One Quick Question...

....how on earth do you guys store your makeup?

My collection has been vastly growing these past months (heh, makeup blogging) and I need a new storage solution. I'm currently shopping around, but I just wanted to know how you guys get the job done, or suggest storage solutions to me!
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In the Details {DIY/Tips/Tricks}{Part I}


Due to my super lazy nature/habits, I'm constantly changing up my environment to make life more convenient/easy/fun and enjoyable for me, and beauty products are no exception. Here are some of the tips and tricks I've discovered, and some I have come up with on my own (wow, so innovative!-sarcasm-) to make both our lives easier :D.
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1. I'm all about little details that peep up and make the day more interesting, and if it's beauty related, even better. I don't wear my perfume/body mists very often, but I do like smelling them from time to time, so I decided to come up with this idea:
Pretty basic/straightforward.
Leaves a lovely scent to your other cotton pads by allowing the scent to be trapped in the container. Mist your cotton pad/bud/square, and mark that cotton with an 'x' to make sure you don't accidentally use it!

2. You know those travel sized liquid containers you find across, like, everywhere? Save those. If you don't have them, hop to your nearest dollar store because they are a godsend. I mean it. They are extremely versatile and a game changer.

3. A lot of times when you buy facial oils, they come in the worst bottles ever--eg. flip cap, screw cap. The process of flipping them to dispense on your hands/cotton pads is the worst thing ever, because either oil usually leaks out, or a weird puddle is left at the opening. Either way, the entire bottle manages to get oily, which is never fun times. Again, buy your travel sized bottles, and decant your oils into a bottle with a pump. So easy, convenient, and mess free because you're not turning the bottle upside down.


Oils are incredibly convenient--why aren't you using them as a moisturizer or as a makeup remover? I usually pump some oil onto some cotton to remove all my makeup.

4. Nothing beats a cold toner/mask. But because I'm lazy, sometimes I don't want to make an ~extravagant~ trip to the kitchen to fetch my toner. Solution? Again, with the travel bottles, decant your toner into a misting bottle (so you can easily mist your face, or mist into a cotton), and store in the fridge. You can keep the other half in your room/wherever you store your skincare items for days you don't want to make a kitchen trip.

You could also decant your makeup setting sprays/facial...sprays...?, and store in the fridge. Great for extremely hot days, as you could easily store this bottle in your bag and mist cold liquid onto your face. Place your masks inside the fridge as well, for some relief against the summer heat. 

5. You know those Sephora foundation sample pots? Keep them, and reuse them! They're incredible for storing foundation mixes, and are super convenient to carry around for touch ups!

'This is my design' HEHEHEHE, anyone?
6. Something that is pretty common sense, but I only figured out recently. (Shame on me!)
You could easily do the same with the Sephora foundation pot--bring your pot to the drugstore and compare  other foundations against your foundation match.
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I wasn't kidding when I said I was lazy--this post was originally meant to be one large post, but I got tired of editing photos and gave up, so the original post has been split into numerous posts. But hey, more posts for you to read!...

Anyways, I hope some of these ideas are new to you (if not, I'm sorry!), and I hope it encourages you to go out and buy those travel sized bottles! Feel free to share some of your tips and tricks, because I definitely want to hear them!
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Tag: 13 Personal Questions {!!!}

I've been tagged by the lovely wonderful (and I really do mean wonderful!) Pauline over at Addicted to Makeup to do this 'Thirteen Personal Questions' post! I'm quite excited since it's my first tag, and to be chosen for anything makes me happy (childish, I know)!

Let the interrogation begin!
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What do you order at Starbucks?
Java Chip frappuccino, all day, err'day, even in the dead of winter. ʘ‿ʘ

What's one thing in your closet you couldn't live without?
My gingham shirt! If you see in in real life, there's a 90% chance you'll see me wearing it, and I'm pretty sure the other shirts are jealous.

