Category Archives: Acne

My Experience at the Dermatologist

The first time I saw a dermatologist was when I just started uni.  It was for some massive skin allergy that was leaving weird massive scars everywhere across the top half of my body.  Anyway, I was told that nothing could be done and had to live with it, in a very mean way.  And when I asked about wearing make-up, the dermatologist told me off saying I am still young and should not wear any make-up.  I went away feeling upset because I went there with questions but came out with no answers (plus getting told off and feeling stupid for asking questions is not fun).

So, years after my first experience, I finally built up the courage to go see a dermatologist for my acne.  I’ve been suffering adult on-set acne now for about 2 years and I’ve been wishfully thinking/hoping it will go away by itself.  Unfortunately not.  So… I went to see the dermatologist but it seems I have bad luck with doctors.  I went into the room with all these questions but half my consultation time was spent getting told off for not wanting to use the pill to help my acne (this is the 2nd time I got told off!  What’s up with doctors and the pill??) and that I got all the wrong information from the internet.  Anyway, I was quickly given a prescription and before I could ask all my questions, I got shown the door!!

If you have a doctor who is good to you, don’t let them go!!!!

Well, here’s the current state of my left cheek (before taking the prescription medication):

Acne ridden face

I’ll write another follow-up post to let you know how I’m going.  Have you had a bad experience with doctors?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

FOTD: Achieve flawfess skin with foundation for the acne scarred skin

I went to a friend’s wedding a few weeks back and wore a purple smokey eye and had my hair up in a formal twirly bun.

Purple Smokey FOTD

Today’s post will be about how I managed to achieve a flawless looking face for my acne ridden skin.

Here are the products and tools I used:

  1. Benefit Porefessional
  2. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  3. The Balm Time Balm Concealer 
  4. Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation
  5. Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
  6. Alcone sponge
  7. Big fluffy brush

Here are the steps I took:

  1. Make sure your face is prepped and ready to go.  There should be as little flakey skin as possible on your face so that the foundation does not get caught on the flakey bits.  If you have extremely dry skin (especially from the acne treatment), make sure it’s nicely moisturized.  Wait for at least 1-2 minutes after the moisturizer so that there is plenty of time for the moisturizer to be absorbed.
  2. Prime your skin with a primer.  I used Benefit’s Porefessional.  The reason for priming your skin is to allow the foundation to go on as smoothly as possible.  It also allows the foundation to last a little longer.
  3. Apply your first layer of foundation using your fingers.  I used Make Up For Ever HD Foudation for my first layer.
  4. Apply your concealer to the red parts or the dark spots (acne scars) that the foundation did not cover.  I used my ring finger as it helped warmed up the product and allowed me to blend it properly.   The ring finger is the weakest finger, so it’s good for concealer application as you tend to be a bit more gentle in application and not smudge the foundation beneath.  It’s okay if just a little bit of scars are still peaking at this point as you’re going to go over with your second layer of foundation.
  5. Using a damp sponge (put the sponge in water and squeeze out excess water), dip the sponge into the foundation.      Try to take some of the product from the bottle/pan and place it on your hand so that you can easily pick up the product with the damp sponge.  Dipping a wet sponge into the pan itself can cause the product to “spoil” quicker than normal.
  6. Now, use the damp sponge with some product on it and bounce the sponge lightly on your face for the 2nd layer of foundation.  It is important to bounce it lightly so as to be careful not to smear the concealer.  I used my Mehron foundation as it is a creamier foundation and gives more coverage for my scarred-ridden face.
  7. Dip your big fluffy brush in some setting powder and tap off the excess.  Now, set your foundation by lightly pressing the brush onto your face.  It’s important not to sweep as the sweeping motion can move the foundation and concealer on your face and cause your concealed parts to show again.  I used the Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder.  Don’t be too heavy-handed here or you may look too cakey!

And you’re done!

Below is a picture of my before and after:

Flawless skin for the acne ridden face

What do you think? Easy-peasy?  Personally, I do not use so many products for a normal day.  This is usually for special occasions.

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Make Up For Ever (MUFE) High Definition Foundation

I’ve been using a few different brands of foundations lately but this one is definitely one of my favourites and my go-to, especially if there was going to be a special event or even sports (yes, you heard me, SPORTS).

Below are the pros for the Make Up For Ever (MUFE) High Definition (HD) Foundation:

  • comes in 26 colours, not many brands come in that many shades!  (The current shade I use is #140)
  • provides medium to full coverage and does not look too heavy or cakey
  • at the end of the day, it does not feel like I have to remove my make-up because it is weighing me down
  • easy application with fingers, brush or wet sponge (I prefer finger application as it helps work the product into the skin)
  • build-able coverage allows for medium or full coverage
  • excellent for covering my acne scarring and I don’t have to use as much concealer (the less product the better!)
  • does not irritate my acne/skin
  • lasts for a very long time
  • (saved the best for last) does not budge during exercise!!! When sweating, just be careful not to wipe off the sweat, instead, dab off the sweat and the foundation will not budge!  I’ve worn it for a good sweaty gym session and also at a 1 hour basketball competition; the foundation has stayed put!

This foundation is not dewy.  I love a matte foundation because I become oily and that means my foundation just feels really heavy on my face at the end of the day.  Matte foundations also means I do not have to powder my face once applying the foundation.

One thing to note about this foundation is that it catches onto the flakey bits of my skin, so make sure there are no flakey bits.

