Wednesday, January 15, 2014

10 Beauty Mistakes I Used to Make

When I first saw Kallie's post on this topic I loved it, but when I scrolled to the bottom of the page & found out she had tagged me to do one of my own I was ecstatic.  I think that this is an awesome idea because everyone has made a few beauty mistakes along the way.  When I was thinking of ideas for what I used to do wrong, I realized that it's crazy how much my beauty endeavors have evolved over the years.  I'm happy to share what I did wrong & how I fixed it so if any of you are making the same mistakes you can stop too!

1. Using shampoo.
I know this sounds very odd!  Shampoo had always made my head extremely itchy, when I started researching more natural alternatives I found out about washing your hair with baking soda.  After one wash with baking soda my head was no longer itchy!  A big bonus is there is no damaging sulfates like in shampoo & the baking soda has really improved my hair texture.

2. Applying concealer with my finger.
I used to apply my concealer with my middle finger, but was not happy with how it came out because it looked like I was caking on my concealer.  When I went to Sephora to learn what I was doing wrong the makeup artist explained that using a concealer brush allows you to apply concealer so it looks natural & helps to blend it.  I no longer have that caked on look!
{Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush}

3. Using the wrong powder to set my concealer.
I used to use a "translucent" powder to set my concealer under my eyes.  The problem is that the power wasn't really translucent & would show up darker then my skin when I used it.  I started using Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder & it has worked so much better.
{Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder}

4. Not using a under eye concealer primer.
I never knew that they made primer specifically for concealer.  It helps to keep your concealer in place, & when I apply it my concealer doesn't budge for hours.  This has worked wonders for me!
{Benefit Stay Don't Stray}

5. Not putting concealer on the inner rims of my eyes.
When I went to Sephora to learn about doing my under eye concealer better, the makeup artist showed me that the part of your face between the eye & nose bridge, & under your eyebrow, actually needs concealer applied to it.  I never would have thought of it, but doing this has helped to make my eyes look much brighter.
{Benefit Boi-ing}

6. Using blotting sheets under my eyes before applying makeup.
I used to think that I had problems with my under eye concealer because the area was too oily so I would using a blotting sheet to absorb the oil before application.  One day I figured out that the skin under my eyes was actually super dry from this; I now apply cream around my eyes before makeup application & do not blot!

7. Not using AHA's to fight keratosis pilaris.
I did an entire post on how AHA's have helped to fight the keratosis pilaris (aka chicken skin) on my arms.  AHA's are really the only way to treat keratosis pilaris & have really improved my skin.
{DERMAdoctor KP Duty Body Scrub}

8. Not using an eyeshadow primer.
I used to not use eyeshadow primer & after about an hour or so my eye makeup would be all messed up & collecting around the crease because of the oil that had accumulated.  When I started using primer this problem banished & a bonus is that primer makes shadows more intense!
{Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion}

9. Not using an exfoliating brush.
Using an exfoliating brush has seriously improved the texture of my skin.  It has really helped with flaking, dryness, & pimples.
{Olay ProX Advanced Cleansing System}
10. Not applying enough lip balm.
Lately I've started using lip balm a lot more & I don't understand why I didn't before.  For as long as I can remember I've put lip balm on before bed, but have always shied away from using it during the day.  My lips started to get really dry because of this, but now I use it all day long!
{Kiss My Face Organic Coconut Pineapple Lip Balm}

I hope that sharing my mistakes can help you to avoid making them yourself!  I'm always researching & learning things about beauty so I'm sure I will be doing another one of these at some point.  Kallie created her's as a tag so I tag: 
Mascara and Maltesers
Sprinkles & Sundresses
The Retail Therapist
Glossy Blonde
Karly Kim
Love, Lipstick, and Pearls
The Tiny Heart
Turquoise Blonde

What are some beauty mistakes you used to make?  Feel free to do a post like this even if you aren't tagged & make sure to let me know so I can check it out!

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  1. The shampoo idea is great! I am switching over as soon as this bottle of shampoo I have is done.

    xo. Kailagh

  2. I've definitely heard that shampoo isn't good for your hair, but I'm not sure if I could stop using it!!

  3. I totally used to be guilty of #3! Great post, thanks for doing the tag :)

  4. I SO agree with the exfoliating brush! My Clarisonic has changed my life!! Thanks for tagging me - I'll definitely be doing this!

  5. I've been looking for a new way to apply my concealer because I have been finding it to crack during the day! I am definitely going be try a concealer brush! Also I am obsessed with my benefit concealer!


  6. Such a fun topic! I never knew about the under eye primer and my concealer never stays in place in that area so I def. want to try that out!! Awesome article girl :)


  7. I have been wanting to switch from shampoo to baking soda for weeks but haven't been brave enough! I think when this bottle runs out I'll take the plunge! Eeks!

  8. That is really interesting about the baking soda. My head does get itchy as well so I have to try this out! And I couldn't live without UD's eyeshadow makes a huge difference.

    The Tiny Heart

  9. I love this shampoo. They have a great products. Thanks for sharing the other products with us.


  10. I am so glad you posted this (although I suppose my wallet won't be) - there are so many things here that I need to try out, but ESPECIALLY KP Duty - do you like their products? My KP is TERRIBLE in the winter and I was thinking about trying their lotion (I find African Black Soap works really well, too, but need a lotion). Usually I use something with coconut oil, but my favorites have all been discontinued =/

    jess | Quaintrelle

  11. I've tried washing my hair with baking soda and I never get that "slimy" feeling that they say you should have! Maybe you know the secrets :)

  12. cool post!

  13. You are so right about the eye shadow primer. It makes SUCH a huge difference. Thanks for sharing the helpful tips! :)

  14. That boing concelear is my favorite and inner eyes are SO important! Same with primer - this is a great list!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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