A quest for perfect-ish skin

When I was 13 I woke up one morning with several bumps scattered on my temples and a couple more along my jaw line. The beginning of the plague of acne that would usher me through my teenage years. I endured this curse while trying all manner of potions which refused to work. And all the while, looking forward to the day when, no longer an adolescent, my sufferance would be rewarded in the form of flawless skin. Alas, this was not to be. On my twentieth birthday, I woke up with the same teenage face i'd been longing to outgrow, complete with all the leftover dark spots that no matter how much cocoa butter I rubbed on them, would not be moved!

Now, over a decade later, I still have breakouts every now and then, but my struggle has lessened significantly. Maybe it's the extra water i'm drinking, or that I finally have enough self control not to pick at my face. Still, my skin isn't flawless and after having experimented with every brand of makeup you can think of, I recently found a match for those days when I want to be fully glammed up.

 Wearing: MAC Pro longer Nourishing waterproof foundation & Global Glow highlighter, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, BITE Creme lipstick in Mulbery, Eye shadow from NAKED 2 palette, Some random mascara, and even more random brow pencil

Wearing: MAC Pro longer Nourishing waterproof foundation & Global Glow highlighter, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer, BITE Creme lipstick in Mulbery, Eye shadow from NAKED 2 palette, Some random mascara, and even more random brow pencil

But what about the other days when I don't want that heavy makeup but I still want to have a polished look. How could I achieve that natural but enhanced look?  

I wanted a foundation that would even out my skin tone but not feel caked. Something that i could wear without wondering if I looked like i was wearing makeup. I also wanted a concealer that actually blended into my skin instead of emphasizing that which I was trying to disguise, and something that can last a full day without melting and creasing by lunch time.

I’ve been hearing through the grapevine about Glossier, a so called minimalist approach to makeup. Now, when I hear minimalist being used in marketing I am immediately suspicious because I realize that this movement might be seen as a fad and so it could just be a tactic to get people to shop. Putting my skepticism aside and trusting the few reviews i'd seen on a few blogs and a youtube application video, I decided to give it a try. I’ll let the pictures below speak for themselves.

I am quite pleased with the results. The coverage is definitely sheer, but it definitely gives me the dewey more finished look as promised. The concealer blends in with my skin and though it doesn't provide full coverage, it does make my skin more even.

Glossier's philosophy of makeup living with you, not on you speaks to me. And I was pleasantly surprised to discover that five hours after application, my skin still looked naturally dewey and the imperfections still slightly evened out without any creasing or that melting look that i've always experienced with other foundations. 

 This picture was taken a few days earlier, the day I received my Glossier products and 5 hours after application. Here i'm wearing the Perfecting skin tint and Stretch concealer (both in deep), MAC highlighter on my cheekbones & Clinique blush on my cheeks. On my lips is the remnants of Glossier's Generation G (in Jam). [please excuse the unruly brows]

This picture was taken a few days earlier, the day I received my Glossier products and 5 hours after application. Here i'm wearing the Perfecting skin tint and Stretch concealer (both in deep), MAC highlighter on my cheekbones & Clinique blush on my cheeks. On my lips is the remnants of Glossier's Generation G (in Jam). [please excuse the unruly brows]

I'm pleased so far with these products. Perhaps when my current face cleansers and moisturizers are empty i'll try out Glossier's line. If I do i'll let you know what I think.