It’s been about five months since I ended my Accutane treatment (I stopped with a few months to go because I moved to the UK for school) and despite the rude friends that popped up this week, my skin has remained surprisingly clear! I’ve changed a few things in my skincare routine since my last post because back then, I was dealing with dry, peeling skin that really needed careful attention and buckets of moisture. Now, I’m working with SUPER oily skin that I’m worried could break out at any moment (old fears die hard). Despite the addition and subtraction of certain products, the biggest change I’ve made is in how I perceive my skin and its imperfections. Cheesy, I know, but it’s true; I no longer freak out at the sight of a pimple, nor do I attack it with every blemish-fighting product in my arsenal. I want to preserve my clear and youthful skin because I really appreciate it and how far we’ve come (Accutane wasn’t super intense for me, but it definitely was a journey). That being said, I have realised that the more you mess with acne, the longer it lingers in the form of a scar, a red mark, a crater or even just staying on your face longer, which is why I have a streamlined and effective skincare routine in place these days.
We need to talk about the new Play packaging because it’s no longer a box that I have to recycle every month. Now, the items are coming in these chic white bags with black drawstrings, perfect for toting around things in your handbag or during travel. Also really good for storing jewelry. They’re less bulky and much more useful than their boxy counterparts. This month’s bag has a special lipstick design mirroring the one on the boxes. As for the contents, this has been my favorite bag by far. Also, massive apology that this is nearly two months late – things were really busy and I didn’t have time to test everything properly before reporting on this month’s products, and I always like to give as full a review as poss. Anyway, here’s a glimpse into May’s box: Continue reading
Hello! It’s strange to say that within the past year, I’ve shifted my attention from makeup to skincare, no longer pining after eyeshadow palettes, rather I’ve been hoarding pennies to save up for expensive eye creams. I’m nearing the end of 23 and while I do still feel quite young and like I have my whole life ahead of me, I also want to preserve as much of my youthful skin as possible. Really though, my biggest problem has always been acne. I’ve never known how to deal with it and seem to kill it with intense products. My skin has been so nice the past two years in comparison to my teenage years and very early twenties. Yes, I’ve had my really bad days (weeks, actually), but I’ve also had moments with my clearest skin.
2015 was the year of perspective. I had so much fun really discovering the world of makeup the past two years, spending waaay more money than I ever needed to. This year, I was thoughtful and really asked myself whether or not something was worth the extra expense. I cancelled all of my beauty subscriptions (until Play! by Sephora came around..heh) and I redirected my efforts to skincare rather than just focusing on makeup, showing a ton of restraint (even when Hourglass released those pieces of art known as the Exposure Modernist Eyeshadow Palettes). That being said, I really discovered a lot of gems and feel like I am closer to getting that perfect concealer and the best foundation for me. I didn’t break it down by specific category this year, rather just looked at my collection and picked out the things I enjoyed most throughout the year. Now that I’ve harped on for ages in the intro, I’ll try to be quicker in my descriptions of my 2015 faves.