Lazy Skincare: Beauty Sticks

For girls who are either too lazy or too rushed to be bothered, beauty sticks are always the way to go. They are fuss-free, compact, and adventure-friendly. From cleansers to sunscreens, these are my picks for on-the-go beauty.

Skincare

Cleansing Sticks have been around for a few years now, serving the travelers who don’t let their skincare routine take the back seat wherever they are. The Neogen Real Fresh Green Tea Cleansing Stick which contains real green tea leaves and removes makeup efficiently. Another option is the Acure Incredibly Clear Cleansing Stick, which has rosehip oil and sea kelp to help cleanse oily skin types.

20180612_205144.jpg

For treatments, The Milk Makeup Watermelon Brightening Serum aims to brighten, hydrate, and smoothen the skin with watermelon fruit extract, swiss garden cress sprout, and vitamins A, C, and E. Julep Beauty also offers two pressed serums in stick form. The Dream Big Nightly Renewal Pressed Serum with BHA streamlines your PM skincare routine by offering to hydrate and exfoliate the skin through salicylic acid and sodium hyaluronate for a smoother complexion.  The You Got This Pressed Serum Daily Moisturizer offers soothing hydration defending the skin against environmental damage with its camellia japonica seed oil, Jeju blossom extract, sodium hyaluronate, and ceramides.

Great for dry spots or any part of your skin that needs some moisture, Josie Maran has the Argan Oil Moisturizing Stick. It can moisturize chapped lips, soothe dry skin, moisturize dry cuticles, and soothe the skin, among others.

20180401_021717.jpg

For those who are always outdoors and needs a sunscreen that can be applied many times over, the Coola Mineral Sport SPF 50 is an organic sunscreen stick that has tamanu oil, sea kelp extract, and cocoa seed butter to protect and moisturize the skin. Another option is the su:m37 Sun-away Clear Shield Sun Stick, and SPF 50 sun stick recommended for dry skin types because of its moisturizing texture. It’s also sweat and water resistant.

Makeup

After hydrating, moisturizing, and protecting your skin, it’s time to put in some color with these portable and multi-tasking makeup sticks.

Stick foundations are the heroes of shortcut makeup routines, providing coverage wherever you are. A sunscreen, foundation, and primer in one the Dr. Brandt Pores No More Multi-Performance Stick SPF 45 blurs pores and lines, hydrates, smooths, provides SPF 45 protection. The Makeup Forever UltraHD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is also an option if you want coverage. It creates a flawless complexion with a lightweight texture that leaves a natural-looking, radiant finish.

20180409_212438.jpg

If you have time to add a healthy glow to that coverage, Nars The Multiple has a variety of shades in both matte and shimmer finishes to enhance your complexion. A personal favorite is Orgasm, which provides both color and shimmer. It’s perfect for those times when I need to quickly add a rosy glow to my face.

The Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color is a dual-ended stick that has a creamy color on one ends and a blending brush in another. Providing illuminating, highlighting, and bronzing shades, this is perfect if you want more precision in how you apply makeup without having to bring your entire arsenal wherever you go.

20171022_205217.jpg

For the finishing touch, another favorite is the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick which you can use on both cheeks and lips as the color options are universally flattering. I always use Formentera when I want to add extra color during beach vacations. The Beach Stick blends easily even if you’re just using your fingertips so it’s great for a goof-proof application.

Current Fave Lip Colors

20180821_170344.jpg

Some people can’t leave with putting on their mascaras; I can’t walk out the door without colored lips. It’s the only thing that can make me look like I tried, even if I didn’t. Here are my current favorites.

Kosas, Rosewater

For a barely there I woke up like this look, I always reach for this. This lipstick just feels so lightweight and yet it provides high-impact pigmentation. Whether I’m going for a made up or blurred-around the edges look, its blush pink color always gives my lips but better look. A great everyday lip color looks great no matter what the occasion, it also contains Green tea, rosehip, and grapeseed oils and mango and shea butter to help heal and moisturize your lips.

20180506_214627.jpg

 Lilah B. Divine Duo, B. Sassy

The Divine Duos from Lilah B. can be used on the lips and on the cheeks, making it a vacation must-have. The colors they offer are very versatile but B. Sassy is bright pink, perfect for daytime. This lip and cheek color is long-wearing and has a matte finish. They are all made with coconut oil, aloe, and agar to keep your puckers moisturized and hydrated. If you’re feeling really lazy, you can also use this as an eyeshadow for the bold monochromatic look.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Sexy Sienna

This is a pop of color that can be worn in the office and no one would bat an eyelash. It has a peach tone and feels like velvet. It will last through meetings and that salad you snuck away in between conference calls.

