Over the last few months I can probably count on two hands how many times I’ve worn make up. My tried-and-true daily routine wasn’t covering up blemishes and left me feeling pretty matte and flat, so I decided to save myself those 10 minutes every morning and embrace a bare face. But, I decided to get with the times this week, and went to Sephora for a make-up overhaul.
I did this not for the reason of wanting to wear make-up, because I’ve enjoyed the extra few minutes of sleep and I don’t feel self-conscious or ugly without it, but I did it more for the reason of wanting to feel dewy, glowy and vibrant on those days I do decide to wear make-up. I’ve been using the same products for about 8 years now, and, given how quickly beauty trends change, I decided it was time to get with the times.
My make up routine is super low maintenance and I don’t plan on changing that. Since 2009, I’ve stuck to the basics of MAC concealer, MAC Studio Fix powder, Rimmel bronzer, MAC blush, and a drugstore mascara – usually whatever is on sale. Oh, and always a bold lip, most often by MAC.
I knew that I wanted to veer away from MAC with this new make up adventure I was embarking on (though, I don’t think I’ll ever give up their lipsticks) and try to support more natural products, aiming for those made in North America, preferably Canada, when budget and availability would allow. The coverage provided by my MAC products wasn’t enough to cover up the blemishes I’ve been stuck with in recent years, so part of this exercise was also to find something that would.
At my local Sephora, Marla helped me find all the right products and shades to address my concerns (cover up these blemishes), my desires (made in NA, natural) and my budget ($200 all in), and one hour and $200.01 later, I left feeling excited and confident about my new purchases.
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme, in Neutral, $34 – I figured the queen of tattoos must know a thing or two about cover ups, so I’m really excited to give this a go. Early results: it’s miles better than the MAC concealer I’d been using, but still looks light and natural and not like I’m wearing layers of make-up.
Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation, in Golden Linen, $25 – I tried a few different powders, including Tarte’s. Tarte is known for their natural ingredients, but I didn’t feel their powder was quite enough. This is the product I had the most difficulty landing on, but the Sephora powder, so far, seems to have a great balance of feeling barely there but enough coverage to blend in the concealer.
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer, in Park Avenue Princess, $38 – I absolutely adore this bronzer and now that I’ve used a non-drugstore brand bronzer, and see what it’s capable of, this is definitely a product that’s worth the upgrade. It can do things my Rimmel bronzer could only dream of doing.
NARS blush, in Orgasm, $38 – In switching to a blush with some shimmer (I bought it in their touted Orgasm shade), I feel like a magical, dewy princess when I wear it. I’ve known about the hype for years, but just couldn’t bring myself to spend the money. It’s worth it.
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini, in Opal, $23 – I am probably most excited about this product because I love what a highlighter can do, and I love this one’s price point even better. At $23 for the small compact, it’s perfectly priced, and, for something that I likely won’t wear every day, the smaller size should be all I need for a long time.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $19 – Admittedly, this was an impulse purchase at the cash but I am excited to start using a setting spray. Made in the US, with no oils or parabens, I hope this helps with the issue I’d been having that by end of day my make up was flaking off and creasing.