Perhaps I should start with: my relationship with makeup is in the love/hate category.
I thoroughly enjoy how a brush-blend of blush can liven up the entire face, or how mascara can give an alluring definition to my eyes. But oh, how I dislike fighting with my eyeliner, or fastidiously getting the correct coverage of concealer, or “did I blend this eye shadow too high/not high enough??” And most of the time I can’t be bothered to reapply my lip color <makeup enthusiasts everywhere gasp> 😉
- Physicians Formula Organic Wear CC Cream – Light (CF*)
- Christopher Drummond Duo Phase Hydrating Concealer – Light (CF)
- Everyday Minerals Jojoba Base – Ivory 1N (CF)
- Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain – Romantic
- Burt’s Bees Lip Balm with Vitamin E & Peppermint
- Silk Naturals – Banter (CF)
- Sonia Kashuk Eye Shadow Duo – Diamond Life 20 – the matte shade (not pictured) (CF)
- Revlon Colorstay Eye Liner – Black Brown (not pictured)
- The All Natural Face Vegan Cream Blush, lip & cheek – Really Red (CF)
- Zuzu Luxe Mascara – Onyx (CF)
- NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder – Blonde
unedited photos of the makeup look in natural light:
(me trying to model makeup and take it seriously)
Since this isn’t a makeup tutorial (ahh, YouTube, you are calling my name), I thought it would be helpful to give little mini reviews on the items I used so you might get a better sense of how to use them/if they would be good for you. (for reference here is my skin type)
1. On its own this cream is waaaay to thick to blend onto my face (even with freshly moisturized skin) and it highlights any (I repeat, ANY!) dryness/flakiness. However, its saving grace is that, because it’s (a) too dark for my winter skin tone and (b) has good coverage, I can mix it with my daily moisturizer to create a fantastic light-coverage tinted moisturizer that evens out my skin tone beautifully.
I prefer to go light handed with my base (just even things out versus get coverage) and then use concealer wherever I need it. Let that natural glow through, yo!
2. PROS: nice ingredients, vegan, sanitary packaging, small amount goes a long way, blends out beautifully to a skin-like finish, full coverage, some people mix with moisturizer or other foundations to make them fuller coverage CONS: It highlights dry patches, (I could exfoliate or only use when my skin isn’t dry, this is true, but…) it also DOES NOT STAY PUT. It slips and slides off everything, within a few hours everything I concealed is completely bare. Keep in mind my skin is normal, not even oily! I have tried powdering my skin to set it, I have tried powdering my skin before so it would grab better. To no avail. I will sadly not be purchasing again.
3. A long time favorite. I use it multiple ways: to set my makeup for a more finished look, to counteract shine, or to add a little more coverage. I also add to my moisturizer to make a lovely tinted moisturizer. To compare: the CC cream TM gives more coverage, but the mineral powder TM feels lighter. (Everyday minerals also offer a free sample kit where you get to pick 5 shades to find your match!) p.s. didn’t end up using it in this look.
4. Love, love love this lip product. Many more words about it here. I like to use a regular lip balm and then slick this on over top for ultra-balminess.
5. nothing fancy, does the job.
6. I was sent this generous sized sample with an order I made with Silk Naturals. Upon first glance the color did not interest me, but I gave it a go and it blends out to a nice peachy neutral that really complimented my gray-green eyes. In this look I’m wearing it all over the lids and slightly blended into the crease. *I cannot find this eye shadow on the website, which makes me think it may have been discontinued!
7. This duo has a glittery shadow (do not like, chunky glitter, doesn’t blend well) and a neutral lavender taupe (love the shade but the color pay off is terrible and it doesn’t blend super well). In this look I blended it into the outer corner/crease. I like that it gives a “this-is-my-natural-shadow” look.
8. Tight lined the top lashes which I like to do with simpler looks because it makes the lashes “pop”. It’s a decent liner, nothing to right home about. But since Revlon is not a cruelty-free brand I will be taking my $$ elsewhere.
9. This blush is almost impossible to photograph! A discovery I didn’t anticipate since it is a solidly the same color on my face, but in the pan it’s a freaking chameleon! All that to say, I got it as close to real-color as I could in these photos. Why I love it: the staying power of these blushes are amazeballs, and this color literally looks like my natural flush, it is so darn pretty. I have to apply it with a light hand though, or else it looks like someone just slapped me or that I am in a perpetual state of embarrassment! lol.
10. This is the first natural (and cruelty free) mascara I have ever tried. So I have nothing to compare it to at this point. It gives both decent volume and length, and does not smudge on me or get flaky (which is a big deal to me).
11. Interestingly enough, after photographing myself for this post I realized that this shade is too light for my eyebrows! But, since NYX’s parent company is not cruelty-free, I plan on steering clear of them. May the brow product search commence. In this look I lined my eyes with the dark shade from the palette and smudged it out.
*CF = cruelty free
All products were purchased with my own money, opinions are always my own and honest.