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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Lessons I've Learned From Acne

Hello darlings!

Just a few thoughts I wanted to share. Maybe a little venting! Hahahaaa. 

  1. Stop Switching Products: I know this may seem obvious but I am so easily influenced by social media and YouTube and I shouldn’t be. When my acne was at its worst…I would always watch YouTube and end up switching my beauty products every 2 to 3 weeks. This became a cycle for years and ended up driving me crazy! I was doing terrible things to my skin! My dermatologist taught me…consistency is key. It’s so important for your skin to adjust and get used to products so it doesn’t react. Obviously there’s a difference if you’re allergic to a product but try to give it a month or two before chucking it. 
  2. Learn about Ingredients: I never used to reach the back of any bottle! I had NO idea what ingredients were or what they would do to my skin. It’s important to pay attention. I usually use over-the-counter products but I mix it up with medical grade. Nothing will ever beat retin- a from your doctor. 
  3. Facials are Key: Take care of your skin and clean it out! I get monthly facials and they are super important. BUT it’s important to find the right specialist using good products. 
  4. Stop Listening to People: At the end of the day, listen to your doctor and follow their lead. I listened to so many people and ended up confusing myself and making a mess out of my skin! It’s time, money, and your skin!
  5. It’s Worth Figuring It Out: Fixing your skin issues will take time and it effects every area of your life. I feel like my acne took over my life!! Just take a breath and calm down…it takes time but with the right guidance…it will get better. 

What have you learned during your acne journey? xx 

Mel

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

My Current Makeup Routine


My makeup routine drives me crazy. On one hand, I pretty much use the same products over and over again and yet on the other hand, I am always trying new things. Pretty much…I am always trying new things and end up coming back to my old product. Lol. 

The one thing I really struggle to find is a foundation I am happy with. Trying to find the perfect foundation is like trying to find the foundation of youth. It’s soooo difficult. I am oily and I love full coverage. I love my Armani but it’s not working for me during the summer. It slides off my face. It is amazing for special occasions but doesn’t really hold up for a 16 hour work day. So based on the recommendation of a Sephora rep, I bought Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation and it’s perfect….but I think it may be breaking me out…I am going to give it two more weeks. I am definitely going to keep the bottle I’ve been using but I will return the new bottle I ordered as well as the powder version. Anyway….here’s my current makeup routine:

  1. Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation or Too Faced’s Born This Way: I love both but I probably won’t be repurchasing either one. Foundation is impossible. Armani is super expensive and doesn’t last all day… Too Faced may be breaking me out…wondering if I should go back to the BareMinerals Original Foundation…
  2. Chanel concealer: this is my 2ndor 3rdof this concealer. I switch between this and the YSL. I love both and highly recommend. 
  3. Armani Blush: I usually use a Chanel blush but I like this one as well. It lasts all the day and looks natural. I think Armani discontinued their blushes though so I’ll probably go back to Chanel.
  4. Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Powder in Shade 30: this is my 2ndor 3rdtime purchasing. I use this as bronzer and it’s perfect. It looks so natural on my skin and I’m not overdone. 
  5. Armani Cream Shadow in Rose Ashes: this is my 2ndtime purchasing. I love it and it’s so easy to use but they recently changed the packaging on this one. Now it won’t even last me two months! I am almost finished. I recommend this one to someone who doesn’t wear makeup every day. 
  6. Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder: I won’t be repurchasing this. It’s perfect for setting your makeup and under eyes but it’s too light for me. (I bought shade medium) I look like a ghost when I wear this. I am so disappointed because this is perfect for traveling and doesn’t make a mess.
  7. Stila eyeliner: I have used this eyeliner for years. I just use on my lids and it’s so natural. Love it. 
  8. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder: I have been using this since 2015. It’s great and I will definitely be repurchasing. Too bad that it can get a bit messy….
  9. Estee Lauder x Victoria Beckham Modern Mercury Highlighter: I am OBSESSED with this. It’s almost 3 years old but I love it so much. It’s almost at the end of its life. I wish I had a backup and I never purchased another highlighter since I bought this one. It’s natural with a pop. I get SO much compliments. VB is coming out with a makeup line in the Fall. I hope she includes this highlighter. 
  10. Lancome Hypnose Drama Full Body Volume Mascara: This mascara isn’t my fave. I know Lancome makes a good mascara but this one is clumpy. I’ll try something else next time. 
  11. Bareminerals loose eyeshadow in Finesse- I love bareminerals loose eyeshadows. They are so pigmented and last forever. I like them better than the pressed version! I already have a backup! 

