RSS | Archive | Random

About

comely [kuhm-lee];
adj., attractive, becoming, buxom, graceful, pleasant, or wholesome; beautiful


This isn't necessarily a "beauty blog" in that all it does is focus on makeup and hair. It's more of a beauty, style, and health blog, and it focuses on living beautifully and happily.

Following

14 December 12

My Skincare Regimen!

So, before I go into it, I figured I’d give you all a history/background on my skin throughout the years.

History:

I first got acne when I was around 11. I hit puberty early (and it totally sucked). From the ages of 11-16 I had very oil skin and I could never keep it under control. I also had cystic acne and we tried at least 4 or five different prescription medications, lotions, and serums several times for my skin. Nothing ever worked for me, and it was awful and embarrassing because everyone I was around always had clear, healthy skin.

Then when I turned 16, my dermatologist put me on an 8 month cycle of Accutane (I believe that the generic is Amnesteen, which is the brand I took). I was supposed to be taking birth control during it (it causes terrible birth defects if you get pregnant while taking it), but I stopped because they kind that they gave me had bad side effects and I wasn’t sexually active. Now, normally when you take Accutane you take a 6 month cycle of it because the chemicals that are in it are horrible for your liver. Supposedly, for every month you take it the percentage chance that you will develop acne again goes down.

My skin cleared up dramatically during and after that 8 months, but I went from having oily skin to horribly dry skin (which I kind of don’t mind, because it’s more easy to manage in my opinion). I was so happy though. I finally felt really good about myself. My skin tone was even and I had very few scars left over.

Around 9 months later, my skin started breaking out again. Though it wasn’t as bad, it was still horribly disappointing. I dealt with it as best as I could. I would have break-outs once every month (usually during my period, but a lot of times not), so when I left for college I decided that, to help keep it under control, I would start taking birth control (also for migraines, which I’m so glad I did. I used to have daily migraines, but that’s another story). My skin cleared nearly completely up, especially since I wasn’t wearing foundation at all during that time.

I think making the decision to get on birth control was the best decision I ever made for my skin because, though I get small pimples every once in a while, it’s usually when I go a full day without washing my face or when I wear makeup. For a while, I was using Lush’s Fresh Farmacy, but it honestly became a hassle to break pieces off, and it held onto bacteria so easliy and I would have constant little pimples around my forehead and nose. So I decided a few weeks ago to change up what I was doing.

My Current Routine:

I went out and scoured Walmart and Walgreens and finally decided on some products. I decided to forego reading and watching reviews on any products because they have never really been that great for me.

Every morning and night I use Say Yes To Carrots Nourishing Daily Cream Facial Cleanser. It’s creamy and really does get the remnants of your makeup off (I use cleansing wipes because NO cleanser gets all of your makeup off). I would definitely recommend it to you if you have dry skin or normal skin with dry patches. The Say Yes To line can get pricey, but their prices are lower than Burt’s Bees and I’ve always had better success with them than Burt’s Bees.

I also follow that up (every day) with a pump and a half of Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. It’s not light and not heavy, but heavy enough to really nourish your skin. It doesn’t clog my pores and doesn’t feel like it’s just going to sit on top of my skin. It has really been the best moisturizer I’ve found for my face that is supposed to clear up blemishes. It doesn’t dry my skin out at all.

For pimples, I spot treat with Lush’s Grease Lightning. I used to use it all over my face, but since I’m trying to keep the moisture in I stopped that. I recommend this to anyone with blemishes, whether or not you have dry skin.

As for the makeup removing wipes I use, Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Removing Wipes are awesome. They feel so soft, don’t dry you out, don’t sting your eyes, and get everything off. I love them.

My skin has been so lovely these last few weeks. I would wait a while to write this up, but 1) someone requested it and 2) it has worked faster and better than any other regimen I have ever used.

So, if you’ve had skin troubles similar to mine or have dry or normal to dry skin, I’d recommend this regimen.

18 April 12

BeautyBlender ($19.95)

Yes, I’m here today to review the all-coveted BeautyBlender. It’s been raved about by beauty gurus and makeup artists for years, and has been seen as one of the best application methods for foundation on the planet.

