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#soapboxchallenge

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Two weeks ago, Cara Brooke {whose blog, Maskcara is freakin’ amazing, by the way} issued a challenge. The challenge involved doing 3 things that I pretty much stink at: washing your face every night, applying moisturizer both morning and evening, and drinking plenty of water. The challenge was to take a before picture, do these 3 things for 2 weeks, then take an after picture and post them together along with any observations you have from the challenge.

So here goes:
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Just look at how clear my skin is! Not a blemish to be found. And with a glow to boot!
Okay, okay, so I accidentally had the flash on.

For real, though:
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Observations:
*Now, I’m not going to lie and say I was perfect at this, but I did give it my best effort! I tell you what, drinking enough water is really hard for me! I don’t know why. I really ought to be better at it, but I’m not. So let’s just say I definitely drank more water than usual, but it may or may not have been the entire half gallon per day she suggested. It was some days.

*In all honesty, I don’t see a whole lot of difference in the look of my skin except that one breakout on my chin cleared up and another broke out. And on my nose.

*My skin does feel a lot less dry though, which is a problem I always tend to have, so that’s nice.

*Just because the challenge is over, doesn’t mean I’ll stop, though. I know it’s better for me to be drinking water and taking care of my skin, so I just have to give a big fat shoutout to Cara for kicking my buttoxide into gear.

Thanks Cara!

Now if I could just jump on the flossing train…

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Makeup With Glasses

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Today you get the pleasure of discovering how UNphotogenic I am. Oy vey. I can’t believe I’m about to post this. Anyhow, I had a friend pin this lovely video about how to wear makeup with glasses and I loved it, so of course I tried it out, because that’s the reason we all pin things, right?

DISCLAIMER: I am not a model, I don’t have a great and spacious makeup kit, I didn’t start with makeup already done and I don’t have the benefits of a professional makeup artist and airbrushing to make me look pretty. I just worked with what I have. Don’t be hating.

THE PROCESS

BEFORE (yikes!)
After concealer, foundation, and brushing teeth (you’re welcome)

I did NOT fill in my eyebrows with shadow. They’re bushy enough, thanks. In fact, in high school, my well-meaning sister filled them in when she did my make-up for a formal dance and it was rather ogre-esque. This is why I pluck. In fact, from the pictures, it’s looking like I need to make a little date with my friend The Tweezers. Oy!

Eyeshadow and unsightly pimples
Eyeliner

¬†And then I took care of the screaming baby (whom I had been ignoring), forgot to curl my lashes (which I’ve found doesn’t make a whole lot of difference for me anyway), added mascara, a little blush and too pink of lipstick, put my glasses back on and took a final picture.

THE RESULT

AFTER (hello double chin!)

WHAT I LEARNED

*The baby doesn’t like to be ignored in favor of mascara, no matter how much better it makes Mommy look.

*I don’t know what a “naked kohl pencil” is

*I should not take straight-faced pictures of myself and post them on the internet for all to see.

THE VERDICT

Definitely an improvement from au natural, but nothing to throw a party over.