What's one thing people don't know about you?
Sometimes I have the weirdest crises in the shower. For example, I'll dispense product in my hand, and totally forget what it's for. Thank goodness I've never applied conditioner to my face. 

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Battle of the Beams {Benefit's 'Moon Beam' vs. 'High Beam'}

I don't trust anyone who can spend $30 CDN for a face highlighter...let alone two bottles...wait...(yeah, I had to check if I still trusted myself...I don't). Highlighters are not essential, but I we love a good, healthy, luminous glow to disguise the fact that our late night sessions has left our skin quite dull (It's also good for ~mesmerizing~ the other sex [I sound like a 1950's guide to housewife etiquette right now, ugh]).

Benefit's liquid highlighters are among the most well known in the 'beauty realm', and I knew I had to try them! But does anyone ever know which one to pick out of the three? I ended up taking home 'Moon Beam', a 'golden apricot liquid highlighter', and 'High Beam', a "satiny pink liquid highlighter" to test and compare against each other.

(Also, I find the lack of posts comparing these two disappointing...so I made my own resource/reference!)

Swatches
One Swipe, Unblended
 Blended Out
As you can see, 'High Beam' is much starker than 'Moon Beam', and the latter is very subtle due to its apricot tone. (You can barely see 'Moon Beam'!)

SWATCHES ON MA FASE
Apologies in advance for my face; brace yo'selves. (Also, apologies, I tried a new foundation today and it made my face orange/really yellow ;-;) (Also, I have no idea what is happening with my nose...it's super weird)
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Oops I Did It Again...{A Bit of a Haul}


That moment when you realise you haven't posted anything in almost a week! To be fair, I have been busy marathoning The Tudors, The White Queen, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Cookery Course, going to school, discovering new beauty blogs(!), going to JT/Jay Z's concert, being madly addicted to playing The Simpson's Tapped Out game, and going to several malls. ._.'' (JT/JAY-Z CONCERT PHOTOS AFTER THE JUMP)

But enough about that--I swore I was on a makeup buy ban since my last Sephora haul, but you know what guys? I'm weak and cannot be trusted in any cosmetics department :( (#consumerism)

And so, here is what I have picked up as of late.

And maybe you guys are like...
....because some of these purchases are your fault. Like I'm supposed to ignore your loved/raved products? Pft.

Anyways, I made numerous trips to Walmart and Target, and finally found NYC's 'Sunny' after months of me being unable to find it! I also picked up Covergirl x Olay's concealer balm (which I talked about here), Maybelline Colour Tattoo in 'Tenacious Teal' (it was an impulse buy--the colour was too gorgeous to pass up!), Wet'N'Wild's 'Reserve Your Cabana' (as a highlight), and I finally found the new Electro Baby Lips (shade 'Oh! Orange!) at Walmart, and the new Revlon Lip Butters (shade 'Juicy Papaya') at Target! (I flipped out when I saw these finally in Canada!)
Definitely one of my worst product arrangements.  (Go home Vanessa, you're drunk)
I went to a health food store recently and picked up this Thayer's Witch Hazel toner. I've heard great things about this, and I can't wait to try it! I also managed to pass by PMall, and picked up Tony Moly's Petite Bunny Gloss Bar in 06.

I went to Sephora today to pick up Benefit's 'Go Tropicoral' kit. Benefit must be kidding if they want me to spend $30 on a liquid highlighter, so I got a set with minis of their coral shade products.

And that's everything! I'm currently working on a post comparing Benefit's 'High Beam' versus 'Moon Beam', so hopefully that post will be up soon!

Sooooooo...what have you guys picked up recently? ʘ‿ʘ

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Squeaky Clean! {Brush Cleaning}

(Wow, so innovative! Another guide on how to clean brushes! -sarcasm-) (PEOPLE, I'M TRYING HERE)

Anyone who owns numerous brushes will tell you how much of a hassle it is to clean them--the prep time, cleaning time, the drying time--ain't nobody got time for that!

