I remember when I was about 25 years old I repeatedly lectured a colleague of mine because she ate her breakfast at work at 8:30 in the morning. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day… you need to eat it when you wake up… I NEVER NOT have time to eat breakfast…”
Oh what a fool I was. Mainly because it’s not actually necessary to eat breakfast the moment you open your eyes and also because I hadn’t learned the lesson of “never say never” yet.
At the age of 37, I have NOT had time to eat breakfast first thing in the morning for longer than I want to remember.
I wake up, get dressed, prep the kids lunches, check that they have all their school things, if I have time I’ll do my make-up and semi-dry my hair. If not, I do the make up at the office and the hair will be dry after an hour on the tube (pretty – not, but dry and ponytailable).
When the world started to rave about intermittent fasting (not eating from e.g. 7pm until 9am) I thought – “Wow. I’m so ahead of the times. I’ve been doing this for YEARS!”
But anyway, I didn’t actually want to write about breakfast or intermittent fasting, I wanted to write about make-up.
Make-up for me has to be easy & fast (see above re busy mornings).
I’d love to know how to do my make-up “properly” – with eyeshadows, etc. but any time I’ve tried putting eyeliner under my eyes or using eyeshadow I end up looking slightly scary so I’ve given up.
Here’s what’s in my (tiny) make up bag:
1. Bobbi Brown eyebrow pencil in blonde
2. Lipstick Queen by Poppy lipstick Saint Rust (really nice, moist and semi-transparent; also works great as blush)
3. Max Factor 2000 calorie mascara in black (I always keep coming back to this one, even after trying Dior Blackout which is also very good but costs more)
4. Garnier tinted concealer (this stuff totally ‘melts’ into your face after a few minutes – I have never seen a concealer do that – very little rubbing in required; I put it under my eyes as well as on my cheeks and chin)
I try a lot of beauty products but I always tend to come back to many of the very simple products I first tried a long time ago.
(If you’re interested in my ‘reviews’ of things like Clarisonic, Proactive, microdermabrasion, collagen facials, collagen shots (drinkable kind), moisturisers of every sort, foundations of every sort, concealers of every sort, etc. let me know – I’ve tried them all)
The status at the moment is such – I’ve given up dairy and my face breaks out a lot less than it used to. I’ve therefore packed away the Clarisonic brush and the Proactive creams, I’ve also given up trying to use foundations because every kind I’ve tried makes my skin feel like it’s suffocating. A healthy glow from exercise and from eating right is all I need (AND a bit of eyebrow pencil, mascara and lipstick 🙂 ).
Where do you put on your make-up? At home? On the tube? At work? Never?
Do you wear any make up for when you exercise? (I confess I sometimes use concealer heading to 7am Crossfit class – without it I’d look a bit scary that early in the day)
What’s in your make-up bag?