My beauty regimen is the product of years of doing things wrong: wrong products, wrong tools, wrong technique, just wrong! After years of trial and error, I have finally nailed a routine that honors both my ethics and my vanity.
Last December, a health scare that ended up with me and my husband spending Christmas Eve 2015 in the hospital, forced some major life changes upon both of us. The biggest of those changes was giving up meat. This decision had a ripple effect on other areas of our lives, and as a consequence, we've tried to become very conscious of the products that we use on our bodies and around the house.
For me, this means that I don't use makeup that tests on animals. Which also means that I'll never get to try the new Selena line that MAC just released, but I'll live.
I have combination oily-dry, sensitive skin and I'm prone to stress break-outs. For my skincare I use:
Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
Mario Badescu Aloe Vera Toner
And at night before bed, I use Tarte's Maracuja Oil as a moisturizer for my face, cuticles, and tips of my hair. I swear by this oil people - it's the elixir of the gods.
That's it! That's my skincare regimen - 3 products. Since parring down my regimen to the nittiest of gritties, I've noticed a complete change in my complexion, skin tone balance, and skin texture.
For makeup, I'm exclusively using IT cosmetics and Tarte cosmetics at the moment. There are TONS of cruelty free brands, these are simply my favorite. I plan on incorporating more brands into my arsenal as I continue to improve my technique.
Because I'm combination oily-dry, I used Tarte's airbrush foundation as my primer, applying using a strobing brush to set the foundation into my skin.
Then I go over any spots or blemishes with a light dab of Tarte's BB cream, blending using my fingers.
I then do a light contour to my cheeks . I'm not committed to the all over contoured look, but I do like giving my cheekbones some structure, as I have more rounded cheeks.
After blending, I go over my whole face with translucent powder using a kabuki brush.
Everything after this depends on the day: sometimes I'll go for a heavier eyeshadow and a nude lip, or a bold lip and only mascara on my eyes; it just depends on my mood and what I'm wearing.
Finding my beauty regimen has been empowering: I used to feel so uncomfortable in my skin, not knowing how to properly care and adorn it. Now that I have a base for what works for me, I feel more apt to play, perform, and try new things. I don't use my makeup to hide behind anymore, I use it to eccencuate, highlight, and feature.
And after years of wrong, wrong, wrong, it feels to have it be oh-so-right.