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Break Up With Your Makeup- 2015 edition

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I have exciting news! Once again, I am teaming up with Galderma and their #BreakUpWMakeup contest! Because I know that we can use makeup as a curtain to hide behind, but we need to let our true selves shine through. Right? Come on! Join me. Last year they sent me to the Emmys after that contest, and this year, the prize is a trip to New York! You know you want to win it. I’ve never been to New York. (Cue break screeching sound) I know! Broadway dreams and everything, and this girl has never set foot in the Big Apple. I need to fix that.

You know I suffer (and I say ‘suffer’ mildly, it really isn’t that horrible in the scope of life and things, but it’s such a pain in the ass) from Rosacea. Rosacea is basically like pimples on your face that don’t go away. It can be a cluster of red bumps or a flushed complexion. Maybe it includes broken capillaries and really red skin throughout your whole face. Or maybe like me, it’s a smattering of bumps that usually come out when I use products that irritate my skin, I’m in the sun too long, or I have been drinking alcohol.

I remember the days of high school and college when I wouldn’t think of stepping out of my house without makeup. The shame was too enormous! My pale eyelashes, my barely-there brows, and oh, the giant zits on my chin! Good grief. I even worked in cosmetics in my early 20s and it was so difficult to come to terms with the fact that my skin was not behaving! I had the best of products at my disposal and I was still a mess.

Even now in my 40s, I deal with ‘bad skin’ days. Now you can add wrinkles, sagging, and giant Louis Vuitton bags under my eyes that go with the ‘bad skin’ days. Or, Bad Face days.

But as a teen, you might think that having acne or Rosacea, even Eczema can be world shattering and kill a social life or your Instagram feed! Don’t despair!  You are not defined by your complexion. And take comfort in knowing there are products that can help.

A routine of proper cleansing, and the right moisturizers as well as acne products and medications can really help.

Galderma is behind a prescription Rosacea medication as well as several products like Cetaphil that are formulated to be gentle on the skin, whether you suffer from acne, Rosacea or Eczema.

Follow the graphic below to enter for a chance to win a goody basket of fine products and a chance to win a trip to the New York Film Festival in September!

Also, there are helpful links and tips for getting that complexion so that you can be comfortable in your own skin.

Here’s a fun thing too-

Post a selfie on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook (by June 25, 2015) with the hashtag- #BreakUpWMakeup as well as loading your selfie to the contest including 100 words on how you stay confident on ‘bad skin days’.

Because folks notice your smile, your laugh, and your kindness, more than they notice your pores!

Kudos to my 15 year old who is in the ‘won’t leave the house without makeup’ phase of her life to be brave to post this!

This post is sponsored by Galderma. All opinions and words are my own.

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!

Emma 15 and me, 42 sans makeup!



Good luck! And I can’t wait to see your no makeup selfies!

Red is for carpets at award shows, not for faces

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Disclosure: I’m participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup Blogger Contest
Sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.

Enter to win a trip to the Emmy's #makeup #rosacea #Mirvaso

Envelope please…..And the winner is…. YOU!

Imagine winning a trip to the Emmys (possibly with me!) and getting the complexion you have always wanted. I know right?

Enter the contest Break UP with Your Makeup, to win a gift basket of skin care goodies and you will also be entered to win a trip to the Emmys. Your entry also enters me in a bloggers contest to win a trip to the Emmys, so I’m counting on you! Of course, you know I love my makeup so much, I wouldn’t actually break up with it altogether. But wearing less of it? Yes please!

Many of you know that I struggle with rosacea. It’s a weird occurrence of the complexion that can’t always be explained. Rosacea is a common inflammatory skin condition. Sure you want to try to pinpoint what might cause those flare ups that can cover your cheeks like pimples- was it yesterday’s spicy food, or the day out in the sun, maybe that glass of pinot before bed;  only they don’t respond to regular acne treatments. Most common symptoms people complain of is persistent facial redness. Ha, remember when you always had those ‘rosy cheeks’ like your Aunt Hilda? Hmm… maybe she had rosacea too!

My rosacea started after my son was born. I couldn’t figure out why, what I thought were zits on the apples of my cheeks wouldn’t go away. Even when I would try and cover it up with makeup, it seemed to shine through the cover up. And once you do cover the red, who wants bumps on their skin even under their makeup?

