As well as cooking more this year, I also want to treat myself well by learning to love my face by learning to use makeup properly. Rather than just slapping it on to cover up blemishes. I want to learn what works for me and what makes me feel great about myself. This isn’t about doing it for others, this is about making myself feel good and being confident with it. So I’ve been looking at my skincare and makeup routines and slowly adjusting and learning about better things that work for me.
Skincare is something I have always struggled with. Having combination skin that is made worse by the amount of chlorine that it has to put up with my swimming made it difficult to find something that works for me. I’ve tried Clinique 3 -step for years and then various spot focused ones to find they work for a bit and then dry my skin out or make it feel greasy. So when the latest trend of at-home parties started MyShowcase I jumped at the chance to ask about finding something for my skin from a company that isn’t just one brand.
That is when I made the switch to Balance Me and I am in love this routine. I started with the cleansing balm and the moisturiser while on my skiing trip in January, then added the serum at a different party to combat the blemishes I still get. These products work really well on my combination skin and make it feel lovely after every use. I still get blemishes as I said, but I am touching my face less and less and not picking at my skin as much which is reducing the amount of blemishes I’m getting.
I also still get some dry skin from my swimming so I also added Orba Vitamin E cream to my routine when my cheeks go dry, again from MyShowcase. This is not an everyday product for me, more like one a week I do the scruba nd follow with the cream as a deep Both brands last for a good amount of time and I’m having a party with my friends this month to learn a bit more and have a giggle with my girls.
Makeup is something I’ve just never really been that bothered about. My main use has been to cover blemishes or to add purple to my face (yes I was that bad!). So this year I am making the effort to learn more and be a bit more adventurous. I’m starting simple by finding an everyday look that is easy to do and builds up my skills. Somethings simple is also to carry around my makeup and reapply or touch up during the day, which is something I’ve never done apart from on a night out and then it was usually only lipstick.
My aim is to use minimal makeup and hopefully be able to use less foundation as my skin gets better and blemishes reduce. This for me is all about making me feel good and even sexy! I’m not looking for anything or for other people to notice, but rather I want to look in mirror and wolf whistle at myself and think ‘damn, I could do anything!’
So these are my basics – primer, foundation, concealer, eye shadow and brow kit. I also use mascara, but am yet to find my one. This is mainly Benefit, but I have switch primer to Smashbox. I love the ease of the Benefit playstick and the staying power of the other products in their range.
I’ve started to use lipstick and have nude Wild About Beauty one for everyday (not in the photo, but on my lips in the photo below) and recently have gone bold with this Clinque Pop lipstick with primer and liner. I’ve got this on lightly in the very first photo in this post. I can build it up to be bolder and have been getting better at this on a few nights out recently. It makes me feel really good and I love how long it lasts if I apply it properly and let it dry before doing anything else, like taking a drink.
I’ve also been working on my eyeliner skills and have made some great strides in the last few months. After seeing several other bloggers praise the Stila Stay All Day liquid liner I finally bit the bullet in the January sales and bought it as well as a purple sparkle version. I’ve been practicing over the last few months and finally feel good about my technique (slowly build it up) and how it looks. I think I prefer the purple as I have quite inset eyes that the black makes them feel quite dark sometimes. The photo above I have the black on and the photo below I have the purple on. I love how well it stays on, but I’m not a fan of getting it off so it hasn’t become a daily thing for me to wear.
I’m feeling really good about this and I’m making the time to include doing my makeup and skincare everyday (another thing I was really bad at). I have a couple of beauty lessons coming up with the MyShowcase party and a my friend Holly found a voucher to go to the MAC store in Bath for a lesson. I’m looking forward to both!
There are still a few things I need to look into and my find the ones that work for me. Next I think it will be my hair style. I’ve just let it grow since before Christmas and now it needs a really good cut and style. I want something lighter and easier to dry as it’s fine, but thick. I also want to find my go-to products for mascara and perfume. Both of these will add to my daily routine and make me feel really good.
I’m not going to do loads of beauty type posts, but I will continue to share my adventures in making myself feel really good as I want to be part of being body positive and continue my learning in mindfulness in everyday life. I hope you enjoy it too.