Sep26

Yes, I Use Beauty Products

My Kushina theme has been reskinned! I’ve actually been working on tying together the style (and content) of this blog for a while now, just that designer’s block and a lack of time have been in the way. Luckily, this is the web, where everything is a process and no changes are final because you don’t have to worry about spending money on printing. I love working with the web simply for that reason.

I added a header to match my Twitter, prettified the background, and majorly restyled the typography. I had worked with only two typefaces before because there’s a rule in the design world that you shouldn’t use more than two or three font styles, which I remember being slammed on for every week in college. Who came up with that rule and does it always have to apply to control our thinking? If I face the facts, I think my blog is looking a whole lot better now that I have a more defined style guide with more font styles.

Being said, one of the most important things I learned in my first semester of grad school is that we should not live bound by rules, and one of life’s biggest rules is how things should look. That goes for anything, from a website design to our own faces. When I was a freshman in college I was 100% against makeup and skincare because I thought I was cooler for being natural. The reason was because this guy who I thought was my best friend told me he hates girls who wear makeup. It’s a social stigma that if a girl uses beauty products, she must be a complete fake. As recently as senior year of college I remember a friend telling me that girls who wear makeup are the single ones who need to impress boys. *facepalm*

So what really happened during my anti-makeup natural-is-best days? I remember telling people who wear makeup that they look better without it and explaining to my roommates about why I didn’t own any beauty products. I was annoying, ha. And the result? My skin was dull and prone to all kinds of skin problems. I had constant bags under my eyes and about zero self confidence. I was so deluded for listening to people’s rules and trying to please them that I forgot about myself.

I do agree many people overdo it with makeup, such as those who look like two different people with or without. But otherwise, there is no need to fight over the beauty industry. Anyone who believes “natural” girls are more “genuine” is living a lie. Most people are not blessed with amazing skin to wake up to without doing a thing. If beauty truly comes from within, then people don’t need to be judged for beauty products.

Also do note, the choice to use beauty products also does not make a person more or less feminine. People should not be slammed for something as trivial as whether or not they are into beauty products. Think of it this way, it’s like what I choose to eat for breakfast. If I want eggs I eat eggs.

Last Sunday a friend, who I met recently in July, told me that her first impression of me was that my skin is so nice. I was flattered because I’ve struggled with teenage skin for over 10 years. Sometime in the middle of college I quit lying to myself about the whole natural-is-best nonsense and started trying different face washes and experimenting with a bit of makeup. In the past year since graduating I’ve been able to try more and at this point I’ve pretty much nailed down my favorites so I don’t spend too much money on these things. Being said, personally I enjoy a natural and fresh look so I value the importance of skincare over makeup enhancement. But I’m not afraid to admit that I use beauty products to achieve it. Excuse my ramble, let’s finally talk about my favorite products!

My basic skincare and makeup, beginning with the kit then from left to right.

My basic skincare and makeup, beginning with the kit then from left to right.

  1. The Face Shop Rice Ceramide Kit: Moisture Toner, Moisture Emulsion, Moisture Cream. This stuff is made from rice. That’s just awesome! I love Korean face products because of their natural ingredients and this kit is no exception. It smells amazing and feels wonderful on the skin. Toner is a necessity after every face wash, and the emulsion/cream are so silky and light to complement.
  2. The Face Shop Face It Aura Color Control Cream. The true highlight of this post is this amazing color control cream that takes concealers and suncreens out of business! It is a watery base that makes your face smooth in both color and texture. It also protects against that sun which I heard is an enemy to skin even when you’re indoors.
  3. Nivea A Kiss of Moisure: Essential Lip Care. This lip balm looks like a glue stick hehe. I really cannot stand chapsticks or most lip care products because they leave behind icky stuff. I do have a favorite lip balm that’s too expensive for everyday use, so I tried and tried until I found this one! It does not leave anything behind nor does it have any of those weird flavors!
  4. VOV Castle Dew Over Settling Gloss. A problem I had with lip gloss in the past was that they did not work well on chapped lips and made them uncomfortable. But these add a nice texture with a light beautiful color.
  5. Lancome Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara. This mascara has a curved wand so it’s great for some natural curls, and also works great on the lower lashes despite how big it is. The only con I would say is that it’s hard to remove.
  6. The Face Shop Catch My Eyeliner. This is a pencil eyeliner and contrary to the regular belief, I actually find pencil liners harder to use, so I only occasionally use it on the lower eyelids. It’s double ended with blending sponge.
  7. Stila Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. I’m a fan of liquid eyeliner! In the beginning I kept having to fix my unsteady hand but I’ve gotten pretty use to how smooth this one is. I don’t use it that often these days though because it gives less of the natural look I was talking about.
  8. Lancome Oscillation Power Foundation. Even if the color control cream does great to blend skin color, it doesn’t take away shiny skin. My dad thinks shiny is good and healthy but it actually is distracting, oily, and icky. Powder foundation will fix that.

