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Makeup Hack

Northwest Pearls: Makeup Hack

For the last few weeks I've been saving my almost empty container of bareMinerals Matte Foundation. I had a plan to try to somehow open the container to get the last of the foundation that I can't shake through the opening but hadn't gotten around to it yet.

I found this tutorial on how to get the last of the makeup out of the container. I tried it and it worked! I've now got my container open and about a week's worth of foundation to use that otherwise I would have thrown away.

Before I did the tutorial, I unscrewed the lid, shook all the makeup I could have reached back into the bottom, and then twisted shut the plastic lid that separates the foundation from the accessible foundation. Afterwards I screwed the main lid back on and turned the whole container upside down.

Then I took a penny and wedged the penny under the ridge at the bottom. I turned the container and wedged the penny under different areas and after about two turns of wedging, I popped it off!

Northwest Pearls: Makeup Hack

Do you have any makeup tips to share?

Skincare

I've struggled with acne for about seven or eight years. It's finally almost gone, but it's taken a while. Doctors and dermatologists have prescribed me all kinds of acne medications, I've been using oil-free makeup for years, and still my face is oily and I still have acne into my 20s (thanks family genes.) At least I'll have less wrinkles when I'm older! But, I do work to make my skin as nice as it can be.

I use my Clarisonic Pro (available only at certain locations) once a day. I used to use it twice, but I've gotten lazy. With it I use SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser.

Skincare Routine

Then, in the morning, I put on CeraVe AM Facial Moisturizing Lotion.

Following that, I use Colorescience skin mattifying face primer to help with the appearance of oil.

Afterwards,  I use bareMinerals READY Foundation, which provides full coverage. Then I use bareMinerals READY Blush and bareMinerals READY Touch Up Veil, which really helps minimize the look of my pores.

Throughout the day though, I have to blot the oil on my skin, otherwise my face is covered in oil. Maybe one day I'll find the magic product that makes all the oil go away! If I find it, I'll let you know.

It's important to keep your skin healthy. What do you do?

Makeup Does Not Define Us

I've had bad acne for years, probably around eight years, it's only now getting better. I've been reliant on makeup since it was acceptable to wear it. But last year I did a week without makeup, and when it was over, I went back to wearing makeup, a little more comfortable without it, but not really. This year one of my friends challenged me to not wear makeup for another week. She and one other friend did it with me. At first I was uncomfortable and I wasn't as social as I normally am, although I was also having a bad couple of days so that may have been part of it. The second day, Tuesday, was the worst day of all seven. I ended up in a friends' room practically in tears about how I felt I looked. Both of the friends who lived there thought I looked fine and was overreacting (which I was.) They made jokes and made me feel better. (Thanks N. and J.!)

After that the week got easier. It got to the point where I didn't need to wear makeup, but I just wanted to wear it to feel pretty again, which still isn't a good point, but it's better than where I started it. I was okay not wearing it, but I just wanted it.

Finally Monday came around and I could wear makeup again. So I did my eyeliner and mascara before putting on foundation. And then I put on foundation and looked at myself. I didn't like it. So I took off the foundation and went around for the day without it. And I felt beautiful. I felt more beautiful without foundation than with it. I went without foundation for the rest of the week and felt awesome. I didn't use foundation again until I had to get pictures taken and go shopping for a graduation dress (gotta love those harsh lights.) I do still use mascara and eyeliner, but I can go without them now if I need to.

My friends didn't treat me any differently, other than to say that they thought I looked the same, just as good, or better, without makeup. I needed the encouragement from them. (You rock A., E., L., J., N., C., and J.!)

I'm proud to say that I now feel pretty with or without makeup. It's taken me a long time to get here, I can be very insecure about my looks and especially my skin. But now that I'm here, I'm staying. Makeup does not define us as women. Our actions define us.