How I get my makeup to last through ANYTHING!!

Hi everyone! So today I wanted to talk about the makeup products I use on a day to day basis. I wanted to write about this for a few different reasons, one being that I get asked frequently what I use because my makeup always stays put. Reason two and three are because I put my makeup to the ultimate test this week by going SKYDIVING and then day drinking/sitting in 90 degree hot and muggy Chicago sun from 1 PM-7 PM. Now let me tell you, my makeup LASTED. All day! During BOTH these events.

I can’t even begin to imagine how much and what flew at my face while I was jumping out of a plane from 13,000 ft (that’s not me being sarcastic..that was real life lol) in the air.

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Skydiving on my Golden Birthday!! πŸ™‚

Anyone that lives in Illinois knows how gross our summers can get and let me just tell you my friends and I were celebrating my birthday and we were all sweating. Head to toe, drenched in sweat. It was not fun nor was it cute lol. But when I got home around 9:30 PM I realized my makeup stayed put and didn’t move or smear or anything. My highlight was still glowing and my lipstick was still on from 11 AM this morning! I took pictures through out the day to show how well my makeup stayed!
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So here’s my list for the days looks, the only difference between the two days is that I didn’t wear my lashes or lipstick when I went skydiving. Although, I did think about wearing lashes but that’s ridiculous even for a makeup junkie like me lol!! In case anyone is going skydiving and considering..DON’T wear lashes lol. Those goggles are so close to your natural eyeballs it’s insane!

 

Face:
-Primers: Step 1 Hydrating by MAKEUP FOR EVER and POREfessional BY Benefit
-Foundation: BORN THIS WAY by Too Faced
-Concealer: Full Coverage Concealer by NYX (in orange to correct my dark circles), Radiant Creamy Concealer by NARS, and BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer by bareMinerals
-Setting Powder: Translucent by laura mercier
-Contour: Shade + Light by Kat Von D
-Blush: Flushed by COLOURPOP for skydiving and for today in the sun I used a blush I made while I was in esthetic school that I named sheer rose gold. We used colorlab cosmetics to create our own makeup.
-Highlight: Opal by BECCA Cosmetics

Brows: DIPBROW Pomade by Anastasia Beverly Hills
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Lashes: now normally I use the individual ones from MORPHE in medium but I ran out and need to order more. So in the mean time I’ve been using the individual ones from Salon Perfect in medium and long. I much rather prefer the MORPHE ones as they last much longer and are more durable in my opinion. When I went skydiving I just used: X-RATED by smashbox

Setting Spray: MATTE FINISH and DEWY FINISH both by NYX

Lips: for skydiving just Chapstick and for today in the sun I used Are&Be by COLOURPOP

So this is what I use every single day, whether I’m going out, going to work, going skydiving, etc.
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Can I just say how impressed of myself and my own makeup I am? Because I didn’t reapply my lipstick or blot or touch up anything once today and I had plenty of drinks without straws and ate twice!! And as far as skydiving…I mean…if my makeup can survive skydiving I think it can survive anything!!

The only thing I will switch up is if I decide to wear eyeliner, eye shadow and I’m always changing my highlight, blush, and lipstick depending on the look in trying to achieve. I normally always do wear my winged liner but I’m feeling lazy lately, lol. πŸ™‚

I believe the trick with keeping my makeup on is truly using setting spray. I normally only use a few spritz for normal wear but for skydiving and going outside for long periods of time I basically drench my face where it’s damp. Then I let it dry and then I’m done! I think setting powder really helps keep everything nice and neat as well. I use a liquid foundation but then everything else I use for my face is powder. So I believe using powder products help set the liquid. That’s why there’s setting powders, it’s the same concept just a different shade meant to be blend better with your natural skin tone.

Like I have stated before in myΒ Expensive VS. Inexpensive MakeupΒ post I love love love my NYX setting spray. It’s only 7 bucks and I don’t feel bad using so much of it when needed. It’s worked wonderfully for me so I can personally vouch for it. I mean how can I not when it kept everything in the same place after freaking skydiving!!??! And not to mention sweating all over the place in the city of Chicago!

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Not to toot my own horn but look! My makeup is the same as when I got on the plane to when I landed!

Now I’m not sure if it’s really the products or if I was born incredibly blessed to not have the skin type where makeup runs or if it’s a mix of both or whatever it is! This works for me! You all know I’m oily as well so the fact that my makeup can stay on through all this is amazing!! Tell me what you guys are using to keep your makeup put! Id love to hear!! I hope everyoneΒ can benefit from this!! Thank you for reading guys!

xoxo, Ticha!

