Just over a year ago (January 2014), I reviewed a few different brands of liquid make-up, and my favorite was the Jane Iredale Glow Time Full Coverage Mineral BB Cream (that’s a mouth full). You can see that post here. I can’t believe I am still using the same tube of make-up! I thought it was pricey at $48 for 1.7 ounces, but here I am 14 months later and finally getting to the bottom of the tube. I noted then that a little bit goes a long way, but I had no idea it would last this long. Doesn’t seem so pricey now. The product does not have an expiration date, and so far, so good.
I use the BB Cream nearly every day, and even when used sparingly, it provides great coverage. A year ago I was battling some harsh acne, and this BB Cream covered it well. Today my face is nearly clear, so I apply less. I was in a panic about how my face was looking on New Year’s Eve, and I purchased the BB Cream earlier that day in hopes it would do the trick. I am very self-conscious about these acne photos, so I’ve cropped most of my face and am showing you just my chin area. I promise you, both of these photos are me and they were both taken on the same evening, with the same lighting, as I was getting ready to go out. These are true before and after photos!
I apply the BB Cream with a brush and only occasionally use concealer for a blemish here and there. How did I clear up my skin? I’m not exactly sure, but have some ideas. I’ll share those thoughts once I get them in order. However, no matter the condition of my skin, I was excited about this product a year ago and I’m excited about it now. It hits all the important points for me: great coverage, SPF25, low Skin Deep score, and certified cruelty-free by PETA. Boom!
My hormones are a mess. There, that’s out there. It’s the result of discontinuing a hormone regulating medication to accommodate a cancer fighting medication. Hmm, cancer vs. raging hormones…I’ll deal with the hormones. The only side effect of the hormone issue has been acne. I wish it were hot flashes or night sweats (I think), but it’s full-blown adolescent-like acne.
So what’s a girl to do? I’ve been avoiding prescription acne treatments due to the side-effects. I tried a couple over the years (Retin-A and Aczone) and both caused my skin to be dry, red, and cracked. It was as bad as the acne. There are a lot more medications out there, but much to my dermatologist’s dismay, I’m reluctant.
I did a little search for natural acne remedies and have been doing a baking soda and water treatment for about a week. My face has calmed a little, but I can’t really say whether it’s the baking soda paste or the downswing of a hormone cycle. Regardless, I’m doing the cover-up thing until (or if) my skin clears.
I’ve been using EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database as a guide to which products are harmful and which are not (huge thank you to Liz for that tip!). Apparently it’s a big deal to make cosmetics that don’t contain toxins. And when I say cosmetics, I’m not just talking makeup. This includes soaps, lotions, toothpastes, deodorants, etc. A contributor to TakePart.com says the average person uses up to 15 beauty products every day. Fifteen. The average person. That’s a lot of gunk soaking into our pores folks.
My mission: find a liquid makeup that
Has a low Skin Deep score
Wears well with my combination skin
Provides good coverage
I want to look good and sleep well knowing I’m not polluting myself with parabens and what-not.
I’ll post product reviews on the makeup I try and include before and after pics (I’m terrified to show you the before pics – thank you, American culture, for that little phobia). I’ll let you know what I find – feel free to share your tips here too. Wish me radiance!