Skin Care

My New Go-To Makeup Essentials!!

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Having Rosacea and older skin can make doing makeup a little tricky.  I have been recently watching tons of makeup tutorials on YouTube and have finally found someone who has shown me how to do my makeup properly.  If you ever get a chance to check out Lisa Eldridge (her photo is at the beginning of this post) who is an amazing British celebrity makeup artist and makeup designer.  She does terrific tutorials and seems like a genuine and lovely person.  She suggests that if you have problematic skin, don’t try to cover all of it up, just treat the areas that are of concern.  So at her suggestion, I have been trying out a new makeup routine and am loving it.  First she suggested a lightweight, SPF foundation like a BB or CC cream or a tinted moisturizer all over the face.

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I have been using a sample of the BareMinerals Bareskin foundation serum that my daughter Katie got me and I will definitely get the full size when this runs out.  But luckily a little goes a very long way.  I gently rub this in all over my face until it is all blended.

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Then using a small makeup brush I just gently cover the problem areas with this Clinique Chubby Foundation stick in small patting motions.  It gives great coverage and doesn’t seem to crease or break me out.  And it blends in beautifully with the foundation.

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I don’t use powder even though I probably should, but I haven’t found one yet that doesn’t look chalky on me, but I do love this blush from The Body Shop in Guava.

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Then it is mascara, and this is my new favourite, the Maybelline, The Falsies Push Up Drama formulation.  It is waterproof and really black.

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Sometimes I do eyeliner and I love the Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper.  I find it easy enough to use even for a makeup klutz like me.

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The Lipstick I have been getting the most compliments on is by Essence and is in Wear Berries.  It is a nice slightly plummy colour that is easy to wear.

As I don’t wear makeup all that often and I certainly don’t wear much, so it only takes me less than 5 minutes to do my makeup in the morning.  Luckily I have found some great products that are working well for me.  What are your favourite makeup products? Cheers, Michele

My La Roche-Posay Skin Care Update!

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So I have been using the Rosaliac products from the La Roche-Posay skin care line for a while now to help with my Rosacea and I have noticed a big difference.  I have had less major break outs, less redness and sore areas.  The spots that I have now are related to the joy of hormones.  I am going to continue to use these products and keep you updated. I would highly recommend this line to those of you with redness or Rosacea.  Cheers, Michele

Rosacea Is Not Rosy!! Thank You For Your Kind Words!

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Recently I posted that I have Rosacea and it is not only damaging to my skin, but it’s appearance and people’s comments about it are damaging to my self-esteem.  I couldn’t believe nor did I expect all the wonderful supporting and encouraging words from the lovely people who read my blog.  I just wanted to take a moment and say thank you to you all that made suggestions of products or treatments to try, shared their own struggles with Rosacea or another skin condition or just sent along love and encouragement.  I am so lucky to have such wonderful people who take the time to read my posts and even comment as well.  So thank you so much, you have no idea how much your kind words mean to me, it has really made my day, week, and month.  THANK YOU!!!  Cheers, Michele

La Roche-Posay Rosaliac!! A New Rosacea Treatment!

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This past weekend I visited with my husband’s sister and her family at their cottage and had a truly wonderful time.  My sister-in-law, Mary and her daughter’s friend Leslie who are both fabulous people, both recommended that I try the Rosaliac line of La Roche-Posay for my Rosacea and the accompanying symptoms of this condition.

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So I went to Shopper’s Drugmart today and bought two gift sets which each contained a miceller cleanser, and a serum of this line.  One contained the AR Intensive cream and the other contained a sunblock specifically designed for Rosacea.  The gift sets were each $32 dollars which was the same price as each of the AR Intensive cream and the sunblock alone.  So I got some extras for free.  The lovely girl at Shopper’s Drugmart also gave me sample sizes of a CC cream and a serum from this line.  I am going to try the products out for a month and see how they go and I will let you know.  Wish me luck!!! Cheers, Michele

Rosacea Is Not Rosy!! A Soul and Skin Baring Post!

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People have asked me why I don’t post pictures of myself in my thrifted outfits.  I will tell you why…I am extremely self-conscious about my Rosacea.  I don’t like to be photographed and am afraid of the response I will get on the Internet of how my face looks.  Just admitting that I have it to my readers is giving me a great deal of stress and anxiety.  But I figured it was about time.  Just a disclaimer, I know that Rosacea is not a life threatening disease, or physically debilitating, and but since it is on my face…the first thing people look at when they meet me, it is not a condition I can hide.  It immediately affects people’s opinion of me in a negative way. And I get a lot of comments about my face….many more than I want and all negative in their effect on my self-esteem.

For those of you who don’t know what Rosacea is, I will share what I know:

  1. It is not contagious!!
  2. It is known as the curse of the Celts because it predominately affects fair-skinned people of Northern European descent.
  3. It is an inflammatory disease that has no known cause or cure, but many triggers such as hormones, diet, sunlight, exercise, stress, etc.  So basically life!
  4. It is very damaging to your skin and your self-confidence.

