Notes on make-up

Notes on make-up

Is make-up feminist? No. Is make-up anti-feminist? No. Can you be a feminist if you wear make-up? Yes. Can you be a feminist if you don’t wear make-up? Yes. One thing does not negate the other. There are plenty of make-up loving feminists, myself included.

This blog started out as a beauty blog and evolved as my relationship with make-up changed because, well, it’s complicated. For me, the act of applying make-up is as much fun as going out in said make-up. It’s an enjoyable process, despite my inability to blend a decent smoky eye. It was never something I wanted to become a chore. Yet, for a while, it did. I went from wearing it when I wanted, to feeling like I couldn’t leave the house bare-faced. Why? Because that’s what women do, we put on our faces in order to face the world.

Sometimes this is an act of self-care, sometimes it’s what helps you through caring for a loved one with an illness, but sometimes it feeds into a pressure to conform. It was the latter for me, which annoyed me no end because I couldn’t work out when the shift happened. When did it become another stick to hold over women’s heads in an effort to control what’s seen as “acceptable beauty”?

Eh, it was always this way. Of course it was and I knew that. Would not wearing make-up make that any less true? No. But the world wasn’t going to end if I was wearing it, was it? Nope. Overthinking, on my part, much? Probably, but here we are. I told you my relationship with make-up was complicated.

So, yes, I am a feminist with a weakness for red lipstick. Has living in a society that is centred on patriarchal beauty standards played a part in that? Of course it has and owning that is important. But sometimes red lipstick is just red lipstick.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream Review

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream (40ml), £24.95. Press samples included.

I’ve spoken about my trouble finding a BB cream that is pale enough for me before. When I mentioned this during a recent #IrishBeautyHour Twitter chat Janiro Ltd. offered to send me some sample tubes of the Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream to try.

Ginvera Green Tea Nude Cover BB Cream

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The one where Dr Jart+ suggests wearing your makeup to bed

Dr Jart+ BB Night Beauty Balm (50 ml), $38 (I’ll update with the € price when I have it). No press samples included.

Dr. Jart Night BB Cream

BB creams have been all the range for a few years now. Seriously, brands seem to be working their way through the alphabet with CC and even EE creams being available at this stage.

My track record with BB creams isn’t great, mainly because I’ve struggled to find the perfect colour match for my skin tone even amongst the Asian brands, but I understand the lure of them. These hybrid products are usually marketed as offering coverage with added skincare benefits, like SPF and antioxidants.

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Review: Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal in No. 51 Light Vanilla

I haven’t reviewed a proper foundation in over a year and even then the last few were press samples. That’s because (a) a couple of years ago I made the decision to use up all my open foundations, about 15 bottles/tubes, before buying anymore and (b) I haven’t worn make up on a daily basis in about 18 months, so it took me a while to get through my stash.

When I finally ran out, back in April, I decided to pick up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Radiance Reveal foundation because I had gotten on so well with the original Healthy Mix.

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Review: La Roche-Posay Rosaliac CC Creme

La Roche Posay Rosaliac CC Creme

I reviewed the initial Rosaliac range from La Roche-Posay back in 2012 on a previous incarnation of this blog. The Rosaliac AR Intense serum is still a staple in my skincare routine. When I heard they were adding a CC cream to the line up I was intrigued. I love the idea of a product that contains skincare benefits and offers some coverage without the need for a full on foundation, but the ongoing BB and CC cream craze has largely passed me by as the majority of them are too dark.

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Review: Lancome Gentle Softening Cleansing Fluid Face and Eyes

Lancome Gentle Softening Cleanser

As part of my use up my stash before buying new products kick I decided to throw this in my travel bag when I was heading off down the country recently for a few days.

It’s a basic light cleansing fluid that I massage into dry skin paying particular attention to my eyes when removing make-up at night. I usually leave it a few minutes to dissolve the make-up fully while I brush my teeth and then I remove it with a muslin cloth and warm water.

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Review: NYC Skin Matching Foundation in Fair (685)

NYC Skin Matching Foundation in Fair (685)

What NYC have to say:

‘A Breakthrough Tone to Tone shade adjusting technology blends seamlessly for a natural, flawless, & radiant looking complexion. Enriched with moisturisers, energizing complex, blend of minerals & nourishing vitamins A, C, & E. Lightweight & hydrating formula. For all skin types. Dermatologically tested.’

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Review: Revlon ColorStay Foundation for Normal/Dry Skin in Ivory (110)

WHAT REVLON HAVE TO STAY: 
 
‘Want makeup that is flawless and weightless for 16 perfect hours? Revlon has the solution – ColorStay Makeup with SoftFlex.
 
Specially formulated for normal or dry skin, this oil-free, moisture-balanced formula gives you flawless looking skin.
 
Make up looks fresh and feels great for up to 16 hours thanks to the lightweight, comfortable feel from the SoftFlex ColorStay Formula’.

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Review: LUSH Colour Supplement in Light Pink

WHAT LUSH HAVE TO SAY:
 
‘The lightest of our four colour supplements, the light pink shade is designed for the classic ‘English rose’ complexion. If you have freckles, pink cheeks or pale features you’ll love the way it evens out your skin tone, leaving a flawless finish.
 

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