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No makeup makeup look for Acne-prone skin + The Perfect Products that Won’t Break You Out

No makeup makeup look is the perfect way to brighten and tone your skin while still letting it breathe.  When you pile on heavy foundation and powders, your skin suffers because your pores are clogged with products.  Skin needs to breathe in order for it to heal.  So for everyday makeup, keep it natural.  Your skin and your time will thank you because it honestly takes forever to go full-glam anyway.

The Products for a No makeup makeup look

First step in any no makeup makeup look is to prime the face. My favorite primer is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer.  I ‘ve used this primer for years now and it’s never broken me out.  If you’re looking for a similar primer then the Too Faced Primed and Poreless primer is also amazing.

After priming my face, I love using the Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Makeup.  It has light coverage that evens out the redness in my skin which is the key to the no makeup makeup look. You want your skin to be more even toned and still look like skin.

For more coverage, I apply the matching concealer on my blemishes.  Even though it doesn’t completely cover them up, I like that the concealer does not emphasize the dryness and contains salicylic acid to treat my blemishes.

Next, I powder with Neutrogena skin-clearing powder that blends into my skin for a satin finish.  This powder, unlike many powders I have tried in the past, does not cling to dry spots (even when I use the white high-coverage side!)

After powdering, I’ll fill in my brows and contour my nose with a light contour powder from Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin.  This gives my face a natural definition.  Using the same contour powder, I use a fluffy brush to add dimension to my eyes by blending the contour shade in to my crease.  Then I’ll apply a light dusting of Tarte Amazonion Clay blush on my cheeks for a natural flush.  If you’re looking for another blush that gives you a natural flush then I would recommend the Stila Watercolor blushes.  They’re beautiful and blend in to the skin like a dream!  (Just remember to apply this before powdering your face.)

To finish off the look, I apply the NYX butter lip gloss in Tiramisu and a light coating of the Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara.

The products mentioned (if you want the list)

  • SmashBox Photo-finish Primer
  • Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Foundation, concealer, and powder
  • Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin Contour powder
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush
  • Stila Watercolor blushes
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Review of Neutrogena Skin-Clearing Makeup

no makeup makeup look

I have dry acne-prone skin and for years, I’ve suffered from cystic acne breakouts.  Normally, skin-clearing makeup clings on to dry patches or dries out my skin.  However, the Neutrogena Skin-clearing makeup has blended beautifully in to my skin and has not irritated my skin.  This first photo is me without any makeup on.

no makeup makeup look

This next photo is with a layer of foundation.

no makeup makeup look

These are my blemishes with only foundation and no concealer.

no makeup makeup look

Then this next photo shows the light coverage from the concealer.  As you can see it gives a tiny bit more coverage and decreases the redness.

no makeup makeup look

This last photo is after powdering.

The formula is light and non-irritating. The foundation and concealer provides light coverage that evens out redness but will not cover blemishes or hyper-pigmentation completely. I also love that the powder comes with a dual-sided sponge that is high coverage (white) and low coverage (orange) side.

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Overall, the Neutrogena skin-clearing line has a satin finish and gives the skin a natural coverage that is perfect for everyday makeup.

For me, I would love to see a Neutrogena skin-clearing line that uses benzoyl peroxide because the salicylic acid is not clearing up my skin. But I am in love with the Neutrogena rapid clear acne gel.  It’s totally saving my skin!

Have you tried these products before?  Comment down below!

**Disclaimer: I received these products free for reviewing purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own.**

Skin Changes + Why It happens and My Old Favorites and Recent Hate Its!

skin changes products The Body Shop DermaE Neutrogena GlamGlow

Skin changes, real or myth?  Is it possible for your skin to change and your product favorites and holy grails to become hate its?  Yes!

Skin changes happen because your skin can get used to products and they can lose effectiveness over the years.  Since I just finished all my bottles of foundation, I thought this would be the perfect time to put this post together.  (Yes, I resisted the urge to buy more until I finished all the ones I had.  It was quite the feat LOL.  But I did it.  And I am on the hunt for another foundation.)

