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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Go-to Blushes for Oily Skin

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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

Current Foundations for My Oily Skin

Aside from me loving sleeping more than going out, I never liked staying out too late, or at least getting my picture taken while I do. No, not because of my inherent need for proper lighting, it’s just that I always look like a grease ball in them. It’s not just about having a shiny forehead. I have been witness to foundation missing each other too much that they decided to get together on the middle of my forehead at the end of the night or my mascara, suddenly contacting the dark circles under my eyes making me looking more and more like a raccoon as each hour passes. It’s not a pretty sight. Hence, my goal to share some products that have complimented my oily skin perfectly.

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For that, I just woke up like this coverage. The Chanel Vitalumière Aqua is the only foundation that can make me glow, not oily, without the help of a highlighter. Whenever I use this, my skin just looks so healthy. It’s super light and gets that your-skin-but-better look down pat. I still blot midday to get some oil out but it was never excessive. It has a sheer coverage so; you will need concealer for more coverage.

For every day. The Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint is lightweight and sheer, which offers more coverage than the Vitalumiere. It provides a breathable coverage and a natural, even skin tone after application. Also, it has SPF 30 so, if you woke up late, this does two of you makeup routines already. It doesn’t slip after a few hours and stays crease-free, perfect for those long meetings where you don’t want to people to see you crack – literally and figuratively.

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For every day, but you’re meeting someone. The Tarte Amazonian Clay  Foundation gives good coverage and contains Amazonian Clay that absorbs excess oil. It mattifies the skin but doesn’t dry out the skin. It lasts my whole office day up until dinner with friends. It might give full coverage but it doesn’t feel like it. It feels like a medium coverage foundation and blends like a dream. I can go home the same person I went out the door – only with a wine stain on my lips.

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For when you are meeting someone and you know it’s going to be a long night. The Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Foundation is easily blendable and has a powder-like finish. It removes redness and shine in an oil-free formula so it can’t be messed with by sweat, breakouts, or humidity. It would take me 8 hours before I have to blot and I don’t have to retouch for the whole day. There are a lot of raves about this foundation and I think it lives up to the hype.

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For when you think you’re going to have the best night of your life. The M.A.C. Studio Fix Fluid Foundation offers those with oily types 24 hours of smooth, shine-free skin. It has a buildable coverage that provides a flawless finish. It has a natural matte finish that makes your skin look flawless. Whenever I use this, people ask me if I had my makeup done professionally. By the end of the night, or morning, my makeup still looks together. Walk of shame is not a concept for this one.

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For the midday touch-up. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation is always in my purse. Best suited for oily and combination skin types, this cream product provides a full coverage. I’ve used it on its own or as a retoucher in the middle of the day. It’s so compact so it’s great for last-minute appointments. Perfect for the lazy ones, I sometimes use this on areas where I need coverage and I’m good to go.

**published in puropulence.com last February 2018.