The BeautyBlender is specifically designed to be able to easily fit and roll over the contours of your face, and get into small places (i.e., the corners of your eyes, and by your nostrils). It is a soft sponge that you run under water and then “dry” (remove excess water) by squeezing the sponge with a towel.

I decided to buy the BeautyBlender about a month ago, and was actually taken aback by the price. it’s nearly $34 to buy the BeautyBlender and the specialty cleanser also marketed by the company. I decided, though a risk, to just go with the sponge. I had high hopes, I was excited, and then…

Well, let’s just say, that for me, the BeautyBlender fell short. It did apply my makeup pretty well, but I still looked dewy and unevenly coloured, which is not for me. I don’t do dewy foundations, I prefer natural coverage, and the fact that it made my matte foundation appear dewy confused me a bit.

Not only that, but I feel like I am wasting a lot of foundation. It takes me months to use a bottle of foundation completely, and I usually don’t because bacteria growth and previously acne prone skin does not work, but with this I’m nearly 1/2 finished after a month of use.

Not only that, but I feel like I can never, ever get out the foundation. I’ve been using baby shampoo, because I’ve seen a lot of reviews of that working. I even used brush cleaner, and I still have caked on foundation. I try to use the least amount of foundation possible, and it never works. Plus, if you clean it too hard, and I’m talking a pretty minimal amount of pressure, it starts to break apart. I think that if a sponge must be used solely with one type of cleanser only to get it clean, it’s a waste of time and a waste of money.

I feel as if it’s unsanitary. Since I began using it, I’ve had a breakout on a few places of my skin, and I haven’t changed my foundation.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with the BeautyBlender. I feel like it’s good for special occasions, but definitely not suited for everyday use, I would be more comfortable using a package of sponges that I could get at the drugstore for $3 rather than use a $20 sponge that catches all of my foundation. I would try and return it to Sephora, but I’m not exactly sure if I can since I’ve already used it.

I’d say, if you’re happy with your current foundation application, don’t waste your money.

3 April 12
Fresh Farmacy face soap from Lush ($9.75 for 3.5 oz)
“Feel like you have the world’s most sensitive skin? Allow us to prescribe you a bar of Fresh Farmacy, our calamine-based cleansing bar. Fresh Farmacy contains chamomile extract to calm, rose and lavender to soothe dry patches and tea tree to clear up any blemishes. The name stems all the way back to the beginning of LUSH, when we held a competition to name the company. Although we (obviously) went with another option, we thought the name appropriate for our problem-solving cleanser." - Lush Website
I bought this soap in September, while I was still in Austin, because I was really tired of my skin being out of control. I have a long history of acne-prone, oily skin, sensitive and this soap has done wonders.
It’s marketed as a soothing Calamine cleanser, and soothe it does. I’m still using the piece I originally bought, but I’m going to have to purchase more soon (and keep in mind, I use this every day, one to two times a day, and the piece is 3.5 oz). This soap helped dry up any blemishes I had, but didn’t dry me out at all. 
It’s oil free, and does what it says. If you’re looking for something that soothes and helps troubled, sensitive skin (and smells great), I would definitely reccommend this.

Fresh Farmacy face soap from Lush ($9.75 for 3.5 oz)

Feel like you have the world’s most sensitive skin? Allow us to prescribe you a bar of Fresh Farmacy, our calamine-based cleansing bar. Fresh Farmacy contains chamomile extract to calm, rose and lavender to soothe dry patches and tea tree to clear up any blemishes. The name stems all the way back to the beginning of LUSH, when we held a competition to name the company. Although we (obviously) went with another option, we thought the name appropriate for our problem-solving cleanser." - Lush Website

I bought this soap in September, while I was still in Austin, because I was really tired of my skin being out of control. I have a long history of acne-prone, oily skin, sensitive and this soap has done wonders.

It’s marketed as a soothing Calamine cleanser, and soothe it does. I’m still using the piece I originally bought, but I’m going to have to purchase more soon (and keep in mind, I use this every day, one to two times a day, and the piece is 3.5 oz). This soap helped dry up any blemishes I had, but didn’t dry me out at all. 

It’s oil free, and does what it says. If you’re looking for something that soothes and helps troubled, sensitive skin (and smells great), I would definitely reccommend this.


Themed by Hunson. Originally by Josh