I have wanted to do something like this for such a long time and I am so happy that I finally did it! Welcome to the first post in my new ‘Debate’ series where I will be talking to you about various topics ranging from skincare and blogging all the way to life in general and first up is makeup.
Now, some of you may be wondering why I would want to talk about makeup since it has barely featured on my blog or Instagram this year (despite promising it would be) but the truth is, I miss it. Since switching to green beauty a few years ago I have steadily worn less and less makeup, to the point where I only use it about 2-3 times a month (shocking, I know) but all of a sudden I miss it like crazy! I don’t know what it is (the color correcting craze perhaps or the matte lips movement?) but more than ever I have been thinking about makeup and I feel like it’s time to reintroduce it in to my life and I am going to need your help.
Obviously, when I made the switch to green beauty I fully intended to also switch my makeup for products with more plant based/natural ingredients, but when it came to actually doing it, it wasn’t that easy. It was a chore to track down and swatch green makeup brands in person, then there wasn’t a wide color range (I’m Indian) and there certainly wasn’t the cute free mini testers that you get at Sephora. Because of all this, I ended up just not wearing makeup instead of switching it and for awhile I was ok with that. Thanks to the amazing skincare products I have my skin looks great and I am happy to go out makeup free 95% of the time but that’s not the point anymore. Makeup isn’t just about concealing and covering up – it’s for fun and after spending so much time with my gorgeous little sister (who loves makeup) I realized I had been missing out on that fun. As you can see from the pictures above I did previously post about makeup – I didn’t wear it that often even back then, but it was still a few times a week versus the current few times a month and I really miss all these products, especially the Chanel palette and YSL lipstick.
One of the most important reasons that I’m ready to get back in to wearing makeup is because a lot has changed over the past couple of years. You can now get brands like ILIA in Sephora and RMS Beauty recently expanded their “un” cover-up range to include some darker and lighter shades. Many online retailers now sell samples of makeup, which means you don’t have to always purchase “blind”. Not only that, mainstream makeup is being made with better ingredients and I find less cause for concern than I previously did. Of course, it’s still not “perfect” but now I’m looking to find a balance like I have with my skincare – a mix of natural and synthetic products that allow me to enjoy makeup without having to choose between ingredients, quality or color match. I used to just flat out say no when makeup brands contacted me but I get asked about what makeup I use (and recommend) so much now that it’s time I start exploring it again.
(Clockwise from top left: @fromthebullet, @poshifiedbeauty, @damselflavored, @kellilash.)
So, with that being said, I would love to know if any of you have faced the same dilemma when it comes to green makeup and how you deal with it. I would also love to hear which brands you love and what products you recommend and if you don’t use green makeup, which new releases or collections you are most excited about. I follow so many accounts like @fromthebullet (gorgeous makeup flatlays), @damselflavored (loves Tom Ford and Chanel like me), @poshifiedbeauty (palette queen) and @kellilash (Charlotte Tilbury enabler) as well as so. many. others, so my shopping list is pretty extensive already but I’m so excited to start wearing more makeup again that any and all suggestions and recommendations are very much welcomed.