Skincare Routine

Hello lovelies! For the past year I’ve been struggling with acne, oily skin, and scarring. Makeup is a lifesaver and I’ve gotten pretty good at covering up the scarring, but I’d really love to have skin clear again so I can cut down time on my morning routine. I use to have very deep, cystic acne, but lately my breakouts tend to be small pimples that pass quickly. Although my face isn’t completely clear yet, actually it’s far from, I thought I’d share the routine I’ve been doing for awhile now that’s finally working, I hope!

To Cleanse:

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Every morning and night I use the Tea Tree Oil face wash by The Body Shop. I picked up my bottle at Marshalls for only $10, but you can find it at Ulta too. In the morning, I wash my face using just my hands. In the evening, I use it with a wash cloth to gently exfoliate the dead skin off my face. Tea tree oil is great for both drying acne, and fading scars.

To Tone:

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After I’ve cleansed my skin, I use apple cider vinegar to tone and to get any excess makeup off. I pour a little bit on a cotton round and focus the application on my problem areas where I have the most scarring and acne. I’ve used apple cider vinegar on my skin for half a year now, and I’ve noticed it helps with oil control and fading scars.

To Moisturize:

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I use Bio Oil both day and night. It helps with fading acne scarring, like most of the products I use do. I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I have oily skin, so why do I put more oil on my face? Adding more oil helps your face to not overproduce oil. Within the first week of using oil on my face, there was a noticeable difference in the amount of oil my face produced. I can honestly say I don’t have oily skin anymore because I use oil to moisturize!

Along with Bio Oil, I use vitamin E oil both day and night. Vitamin E oil is great for moisturizing, but it has been the best product I’ve found for fading scars. I’ve been using it for about a month, and I find that acne marks fade much quicker!

Spot Treatments:

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At night, I put a few drops of pure tea tree oil on my hand and rub it all over my face. When I have a breakout, I focus the tea tree oil on the area. I’m a huge fan of tea tree oil because it not only smells good, but it dries out acne quickly so breakouts won’t last long! Sometimes my pimples are very sore, and it makes me want to pop them to relieve the pressure. Tea tree oil has a nice cooling burn that can temporarily relieve the pain!

When I have a really stubborn pimple, I use the Kiehls Blue Herbal Spot Treatment. It contains salicylic acid, so it is very drying. Using the oils I mentioned above really helps to prevent dryness!

Mask:

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Two to three times a week, I use the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment, and oh my gosh does this product work. I never really minded having big pores, until I started using this product. When I washed the mask off for the first time, I immediately noticed that my pores were virtually nonexistent, and my blackheads were all gone. It helps with drying any breakouts I have too!

With this routine, my acne marks are a lot less red and inflamed, and my scarring is starting to fade a lot. I’ve finally tackled my oily skin, so I’m only dealing with acne scarring and the occasional pimple now!

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Five of my Favorite Lip Products

Hello lovelies! I’m a huge fan of lipsticks, lip glosses, lip stains, ect. so I thought I’d share five of my favorite lip products. These are the lippies I’m always reaching for, and the ones I just can’t live without. It was hard to narrow this list down to just a few, but I managed to pick five of my favorites out of my growing collection.

1. Buxom Lip Gloss in Dolly

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I received a travel size of the Buxom Lip Cream in a Sephora lip kit, and I haven’t stopped wearing it since. The shade I have is called Dolly and Sephora’s description of it is “sultry mauve.” I would absolutely agree with that, and it’s the perfect natural shade that still adds a bit of color. I love how long lasting and glossy it is too!

2. Too Faced Melted Matte

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This past summer, my mom and I ventured into Ulta and decided to try out this matte liquid lip. Since then, we’ve grown our collection to five different colors, and are looking to add more. Melted Matte is VERY pigmented, and stays on all day after you let the product sit for a few minutes. Some of my favorite shades are Suck it, Queen B, and Miso Pretty.

3. Kat Von D in K-Dub

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I had never tried a fuschia lip color, until I got a sample of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip in K-Dub. I don’t love the formula as much as the Too Faced Melted Mattes, but I adore the color. It’s definitely a crazy shade for me, but I love wearing all black and having my lips be the pop of color with this liquid lipstick!

4. Rimmel Stay Matte in Blush

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As much as I gravitate towards bold lips, I do occasionally love a neutral blush color. This Rimmel London Stay Matte liquid lip in the shade Blush is the perfect shade of nudey-pink. It’s a great dupe for the melted mattes, although I do think it is a tad bit more drying.

