I hope you all had a lovely Christmas! We had a really nice quiet one, with an amazing smoked turkey that fed us for DAYS and DAYS.
It’s that time of year where everyone will be posting their favourite products of 2013, and I still might do that, we’ll see. Far more important to me though, is the Ten Things I’ve Learned This Past Year, so let’s get going!
1. I look better with less makeup on. Light and bright is my new makeup motto. I’m done with dark, vampy looks. They just make me look older and tired. The less I put on, the younger and fresher and more “lively” I look. I like looking lively! So, from now on I’m going to keep on wearing less-concentrate on making my skin look as good as it can, brightening my eyes and wearing a great blush. As for eyeshadows? I’ve also learned that less is more for me. Lighter, brighter is my ticket. And since most of them really don’t last all that well on my lids, I just won’t be wearing much of them from now on.
2. Eyebrows-less is more for me as well. I wish I could rock and actually LIKE the man-brows trending right now. But, I can’t. I’m forever a child of the 80s, and no matter how much big brows trend, I can’t stand them. I don’t like looking at someone and noticing their eyebrows first. All I see is Bogdan’s(Breaking Bad) eyebrows when I see them:
I just don’t LIKE huge brows- sue me. I’m not saying I’m a fan of pencil thin brows though. I think you should work what looks good on you. And for me, what I’ve got up there is what I will work with. At my age I can’t grow any more brows, so this is it for me:
This past year, I’ve only been filling in the tails of my brows. I give up trying to make them look perfect. It just looks so fake if I do that. And the Shu Uemura Hard No. 9 brow pencil is my eyebrow enhancing weapon of choice. This pencil? Is AMAZING. You gotta try it.
3.My skin LOVES natural/organic skincare ingredients. WHO KNEW? I used to scoff at natural/organic skincare, and think it was just a load of hooey. Then I started to research, read some of my favourite blogs that kept spreading the virtues of going natural, and I tried out some Tata Harper skincare.
AND?? My skin has NEVER looked better. In fact, every single freakin’ time I test out skincare that isn’t natural/organic I break out(which is why I always have La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo on hand). So, no more. I won’t be using anything that’s not natural/organic anymore. Oh sure, I’ll test things out because that’s my job/hobby with the whole bloggy thing. But as soon as I see some red spot rear its ugly head, I’ll cry uncle and go back to what my skin loves. NATURAL. And yes I know, Tata Harper is expensive. I don’t care. It works for me. But I’ll be trying other lines. There just might be something cheaper out there that my skin loves as well!
4. I look horribly old in red lipsticks. Nudes and light pinks, and pinks in general make me look younger and fresher. No more red lipsticks will come near me from now on. I know, it’s sad. If some get sent for me to test, well I’ll be sure to show them to you. But as far as purchasing any more reds? Done and done with that.
5. Now that my skin isn’t so incredibly dry and patchy and scaly thanks to my new found love of natural/organic skincare, using a makeup brush for liquid foundations is DA BOMB. Like the Shiseido Perfecting Foundation Brush-WOW I AM IN LOVE.
It’s so soft, spreads my foundation so evenly and makes my skin look so natural no matter what foundation I use. I love it and am so glad I’m able to use it now.
6. All this doesn’t mean I won’t be playing with colour still though. If I didn’t, I’d get horribly bored with makeup pretty quickly. But I’ll be using colour sparingly as an accent, and not as the main feature in my makeup. No more Big Bird makeup for this chick!
7. Cream blush is AMAZING. As a blush fiend, you’d think I’d have been loving cream blush all this time, but as you already know, that wasn’t the case. Maybe it’s just me getting older or something, because I can’t get enough of the stuff lately. I use cream blushes all the time now, and will even layer powders on top. I used to hate doing that before, but now? I love it. Best thing ever. Like this one:
This is RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Rapture, which as you can see is kind of an ugly deep brown red, BUT is the most natural looking cream or powder blush I own. PLUS it’s natural/organic! WIN, WIN.
Doesn’t even look like I’m wearing blush, hey? RMS Beauty Lip2Cheek in Rapture, like all of their products is coconut oil based which can be a good thing IF you have normal/dry skin. I find that when I first put the blush on, it’s dewey and creamy, but as the day wears on my skin absorbs the coconut oil, which leaves behind the pigment. I get a good 8 hours of colour, but if you have oily cheeks and skin, RMS might not be the line for you. For example, I can’t wear their cream eyeshadows as my lids are REALLY oily, so I barely get 10 minutes of wear time from them before they crease and disappear. Know your skin and what you can work with!
8. Don’t care about nails, nail polish-nope. Not one bit. Won’t be buying any. And won’t be showing you any, unless I absolutely love something. Here’s the last one I want to show you, the Sephora+Pantone Universe Elemental Energy Lacquer Collection(on sale for $8 each btw), specifically the AIR shade:
These are pretty polishes, although I am clearly no expert when it comes to this stuff. Sheer and ethereal, they are meant to be more of an accent rather than a statement. Air would be amazing over any shade I think, but it’s particularly lovely layered over Water:
There’s LOADS of nail blogs out there that do this thing so much better than I ever could, so I yield. Plus, Marky is just way too hard to bribe to model these days. Cookies don’t seem to be enough of a payment lately! Bye bye nails. Trakee OUT.
9. I still love blush A LOT.
I might be giving up on most eyeshadows, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be stopping blush. I don’t know HOW to quit blush. Or bronzer. Or anything that goes on my cheekz. I love them all. Except for maybe hightlighters. They really don’t do me any favours, as I have LOADS of cheek wrinkles from my jolly life HAHA! I also have hyperpigmentation on the tops of my cheekbones, since that’s the first place the sun hits on my face. That’s the place on my face I can feel the sun SCORCH every single time I go outside. And wearing a highlighter just accentuates all of that. So none of that anymore! We want to only accentuate the good!
10. I really, really REALLY am done chasing the latest and greatest in makeup. I am seriously over doing that. There are loads of young ‘uns out there buying every new fiddle faddle out there, but this aging beauty blogger won’t be doing that anymore. I’ll only be buying what I really want or need, not because it’s the must have item at the moment. Like the Urban Decay Naked 3. You won’t be seeing that on this blog any time soon, even though the shades are probably really perfect for me. I just know I won’t use it as I rarely use my Naked 1 and 2, so why bother? See? That’s called Evolution. I’ve finally grown up and am ready for a more mature relationship with makeup.
How about you? Have you learned anything about your makeup habits this past year?