I’m Spending New Year’s Eve Alone And That’s OK

I will be honest, I do not like spending time with people, which is probably why I have few IRL friends and spend time with my family mostly just during holidays. I do, of course, enjoy spending time with K.  Chester does not count. I’d spend every day being bored with him than even one full night of “partying.”  Going out somewhere during the cold months gives me a lot of anxiety and a lot of unnecessary worrying about illness. I’d rather just not go out and enjoy my time alone at home. Sorry if that’s weird to you, but it’s how I can be comfortable and mostly relaxed.

I did pick out my “going out” outfit for the evening, which I’m not actually going to wear, but that I think would be great for the occasion.

Yes, those are my feet.
Yes, those are my feet. I love the crop top with the pencil skirt. I think it is a flattering, sexy look for me. I choose to wear yellow or rose gold jewelry when I wear darker clothes because I think it brings out the warmth in my usually cool skin tone.

So, you could probably guess from that introduction and the title of this post that I am not going anywhere to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Rather, I will be sitting at home, enjoying a show or movie on Netflix, and crocheting some play food for my niece and nephew.  This is how I like to spend most of my days off and this is probably what I’ll be doing tomorrow as well.

That being said, this doesn’t mean that I can’t make myself pretty for the holiday. I know this is a holiday in which women like to get dressed up and go out for drinks to watch the ball drop and to kiss a dude, or gal, at midnight.  I most likely won’t watch that because Netflix is funner, but I decided to put on my “party” makeup anyway.

Some people have asked me recently how my skin looks so “flawless.”  Several times my mom has told me that my face looks like porcelain.  While I do take good care of my skin and have actually posted about it here, my skin is far from being perfectly flawless and white like a collectible doll.  I decided to show you what I look like without ANY makeup on my face. I am wearing moisturizer here, but no makeup.

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In case you haven’t noticed, I have very freckly skin. I’ve had freckles for as long as I can remember and they are probably mostly genetic. I used to be embarrassed by them, but now I think they are kind of unique and endearing. This article at xoVain.com really gave me a new perspective on some of my features.  I don’t necessarily try to cover them up, but even the slightest amount of foundation will hide them.

What’s my secret, you ask? Well, it’s easy. I wear lots of BB cream!

20141231_150525I squeeze it directly onto my face in a way that sort of resembles a tabby cat.

2014-08-03 20.13.20See the similarities? 🙂

BB cream, for me, has been a godsend. I have never tried American BB creams and probably won’t because I have heard more often than not that they just don’t compare to the BB creams you find from Korea.

After about an hour of putting on makeup and doing my hair, you have the finished product.

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I am certainly one of those people who, although I have good skin naturally, looks way better with makeup on. You don’t have to agree, but I feel far more confident with pretty colors on my face and my hair all looking pretty. Here’s a summary of the makeup I used:

Base: 

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  • bareMinerals Prime Time original primer. I love this stuff. It hides my pores before I put on BB cream or foundation and gives my skin a smooth finish.
  • Hanskin Super Magic BB. This is a more expensive Korean BB cream, but it has really excellent coverage and doesn’t oxidize like some BB creams I’ve used. It leaves my skin dewey and natural looking. This is how I get that porcelain look.
  • Skinfood Salmon Dark Circle Concealer Cream.  This is the best concealer cream for dark circles! If you noticed in the no-makeup picture before, I have dark circles. This is not due to a lack of sleep, but allergies. They are called “allergy shiners” and they are caused by chronic allergies. I’ve had them since I was a kid and nothing seems to cover them up. This is the holy grail of eye concealers for people with dark circles. I got mine in the blooming salmon tint.  It goes on a bit sticky, but doesn’t slide or crease and it actually smells awesome, not like salmon at all! I just use one of two bareEscentuals concealer brushes that I have. Here’s what it looks like without the lid:

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Eyes: 

