Yesterday I decided I would buy myself a little post surgery treat and spent £38 on an eyeshadow palette. I think this is the most I have spent on one bit of makeup, indeed the most I have ever spent on make up at any one time.
I bought this:
Its the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette which has lots of lovely colours inside:
It also comes with several sachets of eye shadow primer and a lovely brush. Like a proper one - not those crappy applicator thingys.
I've always liked make up (even though I'm proper rubbish at doing it) but up until now I have never actually properly appreciated it's magic. Not fully. It turns me from from ill-looking-cancer-patient-with-generic-cancer-face to something bordering on acceptable-to-be-seen-by-the-general-public. I definitely feel a lot more confident and able to face the world after painting my face on. Anyway, I thought I would post some info about the products I tend to use daily, just in case there is an outside chance it may be useful to someone. The people who normally do stuff like this are expert make up artist persons - I am not one of them! But all the same, there may be a little nugget that a fellow chemo girl may find useful.
Here is the arsenal that I arm myself with before venturing out of the house most days:
A motley bunch of stuff!
Garnier 5 Second Perfect Blur Primer - I don't wear foundation and this stuff is really good at making pores and fine lines look less visible.
No7 Beautiful Skin Dark Circle Corrector - very good at helping get rid of the steroid induced insomnia dark circles!
I also use this - No7 Instant Illusions Rapid Radiance Balm - when I can find it..... no idea where it is right now!
Optrex Eye Revive Brightening Eye Drops - again perfect for helping to hide the effects of sleep deprivation!
No7 Instant Radiance Under Eye Concealer in 30. A cheaper alternative to YSL Touche Eclat.
No7 Perfect Light Pressed Powder in Dark.
No7 Perfectly Bronzed Bronzing Pearls
Sleek MakeUp Face Form Contouring Kit in Medium. It's made up of a contour powder, highlighter and a bronzer. I'm still trying to get the hang of using this. I'm going for Kim Kardashian although the look I quite often get is closer to that of a tub of Neapolitan Ice cream....
Lancome Le Crayon Sourcils in 020. I use this eyebrow pencil to draw on my brows and then seal them with a little bit of brown eyeshadow. The shadow I normally use is a Clinique one which was part of a palette - the colour is Coffee Shop. To be honest I've found this easier and a lot longer lasting than using a product such as Benefit Browzings. You can get a great effect from Browzings but I've found that it smudges really easily - on a few occasions I have been out and about and realised that my eyebrows are half way up my forehead. Not a good look! However, it could just be me that is using it incorrectly...
No7 Stay Perfect Eyeshadow Trio in Cappuccino.
Lancome Le Crayon Khol in 02.
Collection 2000 Extreme 24 Hour Felt Tip Liner in Black. I use this to drawn on my lower lashes.....
Even though my eyelashes have actually started to grow back (hurrah!) they are still in the very stumpy and sparse stage so I'm still wearing false lashes. The ones I tend to use are Dimples Eyelashes in style 112 which are about £4 for two pairs from Ebay or Ardell Natural Demi Wispies - about £10 for four pairs from Ebay.
The Ardell ones don't come with glue and the glue with the Dimples ones is like water, so I use Eyelure Lashfix Adhesive instead.
I use mascara on the false lashes but at the moment it tends to be whatever I have in my make up bag - currently it is Loreal Volume Million Lashes Excess Black Mascara.
Dreamweave Lip Voltage - this is a lip plumper that actually works. However, do not buy if you have a low pain threshold. It hurts. Like, really hurts. I usually put it on whilst I do the rest of my make up, let it do it's thang and then blot off and put my lipstick on over the top.
No7 Precision Lips Pencil in Red.
Bobbi Brown Creamy Matte Lip Colour in Red Carpet.
Some of the make up items are from the amazing goody bag I received when I went on the Look Good Feel Better workshop. These workshops are provided for women with cancer and I would definitely recommend booking on to one if there is one near you.
So there is my weaponry in detail. Probably completely useless to know, but all the same. I tend to stick to the same things all the time, with a lipstick or eyeshadow change sometimes for a night out. But I've decided I want to be a bit more adventurous, hence yesterday's purchase. Start off small and all that. The next thing you know, I'll be covering myself in tattoos and running off to build wells in Africa. Watch this space.....