mini Snapchat review and I have no ragrets. It comes with 4 different colors, but because it’s less than $20, I felt comfortable buying it just for the shade Equinox. That’s the crown jewel of this palette for sure. I’ve never seen a highlighter before that was so glowy and just BAM when you apply it!
  • Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Gemini. This is the first Jeffree Star liquid lipstick that I’ve bought in a while. While I’m not sure how I feel about the rootbeer float scent, the formula is still amazing and I think the color is so flattering.
  • RCMA No Color Loose Powder. I purchased this after hearing so many rave reviews about it, but I think I’m still partial to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Powder more. This one did the job, and the price is definitely right, but I feel like it just sucked what little moisture was to be had out of my undereyes.
  • Anastasia Cream Contour Kit in Fair. This was given to me by a friend. I have to say that I was underwhelmed by the formula of the creams. I expected them to be easier to work with. Luckily, I’d watched Miss Jazmina D work with hers enough on Snapchat and learned that you could apply it under your foundation. I did that and found that I liked how it looked much better that way. It was still tough to blend out at parts, but at least I didn’t have to worry about messing up my foundation while doing it. I’ll probably continue to use this kit, but only for nights out or when I have a lot of time to dedicate to my makeup.

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Instagram & WordPress followers makeup giveaway!

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It’s giveaway time, y’all! To celebrate reaching 500 (now 600) IG followers and 100 followers on WordPress, 1 person will win an Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam Glow Kit, Colourpop x KathleenLights Aquarius Lippie Stix & matching liner, and an Ultra Matte liquid lipstick in Beeper.

Here are the rules!

  1. Must follow me on Instagram (@dudewheresmylipstick) and on WordPress.
  2. Reblog this post, add the tag dudewheresmygiveaway and comment ‘Done’ in the comments below!
    If entering on IG: repost the picture, tag two friends, myself, and use the hashtag #dudewheresmygiveaway
  3. You can enter up to 3 times by February 12 at 11:59pm EST.
  4. Winner will be chosen Monday, February 15!

Good luck, everyone!

January favorites!

Hey everyone! It’s monthly favorites time once again. I can’t believe 2016 is already moving this fast. It feels like I was just doing my 2015 favorites last week! My favorites this month are all across the board and contain a lot of new products.

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  1. O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel Body. I first heard about this product from Jackie Aina’s snapchat. She posted a video showing how it easily sloughed off dead skin and I knew I had to have it. An 8-ounce bottle was under $20 on Amazon, so with Prime 2-Day shipping it was a great deal. It’s gives a similar effect as the Boscia Exfoliating Peel Gel, but the O.R.G. version is a sprayable liquid. The formula is very gentle. It doesn’t burn when it’s on your skin, it really gets rid of dead skin, and afterwards my face feels so soft!
  2. Nivea Men Sensitive Post-Shave Balm. I bought this months and months ago, shortly after NikkieTutorials first mentioned using it as a primer on her channel. I used it here and there, but I didn’t really use it heavily until this month when I found that other primers weren’t hydrating enough. This product though; holy cow. It’s ultra-moisturizing and it gives my foundation excellent lasting power. This is an amazing quality primer, especially since a bottle costs less than $5.
  3. Eucerin Original Healing Rich Creme. I mentioned this product in my Daytime Skincare Routine. It is an extremely rich occlusive that helps hold moisture into the skin. Because it’s extremely heavy, I use it primarily at night or to spot treat extra dry areas during the day. Since it’s been so cold lately, I’ve been using it over the reddest parts of my cheeks and on my chin to prevent the cold air and wind from destroying my face and it’s done an amazing job. This is a great product for those with dry, damaged skin.
  4. Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. I received this sample bottle of All-Nighter in a Sephora order a few months ago. It’s a great setting spray. It keeps my makeup in place until I remove it. I haven’t had to deal with any transfer from my face products since I started using it. I will definitely be buying a full-size bottle when I use up the sample.
  5. Colourpop Telepathy Eyeshadow Single. This is a product from the latest Colourpop x KathleenLights collab. I used this eyeshadow in a look I posted recently and I am in love. The color is so unique; I don’t have another like it in my collection. The pigmentation is also amazing and the cream formula is really nice for the price.
  6. Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Lip Scrub. There’s not much to say about this product other than it smells awesome, does a great job of removing dead skin from my lips, and is at a great price point. Before using this scrub, I was using one by Bite Beauty. Although it was nice, it didn’t exfoliate my lips as well as I would like. The scrub by Jeffree Star is simply better.
  7. Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation. I bought this on a whim and have fallen in love with it. It’s the first foundation that I’ve tried that doesn’t look cakey up close. It actually looks like skin! It’s lightweight and feels like there’s nothing on my face. The coverage is decent and buildable. I’ve experienced some settling into fine lines around my mouth while wearing it, but I’ve yet to find a foundation that I haven’t experienced that with. However, it definitely settles less than others that I’ve tried.

