5 minute makeup essentials

August 10, 2014

Life has been extremely busy for me lately.  Returning back to work full time, and trying to spend as much time as possible with my baby, and blogging after he goes to bed along with several other projects going on is really a juggle for me. As a result I’ve learnt to cut down my makeup time drastically, which is something I swore I would never do because I absolutely enjoy putting makeup on with my endless stash of makeup! Anyway I figured that my top priority right now is to catch up on my beauty sleep so I have carefully edited a selection of my favorite makeup that give me the look I am after under 5 minutes.

When it comes to quick makeup – perfecting the complexion is always my number one priority. If I can get a nice clean and fresh complexion then it makes the rest of the makeup application a breeze. My current favorite combination is the Bobbi Brown Enriched Vitamin Face Base (reviewed here), then a sheer layer of the YSL CC Cream Lavender (reviewed here) which gives me a well-rested glow, followed by YSL Touche Eclat Foundation applied with Beauty Blender. All together takes about 2 minutes, and these three products are guaranteed to give me a natural and flawless complexion with a moist and dewy glow.

For the eyes and cheeks, I go for cream based products and I like to apply them just with my fingers. I use the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre 93 Impulsion for highlight around the eyes, and Mirage on the crease. The By Terry Hydra Blush 3 Bubble Glow gives an effortless coral-pink flush to the cheeks that instantly brightens up the complexion.

Eyeliner and mascara are essential items for me which I would never skip. I have been wearing a brown eyeliner instead of black lately as it makes my eyes appear softer. The Creer Beaute makes the best waterproof and easy to apply liquid eyeliner in my opinion, and their latest Sailor Moon Star Power Liquid Liner (brown) is a medium warm chocolate brown liquid eyeliner that goes well with my neutral eye shadows. It leans a little to warm and reddish for my liking so I am still on the hunt for a perfect dark cool brown eyeliner. The Le Volume de Chanel Mascara came as a surprise for me. I didn’t like any other Chanel mascaras that I tried before but this one is a gem and worth the hefty price tag!

Last but not least, having lipstick on defines me! I  always have at least 5 lipsticks that are on high rotation every week, and the Chanel Rouge Coco 60 Triomphe (reviewed here) is my go-to lipstick of the week that goes well with my By Terry blush.


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeslynj August 10, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Great list of products! What is you color for the YSL foundation? I want to try to CC cream but I don’t they sell it in the U.S.


Reika August 12, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Hi Jeslynj it’s B20. I know can’t believe that it’s not available in the US!


Jeslynj August 14, 2014 at 2:24 am



Petrina August 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

Would love to see a FOTD with these 🙂


E for Beauty August 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm

Great picks Reika=) I love the illusion d’ombres and le volume de chanel as well.


Cecilia August 12, 2014 at 11:37 pm

Thanks R for sharing! Having children is adding challenge to work life. Hope you’re doing fine!
But one thing to your morning routine, didn’t you do your eyebrows? 🙂


Reika August 14, 2014 at 2:48 pm

Thanks for the comment Cecilia! You are so attentive 😛 Yes I forgot to include that in lol..I always tend to use the Shu Umuera brow pencil if I’m in a rush.


Renee August 17, 2014 at 9:02 am

Hey Reika, are you still using your usual eyebrow regime? They seem lighter and I love it. Soften your whole face significantly.


Reika August 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

No I have completely changed my eyebrow routine. Need to do a new post soon!


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