July is over and I have finally gathered up my summer 2017 favorites that I have been using constantly since I have changed up my makeup for the weather. If you have oily, acne-prone, or otherwise totally uncooperative skin when it comes to heat and humidity these will likely work for you. It’s always good to take into account the changing seasons when it comes to your makeup and skincare.
Having acne is the absolute worst. And what’s even worse than having acne is having acne as a 14 year old? Having acne as a 20 (side-eyeing, you, 30) year old woman. I started color-correcting my skin when I was in middle school after reading a magazine article in my mom’s Cosmo magazine that said green corrected redness. So I remember buying some nonsense from Walmart and smearing it all over my face. Fast forwarding to high school where I had full range to wear whatever makeup (and I SURE did) I wanted. Anyway this is all working towards the idea that I started caking my face as what I would consider a toddler all in an effort to cover up the fact that I didn’t have great skin.
After I started really getting serious about makeup skills, I felt like I could never really do what all of these other gals are doing because my skin was so shitty. I decided I was over all of the skin issues that I had and I went to a doctor. Things went badly and I ended up not getting the results I wanted. I had really bad side effects from antibiotics that I was prescribed. I used them for about 5 days before I just stopped using all of it.
I really immersed myself into figuring out a skincare routine and after trying out about a million products I feel like I finally found some products that fixed most of my issue. I started using a routine and really getting serious about my skincare about a year ago so the first picture that I included would be from about a year ago.
Skincare routines can be so tricky, and I am always trying to find products that work well with both my skin and the other products that I use in my routine. It is important to always remember that it takes about 3-6 weeks for you skin to adjust to using new products. Depending on the ingredients, skin can go through a “purging” phase where breakouts and other situations can seem like they’re getting worse before they are getting better.
Within the past year, my skincare routine has went from what I would consider normal, to what some might consider crazy. It is so hard to find skincare that works for me personally. I have always had acne and just flat out bad skin, so now as an adult I am trying to go back and fix the damage I caused from constantly touching and picking at my face. I purchased all of these products about at least 2 months ago, and I started using them in conjugation with the products that I had been using to make sure that they all work well together. If you are trying to find products that work best for you, it is so important to test them out for a few weeks before you give your final verdict. Your skin takes about that much time to adjust and really start benefiting from what you’re using. These three products: Herbivore’s Blue Tansy Mask, e.l.f’s Hydrating Gel Melt Cleanser, and DERMAdoctor’s Ain’t Misbehavin’ Acne cleanser have been perfect additions to my routine.
I love trying everything new, But there are always some products that I will forever love. These are items that I always go back to, and I probably always will. Normally if I am not testing something out, I will be using mostly these products. Finding stuff that works is difficult, so when you do, you have to go with it. This is a list of my favorite foundation products, and why I love them so much. I have so many makeup favorites that I’m going to separate them into separate posts, starting with foundations, etc.