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  • Rimmel London Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves (honestly not my favorite, but it works)
  • E.L.F. Eyelid Primer in Sheer (Good primer for $1)
  • Sephora All Access Glam Gold & Silver Eye & Face Palette. I used the three gold shades on the left. Sorry, I don’t think they sell it anymore; it was just a holiday thing 😦
  • Holika Holika Jewel Light Waterproof Eyeliner in 18K Gold. I bought this one from eBay and I am very satisfied with the seller. Note* When buying any Korean products on eBay, be sure that they come directly from Korea. If you notice that the seller is located somewhere other than Korea and that they exclude shipping to Korea, then the product is most likely counterfeit. Check out my eBay Guide and eBay Collection on buying Korean beauty products online. I am in love with this line of eyeliners because I don’t do dark eyeliners. These offer a lovely shimmer in multiple colors. I use it along my upper eyelid and along my waterline, concentrating on the inner corners of my eye. This gives you that youthful, dewey look. Dark eyeliners don’t tend to do this for me.  I look more like a raccoon than anything…
  • L’oreal Wear Infinite Brighten Eyes in #405 Taffeta. This is a gorgeous illuminator and I put it just under my eyebrow to add a touch of shimmer and to catch light in that area.
  • E.L.F. Eyelash Curler
  • Sephora Precision Eyeshadow Brush

Cheeks:

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  • Dior Diorblush in #839 Vintage Pink/Rose Vintage. This is a subtle, gorgeous blush and is great for fair toned skin.
  • E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip. This is a great, very inexpensive Benefit highlighter dupe. I just put it on my upper cheekbones and on the bridge of my nose to make it appear straighter. Yes, it’s a little bent, but that gives me character I suppose.
  • Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla. I use this in the hollow of my cheeks, along my jawline, and above my brows.
  • Tarte Airbuki Brush. This is a very soft, very durable, and highly versatile makeup brush. I use it to blend all three of the products mentioned above. It’s great for making the shimmer whip blend into my makeup to give me a flawless, dewey look.

Lips: 

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  • Rimmel London Moisture Renew Universal Transparent Lipliner. This is an ok lipliner that is supposed to be good for any shade of lipstick, but I just give it an “eh” rating. I wouldn’t buy it again.
  • Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lipstick in #505 Red Alert. This is a stunning, bright red and it is very moist, not at all chalky. It does get everywhere, so I recommend using a clear gloss to sort of seal it in.

These are some of my current beauty favorites. I was in no way endorsed by anyone to write this post. I just rather enjoy sharing what I love 🙂

I hope this was a fun read! Sorry to the men, or women, who have no idea about makeup.

Thanks for reading and have a Happy New Year!

Megan

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42 thoughts on “I’m Spending New Year’s Eve Alone And That’s OK

  1. You look awesome!!!! take this time if you are still spending it alone to reflect and harness good energy for the upcoming year. I like spending new years eves alone most times. 🙂

  2. You look so cute dressed up. I also LOVE the red lip on you, very pretty.

    I use the same primer. You’ve convinced me to try some Korean BB. The American ones DO suck. I’ve tried a few and thought “What is the fuss all about? I could use foundation with better coverage!” I was not a fan of the ingredients either. I had a friend bring me home two eyelash curlers from Japan and I order some things directly from people in Asia. eBay is really great for make-up junkies, but you’re absolutely right, it has to be from someone legit.

    1. Thank you so much 😀 It’s such a good primer. I got it from my grandmother after she passed a few months ago. It hadn’t even been opened, but now I’ll keep using it because I like it so much. If you are going to try the Korean BB cream, I highly recommend the brand I suggested. I’ve tried others and was not as impressed as I was from the Hanskin BB. eBay is a great place to buy cosmetics. I use it all the time 🙂

      1. I’ve been using that primer since they first came out with it, so a long time. Occasionally I will use Smashbox primer or Make Up For Ever’s HD Primer. BE and Smashbox are damn near interchangeable, they wear the same and feel so similar when applied. MUFE’s is a different consistency, smoother, but I love it.

        Is the Hanskin BB a universal shade? I’m definitely as fair as you are, if not more so. I’ve seen it in Medium and none of the others are marked. I read reviews for it on Amazon and most people were talking about the same things you mentioned. I do buy some of my make-up from eBay, and the rest is a mix of high-end and mid-range products.

      2. I have only ever tried the BE primer, so perhaps I’ll venture out and try others. Have you ever tried Benefit’s Porefessional?

