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My No Makeup Experience

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I haven’t worn makeup…I think it’s been 1 month already. Or at least nearing 1 month. Here’s my experience on not wearing any makeup. But first, this is what I think about makeup.

What I Think About Makeup

Makeup is a personal choice. I don’t judge people for choosing to wear makeup or not. It doesn’t affect me at all. The only problem I have is when someone thinks they need makeup to be beautiful. The reason for this is because it breaks my heart to hear something like this. Honestly, I’ve never met a woman that needed makeup. They all look good with and without makeup. My mother and sisters are good examples of this. They don’t wear makeup at all on a daily basis. When they wear makeup, they look just as beautiful when they’re not wearing makeup. What’s beautiful about them is not their outer beauty. It’s their inner beauty. They have beautiful hearts. They are smart, hard-working, caring, and giving women. Beauty comes from within. I think that’s more important. By the end of the day, you are you. God made you perfect the way you are.

BUT, I can understand why someone would think they need makeup. Society has set these beauty standards to reach for perfection. We all know that no one is perfect. There is no such a thing as perfection. But we all try to strive for it. We want longer, thicker lashes. We want big, doll-like eyes. We want rosy cheeks. Dewy, flawless skin. It’s common to think and feel this way because we want to be accepted, and people judge us based on our appearance. All of these thoughts and emotions occur subconsciously without having to admit it. Also, I understand why someone would wear makeup to cover up their acne. I’ve been there several times. Too many times to count. I’ve battled with acne since forever. Read my story here. So I’m OK with makeup. If it makes you happy, go for it! It’s your life!

My experience with not wearing makeup. Did anyone notice?

I haven’t been wearing makeup in private and in public. I’m not even joking. I thought, I’m going to look REALLY tired, since my skin is more pasty and pale during the winter months. I have really bad under eye bags when I’ve had enough rest too. So I usually wear makeup when I’m out. It felt a little weird going out in public without ‘my face’. That’s what I call it. haha! Surprisingly, everyone I know that I see almost every day did not notice that I’m not wearing any makeup. I asked, “Do you notice anything different about me?” Here are the answers I received:

WTH. 😲

I was really shocked that no one noticed. That made me think — Maybe it’s in our heads that we THINK people notice when we are wearing makeup or not. It must be a psychological thing. So, there you go! If you’re going without makeup too or have decided to cut back on makeup, chances are you look fine the way you are! No one cares. If they do, at least you have the guts to go makeupless! Be proud of yourself for doing so!

Will I ever wear makeup again?

Of course! I enjoy wearing makeup. But, I’m going to go without makeup most days of the week. To give my skin some rest from cosmetics and learn to be comfortable in my own skin. I don’t want too many products on my face that’ll clog my pores either. I have acne-prone skin. My skin seems to like it when I don’t wear makeup. No makeup means less skin issues. There are benefits to not wearing makeup. I do love sleeping in a little bit more. You know what they say, get your beauty rest. 🙂

Makeup or no makeup. You’re beautiful the way you are. 🙂

Foundations: What works & What doesn’t

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It’s time for me to make an update on my face makeup — liquid foundations. I’ve gone through different brands of foundations in the past months, and this is what I think about them.

Here’s a roundup of what I have. They are not in any particular order.

  1. elf Flawless Finish Foundation
  2. elf Acne Fighting Foundation
  3. Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation
  4. Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation
  5. Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++
  6. Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream

1. elf Flawless Finish Foundation

elf Flawless Finish Foundation
elf Flawless Finish Foundation

elf Flawless Finish Foundation was the first liquid foundation I chose when I ventured out into ‘liquid foundations’. When I first used it, I liked it. It was light and airy on the skin. It didn’t provide much coverage though. The lasting power was poor. I would have to apply constantly. Since it was the first and only liquid foundation I purchased, I loved it, but I stopping liking it due to the reasons stated above — poor coverage and lasting power. I tried it with a makeup primer and that didn’t help either. It’s an inexpensive liquid foundation. That’s all there is to it. If you have flawless skin, this could work for you. If you have flawless skin, why wear foundation in the first place?

My New Foundation: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

First Impression: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

Update: elf Flawless Finish Foundation + Makeup Primer Review

Review: elf Acne Fighting Foundation

Update: elf Flawless Finish Foundation

2. elf Acne Fighting Foundation

elf Acne Fighting Foundation
elf Acne Fighting Foundation

After elf Flawless Finish Foundation, I tried the elf Acne Fighting Foundation due to its acne fighting ingredients — salicylic acid, witch hazel, camphor, tea tree, and aloe. So what’s great about this foundation? It provides full coverage, controls oil, dries acne spots out without leaving the skin feeling + looking dry, and is inexpensive. The bad? There isn’t too many shades to choose from. I have the lightest shade, and it’s too dark on my skin. For me, that was the only drawback. It makes me look like an oompa loompa. That is why I won’t purchase it again. If you have acne and can find a shade that matches your complexion, go for it!

Review: elf Acne Fighting Foundation

3. Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation
Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation in Porcelain & Ivory

Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation was my HG foundation for a while after moving away from BB Creams. When I started to use it, it was different. I liked it in the beginning. But, I stopped using it on my skin. This is what I think about it.

It’s supposed to be full coverage, but I didn’t think it really was. I had to apply extra layers on my skin to achieve full coverage. I liked the thin-like texture of this foundation though. It makes my skin look natural. It also has tons of shades to choose from. I was lucky enough to find a couple of shades that worked for me — Porcelain and Ivory. Something that bothered me about this foundation was the fragrance. I thought I could get pass it, but it started to creep up on me as the days went by. I’m not sure if I’ll buy it again or not. Meh.

Review: Milani Conceal + Perfect Foundation

4. Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation
Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

I loved Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation when I used it the first few times. It was perfect. The shade, coverage, how it felt, how it looked on my skin. I fell in love. As I continued to use it, it dried my skin out pretty bad. I started to get breakouts too. I don’t know what happened. It was great. I guess things change, and that’s what it is. I haven’t touched this foundation since. This is coming from someone with oily skin. Since it dried out my skin to the extreme, I avoided using it around my eyes. It accentuated every fine line and wrinkle. This foundation is a no-go for me. I won’t ever purchase it again.

Sephora Collection Makeup Products

First Impression: Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

Update: Sephora Matte Perfection Foundation

5. Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream
Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream

I bought Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB Cream because I wanted to venture out to other BB Creams. This was my first choice. I was impressed the first couple of times of using it. It made my skin look and feel silky smooth. It brightened my skin. Sadly, my skin started to get very oily and breakouts occurred. This BB Cream feels silicone-like. It’s just too much for my skin type. It felt like plastic wrap on my face. Also, the shade is too dark on my skin. I wouldn’t buy it again. Back to what works — Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream!

NEW BB Creams: Dr Jart & Dr G Perfect Pore Cover Blemish Balms

Review: Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

Updated Review: Dr G Perfect Pore Cover BB SPF PA++

6. Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream

Dr Jart Rejuvenating Beauty Balm
Dr Jart Rejuvenating Beauty Balm

So far, for many years, Dr Jart+ Silver Label Rejuvenating BB Cream is the only BB Cream that works for me. The only deal breaker is that the shade is a tad dark on my skin. This is the only BB Cream that hasn’t caused my skin to break out even when it ends up looking oily (lol). I’m sticking to it from now on. It works for my skin type. I don’t want to deal with random acne and all of that stuff anymore. This BB Cream is definitely a staple when I wear makeup. That’s right! I saved the best for last. 🙂

What’s your favorite foundation?

© Jennifer Nguyen