Ever since I had a really horrendous allergic reaction to a cleanser in 2015, I've suffered fairly badly from eczema. When it gets really bad it can be kept at bay with a steroid cream, but obviously since they can thin the skin and even make you worse with prolonged use, I don't want to rely on that for everything!
Instead, over the last year or so I have been painstakingly replacing every single thing I put on my face, from skincare to makeup, trying desperately to find things that don't make my eyelids scale up like I'm some kind of weird dragon/human hybrid. It can be a real pain in the arse, I can tell you that! Still, I've just about managed now to collect a small selection of everyday pieces of makeup that don't make my face feel like it's falling off, and I thought I'd share them with you here - a) because they're great products generally and b) because if any of you are suffering from eczema I feel your pain when it comes to finding products you can use!
Because I had to throw out almost all of my makeup, I no longer have drawers full of the stuff - you won't see any jaw dropping instagrams from me of a whole IKEA Alexa full of products unfortunately. Still, that doesn't mean my makeup collection can't look pretty, so at the moment I keep it all tucked away in this total beaut of a makeup bag* from Busy B. It's nice and roomy and fits ALL of the above products in, plus a few makeup brushes, so it's pretty much ideal for chucking in my bag when needed, or just leaving it sitting pretty on my dressing table! <3
So, here's what I put on my face on a day to day basis (providing I, y'know, wake up in time to do more than brush my hair and spill toothpaste down myself.)
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Foundation and Stroke of Light Concealer
If anything is going to bring me out in a rash, it tends to be foundation - so it took me an absolute age to find one that I could put on my face on a regular basis. The Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue is really more of a tinted moisturiser, so not for people who want lots of coverage, but it's ideal for me - it evens out the skin tone and it just feels so nice when you put it on. It lasts ages as well - I've only just had to repurchase.
The Stroke of Light Eye Brightener Concealer is a more recent purchase, and whilst I do quite like it - I'm not going to sing it's praises as much as I do for the Complexion Rescue. It's good in that it doesn't cause me to break out, but neither does the Collection 2000 one I was using before, so I'll probably go back to that once this one is finished!
Bare Minerals Brow Powder
I'm pretty fussy when it comes to products for my brows - I have a very specific way I like them to look, which means I don't tend to get on with eyebrow pencils. The Bare Minerals Brow Powder is fantastic - it's a teeny pot but you only need the littlest amount on your brush - the only annoying thing is that because it's a loose powder, it's a pain in the arse getting the right amount without spilling it all over the floor or your face!
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and Bobbi Brown Blusher
I've put these two together because I haven't got anything too interesting to say about them to be honest - I'm sure everyone in the world has tried the Rimmel powder so you'll either love it like me or have an alternative you prefer - I was so glad that I didn't end up allergic to this, I've never found another powder I like even half as much!
Blusher wise, my most used is one from Bobbi Brown - and you guys, they're a bit pricy but holy crap do they last forever - I use this almost everyday and I've only just been able to see a sliver of pan in the middle. Bobbi Brown is another brand I tend to buy a fair amount from - I'm a bit iffy with their skincare as I can use it sometimes but sometimes my face protests, but I've never had a problem with any of the makeup!
L'Oreal Paris Superliner Perfect Slim and Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Eye makeup is another thing I have to be careful with these days, as if my eczema flares up it tends to start on my eyelids first - I especially notice it if I've done a full smoky eye and then applied a ton of product to get it all off at the end of the night. Still, I've managed to track down a liquid liner and mascara combo that doesn't irritate me into scaling up, which is enough for general day to day stuff!
The Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara is good, but similar to the concealer - I'm not sure if it's loads better than those you can buy for less. I'm thinking of trying out the Bare Minerals Flawless Mascara when this one runs out, as I've heard good things!
My favourite ever liquid liner is the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner, but I can never find it in my local Boots when I pop in. Still, this L'Oreal Paris one is a good substitute - it's a pen liner so easy to apply, but not scratchy or smeary like some of the cheaper ones tend to be! (smeary is totally a real word, right?)
Lord & Berry Lip Liner, Lipstick and Lip Gloss*
I'd never really come across Lord & Berry before I was sent some of their products to try out, but they've all been a staple in my makeup bag ever since - the products are amazingly pigmented and last for ages (a big deal for someone who drinks as much tea at work as I do) and they're really very reasonable price wise!
I tend to mostly go for a nude lip during the day, so I use a combination of the Ultimate Lip Liner in Natural*, the Matte Crayon Lipstick in Prelude* and the Skin Lip Gloss in (I think - it's in the bottom of my handbag at the moment) Sparkle Taupe*
So that's the contents of my makeup bag right now! If anyone with sensitive skin has any recommendations for things I should try, send them my way! I need to start building up my collection again...maybe the Alexa drawer dream will come true one day eh?