But you know what I have plenty of time for? TV. Definitely TV. Always TV. Too much TV.

So why not do both? Multitasking ahead!

(Also, I tried to make this highly visual, because 1) it really is THAT easy, and 2) I personally have no attention span, so if I see pictures, I'll be all like 'OUU PICTURES', and I'm pretty sure 97% of you are the same)

Step 1
Gather your materials. You'll need:


Step 2
I like using roughly 1 part oil, 3 parts soap and 3 parts water.

Since I have a few brushes, this is the part where I watch TV. Or a short YouTube video. (TV suggestions, anyone?)

Step 3
Squeeze excess water from the brush into sink, blot excess on towel, and lay flat to dry. (Sadly, this is the step with no more TV)

Rinse out our bowl and cup.

Step 4
Cozy. 
I don't have brush guards to leave it in a vertical position, so I'll leave it like this for a few minutes before putting the brushes back into the brush case. 

Extra/Final Thoughts
- I scoff at anyone who buys brush cleansers from the store because you could easily use this combination of oil, soap and water for PENNIES, PEOPLE, PENNIES! (Basically, I'm cheap)

- I actually started using oil for brush cleaning because my Revlon Colorstay refused to budge off the brush during cleansing. Say goodbye to long-wearing foundations stuck on brushes! (I mean, olive oil also helps 'condition the brushes', but yeaaaaaaaaaahhhhh)

- Please, for the love of llamas, don't store your brushes upright (you know, with the hair facing the ceiling). I cringe everytime I see this because all the dust falls back onto your brushes. 

- Can you tell I love brightly coloured household items?

- Also, I AM SEEING JT/JAY-Z AT THE ACC  ROGERS CENTRE TMRW AWW YISS.

- Also, does anyone play 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out'? I'm currently ridiculously obsessed with this game, so if you play, add me at: 'ewvanessa'! 
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Cone of Shame


It's Sunday, which means, Adorable Sunday on the blog! 

Does any dog really enjoy the cone of shame?



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Things I Would Tell My Younger Self

Earlier week, I had such a fantastic (and hilarious) time reading June's post, "Things I would tell my younger self" that I decided to write up my own post. Lord knows half the events in my life are embarrassing and cringe-worthy, so if I had a chance, here 21 pieces of (because I'll be 21 soon!) makeup, fashion, and general life tips I would tell the younger, slightly dimwitted self.

Lord give me the strength not to smack the younger me back to Narnia. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻┻ 
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1. Front fringes/blunt bangs were ridiculously cute on you, aged 1-10. 17-18, however, is a hot unflattering mess.

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DO SHE GOT THAT PRIMER? SHE DOoOoo {Makeup Primer vs. No Primer}

Sorry, bad post title.

The other day I asked my friend what she would like to see from this blog, and she responded with "Primer vs. No Primer!" Needless to say, I was horrified because putting my face on the internet is some scary sht. But I braced and buckled myself because I wondered about that too. Does my makeup primer really work to achieve a smooth complexion and keep makeup in place throughout the day, or is it a placebo? So I observed one day wearing my Hourglass Mineral Veil primer and one day without, and here are the results (I also suppose this would be an Hourglass primer review, since I'm using it).

Actually, first I'd like to say my skin gets quite oily. Weeks ago during one of my 'no-makeup' days, my mom said, "whoah, why is your face so shiny", to which I responded, "because I'm a vampire". I KID, I WISH I SAID THAT. My mom would've never understood the reference though.


WAIT HOLD ON--another thing I want to say is that I am super insecure about my face. I'm half accepting and half embarrassed about it. I get super embarrassed when I see or talk to attractive people. But hey, Spongebob has taught me much about life lessons and acceptance.

With that out of the way, here is my face and my results.