I have a makeup and skin care drawer full of products that promise to cover or soothe redness. I think I’ve spent hundreds of dollars on essential oils, lotions, and primers that promise to make the redness go away. But having one product covered by my insurance co-pay could save me hundreds! Think of all that money I could spend on lipstick!

A new prescription product is available called Mirvaso. Mirvaso is the only FDA approved treatment for the persistent facial redness of rosacea. It works fast, providing same day results that last up to 12 hours before the redness returns.

16 million Americans are affected and more are women than men. Go figure.

Don’t you hate when you have a special event and you want a ‘good face day’ and whelp, there comes the rosacea. Ugh.  I will definitely be asking my dermatologist about Mirvaso.

Now go enter the contest!! See you on the red carpet!


Contest ends July 31, 2014


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My skin care 101- surviving Rosacea

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When I say ‘surviving’ Rosacea, trust me- there’s worse than a skin condition to survive!  I guess I should say, coping with Rosacea.

If you are over 35 years old and get ruddy skin, and pimples on your cheeks and nose area that don’t have whiteheads, then you might have Rosacea too. I was diagnosed by my dermatologist after Owen was born when I complained of what I thought was acne, but she pointed out that it wasn’t.

I immediately went to the internet and my desire for products and a perfect complexion brought me to research all kinds of skin care and articles. Not everything  my dermatologist told me jived with what I found in anecdotal information from other sufferers.

What I learned is that you need to find your triggers. What ingredients in products do you notice break out your skin? What activities or foods seem to leave you the next morning with a blotchy complexion? These are the things you need to ask yourself.

Even some natural ingredients can trigger flare-ups. I don’t use anything with Acai or Evening Primrose- or at least I try to avoid them. I notice my skin turns red with these products.

I also have to stay out of the sun. SPF is a MUST. I get break-outs in the summer more than the winter. I’m always shielding my face from the sun with sunglasses and hats too. I prefer mineral sunscreens and physical blocks to chemical ones.

Red Wine- Gah. This is a huge trigger for me. Not Gin or Vodka, no. Wine! I just flush like a toilet in Taco Bell. Ew, that was a nasty analogy. Sorry. But I turn BRIGHT RED.

I try not to introduce too many new products at once. This way I can keep track of something if it does give me any bumps or redness.

So here’s a handy dandy list of what works for me-


Skin by Ann Webb Coconut Water Cleanser

Kate Ryan Nutritive Oil Cleanser– Kate Ryan is having a free shipping promotion right now- and if you enter your email you get a promo code for 20% off this cleanser. I’m loving Kate Ryan skin care. Look for a giveaway soon on my blog!


Clarins Mineral UV Plus

Look for Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide in the ingredients. Avobenzone and Oxybenzone are chemical ingredients and have some controversy surrounding them.

BB Cream There’s a bunch of these in a post I wrote, and more have hit the shelves since. Find one you will love and you will wonder how you survived before it.

Masks and Exfoliants-

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask  Oh my goodness I love this product! It’s not cheap, I know. But it’s perfect for my skin. It doesn’t irritate and it really makes a difference.

Exfoliation is tricky with sensitive skin. You need to do it- but you can’t over do it.

Peter Thomas Roth UnWrinkle Peel Pads

These will change your skin. I don’t use these everyday, but they make my skin brighter when I do.

Essential oils

Sea buckthorn oil

I love just a few drops of this oil on my cheeks. It seems to strengthen my skin.

I make a concoction of Apricot Kernel Oil, Sea Buckthorn Oil, Argan Oil and RoseHip Oil. I keep it in a glass dropper vial and massage my skin with it in the morning when I have time. I need to Pinterest that shit.

Oh, and most importantly- as important as what your cleanser is, be sure to wash your face EVERY NIGHT. I love my Clarisonic with any cleanser. It’s thorough and improves my skin. You will not regret this investment. I’ve had mine for at least 3 years now.

Sadly with sensitive skin there is a lot of trial and error. I’ve used the last 10 years to kind of become an expert on my own skin, even though it keeps me guessing. My best compliment is when someone doesn’t believe I have Rosacea when I tell them that I do. Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful. Ha!!! Extra points if you remember that commercial.

No makeup. Not great, but hey- can’t tell I have Rosacea, right?

