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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

My Acne Skincare Routine

Hi darlings, 

I have blogged before about my regular everyday skincare routine but I do have to add additional products when my skin is acting up...I have been suffering with acne now for 3 years and it doesn’t seem to want to go away. I have found products that work for me and now know what I should stay away from. 

Here are some tips:

1. Especially during the warmer months, I try not to wear foundation and if I do, it has to be very light. My pores clog very easily so full coverage foundations no longer work for my skin. (I miss you so much Estée Lauder Double Wear!!!I wear shades Tawny and Cashew as reference) Water-based foundations are the ones for me. This one by Chanel is my fave. (I mix shades 30 and 40) 

2. I try not to wear any makeup on weekends! Again, sometimes I have to for events or work but if I’m just relaxing...no makeup! Every little bit helps and my skin and wallet thank me for it. 

3. I can’t wear primer anymore. It’s so weird because I always used to wear primer!! I have very oily skin so primer is a must right? For me, I can’t wear it at all. There’s not one season that I can wear primer...no matter what brand or type or time of year...I get whiteheads and bumps instantly. 

4. Do go for allergy testing! It’s worth it. I was trying to go completely clean or organic with my skincare and makeup and it turns out I’m allergic to plants. So every product that was plant based was making me breakout and I had no idea why. It’s worth seeing a specialist just to see if you acne is really an allergy to ingredients used in products. 

Here’s my full morning acne routine:

1. Sulfur Cleanser- I use Avar (doctor prescribed)
2. Bioderma Sensibio H2O- I go through bottles and bottles of this stuff. Super gentle on the skin 
3. Clindamycin (doctor prescribed)
4. Makeup with SPF- I use Chanel Les Beiges in shade medium. It is a bit oily/dewy for me but I rather be extra glowy than extra broken out.  
5. Separate spf on my neck- I use Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen with SPF 40

Here’s my full night time routine:

1. Purity cleanser to remove makeup (I buy the 64 oz once a year from QVC)
2. CeraVe or Bioderma to remove any leftover makeup- I do this because I want to make sure the sulfur cleanser really gets into my skin and it’s not blocked by leftover makeup residue. 
3. Sulfur cleanser- Avar- same as Morning (doctor prescribed) 
4. Bioderma- same as Morning 
5. Retin-A on face, neck and chest- this is doctor prescribed 
6. IT Cosmetics Confidence Eye Cream- most importantly this hydrated and doesn’t make me break out! 

Ugh I wish acne didn’t exist! Thank goodness I have found this routine to work for me. The trick is to use a routine consistently. No changing every 3 weeks like I used to. I know it’s difficult if you’re a makeup or skincare junkie but it’s a must to keep everything the same so if you do introduce a new product and have a reaction...you know what doesn’t work for you. 

Thank you for reading!
xx
Mel

Monday, October 22, 2018

My Current Skincare Routine

Happy Monday loves! Hope everyone had a great weekend! Just wanted to share my skincare routine staples. Quick and easy!

1. Makeup Removing Wipes to start! I layer on products and living in a major city, there's loads of pollution. 

2. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Facial Cleanser: I order the 64oz bottle from QVC when they offer it once per year. This is the best! 

3. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser: Again, I am on my 6th to 8th bottle. I lost count. Most importantly...it doesn't have a fragrance and it also clears my skin because it's good at cleaning out my pores. 


5. Retin-A 6%: this is from my dermatologist and it helps my skin SOOOO much!!

6. CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion: No scent and won't clog your pores!! 

7. IT Cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream: I've been using this for almost a year now and it keeps my eyes looking good and doesn't break me out. 

2x or 3x Weekly: 

1. I'm obsessed with this Juice Beauty Apple Peel mask. Obsessed! It's a strong one so be careful you sensitive skin girls. 

2. Josie Maran Whipped Argan Mask : not my favorite favorite like the Juice Beauty mask but it gets the job done. 

3. I have been using this Olay scrub for over 5 years. I have tried so many others and I keep coming back to this one. Nothing else can beat it. My Mom got me hooked on it! It can burn a bit so be careful. 

That's it! I do make a few product tweaks but I usually come back to these. They are must haves. 

What products do you love?
xx

Mel

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2019 Beauty New Years’ Resolutions

So I know this may seem a bit weird…but yes, I make New Years’ Resolutions and for the first time ever…I am going to make Beauty ones too.

I am admittedly beauty obsessed. I am an addict. I have makeup brushes stored away from years ago, I have 6 foundations that are brand new, I have multiple blushes from Armani and Chanel that have barely been touched, I keep order QVC beauty TSVs, etc. etc. etc. The makeup will probably expire before I even get to use them. This is only makeup…don’t let me get started on skincare! Scrubs, masks, cleansers and blah blah blah are all over the place. I need to start saving money and actually stick to a budget.

I want to do two things in 2019: travel more and start saving for a house. I can't do it if I am wasting money!

Here are my Resolutions:

1. No buying makeup unless it's on sale

2. No buying makeup until I am out of a product

3. No returning makeup

4. Only allowed to purchase products I have already tried. No trying new products. This is mostly due to my acne and I break out by a lot of problems. Only using known to work for me products will save me money and save me from breakouts.

5. I must stick to my budget. I have set a number to spend in 2019 and I must stick to it. $6k is my budget. I know this is an extremely high number. Trust me I know BUT it includes everything from makeup, haircuts, to shaving cream. Everything involving my personal care is in this budget.

Do you think I can do it? I'm a little nervous but I know once I set my mind to something, I can do it!

xx
Mel

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

YSL Touche Éclat Concealer Review


Hello darlings!

It’s still warm here in NYC! Thank goodness! I know I promised to get back into the blogging habit and I failed again. Hahaha. Sorry. Ok anyway, I’m back!

This morning as I was applying my makeup, I officially ran out of my fave YSL Touche Eclat concealer! (I wear shade #3) This is my second pen I have gone through and I will definitely be repurchasing again. This is also a Meghan Markle favorite.

It truly does what it claims to do! It brightens, it highlights, and it has no glitter. It’s very natural and luminous. On a daily basis, I have been wearing my makeup a lot lighter. Due to my fear of acne coming back, I wear a light foundation and tend to use a lighter hand will all my beauty products.


This YSL concealer is super light, not cakey, and I almost feel like I am applying skincare under my eyes. Thank goodness I don’t really have bags or dark circles so this light formula is perfect for me. (I know my friends with my problematic under eye areas can’t use this product) This is my perfect cooler weather concealer. I think it is a little too moisturizing for me when it’s over 100 degrees out. But most importantly, it doesn’t make me break out at all- winter or summer.

Final Decision: Would I repurchase? 100%. I miss it already! On to Nars, Chanel, and Tarte. Let's see how I feel about those.

Have a wonderful Wednesday!
xx
Mel