MY SKINCARE ROUTINE + CUROLOGY REVIEW

I asked you guys on Instagram about a month or so ago if anyone was interested in me writing a post on how I cleared my acne and the answer was YES! So I thought I’d share a little bit lot of history about my skin, my skin type, and what I’ve tried unsuccessfully so you have a better idea of what I’ve been working with and so if you have a similar skin type, this will be more helpful. This is going to be a long post so grab a snack and something to drink (peppermint tea with honey and lemon sounds so good right now)!

My skin type:

  • Moderately severe acne – thankfully I’ve never had cystic acne but I’ve had just about everything else
  • Oily to combination with occasional flaky patches
  • Blackheads covering the t-zone
  • Whiteheads (closed comedones) covering the lower half of my face
  • Larger pustules (inflamed comedones) on my cheeks, mainly hormonal, that would take weeks to months to go away completely and left a lot of hyperpigmentation and some scarring
  • Not very sensitive

Unsuccessful attempts/products to clear my acne:

  • Salicylic Acid
  • Benzoyl Peroxide
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Just about every over-the-counter acne product 
  • Just simple cleansing and moisturizing
  • Eating healthier
  • Tretinoin
  • Tazorac
  • Egg Whites (don’t trust everything you see on Pinterest guys)
  • Essential Oils (Tea Tree, Lavender, Frankincense, Carrot)
  • Glycolic Acid

BACKSTORY

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These were taken six months apart. The “before” photo was on one of my good skin days. NO photoshop OR face makeup in either photo.

 

So what worked?

I discovered Curology* about six or seven months ago I think through a YouTube video but I’m not entirely sure. What stuck out to me as different from other “cures” was that it’s an online dermatology service coupled with customized prescription strength topical medications AND that they offer a 90 day money back guarantee. It can take up to two months to see changes in skin and so it was reassuring to know I wouldn’t have wasted my money if it didn’t work out. But it did! About a week after using Curology when I was moisturizing my skin, I noticed my forehead was nearly smooth, which was the craziest feeling after so long of having bumpy skin.

Here’s how it works:

  1. You answer a bunch of detailed questions about your skin/medical history, such as what medications you’ve previously been on.
  2. You upload high quality photos of your skin. (If you don’t have a good quality camera, use the back camera on your phone and go outside for better light.)
  3. Your dermatology provider (board certified either dermatologist, nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant) will review your photos, get back with you, and provide you with a prescription.
  4. Apply after cleansing and before moisturizing every evening. Easy as that!

Over time you’ll upload new photos and they can tweak the medication if it’s not working as well as it could, or if it’s too strong, etc. You can also request a new bottle of medication if you’re running low. There’s no way of telling (at least that I can see) when the bottle is getting empty other than it feels lighter, so to be on the safe side I would order a new bottle (no extra cost to you!) around 2 or 2 1/2 months instead of the three months they suggest. I ran out of mine at about 2 3/4 months but I do use a tad bit more than a pump so I can put it on my neck too.

You know what else is awesome about Curology? Any questions you have about your skin, the medication, etc. you can ask your dermatologist about anytime! They’re very prompt about answering AND it doesn’t cost you any extra.

*NOTE: I am NOT sponsored by Curology. They have no clue who I am lol. I signed up and paid for Curology with my own money. They do offer a referral system where if you refer a friend and they sign up you get $10 (which goes for anyone who uses Curology).

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My current formula:

  • Azelaic Acid 8%
  • Clindamycin 1%
  • Zinc Pyrithione 0.25%

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Morning Routing:

  1. Cleanse face with cold water. (Wash your hands first!)
  2. Mix moisturizer and sunscreen and gently rub into skin.

SUPER simple!

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Evening Routine:

  1. Rub oil cleansing balm (recipe below) into skin to loosen makeup and then remove the oily makeup mixture with a baby wipe.
  2. Clean face with clarisonic & face wash using circular motions.
  3. Remove eye makeup with eye makeup remover and a cotton round.
  4. Using another cotton round, remove any residual makeup with toner. I love this toner because it’s alcohol free and
  5. Apply Curology cream.
  6. Apply eye cream. Personally I don’t see a difference when I use this vs. when I use argan oil, but I got it in an Ipsy bag so I’m going to use it.
  7. Apply about 4-5 drops Argan oil. This brand is different than the one pictured because I reused an old bottle but same thing.
  8. Apply lip balm. This stuff is AMAZING either as a lip balm or as an intensive hydrating cream. I get a lot of flakiness around my nose during the winter and this heals it overnight.

Other Skincare Products I use:

Oil Cleansing Balm Recipe:

  • 2 parts Coconut Oil
  • 1 part Liquid oil of choice (I used Sunflower oil) (this is to keep the coconut oil from completely solidifying)
  • a few drops Lavender essential oil (optional)

Mix these together in a small jar and use a nickel sized amount to loosen makeup before washing face.

