Okay, do not strip down to your birthday suit; this is a beauty post.
I say get naked because I want you to strip away that makeup!
Lately, I have been trying my hardest to minimize my use of makeup in order to see how my skin would react. As a young lady with oily skin I am prone to breakouts and major shine!
I have always used foundation in order to hide my blemishes as well as create the illusion that I have flawless skin. In addition, I am a beauty product junkie so I am always tempted to try new products as well.
Thus, for the new year I wanted to see if decreasing my makeup use would affect my skin and it did! I have experienced less breakouts and redness. However, instead of piling on the foundation I have opted just for bronzer, lipstick, and mascara. Today, I opted for a bare face with no bronzer or foundation. I simply penciled in my eyebrows , lined my lips with brown pencil, and applied dark beige lipstick. I still have a fresh natural look that simply enhances my beauty.
As for my beauty regimen I start my day by washing my face with either Neutrogena beauty bar or the grapefruit acne wash. Once a week I will do a face mask; my favorite is the Lancome Pure Empreinte Masque. However, I sometimes switch it up and use Juara Rose & Willow Bark Blemish Free Mask. After washing my face I apply Soap & Glory's Dr. Spot on my blemishes and follow up with Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream which I have been using since I was 8 years old! It is great for dry and sensitive skin and also for the winter months. Although I have oily skin I like using a heavy cream like Cetaphil because it keeps my skin soft and moisturized throughout the day. If I use a lighter cream my skin gets irritably dry! On the days I really want to apply make up I use Lancome Star Bronzer and sweep Lancome Hypnose Doll lashes on my top lashes only. I use Korres lip butter daily to keep my lips soft and moisturized; it also adds a lovely hint of color.
What are your beauty staples? Do you think you can go without makeup? What are your beauty challenges?
According to the dictionary serendipity is a happy accident. To be more specific it is an occurrence of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. After a tumultuous year in 2012 I finally feel as if I have turned over a new leaf. Finally, I have encountered bliss and happiness in not just my professional life but my personal life as well. Many people don't believe in good luck or things of that nature but I always remain open to all possibilities. For the most part I have become more optimistic and have gained more confidence in myself. Plenty of times I have limited myself because I cared too much of what people think of me, but eventually you realize you are unhappy and just delaying your destiny. Believing in my dreams and not being afraid of what people think of me was the first step in the right direction for me. Even if you do not believe in good luck or serendipity this series of happy accidents in the past few months have brought me much joy and I encourage you to open up you heart to all the possibilities.