Here are my first favorites of 2016! What were yours for this month? Let me know in the comments.

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Ulta haul!

Hey everyone! I got these products over the last month or so using gift cards from my birthday and Christmas. I picked up some old things, some new things, some makeup and skincare!

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Here’s everything that I got:

  • OGX Tsubaki Blossom Shampoo – This is a repurchase. I switched to the OGX line after the Herbal Essences Colorstay Shampoo I had been using started breaking my scalp out. The Tsubaki Blossom is definitely my favorite! It makes my hair super soft and smells amazing.
  • Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water – This was an impulse purchase that I saw when I was standing in the checkout line. Omg. Best impulse buy ever. It’s so gentle and removes makeup effortlessly. I can remove my whole face using only 2 cotton rounds, and with micellar water, you don’t even have to rinse! It’s extremely gentle and my face doesn’t feel irritated or tight after I use it. I definitely recommend it.
  • Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Hydrating Foundation – This is a new product that Maybelline recently released. I’ve never been into matte foundations, but the fact that it was matte and hydrating piqued my interest. The shade I picked, 10 Porcelain Ivory, was a touch too pink. I’m not completely sold on matte foundation yet, but this formula didn’t feel drying, which made me really happy. I’m going to continue to play with this and see if it mixes well with other foundations.
  • Laura Gellar Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey – I wanted to love this product so much, as it’s a cult favorite among makeup enthusiasts. It was a bit too dark for my liking though. I ended up returning it before I took the swatch pictures below.
  • Urban Decay Tonic eyeshadow single – I’ve been wanting this eyeshadow for months, but it’s been sold out online or in-stores every time I’ve tried to buy it. I managed to snag the last one when I was in Ulta last time, and I’m pumped about it! It’s such a beautiful lavender color with a blue duochrome shift.
  • Becca Moonstone – I love this highlighter. It’s a lovely white gold color that can give you a soft glow or be built up to highlight on fleek levels. Becca’s formula is unparalleled, too. Their pressed highlighters are so finely milled and creamy, which make them really easy to work with.
  • Anastasia Self-Made palette – This is a great palette overall. It has a great mix of neutrals with brighter colors. The eyeshadow formula is very pigmented and buttery, but Spirit Rock and Pink Champagne are a little chalky. All shadows swatch well with minimal fallout.

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Overall, I’m really happy with my haul! I’m excited to really dive into everything more and to create some new looks. Do you guys have any of these products? What do you think of them? ❤

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Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Face Palette

Hi everyone! I was recently browsing in my local SiJCP and spotted this palette, the Sephora Collection Ombre Obsession Face Palette. I had seen a few promising reviews for it online, but it was sold out online and every store I went to as well.

Needless to say, when I saw that this SiJCP still had one in stock, I snapped it up as quickly as I could!

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I’m loving the packaging of this palette. It’s large and round and contains nine different pans. There is a large mirror inside, which is great since this is a face palette. You can actually see your whole face in it!

The pans are very large and really maximize the space inside the palette. There are four ombre pans and four matte pans surrounding the round illuminator pan.

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This palette fits a wide range of skintones. For my skintone, some of the colors can be used as a bronzer. Overall, I am impressed with the pigmentation. Some of the colors are more buttery than others, but there are no true duds in this palette!

Now, onto the swatches!

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Although this palette retails for $34 USD, it was on sale for $20 when I bought it. Even at full retail price, this palette is an amazing deal and a great find. If you find this in your local Sephora or SiJCP store, you should definitely buy it. Don’t sleep on Sephora brand products! They’re comparably priced to drugstore products but I have yet to try a product by the brand that I disliked.

Have any of you tried this palette? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below ❤