One thing that I’ve never had in my life is beautiful, smooth, clear skin. There is always some type of bump or dark spot(or 20, really) marring my skin, making it a necessity to wear foundation if I want to at all appear attractive. My skin type is pretty dry in the Winter (more like extremely sand paper cracking dry) and normal in the summer. I just took photos so that I could keep track of my progress on this “new” quest and had to fight with myself about posting them because, honestly, who likes to put themselves out there looking like crap? Alas, I decided that I may as well because can’t have before and after progress with no before, right? They will be posted below.
As for this “new” quest, it is simply renewed vigor on finding a holy grail system that makes me radiant and doesn’t cost a billion dollars a year to maintain. The past couple of months I have had amazing growth and health with my hair since paying it the adequate attention and researching instead of just throwing any old thing into it, so why shouldn’t I treat my skin the same way? My hair has thrived because I actually read labels now, making sure that I can pronounce and KNOW what most of the ingredients of a product are. Coconut oil? Check. Olive oil? Check. Marshmallow Root? Check and etc etc. Now if I could make my hair lush by being diligent in its care and well being, seeking out the right products, why shouldn’t I have the same be true of my skin?
I’ve used pretty much everything in the drugstore, proactiv and a couple of brands from Sephora, but nothing has given me that POW, that dance of triumph over my skin being blemish/hyperpigmentation free and smooth. So now I will be on a mission, thoroughly vetting products, reviewing them here, overall being DILIGENT! I am armed with my Clarisonic face brush and now just need a go-to cleanser/moisturizer/spot corrector that will meet my goals. So I challenge any of you skincare mavens out there, tell me your best product recommendations. Skincare/beauty lines, take your best shot! This will be quite a journey with in-depth commentary along the way. Hopefully it helps lots of others conquer their “bad” skin, so that covering with mounds of foundation and concealer isn’t the only option. I thought that acne would be a thing for my teenage years, get it over with, and voila, beautiful adult skin. Now at 23, almost 24, I still have the shoddy skin but I guess it goes along with the fact that I look all of 14 on any given day anyway!
Today I sat and researched many products, reading pages of reviews and garnering a couple of suggestions. Laura from So Far, So Chic was kind enough to point me in the direction of Mir Cosmetics and Liz Earle skincare products.
Mir comes across as a well researched line and the website gives an in-depth guide to skin maintenance. My only concerns with them is that the listing of “ingredients to avoid in cosmetics” and the rest of their info seems to be such a hard sell of “Use our products or be DOOMED!!!!! Everything else will annihilate your skin, because it’s full of eeeeevil ingredients.” I mean, I understand that of course you want your products to stand out and be the go-to for people, but holy scare tactics batman! And then there’s the price. They are a U.K. company, so the prices are already in pounds which is more than the dollar, then there’s shipping to factor in, which they base on a per item basis. I would be interested in testing out trial kit, which costs 14 pounds (so roughly $25 or so?) with 7 pound shipping (maybe $12 shipping? I hate converting, lol) which is doable somewhat, but say that I love the line? The kit of all the products is a whooping 103.50 pounds, so about $220 something with shipping and tax! I wouldn’t even WANT to love the products at that price because there’s no way I’d be able to upkeep it. 😦 Anyone used the Mir line by Gisele Mir? Would love to hear your thoughts!
The other line, Liz Earle, started in the U.K. as well, but has a US presence so the shipping and prices will be in a format that I can easily handle. Her line includes a cleanse and polish cleanser that includes a muslin towel for proper cleaning, a skin boost tonic for toning, and a variety of moisturizers. At the moment, I am contemplating buying her essentials try me kit, in order to become acquainted with the line for $39. If I fall in love with that company, like I hope that I will, then at least the full sized kit of essentials is $73. Not dirt cheap, but not $200+!!!! Used any Liz Earle products? Please dish!
A lot of the natural hair chicas that I’ve talked to enjoy using black soap for their face and have noticed good results, so that too may be tested!
So those are my top considerations at the moment. Liz Earle will be at the top of my list to try, and then if that isn’t my HG product line, I will scour Sephora for more options, such as DDF. Hopefully I don’t melt my face off through this process and I look forward to sharing the results with you all! Bon voyage, we are embarking on a journey to pretty!