I’m very much a minimalistic make up wearer. I do wear it every day for both work and non work days, but predominantly it’s to cover up spots and a bit of uneven skin tone.
Because I had a lot of problems with a stye, conjunctivitis and a possible chalazion earlier in the year, I don’t even wear mascara on a day to day basis anymore which was unheard of before. Only for when I’m out of the office for a meeting. Or obviously for evening when I’ll put on eye make up.
I’m generally a liquid foundation girl, with concealer and pressed powder. If I want to make sure it definitely stays on longer (because even performance, lasting foundation and powder I find is generally gone by the middle of the day!), I might use some minerals make up. I’ve got some lovely Bare Minerals stuff which is lovely but I find minerals concealer is rubbish at covering spots (as it’s usually a powder) unless you want to whack on so much it kind of defeats the object of having natural make up on. I had some great sheer cover concealer but went through it ridiculously fast as only only used one colour in the two and found it way too expensive.
So I don’t buy much new make-up unless I’ve run out. However, I’ve heard quite a lot from beauty and thrifty bloggers about cosmetic bargains found in poundshops.
Well, never one to turn down a bargain, I try and keep an eye out for anything I might use whenever I’m in such shops. There’s usually some Rimmel nail polishes (I’m a fan, but prefer the 60 seconds range, and the colours are usually a bit samey), and eye shadows (I never use it frequently enough to warrant buying more). I did pick up something that was new to me and that was Rimmel’s ‘Wake Me Up’ instant radiance shimmer touch make up.
It’s a tiny little tube, only 14ml, but you only need a small bit for each cheek. I used it over my foundation, where I would want blusher, applied in small blobs where I’d want the sun to catch my face (apples of my cheeks), then rubbed it in in gentle circles.
The first time I didn’t put enough on as I couldn’t really notice any difference, so added a little more. Always better applying make-up that way round (although I do have a friend who puts lots of eye make up on, then rubs the excess off…strange but works for her!).
I was really pleased with the results. I’d chosen colour 002 Radiant Rose as the other option was a bronze colour, and I thought that might have been a bit much for my Autumn/Winter skin colour, so the rose blends really well. It just left a gentle glimmer of light across my cheeks, and really lifted my skin where it can look quite flat sometimes. I’m also not a particular fan of some blushers or radiance products which can add too much colour, as I tend to get quite warm anyway, so don’t need additional cosmetic colour.
Although sometimes, make up called ‘shimmer’ can have a bit of a glittery look to it, this doesn’t. It really does give the lightening look, think like Benefit Moon Beam at a lot cheaper price. I found it stayed looking good all evening, although I wasn’t out dancing so not sure how it would have coped through that.
Looking in another shop, the rrp looks to be around £3.99, so £1 is a pretty good bargain, especially if you use make up regularly and like to pick and choose rather than using the same the whole time.
I’ll definitely be keeping a watch out in local pound shops for more make up to use on the odd occasion.