Today’s topic is make-up. The reality is that if I cannot find make-up free of plastic packaging then I will have to consider having a naked face for a whole month in July. Would I be willing to do this? How would I feel about going make-up free? This, dear readers could be a blogging mini-series in itself!
At first when considering cosmetics, I thought, fine, I’ll do some investigations. So I went to Boots for a browse in the make-up section. Admittedly my research was somewhat limited by my small companion, whose main goal was to find the Trunkies and create some four-wheeled havoc, but all I could find was make-up that comes in plastic packaging.
Let me explain. Although I prefer to look in the mirror and be delighted by the reflection staring back at me, I am prepared to compromise. I have young children so any time spent on my appearance is usually simulataneously spent doing something else. I always put on make-up to go out in the morning though. I have pale skin and dark hair. This is a combination that can attract comments of the ‘you look tired’ variety. I prefer not to look tired and I like a bit of eye definition. It makes me feel better. I do care how I look, but not above all else.
Would it be a real problem if I had to go naked in July?
On Saturday I carried out an experiment. I decided to get through the day without make-up. We had plans to visit someone I know well. This person wouldn’t care what I looked like, the only issue would be whether I did!
I compensated for my lack of make-up by making sure I chose clothes I felt good in. I spent a little longer on my hair than I usual and put on plenty of moisturiser and lip salve . I wore my brightest jacket in the hope of coaxing out any colour I have in my face…
I thought very little of my appearance during the visit but when I looked in the bathroom mirror I was reminded I was make-up free and thought I really did look quite tired! We went for a walk, chatted with a few people and popped into a local shop. I didn’t mind being without make-up, but had I met anyone I know I am fairly sure I’d have felt more self-conscious.
All in all, that experiment was pretty darned easy! It was good to give my skin a break from chemicals and it was a time-saver to miss out the routine of having to remove it at night (with wipes that come in plastic packaging…).
Could I do the same for a night out on the town? Well, maybe, but I wouldn’t want to. It would simply be much easier for me I could find some plastic-free make-up.
Here are the contents of my make-up bag at present:
foundation, lipstick, eyeshadow, mascara, bronzer, liquid eyeliner
Since my quick trip to Boots, I have visited a Clinique counter. My foundation’s about to run out and I remembered they do some in a glass bottle.
While not the cheapest option, it did allow me to reduce my plastic waste but there is plastic in the lid.
Yesterday, I spotted these in Marks & Spencer:
None of these items is entirely plastic free. But you may be able to see that much more of the packaging is made from cardboard than your typical item of make-up. You may have noticed from the first picture that I really need to replace my bronzer – a task I’ve been putting off in the vain hope that I’d find something plastic free – so I bought one.
When I got home I read the ingredients and realised it contained aluminium, a metal I’m not keen on using on my body since early studies linked it with Alzheimer’s disease. Although from the little I’ve read, I can’t guarantee that link has ever been proven, I tend to steer clear of it, so the bronzer may have to go back to the shop.
This emphasises the juggling act that reducing single use plastics has been so far. For example, I am constantly choosing between plastic-free versus organics: organic veg in my local supermarket comes in plastic but ‘normal’ veg doesn’t ,and I can get ‘normal’ milk delivered in glass bottles but not organic (post to follow).
It seems that make-up may also be a compromise, although, saying that, I couldn’t even find the ingredients on my current bronzer…
I think I can get through July on a reduced bag of cosmetics. I need to source those staple items though! What I’d really like to know is:
• Have you seen any make-up packaged in cardboard?
• Do you know of a tinted lip salve that is both plastic-free and paraben-free?
• Where can I get an eye pencil that doesn’t have that unnecessary plastic cap over it?
I really hope I can update this post before July!