5. O.C.C Lip Tar in Digitalis

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This lippie has been my holy grail since middle school, especially in the shade Digitalis. It’s the most gorgeous petal pink shade, and the finish is satin and smooth. O.C.C. Lip Tars aren’t quite liquid lipsticks or lip glosses, but somewhere in between! The shade isn’t on O.C.C.’s website anymore, but I found it on Amazon for less than $20.

If I could only have five lip products, these would be it, but let’s just hope that never happens! Don’t forget to follow my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to see more of The Chic Flamingo!

 

Makeup Routine for Oily, Scarred Skin

Hello lovelies! Today on the blog, I decided to switch things up and chat about makeup instead of fashion. My skin is oily and covered in acne scars, so every day I put on a decent amount of makeup to cover the imperfections. Not having perfect skin SUCKS and it makes my morning routine take so much longer. Before I figured out my favorite products, I spent countless hours watching YouTube videos and a boat load of money trying out new foundations, concealers, and powders. So, if you have skin similar to this:

Or you just want to see how I do my makeup… keep reading!

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To prep my face for makeup, I always start out with the Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue Primer. This is the best primer I have found so far for oily skin, and it does a great job at minimizing pores as well. I focus on applying it to my t-zone, and blend out to the edges of my face.

When my primer has absorbed into my skin, I apply Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation with the Sigma F80 brush. Currently, I’m dealing with a lot of redness and dark marks on my face, so it is important to me to have a lot of coverage. Double Wear has great coverage, but I find that it is a lot fuller if I use the Sigma F80 brush instead of a Beauty Blender. When I didn’t have as bad of acne scarring, I did just use a makeup sponge, but the Sigma F80 provides the extra coverage I need without feeling cakey.

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Then, I go in with two different concealers; one for brightening and one for covering any dark marks visible through the foundation. I use the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye for covering any leftover acne scars showing through. One thing I find important in a concealer is that the coverage is good enough to cover the rest of the scarring, but lightweight enough that it is not going to add any unwanted texture to the skin. With having acne scarring, I’m starting to develop small dents in my skin, so I need a product that isn’t going to accentuate that. Then, I go in with my Maybelline Age-Rewind brightening concealer to cover my dark circles, and to highlight my nose, chin, and cupid’s bow (pictured below). I blend all of my concealer out with the Real Techniques Mini Sponge.

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To set my face, I use the NYX Cosmetics HD finishing powder in the transleucent shade with this Real Techniques sponge. I used to use Rimmel London’s Stay Matte powder, but it made my face look incredibly cakey. Once I switched over to the NYX powder, I was amazed at how smooth and natural my face looked, even when I had quite a bit of face products on. Plus, I have found that my face does not get as oily after hours of wear.

I use the Hoola bronzer by Benefit to contour my face. I load up an angled brush with the bronzer, tap off the excess, and then go in on my cheeks. Without reloading the brush, I tap around my forehead, nose, and under my chin.

For blush, I use whatever I have in eyeshadow palettes or samples from Sephora. Right now, I’m using a Tarte blush that I got as a birthday gift from Sephora.

Moving on to eyebrows, I’m currently using this Loreal brow gel with the Anastasia Beverly Hills angled eyebrow brush. I don’t have a specific method for doing my eyebrows, I just fill them in.

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For today’s eye look, I’m using the Lorac Unzipped palette. I prime my eyes with the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Then, I set it with the shade Undercover from the Lorac palette. Setting my primer with a white/cream eyeshadow makes blending easier later.

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For the crease, I use the shade Unconditional and focus it towards the outer corner.

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I finish it off by tapping Unreal onto my lid. Also, when I want my shimmer shade to be more intense, I’ll dampen my brush before apply the eyeshadow.

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Call me crazy, but I like to apply my mascara before eyeliner. I have a lot more control over my wings this way. I curl my lashes, then apply the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara on my top and bottom lashes. While I wait for my lashes to dry, I usually apply highlight. Right now, I’m using a sample of Urban Decay’s Sin liquid highlighter. Once they dry, I go in with the Maybelline Master Precise eyeliner and create a small line and wing. I’ve tried a few eyeliners, and this is definitely the best drugstore one.

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I always finish off my makeup with lipstick. Today, I’m using the Tarte Creamy Matte Lip paint in the shade Namaste.

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I wish I could say this routine is easy and not time consuming, but that would be a lie.¬†Hopefully once my skin is clear, I can tone it down on the makeup a bit. If you have skin like me, I recommend you try out some of the products I mentioned. I’ve been trying out new foundations, concealers, and powders for years now, and I always go back to the products I use now.

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