I seem to have temporarily achieved beauty zen.
Right now, at this moment, I am indifferent to beauty products. While I might restock old favourites that have run out I don’t seem to want to try anything new.
This state of course won’t last because as soon as a new formula is launched promising me what I desire it will all start up again. But it seems that all my beauty needs are temporarily satisfied.
So what whets my appetite for beauty products?
1. Kiss-proof, long-lasting lip colours in ideal shades and formulas
No surprise here my mad desire for lipstains has been documented on this blog for ages as I’ve hunted for the perfect stain in a formula that’s easy to apply, in every shade I could want and at an affordable price point. Well, Revlon’s Balm Stains and L’Oreal Caresse Glosses have completely satisfied this need between them. Unless they launch a new colour that is that elusive shade of perfect pink I'm always looking for - I’m all good in the lip department!
2. Silicone-free skincare and foundations
Happily, my skin has reached a pretty comfortable zenith where the products I’m using are keeping it happy and relatively break-out free. If I breakout, I usually know why, and it’s my fault.
Skincare: H2O Face Oasis, Murad Exfoliating Blemish Treatment Gel, Clinique All About Eyes, Clinique Clarifying Lotion #3; Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe cleanser.
Makeup base: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation, Beauty Blender Sponge (foundation will not work without it), theBalm Time Balm Concealer, ZA 2-Way Whitening Foundation.
3. Long-lasting, smudge proof, easy-to-apply eyeshadow
Cream shadows, once such a dodgy formula, have come a long way in the past year. Available now in great shades (TAUPE!) that go on easily, smoke out beautifully and last all day I find myself casting aside palettes and brushes in favour of these wonderful wonderful things. Also, the affordable options are now absolutely brilliant. I find myself loving Sephora’s Jumbo Waterproof Crayon, Maybelline’s Colour Tattoo and Topshop’s Eye Shadow Crayon in Mystical (review coming).
4. Shades of blush that last, make me look fresh and pretty.
After awhile you find blushes that suit your mood when you want to be pretty, to be flushed, to be rosy to he fresh or just to warm up the cheeks. I’ve found all that and am absolutely content now. Blushes that I find myself using daily now are: theBalm’s Down Boy, Benefit’s Hervana, Collection2000’s Shimmer Shades Blush (review coming) and theBalm’s Cabana Boy (in winter).
This weakness was so thoroughly addressed by the lovely beauty blogging ladies (a group we cal Evurl Girls – thanks to the degree of enabling that goes on) that I’m completely satisfied. Just how AWESOME is Fresh’s Hesperides Grapefruit fragranced perfume, lotion and shower gel? Completely and utterly, can’t-stop-sniffing awesome. That’s how much. Reviews coming!
6. Overall, I always want longer lasting and cheaper
A running theme you may notice is my need for makeup that LASTS. With terribly oily skin many products just melt off or vanish off and I hate that. So I really value makeup options that do the job and stick around. I also really hate being dependent on a pricey product and will keep trying cheaper options until I’m happy. Laura Mercier's oil-free foundation for example, is too pricey for my continued happiness.
So that’s it from me, what’s your list of reasons for continuing to buy? New colours? Shinier textures? Do share!