LOL NO, I'M JUST MESSING WITH YOU, THE REAL OBSERVATIONS WILL BE UNDER THE CUT. (I know, I'm such a tease)
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Princess Mia & I {And by 'Mia' I mean the Clarisonic}

Is it weird that I call my Clarisonic Mia "Princess Mia"...like...The Princess Diaries Princess Mia? I'm in habit of giving nicknames to everything, unfortunately. Anyways, I've had my Clarisonic Mia for about a year now, and I'd just like to share with you my experiences and thoughts about this blogosphere 'highly loved product'. (Spoiler alert- I think it's just 'alright')


Also, because I never really did a Canada Day post, fireworks GIFs will be under the jump! I recorded the fireworks show at Woodbine Beach some of these fireworks are literally the best (as in, there's a heart and smiley face firework).

Back on track...

Dr. Horrible, anyone?
Closeup magic
I tried slowing the gif down to show the oscillation ~magic~ but OBVIOUSLY THAT DID  NOT WORK OUT ._.

A Bit of Background

I bought the Mia after hearing so many positive reviews about how it 'transformed' skin for the better--reduced blemishes, blackheads and whiteheads, 'tighter' skin, better product 'absorption', e.g. I wasn't expecting this to be a miracle product, but hey, if that many people were raving about it, there had to be something fantastic about it. I bought it summer '12 and have been using it ever since. I have ridiculously stubborn blackheads on my nose and chin, so I picked up the Mia, hoping for the best.

(Also, for those who are deciding on whether to go Mia or Mia2, get the original Mia...unless you really do feel like you need a case, a timer that tells you when to move the brush, and 2 different speeds...for an extra $20...plus tax)

Fast Forward One Year...
...and I still have stubborn blackheads on my nose and chin. I think if anything, I have even more visible pores on my nose. :((((

On the other hand, when I do use the Clarisonic on my nose, I do feel and see the dislodging of some blackheads, which is nice. It's also weird because the Clarisonic is able to take the blackheads off my forehead like a breeze. So basically, I really have no idea what is happening with the whole blackheads situation.

And so, I've assembled a Pros & Cons list from my own personal experiences with Mia.
Pros

  • Deep cleanses and exfoliates skin. When I first used this, my initial reaction was 'HOLY MY FACE FEELS LIKE BABY ANGEL FEATHERS AND BABY PUPPY FUR WOW SO SOFT'. You can definitely physically feel the effects of the Clarisonic on the skin, and with regular use, blackheads can be dislodged. 
  • Gradual reduction of acne. Gradual, not dramatic; I've definitely noticed a decrease in the amount of breakouts I get, because dead cells are sloughed off regularly. 
  • Better product absorption. With the dead cells buffed away to reveal healthy cells, products are better absorbed into the skin.
  • Mia is super portable....pretty much because it's small. It's size makes it convenient to carry around for travel. 
Cons
  • Expensive. So, so, so expensive (in my opinion). It's $120 USD/$140 CDN for the Clarisonic Mia, and on top of that, you have to replace the brush head every three months. Brush heads cost $25-30 CDN apiece. 
  • It's probably just me, but I can't, for the life in me, get rid of the blackheads on my nose and chin, no matter how much I scrub my nose with this product. 
I've also compiled a list of 'How to Get the Most Out of Your Clarisonic'
  • Do not use this everyday. Cannot stress this enough. It's a cleansing product, but it also exfoliates/buffs your dead skin away for smooth, uncongested skin. Using this daily will damage your skin through over-exfoliation, stripping away healthy cells, and drying out areas, leading to flakiness. Trust me, I've experienced this firsthand. I personally use the Mia 2-3 times a week. 
  • Wash your brush head every week. With soap. This is really important because you don't want a bacteria and dead skin buildup on a product that makes direct contact with your face every time you use it! For me, I just turn my Mia on, and scrub a bar of soap with it. Also, when I get foundation stains on my brush head, I use the same technique. (With that being said, take off all your makeup before using the Clarisonic!) 
  • Use a gentle face wash. Using a harsh scrub combined with the exfoliating mechanism of the Clarisonic is just asking for trouble. You'd obviously want to use a gentle wash when using the Clarisonic.
  • Best lip exfoliator. Best $140 lip exfoliator I've used, HEHEH. ಠᴗಠ
  • I personally find it better to apply a face cleanser on my face first, then use the Clarisonic. If I put product onto the brush head, I feel like all the product disappears into the back of the brush...
  • Play around with the brush heads! I find the 'normal' brush too harsh for my skin, so I use the 'sensitive' one. You're going to want to find the brush head that best suits your skin. 
  • This(!)