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Products Mentioned/Used:

Face ⇢

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr foundation in 90N: http://seph.me/29OCBNa

Pixi Correction Concentrate: http://bit.ly/29OBLA8

NYX HD Concealer: http://amzn.to/2a48BfD

Elizabeth Mott Contour Palette: http://amzn.to/2cSkitl

Sigma Aura Powder Blush in Pet Name: http://bit.ly/29Ccx8R

Eyes ⇢

Elizabeth Mott Natural Eyeshadow Palette: http://amzn.to/2diD8Ia

MUG White Lies: http://bit.ly/2cq1cMd

MUG Bitten: http://bit.ly/2cEsvyA

MUG Cocoa Bear: http://bit.ly/2dcqsXz

MUG Creme Brûlée: http://bit.ly/2cq28jQ

MUG In The Spotlight: http://bit.ly/2cq0TRz

Loreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara: http://amzn.to/2cXhcB1

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara: http://amzn.to/2a4cQIh

Southern Flair Lashes “Harper”: http://bit.ly/2aD3DH1

Kiss Strip Lash Adhesive: http://bit.ly/2cXgeor

Brows ⇢

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe: http://bit.ly/2aDmFAO

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel: http://bit.ly/29w15sG

Lips ⇢

Gerard Cosmetics “Buttercup”: http://bit.ly/2cnv3A7

ColourPop x KathleenLights “Aquarius”: http://bit.ly/2cEt1MI

Brushes ⇢

Real Techniques Powder Brush: http://amzn.to/2cvepSl

Sigma F35: http://amzn.to/2cXi8W2

Real Techniques Sponge: http://amzn.to/2daMOEa

Lamora Flat Kabuki Brush: http://amzn.to/2diEtPo

Lamora Eye Brush Set: http://amzn.to/2diF8R0

Sigma E35: http://amzn.to/2cSkIQn

Signa E39: http://amzn.to/2d5INFm

Sigma E40: http://amzn.to/2diETp4

Sigma E54: http://amzn.to/2cXiqfB

Sigma E55: http://amzn.to/2cnvN8b

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Italian Afternoon by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/&#8230😉
Artist: http://www.twinmusicom.org/

GET READY WITH ME | Simple Summer Bronze Tutorial

HEY YOU LOVELY PEOPLE! ⇣ ALL THE PRODUCT INFO IS DOWN BELOW ⇣

Face ⇢

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr Foundation in 90N: http://seph.me/29OCBNa

NYX HD Concealer in Porcelain: http://bit.ly/2aEL9Xx

Pixi Correction Concentrate in Brightening Peach: http://bit.ly/29OBLA8

Benefit Hoola Bronzer: http://bit.ly/2aiH3Ys

Makeup Geek Blush XOXO: http://bit.ly/2akuVDL

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls in Translucent: http://bit.ly/2a63Ntm

Eyes ⇢

Pacifica “Treasure” Eyeshadow is in either of these palettes: http://bit.ly/2ag9DG1
http://bit.ly/2aiKNcE

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Peach Smoothie: http://bit.ly/2aaDWML

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Latte: http://bit.ly/2awI8dK

Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Shimma Shimma: http://bit.ly/29L9zQg

Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara: http://amzn.to/29EDSYx

Maybelline Lash Discovery Mini Brush Mascara: http://bit.ly/2aCOlWY

Kiss Clear Lash Glue: http://amzn.to/29sBSDY

Southern Flair Lashes in Dixie Rae: http://bit.ly/2aaEoud

Lips ⇢

Noyah Beauty Lip Gloss Malbec: http://bit.ly/2a60ceR

Brows ⇢

NYX Micro Brow Pencil in Taupe: http://bit.ly/2aDmFAO

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel: http://bit.ly/29w15sG

Brushes & Tools ⇢

Beauty Junkees Brush Set: http://amzn.to/2an4TzY

Real Techniques Travel Essentials Set: http://amzn.to/2aCPk9A

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge: http://amzn.to/2akvVrv

Sigma E40: http://amzn.to/29LmK2z

Sigma E35: http://amzn.to/29DnOqV

Sigma E54: http://amzn.to/29sA0ei

I Shadow Everything Brush: http://bit.ly/2ajCK9q

Tweezermen Lash Curler: http://amzn.to/29szpcH

Tweezermen Mini Tweezers: http://amzn.to/29zHM7u
*SOME links are affiliate links and I earn a very small commission on products purchased through the links. I purchased all of the products myself and all opinions and recommendations are my own. Over and out.*

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Artist: http://audionautix.com/

Everyday Smokey Eye Makeup Tutorial

SO I DID IT YOU GUYS! First video ever so please be kind to me. Apparently I can’t talk or do anything without tripping up or stumbling over my words so I apologize for the jump cuts. Stick with me and both my editing and I will get better. 😜 I hope you enjoy the video and if you want to see more videos then please subscribe!

