Unwanted products, Mom to the rescue!

I recently read an article about donating unwanted beauty and skin care products. As someone who’s been trying to control and calm down my skin from breakouts, I have a dilema of having unwanted products. My recent haul is with “Uth” from the company Mannatech.

Driven by my desperation of having clear skin I was consistent with any product, unfortunately it has not been working on my skin so I stopped it altogether. Now I have unused products that I would rather give away instead of throwing it. Which brings me back to the article I read. It listed several addresses to ship products, some would even accept pre-loved products.

I was touched by their cause because some are to support abused women who are trying to get their lifes back on track. After some thought, I was considering donating my “Uth” haul that is, until I asked my mom.

Knowing her, anything that is free she’ll take and I don’t blame her. I would have done the same. At least it saves me from having to store unwanted products when it could be useful to my mom.

Thanks mom! Consider it an early Mother’s Day gift.

Repurposing to fit my new body.

Blame the holidays for the excess gain weight but I see it as an oppurtunity to  change my perspective in wearing clothes too small for my current size. Its so easy to body shame myself for it but why spend more money on clothes when I can repurpose it to fit my new bod!

At first, I was thinking of donating or giving clothes away but I can’t help losing so much of my wardrobe that I since loved wearing. I tried making money from it by selling through the local flea market with little to no return so my next best option is repurposing. My first project was a medium sized denim jacket. I managed to squeeze myself in it which looked ill fitting especially on my arms so what was my solution, cut off the arms! With a pair of sharp scissors it was an easy fix.

I paired it with a black body suit, over a flowy skirt with custom made black cowboy boots. Donned on my go-to makeup routine as I finished it off with a pair of fun tassled earrings.20181228_141953

I’m off with my day.

Desperate measures calls for makeup!

My mom always said “Being natural is always the best form of beauty.” Well, no matter how much I agree with her my facial acne continues to affect my interactions with anyone I come in contact with. Especially at work where I am constantly engaging with junior and high ranking individuals. Unfortunately, everyday that goes by, my mom’s mantra slowly diminishes as I desperately find facial routines that match my skin type before resorting to makeup as my last resort.

Due to instant gratification, I eventually I was drawn to the quick fix of makeup but due to me being a novice at it. My last resort ended up in binge watching Youtube tutorial videos of makeup gurus and drag queens do their makeup. Craziness! …but it was entertaining and yes I was that desperate.

Thankfully my practical side kicked in because this is where I admitted that, I needed to get the help of a local beauty sales rep named Norma. She was bossy and knowledgeable yet patient enough to show me a basic makeup routine. She made sure of basing it on my skin’s needs. Overall, she basically took me under her wing and in small baby steps, slowly transform an ugly duckling to a fledling in training. Granted, it was time consuming and expensive but I’m sure it has paid itself off. 20181218_215445

Thank you Ms. Norma!

 

Social experiment caused by facial acne.

I accepted the fact that due to a lot of factors my skin (controllable or not), my forehead decides to play connect the dots in the form of acne, zits or pimples. Of course the typical thing to do is make changes in diet, reduce stress through exercise/meditation that include facial routines such as cleansing with toners, using moisturizers and the applying of makeup.

Instead I decided to do a social experiment by not covering up my acne riddled forehead to see how I get treated differently compared to making the effort of covering up in makeup. I figured why be embarrassed when I can learn from what is the cost of being true to one self, versus building up the confidence at my best, or at my worst look.

You see, I’ve been makeup free for over a month and noticed that my close friends/associates direct and indirect made connotations towards my face. The worst one was from a cashier who couldn’t help but snicker as he rang up my groceries. For some reason, I agreed how silly I must have looked so instead of getting offended, I joined in due to the humor of it all. Having received mixed reactions based on my experiment, I can safely say that not covering up in makeup made the majority of women be indifferent toward me. I felt judged because of my face while its quite the oppossite among the majority of men. Most of which did not make me feel self conscious or ashamed, nor was I treated any different.

Quite a stark difference when I started wearing makeup to cover up my unevenly colored and acne riddled forehead. For example I noticed that I received better service. I didn’t receive any awkward responses such as looking up to my forehead as I receive a response. Also, there was limited avoidance in eye contact when talking. I guess I looked “sanitary,” so I was easy to talk and be around especially now that I’m doing something about my face.

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Overall, it goes to show how vain we can be since it makes a huge impression especially out in public.