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Monday, February 25, 2019

Acne Update

Hello darlings. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Just wanted to give a quick update on my acne. Since I returned from Disney about 4 months ago, my skin has been absolutely horrendous. Like bad. Cystic pimples everywhere and whiteheads for days. I am back to square one and it’s extremely depressing. I almost went an entire year with my face being perfect. Even in the summer which is my most difficult time…my skin was perfect. 

Here are a few mistakes that I made:

  1. I started playing around with products again. I admit it. This is totally my fault. I was good for about 2 years with sticking to my regular makeup routine. In my quest for cruelty free and vegan makeup…I messed up and my face didn’t like the changes…
  2. My nutritionist recommended I take basic b complex vitamins and dietary changes. This is my second time trying to add b complex to my routine and my skin hates it. I think biotin doesn’t agree with me. Since I am a vegetarian, my nutritionist thinks it’s very important but I am trying to incorporate it by other ways. This just doesn’t work for me.    
  3. My diet is very sugar, dairy, and carb heavy. All things that are no-nos.

I have been going back and forth on whether I want to go vegan. I’m thinking even part-time vegan is better than my current diet. I saw my dermatologist over the weekend and he recommended I remove dairy and gluten for my diet for two weeks and see if I notice a different. I am also back on oral meds. This is pretty much the last resort before I go on Accutane. I really don’t want to go down that road but I am sick of acne. It has been over two years for me and I don’t wish it on anyone. It’s frustrating, depressing, and embarrassing. I feel like it has taken over my life. 

Today is day one. I’ll circle back in two weeks and let you know how it’s going. 


xx 
Mel

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Lawless Beauty

Lawless Beauty | Musings of a Gossip

Hello darlings! Hope you’re all well. I wanted to share something a little different on the blog....clean beauty. 

So I’ve been going back and forth with the Clean Beauty trend. Of course I want to use cleaner products and want to avoid anything that can cause illness in the future....BUT with my extremely sensitive acne-prone skin, it’s extremely difficult to find products that work for me even with conventional beauty products. My main reason for wanting to switch over to clean beauty is because cruelty free products is becoming extremely important to me. I normally only wear Chanel, Armani, YSL and Nars which are brands that all test on animals. 

I follow Annie Lawless on Instagram and I think she’s such an inspiration and extremely motivating. I love love love the whole item of clean yet chic beauty products. She proves that Clean Beauty can be luxurious as well. During her 12 days of Christmas sale, I picked up a few items...I purchased her Woke Up Like This full coverage foundation, Seal the Deal translucent powder and her lipstick in the color “George”. I had purchased her lipstick before in the shade “Leo”.

It pains me to write this...it truly does because I wanted to love these products so badly but I’m on the fence about all of them. I’ll try to use the products I have because I really want to use them and not give them to a friend but at the moment, I can’t see myself repurchasing. Let’s break this down:

Lawless Beauty | Musings of a Gossip

1. Foundation- the bottle design is stunning and I love how the foundation has a pump! Brilliant! (My Chanel doesn’t). The formula is smooth and very easy to blend but it’s too dewy for my oily skin. I like looking natural and dewy but this is dewy and throughout the day it looks caked on me. Also, if I start to sweat, the foundation turns white in those areas. It also shows  every single bit of texture of my face. If I have one bump, it will definitely show. I absolutely wish my skin was perfect and smooth, but that’s not the case...I can see myself using this up during the colder months but during the summer, my skin will destroy this formula and make it break up! I’m trying to play around with different setting powders but so far only Laura Mercier can control this formula. I also now look mix it with this Chanel foundation. My Chanel is a matte formula so it tends to control the Lawless’ dewy formula. I think it’s a great foundation for the right skin type. In my oily skin, it also rubs off on everything, clothes, my coat, on people! If I touch my face, it rubs off and I have to use powder to cover it. Sometimes when I’m applying it, the color rubs off and I have to apply more foundation in that one area and pounce in with my Beauty Blender.  I don’t want to mix foundations so this one will get used up and I’ll probably just stick to my Chanel. 

