I’m no longer an avid face-painter.
You read that right, about 2 weeks ago I completely stopped wearing foundation. I still wear concealer/powder/highlight/all that jazz, but I removed a major layer from my beauty routine – and my skin has never looked better. I have combination-oily skin, and it’s extremely acne-prone. After lunch, around 1:00, my T-zone would start getting oily, and my foundation was either sliding off or sinking into pores. It wasn’t even a matter of it not being right for my skin – I’ve tried every matte or oily-skin formulated powder and foundation out there. But then I found my favorite Lancome foundation, and I was in love. I wouldn’t leave the house without it! Medium-coverage, and (with the right primer of course) didn’t budge in the final hours of school, it was true love! But even though I never slept in makeup, and followed a pretty great skin care routine twice a day, the fact it was heavier coverage than my BB creams caused me to break out – a lot! So I took the plunge and just stopped wearing it. It was only supposed to be for a few days while my skin cleared, but I got used to the airy-feeling my skin had when it could breathe.
It was weird at first, I won’t lie. I was uncomfortable, I didn’t feel right about the extra 5 minutes I added to my morning, and the fact that my breakouts weren’t covered threw me through a loop. But I remembered that it was better to have clear skin than covered skin and just powered through the week. No one even noticed that the only makeup I had on was mascara, tightline, undereye concealer, and translucent powder! (+ I always fill in my brows, but that should be obvious.) And hey – my skin just keeps getting clearer! After that, I was OBSESSED with natural beauty tricks, DIYs, and minimal makeup looks. I’ve even compiled my favorite products for you!
Skincare wise, I LOVE the Too Faced: Hangover Rx Primer! Not only does it smell fantastic, but it calms the redness in my skin and leaves it really soft. I wear this even if I’m not going anywhere or wearing other makeup! I also really like Evian’s facial spray. I’ve never owned a facial spray other than makeup setter, but this stuff is fantastic. It sets makeup, hydrates skin, soothes face after using makeup wipes or harsh cleansers, prevents the dreaded midday-shine, and is the perfect size for travelling! Not to mention the packaging is super cute! The Essie polish is Grow Stronger, which strengthens and speeds up nail growth, as well as give a nice healthy color to your nails.
I’ve become hooked on Tea Tree oil lately. After reading so much about it on Pinterest, I grabbed a bottle from CVS. I was skeptical at first, but it really has helped clear a lot of my breakouts, especially the major ones on the side of my face and above my right eyebrow! I dip a q-tip in the bottle and use it as a spot treatment every night, but you could also get a dropper and add a few drops to your cleanser or moisturizer, or even use it in a DIY mask. I’ve also started taking Biotin again! I’m sure that did a lot for my skin, but it’s also helped my nails grow much faster! I’m kicking a horrible nail biting habit, so this stuff has been a life saver. It hasn’t necessarily sped up my hair growth, but it has helped keep the new hair growth healthy! Speaking of hair…
I recently switched to a brand called Hask! They have so many great sets for different hair needs, and you can mix and match as you need to! I’ve been using the Keratin Smoothing Shampoo and the Monoi Coconut Oil Conditioner, but they sent me some samples from their SuperFruit collection, and I’m in love with these too! They even have inexpensive packets for deep conditioning, which are great for Saturday nights when you have 10-15 extra minutes. Hask products are perfect for any hair type and texture, chemical or color-treated hair, and are sulfate/paraben AND cruelty free! My pink hair doesn’t even look faded and it’s been weeks since I redyed!
Other things about natural beauty:
- You need to find a skin routine that works for you and is suited for your skin type. Sensitive skin should not be exfoliated frequently. I absolutely adore the Say Yes To…brand, and I’ve been using the SYT Tomatoes line since 8th grade!
- Good diets are so, so, so important! Make sure you’re getting enough nutrients, taking a vitamin if needed, and getting enough water each day. You’d be amazed at what a healthy diet can do.
- Spare at least 30-60 minutes to do something moderately active a day. You don’t have to run a 5k, but a walk or hula hooping (my two favorites) can be really good for your body.
- There’s a lot of useful DIYs for face and hair masks on Pinterest! (please, whatever you do, don’t put lemons on your face. Ask google why if you don’t already know.)
- If you’re on tumblr or twitter, my favorite tag for positivity is #hoetips! It sounds silly, I know, but it has so many good tips & tricks!
What are your favorite tips and tricks? Do you have any signature DIYs to share? Let me know down in the comments!