'TL;DR' AND 'I.E.' FOR LAZY PEOPLE///FINAL THOUGHTS

To be honest, I really don't see why manual and regular exfoliation with any other exfoliating product won't achieve the same results as the Clarisonic. I know loads of people will probably disagree with me about this statement, but it's what I've personally experienced, and I know it has worked wonders for people, but just not me. I feel like this item is not an essential item, but it is a good item if you've got an extra $140 and feel like buying a fancy-pants exfoliator. 

Stay tuned/click through the jump for really fantastic (and I really do mean fantastic) fireworks!

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It's a Dog Post!

You know whats great? Having a dog. It gives me the perfect opportunity to play with (aka. creep on) other dogs, under the excuse that I'm a 'dog person' (I mean, I technically am...but...).

My dog and I go on a lot of adventures together, and here are some dogs that we've encountered over the years. Happy Adorable Sunday, and enjoy the fluffy adorableness!

DUG! Everyone needs a bit of Dug in their lives, in my opinion. (I wish Dug is a real dog ;-;)
My dog's brother! Doesn't he look like a little panda bear?
D'awww. Sibling love 
I'm not sure...he may or may not be trying to eat his older sister's face here.
The vet's dog. This guy can jump super high!
Family friend's dog. This gal is literally the sweetest.

Saw this cutie, literally, years ago in a pet store. Me and my friend wanted him/her so bad, but I genuinely hope this dog has found a loving home! He/She's too cute to pass up anyways!

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It's a Liner-Off!

You know what's great? A smooth, creamy, and pigmented  liner that doesn't smudge when it's not supposed to. Isn't that what we're all searching for? But more than often, it's so hard to find a liner that fits all the qualifications. You know what this calls for? A LINER-OFF!!!1!!! ʘʘ


Hopefully today's liner-off provides ideas and insights into the five contenders today: NYX Slide On liner (Brown Perfection), Stila Smudge Stick (Damsel)(In the Light palette exclusive), Rimmel Soft Kohl (Jet Black), Revlon Colorstay eyeliner, and Wet n Wild Color Icon eyeliner (Charcoal). These are all either pencil or automatic eyeliners. 

As I was creating this post, I realised I've never seen beauty/makeup GIFs on blogs! Or is that just me? I hate recording myself and posting videos on Youtube, but I thought, hey, why not create GIFs for makeup swatches? That way, people don't have to loop/scroll back and forth to rewatch a swatch application! And voilà, I made my first ever GIFs! The only thing is, adding text to a GIF is still new to me, so it might be a bit hard to identify which GIF is which...maybe?

First up, NYX Slide On liner in Brown Perfection!
This medium brown pencil liner slides on like a dream! Creamy and pigmented, this brown is perfect for the lower lashline or days you want to swap the black for a lighter brown.

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Lessons Learned in Acne

I've had acne for the longest time--since I was 16 (I'm turning 21 in 2 months...yikes I'm old!) and for the longest time, I never really knew how to manage it, despite doing all my research and trying out various products.

