Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge

Can you do your makeup routine using only 5 products? I was tagged by the lovely Erika from NUDE blog to do this challenge. The timing was perfect as I had tested this look a week earlier when I had a sudden appointment (aka a friend in need texted me haha) and I needed to rush out within 5-10 minutes. So I’m recreating you this look which I find light, chic and modern - plus perfect for any age or skin tone to wear! (PS: Say hi to my new maine coon kitten, Haku!)

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Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

one: Base with Chanel Les Beiges Gel Touch Cushion

I chose this Chanel cushion as it’s very lightweight, natural and glowing foundation that’s also quick to apply. I designed this look to be easily done in a rush and cushions are perfect for that. Chanel Les Beiges Gel Touch Foundation glides on smoothly with my pink Beauty Blender*, but you can also use a cushion puff. I dab the foundation all over my face using the Beauty Blenders long side. I usually don’t need to touch up this foundation, but if you’re on the oilier side you might grab the compact with you for reapplications. For carrying and storing my Beauty Blender I love the Defender case*.

TWO: Conceal with NARS Soft Matte Concealer in Vanilla

This NARS pot concealer is my go-to when I’m layering my concealers or need to get out of the door asap. Usually I apply a liquid concealer, set with a powder and dab Soft Matte Concealer to the darkest areas to build some coverage. Today I’m using it alone with my IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Brush #7*, which is their bestseller. I can see why, it’s a very nice brush although the double end drives me nuts. I make sure to add concealer on darkest area near inner corner of the eye.

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Three & Four: Dior Diorshow Brow Pen and SUQQU Brow Mascara

The only brow pencil I had at hand was this Dior one, which I’m trying to use it up. I wish the formula was more waxy and it had a better spoolie. I make sure the tails of my brows are filled, same with any possible gaps. Then I brush my brows upwards with my favorite SUQQU Brow Mascara in Khaki. The hold is good, but my brows don’t feel “crunchy”. This is my second tube and still I’m love!

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Five: Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in Ruby

I was going to do a bright red lip, such as the Charlotte Tilbury Tell Laura, but I find that dark or bright reds need a lip pencil. Of course you can skip the lipstick and just use a pencil, but I find applying from the lipstick bullet much faster. My choice was the Bobbi Brown Crushed Lipstick in the shade Ruby, which leaves a beautiful matte stain on the lips.

Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina
Makeup Using Only 5 Products Challenge | Laura Loukola Beauty Blog @laurantaina

Finished Look with Only 5 Products!

I hope you liked this challenge. Today I didn’t use my lipstick as a blush, mascara as a brow gel, lip balm as a highlighter or other “tricks” if you’re in a pinch. I love the fresh look of red lipstick, brushed up brows, glowing skin and no mascara. I know mascara may be “must” item to most of you, but I highly recommend you’ll give this look a try. Just select a complimentary red, orange or a red-pink shade that has blue undertones - your teeth will look whiter and complexion fresher. Make sure to check out Erika’s blog! I’m tagging Charlotta, Shireen, Jenny and Lily.

Which 5 products would YOU use?

Products I Changed My Mind About

I don't mind being 'wrong' or changing my mind about things. Especially with beauty products you can fall in and out of love with something as your skills develop, skin or style changes from season to season, or maybe you find something more worthwhile. Today I'm taking a look at some products I initially wasn't toon keen about, but I have changed my mind!

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Mahalo the Petal mask

Original review here. This mask is so expensive it makes me shake - $95/€95! You do get a generous amount of product 3.4 fl.oz/100 ml in a sturdy packaging while the mask itself is carefully hand-made in Hawaii. I still consider this an investment purchase - a splurge if you may. Although I love high end skincare I thought no mask can make such a big difference in my skin to justify the Petal's hefty price tag.

Then I had the pleasure to meet Mahalo's founder, Maryna, in person at Naturelle’s event. Maryna is such a super cool person, vibrant, fun and full of knowledge. She corrected me that the Petal isn't a plain moisturizing mask, but more to balance and promote even, hydrated and glowing looking skin. I decided to give the Petal another go, "just to get rid of it" and soon I started noticing a difference in my skin. It was healthier, plumper, balanced and overall tone more evened out. I simply had good skin days after reaching for the Petal on a regular basis. I also started to appreciate the scent, feel and pampering aspect of the mask more and more. I’m now on my second jar!

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Blush Wands

Original review here. Although I gave overall a positive review, I wasn't blown away. The blush wands are good, but my expectations are sky high when it comes to RBR products. After the review I made myself to use these blushes despite not being totally in love - to use them up I suppose? But the more I tested, played and swatched the more I wanted to reach for them. Suddenly they have become my go-to blush formula.

They do sheer out during the day, but the wand is easy to carry in your clutch, dab on your cheeks, eyelids or swipe on the lips if you're in a pinch! I did the most gorgeous "no makeup" makeup look to my friend, Anna, with these blushes and used the shade Rubens in my Venetian Red Spring Look. I think the trick is to not swipe the product directly on your cheeks but instead use with your fingers to gently warm the product and pat on the skin for a natural, smooth, tint. Love!

Natasha Denona Eyeshadows

When I got my Beautylish Lucky Bag in 2017 (original post here) I was delighted to receive a Natasha Denona eyeshadow palette. I mean, c’mon, it’s Natasha Denona. Soon I noticed the shimmer/metalic shades were quite average and I wasn't blown away with the color combination either. Pretty, but I prefer my Viseart, SUQQU and Surratt shadows for example. In March I wrote about the eyeshadow palettes I had purged (post here) and had mixed feelings about parting with Natasha Denona. First of all, the shades look bomb on my friend whom I sold the palette. Secondly, I read Sweet Makeup Temptation's post (here) how the shadows are her favorite and how well her Builder One (my review here) works with the glitters. I’m weak when it comes to product + brush pairings.

The only problem is the price. These shadows are not cheap and while you do get a ton of product, great quality and whatnot, I cannot justify purchasing a larger palette. But when I saw there's a Mini Sunset palette available in Sephora, I asked an Instagram friend from the US shop it for me. I’ve heard some reviews the Mini Sunset isn’t as good as the full-size palettes, but I got to say I'm liking it. The shadows don't last as long on me as SUQQU or Viseart, but I’m happy with the Mini Sunset. So if you don’t have the funds and absolutely love a look of ND palettes.. give a smaller one a go? I’ve heard the new Mini Lila is very good.

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The Beauty Blender

Who wouldn't love the bouncy pink egg-shaped sponge? Well, me. I adore brushes and there was no way a puff or a sponge would be added to my routine. Until I gave a go to a triangle shaped powder puff (by KICKS) that was gifted to me. It was nice for precise powdering and really pressing in product, which gave me the idea to dig out my old Beauty Blender. Especially during the sweaty, hot Summer months the Beauty Blender was wonderful for really pressing in loose powder, smooth the under eye area and make sure there were no foundation streaks. My quickly drying THREE Angelic Synthesis foundation (review here) that I didn't initially love applied much nicer with this damp sponge. Is it worth the hype? I guess. Price tag? Mmh.. maybe only on sale. Available on Cult Beauty* (international), Eleven.fi* (Finland).

Have you changed your mind about any products lately? Hits or misses?

*The Beauty Blender in the images above was kindly PR gifted to me.
(My original one is too battered for photos).