makeup for video chats

trying to make some relevant content for you guys, considering the current situation.
many of you are now working from home, and both the disruption of the routine and the simple exposure to one of the most unflattering video cameras can take a toll.

so, all judgement aside, if you find some solace in maintaining routines like doing your makeup and want to adjust it for those pesky low-res meetings with your work mates, this one’s for you. some simple tips to optimise your makeup for video chats AND keeping it short. it doesn’t look like it because I talk a lot. but you know me by now ;)

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a Velvet Morning Look — my Lisa Eldridge Lipstick Challenge

this one (and several more to come) goes out to Ana G. who, when I asked for video ideias, suggested I’d do a look for each Lisa Eldridge Lipstick I own. Loved the idea, felt like it needed some time and preparation…
Turns out I have a bit more spare time now, since I’m basically unemployed (gulp) for the foreseeable future, so I welcome some more frivolous ways to pass the time and take my mind off of things (other than just washing dishes, making meals, or scrolling furiously through Facebook — as if that has ever brought solace to anyone anywhere… for every “hope in humanity restored” video, 3 bad news pop up, eh!)
So, if you’re in for a bit of distraction and playing with colour, please do tag along.

And keep in mind: despite these being some amazing lipsticks — from colour and undertone to formula — you don’t need to own these (or any other products mentioned) to get a similar result. Brands like Kiko, Colour Pop and NYX, among many others, have comfortable, bold and fresh-coloured matte lipsticks, and you can certainly browse through what you already own and wake up your inner mixologist.

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voluntary isolation and playing with affordable makeup

these are some weird times we’re going through.
I was able to, a couple of days after the first cases of Covid-19 have reached my country, decide to stay in voluntary isolation, following the official guidelines.
so… now I have quite a bit of free time… and I decided to pick up my brushes shop your stash style — because what other style is there?—, do a “Get Ready With Me To Go Nowhere” (GRWMTGN — do you think that’ll catch on?) and chat about this strange place in time we are all in, things to do to pass the time, to help out the community, worries and sadnesses, and of course, filling the gaps with a lot of self-deprecating jokes.

If you’re in a similar situation, let’s bond over this weird reality-suspending limbo… and cross over some meaningful ways to pass the time. Anything goes except hoarding food, masks or toilet paper!
If you’re not, tag along by pretending you’re watching one of those dystopian series…

List of products below

makeup routine with some of my favourite products

I haven’t named most of these products as my favourites by accident… I actually love and use most of them on a daily basis, or at least keep them on rotation.
Here is one example of how I get them to work for me on an everyday basis.

disappointing products 2019

If one of your favourites is on this list, please remember: the products hated *me* first!

Favourites 2019 — make up

Here’s my list of some of the precious little trinkets that kept me busy and still in love with make up last year :)

2019 skincare favourites

Cerave Micellar Water — don’t know why, I can’t seem to find it online outside of the Portuguese and the United States websites, which are only informative…
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra 8 Face Mist
Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream Mist
Garden Of Wisdom Anti-Ageing Multi-Peptide Serum
Cerave Facial Moisturising Lotion (PM and AM with SPF)
Paula’s Choice Calm Non-Greasy Mineral Moisturiser SPF 30 (there’s a version for dry skin)
Paula’s Choice Defense Essential Glow Moisturiser SPF 30
La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lèvres
Fresh Tinted Lip Treatment Spf 15 in Rosé
Lanolips Tinted Lip Balm with SPF 15 — can’t find Spice, but the nude one is really pretty too.
Mentioned: Lanolips 101 Ointment
Ben&Anna Natural Deodorant in Vanilla Orchard (you may want to check your local Organic Food store)
Nioxin 3 Step System in nº2 (Natural Hair with Progressed Thinning) — I advise you to browse the brand’s website to make sure you make the best choices for your hair’s needs.

returns…?

me writing this because it’s meta and the coffee shop is cute

Hey, how have you all been?

Suddenly, it’s been almost a year since my last video.
On my Instagram, I’ve posted about 5 pictures. So it’s been basically… radio silence.
Do I owe you an explanation? I’m sure everyone did just fine during my absence, yet I feel I created a bond with this weird virtual entity that is you guys.

Won’t lie: 2019 was the roughest year to date and every turn seemed to bring more twists to bring me down. Picture a 1990’s video game with boomerangs flying all over and hitting me in the head…

I must say makeup and skincare have not been on the top of my priorities, but, surprisingly enough, even during my worse moments, those little rituals provided me some solace, some comfort, and the seeming chore of doing my skincare routine in the evening was something that made me feel slightly more… normal. Self-care and all that, I guess.
Also, YouTube has provided me with many hours of entertainment, or, at least, something to keep my mind out of reality.

So… Yeah, now that things seem to be settling down I noticed I missed filming, playing with makeup, and I’m pondering coming back.

There’s a couple of pros and cons, of course.
The biggest thing I’m dwelling on is: is it worth it? Would you like to hang out with me again on some Sunday mornings?

I’ll be here waiting to know what the 3 of you think ;)