5 Reasons To Ditch Your Makeup Bag

If you've been reading my blog for a while now, you will be well aware I am seriously into skincare and as the years roll by use less and less makeup and invest more into my skincare routine.

I'm a less-is-more kinda girl and favour glowing, perfected skin, natural eyes and balmy lips. I'm a jeans and wellies-wearing country babe who suits wind swept hair and mud splattered jeans over heels and a full face any day. 

Wearing those pesky face masks on the daily trip to the supermarket doesn't mean I am keen to spend a long time perfecting my base makeup, removing said mask and having a tell-tale line of where most of the makeup has transferred. Especially after I had spent so long blending any product out to achieve a natural, undetectable finish.

Since lockdown started in March, I have only worn makeup a handful of times. I have really enjoyed the bare-faced natural look and continue to wear less and less makeup, which my skin also seems rather happy about.

Here are 5 reasons why you should also try ditching your makeup bag, even if it's just for a week. Think how smug you will feel when your skin is glowing and there's no trace of that dreaded face mask line in sight as you leave the one way system with your milk, wine and bread. 

Long gone are the days worrying about foundation lines along the jawline, it's now all about avoiding that two-tone look.

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Makeup Bag

01. Your skin will thank you for it
If you're anything like me, you enjoy applying base products to achieve that flawless complexion.

Once upon a time, a huge chunk of my pay-check went on all kinds of makeup, now I'm a little older and wiser when it comes to knowing what suits me and what works for my skin tone and type. 

I mean c'mon why an earth did I buy bright eyeshadow palettes? That was one trend I should never have bought into! And in fact never used.

While I love a fresh-face, I am very conscious of loading a tonne of products onto my skin and have noticed wearing less and less foundation means the condition of my skin has really improved. 

I have always been lucky to have smooth clear skin and only really suffer from the odd hormonal blemish and a little redness. 

Keeping up with a high water intake and keeping skin squeaky clean has left my skin feeling happier than ever. I am quite sure the lack of primer/foundation/powder/bronzer/highlighter has a great deal to do with it as well.

Of course I still use and love makeup however it feels more special and I feel more polished when I do spend time enhancing my face! On those rare days.

02. More time to enjoy doing other things
With less time blending and pondering over what products I'm going to apply to my face today, this means I have more time first thing in the morning and evening. 

I spend less time on my skincare routine at the start and end of the day, although I feel the products I am currently using work in harmony together and this is one of the best morning routines I have used in months.

There's more time to read. More time to cat cuddle and more time to just be.

03. You will feel more confident
As your skin starts to improve (obviously you still need to eat broccoli and keep skin clean), you will feel better and embrace the tiny imperfections. 

I bet you'll get to a point where you think 'why did I plaster my skin in all that crap'?

On the occasions when you do wear make-up, you'll feel a million dollars and quite possibly reduce the amount of products you layer on your skin.

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Makeup Bag

04. Embrace & love the real you 
Age lines, dark spots, freckles, fine lines, wrinkles, dry spots. They're all part of you. 

As I've worn less makeup and invested in my skincare routine, my skin looks healthy and clear with minor imperfections. 

It's me. Unedited. No filter. 

And if you're in need of a pep talk and looking for a little positivity then head here.

05. Simplify your skincare routine
We all read about the steps involved to a great skincare routine, however I have found minimising the amount of makeup I use on my skin means I have to use less skincare. 

Of course I still love all the steps and enjoy looking after my skin as part of my beauty regime, however I feel that if I miss a step here or there it's not the end of the world and my skin will still remain fairly happy.

You can catch up with my current AM skincare routine here. Keep an eye out for the evening routine, coming soon.

5 Reasons To Ditch Your Makeup Bag

So what do you think? Have you used less makeup since lockdown began? Is your skin feeling the benefit? 

Or as part of life returns to normal, have you returned to work sporting a full face?

Please do leave a comment below, I would love to know your take on this...