When blemishes first started popping up, of course I was terrified. I had no idea what I was doing wrong, or why they were multiplying so fast. For years, I would try anything and everything--benzoyl peroxide? Grabbed that (and sometimes I feel like benzoyl did a bit of bleaching on my skin...is that even possible?). Tea tree oil cleansers and toners? Tried that. Salicylic acid facial washes? Tough luck, try again. Eventually, I just got so used to blemishes popping up that I didn't even care anymore, which is probably one of the worst things a person can feel--helplessness against a ridiculous skin disease and not doing anything about it.

Today I went out of the house to walk the dog without makeup on, and ran into my neighbour. I expressed embarrassment that I had no makeup on, and she was like, "You look fine!" (my face is in redness and breakout mode right now). Morale: there's nothing wrong with having acne (appearance-wise), but sometimes I feel we judge our faces/appearance too harshly, and we feel that society is doing the same, even if they're not. Acne happens--it's common, and almost everyone has a blemish from time to time. Even right now, I'm asking myself, "WHAT IS CLEAR SKIN?!?!?!" Does anyone ever really have clear skin, besides babies?

With that being said, here are some things I learned in my years, skincare wise. (Also, this is going to be a lenghty read, so brace yo'self)

(P.S. Seems silly, but I suppose it is a given...doing a disclaimer and all. OK SO I'M NOT A DERMATOLOGIST, BUT HERE ARE ALL THE THINGS I'VE LEARNED OVER THE YEARS DOING MY ACNE RESEARCH AND FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE. THIS GUIDE MAY OR MAY NOT HELP YOU, YES OK. ALSO, I DOUBT THIS WOULD WORK FOR CYSTIC ACNE, BECAUSE THIS IS FOR THE LESS SEVERE ACNE, PROBABLY)

  1. Do your product research. This seems like a no brainer, but I know I didn't do it when blemishes first started popping up back in the day. If a moisturizer claimed that it was good for skin with active breakouts, I would purchase it in a heartbeat. Blackhead clearing scrub? Grab that too. Grapefruit facial wash with salicylic acid? Smells yummy, I'll take that too. I now know I made my skin worse during the initial period, which was probably why I broke out so much. I didn't follow up the salicylic acid washes with moisturizer, which really stripped and aggravated my skin. It didn't help that I was using a low-quality moisturizer. My favourite site for product reviews is MakeupAlley.
  2. No product is ever a waste of money, even if you've done your research. I know a lot of people complain that they feel like they've wasted money on a product they thought would help clear up their skin, especially after they took time to do product research. I've had that feeling before, but honestly, it's all trial and error. Even if a review says they have the same skin type as you, there's still going to be various degrees in sensitivity and reaction to the product. If a product didn't work out for you, it's not a waste of money, because now you know what ingredients to avoid in the future. I've personally found out that tea tree oil, salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide don't work for my skin, all because I've tried them all in different forms (toners, washes, e.g), and god knows I've spent a lot on acne-products.
  3. Start simple. Instead of trying out salicylic acid facial washes, try a gentler face wash. I personally use Cetaphil's facial cleanser and Simple's face cleansers because they don't dry the skin out, and they are a perfect base for the rest of my skincare routine. When I was using the salicylic acid facial washes, I found it stripped my skin of its natural oils, and my skin was both flaky and oily at the same time (oily because my skin tried to overcompensate for the lost oil). 
  4. Spot treatments are your best friend. Instead of using an acne targeted wash on your entire face, and therefore targeting the non-blemished areas and drying those areas out, use a spot treatment instead. Spot treatments target a zit and help reduce inflammation while treating a spot. My personal favourites are Origins Out of Trouble and Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque (I talked about them here: Yes I did, heh
  5. Moisturize! Whether you have dry skin, oily skin, normal skin, or combination skin, you need to moisturize to balance out the natural oils that your skin produces! Moisturized skin = less wrinkles and fine lines, reduced oil production, and less breakouts. Even if you don't have acne, moisturize to hydrate. 
    Cassandra can tell you all the benefits of moisturizing. Still lookin' good at several thousand years old, yeah? (Dr Who, anyone?)