2. Seal the Deal: I love how this powder doesn’t have anything harmful in it, especially no talc! But it doesn’t set my makeup for long and by the end of the day, under my eyes look horrible and my foundation begins to break up on my face. It doesn’t leave flashback and doesn’t leave any white residue but it’s not the best setting powder I’ve ever used. I’ll try to mix a bit with my Laura Mercier to balance out the two but then, after I use it up, I won’t repurchase.

Lawless Beauty | Musings of a Gossip

3. Lip Gloss: this was my second attempt with this product. Back in April I purchased the shade Leo and it was horrible on me! It was a peach color and I hated the way it looked on my lips. This time I purchased George which is a medium shade of nude. It’s exactly what I like. The formula goes on smoothly but it makes my lips look super dry and cracked. If I put shea butter underneath, it makes the lip gloss slide all over the place. The applicator is perfect but one of the ingredients tends to leak. If I put it in my makeup bag, I have liquid residue on all my stuff. So I leave the lip gloss inside one of my makeup jars and apply it before I get on the subway on the way to work. This way I’m not carrying it with me and doesn’t leak and I’m using it up because usually no one except strangers see me first thing in the morning. Beautiful packaging, pretty shade but too drying and too much work. 

Like I previously said, I really want to use more “Clean” products but I seem to be wasting more money because I’m trashing or donating everything I’ve purchased so far. I think the “Clean” beauty trend is amazing and can’t wait to see more but just like with conventional makeup, you just have to find the right products that work for you. So far I haven’t found. 

I love Lawless Beauty but I’ll have to admire from afar! 

Have you tried any of these products? Are you a fan of “Clean Beauty”?

xx
Mel

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Laura Mercier Translucent Pressed Setting Powder




Hi loves!!!!

My skin has been so problematic over the last few months. I have no idea what’s happening! I think I’ve been experimenting a bit too which with new products and my skin isn’t having it. 

Back in October, I bought the Laura Mercier pressed powder for my trip to Florida. I have used the loose powder version for years so I figured I would be the pressed powder for travel. (I hate a mess!) I had no idea the pressed and loose versions would be so different from one another! 

Looking back at my Florida photos, I can notice a white cast over on my face. The loose version leaves no residue or flashback! Ugh. So disappointing. I also used the powder for two weeks straight after Christmas break and I noticed I had really bad clogged pores and breakouts. It’s safe to say I won’t be repurchasing this in the future! 

What’s the take away?

1. The pressed and loose version of the same product can be polar opposites. Just because one works for you, that doesn’t mean the other will. 

2. Don’t buy new makeup and try it out on the day of an important event or major trip! Try the new product out BEFORE you leave and take a few test photos! Flashback is not cute!

3. Introduce new products one by one so you know which products are causing the breakouts. Trying 3 new products at once isn’t a good idea because it’s harder to track down the troublemaker! 

That’s it for me! Have a lovely week! 

xx 
Mel

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

3 Beauty Products I Don’t Like


Happy New Year darlings!!! Hope everyone had a great holiday! 

Over the holidays I tried three popular products and I DID NOT alike them. In my opinion, they were not worth the money at all even though they have loads of positive reviews.

Here are my thoughts....

1. Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray: I loved this spray when I first started using it but after a few days, I started to break out. I do have extremely sensitive and acne prone skin so many things make me breakout. I used this facial spray to set my makeup and the results were beautiful. My makeup blended together beautifully and I especially loved the look of my foundation...dewy, plump and healthy! I don’t think the smell was strong and went away quickly. My only issue were the bumps they came a few days after use...I tried to finish up the spray by using it for my hair but it turned out not to be worth it. I dumped the little bit I had and recycled my bottle. I’ll pass on this next time. Thank goodness I bought the smaller bottle! 