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All the products (except for a couple that have been discontinued) are listed below!

Face ⇢

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: http://amzn.to/29EAdtC

Maskcara Beauty Moonlit: http://bit.ly/29L9LPI

Lancome Teint Idole Ultra 24hr foundation in 90N: http://seph.me/29OCBNa

Pixi Correction Concentrate: http://bit.ly/29OBLA8

NYX HD Concealer: http://amzn.to/2a48BfD

Physician’s Forumla Butter Bronzer: http://bit.ly/29MQFKr

Sigma Aura Powder Blush in Pet Name: http://bit.ly/29Ccx8R

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop: http://seph.me/29BYCOU

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray: http://seph.me/29GGtRM

Eyes ⇢

Makeup Geek Tiki Hut: http://bit.ly/29tXIH3

Makeup Geek Americano: http://bit.ly/29Bxbn3

Makeup Geek Corrupt: http://bit.ly/29tYBiP

Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma: http://bit.ly/29L9zQg

Maybelline Full and Soft Waterproof Mascara: http://amzn.to/29EDSYx

Rimmel Lash Accelerator Mascara: http://amzn.to/2a4cQIh

Kiss Clear Lash Glue: http://amzn.to/29sBSDY

Southern Flair Lashes “Savannah”: http://bit.ly/29vd0Yi

Lips ⇢

Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip “Magic Wand”: http://bit.ly/29vcPMV

Brows ⇢

Colourpop Brow Pencil in Blondie: http://bit.ly/29BYcrQ

The Brow Gal Clear Brow Gel: http://bit.ly/29w15sG

Brushes & Tools ⇢

Lamora Beauty Eye Brush Set: http://amzn.to/29JO4B6

Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush: http://amzn.to/29JNAe1

Real Techniques brushes: http://amzn.to/29uhlKC

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge: http://amzn.to/29x6eA0

Sigma F35: http://amzn.to/29x4Hu0

EcoTools Large Power Brush: http://amzn.to/29DmCUq

Sigma E40: http://amzn.to/29LmK2z

Sigma E35: http://amzn.to/29DnOqV

Sigma E25: http://amzn.to/29x7weu

Sigma E39: http://amzn.to/29zHUnj

Sigma E54: http://amzn.to/29sA0ei

Tweezermen Lash Curler: http://amzn.to/29szpcH

Tweezermen Mini Tweezers: http://amzn.to/29zHM7u

ELF Small Stippling Brush: http://bit.ly/29FeRx9

*SOME links are affiliate links and I earn a very small commission on products purchased through the links. I purchased all of the products myself and all opinions and recommendations are my own. Over and out.*

Makeup Geek Review & Swatches— Updated!

If you’ve seen my instagram posts or read any of my posts on here about makeup, you probably know my undying love for Makeup Geek eyeshadows. They are truly some of the best eyeshadows I have ever used. The quality is comparable to Urban Decay or Mac (though personally I think MUG is better than MAC). The best part? Makeup Geek retails for $6/single eyeshadow whereas other high end brands retail for about $12 – $18/single eyeshadow. 

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I store all my eyeshadows in Z-Palettes which are magnetic palettes with see through lids. I LOVE these palettes because they are so sturdy and good quality. You see those three messed up looking eyeshadows in the picture? Well I dropped my palette from counter height a while back and only those three broke. #Winning. Yes, I had a mini heart attack. (By the way, this is how you fix broken eyeshadows. Obviously mine don’t look as pretty as the picture but hey, they still do the job.)

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You may remember me saying something about how Makeup Geek sent me a bunch of eyeshadows a little while back (which I am still over the moon excited about). They did not ask me to write this post or pay me anything. I found out about Makeup Geek LONG before they even knew I existed. 🙂

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Can we take a moment to talk about how beautiful that packaging is though? Especially the duochrome eyeshadow packaging. I have not once gotten a broken eyeshadow from MUG. I manage to do that all on my own. They come wrapped in bubble wrap with packing peanuts and I’ve always been impressed with how carefully packaged the box is. 

Ready for some swatches? 🙂

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*heart eyes emoji*

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These swatches are one row of eyeshadows each.

From left to right: White Lies, Ice Queen, Shimma Shimma, Bling*, Rapunzel, Mirage, Vanilla Bean

*I cannot for the life of me find Bling anywhere on Makeup Geek’s store. I’m thinking they’re discontinuing it or there’s a temporary bug in the website.

