Hello everyone! It feels so funny for me to sit down and write up a beauty blog post today. In my mind, it seems that when it comes to beauty posts, Charlotte is the natural go-to expert in regards to makeup tips, products, and tutorials. And she really is! Any time I am considering a better option for my makeup products, I always consult her, due to the time and effort she has put into gathering a wealth of reliable information on all kinds of products. That’s because she is very passionate! Me? Eh, not so much. I do wear makeup just as much as she does, and I am very careful about wearing only the cleanest products (free from toxins and unnecessary chemicals), but I’m simply not as vocal and passionate about it as she. However, that doesn’t mean that I won’t do a blog post sharing my own favorite beauty products now and then. 😉 So here it goes!
I have read, and watched, and listened to girls and experts from all over the world talk about the importance of selecting good makeup brushes, and how the very best quality makes all the difference in the world. I would have to agree with them, but only to a certain extent. The brushes you see above are your typical drugstore brand. I didn’t go searching high and low for the most expensive brushes. Sometimes the most expensive tools are just as good as one of the nicer cheaper brands. And you know what? I have proven that a girl can get by on the most minimal set of makeup brushes–literally, for three good years, I had nothing more than a thin sample blush brush, and two very tiny eyeshadow brushes. Three years! So, when I went out to buy a new set of makeup brushes, instead of wasting oodles of dollars, I purchased a reliable, affordable set of brushes that met all my needs:
- Blush brush
- Bronzer brush
- Eyebrow/lash brush
- Eyebrow brush
- Two eyeshadow brushes
I have enjoyed using my makeup tools for the past two years now, and never once did I feel that I was missing a certain brush. That also might be because I LOVE to challenge myself to make do with what I have, and manipulate my limited set of brushes to do exactly what I need them to do. I read a great piece of advice from one of the leading makeup artists of our time, Bobby Brown, that if you have the ability to use your fingers to apply your makeup, then DON’T go out and waste your money on brushes and sponges you don’t need. I took that to heart immediately, and have applied that bit of advice to all realms of how I use my makeup.
I recognize that not everyone is like that though. All three of us girls have different methods for makeup application, but we all agree that we don’t need to waste money on tools we don’t need, or are just as good as a cheaper brand.
Foundation: It makes me so happy when I open up my makeup drawer and see my Cowgirl Dirt foundation. Why? For the simple reason that I don’t have to worry about what ingredients are in this amazing product! Cowgirl Dirt specializes in creating makeup products that are clean, safe, and free of chemicals and toxins. Our skin is the largest organ of our body, and to me it is the most incredible. Our skin can absorb liquids quicker than you think, and then send those liquids, whatever they may be, all throughout your body in literally seconds! With that in my mind, I certainly don’t want to put nasty chemical-full cosmetics on my skin to have those chemicals coursing through my system a minute later! Yuck! Cowgirl Dirt’s Rio Grande Liquid Foundation in shade N2 (neutral 2) is by far my favorite, clean foundation. It dispenses beautifully from the bottle, goes on super smooth, dries quickly, and is such a consistency that it doesn’t ever cake or build up. In fact, the longer I wear it, the more it looks like my actual skin! And it never really slides, even when I’m hot and sweaty! It’s amazing! I have tried powder foundations, but long ago when I began wearing makeup, I started out using a liquid foundation, and I have never once converted to anything else. I don’t know what Cowgirl Dirt’s powder foundation is like, but I can assure you, it is safe to wear. 🙂
Eyeshadow: I love eyeshadow. But I don’t love it enough to collect a horde of shades. When we first began ordering from Cowgirl Dirt, we bought a ton of eye shadow samples to try out. (Believe me when I say that that is the best way to go! Their samples are only a dollar, A DOLLAR! and one sample will last you about three weeks give or take, depending on how often you use it.) I had a lot of fun trying all of them out, but in the end I landed on two favorites: a matte shadow called, “Arena Sand”, and a shimmery highlighter called, “Silky Leather”. Don’t you just adore their clever names? That’s another nice thing about Cowgirl Dirt, their names are never ever trashy. So you feel good about sharing them with your friends instead of embarrassed. 😉
Blush: I am terribly simple with my makeup. I only have one blush, but it is the perfect blush; one that compliments my skin tone so well I don’t feel a need to have another! My blush shade of choice is called, “Ponderosa”. This blush is a part of Cowgirl Dirt’s Wild West Blush collection. Just like the eyeshadows, this product is a loose powder that comes in a lovely container complete with sifter. There are 8 other beautiful shades to choose from besides Ponderosa. I love this shade best because it is matte, and doesn’t have any kind of shimmer to it. If you are the kind of girl who likes a bit of sparkle to your blush, then I would check out the other shades and get a sample of each to see which one you like best!
Mascara: Okay, now I am going to sound like a hypocrite. I have just been telling you all how gung-ho I am about using only natural products, but if you’re as careful as I am, you’ll be wondering why I use the Covergirl LashBlast Volume Mascara over a natural one. Well, to be honest, I have tried out more natural mascara brands, and they always make my lashes look spidery, and not as full as they could be, especially closer to the base of my lashes. But why can I feel okay about wearing mascara that has glues and toxins that are definitely not good for me? Two reasons:
- I never work the mascara into the very base of my lashes, so the mascara never enters into the hair follicle, or my skin.
- I really dislike using any kind of makeup remover, or wipe to remove my mascara. I don’t even rub it to wash it off with the rest of my makeup so I never get the mascara on my open-pore skin. I wash my eye lashes separately. It’s a method I came up with all on my own. I bend over the sink, turn on the water to warm, run my index fingers and thumbs under the warm water, and quickly bring them up to my lashes, and very gently rub my eyelashes in between my thumb and index finger, and then rinse off the mascara from my fingers. I repeat until my lashes are clean. Then I wash the rest of my face. It might sound odd, but it has worked for me, and my eyelashes have never suffered any damage. The gentle rubbing and pulling actually feels good on my eye lids, and if I have a headache, it feels amazing! The girls have tried it out, and they love doing it, too! I’m not recommending this as the BEST method for taking off mascara, but it sure beats raccoon eyes! 🙂 Try it, and see how you like it!
Lip Product: My go-to lip product is EOS lip balm in whatever flavor I last picked up at the store. Right now I am working my way through Pomegranate Raspberry, a scent I have really come to like. I used to go for the mint exclusively, but when I ran out, the only one we had on hand was Passion Fruit, so I became accustomed to a sweeter fruity scent.
And here I am! All dolled up and ready to go. This is what I wear nearly every time you see my face on the blog. I have often thought about what it would be like to change up my makeup options; to try out different blushes, lipsticks maybe, or even wear a more diverse color pallet of eyeshadows. I don’t like the idea of hiding ME, though! You know? It’s kind of like dressing up. You get to wear that fun, festive clothing for an evening, but when you wake up the next day and the party is over, you put on your everyday clothes. I don’t want to go around wearing color coordinating, extraordinary makeup looks when I am wearing my nice every day clothes, and would rather be seen for who I am–the person God has made me to me.
What makeup products do you use?
Are you aware about how toxic generic makeup brands are?
How do you wash off your mascara?
Blessings in Christ,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer
P.S. I didn’t talk at all about how I makeup my eyebrows in this post. If you want to know what I use, and how I keep my brows looking nice, click here to watch my brow tutorial!