March 21, 2014

Make-up Drawer Take 2

A while back, I posted about what's in my make-up drawer

Since then, there's been a few additions.

-An e.l.f. powder brush that does amazing work.  Of course, it works in the medium of bareMinerals, which will make a $3 brush do the work of a $33 brush.  
-I'm loving the bareMinerals.  It was worth every penny of the $25 I paid for it.  I will continue to give them money for a product like this, that's for sure.
-I also snatched up some e.l.f. eyeshadow.  It's okay.  I'm a fan of the shimmer, so I do prefer my Almay palette.  (Listen to me: saying "palette" like is a Naked one or something.  My Almay "palette" was $4.)  
-Also bought eye cream.  This one was $10.  I remember to put it on.  Most nights.  

[Insert blog break to go put on eye cream]

Next up: Coconut oil.  Here's 20 Ways to Use Coconut Oil.  For a minute there, I was concerned because I didn't buy extra-virgin coconut oil, but the pickings at Wal-Mart were slim.  This seems to do the job.  I did read that it's important to use organic because it's going directly onto your skin.

I've stopped using my moisturizer.  I've used Oil of Olay with SPF since I was 16.  Never had a problem with it.  I hate having dry skin, so I usually lather on a dollop after each face-washing. When Scott told me that breakouts were probably caused by moisturizer, I didn't believe him.  However, I gave it a shot: I stopped using it.  My face cleared up.  Lesson learned.  Suffer through the dryness for a couple of days.  It will be worth it.

Also, I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and they gave me a topical cream for breakouts.  Works wonders!  Causes extreme dryness, which leads to me wanting to moisturizer, which leads me to  just having to suck it up.

I do dab on a bit of coconut oil and that helps.  I've read mixed reviews about coconut oil, but the consensus seems to be that it will initially make breakouts worse and then make them better.  Which is why I use sparingly.

I've also switched to using the Clarisonic only once a day.  I was using it twice but then Scott also suggested that I was probably over cleansing.  He, of course, is right.
I started using it only at night to take off make-up and grime from the day and I like this better.

Also, concerning Scott, he said: How many times do you see me wash my face?
Me: Never.
Scott: How many pimples do I get?
Me: None. Ever.
Scott: Exactly.

He's ridiculous. And apparently 90% of our conversations involve skincare.


  1. I'll have to try all of those uses for coconut oil! I use it on James and the only time I've used it is to rub it on my hands after using it on him. I can't tell you how many times I've had that exact conversation with Dylan regarding face washing!

  2. Guys are just different... my son in law always forgets to brush his teeth - never flosses, never has had a cavity. Me? I forget to brush after one meal & I need a root canal. Same principle apples to our skin.

  3. I love my elf brushes they are the best I have ever purchased.

  4. Jonathan is the same freaking way. He never washes his face--i mean beyond a bar of soap in the shower. He's probably right. My face has been out of control lately. Maybe I'll nix the moisturizer and see if that helps. UGGGGHHHHH. Stupid pimples at 27! What gives!

  5. I love using coconut oil on my face. I've never had it make me break out - but then when I use it, I also mix it with 1-2 drops of tea tree oil. Partially because I have that same brand you posted and for some reason it makes my skin smell like baby spit-up. It's strange. I'm currently debating whether to throw it out and get a different one or suck it up and finish it. The tea tree oil, though, is an antiseptic so it helps with break outs! And it smells good.

  6. Guys have the whole skin thing so much easier for whatever reason...

  7. Scott may be right, but somehow, I just think it's different for them than it is for us! They're not putting make-up on all the time.....


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