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Friday, November 8, 2019

My Everyday Makeup Routine

Hello darlings!!!

I thought it would be the perfect time for a makeup routine update! When I was on Accutane (and throughout all my acne years), it was easier for me to learn what products I DID NOT like. And boy were there many!!! 

My skin is just super sensitive and it funny because the products they tell me will break me out don’t and the “natural” products…do. I’ll chat more about that later. 

My makeup routine pretty much stays the same with the exception of a few new things here and there. I always want to try new products and then end up hating them and going back to my original. I’m not wasting any more money! So here we go..

  1. Sunscreen: I wear sunscreen everyday no matter what. I needed to when I was on Accutane but it’s also so important for both health and aging reasons! I wear Elta MD Clear Sunscreen
  2. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation #6.5 or Chanel oil-free foundation #BD41 or #BR42. I use a few different Chanel foundations and they all pretty much work for me as long as they are oil-free. I prefer Armani because I feel like their shades are more natural looking on me. Chanel is getting better than they were a few years ago but still…they can still do more work on their shades.  
  3. Charlotte Tilbury shade #3 concealer or YSL Touche Eclat concealer #3. I like the CT concealer and will repurchase but I had to play around with different setting powders for this one. I was using the CT Flawless Finish powder but it was making my eyes tear and my concealer was melting off by noon. I use my trusty Laura Mercier Translucent Powder to set my under eyes. 
  4. Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish Powder in shade #2 medium to set my entire face. I get so many compliments because of this stuff. 
  5. Chanel Les Beiges Sheer Powder in shade #30 for my bronzer. I think it’s a little too light in the shade but it does give a natural look. I look a little warmer without looking like Kim K. 
  6. Giorgio Armani blush but it has been discontinued. I will go back to my Chanel blush in shade #80 Jersey. 
  7. Eyeshadow changes around a bit. I use Nars cream shadow sticks in Goddess and then go with Chanel palette #226 Tisse Rivoli. In the New Year I will probably simplify my eye makeup routine a bit. 
  8. I use Hourglass mascara at the moment because it was a free sample but I am not loyal to any. I think I will go back to drugstore. I do prefer dark brown mascaras! 
  9. I use Stila and Urban Decay eyeliners to line upper and lower lids. I am really liking the dark brown shades. They look a bit more natural. 
  10. Victoria Beckham x Estee Lauder highlighter in Modern Mercury: I have been using this for at least 3 years. It’s a limited edition but not going anywhere. I am obsessed. 
  11. I use Drybar hairspray on a toothbrush for my brows. I used to use expensive eyebrow gels but this is way cheaper. 

That’s it! That’s my everyday makeup routine. I do not wear makeup if I am not going to work. I let my skin breathe and give it a break. I will be removing some things come new year or as I finish up products. I am trying to simplify!!! 

Happy Friday and my skincare routine will be coming up next!

Enjoy your weekend!! 

Mel

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Final Accutane Update

Hello darlings!!!

I am SUPER excited to say that I completed my 6 month course of Accutane! Looking back, it went by quickly BUT throughout the process, it has been super slow. The last two months were extremely mentally difficult for me. In the beginning, I had minor side effects such as extremely dry lips. That’s pretty much all I had for the first 4 months. Once I entered into month 5…oh dear! 

I experienced…

  • Dry eyes causing tearing. I had to stop wearing eye makeup. 
  • Joint pain and extreme back pain. It would take me a few moments to get up from the sofa. 
  • Blurred vision which caused me to fall down a flight of stairs
  • Skin peeling (especially my ears) 
  • Mental side effects such as anger, irritable, depression, anxiety, and feeling of being overwhelmed. This started to cause major issues in my personal life. 
  • Severe sun sensitivity
  • Skin rashes and sensitives

My dermatologist was great but he told me the only side effect would be dry lips. FALSE. I was traveling to Disney when I was finishing the last of my pills. I had a few extra days’ worth as an emergency stash but I started getting headaches. I just threw them away. 2 extra days wasn’t going to make a difference. I couldn’t take it anymore. During the last week, as soon as I would take a pill, I would instantly feel the difference with myself. 

Do I have any regrets about taking Accutane? No. I get compliments on my skin daily. Would I do it again? 100% NOT. I also would tell anyone to speak with their doctor before starting this treatment. It is also an exhausting process between all the bloodwork and doctor visits. 

I have never felt this happy with my skin before and I firmly believe this was my only option….BUT it was majorly difficult on my body and mental health. 

I am sooo happy with my skin and I am even more happier it’s over….