When I was younger I had amazingly good skin…just an occasional pimple now and again, but nothing serious.  When I started peri-menopause at 39, I developed a rash on my cheeks that was sore and had small little pimples in it.  This continued off and on to the present day, with increasing severity and duration.  I also end up with scaring cystic acne as a result of some of the break outs.  It can appear for no apparent reason after a short period of clear skin in patches in just one area or all over.  It is painful like a bad sunburn.  I have tried many different over the counter and prescription medications and lotions and cleansers with varying success but the success never lasts.

The hardest part about Rosacea for me is the response I get from people.  They ask me “what is wrong with your face”, or “oh, your poor face”, or “your face is really broken out”.  I am sure that they don’t realize how damaging their comments are to my self-confidence or how much I cry from these comments.  I hope that their comments are meant kindly, but their effects are very damaging to my confidence.  I do what I can to try to hide my skin condition, with varying results, but it still always shows through.  So now you know why I don’t put present day photographs of myself and am very selective about the photos I include from my past when my skin was in remission from the Rosacea.

Wow, this was one of the hardest posts I have ever written.  I cried just writing it. I hope it educates people about what Rosacea is and how damaging comments seemingly innocuous comments about their skin, can be to a Rosacea sufferer or anyone who suffers from a skin condition they can’t hide.  Do you have something that you are self-conscious about?  Do you have Rosacea and have found something that works for it?  I would love to hear from you.  Cheers, Michele

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!! Skin Care Products!!

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These are just a few of my favourite lines and products for skin care, cleansing and moisturizing.  I have combination, rosacea skin prone to breakouts.  Such a joy!  So skin care is very important to me.  And these are the top lines for my skin and my favourite products in those lines.  Some of these lines and products are wickedly expensive so I have only been able to try them in free sample sizes.  Hopefully some day I will have sufficient funds to be able to include them into my regular skin care rotation.  All images are courtesy of the Sephora Website.

  1. Kate Somerville                         imageEradikate ScrubimageEradikate 
  2. Ole Hendriksen.                                                     imageTruth Serum
  3. Fresh.
          image               Soy Face CleanserimageHoney MaskimageRose Face Mask
  4. Origins.                                                   imageDrink-Up Intense MaskimageFace Wash
  5. First Aid Beauty.                                                            imageFace Cleanser           image        Ultra Repair RecoveryimageUltra Repair Cream
  6. Boscia.                                                                       imageExfoliating Peel Gel
  7. Neutrogena.                                                             RWR.SPF.1OZ.BO.LTRapid Wrinkle Repair
  8. L’Occitane.                                                              imageImmortals Lineimage Creme Divine Line.                                                                                     
  9. Avene.                                                                         imageRedness-relief  cream
    imageRedness Relief Mask
  10. REN.                                                                             image  Anti-redness creams.

I would love to hear about your favourite skincare lines and products, especially if you have skin like mine. I could always use some tips and tricks to help with my problem skin. Cheers, Michele

These Are a Few of My Favourite Things!! Beauty Bloggers and YouTubers!!

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So there are several beauty bloggers or YouTubers that I follow for various reasons.   I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to makeup, basically because I am crappy at it, but I am very fussy about skincare as I am 51 and  my skin needs all the help it can get.  Check these gals out.

Tati Westbrook  She is my favourite Youtube beauty guru.  She is in her early 30s and in Youtube age, she is considered quite mature.  I have had the best results with products she has suggested and love her makeup tutorials.  She does a great mix of drug store products and high-end and is honest and matter of fact about how they work for her.  She has her own makeup line and a beauty app.  Check her out glamlifeguru.com and on You tube.image

Gigi Gorgeous  This gal is a transgender woman from Canada who has become famous for her transgenderness as well as her fun and happy attitude towards life.   Look up Gigi Gorgeous on YouTube.

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Fleur de Force  She is from the UK and does beauty and fashion videos.  She has her own makeup line and a book called The Glam Guide.  Check her out at Fleur de Force on her blog and on Youtube.

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Ingrid Nilsen  This girl has great beauty videos for skin care and natural looking makeup.  I like her positive and quirky attitude about life and beauty.  She also does recipes and home decor DIY projects.  Check her out at Missglamorazzi and The Grid Monster.

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Estee Lalonde  She is a Canadian girl who lives in London.  She does beauty and fashion videos, and has her own blog.  She vlogs about her life with her boyfriend and her rescued greyhound Reggie.  She has a slightly self-depreciating voice which is charming, refreshing and delightful in that she seems so pleased and surprised that she is living the life she is.  Check her out at Estee Lalonde and Essiebutton.

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Samantha Maria  This UK blogger, vlogger, and YouTuber has amazing style.  She does beauty and fashion videos as well as look books of how to style different pieces.  She studied fashion design and styling in University and has a young fresh outlook.

imageI may not spend much money on my clothing, shoes or accessories, but I do invest in good skin care and these ladies provide great information as well as entertainment and insights into the world of fashion and beauty.  Cheers, Michele