So Over the Overdone Look

imageI almost want to start this post with “back in my day…” I won’t, but I will say a lot has changed in the past few years in the makeup industry.  I attribute a lot of that to the rise of You Tube and Instagram.  Social media has allowed people to connect with other artists and learn techniques faster than ever.  People have quite literally become stars just for posting selfies or videos of themselves applying makeup online.  While this is amazing, it’s created an unreasonable standard for your average person.  Makeup has become all dramatic contouring, strobbing, baking, and cut creases.  Makeup is certainly art, and I love seeing the art expressed, but I constantly hear woman come in asking for contour kits that can’t even pronounce the word, let alone tell me what contouring is.

I’m not trying to makeup-shame anyone.  I just wish more women embraced their natural beauty.  To me, makeup is about having fun, and enhancing your features, not about wearing a mask.  So many of the looks I see today look for heavy and I can’t imagine they feel very good on your face!  Plus, these looks often involve so many products!  What average person has the money or time for that!  I read a blog today about a woman who tried to replicate a look she saw on You Tube, not even a complicated one, but one described as natural.  It took her multiple attempts over 4 hours!  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

Just this weekend, I had a mother and daughter looking for new makeup.  The daughter was 16, and beautiful, but yet she kept talking to me about her flaws and how she needed concealer to cover this or that.  There was nothing to cover.  Her mother sighed repeatedly trying to reassure her she looked great, and asking me to do the same.  The girl told me that all the other girls at school wear a lot of makeup and she thinks they look better than her when they wear it.  The mom then took a seat in my chair, and I heard the same concerns all grown up.  Self-criticism and doubt, talking about how old she looked and what she needed to “fix.”  She thanked me for reassuring her daughter, and I gently reminded her that she was setting an example for her with all the things she was saying about herself.  I couldn’t help, but think that all the images of impossible perfection that wallpaper their feeds.

So ladies, don’t try to be someone you’re not.  If you see a tutorial on someone who looks nothing like you, don’t try to look like that, because you won’t, and that’s okay! You can’t change your facial structure, eye shape or skin tone.  Find elements like the highlight, lip color, or color palette for eyes and incorporate that into your own look, but still be yourself!  You’re already beautiful!

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Mask-arade: Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior

I love to try different masks, but I am always frustrated.  Masks are hard because you often don’t see an immediate effect, or any visible effect at all.  We’re all always looking for a quick fix, miracle in a jar.  I recently bought a few new masks, so I’m hoping to find some instant gratification in the bunch.

First up, Lush’s Cosmetic Warrior.

wpid-IMAG0446.jpgLush recommends this mask for oily, breakout prone skin.  The main ingredients in the mask are garlic, egg whites, and tea tree oil.  This brings me to the first problem, the scent.  To me, it was nauseating.  It smells just like the description sounds.  If you like tea tree, you should not mind it, but I’m not a fan myself.  The texture is like a little grainy, kind of like very watery oatmeal.

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I have to say, this is a nice mask.  After removing, my pores are noticeably smaller, and the effect lasts for a few days.  My skin feels smoother and irritation is calmed.

The downside here, it also one of the perks of this product.  Lush masks are made fresh on a regular basis.  In fact, each mask has a sticker that tells you who made your mask and when.  They are so fresh, they can only be bought in stores, from the Lush fridge.  Here comes the flip side, at home, they also must be stored in the refrigerator.  For me, the fridge is not easily accessible from my bathroom where I do most of my skincare.  It’s obviously not a major barrier, but is a little inconvenient.

The freshness factor also has another downside, shelf life.  My mask was only good for 20 days, this is a little more than 2 weeks.  I bought it a few days in to that time frame, so only had a couple of weeks to use it before it expired.  Now, I estimate that you can get at least 6-8 masks per jar, and I don’t mask more than a couple of times a week, myself so to me, it’s hard to use all of it before it expires.  You’d have to use it every other day to get the most of it.  Doable, but even I’m not that diligent with my skincare.  It’s still effective shortly after the expiration date, but it separates out and gets watery.

Overall, it’s a great mask.  If you have a Lush near you and have problem skin, I definitely recommend trying it.  If you can get past the smell, and use it up quickly you’ll love it!  It’s definitely worth a try!