I'm the kind of person who tends to take a long time to get ready before I go out. While this daily morning routine can be calming and relaxing, when I need to wake up early for school I can't afford to waste too much time applying skincare and makeup or else I'll be late. Therefore, I'm all for one quick fixes that combine a few steps and products into one so I can get out of the house as soon as possible.
I typically do not wear a full coverage foundation on most days and I opt for tinted moisturizers or light to medium coverage foundations. But I want to rotate my face products and I do like my Rimmel Lasting Finish 16 Hour Foundation so I decided to combine it with my day time moisturizer which is Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion. I poured equal amounts of each into a clean tiny jar (I recycled the jar that used to hold my Clinique Moisture Surge) and added a few drops of Neutrogena's Liquid Sunscreen SPF 70 for some sun protection. I usually tend to skip sunscreen even though I know it is essential in preventing wrinkles and signs of aging :(
I stirred my concoction well with the sharp end of a Q-tip which I cut in half. You can also use a toothpick or mini spatula if you like. To add another benefit to my very own tinted moisturizer, I added some of Revlon's Age Defying Spa Illuminator to give my creation a bit of sheen. I stirred this into the mixture once again, making sure everything is blended together into one uniform color.
Now I can skip a few steps in my makeup routine but still achieve the look I want in the time I have. Although I still apply moisturizer prior to applying makeup, I can just use my fingers and spread the tinted moisturizer all over my face for a quick, even application. I usually mix my foundation with moisturizer when I apply it anyway so having it ready made in a jar will minimize the mess and prep time from morning to morning. Even when I mix the products together and stir well, they tend to separate at times so when I want to apply, I rub the mixture on the tips of my fingers to warm up the liquid to achieve a more flawless base. If I do not want to reach for an extra concealer I also use this under my eyes and apply this with tapping motions. It works surprisingly well under my eye area and brightens it up a lot :) This also works really well if you're between foundation colors and you want to mix a lighter and darker shade.
I've been using this home made tinted moisturizer for a few days and so far it hasn't caused any bad reactions. I'll definitely keep doing this with my foundation since school is right around the corner! *sigh* Winter Break is almost over....I'm semi looking forward to going back to school since I've been wasting away at home for quite a bit of break. But I know after a week of school I'll be pining away for another vacation.