My Extravagant Hussy ‘favorites’ list

This list beats all other lists. It’s a list my husband shouldn’t read. Because he does not need to know that mascara can cost $20 and all my maintenance and beauty arsenal isn’t found at Walgreens or Big Lots.

Extravagant Hussy is a term my mom’s friend uses when she buys something expensive for herself. It’s sounds better than Fancy Slut or Expensive Bitch. But everyone, even Frugalistas have an Extravagant Hussy inside them that needs to come out sometimes.

So these are products that I LOVE and buy infrequently, or when I’ve done something spectacular, like chaperone a field trip for my kids’ school. It’s healthier than binge drinking and cheaper than therapy, so this is how I rationalize it.

Here they are:

1. Dior Addict Lipstick (Nordstrom, Sephora)

I find this lipstick to be luxurious, dewy, somewhat glossy, and just the right amount of opacity.  The tube looks fancy and the colors are flattering. What more could you ask for?

2. Shellac manicures at Julep (Seattle area only)

This is definitely a local gem to the Seattle area. I’m sure there are other nail bars in metropolitan cities that offer immaculate conditions, toxin free products, and aestheticians that are deft in their craft. Emmy did my last shellac at Julep. She is like the Michelangelo of nail technicians. Perfection.

3. It’s a 10 leave-in conditioner spray (Ulta, CVS)

You may already know I’m crazy about my WEN cleansing conditioner. But this leave-in spray is so good for these harsh, cold, dry days. I always get fly-aways from wearing hats, but this seems to tame them. Emma is using it too on her ends to keep them smooth.

4. Koh Gen Do moisture foundation (Barneys,

Oh this stuff is magnificent. I’m not sure why the Japanese have the cornerstone  on make up, it must be all those Geisha girls in Japan that know how to have flawless skin. This is truly lightweight, buildable coverage; dewy, yet not greasy and makes you look flawless in pictures.

5. Giorgio Armani wet/dry powder compact (Nordstrom)

I use just a smidge of this with a nice fluffy brush over my foundation. It sets the makeup, doesn’t look chalky, and if you are having a bad face day and oily skin, you can use a wet sponge and go to town all over to get maximum coverage.

6. Cle de Peau concealer (Nordstrom, Barneys, Neiman Marcus)

The Rolls Royce of concealers. This baby wins awards from editors all the time. Pricey, but good. You will love it. Lasts forever too. I dot it on with a brush over my foundation before I powder. I even cover some freckles and sun spots with it. Truly a make up junkies magic wand.

7. Benefit High Beam (Sephora, Macy’s)

I love a little dot of this high light over my cheekbones. It’s great for date night, holiday parties, or special occasions. Not too much to draw attention to your wrinkles, but just a little glow over your makeup. Makes you look 20 again.

8. Benefit Powderflage (Sephora, Macy’s)

This is a funky little product. It comes in a little round orb. It’s a very light weight, light-diffusing concealer powder that comes with this tiny fan shaped brush. I use it to just dab a little bit of powder under my eyes for high light, to set my concealer, and to whisk away any eye shadow dust that’s fallen on my cheekbones. Such a little itty bitty thing- but lasts a long time since you don’t use much.

9. Dior Eyeshadow Palette (Nordstrom, Sephora, Nieman Marcus)

Dior eyeshadow is the best. It’s pigments are intense, true and lasting. The compacts are convenient and pair the perfect color combinations. Once you’ve tried these, you will never ever go to any drugstore product again. Worth. Every. Penny.

10. Avene moisture SPF 25 for Redness Relief (,

I have sensitive skin. And I have rosacea, an alabaster complexion, I flush easily, and I get bumps when I go out in the sun. Wow. Lovely, huh? I always, always, always, (one more time) always, wear SPF, all year ’round. To keep my dry skin from being too dry, and or it to not break out from something too heavy, I need the perfect product. This has a slight tint of green, but not enough to make you look like a zombie or you need a new liver. It’s just a bit to cancel the red, ruddy cheeks my English genetics gave me.

Remember, I haven’t been endorsed by any companies, nor has anyone certified me on my expertise. Although my husband might certify me as crazy since I am a self-confessed product whore.  Hey, if you’re going to be any kind of whore, a product whore is the right kind. Right? I’ll shut up now.