I did it. 
Mel

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Week 26 Accutane Update 

Hello darlings, 

Long time no chat. Today marks 26 weeks since I’ve been on Accutane. I have 9 days to go and I cannot wait. These last two months should have been smooth sailing but it certainly has been not. It is starting to take a mental toll on me and I wasn’t expecting that.

I have no regrets but recently I have noticed I have been more emotional and depressed. My skin is absolutely flawless. Every single day I get compliments on my face. People always ask me what I am doing because my skin is the best they have ever seen from anyone. It’s so rewarding after going through so many years of cystic acne that made me insecure and paranoid about my looks. Part of me is actually fearful of finishing my course of Accutane because I do not want the breakouts to come back. But the other part of me knows IT IS time. 

This week has been the worst yet. A minor situation occurred and I spent my evening crying, paranoid and having panic attacks. I was totally acting irrational and have no way of controlling it. 

I do experience breakouts still if I put something new on my face and my skin isn’t liking it. I am still SUPER sensitive. For example: I went to Charlotte Tilbury to buy a new concealer. The saleslady applied Wonder Glow Primer on my face beforehand and by the end of the night…I had small bumps. 

The last two nights, I have also been getting small bumps on my face…almost like clogged pores. I am not sure if I am going too heavy on my makeup and maybe my skin isn’t liking something. The foundation and Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finishing Powder are the only two things I have changed. After I finish everything I have…I am going back to my mix of Armani and Chanel and calling it a day.

I will write updated posts on makeup and skincare I am currently using. Nothing has really changed by much. I am keeping my routine as simple and consistent as possible. It’s important. 

After this long and difficult Accutane journey, I have absolutely no desire to go through this all again. I can’t. 

It doesn’t seem like a lot but monthly bloodwork, monthly dermatologist visits, monthly pharmacy pickups, and taking pills twice per day as completely taken its toll on me. 

Next Saturday morning, I will be more than happy to be saying goodbye to my list Accutane pill. 

xx


Mel

Monday, September 30, 2019

Week 22 Accutane Update

Hello darlings! 

Long time no chat! I have enjoyed every single second of summer. September was so amazing for me! I went to South Carolina and spent my time at the beach and Charleston. Charleston is a wonderful city...so much beauty and history!!! It was the perfect way to end summer. The cherry on top! 

On another note, I’m down to my last month of accutane!!!! Wooooo hoooo! I can’t believe it’s almost over. I decided to do a six month course. It’s usually 5 months but the first month my insurance only covered the generic version so I wanted to do 5 full months of the name brand version. 

I’m so excited to almost be done. Some side effects? My lips are swollen and no matter what I do...they are peeling big time!!!! Also, I’m peeling all over my body and especially my legs. Not sure if it’s due to dryness or the sun from South Carolina. 

My skin has also become a lot more sensitive. I’m having a lot more skin reactions. I used a goat milk soap and I got rashes. I used Nars Sheer Glow foundation and I got breakouts. I’ll be sticking to Armani and Chanel from now on. 

I’ll be doing a beauty/skincare product rundown soon! 

I can’t believe it’s almost October! Crazy!!
Mel

Monday, August 26, 2019

Week 17 Accutane Update

Hello darlings!!!

Hope you all had a great weekend! I can’t believe it’s late August! I never want summer to end!

On a different note, I’m almost done with accutane! Just two more weeks! Yay!

I feel like almost all of my side effects started after month 4! Just a few updates...I had to change my makeup routine. I just wasn’t getting the look I wanted with my old routine...I’m mostly using Nars products now so I’ll share my picks soon.

What size effects have I started experiencing? Back pain is pretty bad and has stopped me from going to the gym. My eyes tear all the time! I stopped wearing mascara and a lot of eye makeup. It ruins my whole day!

My skin isn’t too dry expect under my eyes. Migraines have also come back...I’m really increasing my water so hopefully this goes away!

Hopefully no more new side effects and my last two months will be a breeze.

Happy Monday!
Mel

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Update! Too Faced Born This Way Foundation


Hello darlings! I’m holding onto summer for as long as I can! I hope it never ends! 

Anyways...I have an update regarding Too Faced’s Born This Way foundation. Unfortunately, I had to return it. I know it sounds super weird but I started getting headaches. I’m not sure if it was a specific ingredient but anytime I would wear it, I would start getting a headache and I even got one migraine. Nothing else really changed in my routine except for my foundation. I read that BHT can give some people migraines and this foundation has this ingredient in it. 

So I switched over back to Armani’s Luminous Silk and Nars’ Sheer Glow and haven’t had one headache. 

End result? Sad to say but I’m going to stay away from this one! I loved the coverage. I loved the finish. I love the price. I didn’t love the headaches. 

Have you ever experienced headaches from your makeup?

Enjoy the rest of your week! 
Mel

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