So, I revisited some old favorites and it turns out that they no longer look the same one me…

It’s so sad.  I comprised a list of my old favorites to recent hate its.

Why your skin changes?

Like your body, if you keep doing the same routine it no longer will be as effective as when you first started.  Your skin changes because it gets used to the products you’re using.  So your once holy grail skincare/ makeup products can soon become a “this kind of sucks” product.

How my skin has changed?

I used to be really oily.  My skin type was oily, but now my skin type is combination oily and dry.  Yup, dry patches on my jawline, mouth and eye areas.  And oily only on the T-zone.  My skin is a walking juxtaposition.

Makeup That No Longer Works

Since I’ve noticed my skin changes, I have found that quite a few of my old favorites just don’t look right on my now dry skin.  It blends weird, looks patchy, and clings to dry patches.

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – this used to blend beautifully in to my skin and give me great coverage. But this foundation now clings to dry patches and looks like a mask on my face.
  • Ulta double duty 2 in 1 foundation- A great dupe for the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation, but now it looks cakey on my skin. And when I recently tested it out, this foundation actually made my skin feel itchy.
  • Benefit Hello Oxygen Powder foundation- When I had oily skin, this kept my skin looking matte and gave me decent coverage.  But now it looks like cake-face and clings to dry patches.  This foundation no longer blends into my skin instead it just sits on top of the skin.
  • Rimmel London wake me up concealer- I used to use the medium shade as a contour, but I recently found that the concealer breaks me out.  This concealer is sill great under the eyes, but I can’t use this concealer anywhere else on my face or I’ll get a nice patch of tiny little bumps.
  • Cover FX blemish treatment concealer- This is great for treating acne spots but it emphasizes the dry patches all around the blemish which draws way too much attention towards my breakout.
  • Almay Blemish concealer- Also great for covering oily skin and acne but the formula is way too dry for me now.
  • Physician’s Formula- I used to use this everyday in high school.  It never breaks me out, but when I picked it up again at CVS I found that the powder sits on top of the skin, looks dry and cakey, and sticks to dry patches.

Skincare That No Longer Works

Skin changes also affect my skincare routine.  When I continued using a lot of these products with my skin changes I noticed more dry patches and redness from my face all the way down my neck.

  • The Body Shop Tea tree Mattifying toner- This is way too drying.  My skin actually turned red because it was so dry.  I had patches of skin flaking off my cheeks and forehead.  I looked like I was going through a chemical peel.
  • The Body Shop revitalizing night cream- I think my skin has also become more sensitive to oils and scents because this moisturizer actually breaks me out now! This is so sad because it left my skin so soft and smooth.
  • Peter Thomas Roth sulfur treatment- I used to love anything that has sulfur in it.  But this mask does nothing for my breakouts.  It only dries out my skin and leaves it feeling tight and stripped of all moisture.
  • Kate Somerville sulfur treatment- My old holy grail breakout treatments!  I can’t tell you how many of these I went through.  But my skin got used to it and it doesn’t heal my blemishes like it used to.
  • Neutrogena spot treatment- My go-to treatment to prevent breakouts.  This cream is now less effective.  I used to apply this once a day and it was enough but now I need to apply twice a day for it to keep breakouts at bay.