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How I got rid of my breakout in less than a week!

So I missed my posting date yesterday and I suck! Idk what happened, it just totally slipped my mind! Anyways, I’m here now πŸ™‚

So I wanted to share with you guys this awful breakout I had. It was so random and the onset was just so fast and out of no where. As you can see from my pics and my posts, I have really clear skin. Well last Wednesday my skin freaked out!! I’m not sure if I had an allergic reaction or if my hormones just got really out of synch randomly or what it was!! But it got kinda bad over night. I didn’t notice till late Wednesday night! All Wednesday day I was fine. Or at least I thought I was, I didn’t wear makeup that day so I didn’t really look into the mirror at my skin or touch my skin till later. I’ve been trying two new products recently so I’m not sure if it was one of the products either. I’ve been walking dogs as a side job which also means I’m outside more, so it could have been all the free radicals getting to my skin and me not deep cleaning enough. I also had a ridiculous amount of sugar intake the day of, so like I said. It could have literally been anything and not knowing really sucks cause I LOVED the two new products I was trying!
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I have pictures of my process and I’ll explain how I got my skin clear and back normal in less than a week. So right away Wednesday night I went straight to my boyfriend and had him take a look. He said it looked like an allergic reaction and not acne. I had really really small bumps on the left side of my chin. So small that you couldn’t even see them from afar but it felt like sand was on my face. It felt grainy and awful. So I put my Bioelements Quick Refiner leave on gel exfoliator that I use for spot treatments. And I did my normal skin care routine per usual. Nothing different just a little more gel than normal. I woke up the next morning thinking I’d be much better and clear up over night especially cause I thought it was some sort of rash type. I was completely wrong and it got much worse. The small bumps were still there and now I had a few red and inflamed spots on my right cheek. Then throughout the day more red and inflamed spots showed up on my right cheek and even on my left side on my jaw line. Now normally when acne is on your jawline area it’s hormonal. But it doesn’t make sense for my hormones to go out of loop over night. But then again, who knows! Now thankfully I didn’t have to wear makeup till Saturday. So my skin was able to breathe which I think is a big reason why my skin cleared up so quickly.

Everyone was asking me if I was stressed and I’m always stressed but nothing crazy? I feel like I was way more stressed back when I was in school and going through other things in my life? I’m pretty good and happy with how life is going right now so I really don’t think it was stress? Again, who knows! :l
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So I went out to the store and bought some CetaphilΒ cleanser and a Burtsbees Herbal Blemish Stick that was recommended to my by a friend. When I used this I rolled it onto a cotton pad and then dabbed onto my face. Because it has a roller ball on it, it is really unsanitary to use directly on your skin. I stopped using coconut oil for the time being cause I didn’t want to clog up my skin. So I used the Cetaphil cleanser and used my Bioelements gel and Clean and Clear benzoyl peroxide. I was slapping it on like it was moisturizer. I was also using my high frequency machine like I’ve never used it before. Which was working but then made me extremely dry. Friday my acne got smaller (you can see in the picture below) but more red and now I had to deal with my peeling skin. And I was only peeling and dry where my acne was. Which made sense of course, it was just so irritating because my t-zone, where I’m normally oily to begin with felt so much greaser than normal. Especially because of my dryness on my chin/cheeks.
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IMG_8405.JPGCome Saturday, I was terrified to put on makeup. But my skin was a million times better. I had only a few red spots and all the small ones were gone from my chin. As soon as I got off work I took off all my makeup and was sure to cleanse twice to get it all off. I started using coconut oil again then to help with the dryness and it really did help. So now I’m switching off between Cetephil and coconut oil and I’m still using my hydra moisturizer. Come Sunday/Monday my skin was practically all cleared up and I was just dealing with the dryness and one or two pimples. It’s now Saturday and I’m still a little dry and I only have one or two pimples, but they’re so small you can’t even tell. But it’s also the week before my period so it could be my “period acne”. So now I’m only using coconut oil again and still using hydra dew instead of my normal moisturizer.
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I was also sure to sleep with my hair up and change my pillowcase EVERY night. I didn’t want to take the chance of a dirty pillow case or my hair making it worse. I also stopped using the two new products which were a serum by Ole Henriksen and an illuminizer by Josie Maran. I love both these products and which I could use them still, please don’t discredit them cause of my breakout. My skin is different from yours. I also started to eat reallllly food and tried to cut out as much sugar from my diet as possible.

