Thursday, 14 April 2011
Beauty products and rituals
I've been inspired by Janis's latest post to talk about the nonsense that I use to feel good.
I'm talking products here.
I can, if I'm going nowhere sit around with no make up. But if I think I'm seeing someone, then war paint goes on. OK that's fair enough we all need our masks to hide behind.
But do I really need to go through the rituals I use every day.
I never ever use soap on my face, haven't done since my teens, but I do use a cream cleanser that I apply with my finger tips and take off with cotton wool.Occasionally I'll use a toner, but generally that is to drying for my skin, even the really mild ones. Then I move on to the stuff I apply; first off is a tiny, tiny blob of eye cream under each eye, which is never rubbed in, it's patted in with my index fingers. Next comes a serum, this is such a wonderful product, it glides into my skin making it feel great, on top of which I put a little heavier moisturiser.
My skin then gets a break for a while, usually cause I have breakfast at this point, then it's back for more stuff!
I put on a base coat underneath my foundation it makes the foundation go on smoother and helps keep it in place longer.The foundation is painted on my face cause this gives better coverage cause my fingers natural oils mean that it doesn't stay so well. On top of this goes blusher and occasionally face powder if I'm very shiny.
My lips currently get three different products put on them, to get the lipstick to stay put for as long as possible.
And as for my eyes they get eyebrow pencil, eye pencil on my lower eyelids, sometimes eyeshadow, but I can go without that (!!!!) then always eyeliner and mascara.
Finishing with an application of the perfume of the day. There are currently six being used and it depends on the weather, what the days plans are, what I wore yesterday for that one to be figured out.
It's amazing I have time to do anything else in a day before it's time to take it all off again and apply a face oil on freshly cleansed skin before I go to bed!!!!
When I actually write it down like that it does all sound ridiculous but on the other hand I like looking after me, it makes me feel good.
I feel more confident when I have my make up on, more in control. If I get caught without make up it doesn't make me feel good unless I am safe enough with that person that I don't feel judged by them how I look.
So I understand what using all the outer stuff means; the mascara, lipstick, etc. I'm just not sure where the moisturising products come in, because I've used them since I was so young they are just part of what I do to get up and at'em in the morning.
I also know that my sister and I have inherited our grandmothers excellent skin, but even though I'm older by two years my skin is in better nick than hers cause she doesn't faff around with all the stuff I use. And that's fine it's her choice,and I like my skin better! So I guess I've answered my own question here.
What to do use?