Blog Spotlight: RiceBunny!

Posted in things i love by bluewellesleyblue on October 21, 2008

It makes me feel absolutely ancient to say this, but my blogging addiction started with Xanga. I’ve long since left for more fertile – and ad-free – grounds, but RiceBunny’s xanga is an old favorite that I rediscovered quite recently. She’s also a current college student, and posts on a wide variety of topics. I’m especially fond of her makeup tutorials and reviews of various products. I’m so envious of her clear skin, though many of her DIY skincare suggestions are a bit too labor-intensive for me to put into practice in the short term. I will, however, attempt the Asiprin mask because I’m in need of a fairly mild exfoliant.

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My Makeup Routine.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on August 2, 2008

Wow, that’s a lot of product.

I find it very interesting to note how other people do their makeup, so I thought I’d post a bit about my routine. Doing makeup in the summer, in the midst of all the heat and humidity that is inherent to the Boston area summer, has been a bit of a trial. I’ve had to modify the routine I use during the school year a bit. Pictured above is pretty much everything I need to try and make myself presentable.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t have great skin. It’s been especially bad this summer, which makes various kind of expensive over the counter skincare products an absolute necessity to keep the blemishes down to a point where they can be easily obscured by makeup. I ended up buying all three of the products I mentioned in my last post about skincare, but it has been working. I might end up going to the doctor again as well, either for birth control to regulate my hormones a bit or for antibiotics, whichever they prescribe.

I’ve actually only tried two foundations since I started really doing makeup. Bareminerals was recommended to me by a friend, and I haven’t switched since that time. I actually don’t get very good coverage from Bareminerals, even when I use their concealer brush and powder (the latter is bought separately from the starter kit, which is a pretty good value for everything else). However, since my skin is so sensitive, I find that Bareminerals has worked well enough that I don’t think of switching. A good moisturizer is a necessity, however, since it can emphasize skin dryness if it’s there.

Before I even start with that, however, it’s especially important in the summer to use one of those Clean and Clear sheets or a similar product. It doesn’t even seem to matter if I wash my face immediately before doing makeup, since there’s still shine – probably the summer heat again. I’ve also been using the Clinique pore minimizer with T-zone shine control, which is also a pretty good product for it’s purpose.

I’m actually in the market for a new eyeliner, though for now, my drug-store brand one will do. I really like liquid eyeliners, though applying them has taken a lot of practice. I actually haven’t been using much eyeshadow at all this summer though I usually use some black to further open up my eyes. Alas, like many Asians, I have pretty small eyes and no double fold on my eyelid, so eye makeup in general is a bit difficult. Other little things: MAC blush and a bit of NARS or Smashbox lipgloss. Also, perfume.

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Over the Counter Skincare.

Posted in beauty products by bluewellesleyblue on July 14, 2008

Like many other teens and young adults, I have rather acne-prone skin and it really hasn’t calmed down all that much since I was supposedly done with puberty. I’ve tried a whole slew of treatment options, both over the counter and not. Topical antibiotics and the prescription drying lotion Differin were never particularly effective. A couple months of the oral antibiotic Doxycycline worked pretty well, but also gave me some side effects and Kaiser was reluctant to prescribe it again since it’s supposedly meant to be a one shot thing. Since then, I’ve actually tried some over-the-counter treatments that have worked pretty well.

The Murad Pure Skin Supplement vitamins available at Sephora were actually very helpful. Nothing has really been enough to make my skin perfectly clear, but it completely prevented any new cysts from emerging. (It should be noted that though I do get cystic bumps, I don’t think what I have is technically cystic acne at all since they still tend to be pretty short term.) Some people online insist that the vitamins in the Pure Skin Supplement are in doses high enough to be very unhealthy, and so it’s best to halve the suggested daily dose. I vacillated between using the full and half doses (between four and two pills per day) and was still getting results.

I decided to try the Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion and Drying Cream after I ran out of the Supplement since the two combined are still a little more affordable. Both seem to have been pretty helpful. I get the larger bumps much more rarely – though I do think the Murad Supplement was more effective at preventing them and will probably start them again sometime soon – and the Drying Cream cuts down the healing time on the smaller bumps by half at least. The Buffering Lotion does not work on all of the larger bumps – its intended primarily for the treatment of cystic acne – but when it works it cuts down on the healing time for those quite a bit. Both treatments are sulfur-based and thus have a fairly strange odor. The Buffering Lotion is very runny and I’ve had a handful of times where it got in my eyes or ran down my face where I didn’t need it.

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