That’s it for now! I don’t see anything changing except my foundation…

Happy Wednesday!! 
Mel

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark


Hello darlings! I listened to my first audiobook! Of course it had to be from my favorite author...Mary Higgins Clark. A little backstory...I’m always stuck in traffic when traveling back Upstate to my family’s house...sometimes it can take me up to 5 hours!! So my best friend recommended I start listening to audiobooks to make the drive go faster. Surprisingly, I LOVED it. I think you have to find the right book with the right reader but overall I’m a fan! It makes driving not so bad! 

Every Breath You Take is the 5th book from the Under Suspicion series. Laurie Moron is a tv producer and her show solves cold cases. They go back into the past and interview everyone who knew the victim. 

This crime happened at The Met Gala (my absolute fave) Virginia Wakefield is a very wealthy widow which a younger personal trainer boyfriend. Her adult children aren’t too happy about rumors of them marrying. Virginia also had a bitter nephew and other potential suspects. When so much money is involved...anyone can kill. 

There were a lot of twists and turns and I love how all the stories in this series continue from where the last left off. It’s great to really know your characters. Each character grows and you develop a stronger attachment to them. 

I was a little disappointed by the ending of this book though. I think they could have wrapped it up better and explained what happened to other characters a bit better. But overall a great summer read. 

I can’t wait until the next book! 
Mel

Monday, August 5, 2019

Week 14 Accutane Update

Hello Darlings!

Happy Monday and hope you all had wonderful weekends! I never want summer to end! I have decided!!

So I have another Accutane update for you…it’s amazing that after 14 weeks…I actually do have some changes! Hahaha. My legs are starting to peel! I still don’t have much dryness of my face but my legs are definitely peeling. The right bottle leg more so. Who knew my body would get dry!

Also, my eyes are becoming more sensitive. After having pain and tearing from my right eye, I stopped wearing the new LancĂ´me mascara and the tearing has stopped! I am using a sample of Chanel mascara and it’s working great. I am still on the fence if I should try a drugstore mascara or just go back to Chanel….

My lips are really getting dry! They swell and crack and bleed! I am trying everything and so far nothing is working. Any recs are most welcomed!!

My nails are still brittle and hurt when I get my nails done. I am going to switch over to manicures soon once summer is over and I am not in water so much.
I have pretty much kept my skincare and beauty routine the same. Well a few minor changes to foundation (now using Too Faced’s Born This Way in Warm Beige) and using Amore Pacific’s powder cleanser. Everything else has stayed the same…

Only 2 and a half more months to go!!!

Have a great week 
Mel

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Review: Too Faced Born This Way


Happy August darlings! 

I can’t even believe I am saying Happy August. I want time to slow down because I absolutely love summer and never want it to end. I never want the cold to get here!


Anyway…I know I probably shouldn’t be trying new products since I am on Accutane but foundation is #1 for me and its been impossible for me to find one that I absolutely love. I love full coverage makeup. I keep trying to be that “natural” beauty but it’s not for me. I love looking flawless at all times. So about two weeks ago, I walked into Sephora asking about IT Cosmetics CC cream and leaving with a sample. The rep told me about Too Faced Born This Way foundation. (I wear shade Warm Beige since I'm tan from summer) I have never tried anything by Too Faced except mascara and eyeshadow. (I loved the eyeshadow but hated the Better Than Sex mascara) She said it had good ingredients and hydration from coconut water which is important for patients on Accutane. I figured I had nothing to lose and walked out with a sample. I tried it out for a few days and no breakouts! Thank goodness as I head into month 4, my purging stage is over!! I did try my beloved Estee Lauder Double Wear again and started getting bumps. I just don’t think that’s the foundation for me. But I was pleasantly shocked by Born This Way! Full coverage, matte, and no breakouts! Win, win, win! 