        Hanskin’s Premium BB cream is just one shade. I couldn’t find it any other shade and my bottles don’t say a specific shade. It blends really well with my skin tone, so I think it works with lighter skin tones.

      3. Yes, I have tried Benefit’s Porefessional. It’s fantastic and I still have some, so I use it sporadically because I know the full size is little a bit of an investment.

        I’m a member of Total Beauty (they sent me the Porefessional before it came out), they send me products to try and review throughout the year. Usually 4 times a year and occasionally I am shocked at the sizes they send because they’re enormous.

        The Hanskin has SPF 30 in it, yes?

  3. okay I almost got scared that your secret was looking scary haha. no no.. I take that back after the latter picures. HOT damn go on a date with me haha.
    Happy new year Super megan. Alone maybe but never in your heart.
    May the new year be full of smiles and conquered challenges. I am sure they will pass. keep smiling and be the best Megan you can be.

      1. Dearest Megan,
        There is no need for low self esteem. I may be a strange bird but I meant what I said. HOT damn. DO you know that many a French woman tries to achieve that look you created.
        Yours is pure and delicate. Keep it up, it is okay to spend time on you. Be pretty and keep up that smile. You sure made an impression on me pretty lady.

  4. Is good take care your face and skin with make up and other products but could be better the natural like aloe vera or milk.

    1) Take the milk cream and blend it well between your palms. Try to use that part of milk cream which has the consistency of a moisturiser/body lotion and not that really thick layer. The thin consistency of the milk cream is absorbed easily by the skin and doesn’t smell that repulsive.

    2) Add a few drops of rose milk to the milk cream and apply the milk cream on your face in circular motions, proceeding from nose, forehead chin towards your hairline.

    3) Leave on the milk cream on your face for about 15 minutes. I usually leave it on my face for an hour.

    4) After 15 minutes, wipe of the excess milk cream from your face gently, using cotton balls/ soft ply tissues. If your skin is really dry, you will be surprised to find that very less of the milk cream remains on your face.

    5) Get your facial sauna ready, add a few drops of your favourite aromatherapy oil/rose water (if desired). You can also use the hot towel method if you don’t have a facial sauna.

    6) Take steam for 5 minutes. Steam will cleanse your pores and will not let the milk cream settle into your pores to give you any blackheads/breakouts etc.

    7) Splash you face with cold water 2-3 times or dip a small towel in cold water and place it on your face to close your pores.

    8) Apply a moisturiser if you want. I never feel the need for any moisturiser on my skin after doing this till the next time I wash my face with soap/face wash, even in the harshest of winters. Besides, I have never used much of a moisturiser person and always use almond oil/olive oil on my skin most of the times.

    I have been using milk cream on face for years and it has never caused any problems/breakouts to me. I did this cleansing one day before my law school farewell, which was in peak of summers (read May), but never had any breakouts then also.

    please don´t boring and good luck.

  5. I’m glad I’m not the only one who would rather stay in and watch Netflix than party on New Year’s. This year, my boyfriend and I braved Disneyland on NYE… never again, for as long as I live!

    I’m also glad I’m not the only one who thinks that just because I’m not going out doesn’t mean I can’t wear makeup. A lot of my friends used to give me a hard time for wearing a full face of makeup to lounge around the house. I say I should be able to look my best whenever, whether I’m going out to dinner or marathoning Supernatural. Again. =)

    Happy New Year!

    1. I totally agree with you! I love to wear my makeup around the house because sometimes I just wanna look pretty even when I don’t need to be.

      Also, you are instantly my friend because you marathon Supernatural also. Huh, Dean…. 😀

  6. Happy New Year!!
    Oh my dear goodness BB creams from Korea is amazing!! My sister brought me back some when she went, and I went out of my way to find an Etude House in Japan so I could get some more! Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Happy New Year to you as well! Sorry this is so delayed. Which of the Etude House BB creams do you like most? K came back with the anti-wrinkle ones, like 4 bottles of them and I love it! I think it’s called the Wrinkle Reduce Royal BB Cream.

      1. Oh cool! My sister bought me the Precious Mineral Bright Fit one – when I went I brought home two more, lol. I also got to try their CC cream which is apparently like a step up and it was amazing. It was just an arm and a leg in price and I couldn’t quite justify it.

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