There’s a fine line between a mammy looking like she’s been dragged through a bush backwards and one radiating beauty and wellness. And that fine line is eight hours long and horizontally based. But of course the wisened amongst us know that what’s wonderful is rare. So that’s where make-up comes in. Sinead from Bumbles of Rice came up with a great idea to share the products we use that have us looking human on three hours sleep. There’s been some fantastic contributions so far and I’ve taken plenty of notes for future purchases. Now I’m throwing my hat into the ring with my contribution to the Barefaced Beauty and Make-up Magic linky.
I have been wearing make-up for over twenty years now, with some success…and some failures! When I was on maternity leave, not a dot of foundation touched my face but when I’m working I need my game face on and really I wear make-up at least five, if not seven, days a week.
For years I had my skincare and make-up down. I was a Dermalogica and Laura Mercier devotee. But funnily enough a few things happened at the same time. The recession happened and shit got real. Then between pregnancy, breastfeeding and post-partum body changes, my skin changed and things that worked in the past didn’t work anymore. The final nail in the cosmetic coffin was the arrival of a small child. So automatically replacing the pricey face wash and foundation was a thing of the past. I used to be a regular visitor to the waxing parlour too but isn’t it strange how quickly something considered “maintenance” can overnight turn into “ridiculous extravagance”?
I digress! I spent the last three years chopping and changing cleansers, moisturisers and foundations. I just couldn’t get it right. I tried a number of brands ranging from the budget to the mid-range and it is really only in the last few months that I’ve found – that much maligned (by me) term – my “hero products”. And oh jaysus do I love them!
Might I first just pre-empt this product porn by saying that I am aware that all the products that I use are on the pricier side. I promise you, this is more to do with the fact that they actually work for me rather than I went out and said “I will only buy things by X brand” because that is deeply untrue. It took me ages to find the war paint that didn’t make things worse and I didn’t buy them all at the same time obviously. I’m sticking with the cost-per-wear school of thought. Yes these products are on the higher end of the scale but I use them literally every day and they all last for ages. If I replace them every six months that’s unusual. They are work-horses through and through.
I hear you now saying “just bleedin get on with it!” So, here we go…
My daily foundation is Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation (€40). I absolutely adore this product because the colour is great, the coverage is really natural looking but it literally lasts all day. The other upside is that it doesn’t need a powder to finish it so if you’re looking for an excuse to buy it, think of the saving you’ll make on pressed powder! I’ve had my current bottle since Christmas. I reckon I’ll get another two weeks out of it – and that’s from every day wear.
I have discovered in the last few months that when I combine all of the products in this picture together, people say to me “you look great today!”. So whatever it is, I’m going to keep doing it because if you’ve had a crappy night’s sleep, it’s nice to hear that! I know not everyone is a fan of YSL Touche Eclat (€35) but I am one of those people whose skin tone really benefits from using it as an under-eye concealer. Yes it’s a highlighter but it does great things for my shadows. Sometimes I forget to wear it and on those days at least two people with say “you look tired “. It gets boring in its predictability.
I have tried so many mascaras and I just keep coming back to Lancome Hypnose (€27.50). It makes my eyes and eyelashes look massive. The end.
The Bobbi Brown long wear gel eyeliner (€23) is the difference between a meh made up face and a *ping* made up face. I’m “done” once the eyeliner goes on. It takes a bit of practice but once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. Although it is impossible without the eyeliner brush. I don’t even know how you’d use it, so you’d need to factor in buying a brush too. I bought that one about six years ago – probably bullied into it by a savvy salesperson – so I couldn’t tell you how much it cost. (Don’t tell me now that you have to throw brushes out after three years or something, because I don’t really care!) The last product over on the right is actually a MAC eyeliner but I use it on my brows because I lost my Rimmel eyebrow pencil ages ago so I improvised with this – and I like it! It’s ancient, maybe four years old. Don’t give out to me. No idea how much it cost. MAC prices anyway.
And finally, finally, I can’t end without talking about these three very special products.
After a DREADFUL year of problems with my facial skin, a wonderful woman in Kiehl’s on Wicklow Street has literally transformed my face from being flaky, cracked and painfully dry to soft but toned and bright. I’ve only been using Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream (€28.50) for about three months but there was a noticeable difference in my face within two weeks. So much so that I think you’d actually have to rip this from my cold, dead hands before I’d give it up. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate – at €42.50 – is the luxury product. It’s an oil that goes on after you cleanse at night. I had a touch of sceptismo about me because I’ve never used a facial oil before but I’m an evangelist now. It’s not greasy, it soaks right in and it smells divine. If I absolutely couldn’t replace it, it wouldn’t be the end of the world but I have it now and I flippin love it. My skin is in good shape for the first time in a really long time and I’d be reluctant to change anything.
The product at the top is something called Kerastase Elixir Ultime Huile Sacree De Fleur Blanche. It’s a hair oil cream. I’ll be honest with you, I know nothing about this product. I can’t find it online to buy. I don’t know how much it costs. All I know is that I told my hairdresser that I needed one single product that would do good things for my hair (ie stop it frizzing all over the place) whether I was blow-drying it or letting it dry naturally, because I am lazy and I will not be using anything that’s too complicated. She handed me this, told me to put a euro size amount in my hand and massage it into the ends of towel-dried hair. Someone else then handed me a bill for my cut and colour that also included this product and the total made my eyes bleed and lose my voice a bit so I have no further detail for you. Except that it’s amazing. It does exactly what I asked it to do, I’ve had it for 9 months now and people say nice things about my hair, so there you go!
Please don’t add up all those prices together. I just like to see prices when I’m interested in a product and I thought you might too.
Head on over to Bumbles of Rice to see the rest of the contributions!