Friday, December 19, 2014

My Beauty Secrets

It's really no secret that most women have large pores, short eyelashes, and dry skin. It's like- a LOT of pressure to look amazing all the time.

Especially when you suffer from acne, rosacea, or just occasional wretchedness. I know I do.

I've dabbled in both the natural and chemical of basically every beauty product out there. I've made my own products, even, some have turned out to be quite successful- others not so much.

I am going to show you some tips and tricks and I will finish this post with the one product that I think is a game changer in the complexion world.

It seams trivial - but drinking enough water every day will make your skin look so much better. I don't mean, have a few glasses of water every day. I mean drink at least 1 liter of water every day if not 2. Hydration is everything. Start here and if you don't see a huge difference in your complexion in a week I'd be shocked.

Enlarged Pores

First of all if you have large pores there are a few things you can do to cover this while you are treating them. There are two products out there that you put on BEFORE you put your foundation on and both of them work well. They are the same item made by two different brands so I am going to give you the high/low.

High - Benefit Porefessional $31

I've used this product for years and it works well (although I do not currently use it because ..well I'll get into that). It is expensive, though. It fills your pores before you put on your makeup so it isn't a permanent solution to the problem, but it will give your makeup a flawless look when used.

Low - Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser - $6

The feel of this product on the skin is not as light as the Benefit but the outcome looks the same. So if you are on a budget (or even if you're not!) this is a great option. I bought mine at Target.

In addition to these, Glam Glow makes a great mask for pore reduction.

The Glam Glow mask was recommended to me by my makeup artist for our wedding, Savannah Perez. The girl knows her stuff. See her work here :

Red Skin 

If you have red or splotchy skin, also known as rosacea, you may have a food allergy. I used to get extremely red skin from eating tomatoes. Sometimes I still get it if I have straight espresso, alcohol, or spicy foods. Try eliminating these things first to see if it has an effect.

In the mean time there are things you can do to cover the redness. A yellow tinted concealer can be extremely helpful to cover any redness especially from breakouts. Blending properly does take a practiced hand, so take some time to work on your application skills before leaving the house. This is my go to pallet for covering any redness or blemishes.

Mac Studio Conceal and Correct $40 and worth every penny

My Cure-all = Clarisonic 

Now I am really going to get into the nitty gritty of how I changed my skin for the better. Let me emphasize by saying I tried many, MANY natural options. Some good ones- tea tree oil, oil cleansing, honey masks... the list goes on. But none of these were a permanent solution for me.

I started a new skin regime about a month ago and my skin has done a complete one-eighty. I decided to try using proactive + which states to be much better than the original formula. I used to use proactive back in the day and did not like it. I also purchased a Clarisonic with a sensitive head attachment.

Now my nightly routine goes like this:

1. Wash face with Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser - this is a super quick was just to remove the makeup.

2. Apply small amount of Step 1 of Proactive + to my Clarisonic and wash face - takes 1 minute

3. Follow steps 2 and 3 of the Proactive + system.

In the morning, I just rinse my face with water or wash with a small amount of the Neutrogena.

This is what works for ME. If you don't suffer from moderate to mild breakouts but have enlarged pores or red skin I would recommend the Clarisonic with the sensitive attachment with a mild cleanser like the Neutrogena.

Pointers- Do not start all out with the Clarisonic. Start 3x per week and move up to 1x per day. 

I have notice a HUGE change in the size of my pores meaning they are MUCH smaller than they used to be. My skin is always soft, and makeup application looks 100x better. Yes the Clarisonic is expensive, but for me it was worth the investment to feel confident about my skin.

Today is the LAST DAY of Clarisonic's 20% off deal

Short Lashes

Final words for all my ladies out there who are looking for the perfect mascara to create the look of long lashes. I swear by this combo:

Dior Maximizer and Dior Overcurl $25 each

The white tube is a prep/primer for your lashes. It conditions and lengthens. The silver tube has an awesome curved applicator that adds plenty of curl and bounce to the lashes. If you have to pick only one bottle, go for the Overcurl. Dior frequently has buy two get one free deals. Stock up when you can. It's a show stopper. 

If $25 dollar mascara is out of your price range:

L'OrĂ©al makes a mascara called Voluminous Original. This does not provide a lot of curl though so be sure to curl your lashes well, before applying. Although you should be curling your lashes before you apply your mascara anyways... but do NOT curl them once you have mascara on. That's just asking for trouble. 

Maybelline makes a mascara called Pumped Up! In a bright pink and yellow tube. This is what I call a "purse mascara." Perfect for throwing on at any time. Adds volume and length. 

I hope this information was helpful for you ladies. Please feel free to ask questions or shoot me a message if you have anything specific you'd like to know!

Your blushing beauty

Miss Ally Jean

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