Skin Care Routine May 2016

I’ve calmed down with the amount of products I use every day. My routine is drastically shortened because I don’t have a lot of time, I am lazy, and I want to save money, especially when my skin is fine.

My only problems are acne, which has greatly reduced since switching to Vestura from Lutera, and some dullness I guess (I dunno I don’t really care about that too be honest).

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Review: BH Cosmetics First Edition 120 Color Eyeshadow Palette

The front of the 120 Color Palette

The front of the 120 Color Palette

There aren’t many mainstream palettes out there that offer mainly unconventional colors, and there are even less that do it at an affordable-for-a-college-budget price. I knew of the Urban Decay Electric palette, which still would be a wonderful addition to my collection, but when I saw the countless positive reviews for this palette on Amazon, I had to see for myself. Also, my friend Tia, who is a professional makeup artist, recommended the brand to me.
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Makeup Wishlist

For some reason, I’m extremely interested in having fun with makeup- so much that it’s actually distracting me from school and adding to the long list of reasons I cannot focus on schoolwork.

I also want to be a reviewer of makeup, not necessarily a hugely prestigious one, but one that discusses unconventional colors and products, quick ways to get ready, and some science behind makeup, if I happen to know any (I’m absolutely inspired by Stephanie Nicole).

Currently, I have an obsession with liquid lipsticks- mainly dark, non neutral colors, so I hope to expand my collection beyond 1 nude color from Covergirl and 1 blue color from Beauty Bakerie. Considering my lack of extra funds and the recent introduction of an increased cell phone bill (my whole family just upgraded to smartphones), I won’t have frequent reviews nor a huge collection of makeup. This doesn’t necessarily bother me because I don’t have time to write a review every day, and I don’t want a plethora of makeup that will just sit in my bathroom waiting to expire. I wear makeup occasionally even though I would like to wear it more often.

Also, I’m strictly blogging. I’m way too shy to go on camera.

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Doing Makeup Again

When I was 13, I was introduced to makeup because of my Bat Mitzvah ceremony. My mom wanted to make sure I looked formal, so we took a trip to the Glendale Galleria and looked for high quality makeup. A staff member showed us Lancome, where we purchased a lipstick, makeup remover (you know that one), and foundation. On our way out, a woman from Urban Decay caught our attention and since then, we’ve been UD junkies and have not given Lancome much consideration. After my bat mitzvah ceremony, however, makeup usage has declined for me because it takes a lot of time and creativity, much of which I focus on other things. Here is the process of what I do for a quick makeup fix. Continue reading

Current Skin Care Routine

Explanations only included for products not previously mentioned

Morning-

  • Cleanser: Clean & Clear Continuous Control 10% benzoyl peroxide (Walgreens)
  • Toner: Up&Up Alcohol-Free Toner (Target)
  • Serum/Medicine: Fougera Brand Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Gel 1% (Rx, Walgreens)
  • Moisturizer: Clean & Clear Morning Glow SPF15 (Big Lots)
  • Spot Treatment: Neutrogena On the Spot Acne Treatment 2.5% benzoyl peroxide (Walgreens)

Evening-

  • Oil Cleanser (Sometimes, with full face makeup): Garnier Clean Nourishing Cleansing Oil (Walgreens)
  • Cleanser: Shea Moisture African Black Soap (Sally Beauty)
  • Toner: Up&Up Alcohol-Free Toner (Target)
  • Serum/Medicine: Clean & Clear Acne Spot Treatment 2% Salicylic Acid (Ralph’s) AND Hydra-Oil (Sally Beauty)
  • Moisturizer: Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer 2% Salicylic Acid (Walgreens)
  • Sleeping Pack: Daiso Collagen Sleeping Pack (Daiso) OR Laneige Water Sleeping Mask (Target)
  • Exfoliator: Tony Moly Green Appletox (Amazon)
  • Sheet Mask (When I feel like it): Various Epielle Essence Masks (Big Lots)
  • Pore Strip (Every 3-5 days): Biore Pore Strips (Walgreens)

Products I would love to try (Wishlist)

Anyone know of a good waterproof or no-smudge Korean mascara? Looking for volume, as I do not think I have anything with volume.

 

Review: Mario Badescu Products

I just began a new category of skin care product reviews. Previous posts criticizing products will not be listed under this category but may be found under tags relating to my skin care routine.

This is also correlated with a Blogging U: Writing 101 challenge. The prompt asks me to look for inspiration; my inspiration came from my bathroom cabinet where these products are collecting dust. Continue reading