LOTD: The Weekend 5 Minute Slap-on

In an ideal world, I would have a lavish amount of time to sit pretty infront of my dresser, peruse my foundation bottles, pick one out for the day followed by slowly carassing the foundation brush over my skin and then setting it gently with a powder puff.

Though unfortunately that exaggerated situation is quite far from the truth, especially so during the weekends. As far as makeup goes, I hardly have time for it or as the hubs says, “Why bother?”.

Most of my weekends consist of errand running, toddler-chasing and bouts of unglamorous yet necessary chores so… indeed, why bother.

I don’t have to look all prettied up but there’s no harm in looking decent and presentable, yes? Polished but not overdone – the whole no makeup makeup definition.

So while playing with some newly acquired items last weekend, I’m glad to have found a quick and presentable ‘face’ for weekends to come!

I used to say that I can’t live without eyeliner and while yes, I still like rimming my eyes, these days I aspire to look fresh before anything else. My definition of that would be an evened out skin appearance (not necessarily perfected), some brow definition and of course a glowy flush.

A little eyeliner wouldn’t hurt but it is not the key for me these days.

  • Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery BB – the 2-in-1 step for skin perfecting and sun protection. Given how insanely warm our weather is these days, it is more comfortable to have on lesser layers!
  • NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder – the loose powder variant is my HG but this pressed version works well enough to set the Biore UV BB since that base does not need much to set it.
  • Benefit Gimme Brow – hardly the perfectly shaped and lined brow but what this does is, really, give me eyebrows. My brows are light and sparse by nature so I have to fill them in or risk looking like an alien and this is a great way to fill them in during the weekends.
  • Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030 – frankly this is interchangeable but as of now I am currently obsessed with the Lancôme Blush Subtil in 030. This shade, 030, gives a beautiful coral flush along with a golden sheen, providing this healthy glow without leaving you looking metalic or ‘shimmery’. I assumed this would go on too shimmery, given how it seemed to glisten in the pan but instead, it works immensely well to give the look of a soft sun-kissed flush and glowy skin.

The overall look does still have some ‘raw-ness’ to it as the skin isn’t perfected, brows aren’t sharp and defined but for a casual 5 minute slap-on, I think this is good enough for me! After all, everything appears harsher on camera, in flash. The blemishes and skin imperfection aren’t as glaring in person.

I especially love the sheen the Lancôme blush lends as it really does brighten the look and skin up.

Well, I know that’s a lot of words for a look that hardly takes much to do but sometimes using less is harder than working with more. This isn’t the case of course, it’s less that is easy to do!

When it comes to the whole ‘no makeup’ approach, there is always the option of throwing on sunscreen and dashing out the door but we women are funny like that. We like more but are always in persuit for ways to use less for the look of more.

I didn’t mention any lip products here because I’m usually content with a slick of balm or tint given that gloss or lipstick may end up getting on my wiggle-worm baby as she struggles when I carry her, hence!

Though I wouldn’t deny that a pop of color on the lips would give this quick look a lot more life.

Thanks for reading and do share, what are some of your quick makeup routine favorites!

It's a Sunscreen? No, it's a BB Cream? No, it's…

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB!

And I say this name pretty enthusiastically because it’s the perfect answer to sun protection and decent coverage, all rolled into one!

I don’t always like my face products to be multi-purpose, I would rather them to ‘focus’ and be better in one field.

That is especially so for sunscreen, I always prefer to use one alone even if a base product comes with SPF. Though given Bioré is touted the No. 1 selling sunscreen product in Japan, there is probably no doubt about this multi-purpose product’s sunscreen abilities, yes?

I don’t know about you but with the recent immensely hot and dry weather, less is definitely more and if you can skip out several layers of various products for the same protection and effect, I’d say: take it!

Using the same Aqua Rich technology known to Bioré’s earlier sunscreens – that allow for the lightweight watery texture – the Bioré UV BB (shortened here on) is said to give a natural-looking coverage that is comfortable and yet also hydrating on the skin with wear.

The Low-down…

Simply said, the Bioré UV BB is armed with a sweatproof formula to ensure that you are well protected from the harmful skin-aging / burning effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.

The Bioré UV BB also comes with a cosmetic effect of giving you natural looking coverage, evening out your skintone with a formula so lightweight it doesn’t leave a stick on. The UV BB also offers a soft skin brightening effect that instantly enhances the high points of your face due to the fine skin brightening powder.

All that aside, this refreshing watery texture is also enriched with hyaluronic acid and citrus essence to ensure that your skin stays hydrated with use! There are also oil control elements in this to ensure your skin feels fresher for longer.

I know that sounds like a lot thrown in but all you need to take away from that blurb is that: the Bioré UV BB feels comfortable and easy to wear with a lightweight texture, sun protection and a natural coverage that’s good alone if you don’t have many skin blemishes and concerns.

Otherwise there is always concealer!

Made in Taiwan, the tube contains 33g of product and comes housed in a baby pink broader squeeze bottle, as compared to the skinnier and sleeker White UV Sunscreen that was last released.

Ever since my first encounter with Bioré’s sunscreen, upon recommendation by Mag, I’ve thought nothing less of Bioré’s sunscreen products because they are perfect for those who shun sunscreens due to the heaviness, tack and the greasiness that would ensue.

Though in today’s day and age I think sunscreens have come a long way and most are pretty decent. At least the ones I have tried.

But I digress…

The Bioré UV BB dispenses almost like a moussey-cream and it appears a little thick at a glance.

Though upon spreading it and rubbing it in (I like to use my fingers for this), the formula starts to feel lighter on the skin and blends away very easily without feeling heavy or sticky on. There is a slight brightening effect and the color tends to be in the lighter spectrum (for the whole brightening effect) so those darker than an NC30 may find the shade tricky to work with.

On me, this is just nice, maybe a tiny bit fair but it usually blends into my skin after awhile of wear so the shade doesn’t bother me much. Though I need to be sure to blend it well so I don’t appear patchy.

It photographs quite ‘matte’ here but trust me, the formula and feel is the same as previous Bioré sunscreens, if you are accustomed to that.

While it is a simple and straight-forward product whereby I don’t have too much to say about it otherwise, the fact that it is so incredibly lightweight on makes me enjoy using it.

Naturally I think those with dry skin may not appreciate it as much as normal / oily / combination skin users would but I think it’s not something they should cross out from their list either. It really is quite perfect for a quick casual look.

I have been reaching for it a lot over the weekends where time is scarce because this works as a 2-in-1 and if I only had time to throw on some sunscreen, why not this one! After all, you hardly need to set it. If your treshold for face-tackiness isn’t too bad you probably don’t even have to!

I, as I have probably mentioned, like a powdery smooth face and even then a quick dust with some pressed powder does the job.

I’ll talk about my weekend face in a LOTD soon, though in the meanwhile, do check the Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB out! Especially if you are looking for a lightweight base to get you through the recent crazy heat.

I don’t think it can get any lighter than this, really!

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 PA+++ with BB is retailing for S$19.90 at all leading supermarkets and pharmacies (try Watsons)!

Thanks for reading!