February Let Downs :/

I really want to start doing favorites every month so I decided to start things off with some of the let downs this month for me. Maybe it will help you decide on whether you should buy something or not. Also, just because I say it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean that it will be the same for you, you may love it.

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Makeup Free

So this week I’ve decided to go makeup free. This stems from a few things going on right now. First of all I read a Buzzfeed article about a lady going makeup free for a week and, although I have gone makeup free before, I hardly every leave my house now without at least mascara and under eye concealer. I wanted to give this a try for longer than a day or two. You can read that article here.

I never used to really care much about makeup. My mom never wore any and I don’t have any sisters so I never really had anyone to tell me how to use makeup, that was until I discovered Youtube. After watching some videos I was excited to try new things and see what I thought looked good, it was (and still is) fun. I feel like sometimes though, I start to get a little dependent on makeup. I start to feel not so pretty without it. I point out all my flaws like my under eyes or blemishes instead of really focusing on what makes me unique and beautiful in my own way. So recently I’ve noticed this a lot more than usual and, for me, that means I need a little break from it.

Sometimes my skin gets a little angry. It gets red, dry, oily, full of blemishes, and you name it. I feel like sometimes not only I need a break but my skin does too. I don’t really think it likes being all covered up all the time. I’ve still been cleaning it and moisturizing it for these couple days but there’s been no makeup on it. Honestly it’s already feeling less dry.

Maybe it’s just me but at least a lot of people I know have been pretty down lately for whatever reason, myself included. I know some people really like to focus on makeup and going all out on that when they’re feeling down but I’m kind of the opposite. I guess sometimes I do really want to go all out on makeup if I’m having a bad day or week but really I know that it won’t really help. I’ve kind of decided that without the makeup I can focus a little more on myself I guess, if that makes sense. It also opens up a ton of time in the morning to eat a good breakfast, take a long shower, or just get some extra sleep before school. That little bit of extra time has made me more productive throughout the day.

I’ve got a couple pretty big blemishes on my face so these first couple days have been really weird. I’ve really wanted to cover up the spots and also cover up my dark circles under my eyes. It’s amazing how dependent I’ve gotten on concealer. Honestly though, nobody looks at me or treats me any different. I still get people smiling at me when I walk by and little things like that. My family hasn’t said anything either (if my mom thought I looked bad she would say something). I’m sure some people have thought I look a little tired or something (please don’t tell people they look tired, it makes me feel terrible when people say I look tired) but it really hasn’t made a huge difference in how other see me and treat me, it’s been all about how I see myself.

So how’s your guys’ relationship with makeup? Maybe it would be nice to go makeup free for a while. Hopefully the start to your week has been a good one. It’s going to be a long week for me but Friday is only 3 days away. Always let me know what you think and what you want to see posted next in the comments. Have a great day guys and I’ll see you Thursday. 🙂

Dry Winter Skin

Last week I did a post on dry winter hair so I thought it would be good to do one on skin as well. Now I’m talking about my face here, not my body. For that I just use body butter and lotion from Bath and Body Works most of the time. I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t actually do much in terms of skin care. I’ve tried a couple different face washes (all of them that I’ve tried are alright but nothing special) and I’ve been using the eye cream I got in my Ipsy bag but other than that, I just have one moisturizer that I use (I also use Simple face wipes to get my makeup off). I used to use a Neutrogena one (which was fine) but now I use the Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer.

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My Concealers

Since yesterday was all about foundation let’s talk concealer today. I have yet to find a concealer that I really truly love but I have a couple that I use on a daily basis. I need concealer for a couple of things. I need a concealer that can cover my terribly dark circles. I have yet to meet someone who has as hard a time covering up their dark circles as me. I also have pretty acne prone skin so I need something that can cover spots without breaking me out more than I already am. For my spots I’ve been using either the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind (the dark circle eraser one) in the color light or the Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda pallet in light. Under my eyes I use a combination of products, I just can’t find one that does the job by itself. I usually put a thin extra layer of my foundation on under my eyes, then use my Pixi Correction Concentrate in brightening peach, and then I’ve been switching between using Maybelline Instant Age Rewind in the brightener shade or the Covergirl De-Puffer Eye Concealer in fair.

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My 3 Foundations

Today I want to talk foundation. I have three different foundations I use for different reasons. All of them are drugstore foundations. I have yet to try a more high-end foundation so if you have any that you think are amazing please let me know, I would love to try some. Currently I use Revlon Colorstay, Covergirl outlast stay fabulous, and Rimmel Match Perfection. Just for reference, my skin is weird. It changes a lot and definitely has drier and more oily patches on it. So I guess that would make it combo. I also have fairly sensitive acne prone skin. It gets red easily and I still haven’t figured out everything that can make me breakout.

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