As my last video so painfully illustrated, I’m not immune to the occasional blemish. I remember being a teenager and thinking that I would get no more pimples after I exited puberty. That was a major lie. Of course they didn’t go away. The teenager thing is only told to us as part of a giant conspiracy in which young girls are taught to hope unreasonably for unachievable perfection, hooking us into the makeup industry forever. CONSPIRACY THEORY. Boom.
I have found something that’s effective on my occasional blemishes, and helps heal them quickly. Of course, it’s a Korean product. It’s the Lioele A.C. Control Trouble Patch. These patches contain tea tree oil and salicylic acid to treat the blemish gently, reduce inflammation and redness, and help it heal.
Meant to be worn overnight, the patches are soft and thin. They look like they might be plasticky, but that’s not the case–it’s more like wound care covering that you’d find in the hospital. The patches are almost like synthetic skin. This was a big relief for me, because I am a sensitive sleeper, and feeling like I have something on my face would leave me tossing and turning. The big danger is forgetting that you have them on. For optimum results, you’re supposed to leave them on for 8-12 hours, but I’ve had good results with six hours. Every time I use them, I see results the next day–even to the point that the patch looks like there was never anything under it when I take it off.
The patches at 60 for $7 at Pretty and Cute.
I awkwardly Googled today. You know how sometimes you type something dumb into Google because you can’t think of the smart way to say it? Well, up until I decided to write this post, I never stopped to think about what you would call those rings that go above your knuckles. Not knuckle rings, because those are different dastardly jewelry pieces. Forefinger rings? That makes no sense. Top rings? I couldn’t figure it out. So I awkwardly Googled “those rings that go above your knuckle” and cringingly hit enter.
Turns out they’re called midi rings. I’ve been intrigued by them ever since I saw Gong Hyo Jin in The Master’s Sun drama wearing large bands around every finger; some below the knuckle and some above. I really like the look, but I don’t know if they would be comfortable or not. I own one ring that comes up above the knuckle, but it’s a sectioned armor ring that starts at the base of my finger and comes up to the nail. It bends with my finger, but it’s not very comfortable. I think they’d have to fit well, too, because I wouldn’t want my rings flying off during the day.
I created a set for this, with some stand-alone midi rings and some sets. I personally wouldn’t spend a lot of money on a midi ring, because I do think that they won’t be around forever, fashion-wise, but it would be fun to have a set incorporating midi rings. The question mark is so alluring to me. I know most people would think of the Joker or some such person, but I think of George Emerson in A Room With A View, and Lucy Honeychurch’s coming across the giant question mark that he drew on the back of the painting in his room. One of my favorite literary couples. Who probably would never wear a midi ring, despite their progressiveness in the Edwardian age. (Also, who remembers Helena Bonham Carter before she was “quirky”? Nobody does it better, but please, she’s a gorgeous English rose here!)
Magnifying mirrors are terrifying. My mother owns one so strong that I feel compelled either to run away quickly, or spend hours tweezing every stray hair and worrying every blocked pore. It’s frightening and humiliating to see all your imperfections writ so large.
After a frightening experience like that, I sometimes wonder what other people see that I might miss in my 1x non-magnifying mirror. I would really like to have a flawless finish when I’m done with my makeup.
I started using an “HD” powder by It Cosmetics called “Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro-Powder.” I got it from Ulta. It claims that it gives an airbrushed look to skin. (Especially aging skin, but I didn’t know that when I bought it. I’m not obsessed with anti-aging, I swear.)
The color is similar to powdered milk–very white–and it doesn’t come in shades. It’s translucent, so it should go with every skin tone. I’m so pale it’s hard for me to speak to darker women’s experiences. This powder is truly a micro-powder. I hold my breath when I apply it, because I’ve taken it up the nose before just by inhaling. And I wasn’t even applying it under my nose. The advantage of the small particles is that they do settle into the pores and make them practically disappear. I’ve also learned that if I forget to put my gel blush on before I powder, it’s a lost cause. Trying to apply a substance with any water content over this powder turns it to sludge, so it’s only for finishing up.
Overall, I really love this product. The finish is so smooth and doesn’t look unnaturally perfect. It just makes my skin look quite lovely, and if I touch my face after putting it on, it feels so smooth and silky.
Day two of Nashville shenanigans. For running around the city today, I’m going to continue on with a day counterpart to last night’s vintage look. A little nautical look, courtesy of Cherry Velvet (except I don’t have all the tattoos that the model has!).
Since I’m going retro with the dress, might as well go all the way. Retro accessories like a pair of cat eye sunglasses as a charm bracelet or two help achieve the complete look. A small shrug is a must for the transition into aggressively air-conditioned indoor spaces. The orange sandals seem out-of-place until you actually see the dress; the parts that seem red in the pattern are actually orange. The finishing touch is a striped canvas bag with a rope handle to tie everything together. Retro enough to be original, but ordinary enough to not look like a costume while out and about.
I promised a better mood today, and a better mood I shall deliver! A practically ecstatic mood, actually, as I am road tripping today! I’m off on a last-of-summer fling to Nashville to celebrate a friend’s birthday.
The birthday celebration will be a progressive feast, with Southern charm and fine dining and vintage style. Therefore, I have chosen a style that suits me best: vintage glam. Red lips, fake eyelashes, crinoline under my skirt.
This is almost exactly what I will be wearing, with a few exceptions. I’ll probably wear a little more jewelry. My shoes are more awesome than this, as they also have a Sailor Jerry-style design on the wedge. My bag is less flashy than this, but it’s real ’40’s vintage patent leather, with a bakelite handle.
The summer is dwindling away, and there’s still much to be done in my last week before I go back to work. Tuesday is a day for running those last summer errands: Post Office, donating things to Goodwill, selling books back to the used bookstore.
A sharp geometric day dress suits the errands of the day. I’m really taken with these Madewell bracelets and rings, with their simple geometric designs. A flat gladiator sandal is perfect for running around town, and a pair of unusual sunglasses finishes off the look. Now off into the day!