SUMMER 2014/2015: Affordable Makeup Essentials & Routine

Summer means sun, sand and sweat. And let’s face it: sweat – along with tears – is makeup’s arch nemesis. How I hate the feeling of those little drops of perspiration smuggling their way up to the surface of my skin, providing this awful, greasy shine. What’s even worse is when you’ve heavily applied makeup – you’ve contoured, bronze-d, wing-ed and eyeshadow-ed – you’ve laboured over it and spent such a ridiculous amount of time on it – and all that work – all those expensive, designer products that you spent way too much money on – including the $98 Chanel Vitalumiere Loose Powder Foundation – all just for shrieking, “I’m melting!”, as you watch your “face” slide away, into a pool of grease and grime.

I'm melting!

There’s no need to be Wicked Witch of the West 2.0. Follow these tips for great products to use, along with my simple, quick routine and you’ll be Glinda the Good Witch of the North all over again. It’s a makeup routine that doesn’t have you looking like you just entered into a beauty pageant for Mardi Gras.

I’ll just run through the products that I will be using, before going through my everyday makeup routine.

1. Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner (125mL)

This is a gorgeous mist toner that is alcohol and paraben-free and I use it all the time. I’m not joking. I use it when I wake up, before I apply makeup, after I apply makeup, throughout the day (as a way of cooling me down on a hot summer’s day or when I’m stressed or just as a nice scent) and before I go to bed. To quote Sukin, “Combines chamomile and rosewater to soothe and tone the skin. Suitable for all skin types.” Now, I have sensitive skin and I have had no problems while using this toner. Some other things to note: it won Beauty Heaven Beauty Awards 2014, it costs less than $10, it’s free from animal testing, all ingredients are natural, it’s Australian owned and made, it’s 100% vegan and it’s 100% carbon neutral.








2. Sukin Sensitive Facial Moisturiser (125mL)

This is a silky moisturiser specialised for sensitive skin. There is also a moisturiser for regular skin. I use it before I apply makeup and before I go to bed. It glides onto my skin and has a natural, gentle scent. It’s paraben-free. Sukin says, “Shea butter and aloe vera with rose hip, sesame and jojoba oils to promote moisture and balance the skin.” Some key points: it was shortlisted for the free from skincare awards 2013, it costs less than $10, all ingredients are natural, it’s Australian owned and made, it’s 100% vegan, it’s free from animal testing and it’s 100% carbon neutral.








3. Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream SPF 15 – Fair

This is a BB cream that provides good coverage, minus the feeling that you just shoved your face in a cream pie. It hydrates, with just the smallest amount of product. My skin positively glows – a healthy, natural glow, not this Barbie doll-like glow that you are unfortunate enough to acquire with illuminator. I use the BB cream over my entire face, or just to help cover up my dark under-eyes and blemishes. You can purchase the product in 3 different shades: Fair, Medium or Tan. This BB cream blends into my skin very nicely and gives the illusion that I’m barely wearing any makeup, aided by the fact that I’m using the BB cream in Fair – the shade that suits my skin tone and matches it nicely. The BB cream looks and feels 10 times lighter than foundation and is much less “fake”, if you know what I mean. Less is more, with this beautiful product. To quote Natio: “Even natural coverage. Lasting hydration. Conceals imperfections. Healthy glowing skin. Green Tea and Chamomile to soothe redness. Vitamin E, Jojoba and Shea Butter for lasting hydration.” Some things to think about: Natio is Australian owned & made, the BB cream costs less than $15 and is free from animal testing.







4. Natio Extreme Volume Smudge Proof Mascara – Brown Black

I am in love with this mascara. Firstly, it doesn’t apply all lumpy and clumpy like some mascaras can. Secondly, because it is a dark brown/brown black, it is a far more natural look. (I have dark brown/almost black lashes. Black mascara can look quite severe and a bit too “much”/over-the-top on me. Tip: For everyday makeup, wear a mascara that is of a similar colour to your lashes. However, if you have blonde lashes, opt for a light brown mascara). Thirdly, it’s classy. Fourthly, it makes my lashes look longer and more voluminous, without looking tarty. Fifthly (that sounds terrible, but it is a word, so I shall use it), it set me back just $15.95, which is basically what you’d pay for the chemical-packed, animal-tested, cruelty-loving Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Black Drama mascara. Remember that: Natio is Australian owned & made, the mascara cost less than $16 and is free from animal testing.








5. Natio Lip Smoothies Lip Crayon in Peony

Now, this is a product that I could rave about forever. It’s absolutely divine. I wear it everyday, because it is not a lipstick that screams “Fake!” “Awful!” “In your face!” from the other side of the road. It’s a lip crayon – combining lip balm (moisturise) and lip stick (colour). It glides on effortlessly. It conditions the lips. Tip: Although I probably don’t need to, I do apply a lip balm before I use the lip crayon, purely out of habit. This cost me $12.95 and was worth it. I’d encourage everyone to have a look and decide on a colour (or colours) that they love. I chose Peony, because it is versatile, soft, subtle and not too pink. (Honestly, what is up with the obsession with those hot pink lip colours that really should belong in a child’s dress-up makeup collection?) Once again, it’s a beautiful Natio product, so the product is Australian owned & made, the lip crayon cost less than $13 and is free from animal testing.








6. NIVEA Repair & Protection Lip Balm – SPF 20

This lip balm is a MUST HAVE. Keep it in your bag, by your bed, in the bathroom … it helps lips to recover and repair themselves. I must say, when you first apply it, it feels like  you’ve just wiped a thick layer of cream or body butter across your lips, but after a few minutes, it sinks in and your lips feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom. (Did I just say that? Oh dear …) Now, I can’t remember exactly how much I paid for it, but you can get it for $4.49 at Priceline.







Now, for the Everyday Makeup Routine

1. Wipe your face with a damp facecloth.

2. Apply the NIVEA Repair & Protection Lip Balm.

3. Spray the Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner all over your face.

4. Pump out a (roughly) pea-sized amount of the Sukin Facial Moisturiser (Sensitive or Regular).

5. Rub between your hands and pad it onto the face, rather than rubbing it in. This massages your skin and gets the facial muscles moving.

6. When your skin feels nicely but subtly moisturised, squeeze a tiny amount of the Natio BB Cream onto the palm of one hand and using the ring finger on the other hand, dab dots under the eyes and pad into the skin with fingers, blending it in nicely. If you have a pimple or blemish you wish to cover up, repeat the process on the mark.

7. If you feel the need, comb your eyebrows and eyelashes, before curling eyelashes. Otherwise, skip to step 8.

8. Apply the Natio Extreme Volume Mascara. Use as little or as much as you like, but for me, I touch it on the ends of my lashes (which are blonde) and gently apply the mascara, little by little. If you’re like me, you want to avoid “spider legs” eyes (read: thick, black lashes that seem to measure 2cm in length).

9. Now apply the Natio Lip Crayon in Peony.

10.  Finally, spray your face once more with the Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner – to give a dewy glow to your skin – and you’re ready for your day.

*You can use any or all of the afore-mentioned products, or you can use your own. However, these are my favourites and are the ones I use every day.

**This routine usually takes me between 5 and 10 minutes.


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