Saturday, 24 June 2017

My Top Shelf

While I think Into the Gloss has turned into a Glossier advertorial most of the time, I still really enjoy the Top Shelf and the Top Shelf After Dark Series. However, ITG will never ask me to do a Top Shelf because I don't actively try to submit one nor do I use the Milky Jelly Cleanser. But I have my own blog and can write my own Top Shelf. HA. Also I've never talked about my skincare routine or what makeup I usually wear on here, so yeah. I can tie it all together. 


i have been into beauty on some level for as long as I can remember. My mother has long been mystified by this, since she wears no makeup and is loyal to a swipe of clear Lypsyl every morning. But when my aunt gave me my very first shiny pink Lip Smackers lip balm (possibly Strawberry Kiwi Comet), I was hooked. That was it. However, I started wearing makeup regularly before Youtube really became a thing, and stumbled through a lot of terrible makeup, with nothing but magazines to try and guide me. I lived. And there's almost no photographic evidence of those years, because I didn't get a digital camera until my sixteenth birthday. Thankfully, in hindsight.

I've had mildly problematic skin since I was about ten. It's never been a huge, full-blown, cystic acne, needing some Accutane kind of thing, but it is touchy. Knock on wood though, I'm down to only having a very small hormonal breakout around my period. I have some surface redness, but I think that's mostly because I have very fair skin. In the last year or so, my skin has started to dry out and I've shifted my skincare accordingly. 

Cabinet of skin and hair. Hair shelf is rarely touched.

I'm probably Reddit's Skincare Addiction's nightmare of someone who doesn't do things quite right, but I don't actually care. It's working for me. I remove my makeup every night with Bioderma Hydrabio H2O Hydrating Micellar Water - usually I use Sensibio, but my mom got me the value pack of Hydrabio at Christmas. They have the same efficacy. Then I wash my face with a cleanser, which is Skyn Iceland Glacial Face Wash right now. I like it well enough, but am planning to switch to a cheaper option, since I've had my fun with more expensive skincare and now want to go back to drugstore stuff. 

I rinse off my face wash in the shower usually, since I shower at night. Mostly because I don't own a hair dryer. Once I step out of the shower, I use Pixi Glow Tonic as my toner, then Mizon All-In-One Snail Repair Cream and The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5% + ECGC on my undereye area. I have no idea if it's working, but we'll see. Once that sinks in, I follow it up with The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA.

Bath stuff is organized, medicine and contact lens solution is not. Sounds about right. 

In the morning, I use a facecloth for some light physical exfoliation (SCA is dying, but whatever, my face likes it). Then I use Marcelle Ultra Gentle Cleansing Milk, followed by sunscreen. I've been trying out three different Biore ones: Bright Milk, Face Milk, and Perfect Milk. Bright Milk has been the most frequently used one lately. It's got a slight pink tint and seems to smooth out my skintone. I also dab on some more The Ordinary Caffeine Solution. Once both of those sink in, I use Formula 10.0.6 Seriously Shine Free Mattifying Mositurizer. Which really does work, by the way.

Sometimes I do sheet masks or mud masks or sleeping packs, and this has no rhyme or reason. Right now I have a couple of Formula 10.0.6 ones, Pores Be Pure Skin Clarifying Mud Mask (which smells really good) and Keep Your Cool Skin Calming Gel Mask. I've tried to move away from sheet masks but will still occasionally pick one up as a treat. 

Makeup-wise, I like to focus on lips. As evidenced by my Instagram. I still haven't picked up eyeshadow again, though I play with it once in a while. I start with Fyrinnae Powder Primer, then a thin layer of Make Up For Ever Water Blend in R210. I spot conceal with Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer in SXE01. If I'm wearing a cream blush or highlighter, I will then apply them. I bought a mini pot of Josie Maran Coconut Watercolour Cheek Gelee in Pink Escape in December and it's probably the best cream bush I've ever used. More of a gel really (and I do plan to post a review on it at some point). I have a couple of HelloWaffle liquid highlighters that I love, in Lavender Cream (old formula) and Golden Veil (new formula). 

The makeup goods.

I've been using Shiro Fatality Finishing Powder for five years, but since my skin has shifted, it's a little too matte, and so I'm seeking a new finishing powder. I've been using Fyrinnae Fluff but it's not quite what I want. If I'm using a powder highlight and blush, I would apply them next. My favourite blush is still Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. It goes with everything. I rotate through a number of highlighters, chiefly HelloWaffle Draw Me Like One of Your French Kitties, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Prismatic Amethyst, and Fyrinnae pressed highlighter in Confidence. 

Eye-wise, I've been using Physician's Formula Eye Booster 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum in Deep Brown. God, that name is awful. It's also not a "lash boosting serum," but it does have a very fine point and very smooth pigmentation. In fact, this is an excellent liquid eyeliner so it annoys me that PF is making up random claims to try and sell it. I follow up with whatever mascara I'm trying out these days. I've been having issues committing to a mascara. Finally, I use a clear brow gel to put my brows in place. Currently using Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel but it's absurdly overpriced, so that's not happening again. 

I usually put on my lipstick last, because I tend to flit around my apartment packing stuff for work and eating breakfast while doing my makeup. I wore bolder darker lipsticks all winter, but have shifted to sheerer lip products lately, like Colourpop Blotted Lips (which I am reviewing soon! Really). My favourite lipstick for work is NARS Audacious in Apoline. I also bizarrely like Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Liquid Lipsticks, even though I officially hate liquid lipsticks. 

I hate hair and do the bare minimum always. Sadly, now that I have a pixie, I have to style it and get regular trims, whereas when my hair was longer, I let it do whatever and got it cut twice a year. Yeah. Hair sucks. But I do like how my pixie looks. Such a conundrum. I have to straighten it every morning to achieve the desired effect, so good thing I only have a couple inches of hair.

Nail polish and a few miscellaneous things.

I don't really wear nail polish on my fingers because I have to adhere to strict hand hygiene rules at work, but I do paint my toes in the summer. I rebooted my nail polish collection a couple summers ago by getting rid of everything and starting over. It was a good idea, probably one of my better ones. Someday I'd like to go get a pedicure, but first I have to get over my thing about strangers touching me. I do not like being touched, even by people I know well and am very close to. I have a very dear friend who loves to give hugs and I imposed a daily limit on her because I needed my space. 

Perfume, for now.

If I'm not going to work that, the last step is to pick and dab on a perfume oil. I have around 70 still, and it can sometimes be daunting. Sometimes not. I still love fruity scents, but have more variety in what I've kept over time - more atmospheric scents and lots of fizzy ones. But we'll see once the big destash happens.


  1. Hahaha I shower at night because my hair can't take heat damage on top of bleach damage. I basically have to plan my life around washing my hair because it takes like 7 hours to dry. (Not an exaggeration, sadly.)

    How do you like the Marcelle cleansing milk? Their gel cleanser is my favourite morning cleanser, but I've been eyeing the milk one since I have dry skin. I really like Marcelle skincare, overall! One of my favourite drugstore options for sure.

    Your makeup storage is so nice and tidy! Mine is a mess right now because I am slowly decluttering and packing my entire life, so I'm jealous.

    1. Having short hair now means my hair dries so fast. It's amazing. When I had hair to my waist, it took a solid 24 hours to dry. It was awful.

      I really like the milk one! It's so gentle and I feel like it gives my face a little moisture boost since I started using it.

  2. This was a fun read! I'm really interested in trying that mattifying moisturizer, but I don't want to buy a second bottle without using up more of what I have.


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