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5 tips that make my beauty life easier

I wish so badly I'd known these things would make my life easier!  If this helps even just 1 person, that's what I want.  (If my post helps you in any way, please let me know!)

 

1. Change your mascara with the change of seasons.  We all know we should change it out every 3 months, but who can remember when that was?!  So, I change mine next month as Summer officially arrives.  Then, another new tube in September when Fall arrives.  That way, there's no doubt just how old that tube really is!

 

2. Quit picking.  (This is where I'm being brutally transparent.)  For years, it has hurt my head to see a clogged pore or a slight white center to an upcoming blemish.  My solution was to squeeze, poke, prod...whatever I could to get it gone.  What I've found is that LEAVING IT ALONE is actually the fastest cure for blemishes and for the overall prevention of them.  I spent so much time in the mornings concealing, blending, concealing, blending, applying powder.  My battle with cystic acne, I believe, is probably a lot of my fault because I was causing absolute chaos under my skin with all that nonsense.  I've not touched my skin for almost 2 months now.  How many blemishes do I have?  Zero.  How much redness do I have?  Very little.  When is the last time I used concealer?  1 month ago.  Case made.

 

3. Don't reinvent the wheel.  Instead of sticking with the formula of foundation that truly did work for me, I've sampled about all of them.  YouTuber or blog poster raves about a foundation...I'm on it.  I just tossed a BB cream and a CC cream sampler because I felt so compelled to see if this was the stuff that was going to work magic for me, and...wait for it...it didn't.  Back to my foundation (Lancome's Dual Finish) formula and shade that get it right every time!  I've learned that liquid formulas just don't work well for me, so why waste time, energy, and good skin (experienced a few hiccups of blemishes or just "yuck" skin because of sampler situations) to find that miracle product?!

 

4. Keep it simple.  Instead of having tons of color products rolling around and coming loose from their pans, I have 1 single eye palette (Benefit's World Famous Neutrals in "Everyday") and 3 cheek colors (Tarte's Dollface, Exposed and then Benefit's Dandelion).  All I do now is make either my eyes or lips the focal point of my look and use one of those cheek colors to brighten my face.  And guess what?  It's simple.  I'm actually using up product before it expires or gets goopy or whatever.

 

5. Stick to a memorable routine.  I exfoliate twice weekly (Murad's Pomegranate Mask), and I do it every Sunday and Wednesday.  While it sets, I wash my BeautyBlender (I have 2, so this gives me a clean one twice a week).  Once a month, I also wash my face & eye brushes while also doing my BeautyBlender.  If I didn't stick to just those two days for treatments, I'd forget when, then it'd be a week, then a month before I'd realized how time had slipped by without keeping a routine.  It truly does make a difference in my skin!

 

Hope I helped!

Re: 5 tips that make my beauty life easier

I am really trying. I started getting such bad scars from picking. That is what is motivating me! Scars can be hard to cover so i am trying so hard. 

Re: 5 tips that make my beauty life easier

Your encouragement is very..well, encouraging. I, too, have trouble letting my skin alone, especially when I have an event or a date coming up and I just want everything to go away and look perfect. Of course, picking always makes it worse, and I know that. I'll try to stay strong!

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Omg, thank you for letting me know I've helped you!!  What a Christmas present!  As for picking, yes, that desire for perfection is, I believe, what makes me do it.  It's been 9 months now since I connected the dots and realized I was sabotaging myself and my own confidence.  Each time I see an area that makes me want to "work at it", I think of that horrible mess I'll have to deal with and be embarrassed of for weeks.  That shakes me away every time!

 

Be good to yourself!

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These are excellent points! I wholeheartedly agree with all of them, particularly your comment about reinventing the wheel. Sometimes the next best thing isn't worth it if what you have is working, you know? Why question it? Smiley Happy

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Yes, exactly!

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And, I would also add #6: Learn from the experts.  Lisa Eldridge's videos on YouTube are fantastic about teaching anything from exactly how to pick out a foundation to proper cleansing at night.  I'd also add Caroline Hirons to my search for a breakdown of ingredients that you do and don't need in skin care.  Adore them both!

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I love Lisa! She's the best...in addition to being incredibly talented (I so wish she could do my makeup just once!), I'm so jealous of her vintage makeup collection, too.

Re: 5 tips that make my beauty life easier

Fantastic post with great advice!  Thank you!

Re: 5 tips that make my beauty life easier

Aw, you're so welcome!  Glad I helped!

Re: 5 tips that make my beauty life easier

@starletta8- Good point about the water, knowing that caffeine dehydrates, you are so right it does no good to buy that expensive product when your not keeping hydrated and caffeine drinks certainly don't  do that.

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