Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Open Book: My Routine

Routine. Ritual. Regimen. You may call it whatever you want but you cannot take away the fact that the routine we do beauty routine we do bears a great importance in our overall look for the day ahead. It does not matter whether the products we use are those ordinary, over-the-counter kinds or those branded, pocket-burning types. What matters is whether you do it religiously or on a rare whim--it's the long term effects that count.

Tagged by fabulous oOchaOo to share with you my everyday routine, I immediately felt the excitement of being semi-obliged to divulge my regimen. But seeing that there is nothing so special about how I do it and what I do it with, I felt that certain low for knowing that this blog post will not be able to unearth the next biggest beauty revelation. But hey, I thought, if this works for me then why the hell should I not post it? So here it is, my fabulous gals:

1. I wash my face twice. I don't know about you, but I am quite obsessive-compulsive when it comes to cleansing my skin. It's not because I reek of oiliness, but it's more of my personal choice. I use Kojie-san Kojic soap followed by IWhite Korea Vita Whitening Facial Wash.

2. After cleansing my face, I never forget to daub a small amount of Benzoyl Peroxide with Erythromycin gel, which I got from my dermatologist, on some zits when I have them. I let my skin absorb it a bit before I start putting on some prescription sunblock gel as well.

3. I use IWhite Vita Facial Cream as a moisturizer. I love the fact that it's a 3-in-1 product which gives me the benefits of a sunblock, whitening cream, and makeup base. The scent is so mild and sweet, so it scores huge points in the scent department! I put mine in a small tub just like the one where my Benzoyl Peroxide is stored because I like my concoctions in uniform containers. How OC is that?

4. I like using as little makeup as possible. Considering that my classes require me to go out and shoot videos on location, wearing too much makeup could be such a hassle. On a normal day, I just conceal with my Fashion 21 cream concealer stick in Light Beige and set it with a light dusting of SanSan pressed powder in shade 02, mixed with a little white baby powder since I'm too fair for it. I proceed to put some blush because I'm naturally pale. I like using Avon's Blooming Peach blush when I'm not in a hurry. But when I'm running late, I just use Penshoppe's Cheek Tint in Blushed.

5. Finally, the lips! when I'm feeling ultra-lazy, I just coat my kissers with Face Shop's Freshian Tint followed by Allue's lip conditioner in Berry. It doesn't leave a hint of color and it gives minimal shine, but I love its fruity scent and moisturizing power, so I'm not bothered at all. Plus, who could resist its ultra cute packaging? And it's good to know that the case is actually made of paper, so it's recyclable.

On those days when I'm feeling I need a little extra, I use either Clinique Glosswear for Lips in Juicy Apple or Estee Lauder's Pure Pops Gloss in Berry Twist. It's just that those shimmery glosses magically brighten up my mood.

An average routine done with pretty much ordinary and average products is pretty much my routine. I'm not a big fan of splurging on makeup since I'm still in college, and a senior at that--which explains my reasoning that I'd rather spend my allowance on photocopying mountains of notes, buying production paraphernalia, or pigging out on my favorite comfort food. Don't get me wrong though; I love makeup and I surely want to experience the thrill of buying my first Nars Orgasm blush using my own money, but I believe that that moment will come at its own time--perhaps a few months from now when I have graduated and not living off my parents' money. Too much drama, I know; but you pretty much get what I mean because real fabulous girls are not just oozing with beauty but also have a chock-full of substantial things in their minds as well. After all, it's the entire package that matters.

Juuya after a day of
doing production
work on location--
still looking pretty
decent with just melted
"estudyante" makeup.


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