Ever since I’ve been started using Guavapass, I have been heading to various studios and gyms for a good sweat sesh. Usually done before work, I would bring some beauty bits to help me look more presentable before I meet my kids.
Loreal Colour Riche Shine Lipstick* in 905 Tearose Eternite is the perfect flush to the lips (full swatches here). I quite enjoy the formulation of these lipsticks as they have a more balm-like texture to them and are sheerer than regular lipsticks, making them a breeze to just throw onto the lips in a hurry. This leaves a sheen on the lips too, making it look healthy and plump. I do wish that it was a tad more moisturising as I do get those pesky rolled up dried skin on the lips after a few hours of wear. Despite so, this is an easy throw on shade that does not require much precision or a specific makeup look (it looks great with no makeup too)!
Kiko Full Coverage Concealer has been super useful for me lately. My foundations seriously have been collecting dust lately as I really don’t wear them anymore. Thus, a good concealer is what I need and this works well under the eyes and on the skin to cover any spots and blemishes. It provides full coverage and while it may not be the most sanitary, I do like how convenient it is to apply as it is in a cake form so all I gotta do is dip my finger in and dab it onto my skin. Once warmed up, the concealer does blend easily and I have to say it was noticeably easier than some other cream concealers out there. This isn’t the most lasting concealer on the skin (and also because I don’t set it as I don’t bring a powder in my gym pouch), but touch ups are super easy to do too as this little compact comes with a mirror.
A good mascara is crucial as it ties the look together and draws the focus to the eyes (so that the bare skin with minimal concealer is not the first thing you would notice if you see me). I ran out of my travel size of this so I’m currently bringing along the full sized Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I did get my lashes lifted or permed recently so mascara curlers are not necessary at the moment and my goodness, I feel like I’m addicted. This saves so much time and my eyes look much perkier even without mascara. The Better Than Sex mascara does a lovely job of adding volume and slight length to my lashes and really opens up my eyes. I really like the effect of this as my lashes look really voluminous and fluffy, without being too clumpy imo.
So there we have it. 6 items that are easy to use and a joy to work with. I kept it simple and did not include my skincare (which is just some travel sized moisturiser I find lying around) and makeup removal (even though I have to give a special mention to Biore makeup wipes! These remove everything is a swipe and I am still amazed at how quick it is).
Honestly, this is a pretty drastic change in lifestyle for me as previously, I was not comfortable with so minimal makeup (and also, I never ever find myself in a fitness class back then). Piles of makeup was what I was used to. As of 2018, I slowly found myself moving away from multiple products and layering makeup onto my skin, and more to natural looks and multi-purpose items. I used to disregard eyeshadow pencils (alright, I’ll admit it, I was pretty much an eyeshadow snob) and lip and cheek tints. Now, I feel like my perspective has changed dramatically when it comes to makeup and I am starting to appreciate a lot more items that I would never give a second look to in the past.
Side note, if you’re wondering what Guavapass is, it’s basically a membership where you can attend any fitness classes from the studios under them. This has completely changed the way I view working out and my goodness, it makes exercising much more fun and less painful. I never really thought I would say this, but I actually look forward to my classes. Who am I?
What are some beauty essentials in your post gym makeup bag?