To be honest, I’m can’t say if this foundation is HD because I do not actually own a HD camera to film in high definition.  However, I do know that this foundation photographs really well in flash.  It definitely does not look like I have a lightbulb as a head.

Picture time!

MUFE HD Foundation in 140

MUFE HD Foundation 140

1st application of the foundation
1st layer of application of the foundation
2nd application of the foundation
2nd layer of application of the foundation

Conclusion:

I absolutely love this foundation and it is my definite go-to for a fail-proof foundation that lasts fora long time, even for a sports events.

Price:

AUD$59.00

Where to buy:

I know of only two places in Australia that sell this product (however, I have not purchased from them before):

If you can buy this overseas, highly recommend to buy it there as it’s much cheaper!

Do you have a go-to foundation?  Let me know in the comments!

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Helloooo there!

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

I’ve been suffering from adult on-set acne (as you’ve probably already know…or not…) and have been trying out several creams, lotion & potions.  I was shopping at Kit Cosmetics for my usual Mario Badescu Control cream when I came across this Healing Cream from the same brand.  I loved the control cream a lot, so I decided to try the Healing cream too.  The salesperson also mentioned that this product is particularly for acne.

This healing cream is meant speed up the healing of red, irritated acne erupted skin (it prevents minor pimples from becoming inflamed).  This product looks like a light green/brown cream texture and smells quite like some sort of herbal scent.  When I opened the container, the product applies very smoothly, however, as time goes on, the product gets a little bit tackier/stickier.  If your skin is very sensitive (particularly from the acne treatment), the product can be a little harder to apply (due to the tug and pull of applying the cream) as the container is opened for longer periods of time and the product dries out slightly.  You should transfer the product to a separate container to ensure the texture remains the same.

After a few hours of applying this product, I feel that my face gets a bit too oily, especially in summer.  This is great when you are using really harsh acne treatment when the treatment dries out your skin.  What I see after applying this product overnight is that the redness from my acne is slightly reduced and after a few nights of use, the scars from the acne does not last as long.  For those of you who are acne sufferers, I think you would rejoice at this.

Picture picture!

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Mario Badescu Healing Cream

Conclusion:

If I were using harsh treatment that dries out my skin, I will definitely use this product.  I would however, separate the product into different containers to ensure the texture remains the same.

Price:

AUD$26.95 for 14ml

Where to buy:

Kit Cosmetics at Myer

Have you used anything to help with soothing your skin after using harsh acne treatment?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Hello hello hello!

Time for a foundation review!  So, I purchased this when there was a discount going on in Priceline.  I’ve heard lots of good things about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.. correction, Bourjois Healthy Mix SERUM Foundation.  Yes, I bought the wrong foundation because I mixed up the names.  The Serum foundation is the one with the red cap.

So, let’s get on with the review for Bourjois Health Mix foundation.   This foundation comes in 6 shades, from light to tan.  I got the slightly tan colour (2nd darkest) as I bought this particularly to match my skin tone after coming back from holidays with a good tan.  This liquid foundation provides medium coverage.  It’s good coverage if you do not have very many blemishes but it’s definitely not enough for someone with acne (like me), as the acne still peaks through the foundation and you do have to cover it up with a good concealer.  After application of the foundation, the foundation is still wet to the touch.  It does take awhile for the foundation to dry and will end up with a dewy finish.  To get a matte look, you will have to set it with a powder.  Because this foundation is still quite wet after application, you do have to have to be a bit more careful when putting on the concealer or work the foundation into the skin and wait for it to dry.  Also, the texture does make it feel that you are wearing a slightly heavier foundation.  If you are not a frequent foundation user, you may find this slightly heavy.  This foundation has a very light floral fragrance that goes away after awhile.  The foundation comes in a pump type bottle with a cap, which makes it quite convenient.  As you use the foundation, the bottom of the bottle moves up, meaning no wastage in the bottle! yay!  For some reason, though, the pump on my bottle has gotten a little bit messy…

I bought the shade in 55 (dark beige).  The shade does not really suit me perfectly as I may have bought the shade that is wrong for my yellow undertone.  I should’ve gone with shade 54 because when I sampled it in the shop, it did have a more orange base.  Does this foundation break me out?  Thankfully, no.  It does not make my acne to become any worse than it is.  I also have not developed any sensitivity to this foundation.  So, hurray!

At the end of the workday, however, this foundation does feel that it is melting off my face (even when wearing it on top of a primer and setting it with powder).  I usually feel a bit uncomfortable at the end of the day and would immediately remove it once I get home.  To prevent the uncomfortable feeling, I usually have to blot my face around mid-day mark and around the 3-4pm mark.  I personally would not recommend this foundation for anyone with oily skin.  However, if you do have dry skin, I think this is perfect as it does feel slightly moisturizing.

Picture time!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - pump

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - pump

Above pic: very dirty foundation bottle!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Above pic: After spreading the foudation

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation

Above pic:  After working the foundation into the skin and waiting for a minute

My cheek without any product

Above pic:  Skin without any product except moisturizer

My cheek with foundation

Above pic: Skin with foundation

Conclusion:

This foundation is not suitable for my skin type as I have combination skin (oily T-Zone), hence I would not repurchase.  Also, this foundation does not really conceal my acne, which is my number 1 issue.

Price:

AUD$32.00 for 63g

Where to buy:

Priceline 

Have you used any Bourjois product?  I would love to hear how you felt about it.

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam