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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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Have had numerous requests to make this post visible again, so here ya go, peeps!

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Get ready...Almost time for #1 to happen!  (armed with new tube)

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Not so much a beauty tip as a few skin care/safety tips that would have been really great to know but nobody (not even a dermatologist in my experience!) seems to tell people:
Always read the directions/cations/warnings for a product, especially if it's Rx. If there's not very much info about the main ingredients, look it up on an edu or US gov site and see the directions and warnings.

 

Example: If using a retinoid, try to stay out of the sun or be very careful to use plenty of sunscreen.

 

Another example of something I just found out via a the US National Library of Medicine drug information webpage that's free to access:

"Orally and parenterally administered clindamycin has been associated with severe colitis which may result in patient death. [...] Studies indicate a toxin(s) produced by clostridia is one primary cause of antibiotic-associated colitis." WHAT?! Why is that something not in big block letters to warn people with colitis or other digestion issues on the packaging of the medication itself? Why is Accutane the only thing I've seen with a whole warning set/book?

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I believe the FDA only mandates a warning if the adverse effect is unusual, significant, and found to be highly prevalent in the consumer population, but don't quote me on that.  

 

Unfortunately, not everyone knows disadvantages of antibiotics.  As great as antibiotics are, they have the ability to not only destroy bad bacteria, but also good bacteria.  These good bacteria live on top of our skin, inside our mouths, in our digestive tracts, and for the ladies, in our girly parts.  I'm a nurse, and whenever there is a person that is prescribed antibiotics, friend or patient, I always advise them to take some yogurt or probiotics.  It is less time consuming and cheaper to prevent, rather than treat.  The ones you need are the yogurts that state "live and active cultures" or contain six cultures (you'll find that by the nutritional facts).

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it's true. i almost died from a round of clindamycin. i got the infection (c. diff.) and went into septic shock and had to go to the icu and everything. it was horrible. and i can basically never take antibiotics again, unless its life threatening. 

 

sorry, i know you're comment is old. how did i even end up here?

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Oh nooo! I'm so glad you're all right. I want to treat my acne, but I'm afraid of that something like c. diff. happening to me if I go with any stronger antibiotics. I'm very glad you chimed in though because it shows that this is something to be taken seriously.

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Update on #2: Approaching 2 months since the last time I used concealer.  So, so happy!!

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I have to admit I love mixing up cheep, lip, and eye colors, but I COMPLETELY agree about sticking to a good face routine once you find one! Smiley Happy

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Yeah, I think color products are almost the same across the board--maybe some better quality foundations and powders--but mostly okay from drugstore brands.  Skin care routine?  Yep, it's not an option!

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Comment on #3: Cheated and tried a sample of a liquid foundation on Friday (Lancome's Teinte Idole).  Wore decently, but oiled up after 4 hours, no better than Dual Finish.  But, I COULD NOT WAIT TO GET HOME AND TAKE IT OFF!  So heavy feeling!!  Why did I sneak in a sample?!?

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#2 really, really does work.  I've now gone 3 full months with not a single breakout.  The only thing that changed was that I stuck to #2.  Hallelujah!

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Guess what happens this week.  #1!!

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Just gotta say that #2 and #3 are paying off so handsomely right about now!  Love that my foundation isn't melting in the heat or feeling heavy AND that I'm saving so much time from not having to use spackle...ahem...CONCEALER on my blemishes anymore!

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These tips are amazing. 

One thing I've learned is to only sample one beauty product out at a time. We always get lovely deluxe samples and foil packets and gifts with purchases and I don't know about you but I don't want to waste them. I make a point to use at least one sample a week. But my first mistake was trying too many at once. I have the most sensitive skin and I broke out BAD. I'm talking hives, redness and swollen face. I had an allergic reaction and worst of all I didn't know what was doing it.

 

So if I'm trying out new products, whether samples or new products I've bought, I make sure to rotate them in one at a time. That way I know what I like and don't like, and what is breaking me out if that's the case. 

 

Thanks for the wonderful thread!

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You're so welcome!  I agree 1000% with you: Oversampling = ticked off skin.  It's a no-no for me, too!

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UPDATE ON #2: It's been since late March/early April since I stopped picking and have had...wait for it...ZERO breakouts.  I've never had more confidence on my appearance, nor have is had a faster makeup routine since I'm not putting so much effort into covering up the volcanic mess.  So excited that I just had to share with you girls!

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That's so great to know! Congratulations! Smiley Happy

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Thanks!  It's amazing how much more confident I am!

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Guess what, pretty girls?  It's just a couple of weeks away from #1!  I've already got my replacement ready to go.  Do you?

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About #3: Along with the dozens of foundations I've tried and only to find my HG is NOT a liquid, I'm sad to admit that I've done the same with skin care.  I've tried using all cruelty-free, more expensive brandse more "natural", Etc.  All to circle around and stay on Clinique's 3-step.  Granted, I've customized it to what works for me--not #3 all across the board.  (Mild liquid cleanser, #3 toner, DDMG).  

 

With me not picking, keeping my sponges & brushes clean, and simply STAYING ON WHAT WORKS, things are a lot clearer on my face.  Plus, my checking account thanks me!

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I agree with all of your tips. I, too, have developed a simple, edited beauty routine after YEARS of testing, sampling and deciding. The only eye shadows I own are Urban Decay's Naked Basics palette and a Guerlain shimmery neutral mono. Three blushes-- Too Faced Cocoa Rose (neutral), Nars Sex Appeal (peachy) and YSL Crème Powdery Rose (pinky). Three lip products-- classic, sheer wine lipstick; matte, bright red lipstick; a natural lip stain. Once you figure out what works for your skin type and coloring, it's easy to pick the best shades and stick with them!

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