Beauty Bits & Bobs

In high school (and, ahem, into the first year of college), I was crazy about makeup. I was good at it, wore it constantly, and spent all my babysitting money on refills of Stila liquid eyeliner and the newest eyeshadow palettes. If you knew me between ages 15 and 19, you probably never saw me without excessive eye makeup. 

Now that I'm older and (hopefully) wiser (or maybe just lazier), I don't wear a lot of makeup. When I do it, it's simple, soft, and easy on my skin. If I'm going to do dramatic eye looks, I'm probably going out for dinner or to a work event. Also, I'm comfortable the days that I go to class without a scrap of makeup - something that would have been unheard of three years ago. 

Now, this might be the norm for most people, but for me it's taken years of lifestyle changes and gradual personal growth to have the makeup routine I have now. Sounds dramatic, but I used to be so completely reliant on makeup to feel pretty that I would be mortified if anyone (with the exception of close friends & family) saw me without makeup. 

That being said, I've turned a lot of my attention to healing my skin and committing time and energy to treating it as well as possible. I've found that if my skin is healthy, then my makeup (or lack thereof) will look good as well. 

Eminence Organics

I posted a boomerang on my Instagram the other day of a mini beauty haul (feat. Eminence Organics) and I got a few questions and comments about the products. While I'm generally lucky that I've never had bad acne on my cheeks or forehead, I do have routine cystic hormonal acne on my chin area. I have tried over the years to combat it - drinking water, cutting out lactose, taking various supplements, etc. - nothing seemed to truly remedy it. Even though I accepted that it was just how my hormones seemed to work, I started scarring and I worried that my skin might be severely damaged by the routine outbreaks.

My mom is an esthetician, which has been a miracle for me (before that she was a hairdresser - which makes me lucky but also completely unable to do my hair because she always did it for me. Oops). She works at a medispa and has access and first hand experience with various top notch beauty products. When she sent me a package filled with a collection of Eminence products and encouraged me to try them, I was hooked. The probiotic cleanser and moisturizer have made all the difference in the world for my skin and I haven't had a cystic outbreak since I started using them! 

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I'm hesitant to call this a "beauty product," since it's literally deodorant, but it has been a Godsend for me. For as long as I can remember, my mom has been a stickler about deodorant. I think she read somewhere when I was a kid that deodorant that contains aluminum was terrible for the body, so since then, we've been on the hunt for a natural deodorant that actually works. 

I heard about this little jar by Sarah's Day (long time fan of hers), when she did a natural beauty haul a year or so ago, and she said that she absolutely swears by the stuff. I recently was browsing through Whole Foods and came across the brand and, since rose is without a doubt my favorite scent/flavor/everything, I picked up the Rose + Vanilla jar. The search is over! This stuff is natural, aluminum free, and non-greasy - all things the natural deodorant of my mother and my dreams should be (again, a little dramatic, but true nonetheless).

Babe Lash Liner

Okay, this one might be a slight negation from the beginning remarks of this post. I don't wear liner excessively, but I still like to wear it on occasion when I'm up for it! Another recommendation from my mom, Babe Lash Eyelash Growth Liner is smooth and easy to apply. I had since lost the art of liquid eyeliner - something I was a pro at before - so products like these make life simpler. And it stimulates lash growth!

xx Mark