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27 May 2020

Updating Some of My Everyday Products | Sensitive Skin Friendly



At the end of 2019, I made a pledge to invest more time and effort into looking at what ingredients were in my skincare products. I always thought I was very particular and picky with my skincare/makeup products as I have always opted for oil-free and non-comedogenic (non-pore blocking) base products since I received treatment for acne during my teens.

After discovering Cos DNA, I realised that a LOT of the products in my current makeup routine were full of harmful ingredients that would not benefit my skin in the long-run, so I did some research and decided to invest a bit more money into buying products that would be more sustainable and beneficial for my complexion in the long-run.

I have been trialing the products this month and I have seen such a difference in my skin already so I thought I would share my routine before and after as the products I have 'upgraded to' are very good (and less harmful!) dupes for my previous products. Just as a bit of an FYI, I have combination skin that is sometimes acne-prone.


MOISTURISER

I'm quite particular about my moisturiser and always opt for an oil free moisturiser with added SPF. After discovering the suncreen properties in my trusty Olay Complete Lightweight 3in1 Day Fluid (SPF15) were not exactly sensitive skin friendly, I went on the hunt for an alternative. 

Unfortunately I have yet to find a day cream that is non-comedogenic and contains SPF, however, I read the La Roche Posay Toleraine Sensitive Fluid is great for sensitive skin. Many reviews said the cream could double up as a primer and I have since also ditched my L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Priming Base. After one month's use, I am really enjoying how moisturised my skin feels during the day and it is indeed a perfect cream to wear as a base for makeup. It dries very quickly, so there's no need for me to wait for both a moisturiser and primer to dry separately now - bonus!

The only thing that is missing is the SPF unfortunately. Wearing SPF is very important on a daily basis to prevent premature wrinkles and I hope I can find a good addition soon.


CONCEALER

I have been using L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer for a couple of years now. I am not sure if the formula changed but I started to notice a lot of glitter particles in a new tube I bought.. it wasn't exactly a good look in sunlight and surely very harmful for sensitive skin.

I have since caved into the hype and bought the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in the shade Chantilly. I am very pale and this shade is only slightly lighter than the lightest True Match concealer, so it is a good dupe.

So far, I am really impressed with the coverage and although it takes a bit more working in to blend it fully into my skin, I much prefer the finish of my new addition.


BRONZER

I have never been set on a particular bronzer. I used the Sleek contour and highlighter duo in Light for a couple of years and then recently switched to the Revolution bronzer since I received it at Roxxsaurus' palette launch.

After checking the ingredients, I noticed that talc was one of the main ingredients. After ongoing debates on whether talc is considered safe in cosmetics, I wanted to look for a safer alternative. I discovered Cover FX whose cosmetics are free from parabens, fragrence, gluten, mineral oil, talc, sulfates, coal tar and paraffin (insert heart eye emoji here!).

I'm really impressed with the bronzer so far. I did opt for the darker shade in Suntan as opposed to Sunkissed, which is the lightest shade. I'm pretty pleased with the shade, it is not too dark for my skin tone but the pigmentation is not the same as my previous powder. Perfect for everyday but if I wanted to go for a heavier makeup look, I'm not sure if this will be the product I would reach for.


SETTING POWDER

Similarly to bronzer, I was really keen on updating my setting powder choice. After using Rimmel's Stay Matte Face Powder for YEARS, I was starting to grow tired of the packaging always breaking in my makeup bag and the product containing mica.

I purchased the Cover FX setting powder and I'm really impressed with how it's performing so far. It keeps my skin matte all day and sets my makeup perfectly in place.


EYEBROW GEL

When I purchased Benefit's Ka-Brow in the medium shade, I thought I would never have to consider buying another eyebrow product again. I was wrong because the product dried out so much within the first 6 months of use! I had used approximately 1/4 of the product over 6 months and it is now unusable without my brows looking like a clumpy and unblendable mess.

I have since converted to Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Medium Brown. It is very pigmented so I have to be very careful to wipe off excess product otherwise the colour is too strong for my brows. I'm really impressed with the product so far but I wish I bought the travel size as I think it will be almost impossible to work my way through this tub!

If there are any products you have switched up recently and would recommend, please let me know in the comments!

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