Sunday, July 6, 2008

Acne

Sing this to the tune of Akon - 'Mr Lonely'

Oh acne,
I got so many,
To call my ownnnnnn *chipmunk screeching*

I woke up in the in the middle of the night,
And I noticed a bump on the side,
Could have swore I dreamin', for sure I was feeling,
was hoping it was just a mosquito bite,
Backtrackin on these few years,
Tryin to figure out what I did to make it go bad,
Cause ever since it kept poppin',
My whole life came crashin
and im so...

never lonely,
I got so many
acne to call my ownnnnn~!

Do NOT sue me. I don't own the song, I just changed the lyrics to my liking.
Please don't copy paste the lyrics without permission <3>
All my life, I've had acne. Okay, so I lied, it wasn't all my life but a good chunk of it anyway but that's not the point *Ahem* since I've always had acne, I've always had the need to cover them.

Since it's not advisable to wear a paper bag over my head in case people mistake as a robber and ICI /Dulux / Weathershield / Nippon paint are not meant for faces, I'm pretty much stuck counting on the usual stuffs such as colour corrector, concealer and foundation.

I don't particularly believe in using all three unless it's during a special function when I want to look my best, on my normal lazy days, it's either the colour corrector or the concealer and my must must have foundation on.

Because of my experience with acne all these years, I've developed a very nonchalant attitude on them. If it grows, it grows, I don't run around like a headless chicken shrieking and cursing the world for my misfortune of growing a giant volcano on the center of my face. I take one look at it, apply some pimple cream and go to sleep, wake up next day, bitch to Elisa about the volcano and promptly forget it's there.

And lo and behold, it disappears as quietly as it appears. Really, not stressing and fussing over the pimple is the best way to get rid of it. Pimple are like drama queens and attention whore, they thrive on attention and grow with the limelight/ spotlight. Just ignore them and try not to cover / drown them in concealer and no problemo!

Just so you know, my favourite pimple banisher is the Tea Tree Oil that you can get from the Guardian or Watson's or something. It doesn't flatten pimple instantly but cures it slowly but the best part is that it doesn't leave a oogly looking scar. Most pimple gels / creams / whatever that I've tried flattens the pimples within one day but leave you a scar as a souvenirs to remind you that it was there for the next six months or so. But how well the Tea Tree Oil works differs from person to person. Elisa and Alex has different opinions regarding Tea Tree Oil as they think that it leaves a scar. Best option, LEAVE IT ALONEEEEE~

Oh God and to think this post was initially suppose to be on foundation. Ah forget it, *edits title* Continuing on, I found many movies on Youtube on the 'best' ways on covering pimples. There was one that I found a little silly. The girl does tutorial on make-ups and her advise on covering pimples is to dab the concealer on the pimple. Like DUH! Is there another way of applying concealer, we certainly don't spray our concealer on and we don't apply the concealer other than ON the pimple itself.

The technique is not wrong it's just that we want to know how to cover our pimples effectively and not just cover them. To me, one of the best ways to make a pimple disappears for the next few hours or so is to use a really good colour corrector and concealer.

On really bad acne days back then, I would use a colour base first and foremost after all the moisturizer and sunblock. I've tried The Face Shop Phytogenic make-up base, SPF 8 in green is really not all that great. Sure it's cheap for 40ml but it doesn't make all that much of a difference putting it on or not. Warning, it may cause pimples.

Kanebo's Freshel White C, UV make-up base SPF 24 PA+ works way better. A little goes a long way. Another good one would be from Kanebo's MEDIA control base, SPF 12. It was a gift from Elisa who knew that I wanted and was looking for a good base for my inflamed skin.

After the base, I would used the Make Up For Ever colour corrector in green for covering reddish and inflamed skin. It comes in a pot identical to the Camoflauge Cream. It's good because it's extremely concentrated and therefore covers the pimples well. I don't put this all over the face but only on the pimple area.

The I would apply my foundation on and then my concealer. For some reason, I never liked applying my concealer with a concealer brush, I know some people swears by it but still... I like getting a bit on the side of my hands and warming them up before applying them on the pimples. One of my absolute favourite concealers is the Make Up For Ever Camoflauge Cream. It's thick and creamy, glides on and covers almost anything and everything. Cons, since it's so creamy, it can be easily rubbed off as well if you don't put on a layer of powder on top.

After all that, apply powder, blush whatever and expect your face to look slightly thick but flawless at least.

What's your favourite concealer and foundation and why?

6 comments:

Elisa said...

Great entries! Sorry for not posting comments in your previous entry.

I don't know much on concealing pimples but back then when I was F2 and when I had my first pimple I remember using my mom's Chilitina product. It's like concealer with treatment. It cost quite a bit but I LOVE them and the coverage's pretty good too. Too bad they don't make them anymore =(

Ehhh?!! The Face Shop Phytogenic make-up base may cause pimples?!!!

hevn said...

Hey Elisa, thanks for commenting. I love those concealer with treatments too. I tried the Guinot concealer stuff and it was bloody expensive but the coverage was only so so then. Guess my acne was a little too much for the poor concealer to handle then T.T

It caused a bit for me.. T.T

kern said...

surprisingly the faceshop phytogenic make up base goes well for me.and actually i was using MAC prep + prime skin base visage. MAC one was a lil too heavy for a whole day outing especially working day but it goes well for special occassion or any short outing so i replaced phytogenic for a daily base instead.
Guinot concealer? good? im using Guinot cream make up remover,erm..good for skin instead of removing it. i wanna know bout make up remover? any recommendation?

hevn said...

O.O which coloured base did you get? Argh, guess I should give the make up base another go T.T

I think it was pretty good but very pricy.
if you ask me and Elisa, our answer would be the ZA make up remover. Cheap and good! :D

Elisa said...

Guinot's concealer? Woah sound really good.

But you're right. Pimples are like attention whores. The more you make a fuss, the more they grow and get their 'gang' to join them. *roll eyes*

Ignoring is best! Although that's actually the hardest part >.>

hevn said...

Muahahhahaha!!
"Mess with me and I'll get my girlfriends together and make your life miserable" type huh.
That was pretty funny.. but I do know that it's also very true.
I tend to have mine in a row much like Orion's belt. Guess my pimples are into astronomy too. :P

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