Because i broke out so quickly and was able to clear my skin up so quickly I believe i had an allergic reaction to something. I also never get acne on my cheeks or chin, it’s always my forehead which was my trouble spot in high school. To what caused this, I’ll never find out cause I’m not willing to test those products again to see. I hated going through this and I became so insecure. I felt like anytime anyone looked at me that was all they saw. I know I was also being dramatic cause there are people with much worse cases than I had. I used to have really bad acne when I was in high school and I was on medicine for it and all. It covered my whole forehead when I was 15/16 years old. I think going through this mini breakout made me think of that time and I just remember it being an awful phase for me so I didn’t want to get back to that or ever go back to that. I’m so glad that I was able to clear this up when I did. Especially right in time for my birthday Tuesday! I’m also getting a facial on Wednesday to really just relax and deep clean my face. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a mask done and steam and all the works. πŸ™‚

I hope this can help anyone going through a breakout or struggling with acne daily. Your skin does get better, it can be a very long process. I was very fortunate enough to be able to get rid of it so quickly. Skin care is so important and this is why I love it so much. If I didn’t have this knowledge who knows where my skin would be now. Breakouts can be such a pain but with the proper care you can kiss it goodbye in no time! I truly believe that my dieting and other things I did aside from physical skin products helped tremendously with my skin. I’m trying to keep my sugar intake low still though it’s much harder now that my skin is cleared but again, I don’t want to ever go through this again. If only our skin could send us a text letting us know what it is causing the freak out! My skin isn’t 100% better but it most certainly is BETTER! Thank you for reading everyone!
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Contour vs. Strobing

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You guys remember the rage with contouring right? Then when you finally learned how to, strobing came out. Can a girl who doesn’t have professional makeup artists on hand perfect one thing at a time? Now you’ve probably only heard of strobing when it is bashing contouring. Saying it’s too unnatural, to fake looking, too heavy, etc. Well did you know there are other ways of contouring without looking like a drag queen?!?! Well there is. There is such a thing as a more natural contour which I actually prefer over strobing. The picture above contains the products I use for contour/highlighting and strobing.

What is contour?Β Contour is a technique used to make the face shape seem different. It’s used to hide your jaw line or create more predominant cheek bones. They achieve these looks by using darker and lighter shades to hide and bring out certain features. Contour being the darker and highlighting being the lighter. Contouring “hides” while highlighting “brings out”.

Strobing is where you use ONLY highlighter. You use it to bring out your features like your cheek bones, inner eye, tip of your nose, etc. it’s a “more natural” look. You’re using the lighter shades to bring forward features.

For myself personally I like contour and highlighting much better than strobing. The reason is because my cheeks are a little on the chubbier side. So I like to make my cheekbones pop a little bit more. With strobing, as pretty as it is I like to have my cheekbones stand out. I like to use the strobing technique when I’m going for a really, really, natural look. AKA, I’m running late or too lazy to do my makeup lol.

*Side note: when I say highlighting with contouring I mean using my banana powder. I don’t mean the really pretty highlighters with shimmer. I use that separately in different areas.* But we’ll get to that shortly!
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Now I don’t go all celebrity style of contouring. I simple use darker shades to enhance the appearance of my cheek bones and to hide the appearance of my jaw line. I have an underbite so I like to cast a “shadow” to make it look smaller. So as far as contouring and highlighting goes I only create two lines right under my cheekbones and then I blend the darker shade onto my jawline. I also don’t make mine very dramatic.
To the left is my very sad attempt of drawing a face shape (and my guest appearance: Pebbles)and showing you where I place the light and dark. It’s really hard to get banana powder to show up on white paper so I resorted to a cream highlighter that I no longer use. But for the picture purposes, you get the point.

Then for highlighting I only use it on my undereye area, under the cheekbone contour, and my chin. I use it more as the “baking” method for my undereyes since I use so much concealer, I need the highlight to help set it. I use it under the contour on my cheekbones to clean up the lines, then my chin just cause I like how it looks. πŸ™‚

I’m sorry I don’t have better pictures to demonstrate. My skin is going through a random/bad breakout and I don’t want to put makeup on it unless I have to. :/ I think some new products I’ve been trying messed me up.

