I find being in lockdown has made me into a wishful thinker, in terms of everything I would like to buy when I have finally used everything I have. I think for me, this is a great time to actually use all the things that haven’t been used. However, I do also need some motivation with that, which is where the wish lists come in.
Now, I am very picky in terms of makeup, as I have very sensitive skin, so all of the items I have are alcohol, fragrance, and essential oil free. They are also all cruelty free brands, and on top of that, they do not (for the most part, it is so difficult finding products with none) include mica, talc or silica as ingredients. The talc, mica, and silica is more due to the harm it can cause to the miners, so more of a personal preference.
First of all, we need a good primer. Can I start out by saying, after scouring Cult Beauty over the course of a good few days, it is near impossible to actually find a primer to my standards. Ridiculous. Anyhow, I did find The Ordinary, High-Spreadability Fluid Primer which is only £5.50 (30ml). I am a massive fan of The Ordinary, and so I have definitely added this on as I am so curious as to whether it works how I hope it does.
Now, as it is Summer coming up, I have opted for some tinted moisturiser/BB cream products instead. Yes plural. Mainly because I am quite torn, as the first one; Pixi H2O SkinTint (£24 / 35ml) does include titanium dioxide which has the potential to harm marine life (not fun). However, the rest of the ingredient list really pulled me towards it as it has green tea leaf extract and roman chamomile flower extract which are really soothing (a.k.a should be great for sensitive skin). Then, I also have the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser SPF 20 – Oil Free (£35 / 50ml). This has squalane, as well as jojoba esters which is found to be soothing for the skin. Now, this product has octinoxate (5.5%) and octisalate (3.0%) as the active ingredients for the sunscreen. Again, similarly to titanium dioxide, it can affect the marine life, however, after doing some reading I have found that it only really enters the water from swimming or showering. Now me personally, I do not swim… I mean is anyone swimming in the sea right now? I also use a milk cleanser to remove my makeup before cleansing, so I mean… it should be alright? I think… But this is oil free, and that is mainly what drew me towards it, so let’s try to focus on the positives.
I have terrible bags under my eyes… like horrific. It doesn’t matter what I do, nothing helps. I blame my parents… Anyhow, first is one aimed at literally covering your under-eye bags, which is the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Illumination which is £25 for 12ml. I don’t tend to use a lot of concealer under my eyes, literally a dot at the inner and outer edge, so the price tag doesn’t put me off as much as it would have when I had a literal obsession with concealer. If this does what it says, I think I will be genuinely amazed, as not a lot of products (if any) seem to be able to actually say bye bye underye!
Okay so this powder is not from the Cult Beauty website, purely because I just could not find any powder that did not include mica, talc, or silica. However, I then came across the Bare Minerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder which is £23 for 9g. Now, I actually already have this product, so technically I don’t need it on my wish list, but I thought I would add it in in case anyone is on the hunt for a powder with all of my requirements as well!
Then onto my favourite part of my makeup routine. Bronzer. I absolutely love bronzer so much. I think where I’m so pale, I love the glow that I give myself using this, and I would like to think I have mastered bronzing my own face to not look ridiculous. I have found the Anastasia Beverley Hills Powder Bronzer (£30 / 10g) to be the answer to my prayers. I do have a couple (I think) bronzers to go through before I can indulge in this product, but I have to admit, I think this is what I am most excited for.
I have kind of skipped over blushers, mainly because I honestly don’t really enjoy wearing them that much, also the fact that neither Cult Beauty, nor BareMinerals have any that match my requirements, so I can’t lie, I may have given up after that!
However, I do love – and I mean loooove – a good highlight. Especially cream highlights. A good highlight to me is one where I can put it over my foundation/BB cream etc but underneath my powder and still be glowing. I do have high hopes from this BECCA Glow Glaze Stick (£24 / 5g) as it has some glowing (haha love the pun) reviews. I will definitely be motivated to use my highlighters so I can get my hands on this bad boy.
We now move to eyes, or more specifically eyebrows. Now, as a natural auburn (aka dark redhead) I find it near impossible to find a good eyebrow pencil. The ones designed for ‘redheads’ are just too well… red? If you’re a fellow ginge, you know what I mean. I have also tried a more blonde one, but I dunno, I just don’t enjoy it. I prefer the red to the blonde to be quite honest. So, I thought I would add the IT Cosmetics Brow Power Super Skinny (£19 / 0.08g) to the wish list. I love a super skinny pencil, as I prefer to almost draw the hairs myself, but find as well the pencil can brush out making it look a lot more natural than pens etc.
Now I have also left out eyeshadow because honestly, I only wear it on nights out, and I will never finish all the eyeshadows I have even this year I would say. So, moving briefly on to eyeliner. I have decided it is my lockdown mission to learn how to do eyeliner nicely. For a good all-rounder, I had added the Milk Makeup Long Wear Gel Eyeliner (£19 / 0.28g) to my list, as I actually saw Robert Welsh using it and enjoying it, so I want it? Also, I thought it would be nice because you can do a smokey look with it, which I think works really nicely in the summer when you want so many sharp edges (is that just me or?).
However, for the party nights, if I can master the art of liquid liner, but only if, I would like to try the Beauty Bakerie Lollipop Liner (£17 / 0.6ml). I think it was more the name rather than anything else that caught my attention. However, the chances of me ever purchasing this are very slim, as I am doubtful of my liquid eyeliner skills in reality!
Okay so mascara. Now, I love mascara, but I am yet to find one that does not smudge. Like, I seem to have some super oily eyelids or something, but honestly I have mascara on my upper eyelids after about an hour of doing something. This is also where my want for eyelash extensions then appears, however the maintenance has put me off so far. So something on the more affordable side, is the NYX On The Rise Liftscara Mascara (£10 / 10ml). Now, whilst I do not doubt that it will make my lashes look beautiful, whether it will transfer to my lids is another question. Waterproof mascaras don’t even stay put. I don’t have high hopes, but it was also the only mascara on Cult Beauty that fit my requirements sooo… unless I find something potentially better, this will stay on the list.
Lastly is lips. I do enjoy a lippy… occasionally. Something I do not enjoy though is gloss, I hate that slimy, slippery, wet feeling on my lips… anyone else? no? I do find lipstick to be more of a ‘going out’ thing for me, but whenever I put it on I do feel just so put together, so who knows what the future holds. Lipliner wise, I have the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat (£17 / 1.2g) and then for lipstick is the BareMinerals GenNude Radiant Lipstick (£19 / 3.5g). I tend to sway towards shades quite similar to my lip colour, just with a nicer colour… so probably the shade ‘Kitty’ for the lipstick (as an example, but also probably the shade I will buy).
That is the end of what is on my beauty wish list. If you made it through all of my ramblings you deserve a pat-on-the-back and a treat of your choice!
If you have tried any of these products yourself, do let me know what your thoughts are in the comments.
Alexandra Grace XxXx