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Minimalist Style Makeup: Style, Routine, Tutorials

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Minimalistic makeup look is not about having less makeup in your drawer or desire to look understated.

It is more about carefully picked up items that are high-quality and works for you every time.

Minimalistic makeup look works when you want to be in your element.

 

Let’s face it most of the time we are running errands… going grocery shopping…going through detox, enjoying a peaceful day or spending time with the family (or even… working from home).

We all need day to day go-to minimalistic makeup look.

How To Define Your Ideal Minimalistic Makeup Style

Decide whether you’re going for nude or pink colors in your makeup look, whether you like more accent on eyes, lips or brows or maybe all of the above!

I usually prefer more pinks in my looks simply because I have green eyes and a little bit more blush makes me look fresher since I have some neutral undertones on my skin some days.

I feel like nude makeup is a little bit understated at times and I prefer pinkish nudes a little bit more.

Most of the time we wear only 20% makeup we have while the rest of the makeup is simply aging and expiring in our makeup organizers. Consider buying a good basic palette that will have basic colors.

Minimalistic makeup is your most natural look and will probably wear 80% of the time, so be sure it is the best quality (ideally cruelty-free!)products, and don’t be afraid to invest in them!

Routine For Minimalistic Makeup

Adopting new routines and figuring out new ones, sometimes you just don’t have time to establish good habits and acquire good discipline.

My skin type is oily in the summer and normal in the winter and sometimes my skin feels dry for no reason at all. The transition between seasons is always a struggle, but if your skin is giving you issues, here is some good across the border products to use.

Tip: More expensive designer brands foundation tends to have less coverage and it works really natural and good on your skin, but it requires really good skin routine.

My goal this year was to figure out my skin routine. I saw some significant change after I started drinking more water, got cardio going, cut the sugar and started taking some hair. vitamins.

My Go-To Vitamins

My all-time favorite hair and skin vitamins that show some fast results are:

MegaFood Hair, Skin & Nails

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails

Exfoliation

Roc Daily Resurfacing Disks

One side of them is more textured and another side is more gentle smooth, so you can use them daily and divide which side you want to use in that area.

I recommend to use them before putting makeup on since it erases all the skin peeling and overtime improves skin texture, so you can use more sheer makeup foundation over time.

Face Wash

Lancome Creme Radiance

My current favorite that never fails me and doesn’t make me too dry after is Lancome Creme Radiance. I only buy it 2oz at a time because it lasts forever. It also transitions really well, no matter what an average day in Florida brings you.

Good dupe: Neutrogena Facewash

Microfiber Face Towels Washcloths

Recently I started using microfiber face washcloths and I am big fan and advocate for them! It is an absolute must buy and I really can’t imagine my life without it!

It completely changed my life and my skin just loves them and they take off all of your makeup. Visible results right away!
I highly recommend them for the people that tend to obsess about their skin texture and tend to pick on their skin.

It really will leave you speechless.

I actually put to the test one day and I went with the toner right after I had washed with microfiber face washcloth and there were no makeup leftovers and impurities left.

I am very excited about my skin now. I don’t have to call it problematic anymore. Honestly, if I can only reduce stress now, I would have ideal skin.

Rose Water

I also like to use rose water before I put a serum on. I have noticed that rosewater makes my skin happier.

Face Serum

For serum, I use either Lancome Serum or Roc serum. I can’t decide which one is my favorite.

Face cream

My all-time favorite face cream is Shiseido Matifying Oil-FreeMoisturizer. It had the most luxurious finish and texture, but if you are trying to save some money this an amazing alternative to it.

 

I also recently discovered Bamboo Charcoal Hydrating Gelee Moisturizer and I love it. It dries within seconds. And it’s perfect if you have limited time to do your makeup.

It is not as luxurious as Shiseido Matifying Moisturizer Oil-Free and looks black, but it doesn’t your face complexion and will give you matte look.

