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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!

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Thank you!  It makes difference!

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Great tips!! I have the bad habit of picking and made the mistake of doing so this past weekend now I have two horrible red spots on my face that are peeling and can not be covered up =(. Once these are gone I plan on keeping my hands off my face. Though this is easier said than done >.<

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I know, I know!  But, go read my post on cystic acne.  Just read the emotion Im feeling after getting things CLEAR!  You can, too!

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Great tips! 

1. I use a label maker & stick the date I opened my mascara on it. That way I know when 3 months is up. 

2. I'm a picker... always was.... I have a horrible scar on my chin from stitches when I was younger. If I didn't pick at it, the scar wouldn't be as bad as it is. I know it's bad, but when I look in my magnified mirror I get carried away. I'm slowly learning self control & stopping myself before reaching for an extraction tool. 

3. YES! I purchased so many BB/CC creams over the past 2 years & only 2 of them work. One I hated when I bought it (the Too Faced air buffed BB), but am trying to make it work. The other is actually a new HG for me; the AmorePacific CC compact. Out of everything else though, they were all flops. I know what works for me during the different seasons and tend to stick to them. I'll purchase something, hate it & then go back to my regulars. Such a waste of time & money

4. I only own 1 blush (NARS orgasm), the rest are deluxe samples like benefit 100 pt perks or included in ipsy bags and Sample Society boxes. 

5. Thursdays are my mask days, Friday & Sunday are deep pore clarisonic days. But I deep clean my brushes more than once a month. I spot clean them after every use, but need to deep clean them every week, or every other week. If I wait a whole month they are nasty and full of germs. 

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My number one beauty tip seems like common sense to most of us.. Washing your face before bed. Alas, I know that a lot of people forego this vital step. I was horrified to learn that my own mother doesn't bother to cleanse before her beauty sleep! I got her some towelettes to keep on her bedside table. It's quick and easy and a great alternative when you can't be bothered to do a full wash.

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Ugh, I know!  Just a thought, though...I saw Caroline Hirons on the Daily Mix videa on YouTube where she talked about using facial wipes.  Interesting info there!

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@placaminero, I make ALL of my "lazy" friends keep wipes on their bedside tables. I know they're all tired of hearing from me how important it is to remove your makeup, etc but it's working because one of them said to me the other day "I'm on my third pack of wipes now! I can't go to bed without taking off my makeup". It was a proud moment for me Smiley Happy

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True confession: I didn't religiously wash my face before bed until my mid 20s. How awful is that? Luckily (and surprisingly) I never had skin issues (no real breakouts or dullness, etc.) but I'm glad I changed my ways. (I wore makeup, too, and it's so awful to sleep in those layers of buildup -- I'm at the point now where I hate falling asleep in makeup, even by accident (like on the couch).)

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How did I ever sleep in it?!  There are days I'm ready to take it off at 4:30!!  Can't believe how I used to sleep in mascara.  And foundation.  And silicone!

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It's mostly my foundation that I can't wait to take off at the end of the day. I typically reach for my makeup removing wipes as soon as I get home! Unless we're going out for dinner or something, you can find me relaxing on couch, taking off my makeup. I unabashedly keep a pack tucked away in the organizer on our coffee table Smiley Wink

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Love this list! Thanks for sharing Smiley Happy I couldn't agree more with #2. I remember being 13 years old in the dermatologists office and having my derm explain to me just how and why it was couterintuitive to pick at your blemishes. I guess that's 10 years ago now and while I definitely still break out and see scarring, it is nothing like what I used to experience when I was a "young picker"

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Same timeframe as me!  I was 12 or so when I started noticing "holes" in my face and picked.  And picked.  And picked.  Now, I'm learning not all visible pores are bad.  Thank you for replying!!

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I just thought of another tip that I think is VERY important, but a lot of people forego.. WASH YOUR PILLOWCASES FREQUENTLY!!!!!!!!!! 

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OMG YES!! Confession: I bring my own pillowcases with me on vacation. 

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Oh, I've got you beat.. I bring my own pillows entirely if I'm not going to be sleeping in my own bed!

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That's wonderful. I seriously would if I could. I think I may be high maintenance? Smiley Wink I mean, don't get me wrong, I love camping and outdoorsy stuff....but my pillowcase better be clean. 

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Ha ha ha!!  This made me laugh so hard!  Don't feel bad.  I'm much better with a clean bed than a campsite any day!

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@jennypenny1995 -  Great ideas!

 

#1.  I really like the mascara idea.  That's a good way to remember.  I should probably reorder this month since I bought my last tube around Christmas. 

 

#2.  I have finally been able to restrain myself from picking.  It wasn't until I purchased an extractor tool.  If I can't get anything with the extractor tool, I need to leave it alone!  Always clean it with alcohol! 

 

#3.  I'm trying to break myself from this one.  I'm always thinking the next best thing is in my newest sample pack.  I do try to limit myself to one item at a time that I am testing.  That way I'll know if it is causing breakouts.  However, I usually go back to the same things that worked before. 

 

#4.  I have totally got this down.  At 47, I stick with neutral shadows (browns and olive greens), 3 lip shades and 3 blush colors in rust, peach, and nude.  I have purchased a few fun palettes to experiment with on special occasions.

 

#5.  I do the same thing!  I use a mask on Sundays and a fruit enzyme peel on Wednesdays!  I spot clean my brushes every day and wash them weekly on Sunday nights.  I have wanted to try the BeautyBlender, but haven't yet.

 

@placaminero - It took me 20 years to learn how important it is to wash my face at night.  I have learned if I don't wash my face tonight, I will pay for it tomorrow!

 

Thanks for all the great advice!  Even an "old dog" like me can learn new tricks!

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At 47, NO ONE is an "old dog".  Although, I'll confess I have seen a few 30 something's look like they're about to fall apart while an 80-something is just as cheerful as can be.  Just sayin' attitude is everything!

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Love the change of seasons idea... I wish I can adopt your other ideas but I have so many beauty products and I love trying out whats new...keeping it simple won't work for me ;-)

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Yeah, that would be tough.  But I like using things until they're gone, not expired, so limiting it to just 3 cheek colors, for example, gives me variety without getting gross stuff growing.  ; )

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