I am no professional in make up or face care but I have spent my entire life trying to find some products which are not rocket science to apply as well as not causing breakouts or crazy skin.
I am slightly annoyed… from the age of 11 until around the age of 14 I was in that awkward make up stage where I thought blue eyeshadow and bright pink glitter lippy was cool. Teenagers now completely skip this awkward make up stage (surely this is a right of passage!?) and go straight to absolutely flawless execution of make up making them look 20 rather than 14 in the process!
If you are a minimal make up wearer on the day to day and only go all out on that very rare occasion such as a Christmas party keep reading!
My must haves in skin care
Not only is Liz Earle free from animal testing but it is the only face care that removes my make up completely as well as ensuring I do no break out in spots.
I use the Cleanse and Polish day and night – to use this 1 pump will suffice and I massage the cream into my face even around my eyes. I then fill the sink with hot water (as hot as I can stand) and use this with the muslin cloth the remove my make up. I then use the toner which is so gentle on your skin. I have combination skin which is oily in the T-Zone but dry on my cheeks, it is also extremely sensitive. I then finish of with the moisturiser – I use the light version as this seems to avoid any break outs. If I am having a very bad skin day I will use the Super Skin Concentrate overnight which gives me a instant pick me up. The only downside to the Liz Earle range is that the moisturiser does not include an SPF.
I do not use much of Clinques skin products as I find these extremely harsh on my skin, especially the toners – it almost feels like my skin is burning! What I will say is that I use the ‘All about eyes’ De-puffer roller. This is great if you sleep on your face rather than on your back. My eyes get puffy when I first wake up – this is a refreshing roller which goes on cold and massages your eyes. By the time I have finished my make up my eyes have returned to normal
Everyone seems to think Aveeno is a fad but I can honestly say that the Aveeno daily moisturising creamy oil works wonders for my skin. The standard lotion isn’t great but the oil is fantastic. I have very bad hormonal skin on my arms – lumps and spots under the skin. After using this over a period of 3 days the lumps were reduced significantly. All my very dry skin cleared up in the process too. I use this on holiday as my aftersun as well. It leaves me very hydrated and retains my golden tan significantly more than standard aftersuns.
Must haves for make up
I have no idea where I would be without my Bare Minerals foundation. I use the original loose powder in a variety of shades. Usually I am a light but go to a medium beige while on holiday. The colours are very forgiving should you get the incorrect shade or tan slightly.
This is a buildable foundation, it is perfect for sheer coverage (this is what I use on a daily basis) but should you wish to build the coverage you just keep adding layers. This works with the oils in your skin for a flawless finish. It’s not called minerals for nothing; this is also skin care within a foundation. Lets not also forget this has SPF 15 as standard – so even though my Liz Earle moisturiser doesn’t have it, I know my foundation has me covered.
I also use the ‘well-rested’ concealer which is also a powder this is great for additional coverage and brightening up your eye area. You can add a little bit of water to make this a creamy consistency and give further coverage. I have tried the liquid foundation called bare skin but it doesn’t sit on my skin very well but as they say if its not broke – don’t fix it!
Ok. I have no eyebrows. Okay that is a lie, I do have eyebrows… just not much!
I suffered the 00’s over plucking stage, so what I am left with is very sparse looking eyebrows. To fix this is have tried every single product and potion to make them look remotely decent! I found my saviours all within one brand! From Benefit I use the eyebrow primer ‘browvo’ so this is a perfect base to use your eyebrow products on, it also makes your eyebrows look slightly thicker, how it does that I have no idea! They say this helps regrowth when used on its own too. Along side this is use the Ka Brow which is a cream style promenade which can only be compared to that of Anastasia Beverly Hills. This is a life saver – I use this as I do enjoy a dramatic brow (who doesn’t!?) but you can use this also quite subtly if you want a more natural finish. This comes with the cream gel and also a small application brush in the lid. Finally I also use the Precisely My brow, this is eyebrow pencil which is the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. This is great at filling in areas rather than a complete eyebrow redesign! Perfect for natural day looks!
Other Benefit products I use are They’re Real mascara – this is great if you want impact but quickly! I also use the Porefessional Primer occasionally.
So you have probably heard of this brand as this is a online only brand. The only product I use from this brand is the 3D fiber lash mascara. This is the only mascara that I can actually say gives you the effect of wearing false lashes. Be warned that the process is very long winded!
I have an obsession with the Naked pallets they are so versatile. I use Naked Orginal on a daily basis, they have great impact but at the same time last all day even if you have hooded eyes like myself!
Love a bit of bronzer I use a very cheap bronzing shimmer powder (I should probably invest in something a bit better). I do not have time to contour so a quick dusting of this on my forehead hollows of cheek and jaw gives me the same effect at a fraction of the time and cost!
So I do not wear lipstick unless it’s a special occasion and when I do I wear Mac, Kat Von D or Avon! I wear Burts Bees or Carmex on a day to day basis. Burts bees just doesn’t cut it for me anymore. It is not moisturising enough, where as the Carmex (not the jelly one) but the chapstick style really is very moisturising and can last a few hours before reapplying!
So they are all the things I cannot live without on a daily basis!
Seems like a long list but actually its not much. Since my skin care routine I have seen a signifcant decrease in breakouts and also my skin is a lot better in terms of texture. If you have lumps and bumps on your skin another product I would recommend is the Elemis Try-Enzyme Resurfacing facial wash. I used to swear by Elemis but Liz Earle is far more accessible at a better price point.
Are there any key products you use on a daily basis? Anything you would recommend? please let me know!