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Left to Right: Baby Face (This is actually a very pigmented shadow but since it’s nearly exactly the same color as my arm it doesn’t look like it), Beaches and Cream, Peach Smoothie, Purely Naked, Creme Brulee, Cinderella, Sorbet

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Left to Right: Petal Pusher, Bedrock, Barcelona Beach, Latte, Frappe, Desert Sands, Preppy

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Left to Right: Vintage, Concrete Jungle, Taupe Notch, Homecoming, Brown Sugar, Hipster, High Tea

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Left to Right: Cocoa Bear, Mocha, Bitten, Cherry Cola, Americano, Bada Bing, Corrupt

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I’m going to swatch all the foiled shadows together, then duochromes, then shimmers, then mattes, as opposed to how I did the other ones (row by row).

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From left to right: Flame Thrower, GrandstandStarry Eyed, In the Spotlight, Charmed, Houdini

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From left to right (two different pictures of the same colors so you can see the duochrome-ness better): I’m Peachless, Blacklight, Havoc, Ritzy, Typhoon

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Left to Right: Peacock, Shark Bait, Dirty Martini, Unexpected, Chickadee, Poppy

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Left to Right: Roulette, Sin City*, Casino*, Mercury, Moondust, Glass Slipper, Last Dance

*These two are from the limited edition Vegas Lights palette and Makeup Geek does not sell them individually anymore. 🙁 However, MUG has two eyeshadow that are similar: Glamorous is similar to Sin City, and Gold Digger is similar to Casino.

I hope this post helped y’all out if you’re trying to decide which eyeshadows to buy or you wanted to see how they look swatched on someone with (very) pale skin! 🙂
xoxo Mrs. Herd

The motherload of Makeup Geek swatches!

Aqua Smoke – Look of the Day

MAKEUP TUTORIAL!!!! This smoky aqua look is probably my favorite look I have EVER done. In the history of EVER (or at least as long as I’ve been doing makeup). Blue and turquoise eyeshadow CAN look good on blue or green eyes! 

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First of all, I want to say a HUGE thank you to Makeup Geek Cosmetics for sending me these eyeshadows! I still feel like I’m living in a dream! I am beyond honored and thrilled to team up with them.

Yes, they sent me some of the shadows used in this look but I fell in love with Makeup Geek’s products long before they reached out to me. All opinions are my own. 🙂

Okay onto the tutorial:

Products used:
White Lies – pure matte white – using a flat shader brush, apply this on the browbone and inner corner.
Baby Face – matte very light taupe – next buff this all throughout the crease using a fluffy brush to make blending easier.
High Tea – olive-y taupe – taking a small blending brush like the Sigma E25, blend this in the crease using back and forth motions. once there is very little product left on the brush, buff it around in circular motions.
Beaches and Cream – matte peachy tan – take this color on a fluffy brush and blend out the edges of everything and also buff on the lower lashline.
Peacock – dark matte teal – go over High Tea with this color, but keep it “tighter” in the crease, as in don’t blend too far up. 🙂 You can blend Beaches and Cream to blend everything out again. Just keep blending!
Houdini – foiled emerald green teal – using your finger, pop this all over the lid, but don’t go any farther than the crease.
Charmed – foiled silvery olive – using your finger, pop this on the center of your lid and blend the two colors together with a pencil brush and a little more of Houdini.
Shimma Shimma – peachy vanilla shimmer – last step! Take this color on a flat shader brush and apply this to the inner corner of the eyes. 

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Optional step: apply Houdini to the waterline using small angled brush and apply a thin line of black liner to the top lashline. 

Put on false lashes (if you feel like it) and mascara! The lashes I used are Kiss Lashes number 11.

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The rest of the products I used on ma face:

For foundation I used Maskcara Cosmetics IIID Foundation in linen (now White Peach) + stone + pink grapefruit + pearl. I used her new Perfecter sponge (it looks like the beauty blender but a pretty baby pink color) and OH MY GOODNESS. It is so much softer than the original BB and it blends just as well and it’s also bouncier. Cara, you did it again! 😍

For my brows I used NYX micro brow pencil in taupe and Elizabeth Mott Queen of the Fill brow gel in light/medium.

NYX High Definition concealer in porcelain to conceal the situation under my eyes (this is the absolute best under eye concealer in my opinion!)

Fresh Beauty sugar shine lip treatment in nude

I hope you guys enjoyed this look! Don’t be afraid of trying out colors you don’t think will look good on you – you might be surprised! Also, am I the only one who does their makeup and then says “forget that” when it comes time to fix your hair?! Please tell me I’m not the only one. 😁😂

This smoky aqua looks beautiful on every eye color! #makeupgeek #turquoiseeyemakeup #turquoisesmokyeye

xoxo Mrs. Herd

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