Beauty definitely plays a role in my bad days.
It goes one of two ways — either I can’t be bothered with make-up at all, or I want a full-on face of it. There is no in-between.
Fortunately I have options for both those scenarios, so I thought I’d share them with you today.
There are some days when I like to use make-up to cheer me up. Truthfully this happens most days because I genuinely enjoy getting ready in the morning, but when times are tough and I need a little something extra, I have three fail-safe products.
Winged liner is my favourite eye make-up look, no question, so I grab some Scotch tape and use my favourite liquid eyeliner, theBalm Schwing, to sketch out a sharp flick. This liner is perfectly pigmented — black, not dark grey — and lasts all day with no running, so there’s no need to worry about panda eyes.
Another theBalm favourite now, and it’s the highlighter we all know and love — Mary-Lou Manizer. This champagne-gold shimmer gives skin a gorgeous glow, be it along your cheekbones, in the corner of your eyes, or the cupid’s bow.
No bad-day make-up look would be complete without a killer lippie and recently I’ve been obsessed with Rosie For Autograph Lipstick in Super Model Kiss. A true orange-red, it looks equally stunning with the aforementioned winged liner as it does with a more pared-back look. In fact, a slick of this lipstick is the perfect way to give the impression you’ve made an effort.
Whether I’m wearing make-up or not, I always feel better when I’ve had a shower, cleansed, and moisturised. (Seriously, it’s amazing the difference a shower can make; they cure — or at least calm — a multitude of ills.)
My favourite shower gel at the moment was a Christmas gift — Rose Jam (v) from Lush. Sadly it’s part of the seasonal collection, so I stocked up on more bottles while I could! Its gentle rose, lemon, and geranium scent is the perfect pick-me-up, day or night.
I’m not particularly good at remembering to use a body lotion, but when I do it’s often one from Soap & Glory. They make loads but The Righteous Butter Lotion (v) is the best, in my opinion. It has all the moisturising power of the original Righteous Butter but with a much lighter consistency, and it sinks in quickly, too.
No bad day ritual would be complete some skincare! I often use The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser when my skin needs something nourishing but light. I follow that with Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, which makes a noticeable difference at brightening up the eye area. Finally, I finish with Rossi’s Salicylic & Tea Tree Face Moisturiser, which is designed especially for combination skin and has worked wonders at calming down my acne.
What rituals do you have on a bad day? Let me know in the comments!
(v) = vegan
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Beth, 25, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travel, gin, and the Oxford comma.
I write about cruelty-free beauty, vegan & veggie food, and trying to lead a less wasteful life. I throw the odd think piece in there, too.