Everyday Skin Care & Make up Routine to Make Oily, Scarred, & Acne Prone Skin Look Flawless

I have plenty of years of experience dealing with and concealing acne-prone skin. I had serious cystic acne as a teenager and beyond.

I still get hormonal breakouts every month. 😣 Though I am not at all thrilled at how scarred my face is due to acne, I’ve learned a lot due to this experience that I can pass on to you if you’re dealing with the same same or similar issues. 

You’re not alone!
Here is my daily skin care routine for keeping acne, excess oil, and clogged pores at bay. I’m no expert or esthetician, but what I’ve learned is through personal experience and I’ve sure a accumulated enough of it to know what does and doesn’t work.

1. Cleansing

Neutrogena Facial Cleansing Bar. $3.94 at Target.

Here’s the thing, no matter what companies tell you and would like to have you believe, products alone will not solve your acne problems. Many times, they are caused by hormones. Like my doctor told me when I started breaking out, you cannot wash acne away, which actually sucks.

I’m sorry, but that’s a fact. You may need to try birth control or other methods to get rid of acne for good, especially if it’s cystic in nature. Nonetheless, keeping oil and sebum to a minimum is a necessary part of your routine as there’s no point in inviting more acne to the party. You don’t have to spend a lot; Simple cleansers like Neutrogena’s original facial cleansing bar are good enough. This one has no harsh ingredients and cuts through pore clogging residue. 

Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap. 3.97 at Target. 5.99 at Ulta.

Another great one is Shea Moisture’s African Black Soap Acne Prone Face & Body Bar, above. Its natural ingredients both cut through oil an acne causing bacteria and moisturize the skin, which believe it or not, you need, despite acneic skin. It is possible to wash your face too much and dry it out beyond what is necessary. Be careful! Only wash your skin two times a day, max.

2. Toning

Mario Badescu’s Glycolic Acid Toner. $18 on Amazon.

If you’re dealing with extreme excess sebum, I’d say definitely use a toner. If not, you can skip it and just cleansing should be enough. The one by Mario Badescu, above, is very well loved and performs amazingly to reduce signs of acne scarring and discoloration due to grapefruit extract and glycolic acid.

3. Moisturizing & SPF

As I mentioned, you DO need to moisturize despite acne and oily skin. Concentrate it on your under eyes and avoid pimples, of course. The one above, by St. Ives is great for your under eyes and any dry patches or fine lines like smile lines because it contains collagen. You can also use a BB cream, with SPF, preferably, if you’re not wearing foundation, or a serum if your skin is extremely oily.

If you don’t feel like wearing foundation, you can just use this BB Cream by Elf. $5.99 at Target.

The BB Cream above by ELF, is a great moisturizer and replacement for foundation if you’re having a low key type of day. It’s infused with cucumber, aloe, jojoba, and Vitamin E which are all awesome for the skin.

Clinique’s Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate Mini. $13.50. 


The serum above delivers intense moisture and prevents the cycle of aging without aggravating pimples an problem areas. It’s water-gel based so it won’t clog pores either.

Don’t forget to slather on a non Comodogenic sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or above, like the one above. Aside from protecting you from the damaging rays of the sun, it contains healing ingredients like jojoba seed oil and aloe.

3. Primer

Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless Face Primer. The hype is for good reason. $30 at Ulta.

 A good blurring and pore filling primer, like Too Faced’s Primed & Poreles Face Primer, above, is absolutely necessary if you want your foundation to look flawless and last all day and cover scars and texture as much as possible. Too Faced’s Primed & Poreless contains a slew of ingredients like retinol and mulberry extract to prevent aging, soothe inflamed skin, blur and minimize pores and imperfections, fight free radicals, and more. All in all almost a magic potion and well worth the price.

You don’t have to spend a ton, but in terms of longevity, you do get what you pay for. You can get away with Elf’s Poreless Primer though, for only 6.00, below. It does a great job of masking pores and texture and it’s infused with tea tree so it provides a cooling and soothing effect.

ELF’s Poreless Primer. $4.99 at 


4. Foundation

Kat Von D’s Lock-it Foundation. $35. Sephora.

Before applying a matte foundation like Kat Von D’s Lock-it Foundation, make sure you have a good tool on hand. The original Beauty Blender is hyped for good reason, but there are so many dupes available for less than $20, that you really don’t have to spend that much.

The original Beauty Blender. $20.

Nonetheless, if you do, you probably won’t be sorry. For deeply pitted skin, and any kind of scars, sponges are best in my opinion as you almost want to pounce foundation into those imperfections to even skin texture.

