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Nosy Beauty Vol. 3: Isa

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For this installment of Nosy Beauty, I’ve asked the co-founder of The Better Story Project to share her makeup bay’s contents with me. Isa is a teacher, a lover of words, and she’s also my best friend! We’ve known each other since the second grade, but it was not fraaandship at first sight. Now, we get along swimmingly.

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“Let me be honest: I don’t know much about makeup. But the rule of thumb that I try to follow is: keep it simple and keep it real. If the discrepancy between your real face and your made up face is too great, maybe you’re doing it wrong. Personally, I use makeup to enhance my better features and hide what I feel self-conscious about.”

“The current makeup bag I use is messy (!), sorry. It’s an aztec print bag from Forever 21 that I got on sale. :)”

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When I asked her to participate in Nosy Beauty, Isa divided her products by brand and then by function for the friendless single products from random brands. She started with MAC products.

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She has MAC Lipstick in Del Rio: “This shade is a little dark but I like it because it keeps me from looking too pale on the days that I step out of the house.” She also MAC Ebony eyeliner : “I never use any other eyeliner just because black seems to complement my eyes really well.” Lastly, Isa has a MAC Paint Pot in Rubenesque: “inspired by you. Haha. I use this when I want to give my eyes some shimmer/color. It usually mixes with my eyeliner since my skin is acidic so my liner tends to smear. I still don’t use eye primer (I should!) so right now, I solve the smearing problem by mixing the liner with the paint pot. Voila! Smokey eye effect. (Sort of.)”

Next up, we have Isa’s bareMinerals products!

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Here, we have the Prime Time Foundation Primer. “This came in the pack I got from Bare Minerals during my NYC trip. I don’t use it regularly since the tube is so small but it really helps hold my makeup during long days.”

Her gloss of choice is a Marvelous Moxie: “this lip gloss by Bare Minerals stay on longer and is berry-colored. It’s also minty so it feels good/relieving to use, especially since my lips chap often. The color of my Moxie lip gloss is called Dare Devil. :)”

Lastly, she has Flawless Definition Mascara: “There is nothing particularly special about this mascara for me though it is effective in adding definition to my lashes. I don’t use it often, mostly on special occasions when I don’t feel lazy. Hehe.”

Next up, we have concealers and bases:

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VOV Cover Foundation: “This one is a solid cream that you spread on your face with your fingers to cover blemishes and unsightly facial features like eyebags, zits and acne scars. (All of which I have.)”

K-Palette Cover Control 0 Kuma Concealer in 02 Yellow Beige: “Similar to Beng’s! This one is a liquid foundation so it is a little easier to apply in terms of spreading it on your face so that it looks natural.” I asked her if she actually used this as foundation, and she said it was for blemish-y areas. 🙂

Lastly, we have cheek products!

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CATHY CAT by LACVERT: “Got this in Korea. It gives my cheeks a bronze tinge that I really like.”

MAJOLICA MAJORCA PUFF DE CHEEK: “I use this when I need a more prominent color on my cheeks. This one is a little orange-y but it works well enough with my face. :)”

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I hope you enjoyed this edition of Nosy Beauty! Stay tuned for another one next week. 🙂

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