Makeup For Bad Skin Days

When we have days where our skin isn’t looking the best, it can be so easy to want to load on the foundation and hide away from the world. Doing this, however, tends to worsen the breakouts and prolong their life span. Also, the last thing you want when you’ve got spots is to spend an hour looking at yourself in the mirror. So, I’ve developed a fast makeup routine for my bad skin days that makes me feel more confident but also helps my skin breathe a bit. It’s very simple, and all it does is even my face out a bit and help my confidence. I’m not trying to cover anything up, as spots are normal and if anyone thinks otherwise, they’re not living in the real world.

So, let’s get started!

After applying my usual skincare (updated skincare routine coming soon!), I use a combination of primers. One is the Elf blemish control primer to help my skin recover, but I will also use a pore filling primer to help even out the bumpiness of my skin.


Products Used:
-Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
-Elf Blemish Control Face Primer
-Chi Chi Super CC Cream
-Smashbox HD Concealer in Fair
-Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in Light
-Maybelline Green Concealer Stick
-Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed powder
-Benefit Hoola Bronzer
-The Balm Hot Mama Blush
-ABH Brow Pencil in Medium Brown
-Chi Chi Eyeliner in Bronze Ambition
-Two Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Because I like to let my skin breathe, I use a CC cream, then concealer. If my breakouts are really bad I’ll use a green concealer first, but I’ll just dab a bit onto the back of my hand then press it onto the spot with my finger. I don’t go too heavy as you can see, I don’t really mind that you can still see I’ve got spots – everyone gets them. All I’m doing here is trying to make them appear a bit more calm while also helping them heal on their own.

I like to use a good quality powder on days like these that’s quite finely milled, as it sits nicer and makes all that concealer last longer. For bronzer, I will only use a matte as to not emphasise any texture, and for blush I like one with a sheen to it so I don’t have to apply highlighter for the same reason.

I’ll then fill in my eyebrows, throw some eyeliner in my tightline and load on the mascara – nothing fancy, just a basic look. I choose to have nothing on my lips except lip balm for two reasons:
a) I never really wear lipstick anyway
b) a lot of my breakouts are hormonal on my chin, so I don’t want anything near them to aggravate them. You can’t really tell in the images, but I have a split lip as well, so lipstick wouldn’t have worked even if my skin was clear!

Here you can see the before and after’s for yourself – there’s nothing fancy going on here, no heavy coverage or cake face. All I want to do when I’ve got some spots is not wear makeup and cover my face in spot cream, but I’ve got to go to work and therefore look somewhat presentable. So, unless I have a huge event on, I’ll stick to my theme of letting my skin breathe, while also eating well and drinking a lot of water.



Don’t forget your hair can also play an important part. Although it might be scary to tie your hair up when your skin is looking bad (we tend to hide behind our hair), if it isn’t the cleanest you might want to consider doing so to not antagonize your skin! Luckily in these photos I’d washed my hair the night before, so I was fine to leave it down – but it’s definitely something to consider!

*Disclaimer: I know that my skin isn’t the worst out there! I am lucky with relatively clear skin and I work hard at eating right, drinking enough water and using a good skincare routine to keep it that way. However, I still get the odd period where my skin says ‘fuck that’ and decides to ruin it all for me, and this is how I cope with it. Not trying to say you need to cover up any imperfections or that my skin is the worst there is*

What do you do when your skin decides to be ~problematic~?

Zoe x

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Mini Makeup Haul

I picked up a few goodies recently, and thought I’d share them with you!


I grabbed the Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer as it’s a damn good one, and really inexpensive.

Maybelline Babyskin looked to me like the drugstore version of porefessional, so I was really excited to try it. It’s not bad at all, really smoothing. Would repurchase!

On the pricier side, I picked up a Smashbox primer, which I’m yet to try. I’ll definitely do a review on it though 🙂


Sleek Makeup is new to Australia so I just HAD to grab some stuff. I opted for this peachy/orange lipstick in Peaches & Cream.


I also got this ultra mattes palette in “V2” , which isn’t super pigmented but the colours are lovely. the palette itself is so difficult to open though!


Love you guys!

Zoe x

My Makeup Collection – Base Products (Primer, Foundation, Concealer, Powder)

As a broke as all hell university student who is in love with makeup, I thought it would be interesting to let you guys know what’s in my collection, and how I store it all in two drawers. I’ll be doing this in sections, and today I’ll be showing you my bases: primers, foundations & BB creams, concealers and powders. To look forward to in this ‘series’, I’ll do my bronzers, blushes, highlighters, eyeshadows, eyeliners & mascara, palettes, eyebrow products, lipsticks and, finally, other lip products. Hope you enjoy!




Here is how I store it all…




L-R: Stila One Step Correct, Revlon Beyond Natural, Benefit Porefessional, Inika Pure Primer, NYX Dewy Finish Setting Spray



Yes, I only have two, because I rarely wear foundation. I usually just get away with concealer, and maybe some BB Cream, because I’m lazy af.

L-R: NARS Sheer Glow in Gobi, Rimmel Match Perfection in Light Porcelain.




L-R: Tony Moly Aqua Aura BB Cream, Colour Theory Tinted Moisturiser, Chanel CC Cream.




I didn’t even notice how many concealers I had until this post….oops.

L-R: NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer, Rimmel Wake Me Up, Smashbox High Definition, Collection Lasting Perfection, Body Shop Correction Stick, Maybelline Green Concealer Stick.




CLOCKWISE: Elf Clarifying Pressed Powder, Rimmel Stay Matte in Peach Glow, Tarte Amazonian Clay Pressed Powder in Smooth Operator, Rimmel Stay Matte in Transparent, NYX Radiant Finishing Powder in Brightening.

I hope you enjoyed! Stay tuned for the rest of these 🙂

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Zoe x