EcoTools’ EcoFoam Facial Sponge Duo Set. $9.99 at Target

The sponges by EcoTools, above, and Real Techniques, below, are both excellent dupes. More on the best dupes in this influentser.com article.

Real Techniques’ Miracle Complexion Sponge. $5.99 at Target.

Right now I’m very into the Real Techniques sponge. Make sure to wet your sponge, squeeze water out, smooth foundation of your choice over skin, and pound it gently. (That’s why it’s called ‘beating’ your face) Concentrate product on pitted areas and hyper pigmentation.

Matte and high coverage foundations like Kat Von D’s are best to give the appearance of clear and even skin. 

Urban Decay’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation. $40 at 


Other great options are Urban Decay’s All Nighter Liquid Foundation, above, and L’Oreal’s Infallible 24 Hour Pro Matte Foundation, below.

L’Oreal’s 24 Hour Pro Matte. $13. 


Another utterly awesome drugstore matte foundation is Wet n Wild’s Photofocus Foundation, below. It’s my current favorite, and for the price, the flawless matte finish and high coverage is unreal.

My favorite at the moment, Wet n Wild’s Photofocus Foundation. $4.69 at Target.

 5. Concealer

Tarte’s Shape Tape. $27. Ulta.

Just about everyone’s holy grail concealer product, Tarte’s Shape Tape is that good. For long wearing, creaseless, intense coverage, Shape Tape never fails. It’s particularly great for under eye area and highlighting the face. You don’t need to spend this much however to cover zits seamlessly. 

Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Concealer. $6.89.


Neutrogena has amazing products to deal with serious acne breakouts. If you’re breaking out and need major help covering problem areas, yet don’t want to aggravate them, go for Neutrogena’s Skin Clearing Concealer. Their foundation and powder with acne fighting ingredients are great too. You can use your beauty blender for understand eye areas and larger textured spots, as well as anywhere else you highlight with concealer, but for zits I’d stick to your fingertips for more control.

6. Powder

Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and Poreless Powder. $5.99. Target.

To set all of your hard work, go for something that will keep you matte and help it last all day. Maybelline’s Matte and Poreless Powder does a superb job of doing so. 

It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti Aging Micro-Powder. $24. Ulta.

It Cosmetics’ Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder is probably my favorite for blurring texture. Since it’s so finely milled, it truly blurs pores. It’s anti-aging properties are such a cool bonus.

7. Express Yourself

Whether you like a full beat, the natural look, or both, depending on the day, express yourself with your eye makeup, lipstick, etc. Though I would stay away from intense highlighters if you have intense texture, it’s entirely up to you. If you liked this post, I will totally do a daily routine for dry skin, eczema, whatever, I’ll do it for your benefit! 
Love you all and just know that you are beautiful no matter what kind of skin you have!

I have been battling cystic acne for years and will happily do a post on that as well! (By the way, I have taken accutane, birth contol, and just about everything else for acne) 

Talk soon!

Comment on your routine below!


F/W Style Staples: Layering with (Faux) Leather Jackets

F/W Style Staples: Layering with (Faux) Leather Jackets

Off White motorcycle jacket
$2,700 – farfetch.com

Diane Von Furstenberg polka dot skirt
$545 – net-a-porter.com

See by ChloΓ© platform booties
$390 – revolve.com

Kate Spade statement ring
$58 – shopbop.com

Rag bone scarve

Bobbi brown cosmetic

Bobbi brown cosmetic

Clarins pencil eyeliner
$28 – nordstrom.com

Poison Ivy Makeup Tutorial / / Last Minute Halloween Costume

Got places to go and no costume? I’ve been there more than once!

To go to a few festivites tonight and hand out treats I decided to attempt Poison Ivy makeup.

This is what I’ll be wearing. Jk. Probably a green dress if I can conjure it up. A green bodysuit works too. Image from daxchristopheronline.ccom

Surprisingly, it wasn’t as hard as I had thought it’d be. I’m getting Poison Ivy Vibes for sure, though I didn’t have time to get as nice a green dress as I would’ve liked. You have to be resourceful sometimes though when you have a million other things to do other than plan for your costume. To start off, I did my eyes.

I used my trusty Color Icon palette by Wet n Wild in Comfort Zone. I know I’ve used it a million times in my posts but hey, it works.

In some images Poison Ivy has green skin and in others she appears to be more human. You choose whatever inspo you’d like to use and run with it. Image from nerdspan.com.

I don’t think this palette really could ever get old for me:

I began by priming my eyes with concealer as usual, and then dusting them with a bone matte shade. I then used Elf’s bronzer in the Aqua Beauty Blush & Bronzer duo as my transition shade. I ran that all through the crease and outer corner. I love how this product blends. It’s the perfect transition shade for almost any look too.