  6. Figure out what made you break out in the first place...and try to avoid it! The best preventative treatment! I know some women break out before their time of the month (I know I do), so I feel like that is unavoidable, unless you decide to be in the pill or regulate your estrogen somehow. There are various reasons why people break out--for example, diet, constant touching of the face (not necessarily hands touching--dirty pillowcases and hair fringes can be culprits), and hereditary reasons. I probably had my first breakout because I started sleeping later than usual, because I had a fringe (oh my god you would NOT believe how much acne was on my forehead it was like a MOUNTAIN RANGE) and because back in the day, I would rest my head on my pillow and hands while watching k-dramas (it was a phase ok :<), resulting in bumps along my jawline. I personally know how hard it is to adhere to these changes...I'm still trying to work on sleeping earlier, even after almost 5 years! I also found this helpful, in what acne in a specific region could correlate to, health and body-wise. 
  7. Experiment! They say it typically takes 6 weeks to know if a skincare product is working for you. If you're going to use a simple facial cleanser, play around with the spot treatments to find out what works for you! There are so many treatments nowadays...and this link will go into more in-depth about that. If you are going higher end, like at a Sephora, ask for samples first! There's no shame in asking for samples (even though I initially did), and asking for samples is better than picking up a product, only to not have it work for you, resulting in you ending up having to (shamefully) return it. 
  8. Acne hyperpigmentation takes 3 months-2 years to fade. Concealer will make the time feel like it's flying by faster...in my opinion. Just let your skin do it's thing...and by thing I mean regenerating cells. 
  9. Invest in quality products. I found a quote recently that said "Avoid Clean and Clear. Sh*t burns like acid", and I could totally personally relate. Again, do your research and find out what the general consensus on a product is. This is your skin we're talking about, so invest wisely in quality products. Remember quality doesn't necessarily mean higher price!
Basically, it's all trial and error in determining what your skin type is, what it reacts to, and what effectively works for your skin. Every person's skin is different, it's important to know your own skin so you can take products into consideration. If a person tells you what you should be doing, e.g. "Drink more water!!!11!!", scoff at them and walk away (I mean, only if you've drank loads of water but had no results, I don't know)(I personally know a friend who drinks practically 500ml a day BUT HER SKIN IS CRYSTAL CLEAR LIKE WHY). What you want to do is build your 'A-team', a group of 'tried and true' products that will rise to the 'occasion'. 

Here are the things I've learned makeup wise,
  1. Choose the right foundation and concealer. Do be on the lookout for foundations and concealers that claim to be 'non-comedogenic' ('non-comedogenic'= won't clog pores...supposedly. So, read reviews first!) or maybe even salicylic acid. Almay has a foundation containing salicylic acid, as well as Neutrogena.  If you can get away with wearing just concealer, then do it. If you have perfect skin, but just have random zits, you don't need a full face of foundation! Get a full coverage concealer if you can, so you can even sheer it out to use as a foundation if need be! Some great full coverage concealers I've heard great things about are Make Up For Ever Full Cover Concealer, Kat von D Lock It Tattoo Concealer, and Hard Candy's Glamoflauge.
  2. No makeup days are the best days. As nice as it is seeing perfect, poreless skin achieved by my daily primer, foundation, and concealer, there needs to be days where your skin takes a break and just 'breathes'. I find the more 'no makeup days' I have, the better condition my skin is in.
I don't get a lot of active breakouts anymore, but I am still struggling with really, really stubborn blackheads that even my Clarisonic can't eradicate. I also have loads of hyperpigmentation left behind (maybe like 75% of my face) that will take time to fade. It's been a long process, but hopefully the end is near for my acne heavy days!

If you've made it to the end of this post, thanks for reading these massive blocks of text! If you also have acne,don't despair, and I hope the end of the acne days is near! In the meantime, I'll leave you with a it of inspiration, courtesy of my favourite dreamboat, Josh Groban.


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