Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Feeling #Confident in Your Own Skin!


Confidence is best defined in the dictionary as: a feeling of self-assurance arising from one's appreciation of one's own abilities or qualities. 

With the flawless glossy high fashion magazines at every store checkout stand, Victoria's Secret models on countless advertisements throughout the mall and celebrity goddesses flooding our T.V screen every night, it is hard to not compare yourself to them. In today's world the words "beautiful" or "flawless" have so many different interpretations. Some girls think that beauty is being a size 00 with platinum blonde hair and big boobs. Others, think that flawlessness comes from $9,000+ in physical alterations via needles..I was one of those girls with a skewed view.. I am sure most of us have been there. 

This was until one day when I was standing in the mirror going through my 25 minute makeup process and J came in and asked "what are you doing?" I rolled my eyes and said "um getting ready?" He came back with "oh, you looked so nice a minute ago, I thought you were already, ready" Y'all...I started to cry. Seriously. This particular morning had been a bit rough and it was getting on 1pm and I was in yoga pants and a monogram tank with my hair in a ratty pony tail and zero makeup. 

It was then that I put my foundation brush down, grabbed a make-up wipe, removed my make up and walked out the door with him. 


Not only is wearing make up everyday harmful to your skin but, you really don't always need it! I feel like for me, people can tell me things over and over but until I  see it or realize it for myself, it doesn't mean anything. Before this, going out without make up was never an option for me. I always felt like I had to be fully glammed before leaving the house. I wasn't confident and that was the problem. 


Ever since I was little, I have struggled with hyper pigmentation- meaning that my skin isn't all the same tone. Luckily, this is the worst of my skin issues as aside from the occasional tiny pimple I have never had any major skin issues. Anyways, I was always very uncomfortable with people seeing my 'naked' skin so I turned to Pinterest and started looking up skin care routines and mashed a few together to create mine. 

Nightly Skin Care Routine:
-most of the products mentioned are brand specific..I am not writing this in affiliation with any company-this is just what works for me. All comments and opinions are that of my own.-

1. If wearing make-up, remove with the Yes To Blueberry Facial Cleansing Wipes. (I usually use two-one for the first initial removal and the second for reassurance that it is all off)

2. Next, grab an astringent or facial cleansing pad such as the Stridex maximum strength pads. These just get all of the extra grim and gunk off. 

3. Wet your face with cool water and wash with an exfoliant such as the Clean and Clear Deep Action Exfoliant Scrub

4. Finally, use a moisturizing cream so that your skin does not dry out over night. I like the Clean and Clear Dual Action Lotion


Morning Skin Care Routine:
1. Every morning, I first rinse my face off with cool water. 

2. I then use the Clean and Clear Hydrating Facial Cleanser 

3. If I am going to rock the naked skin, I will finish off with some more moisturizer. 

4. If it is a day that I am going full glam, I will first use a mask on my face. I like the Que Bella Mud Mask this mask seems to help with the hyper pigmentation as well.



Feeling confident doesn't have to mean you have to spend $100+ dollars on expensive makeup or become someone that you're not. It is easier said than done but, being confident in your own skin is the way to live! 


How do you conquer your skin problems?

11 comments :

  1. I used to be one of those girls that caked on the makeup. Now I just put BB cream on a little eye shadow and some mascara and go. That is my daily makeup but when I go out for dinner or out with friends I will usually put on some blush and eye liner. But not worrying about my makeup in the morning and having such an easy routine has saved me so much time in the morning - I can usually do my makeup in about 5 minutes.

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  2. The only makeup I wear these days are eyeliner, mascara and bronzer. If I am going out at night, I'll swish some eye shadow on...nothing crazy though!!

    www.pellerini.com

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  3. My makeup has always been pretty minimal, mostly because I've never felt confident in my makeup application, ha! I mainly just wear a BB cream (sometimes not even that), eye makeup, blush, and lipstick. I do wear makeup every day to work, but try to have at least one day on the weekend, (usually Saturday) to go fresh faced and give my skin a break!

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  4. Loved this. <3 I used to wear a ton of makeup..then not so much...to a ton of makeup during my pregnancy because it made me feel better. I couldn't wear my cute clothes anymore so I always did my hair and makeup. Now that I am a mommy...I just make sure my skin is good and my hair is clean. lol I feel more confident now without the makeup than I did before....although I still love makeup! haha

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    1. I think as women, we will all always love makeup but it is so nice and refreshing to have clean and clear skin without the makeup! I also love being able to sleep in a bit longer instead of getting up early to sit in front of the mirror for 15-20 minutes!

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  5. thats awesome! I love that learning about other people's routine

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  6. I love the Yes line! They have some great products, and their facial wipes have been lifesavers on camping trips and during hospital stays! :)

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  7. Amen sister you look great!! I always struggle with my skin tone too I have soooo much red in my cheeks but I'm ghostly pale so it's so uneven and I hate it. I try to go with a tinted moisturizer and that makes me feel done even when I'm not done up :)

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  8. I used to wear a ton of makeup and believed it made me look prettiest. One day I woke up and didn't care anymore. I didn't want to have to TRY to be pretty. I wanted to just be pretty. So I stopped wearing makeup. And it was the best decision I ever made. I love the skin I'm in!

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  9. My sisters would spend 30 minutes of makeup-ing. I typically only do a little blush and neutral eye makeup...I hate the oily, heavy feel of anything else. I'm done in 5 minutes. They tell me how beautiful I look and I think...that's why you don't need a lot of makeup!

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  10. I used to wear quite a bit of makeup in my early 20s, but now that I'm in my late 20s, I've started to consider my skin as more of a reflection of my health. So instead of using makeup to cover things up, I try to make healthy life changes to actually fix problems. I wear pretty minimal makeup now and try to keep a clean diet and stay hydrated. I'm trying to cut back on my wine habit because I don't think that helps the bit of redness I have ha! I've also started drinking warm lemon water which has actually helped quite a bit and just makes me feel awesome in general!

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