Products that still work

  • Bourjois healthy mix foundation and concealer- This gel consistency glides over dry patches and gives me a light coverage that evens out my skin-tone without irritating my skin.
  • Rimmel London Wake me up foundation- A great light formula that still blends beautifully in to my skin for a dewey finish.
  • PUR cosmetics hydrafluid- My skin always looks fresh and dewey with this foundation.  It’s wonderful and doesn’t break down throughout the day.  But if you don’t like the dewey look, don’t forget to set it with powder!  The coverage is light to light medium.  The only down-side to this foundation is the color selection.  It comes in only five shades and none of them are the right color.  So, I mix the light and medium shades together to get my perfect shade.  (I’m NC 20 and NARS Fiji for color reference.)
  • Bobbie Brown Skin Foundation- My skin looks like skin with this foundation.  The coverage is light to medium and I love that it comes in so many shades!
  • NYX HD powder- I’m still in love with it.  It’s super affordable and makes my skin look poreless.
  • Hourglass Ambient lighting powder in diffused light- This powder doesn’t emphasize texture or cling to dry spots.  Plus, it gives my skin such a healthy glow!
  • GlamGlow Supermud Clearing mask- This mask draws out all the gunk and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.  I generally have a few more spots after using this mask but it clears up very quickly.  This mask is great if you want to purge your skin of all the junk that gets stuck in it.
  • Tony Moly sheet masks- I love how soft my skin is after using these masks.  The tea tree mask is still my favorite go-to mask when I’m breaking out.
  • DermaE purifying cleanser- skin changes can be difficult and I am super glad that I can still use this cleanser because it cleans my skin without leaving it tight and stripped of moisture.
  • DermaE purifying mask- I use this mask once a week and my GlamGlow mask every 2 weeks to keep my skin clean!
  • Soap and Glory Peaches and Cream Cleansing Milk- I love how gentle this cleanser is and it removes any leftover makeup residue I have left from my makeup wipes.
  • Neutrogena Rapid clear (10% benzoyl peroxide)- It’s a little drying and I must use a good moisturizer, but no more breakouts!
  • CosRX Pimple patches- Lifesavers!  I have cystic acne and these patches suck all the pus out without leaving a nasty scar.  Plus, I don’t pick at my acne anymore because I have patches on them.

Perfect Dupe for the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick + Review of City Color Liquid Lipstick

the perfect dupe stila liquid lipstick city colors be matte

I’ve been in love with the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick for months now.  It’s my go-to lipstick.  There is definitely a learning curve with applying liquid lipstick but it’s totally worth it once you get it.  I love how quickly the formula sets and how matte it looks all day.  The Stila liquid lipstick also has good staying power.  The color stains your lips which means it doesn’t patch up or break apart in patches.  So, your lipstick looks good all day.

The only sad thing about the Stila Liquid All Day lipstick is that it costs $22.  So, I went on the hunt for the perfect dupe.  And I’m proud to say that I found it.  The perfect dupe is the City Color Be Matte Liquid Lipstick.  I have the liquid lipstick in Crunk, which is the perfect fall shade.  This color actually reminds me of the Stila vinyl lipgloss in terracotta which is no longer available for sale.

The Perfect Dupe

This dupe from City Color has great pigmentation.  It can go on in one swipe, but I’m not skilled enough to get the right shape and steady line in one swipe so I generally need like three. But the applicator has a tear drop shape that is similar to the Stila applicator.  Plus, both of these liquid lipsticks have a sweet frosting scent that is amazing!

These liquid lipsticks dry down completely matte and leave your lips with a gorgeous color even at the end of the day.  Since it is a completely matte finish, I would recommend applying some lip balm before applying.

I really hope City Color comes out with more colors in their liquid lipstick line.  And did I mention that these liquid lipsticks only cost $8!  Yup, time to pick up one in every color.

**Disclaimer: I received the City Color Be Matte Liquid Lipstick free for reviewing purposes.

All opinions expressed are my own.**

5-minute makeup routine

The 5-minute Makeup Routine + Makeup DON’Ts to Avoid

I used to believe that the five-minute makeup routine was impossible. Like how am I supposed to conceal, contour, and smoke out my eyes in five minutes?  Well, the answer is simple you can’t.

For an everyday (or I’m-super-late day AKA I pushed the snooze button too many times day) the 5-minute face is a life-saver.  It evens out your skin tone, brightens up the face, and polishes your look in just five minutes.  You might have rolled out of bed today but no one would know the difference.

