As of this year I will focus more on natural makeup!
Since early winter 2012 I went through a skincare detox in a mission to find something that actually works for acne. Oh yes, I seriously believed acne could be cured or at least be handled with the right kind of skincare products, but of course I found this to not be the case.
I wouldn’t say I regret all of my testing, but it sure didn’t make my skin happy being introduced to a new face wash every other month, no matter how gentle it’s supposed to be.
But now after a year of trying out different oils and products I’ve settled down for the few methods that relates to my simplicity and mantra that less is more. Both ingredient and price-wise. Yes, I’m utterly sure I will look forty when I’m sixty, and all thanks to some cheap products nature gave us.
But back to why I have a bunch of makeup lying on my table! (Phoeb’s wondering too apparently)
You see, I put all of my focus into skincare that I forgot to detox my makeup bag.
I’ve been foundation-free since December 2013 – or three months iow, sounds so fancy when you say it in years – when my bareMinerals Matte came to its last grains of mica, but this doesn’t mean I have some healthy alternatives when I feel like painting!
So I put every powdery thing I have and researched them, and unfortunately even the best of them, like my beloved Mineral Eyeshadow quad with neutrals from MAC, was listed as a Throw-Away-and-Never-Look-Back-item. It still hurts.
Most of these things I’ve had for years – counting back to eight!
And honestly, I haven’t used them that much. Well, that explain why they’ve lasted me so long!
Why do we sometimes hold on to make up? In my case it’s mostly have been a nagging thought of, “When I get a pretty face I will be able to wear it…” Sounds familiar? Maybe in the sentence, “When I weigh x kilos I will be able to wear…” Bronzers and Highlighters goes into this category.
Then there’s things that I’ve received and things I think is just frekking pretty but won’t wear it daily, this includes: Mac Eyeshadows Honey Lust (Golden) and Humid (Green); gifted and discontinued: Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows in Raisin (Shimmery Plum) and Bone (Nudes); and yes I bought it pricey: Smashbox Eyeshadow in Torch. Then there is a lot of Laura Mercier taking space at the table…
When I was young I got told that mineral foundation would be good for someone with troubled skin. At the time there wasn’t many labels playing with minerals and the word on the street was that LM was The Best. The only place you could get your hands on some LM was at NK in Stockholm (fancy store), but I practically begged my mom’s friend who lives in the US to buy me some for little less money. – Same friend who gave me the Bobbi Brown Eyeshadows.
I’ve used up the foundation but still have a little left of the finishing powder which has come in handy when using liquids; half left of their highlighter in Candlelight which I’ve mostly used as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlighter, it is actually a very beautiful glittery pink beige color; their bronzer in Warm Bronze both travel and sample size, very beautiful glittery bronze that I’ve also used as eyeshadow for I’ve never really seen the point or learned how to sculpt; gifted ugly eyeshadow in Steel Shining, should have thrown it away a long time ago.
Well all of these and more should be put in the trash for it either contains Bismuth, Silica, Parabens, Silicones, and more that I try to avoid.
I write should because some things I can’t see myself be parted with until I find similar or perfect dupes. In my quest for new products, I tend to look for cruelty-free, paraben-free on the labels, like the products from Xlash.
I’m still on the fence on LM products, ’cause they do contain some pretty seductive ingredients like:
Pearl Powder, Avena Sative (Oat) Kernal Flour, Silver, Silybum Marianum (Milk Thistle) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract and Copper, which is found in the Finishing Powder. And if that doesn’t impress you, just look at the Highlighter ingredients: Pearl Powder, Diamond Powder, Emerald, Nephrite Powder, Ruby Powder, Moonstone Powder, Quartz and Topaz.
I don’t know if my face is worthy of some diamond dust…