Anyone who knows me knows I haven’t left the house without make up since the age of 13. Seriously, except for my immediate family and my children, no one knows what I look like without make-up. NO ONE!
For years people have complimented my skin. I’m not entirely sure why because truthfully it is pasty white and never tans. I admit except for some brow lines I am relatively wrinkle free, but that is more from my limited sun exposure due to burning and never having smoked. I can’t lie, I do come from some good genes. Grandma Stretanski never aged. From 45 till the day she died at 81 the woman looked exactly the same and I am pretty sure the only products she ever used were Dove bar soap, Jergen’s Lotion and a tube of Cover Girl Lipstick. Grandma Casey was a similar story, until severe illness finally robbed her of her flawless skin.
Good genes aside, I can honestly say that now that I am 40 it requires a little more work to keep my skin looking nice. Gone are the days when I could ignore my face and skip washing off my make-up for a week at a time. My skin routine is firmly established and never skipped these days.
So, what do I look like without make-up. I am going to show you. Warning, it ain’t pretty. This is possibly the scariest thing I have ever done. So, here goes. This is me make-up free, in my pajamas, bed head and all.
Okay, so now you know. I wasn’t kidding about that plain pasty white skin. But luckily for me they sell beauty in a bottle. I am very serious about getting as many toxins as possible out of my beauty routine. In the last couple of years I have done a lot of research on parabens, phthalates, sodium lauryl sulphates, and other toxic chemicals in the products we use daily. While I wish I could say everything I use is totally safe and organic the truth is sometimes you have to chose function over organic.
The beginning of any great look is a great foundation. Here is my secret, True Match foundation and Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer and Brightener.
I used to use really expensive items from top brands and spend a fortune, but you know what, these work better! Honest. A few dots of foundation are smoothed all over,
In the inner corners of my eyes, around my nostrils, and on any blemish I use the Age Rewind Concealer. Then lightly tap with a finger until everything is smoothed out.
The Age Rewind Brightener is used under the outer eye area to open the area up and fake being awake. I also use the applicator and run it down the center of my nose, then blend it all in.
Next comes cheeks and eyes. I use dark brown L’Oreal Eyeliner and smudge it a bit. At Sephora I found the most adorable compact from Tarte, an all natural mineral based make-up. A little blush on the apples of my cheeks and light on the lid, dark in the outer corners, and white at the base of the brow.
Then I take a clean brush (I love my Eco Tools) and blend the three colors together until you get a seamless eye shadow.
After the shadow I have to deal with my eyebrows, or lack there of. Usually I have really long bangs that hide them, which suits me fine, but a really bad hack job left me with ridiculously short bangs and suddenly my brows could be ignored no longer. Not only are they sparse, but they don’t match. One has a lovely arch, the other goes straight across. One gets plucked from the top to lower it, the other get plucked from the bottom to raise it. Yeah, its a pain in the butt. I really needed help.
Browzing from Benefit came to the rescue!
This stuff is the bomb! The little chiseled brush and the wax perfectly outlines your brow, and allows you to draw in some where there are none. Then the blender brush and the pigment fill in and replace what nature forgot to give you! It even comes with a super tiny set of tweezers to get rid of those out of place hairs. Ta Dah!!
Finally to wrap this whole thing up is lashes and lips. I have tried organic mascara. Do yourself a favor and save your money. They all flake and smear within hours. Totally wasted my money. But, I did find an amazing substitute for lipstick! Lipstick is one of the most toxic products women use because we actually ingest it when we eat or lick our lips.
I love Lancôme’s Definitions in Brown and Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin. Burt’s Bees is made from all natural plant based products and yet has awesome pigments.
My make-up is now finished but not my beauty routine. Below are the products I use to keep my skin healthy using as few chemicals as possible. First is cleansing. I used to use Olay Cleansing Wipes but decided to go for an organic solution a while back. Green People Cleanser and Make-up Remover and a package of Honest Baby Wipes work better than the Olay and are seriously chemical free! To scrub off dead skin cells and keep skin glowing I love Alba Pineapple Enzyme Scrub. After cleaning and sloughing, I apply the tiniest amount of Josie Maran Organic Argon Oil. One of the big shockers for me when I turned forty was the return of teenage zits. Seriously, now I have to fight wrinkles AND acne? How is that fair? Anyway, Argon Oil ended up being a real blessing. Who knew it took an oil to fight an oil?
The last weapon in my arsenal is Roc Retinal. No, this is not organic, but the truth is I refuse to grow old before my time and retinols plus sun screen really are the best thing out there for slowing down your skin’s aging. So every morning this goes on before the make-up. I apply it before I curl my hair so it has time to absorb.
I know what some of you might be thinking, good grief that is a lot of work, and when you break it down step by step like I just did, I admit, it does seem like a ton, but the truth is I get all of this done in about five or six minutes each morning. The Browzing added an extra minute or two when I first started using it but like everything else I quickly figured it out and it just became one more step in the program.
If you use or like any of these products let me know how they work for you. If you try some of these products from this post make sure to come back and let me know if you liked them.