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My use-up challenge ~ making mineral make-up

Earlier this month I challenged myself to use-up all the odds and ends of cosmetics and skincare products that I have on my dressing table rather than spending more money that I don’t have on the current ‘essential’ products. When I buy moisturiser, I know full well that I already have pots and tubes of the same kinda thing at home, but I just can’t stop myself from thinking that ‘this will be the one product to change my life’ and reaching for my purse. I wrote all about it in my use-up challenge blog post and here’s a little update on how I’m getting on.

First of all, I have managed to stop myself spending on make-up and skincare, despite a couple of shopping trips to my favourite high street pharmacies. While my little sister & my friends bought a couple of bits here and there, I simply sampled the make up on the back of my hand and made of note of what I would like to add to my birthday list instead of making the purchase. I accidentally picked up a Revlon nail polish in the pound store, but that’s just one quid spent after maybe 15 pounds were saved, so I feel pretty smug about that and I think I deserved that treat. What am I saying? This is exactly how I manage to convince myself that I need to buy make-up all the time in the first place. I need to give myself a stern talking-to and not buy the polish next time.

cassiefairys beauty and hair product purchases during my use-up challenge nail polish and 3 minute miracle

One other purchase was the Aussie 3 Minute Miracle, my absolute favourite hair-care product, that I have nearly run out of and it was on special offer. I know that if I hadn’t bought it this week, I would have finished my current bottle next week and it’d be back up to full price by then. Anyway, the challenge isn’t about going without, it’s about using up what I already have before I buy a new product. Another poor excuse, but technically I’m saving money…

Anyway, the positive thing that I’ve dont this week is sort out my mineral make-up. I was getting pretty low on my normal foundation and I knew that I had lots of odds-and-ends of mineral make-up powders in my ‘face’ make-up bag (yes, I have three – eyes, lips and face).  So I got them all out and set about mixing up my own mineral foundation.

cassiefairy use up make up challenge mix your own perfect match mineral foundation

I had two nearly-finished pots of my usual base colour, so I combined the two in a bigger pot and added the end of a pot of my ‘warm’ summer foundation. To make the colour a little lighter I mixed in some of the mineral concealer powder and some finishing powder. I also had a few sachets of mineral powder samples, so I added them too. A quick shake with the lid on was all that was needed to thoroughly mix all the shades of foundation together and I ended up with a colour that was perfect for me. A whole tub of it! Plus I cleared out all these pots from my make-up bag and now I’ve got a go-to foundation that I can use-up during this challenge. I would have usually just gone out and bought a new off-the-peg mineral foundation but now I’ve got a ‘custom-blended’ foundation without spending anything. This feels as good as shopping for it anyway!

I think I might carry on mixing my own mineral foundation in the future, because it’s difficult to find a shade that matches my pale skin perfectly. However, if anyone knows of a mineral make-up brand that does good ivory/porcelain/cream shades, let me know and I’ll give it a try once my use-up challenge is over! Tweet me @Cassiefairy and let me know what you’re using up!

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Review – NYC mineral foundation

I’ve had my eye on the mineral foundation from the New York Colour range for a while now, especially after giving my little sister the mineral make-up kit for her birthday earlier this year. So when my normal foundation started running low, I ordered myself a pot of the NYC Naturals mineral foundation.

This is a loose powder foundation with SPF 10 and no talc, which is particularly important for my pale, sensitive skin. I’ve been using loose mineral foundations for years, but often struggled to find the correct colour and have had to mix my own in the past, but this NYC colour number i686 Natural Fair was ideal for my very light skin tone.

The foundation comes with a small kabuki brush, but it’s not a particularly soft brush and a few of the strands have already popped out and took up residence on my cheek when I was applying the foundation. I’d recommend using your usual blusher/bronzer brush to apply it but it goes on nicely and lasts well. I noticed that I needed to apply more of this product than I usually do with mineral foundations in order to get the coverage that I was after, so I may use it up faster than normal. When I applied the foundation around my nose I detected a faint medical smell, but that could be the new brush rather than the foundation and there’s much worse smells than the whiff of cleanliness! 

Overall its one of the nicer mineral foundations I’ve used in this price range. definitely a good buy for me with my very low-budget (I got this online for over a fiver!) and as much as I’d love to spend £40 on a Sheer Cover or BareMinerals kit, I’m not sure they’d be that much better to warrant the extra cash, so I’ll stick with NYC!