I buy all my products in stores so the downside is that I can’t recommend any good places to purchase them online. My mom buys me cheaper deals from Lancome when she goes on outlet sprees, and I buy the rest in Koreatown and Sephora. I strongly recommend The Face Shop, which has limited locations in this country. If you’re ever in New York, hit me up and we’ll go shopping!

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9 Comments to "Yes, I Use Beauty Products"

Raisa wrote on 26th September 2015 at 5:04 PM

Yay for reskinning! I’ve been thinking of reskinning mine too but I’m lazy hahaha. I break a few rules about web design all the time, but of course, you have to know why you’re breaking them and why it’s a rule in the first place.

I love skincare but my thing is, I have picky sensitive skin so I can’t experiment as much as I want. T____T I break out really badly if my skin doesn’t react well to it. So I just stick to the few brands that I know work well. I’m interested in the Rice Ceramide Kit though! I’ve heard that rice water is really good for the skin but I’ve never tried it.

And I looove liquid liner! <3 I still need work getting my eyes even everytime, but it's a slow process. XD I recently switched to cream liner which was super easy to apply but smudges a lot more easily.

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Tara wrote on 26th September 2015 at 9:26 PM

Oooh, I’m liking the new reskinning! It looks gorgeous! Love the textured background and the new header image! Everything looks so classy and elegant and LEGIBLE.

And whoah at your favourite products! It’s kind of funny that I live in the land of cosmetic heaven (ie: Face Shop, Etude House, etc.), but . . . I don’t ever go to them or even shop at them except maybe once a year for some lotion, haha! I feel like I should swap places with people who would pay and arm and a leg to have access to all these shops, haha!

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Uglyfish wrote on 27th September 2015 at 9:09 AM

Oh, love the new skin! The background is great.
For a long time I thought I couldn’t be interested in ‘tomboy’ things and skincare too. I would just wash my face with soap and water and be done with it, and that in the end my skin would be amazing because I hadn’t rubbed loads of chemicals in it! It’s only in the last year I’ve discovered that a) my skin really needed some tlc! and b) looking after your skin isn’t vain, or vapid, it’s something we all should do! I’m really glad you posted this line in particular ‘Also do note, the choice to use beauty products also does not make a person more or less feminine. People should not be slammed for something as trivial as whether or not they are into beauty products.’ – it made me feel much better! =]

Lancome products are wonderful, though far too expensive to get regularly! The Rice Ceramide Kit sounds like a great product, if I ever come across it I’ll be sure to pick it up!

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Jamie Jones wrote on 27th September 2015 at 2:27 PM

I know all too well about all the social rules. I took sociology in college, and I learned there are non written rules. I think you should design something that looks good. Some times the rules don’t apply.

I used to hate wearing make up. A lot of people taught me how to put it on and I would, but I refused to wear it because I was against it due to one person in my life who later became apart of. As I got older I started to buy more beauty products, but I was also told that I can pull the no make up look off. A few people had told me this, but I didn’t believe them. I didn’t think natural was best though.

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Cat wrote on 28th September 2015 at 1:39 AM

I like the subtle texture in the background and how your blog and twitter match now! I used to be against make-up too and didn’t understand why girls liked it so much. As I matured, I realized it doesn’t matter as long as it makes the person happy. If they enjoy make-up, then great! If they don’t like it, that’s also great! It was actually cosplay that made me start trying make-up, haha.

Thanks for sharing your list! I’ll have to look into some of them. I’m always interested in seeing what kind of eyeliners and lip gloss people recommend. In terms of skincare, I also struggled with my skin for years. I was so tired of having acne as an adult that I finally saw a dermatologist. It helped so much!

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Amy wrote on 29th September 2015 at 5:30 AM

I don’t really wear makeup. Just eyeliner and mascara usually. I find that it tends to accentuate my skin problems rather than cover them haha. And I never have time on a morning.

It’s never really bothered me if others do wear it. Most people I know do, but that’s never influenced my opinoon of them at all. People should just leave each other to do what they want. It’s only a bit of powder afterall.
Xxx

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Kya wrote on 30th September 2015 at 3:12 AM

I love how it looks. 😀 That is one great thing about the web that things can be changed easily. 😀 I like how well the picture looks on the twitter header too!

Right now I don’t ware makeup but have nothing against anyone that does. I think if you want to use products that can help you with confidence and to even make you feel happier it’s not a bad thing at all.

Thanks for sharing the ones that you like best. 😀

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Jenny wrote on 30th September 2015 at 6:11 PM

I like the new skin! Not a fan of the “no more than 2-3 fonts” rule either, and hey, if your site looks better with 10 different fonts, I say go for it! xD
I’m a huge fan of Korean beauty products as they seem to use better ingredients. Haven’t tried The Face Shop yet but it’s definitely on the list!

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Meaghan wrote on 2nd October 2015 at 2:05 AM

I freakin’ LOOOOOVE The Face Shop! Their closest storefront around me is 45 minutes away. 🙁 But I’ll be sure to get those products next time I go there. I actually recently came back from Seoul & Hong Kong. I was in heaven! The Face Shop was literally on every corner haha.
I need to invest in that Lancome powder! My face gets unbelievably oily & it’s soooo disgusting.

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