2. French Girl Rose Lip Polish: I maybe the only person in the world to not like this but it was a complete waste of time for me! My lips started bleeding a few weeks ago due to the NYC cold weather and my strong acne meds. The combo is always brutal this time of year! So I bought this scrub thinking it would help get rid of my chapped, cracked and flaking lips...wrong! It was a complete waste of time for me and did absolutely nothing! The only think that helped was shea butter I bought at Wholefoods! It was the best thing for my lips! I reapply all day long as soon as it wears off. Within a day I noticed a HUGE difference. I swear by it now and have been telling everyone. Shea butter is my new go to and I’ll never be without it again! I’ll be using it all year long. I’ll also be using it all over my body. I love it! I am giving this scrub to a friend and I’ll never buy again. 

3. Pai Gentle Hydrating Cleanser: I’m trying to get into the clean beauty trend. It has been a hit and miss for me. I ordered a little gift set from Follain and this cleanser was included. Thank goodness it’s a small tube. It smelled absolutely wonderful and the scent didn’t make me sick! (Certain smells trigger my migraines) It’s a hydrating cleanser and even though I normally have oily skin, due to Winter, my skin has been dry lately. I absolutely hated this cleanser and will never repurchase. It felt like I was putting hand lotion on my face. My face totally didn’t feel clean! It was hydrating and my skin felt super soft and definitely not stripped of its natural oils but I left like there was residue on my face after using this. I had to go back in with my CereVe flaming cleanser to really feel clean. I just wasn’t a fan at all. Even if I had dry skin, no thanks to the feeling of washing my face with hand lotion. Thank you, next. 

What popular products have you tried and ended up hating? 

Have an amazing week! 

xx
Mel

Saturday, December 29, 2018

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Hi loves! Hope everyone had a great holiday. I’m still on vacation so enjoying every minute of it! I already wrote my 2019 beauty resolutions so I figured I would add to it. I’m on a mission. Take a look at my 2019 New Year’s Resolutions.

1. Lose weight 

2. Start working out 3x per week

3. Eat healthy 90% of the time- only cheating on weekends 

4. Blow out my hair at least 1x per week

5. Save $5k and put in my savings account- and keep it there!

6. Stay away from toxic people

7. Take one vacation- by plane! 

8. Get rid of things and don’t build up clutter! 

My main takeaway from my beauty resolutions was... don’t buy unless I need it and it’s on sale AND only buy things I have tried before! 

As a heads up...I’m trying to transition into cleaner living and that includes my beauty products. Next year you’ll see more beauty reviews...but it’ll be a mix of clean and conventional beauty products....I’m trying BUT I don’t want to break out and waste money trying new things. 

What are your New Year’s Resolutions?  

xx
Mel

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

2019 New Year’s Resolutions

Hi Darlings, 

Hope everyone’s enjoying the Holiday season! I am! I do need to get better about eating and drinking…but I am trying. It’s just so hard with all the parties and get togethers!!!! 

As a makeup addict, I am sharing my New Year’s Resolutions with you all 😊
  1. No purchasing makeup unless I have used before
  2. Only buy makeup if it’s on sale
  3. No buying makeup unless I need to restock the product
  4. No visiting makeup stores
  5. No visiting counters unless for special event (wedding)

There’s nothing else I love more than getting my makeup done! I can spend hours (and hundreds of dollars) at beauty counters in one sitting. I am obsessed. In an effort to save money in 2019 and travel more…I am ending some of my bad habits! No more innocent browse through Sephora and Ulta. No more just asking for a few samples of new beauty products which will lead to a purchase…no more! I want to go to Italy, South Carolina and Mexico next year and that requires cash! Cheers to 2019 and making it the best year yet!

xx
Mel

Monday, November 5, 2018

6 Skincare Products on Repeat

Happy Monday loves!!

As a beauty lover, I am always look at the next new product launch and always looking for my next Holy Grail product. There are some items though that I always always always repurchase before I even run out. They are my staples and I can’t see myself stopping from repurchasing anytime soon. 

Here they are:

These are all absolutely the best of the best. I can't even tell you how many times I have repurchased. Are any of these your favorite?

Have a great week!!
xx
Mel