Facing it.

I think I spent my entire freshman and sophomore year of high school watching makeup tutorials by Desi Perkins and Nicole Guerrero. That’s pretty much all I remember other than wearing a plaid skirt and getting Taco Bell after school. I also tried to perfect winged liner but that never worked out, cue lash extensions. 

Apart from the fact that I learned Taco Bell isn’t the wisest decision for someone with chronic stomach problems, I also realized my face game wasn’t where I wanted it to be.  So, five years later, several thousand hours in Ulta, Sephora, and Target skincare sections, I finally figured it out. The reason my makeup didn’t look so hot at the end of the day wasn’t due to shitty or cheap products – as I used to blame. It also wasn’t the fact that I was under stadium lights for football games or that my best friend’s room had horrible lighting. It was my skincare routine. 

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Note: Don’t trust anyone that says to use hairspray as setting spray. Yeah, I tried it; I accept all judgement. I also sharpied in my eyebrows with Anastasia brow powder and outlined them in concealer until they resembled the Nike swoosh. I try to forget but if you scroll back far enough on my gram or look under my tagged pics, there’s proof. I also don’t bother removing them because I occasionally like to remind myself that was a reality, and I let it happen. So, I started using Neutrogena and then I started seeing a dermatologist. Benzoyl peroxide face wash and Retin-A became my new best friends but caking on several pounds of Mac Studio Fix Fluid, powder, and concealer did solve any of my problems. 


Fast forward to this past summer, it really took a turn for the worst. One morning I woke up and my face resembled an empty plate of Spaghetti Factory’s Browned Butter & Mizithra. If you didn’t know, you can literally fill a Tall cup from Starbucks with all the oil and butter left on the plate. I’m only slightly embarrassed to admit that despite knowing this, it’s a staple between the pesto salad and spumoni (order courtesy of Ang). I knew something had to change. 

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I’ve always heard great things about Murad and even better things about minimal makeup. For someone who loves glowy, bronze looks and eyeshadow palettes this was a big challenge. So, I ventured into Sephora at the Brea mall and decided to start from scratch. I headed toward the skincare section and focused on basics like a cleanser and moisturizer. I figured serums and oils were something I could add after I had this foundation set in stone. Since I don’t have intense breakouts I focused on brightening and opted for a Vitamin-C cleanser and Perfecting Lotion. I’ve been using this for a steady six months and have noticed a drastic change in not only the appearance of my skin but also the texture. I think part of the reason I was experiencing crazy oily skin was due to lack of moisture, as ironic as that sounds.


When I do get small breakouts I usually use a little bit of tea tree oil. Either way, I think using the bare minimum when it comes to makeup has really changed the game. I swapped all my heavy foundations and products for a day serum, followed by tinted moisturizer and translucent powder. To add some color, I opt for blush or bronzer while trying to keep everything as dewy as possible. Stay tuned for an in-depth post about my makeup routine!

Products mentioned:

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