My Favorite FoundationPrimer

If I have issues with pores and shine I use this products on my Tzone:

Foundation

Depends on what your skin type is the foundation you choose will differ but there are some of my personal favorites:

Neutrogena Shine Control
DiorSkin Forever
Nars Radiant Tinted Mosturizer

Foundation Brushes To Use:

M439 – Foundation my current fave!!! SOOO Soft!
E8 – Small Foundation (M439’s baby)

Concealer:

DiorSkin Forever Undercover
Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer

Brushes to use:

Read more about concealers I use and love in my dedicated blog post:

>Best Concealers I Can’t Live Without + Hacks<

Powder:

Bobbi Brown Skin Weightless Powder Foundation
Neutrogena Healthy Skin Pressed Powder
bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Brushes to use:

I currently use Morphe E41 – Powder brush

Bronzers I love:

Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna (brown with golden shimmer with radiant finish)
Chanel LES BEIGES HEALTHY GLOW SHEER COLOUR SPF 15 (it provides a sheer, luminous finish)
TOO FACED Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (matte finish)
Neutrogena Heallthy Skin Blends in Sunkissed

Bronzer Brushes to use:
Morphe R2, E 59, M177- Bronzer

Blush Highlight:

Nars Blush Duo
TOO FACED Snow Bunny Luminous Bronzer
Neutrogena Heallthy Skin Blends in Sunkissed

Brushes to use:
M530 – Blush/Contour

For Brows

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS Brow Wiz Taupe (formerly Ash Blonde)

SMASHBOX Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette I use a couple of pigments in the palette for my brows, it is perfect multipurpose small size palette that makes it really easy to travel with.

KAT VON D
24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade (long-wear, waterproof brow pomade)

LANCÔME
LE CRAYON POUDRE – Powder Pencil for the Brows (powder pencil)

Finishing spray

URBAN DECAY De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

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Venus Gillette Platinum Razor Review

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Is Venus Gillette Platinum Razor For You?

Whether shaving is not part of your routine or not, you still need a dependable razor for SOS days, you need it on the go. There is always that transitioning phase where you just can’t use anything but shaving.

As for me, I live in Florida and Florida living gets intense… humidity, pools, boating, overheated cars during hot temperatures and spring hot-cold days!

You need a great razor or you will get stuck with a pants day on an accidentally hot day in the middle of spring.

So let’s talk Venus Gillette Platinum performance.

Venus Gillette Platinum Razor Style

Finally, Venus Gillette created something more elegant and classy, although shaving is supposed to be fun (hence all the fun colors).

Style has changed over the years and I feel in the times of rose gold, chrome and yellow gold elements with marble everything these days there is a need for some luxury looking razor that screams style.

If I am leaving it on the counter, I don’t want all those colors to pop like I’m in teenager’s bathroom. So Venus Gillette THANK YOU for something I can leave out on the counter next to my boyfriend’s high-end stuff and not to look tacky and ‘teenagie’.

Maybe one day you can create a luxury high-end edition. There is a market for it for sure. 

Venus Gillette Platinum Razor Efficiency

Efficiency: I am very active and quite fit and defined, a big part of my style is athleisure (athletic and leisure clothing) so leggings and skinny jeans are a big part of my wardrobe.

 Whether I am wearing an organic cotton leggings or synthetic I don’t want anything to poke through it, so I have to rely on quite an efficient razor, so I don’t have to have a time-consuming inspection of my legs.

I have noticed that 5 razor blades tend to do the job. If time management is a big concern of yours 5 razor blade is more efficient and more trustworthy (perfectionists can rejoice now).

Metal elements on the handle added not only style but also a sense of control and certainty to the movement. I have noticed the additional weight of the razor felt unusual at first but felt more smooth and more balanced during shaving.

A lot of people expected a full metal handle and were left disappointed that it had plastic elements, too. Personally, I feel like it was a good amount of both.

Lifting Venus Gillette Platinum razor left me feeling a little bit nostalgic due to heavier metal elements. It reminded me of my Dad’s vintage razors for a second or two.

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Metal part reduced pulling and glided better than just plastic alternatives. I wasn’t sure whether I liked the plastic elements on it at first.

But once I started shaving I realized that they were essential to the grip in-control feeling during the shave.

Venus Gillette Platinum razor navigated all the tricky places like kneecaps, behind the knees, back of the leg areas, ankles and underarm (my underarm is especially tricky), which was impressive. 

The head did not feel too large or awkward, its mobility was pretty impressive.

How long the results from Venus Gillette Platinum Razor last?

I would say the shave lasts two solid days (although if you shave a lot and you take hair vitamins and supplements it can sure alter the days your shave lasts). The third day was tolerable (although I would shave again that day). The fourth day felt okay, but I would change shorts for capris. Do shave on the fourth day.

For how long you can use Venus Gillette Cartridge? 

 

You can totally use the blades for several weeks. To prolong the life of the razor try to use it in cold or warm water.

Venus Gillette Platinum Razor Price

The price point around $8.99 with one refill or $12.99 with 2 refills.