So, seeing as I took a long… long hiatus, it’s been a while since I updated you on my daily make up choices and a fair bit has changed in the last year!
I feel like I need to explain myself to begin with because you will more than notice a trend with my makeup. Like many others, I have the joy of dealing with regular eczema flare ups on my face as well as breakouts, this is an absolute NIGHTMARE. To begin with how the hell do I balance my skincare to cover both? And if by some miracle I can, most makeup destroys the balance and I am back to square one. This is all except for one wonderful brand… Bare Minerals. As you can probably guess, now I have found something that is happy on my face, it’s all I use. What can I say, it’s true love…
On to the products themselves, I recently started a job that means I need to get a train at 7:30 every morning so I am up beyond early (for my previous student lifestyle) and I have shortened my routine so I can get as much sleep as possible.
With a fully cleansed and moisturised face, I begin by applying my primer. Through the day I move around from desk to workshop so I have found that I do need a good primer to keep my makeup where it should be. In the past I have tried many, from low to high end – you can see a comparison and dupe hunt I did here – but I kept going back to Bare Minerals Prime Time in some form or another. Most recently I am using the Original Prime Time (Debenhams, £22). This type of primer isn’t for everyone as it does have that pore-filling smoothing effect that seems to be considered like Marmite, some love it but some hate it, I am definitely with the former. I personally don’t use this primer to minimise pores, but I do find it helps smooth over any patches of eczema I have and create a bit of a barrier for my skin.
I then move on to my foundation, currently I have gone back to my first Bare Minerals love, the Original SPF15 Foundation (Debenhams, £26.50) in Fairly Light (although for a lot of the summer I was using the shade Light instead). I have tried other mineral foundations, mostly when on a budget, such as Lily Lolo which I did also really like, but it was much more drying. It wasn’t until I used this that I realised how little the Bare Minerals Foundation dried my skin, it really did make a difference. I have also used liquid foundations at times but I still kept going back to the powders as I prefer the finish.
Following the foundation I apply Bare Minerals Bare Skin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer (Debenhams, £22). This may seem strange as it is a liquid after powder, but because the Bare Minerals foundation has such a brilliant non-drying texture despite the powder consistency, it really works. I find that if I do it this way round, dabbing it on with my finger, I use less and get better coverage in the areas where I need it.
To set my foundation and concealer, I use the Bare Minerals Original Mineral Veil (Debenhams, £21). This is a product that I am still debating about however. If I don’t use it, my makeup doesn’t stay put, but if I use it too much I think it is too drying and causes an eczema flare up. At the minute I compromise by applying small amounts with a little brush just where I need it, carefully avoiding any areas where I am very prone to eczema. I will probably do this until I use it up but then I may look for a better method.
Once my base is done I like to go quite simple with the rest of my makeup, for my eyebrows, I don’t really need to do any filling in, but I do like to apply a clear brow gel or mascara to hold the hairs in place after I have brushed them to remove any foundation that may have accidentally got caught. I am currently using the Collection Colour Lash Clear Mascara (Superdrug, £1.99) for this. I apologise for how grim it looks in the picture…
After this I move on to my eyes and, being lazy preferring time in bed, all I apply is mascara. I have two options in my makeup bag at the minute, a miniature of the Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant mascara (Debenhams, £18) and the Bourjois Volume Reveal Mascara (Boots, £9.99). I have been using the Make Up For Ever mascara for a while after being gifted it by a friend and really like it but I just can’t justify spending the price so despite quite liking it, I probably won’t repurchase. I got the new bourjois option because, since Revlon discontinued my favourite mascara in January, I have been searching for a replacement. The new Revlon options have been hurting my eyes (whole other story) so I had to avoid those and sadly Bourjois doesn’t quite cut it but I will use it up before continuing my quest for the perfect mascara.
The last product I apply is blusher. I have a couple of Bare Minerals blushers which I am swapping between at the minute. I had been using the Sleek Rose Gold blush which I loved, but I was breaking out a lot on my cheeks so I swapped to Bare Minerals and the number of breakout has really reduced so I will definitely be sticking to the good stuff. The blushers I have are Luminary and Your Highness Loose Powder Blushers (Debenhams, £20). I’m not sure exactly where you could get these shades as one came in a set and the other I got in T K Maxx, I haven’t seen them in Debenhams. The consistency is the same though and they last for absolutely ages so are worth the price in my opinion!
For my lips I keep it simple with a Burt’s Bees Lip Balm (Boots, £3.69). At the minute I have the Honey flavoured one which I really like, but I do swap between flavours so I get a bit of variation.
And that is my overall look! You can see how it looks in the picture below…
So what do you think? (Other than that I ramble on too much!) I know it is very biased to one brand but if it works with my eczema I am going to stick to it, especially while I have a job that means I can afford that little bit more.
Let me know what you think about these product and any others that you want to recommend. If you made it to the end, I salute you and thanks for reading!
The Mechanic x