My fave new bronzer & transition shade. The blush is awesome too. Can’t get enough of this duo. 6.00 on elf.com, CVS, Target, etc 

I used the dark green definer shade in the Comfort Zone palette in the crease and then used the lightest green shade allover the lid. 

A red wig would be ideal but if you’re running out of time, just skip it. They’ll know who you’re supposed to be. Photo from cdn.costumewall.com

I further defined the crease with the teal duochrome color and created an extended cat eye and wing. I then went back and used the bronzer to blend all the shades together.

I added some ivy leaves in random places because I was feeling artsy using Wet n Wild’s Fantasy Makers palette in Mesmerizing Mermaid. They come in a wide variety of color combinations as shown below. I then added shimmer, highlights, and definition to the leaves with the green eye shadows. 

Poison Ivy doesn’t have these, but go ahead and be as creative as you want! I also added glitter allover the lid. I used Wet n Wild’s Color Icon glitter single in Brass. For lipstick I used Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick in Plan 9, below.

Kat Von D’s Studded Kiss lipstick in Plan 9. 12.00 on katvondbeauty.com.

That’s it! Anyone can do Halloween makeup with a few good tools in hand an some inspiration. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you’re having (or had, depending on when you read this) a happy, safe, and treat-filled Halloween!


Fall Leaves / Fiery Sunset Eyes Tutorial

Hello and happy Halloweek!

Whatever you’re doing, I hope you’re enjoying many treats an maybe a few tricks. I had fun doing this look as I love warm tones like rust, burgundy, crimson, orange, etc. I was inspired by fall leaves and fiery orange red sunsets to do this eye look & tutorial. 

By the way here’s an interesting tidbit on fall leaves changing colors, “The vivid yellow and orange colors of fall leaves have actually been there throughout the spring and summer, but we haven’t been able to see them. The deep green color of chlorophyll, which helps plants absorb life-giving sunlight, hides the other colors. In the fall, trees break down the green pigments and nutrients stored in the leaves. The nutrients are shuttled into the roots for reuse in the spring..The red color is actively made in leaves by bright light and cold. The crisp, cold nights in the fall combine with bright, sunny days to spur production of red in leaves – especially in sugar maple and red maple trees. ” (Earthsky.org.).

Image from earthsky.org.

I bought the Milani Runway Eyes Fashion Shadows in the primary shade range after finding it in a discount grocery store near my house called Grocery Outlet. I was immediately attracted to the red shade in the palette and I already knew Milani has amazing products like their setting spray, their gel powder shadows, etc.

They purchase overstock merchandise and I’m totally fine with that because they’re awesome and have everything from pretty NYX blushes to tasty pumpkin beers.

The shadows came out in 2012 and it appears that it’s not being sold in stores other than Poshmark and Ebay. You can use any red, orange, and yellow shadows.

 Image found on vampyvarnish.com.

I began by priming my lids with Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream Eyes SPF 15.

Image from Smashbox.com. $25.00 on Smashbox.com, Sephora, etc.

It is honestly so good as an eye shadow primer as it is very high coverage for something with “BB Cream” in its title. Plus I love that it contains SPF 15, which is a nice bonus, and protecting your lids and under eyes from the sun is a must since that skin is so delicate. After priming I set the lids with a bone matte shade from my LA Girl Nudes palette. You can use any you have on hand.

I then used the bronzer in Elf’s Aqua Beauty Bronzer and Blush duo in Bronzed Peach, shown below, in my crease as a transition color. I love this duo and also used it for blush and contour.

Elf’s Aqua Beauty Blush and Contour Duo.$6.00. Elf.com, cvs, etc.

The first color I put down was the yellow in the inner half of my eye. I then dipped into the orange and placed it in the middle of the lid. I used the red in the crease and outer half of the eye. 

I blended all the colors into a gradient by sort of fading them into each other. I applied all of the metallic colors first with my finger and then patted more on with a brush I had wet with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray. 

As most of you know by now, when it comes to makeup, I don’t mind being a little extra, so I added gold glitter and a wing. The glitter I used is the Color Icon Single Glitter by Wet n Wild. 

Color Icon Single Glitter in Brass by Wet n Wild. .94Β’ at Target. This glitter is stunning on its own on a bare lid.

The product I used for my liner was really inexpensive, but I found it very patchy so it’s not even worth mentioning. To be honest with you, the Milani shadows were also hard to work with and blend out. Despite these setbacks, I made it work, and I believe that working with all kinds of makeup shows you how to work around problems. Not every product can be as seamless as your favorites and that’s to be expected.

Nonetheless, Milani is still one of my favorite drugstore brands! 

