How to deal with a MASSIVE break out!!

Gahh its one of those weeks! i’ve been stressing, and of course the first place it shows is my face. I was about to get ready for work and thought i should film how i deal with my break outs.

I love the look of clean fresh skin, i do not like layers and layers of make-up..if i could get away with wearing no foundation that would be amazing but this is my way of achieving fresh looking skin MID break out 🙂

Products Used –

– Sebium Global Intensive Purifying Care by Bioderma

– HD foundation by Make Up For Ever

– Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier

– Smooth Operator powder by Tarte

–  Paint pot (in shade Perky) by M.A.C

– Lip and cheek cremé (in shade petal) by Becca

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Love Katy xxx

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Keep it fresh! Tool and make-up maintenance.

Why isn’t that mascara looking good anymore? Why do my makeup brushes look dull and barely work? Nothing has changed! Well to you I say again 🙂 …

One of the main parts about keeping makeup looking fresh and beautiful is looking after your tools. This means washing brushes and keeping an eye on makeup expiry dates.

Mascara: Approx every 3 months (I’d make it three months at the absolute maximum in terms of performance you will get).

Mascaras need to be replaced regularly because they can become breeding grounds for bacteria. Also when air gets into the container it drys up and gives a poor performance compared to when it was first purchased it (don’t pump your mascara wand up and down into the container this will put more air in, it’s better to swirl the wand whilst in the container. This grabs the mascara that has been pushed to the side).

Foundation: Approx 12 months

Powder foundations last longer than liquids, the ingredients of liquids can separate especially if kept in warm areas (best to keep your foundations in cool places). If left in the heat it can also change colour and smell.

Lipsticks: Approx 12 months

Air drys some lipsticks quicker than others. Glossy ones tend to last longer whereas matte ones dry out quicker. If the lip sticks consistency changes, it stops sticking to your lips properly or the fragrance differs that is a definite sign that it’s done!

Brush cleaning!

This part of your routine is super important. It means that the eye shadow, powder or blush you use will be the true colour you choose rather than a mix of what you wore yesterday and what you chose to wear today. Makeup brushes are a ground for bacteria to grow, keeping them clean can be extra important to people that suffer from acne.

If they are you personal brushes and you use them for the same colours everyday you can wash your brushes once a week. If they are brushes used on different people they MUST be cleaned before touching another face, if you don’t clean them you can seriously risk infecting someone with something such as conjunctivitis (this is why you never share mascaras and make-up artists use disposable mascara wands).

Some people choose to use an alcohol based brush cleaner, the brushes are sprayed or dipped into the alcohol and brushed on a tissue until makeup is removed. These are handy because the alcohol drys very quickly. In my case I prefer to use this as a last case scenario for cleaning my brushes. I use an anti bacterial soap under super hot water then dry with a hair dryer between uses, I believe this is the most hygienic way to do it.

If they are you personal brushes and you are doing this routine once a week, I would use an anti bacterial soap under hot water, rinse then apply hair conditioner. Leave conditioner on the brushes for about five minutes rinse realllly well under hot water (this makes them super soft 😉 )

Always make sure to pull the brushes through your fingers to remove excess water and get them back into the shape they came in so they dry properly. Leave to air dry on a paper towel and they will be as good as new!


Why is it SO important to remove makeup?!

Removing makeup is so incredibly important, and is actually a lot harder to do than most people expect. Even I am shocked at what lasts, I often try foundations on the back of my hand then proceed to test different cleansers to see if they remove it and it will always leave a decent amount, even when cleansing twice.

The reason why it is so important is our skin is covered in pores, this is where sweat comes out but also where we secrete sebum (a waxy liquid that helps protect and keep our skin moist) when it is secreted it pushes out irritants from the pores. When makeup is left on it inhibits this process by clogging the pores, sebum builds up behind it and this can create pimples. Leaving eye makeup on can also cause irritation, allergic reaction and even infections.

So! This is what I recommend to remove makeup properly. I say “properly” because using strong astringents or soaps that are not ph balanced can strip the skin of its natural oils, this cause the skin to produce more oil and therefore break out..yikes!

-Wet face with tepid water (not hot or cold this can cause unnecessary irritation)
– Rub a small amount of “CLEAR Pore Normalizing Cleanser” by Paula’s Choice between your hands then GENTLY in circular motions on the face.
– Wet “Select mircofibre face washer” ( available at woolworths) and gently rub on face in circular motion making sure to get right up into the hair line.
– Repeat step 2.
– Apply a small amount of “Skin Balancing Invisible Finishing Moisture Gel” by Paula’s Choice to finish.

Paula’s Choice is by far my favourite skin care, I will do a post on Paula Begoun soon. Also the “Woolworths Select face washers” are the best investment I have ever made, $1.99 for two! They are mircofibre and will take off every last bit of makeup without over scrubbing and even if you don’t have cleanser they remove it. Of course I think it’s more effective to use cleanser just to be sure. The first wash is to break down the makeup, the second (after using the washcloth) is just to make sure the pores are free of any dirt or oil. If you have problem skin this routine if done morning and night will most likely help a lot. As well as making sure you regularly change your pillow case because dirt and bacteria can grow on them.