So pros of this foundation? 
  • They offer a wide range of shades- they offer 35 shades.
  • The bottle comes with a pump! Wooo hooo it’s so much easier to disperse! 
  • Affordable compared to my Armani and Chanel. It’s $39 a bottle which a pricey but thank goodness way cheaper than what I’ve been using. I am waiting for Ulta to have 20% off so I can stock up
  • The glass bottle is super luxe! I don’t feel like the packaging is cheap since it’s less expensive than Armani
  • I don’t use primer!! Yay! Another save for me! 

The cons?
  • I am not sure if I look orange. My bff tried this foundation and she said it oxidized to an orange shade. I also read reviews online and people said the same thing. Currently I am really tan so I don’t notice the orange look…
  • Sometimes I get itchy. I am not sure if my skin is dry from the meds but sometimes I have to scratch my face
  • Such a minor thing because my Armani is the same way but my bottle isn’t thin enough to fit into my makeup acrylic drawer with my other makeup. 

Final call: I will definitely use up this bottle. EVERYONE has been telling me how flawless my face looks and part of that credit goes to my foundation. Also, I love that it’s better priced than Chanel or Armani. I am looking to budget!! I will also try the matching concealer. Honesty I am on the fence between this and Nars but I think I will stick with this since my skin hasn’t really reacted to it. I also heard from a few people that this has better ingredients and doesn’t get as cakey as Nars. 

Have you tried Too Faced’s Born This Way? xx
Mel

Monday, July 29, 2019

Week 13 Accutane Update

Hello loves!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I was at The Met yesterday and walked through the “Camp: Notes on Fashion” exhibit. It was brilliant and I’m obsessed! Yesterday was the perfect day! 

Anyway here’s to another Accutane update. I took a little break because I really didn’t have any updates. I was purging like crazy and had cystic pimples large enough to look like bug bites. It was horrible. It didn’t matter what makeup or skincare products I used. I really thought Accutane wasn’t working for me. 

Thank goodness I started to see real improvement around three and a half months. It has really just been two weeks since my skin started behaving. The only thing I changed was my foundation. I’m now using Too Faced Born this way. All other products have stayed the same. 

I’m still not sure if I’m going to extend treatment by a month but this treatment isn’t a quick fix. Three and a half months have been a skin mess but things are starting to look up! 

Enjoy your week! ❤️
Mel

Friday, July 26, 2019

July Used Up Beauty Products


Hello darlings! I don’t even understand how time is passing by this quickly! It’s insane!!! 

Since I’m on Accutane...I haven’t really been trying any new beauty products except foundation. Is a good foundation impossible to find???? I’m unhappy with everything!  Every single product used up is an oldie for me and I’ve used before! Anyway...here’s my July empties! 

1. IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream: I’m obsessed with this eye cream since I started using it over a year ago. I have gone through 4 of these and already have a new backup! I can’t be without it. It doesn’t make me breakout and it’s so hydrating. I only use it at night though...I have recommended it to so many people...it’s a must.

2.  CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion: I love this for my face and whole body. It has no scent, doesn’t make me breakout, doesn’t trigger a migraine and is super hydrating. I’ll probably never stop using this. I love how easy it is to use since it has a pump. 

3. Chanel La Solution 10 de Chanel: This is my second bottle. I started using this more recently on my face since Accutane has really been keeping breakouts at bay but usually I just use on my neck and chest. This formula was created for sensitive skin and has no fragrance. As we know, Chanel products usually have fragrance...so this is a bit difference. Also, it’s pricey at $110 but it lasted me almost an entire year! I will definitely repurchase. 

4. Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Powder in Shade 30: So when I was originally sold this powder, the salesperson told me it was a setting powder. I stopped using it because it keep making me look orange! After going to a Chanel counter at Nordstrom, I was told it was a bronzer! That’s why I was turning orange! So this is shade 30...I would probably go a shade darker. So I’ll purchase shade 40. There’s only one thing holding me back from repurchasing...the fragrance. Sometimes when I’m having a headache or a migraine...the smell sets me off...but it doesn’t make me breakout. I’ll probably repurchase because I’m too lazy to try something new...should I try Hourglass? 

And that’s it! Hopefully I’ll have more empties next month! 

Have a great weekend! ❤️
Mel