It amazes me to see how many really, really successful beauty bloggers there are out there. Amazing to me when beauty regimes, make-up tutorials, and product reviews are read and watched by millions every day. Why? Well, because they just aren’t something I can relate to nor have I ever really understood the complete obsession with.
Those who know me, will know that I am more than comfortable make-up free. I didn’t start wearing make-up at all until I was around 20 and that was only because I was working as a trainee retail manager for a high street fashion chain and the store manager I worked for told me I had to wear make-up to work. Yes, really. Thankfully, I’m pretty resilient so didn’t take it as an insult or let it knock my confidence which others might have done! To placate her, I started using mascara.
Fast forward a decade and you really can’t avoid the world of beauty must-haves and make-up tutorials to show you how to contour, enhance, highlight and, more often than not, turn you into a totally different looking person. I’ll be honest. I still don’t get it.
So, from someone totally out of the loop and completely unqualified, I’m going to share my beauty tips and give you a glimpse into the make-up bag of someone who knows very little about this multi-billion pound world.
Ok, ok, those aren’t my make-up bags. One was free, two came as part of Christmas gift sets and the button one was given to me and is my go-to toiletries bag when I’m away from home.
This is my actual make-up bag…
Yes, that’s it. A small drawstring bag (again, free) that contains the following items:
- Boots No. 7 StayPerfect eye pencil (black)
- L’Oréal Mega Volume mascara (black)
- Nars blush (orgasm)
- Eyelash curlers
- Mac powder brush
Here’s my review:
Boots No.7 StayPerfect eye pencil
I still struggle to put eyeliner on without it looking ridiculous. I have however found that the consistency of the No. 7 pencil helps me out so thank you Boots. It lasts well, even on my watery-eyed days during hay fever season, so that’s a definite plus. At £7.50 it’s also really reasonable.
L’Oréal Mega Volume mascara
I have pretty dark eyelashes already and have often found that other black mascaras don’t have much of an effect. I got the L’Oréal one free with an issue of Glamour magazine and have been really impressed with it. It goes on smoothly and evenly and isn’t clumpy at all. It doesn’t say that it’s waterproof but it holds up really well through tears, sweaty gym sessions and rain (and I’ve been caught in a few big downfalls) so that’s a bonus.
Nars blush (orgasm)
The hype around this product is insane. Even I’d heard about it. So when I received it in one of my monthly subscription boxes and I’d just finished my Benefit Rockateur, it seemed like fate. However, this is the one product I use but I’m not a fan of and definitely wouldn’t purchase (just using it up as I don’t like waste). Apparently it costs more than £20! Gah! No, thanks. It has no staying power (unlike the awesome Benefit blushers which are more than worth their +£20 price tag) and it’s also very sparkly which just isn’t my thing. I find traces of gold sparkle everywhere throughout the day, which probably explains why there’s none on the cotton wool pad when I take my make-up off at night.
If I’m honest, I started using eyelash curlers for their practical assistance. My eyelashes on the outer corners of my eyes are quite long and the top and bottom ones often get caught up and dig into my eye so using curlers helps solve that issue. I’m not sure what brand these curlers are but they were part of a Glamour beauty box from Latest in Beauty (honestly, this is the perfect solution for me as it gives me a range of products at a decent cost and makes me try items I just wouldn’t usually buy, or wouldn’t even know about!).
Mac powder brush
Ok, so I’ve splurged more than some would on a brush by going with Mac but the quality is excellent and I’ve had this one for years and it hasn’t lost a single bristle (unlike cheaper brushes I’ve tried in the past). It cleans easily and well and is a good size for my face.
These are my regular beauty items, but I do also own an Urban Decay Naked palette (pretty sure its the first version they brought out) for if/when I feel like adding a bit of colour to my eyes. I have had this for years though (not ideal, I know) and it still looks like this…
People often say I look way younger than I am and I get comments a lot on how ‘good’ my skin is. I do gets spots from time to time (I blame hormones) but I just leave them be and they soon go. I honestly think these things can be attributed to my beauty regime, or lack thereof. Only on the odd, ‘special’ occasion (graduation, being a bridesmaid, etc) do I venture deeper into the world of make-up – and usually I leave it to the pros and go to the wonderful ladies at the Benefit counter in Debenhams to fix me up. I definitely wouldn’t ever wear foundation but I do appreciate a Benefit combo of Porefessional and That Gal if I’m going to be having my photo taken a lot (again…graduation, bridesmaid, etc). They just help to even out any blemishes and reduce pores – and even I appreciate that with the increase of hi-res photography!
When it comes to regular face coverage, the only item I truly couldn’t be without is this:
Yes, that is a £1 bottle of Tesco Aloe Vera body lotion. I use it from head to toe every day after I’ve showered and again at night once I’ve taken my make-up off. I’ve tried face creams (either free or received as gifts) from Clinique, Lancôme, Talika, Clarins and more over the years and I really haven’t seen a difference or anything that justifies the cost. So I always go back to my trusty supermarket lotion.
I hope my first-ever beauty review has proved enlightening, and perhaps even an amusing read. For others like me who are continually baffled by the beauty and make-up world, it is ok to just stick to the bare necessities and still look and feel incredible.