Hope you all have a frightfully fabulous Halloween!


It’s a Barbie World

It's a Barbie World

Halloween Duochrome/Opalescent Mermaid’s Tail Eyeshadow Look with All Affordable Products

If you’re planning on being a mermaid for Halloween or feeling like you need a duochrome look in your arsenal read on for how to get this look! It’s not that difficult and I did it with all affordable products.

I have always loved Halloween makeup and FX makeup. I like the idea of becoming someone else for a night. Mermaids may or may not be real, but I like to think they are, and their tails are the inspiration for this look. I just picture the iridescent tails of the mermaids in the cove in Peter Pan shining in the moonlight or Ariel’s in The Little Mermaid. I think this look would pair beautifully with a lavender shell bikini. πŸ˜ŠπŸ’œπŸŒŠ

Lately I have been obsessed with duochrome shadows. I am truly becoming a duochrome junkie. I just want pretty shiny things like Ariel! Is that so bad? 😭

Photo from Disney.wikia.com.

This look was inspired by these two products:

Maybelline’s Waves of White 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow, above, which is a creamy white shadow with opalescent blue, green, and purple shimmer, and the brownish reddish eyeshadow with teal and duochrome reflects in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone Palette, below.

Image found in Pinterest.

The shade I used is the one swatched on the middle finger. By the way, according to many makeup blogs, it is a dupe for Mac’s Club eyeshadow below:

Image from beautyparfait.blogspot.com. The top swatch is the shadow without a base and the bottom is it with a base/primer.

It looks nothing like what how it does in the pan:

16.00 on Mac.com for a full sized eyeshadow single. 6.00 for a Pro Palette refill. (Not bad for if you just want to take it out for a spin to see if you even like it.)

It appears to be a dull medium toned neutral greyish brown/taupe. You have to swatch it to see the magic beneath the surface.

Image found on 


It is also extremely similar to this shadow above and below by Prestige Cosmetics in Hocus Pocus. It goes without saying or swatching that it is amazing. I need to check this brand out as it’s one of those great underrated ones apparently.

Here’s a close up of the Hocus Pocus shadow. I need it.

Believe it or not, I actually found The 24 Hour Color Tattoo Eyeshadow in a bin at my local 99Β’ Store. I’m not kidding. They have bins full of unloved lonely Milani, Maybelline, Wet n Wild, and other products on the regular. It’s worth a look. You can also pick it up here on Amazon for $10 plus $3.89 if you really want it. You might after seeing this swatch:

You can use any iridescent shadow you have at home. There are actually tons o great indie brands sell in awesome iridescent/duochrome products on Etsy. Here are some awesome opalescent ones by the brand Spectrum Cosmetics. Makeup Geek makes amazing duchrome shadows too. Honestly the list goes on and on.. You can even use a highlighter like Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Shimmer Skin Stix in Confetti. Here it is below: πŸ’œ

Photo by Temptalia.com

First I started by prepping/priming my eyelids with Wet n Wild’s Photo Focus Concealer. I then used the first matte bone color in Wet n Wild’s Au Naturel Palette in Nude Awakening to set the lids. I then used the burgundy color and the taupey grey color in the same palette in my crease. 

Image from Wetnwild.com.

Those are the 7th and last colors in the palette, going from left to right.

I then used the same burgundy color to deepen the crease and all over the lid as a base for the duochrome color. After that, I used a little water to wet my finger and dipped it in the burgundy based color with teal duochrome I described before in Wet n Wild’s Comfort Zone palette.

It is the last color labeled “definer” in the second row. I tried wetting a brush with Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray and that worked great too. Any setting spray will do.

I used the 24 Hour Color Tattoo as a inner corner highlight, over the other duochrome shadow in the inner half of the eye, and as a browbone highlight. I love it as a browbone and inner corner highlight. You can’t see the inner corner highlight much as the teal shadow took over. I still love the look overall.

Even though it’s bold and not a typical neutral look, I feel like it could work for so many occasions. If you’re into Halloween makeup you can run free with an eye look like this and do your full face in shimmery duochrome loveliness. A glitter liner like Stila’s or Urban Decay over the center of the lid would be pure wonder. Opal highlights would work amazing with it as well. I don’t own any, otherwise I would’ve went for it.

Thank you so much for reading! I hope it inspired a Halloween look or a fun night-out look! More Halloween fun to come, as the day is now upon us! 


By the way, if you haven’t caught up on your Halloween themed YouTube tutorials, you don’t know what you’re missing. Check out Desi Perkins’, Nicole Guerreiro’s, and Nikki Tutorials’, plus so many talented underrated people. 

Wishing you all a wonderful day filled with love and light!