18 months ago, my hair was styled in a short, tapered cut with my natural afro hair. I was blonde, pinky blonde and then deep violet. I really enjoyed that style and colour however, the only downside was that the blonde washed me out so, to counter-act, I wore way more makeup that I ever have.
That's not to say that heavier makeup is a bad, thing I really do love a good, full-coverage face beat. But the upkeep and longterm effects on my skin was....not the best.
Fast forward to over a year since getting rid of the blonde, my skin is balanced and I'm enjoying a natural ~*glow*~. I purged a lot from my makeup collection but kept the necessities and some grail pieces that I couldn't bear to part with. I'm very strict with myself nowadays but I still like to try some new things here and there. ESPECIALLY IN AIRPORTS. I can't resist the duty-free, I'm human ok? Please allow me.
Here are some of my staples that help me achieve that "No Makeup" makeup look so grab a drink and get comfy.
L-R: Glossier Lip Gloss, , Glossier Priming Moisturiser, Bobbi Brown Glow Stick in "Island", Glossier Haloscope in "Quartz" (great for all skin tones), Pixi Rose Oil Blend, Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier Stretch Concealer in Deep, Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in "Gold Deposit", Mac blush in "Sketch", Nars - Raident Creamy Concealer in "Amande"
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (gifted): As you know, Glossier will start shipping to the UK this autumn and I am SO. HYPE. I was fortunate enough to be invited to dinner with them a few weeks back and was gifted some key product. I've been keen to try this since seeing Tamira Jarrel talk about the fact that she's gone through numerous bottles and I can concur her sentiment that THIS. IS. BRILLIANT. I have "normal" skin (FYI: no skin type is normal, per se. I'm stating that not dry and I'm not oily) but I'm still very reserved about the things that I put on my skin, particularly cleansers as they can disturb the skin's balance. I've been using this to remove makeup and/or on the days where I take the tube or get really sweaty from cycling. The rich, viscous texture feels luxurious on the skin and, although I'm really not a fan of floral scented products, this has the perfect amount of rose fragrance that doesn't make me want to barf or remind me of old ladies in Marks & Spencers c.1992. It leaves my skin feeling clean - but not stripped, which is important.
PIXI Rose Oil Blend: This is my third bottle of this product. Being dark skinned, I've never been afraid of using butters and oils. As I've grown older, I've become accustomed to what works on my body vs what works on my face. My body can withstand a lot but my face? Not so much. Being that it's summer, I can get away with using the Pixi Rose Oil Blend on it's own. However, in the mornings, I prefer to mix it with my Kiehl's Ultra Facial Moisturiser. If I cleanse in the evening (which I don't always do because I don't like to strip my face too much), I may use it on it's own but sometimes I prefer to use a toner and leave it at that.
Glossier Priming Moisturiser (gifted): I'm skeptical about moisturisers and I can recall 2 that I've used consistently - Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion and Khiel's Ultra Facial. Anything else that I've tried just hasn't worked. It's either not permeated the layers of my skin, leaving me feeling sticky, or was so acidic that it made my mouth and lips crack for 3 months straight like the Aesop Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream did. Nevertheless, I decided to give the Glossier Priming Moisturiser a shot and, low and behold, IT WORKED. You guys, this isn't just hype. Trust me, I'm a self-confessed cynic. I know, I sound like Tony Robbins or something but, f*ck it, mask off. I can use this product on the days where I decide to use a bit of makeup and it keeps everything in place.
Glossier Boy Brow in "Black" (gifted) I have very full brows, minus a little patchiness here and there. Boy Brow does a good job of filling in the patches and keeping my brows in place literally all day long.
Glossier Haloscope in Quartz (gifted): This is a great, universal highlighter for all skin tones and complexions. I used it here on my cheekbones and under the tail of my brow to accentuate the high points of my face. I'm also wearing...
Glossier Stretch Concealer (Deep) and the clear lipgloss (both gifted): Both of these give a natural amount of coverage and sheen to the skin. (Note: I use a bit of translucent powder to set the concealer as it has a lot of slip and creases on me). I have hyper-pigmentation so I have to colour-correct before using but I do like that a little of the darkness around my eyes peeks through. It keeps me looking human. On the days where I'd like a little more coverage, I go to my trusty Nars - Radient, Creamy Concealer in Amande and set in the same way.
Mac Mineralise Skinfinish in "Gold Deposit": Shameless Maya and Patrick Starrr put me onto this product. It's been the major key to any additional glow that I've had over the last two years. I can use it on it's own - with or without a base, over a cream product like Haloscope or with...
Bobbi Brown Glow Stick in "Island": This is a perfect match for Mac's Gold Deposit because they're the same bronze-gold tone. I have really yellow/golden undertones (hence why blonde hair washed me out) so, with a combination of this, Haloscope and gold deposit, I feel like some sort of gilded create. C3PO, perhaps.
MAC Powder Blush in "Sketch": I have naturally defined cheekbones so I don't need to contour at all. I use Mac's powder blush in the colour Sketch to create a little definition and to add a flush of colour to my cheeks. I love this colour, it reminds me of plums and wine. It transcends all seasons which is perfect for me because I don't adhere to seasons when it comes to makeup. Sometimes, a girl wants to rock a vampy lip in high summer. Can I live?! Damn,,
Bobbi Brown Eye Gloss in "Nude": I'm not wearing anything on my eye-lids here except for whatever moisturiser I put on that day and a bit of concealer. I've no idea why but, for some reason, my eye-lids are like mini oil slicks. I think it's because the skin in that area doesn't have pores so the moisturiser just pools on my lids, swishing around. Gross, but I'm also no mad because I'd rather be extra hydrated in that area than have cripsy (no disrespect to my folk who have dry lids. I'm speaking about my own personal preferences here).
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Disclaimer: Products purchased with my own money unless stated otherwise.