When I contour and highlight I start with my under eye area with my banana powder. Then I go in and use my darker shades from Kat Von D under my cheek bone and on my jawline and then I blend those out. I didn’t do that on the picture because I wanted you guys to get a visual idea of what I was talking about. Then I got back in with my banana powder and clean up the lines on my cheeks. Then I go to my chin and let it “bake” while I do my eyebrows.

Now back to the pretty and fun highlighter. I use highlighter like I’m a fairy or something. I love it! I use it on the top of my check bones, tip of my nose, and Cupid’s bow. I love the look and the glow it gives me since everything I use is a matte product. It makes me not look so flat or dull. It adds a nice dewy look without me being Β extra greasy/oily. In the picture below I did swatches of all the highlighters/illuminators I have. The only editing I did to this picture aside from the text was sharpen the image to give a better look at the shades.
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I hope this helped clarify what contouring and what strobing is! Tell me your favorite techniques to use! Try them both and see what works best for you! Thanks for reading!!

xoxo, Ticha!

My Daily Skin Care Regimen

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So as you’ve read in my previous posts, I’m extremely oily. But I was also graced with that oily skin with little dry patches from time to time :l I started getting little dry areas last winter while I was in esthetic school. Now you’re probably wondering why would my skin get worse while IN beauty school? Well my friends, it’s because in the beginning of the school year (September) we went over each of our skin types/concerns. This was done for our own knowledge and because we were getting our own skin care products tailored to our personal skin issues.

I had oily skin, so I was TREATING for oily skin. So my skin got less oily and more normal. But because I was treating for that my skin got more susceptible to get dry skin. Which is why I got those annoying little dry patches in the winter time. Thankfully all I had to do was exfoliate a tad more and use a different moisturizer once a week at night during winter.

Now that I’ve been out of school for almost a whole year my skin is still oily with dry patches from time to time. The oil has gone done a lot thankfully. I’m still doing things to treat my oiliness so it makes sense to have dry patches. It doesn’t necessarily worry me. It’s just something I have to work with.

So now to what I actually use and the order I use these products in. Unless it’s really really cold and my skin needs some extra moisturizing love, this is my daily regimen. Twice a day, everyday.

1. Cleanser (sometimes twice if  I have lots of makeup on) –> Bioelements flash foam cleanser or coconut oil (I switch between the two)
2. Toner –> Repechage T-Zone Balancing
3. Eye cream –> skinfix brightening
4. Spot acne treatment –> Bioelements quick refiner and Clean&Clear persa-gel 10
5. Serum –> OleHenricksen truth serum
6. Moisturizer –> Promise Organic coconut milk facial lotion
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All this helps me keep my skin clear and healthy. To the left is a picture of myself without makeup and with my everyday look. Now aside from the dark circles and wayyyy better lighting I don’t look dramatically different. At least I don’t think so… πŸ™‚

I use all these products because I now know that it’s crucial to having clear and healthy skin.  Aside from knowing why and knowing that I need this stuff I use these products because I work in a greasy wing restaurant where I’m spilling beer on myself and handling food. Because I need something to help restore my skins natural pH balance. Because I already have bags and dark circles at the age of 23 and have had them since I can remember. Because even though I have oily skin, my skin feels tight and dry without a moisturizer.

I didn’t include exfoliation (at least not with an actual exfoliating product), extraction, and masking because I don’t do that every night nor should I (or anyone) do it every day. I also use a portable high frequency machine to “zap” my acne whenever I get a small breakout.
IMG_8143When it comes to exfoliating, I don’t use a fancy spiny brush or anything special like that. I use a wash cloth everyday, twice a day when I’m washing away my cleanser. Which happens to be a form of manual exfoliation as is. So I don’t want to over do it with harsh exfoliating products. When I do use a product I use the Honey and Almond scrub I got from school. It’s not too abrasive and leaves my skin soft and smelling great. I try to do a mask at least once or twice a month. I have a few different masks that I rotate through. I have one from Peter Thomas Roth called Irish Moor Mud and from Repechage called Balance and Hydrating. But my favorite has to be the single use sheet masks from Sephora. They’re $6 bucks each and they have so many different ones that help target your specific need.

So I know it seems like this is a lot to do twice a day and a lot of products. But trust me, it works and it’s worth it! This is what works for me and it won’t work for everyone. As you can see I use many different products and all from different brands. You’ll have to find what works for you. But I hope this helps give insight and give you an idea of where to start for your skin care routine! Thanks for reading guys!!

xoxo, Ticha!