The Essentials for a 5-minute Makeup Routine

Foundation, no concealer (gasp!) I know.  Let me explain…a medium coverage foundation will even out skin tone, hide redness, while still letting your skin peak through.  So, your skin looks like skin and not a mask.  When you conceal without taking the time to blend it out properly, you’re quickly left with cake-face or mask-face.  Both of which are scary especially if they’re pale.  I’m currently having scary clips of IT popping up on my YouTube feed and I’m still recovering…

The next essential is Brows.  They may be a pain in the neck to do, but they frame the face and polish up the makeup look.  Don’t worry they don’t have to look completely even.  Brows are supposed to be related not identical.  (And I’m pretty sure on most days, my brows are like distant cousins rather than sisters LOL.)

Last on the list is lipstick.  You can go with a MLBB or bright color.  Either way the lipstick brightens up your complexion and makes you look more awake. When you apply foundation sometimes you can look washed out especially when your lips are bare, so give some life to your face with a great lipstick!

Honestly, I’ve gotten the “are you okay?” comment way too many times in my lifetime.  My reply is always the same, “I’m fine. I just don’t have makeup on.”  Let’s avoid that encounter all-together shall we?

The 5-minute Makeup Routine

For these quick-makeup days, I love cushion foundations.  I look for medium coverage cushion foundations, so they even out my skin tone and conceal the redness from whatever breakout I’m currently experiencing.  Then I fill in my brows and apply lipstick.  VIOLA! We’re done.  We look alive, well, and still have time for our morning coffee.

What are you morning makeup essentials? Comment down below!

The Best concealer for Acne and Texture One Zit, Three Concealers

One Zit, Three Concealers: The Best Concealer for Acne and Texture

There are TONS of concealers on the market from drugstore to high-end.  It’s impossible to choose just based on claims alone, so let’s give them a test shall we? Here’s a not-so-hot picture of my face with no makeup.  Just look at that planet!

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

We look at the aisles and aisles of makeup in Ulta and Sephora and it can easily get overwhelming.  While we’re searching for the best concealer we may ask ourselves:

Which one can cover up acne?

Is this great at smoothing out texture?

Can it actually cover up redness and even out skin-tone without clinging to dry patches?

And which one can do it all?

Does the concealer that does it all, actually exist?  Let’s find out in this new concealer series: One Zit, Three Concealers!

The three concealers I’m testing out today are:

  • Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer
  • NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
  • SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer

The Best Concealer For Acne

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (Ulta and Sephora $29) takes the cake for this one!  It has high coverage that completely eliminates redness and covers up that planet on the side of my face.  The concealer does not look cakey or emphasize dry patches so skin still looks like skin.  Sadly, that means the texture on my skin is not smoothed out.

Pro: great coverage, doesn’t emphasize dry patches

Con: doesn’t smooth out texture

The Best Concealer For Texture

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The NARS Radiant creamy concealer (Ulta and Sephora $30) is seriously creamy, like your skin looks smooth like velvet.  The texture on my cheeks is less noticeable.  But the coverage is medium at best, so my planet is still visible and the redness is peaking through.

Pro: great for smoothing out texture, doesn’t cling to dry patches

Con: doesn’t cover up blemishes well (medium coverage)

The Most Affordable Concealer

best concealer for acne and texture one zit, three concealers

The SAEM Cover Perfection Tip Concealer has high coverage.  So, it covers up the planet nicely.  Plus, it does not cling to dry patches around my jaw line.  However, it does not smooth out the texture on my cheeks.


Pro: super affordable (Amazon $6), high coverage, doesn’t cling to dry patches

Con: not many shades (only 3), doesn’t smooth out texture

The Best Concealer Overall???

No concrete answer.  After looking at the photos, I’ll be using the Naked Skin or SAEM cover perfection for blemishes and the NARS concealer for texture.  The mixture of both will give me the perfect finish! But I have yet to find the perfect one…

Let me know which concealers I should try next by commenting down below!


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