My Personal Makeup History:
When I was little, I was always interested in makeup: some of my first memories are:
- The weird smell of my mom’s lipsticks
- The beige marks I’d notice on hats and other clothing items belonging to grown-up female family members
- Peeking/cheating while choosing from a kid’s birthday goody grab bag so I’d get the lipstick
- Messily painting my nails bright red around age 5 without my mother noticing until after I’d made a huge huge mess.
- Playing with my Petite Miss kid’s makeup sets and giving my poor younger sister “makeovers”.
But a lot of the memories make me sad: I wish someone had told me that while makeup can be a beautiful form of art and expression it can easily become something more negative especially during vulnerable times in one’s life.
Negative memories related to makeup:
- Around age 8 trying to cover up my younger sister’s freckles in the car on the way to church.
- Giving my mom a “makeover” around age 11 and basically slathering on all the foundation and concealer I could trying to mask the wrinkles and age spots (not pretty)
- Spending time in High School trying to hide every pore on my face with not only thick liquid foundation but powder foundation layered on top!
- My dad always asking me if I’m sick when he sees me without makeup
My mother and sister are beautiful now and have always been; “even with” freckles and wrinkles—aging and having aspects of your appearance that are “different” are part of life and a wonderful part of being human–something young me didn’t understand but that I hope I can help my daughter to understand much sooner than I did.
That being said, I absolutely love makeup! I just think that the way I thought about makeup was off until very recently. I guess my overall opinion at the moment is: makeup as an art and a way to celebrate and express oneself (man or woman)=good; makeup as something someone needs to feel valued, accepted, and at all attractive (besides if choosing to conceal medical conditions such as acne/scarring/etc.)=not so positive anymore.
During my pregnancy with Vera, I had to search to find safe makeup for pregnancy and breastfeeding (really really hard) and I have stuck with those products now too.
My entire collection of beauty products consists of:
- Burts Bees Original Baby Lotion (I have both the pump and tube for on-the-go)
- Works for my sensitive skin and you get a lot for your money!–but has no SPF so not for outdoor-centric days
- Honest Co. baby wipes
- Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer in fairly light neutral
- For under eyes, spots, etc. A bit pricey and does contain silica :/ but a tube lasts forever, like, a year
- Pacifica Natural Eye Liner in Gunmetal & Fringe
- I leave this by itself in center section of makeup bag without a cap because it makes it less soft when it’s dried out a bit=easier to apply
- Pacifica Magical Multi Pencil
- Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in Stardust Brown
Honest Co. Organic baby powder As a setting powder using a makeup pouf (sounds weird but its sooo hard to find organic fine powder that’s talc and mica free and has no potential titanium dioxide (not good to breathe in during application) again this is a fresh container used solely for this purpose! I actually put a bit in a container with the pouf and refill from bottle as needed)
- unfortuantely as of January 11, 2017 there is a recall for all honest baby powder due to microrganisms that may cause skin infections—great 🙁
- eos Smooth Sphere Lip Balm in Sweet Mint
- i know there was the whole controversy with these earlier this year–but I’ve never ever had an issue with the approximate million of them I own–I heard that it might happen if you lick your lips before application and close it too tightly without letting it dry—I don’t do this (kinda weird to me that some people do? slimy) so no problems
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Taupe
- Not marketed as natural/organic but pretty ok ingredient list and great great neutral brown color
- Urban Decay Grindhouse double barrel sharpener
- A tool more than a product but soo necessary–the best!!! especially important with soft eyeliner consistency
Right now my face wash is just my Method Pure Naked Olive Leaf body wash at night and just warm water/washcloth any other time—I could/should find something better though I’m sure haha *laziness* I did buy Pacifica Sea Foam Complete Face Wash a couple months ago but have yet to try it since my skin can have horrible reactions to new things..sigh.
I also haven’t been able to find any lotion with SPF for summer that doesn’t make my skin look like I have white chalk all over it. I think I’m going to try out Pacifica’s Ultra CC Cream Radiant Foundation in Warm/Light.
P.S. my makeup bag is Contents brand purchased from Target maybe 3 years ago: it has two clear zip compartments inside that join with snaps in the middle.