Make up Makeover

2014 did quite a number on my body in general and my face in particular. Turning 35 and my second pregnancy (and child) were the one-two punch that literally changed the playing field for me. Okay, enough sports metaphors. My skin is dryer, more wrinkly, and acne prone than ever. In my teens, at least I only had acne to deal with.

Being eight months postpartum with one more size left to drop does not help either. I am putting more emphasis on my face and hair since I am not satisfy with the rest of it. Only now do I realise how well my body bounced back after our first child. Hindsight is 20/20 and not helpful at all.

Before I went back to work in November, I got a facial and got talked into changing up my make up regime. I used to wash my face with baby bath soap then put in Olay of Olay with SPF followed by Maxfactor Facefinity Foundation along with mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow.

The facialist suggested I add Aromatherapy Associates Soothing Serum and Face Oil along with the Oil of Olay and then to only use mineral powder foundation instead of Maxfactor. I tried it, but added Maybelline concealer under my eyes.

I don’t know. It just looked like I was wearing a mask. It is so difficult to even out the new patchy spots and zits and hide the circles under my eyes without looking like I have a mask on. And all that make up just exacerbated my acne, I think. So I am trying a proper face cleanser. I am trying out Body Shop’s Camomile Cleansing Oil.

I feel like I have woken up to this whole confusing world of cosmetics. Well, I ignored it all for as long as I could. And it seems to have gotten even more complicated in the past few years. BB and CC cream? What? And I never thought I would be applying oil to my face. Is it all just marketing? It can’t all be hype, right?

My skin seems to be getting thinner and more sensitive. I have read that is normal with ageing….awesome. So I am experimenting with going with more natural products (i.e. more expensive). That is why I am trying the Body Shop cleanser and Aromatherapy Associates stuff and am seriously thinking of trying out Origins BB Cream instead of Maxfactor foundation. It just smells so nice and feels nice. Is that enough of a reason?

Ugh. I am spoiled for choice. There are just so many moving parts and I would like to drop things from my morning routine instead of add more, but I want to look my best. And looking my best matters. Whether it gives me more confidence or makes people respond to me better or both, I don’t know.

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