20180415_202532.jpg

 The Beauty Archives, LBD & Red

Perfect for touch-ups, these vegan lip tints give instant color that lasts longer than most lip tints. It has a balmy texture that is moisturizing but feels lightweight. LBD & Red has a poppy red color that can be applied sheer or built-up for a more intensified look.

20180319_144938.jpg

 Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance, Sedition

We are always in search of the best red lipstick and I think Pat McGrath is convincing me to stop searching. It’s classic red color, Sedition, looks and feels luxurious. The pigmentation is insane and has a satin finish. It’s also comfortable to wear and it’s long lasting.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain, Coral Anti-Mainstream

We all know we love makeup because it’s fun. We’ll a bold lip color will up the ante. This lightweight lip stain is matte, extremely pigmented, and it doesn’t budge. It’s a matte lip color that doesn’t feel drying and it lasts the whole day. Perfect for lounging the whole day by the beach.

Patchology Lip Service

Get perky, moisturized lips with the Lip Service from Patchology. It’s a gloss to balm treatment for your lips and it contains hyaluronic acid, aloe, and honey hydrate your lips and keeps it soft. I use this as an overnight treatment or for when I am running out for errands and just want to look put together. This can also be used as a topper for a light sheen.

Go-to Blushes for Oily Skin

IMG_20180619_001057_516.jpg

I may suck with eyeshadows and eyeliners but blushes are my jam. I used to not have a need for them in high school – a time where I get enough sleep, I have no skin problems, and I have what they call, naturally “rosy cheeks.” Nowadays, less sleep and too much work give me sallow and dull skin overnight. With those, skincare products help but the naturally flushed look can come naturally now. The right blush can warm up the skin, create the illusion of high cheekbones, and make people look happier and healthier than they really are.  I use these to fake it.

Glossier Cloud Paint

For that flushed look, I always go to Glossier’s Cloud Pain in Puff. I thought this was too light for my Asian skin but it just looks so pretty. Thankfully, this helps brighten my whole face and has that tinge of light pink that doesn’t emphasize my pores. It’s creamy, easily blends with my skin, and a small drop can go a long way. I find this best used for the real no makeup look we all strive for. I also have Dusk, for some slightly bronzed look.

Nars The Multiple

It’s Nars’ iconic blushes in cream form. I have the one in Orgasm and, to be honest, I like this better than the original because this creates a dewy glow that highlights my tan. The color compliments my skin well and it works as a blush and as a subtle highlighter. Their multiples are pigmented and vibrant. Its sheen and color in one sleek stick for days when you’d rather be in bed but you don’t want to look like it.

Benefit Coralista Coral Blush

I can’t finish this list without mentioning one of Benefit Cosmetic’s blushes. My favorite, Coralista, is a warm pink blush that creates a subtle rosy glow. It brightens skin and has been a staple in my office desk for when I’m looking for a midday pick me up. I love that they have mini versions that include mini brushes as well. I can just leave in the office and use it whenever.

Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color Matte

For evening, this helps get the job done. I use Naughty N’ Spice, which is deeper than most of my blushes and goes on matte. It lasts the whole day and is handy – color on one side and brush on the other, for touch-ups. This is the personification of flushed and as a plus, can be applied to the eyes, cheeks, and lips, as the name suggests.

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick

As you can see, I am a sucker for cream blushes. I feel like I can use them better on my oily skin and it applies more smoothly. Another favorite from my stash is Formentera from Charlotte Tilbury. This is the perfect summer blush. It smells like chocolate and applies like satin, stays put for hours, and provides a dewy, sun-kissed look with a rosy hint. It’s easily blended with makeup and is buildable if I need more intensity.

Marc Jacobs AirBlush

For impact and longevity, the Marc Jacobs Air Blush contains two colors to create a healthy-looking glow. The powder blush feels silky and creamy on the skin. I have the colors Night Fever and Hot Stuff, which is warm pink with a luminous finish. I can’t believe how pigmented this is. A light dab with my brush gives my cheeks colors for the day. It blends effortlessly with my makeup and its intensity lasts the whole day, up to the night. I use this for long working days and events.

**published on puropulence.com last April 2018