Saturday, 21 May 2016

Outsidethebox Makeup Review*

Outside the Box Makeup Review

Every so often, a new product will come on the market that I just have to try and make work, no matter how much I know it won't. For me, that product was mineral foundation. I really bought in to how it could feel light and weightless whilst providing a lovely full, even coverage. Every single one I bought I either returned or threw in a drawer, never to be seen again. My dehydrated skin clings to every bit of powder, making the foundation look uneven, cakey and all-round gross. Until now.


Outside the Box Makeup Review

I was lucky enough to receive this little bundle of loveliness from Outsidethebox Makeup this week, and even opening the packaging was a joy. The parcel came in a little bag, wrapped in tissue paper and secured with a bow. Opening it felt like a treat, and really made me excited for what  was inside. Alongside a booklet of useful hints and tips on applying the makeup, I was sent the 1-2-3 Fit Skin Combo - a bottle of organic, cold pressed Jojoba Oil, a pot of Healing Mineral Concealer in the shade Fairy Flax, a pot of Flawless Mineral Foundation in the shade Sweet Ceciely, an empty pot, sponge and a wooden stick for mixing.
 
Outside the Box Makeup Review

The instruction leaflet offered a number of ways to apply the products, as well as the different skin types each application method would suit. There's also a helpful tutorial video available on the website. For dehydrated or mature skin, it's recommended you apply the foundation with a damp brush. Reading on, I found an insert about Jojoba Oil and its many benefits. Jojoba is a natural healing oil for inflammation, psoriasis and eczema, and can also help improve skin's hydration as it is absorbed very quickly. The leaflet recommended you mix a little of the oil with the Outside the Box mineral makeup for makeup and skin treatment in one, which sounded like it would also be perfect for my dehydrated skin.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

Taking the empty pot, I decanted three or four drops of Jojoba Oil, before adding a small amount of the foundation powder.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

I then added a tiny bit of the lighter concealer, to help cover up any blemishes.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

The leaflet suggested using a flat kabuki brush to apply the foundation, but I went rogue and used a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush to mix up the oil and powder before applying to my face. As I mixed I added quite a bit more of the Jojoba Oil to make a liquid paste consistency - all in all I used around 10 drops of oil for the amount of powder I decanted.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

My skin is really congested at the moment after I did a few workouts without removing my makeup (oops), so I'm working really hard to get it cleared up. I have to admit, I thought that this makeup just straight up would not work for me, as all other mineral foundations haven't, especially with my skin being so congested and dry at the minute. I have a lot of blemishes and redness, and I assumed the foundation would have little effect on covering them up.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

Hoping the Real Techniques brush would offer me a bit more in the way of coverage, I started to buff the product into my skin using circular motions.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

Afterwards, I went back in with a small amount of the concealer underneath my eyes and in the areas where my congestion is worse - mainly around my hairline and forehead. This time, I pressed the concealer into my problem areas and blended it out with a Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

I am absolutely thrilled with how this made my skin look and feel! These photographs are not edited at all, and I've added nothing else to my skin other than a little bronzer and blush - that highlight is all natural. The foundation feels light on my skin, whilst it looks radiant and luminous, even in photographs. My blemishes are covered well without it looking too heavy or cakey, and even my undereye circles have been pretty much erased. It's always a bit of a risk buying makeup online that you've not tried before, but both the foundation and concealer were a perfect colour match for me - all credit to the brilliant online swatches and the wide range of shades available.

Outside the Box Makeup Review

Outsidethebox was created by Jules, who wanted to help others discover the healing powers of natural, mineral makeup after suffering with bad breakouts from the chemicals in some high-end products. All Outsidethebox products are cruelty free and vegan, as well as named after British wildflowers, highlighting how close to nature they are. The website points out that Outsidethebox foundation contains a higher amount of Titanium Dioxide as most other high street mineral foundations, which use a large quantity of Mica - perhaps explaining why my experience with Outsidethebox was so much more positive than other mineral makeup brands. 

Outside the Box Makeup Review

I am so glad I gave Outsidethebox Makeup a go, I really didn't have high hopes and I was proven totally wrong, love it when that happens!

You can purchase all of the above and much more at their website, and if you sign up (for free) to the Vegan Lifestyle Association, you can get 10% off this and a whole host of other vegan products!

Have you ever tried mineral makeup? Let me know your experiences!

Emily xo

Polite note: This review has been organised by the VEGAN lifestyle ASSOCIATION. This is my genuine and unbiased review of the product.
Outside the Box Makeup is listed with the VLA and offers Associates a 10% discount which you can take advantage of here.
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