What’s in your makeup bag?
For a while now I have become a “no makeup” advocate, as I feel many women feel the need to wear 28 different products on their face before they can be seen by another human. I don’t want to ever be bound by products and depend on make-up to be confident. I still wear make-up regularly, but I use the minimum and care more about my skin’s health rather than what I put on it. How much makeup do you wear? Do you NEED it to leave the house? How much time do you spend doing your daily makeup
Many of you have been asking some details about my personal beauty tips and how can I accomplish wearing healthier and more sustainable products without compromising my makeup habits or spending too much. Well, I keep it simple, my entire make-up collection consists of 5 basic components:
- Black mascara
- Lip balm or lip gloss
- Nail polish
That’s it. No concealers, no powders, no blush. I simply don’t think those things are necessary and, most importantly, I don’t want to look sick when I’m not wearing makeup or spend a lot of time covering my skin with weird substances. I go for products that are made mainly with natural ingredients and without fragrance. I have made 3 major product changes and I believe they are worth it, I switched brands of: mascara/eyeliner, lotion and lip balm.
Here are my makeup bag essentials:
The set list
- Scotch Naturals Smokey Martini nail polish
- I recently discovered Scotch Naturals and I like them because, unlike most nail polish brands, this one doesn’t use certain solvents and chemicals that have proven to be dangerous for human health. I was a little hesitant at first and thought they might not work very well, but the results are actually better than some of my regular nail polish. I love this color too, more colors coming up!
- eos lip balm
- I like eos because they use 99% natural ingredients and because it’s easier to apply, great for big lips! :D
- Physician’s Formula Organic Wear Mascara
- Made with 100% natural ingredients, fragrance-free and ophthalmologist approved, but most importantly, it works!
- Physician’s Formula eyeliner trio smokey eye (I ran out of the third one :S)
- A miniature perfume bottle (I have been wearing Halloween for a while)
- An emergency hair tie
- Nail file
- Moisturizing lotion (I use Cetaphyl and put it into a small travel size bottle)
- Mirror (I have a heart-shaped old mirror, I found a similar one here)
Some days I decide that eyeliner looks horrible and other I can’t get enough. Anyway, here is me with and without makeup. Brace yourselves!
With minimalist makeup
My mom would get mad at me sometimes because she thinks I look the same, which I take as a compliment, since I think makeup should only gently accentuate your features, not make you look radically different.
Here is my face when I see someone that always wears makeup without it:
“Are you ok? Are your eyebrows ever gonna grow back!!!???”
“Why don’t you do a makeup tutorial?” -a lost soul claimed. Well, I hope the intellect of anyone that ends up here is high enough to know how to apply a crayon on their eyes without looking like a monster.
Why is there a hook over my head in some of these photos? Why do I look 12 in some photos and 34 in other ones? Why was my hair so greasy? The answers to all those questions coming up… right now:
I took those photos with my bedroom door as the background because is one of the few areas with decent enough lighting but not so good that you could see my facial hair.
I have the ability to look anywhere from 12 to 40 depending on how I move my eyebrow. They are truly magical. The Rock had his elbow, Mario had his fire spit and I have my eyebrows.
I actually put some lotion on my hair because it was too frizzy and I wanted to see what happened. I have done it before and it works great as a last minute trick, but even when it was oil free lotion, it looked too shiny at times. Oopsie.
What do you think about makeup? How much is too much? Is it ok to ever use Sharpies? Do you think your makeup habits will change with age? What kind of products do you avoid? Is petrolatum really that bad for you? I would love it if someone had some scientific sources. I will do my research too, but most of the sites I found were biased (the eternal organic anything problem).