It is time to celebrate the “weird”

What do you think is weird? Bright Hair? Funky Makeup? Pink Lipstick?

I am a person who likes to celebrate the “weird”, or as I consider it individuality.  I love people with bright makeup or funky hair. I love when people go against the trend and really embrace what they find happiness in.

I am a firm believer in you do you.  What makes you happy.. you do that.  If you feel like you are your most fabulous self in ponytail and chapstick, then do it.  If you prefer lots of black eyeliner and a strong lip, then do it.  I am not here to tell you how to live your life.. or judge you for doing it.  I say buck the trend and do whatever you can do to make yourself feel like you are sparkling.

With that, I wanted to share a few things that might make me seem “weird” in the world of beauty. Things that I do differently or believe in so that I feel like I am the best version of myself that I can be.

*Pink Lipstick. It is my jam!  The brighter the better.  I love it, and whenever I wear it, I feel stronger and confident. I own wayyyy too many pink lipsticks ranging from gloss to matte to stain.  From deep berry to glow-in-the-dark flourescent. I hope everyone has something that makes them feel as awesome as I do in a pink lip.

*I have very strong feelings on EVERYTHING.  I am an over-lover or a huge-disliker.  There are very few things that I do not have a super strong opinion on. Once I have an established feeling towards something, it is very hard to convince me to change it. It goes across the board: makeup, skincare, nail polish, movies, books, people, places.  I am not saying it is my best quality, but it is part of me; you find it charming or annoying.

*I am not a fan of winged eyeliner.. on my self.. I know I know.. take a moment and let that feeling of irritation with me pass.  I am a person who obsesses over everything beauty.. everything.  I spend hours reading about skincare, what new nail polishes are coming out, and if I NEEEED another eyeshadow palette, but I just can not get on the self winged eyeliner bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong.  I enjoy eyeliner.. and I love winged liner on other people..but on me.. there is zero woo.  ZERO.  It just never looks right and always looks like just a little too much on me.  There.. I confessed my biggest beauty crime… lets move on..

*I am OBSESSED with those Breathe Right Nasal Strips (not an ad, just a full on obsession).  I use them religiously ever single night… and if I happen to run out it brings on a full blown panic.  On the outside this might not seem like a weirdness, but my lackluster removal of them… brings my red nose into the picture.  So you might be asking yourself…”why is this included on a beauty blog list??”… well… here is why…

For someone who is as OBSESSED with skincare as I am you would think I would be super dedicated to proper removal.  My aggressive removal leaves the bridge of my nose constantly being in a state of red.  General makeup application no longer covers it.. I have to color correct, conceal, and set.  That is why.. when you see pictures of me… my nose is always a little Rudolphy. Or you can see the line of demarcation on my face.  I have removed them this was for so long that I now struggle to do it correctly.

*I am an OVER exfoliator. I live to exfoliate.  In any form: toner, scrub, mask, or a cleansing device.  The skin on my face needs to be sloughed at least once ( usually twice) a day.

I love it so much, I do not really have a preference on how the exfoliating happens.  I love a deep cleanser with a cleansing device ( Clarisonic or Foreo).  I live for a toner.  LIVE… it is a MUST have.  If I were being banished to a desert island, a toner would be in my top three items. I balance between Clinique Clarifying Lotion and the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads.  OBSESSED.  If you are experiencing any type of skin issues.. try a toner!  Try it!

I have tried to jump on the “be nicer to your skin bandwagon”, but it doesn’t work for me.  If I bypass a tone, or go a little gentler on my skin.. I usually head right to breakout city.   Now, with that, I am not saying everyone should exfoliate so much right away.  But also, don’t be afraid to try it.

*I am a too much or a too little person ( I am sure you are super surprised at all??)I am either going around town with no makeup on or I am overly glam.  I feel like if I am going to commit to the work.. might as well be super fabulous.

I have always said I have “no shame in my game”.  Which is why if you ever run into me in real life, I most likely have no makeup on. I love makeup whole heartedly and I love wearing it. Sometimes I am that person in Dunkin Donuts at 7 am with a full face and a fabulous lip.  Sometimes I am that person at a babyshower that is just slightly over done. However, I do not depend on it to feel my most fabulous.  If you do, I totally respect that and say more power to ya.  I am just a girl that has no problem running around with my bare face and lack of eyebrows.

*I am a LOVER of highlighting.  I contour because sometimes my “look” requires it.  But if the trend was to disappear tomorrow, I would not be sad.  HOWEVER highlighter is happiness in my life.  The more glow the better.  I apply, then apply a little bit more.  and sometimes a little bit more after that.

*I tend to conceal first. I know the rules of makeup state that you should prime, foundation, and then conceal.  I like to break the rules.  I (sometimes, not every time) prime, CONCEAL, and then foundation.  I find that I use less of both products and my concealer sits better!  Especially under my eyes; which are forever dry and mildly crepe-y.

I do have one exception to this: Tarte Shape Tape Concealer which is in league all of its own and is pretty much a magical unicorn.  I did an entire spiel on my love of it a few months ago ( here)

*I am not a lover of makeup sponges: shock and awe! I know.  I am a brush person.  I have a ton of em and I am always on the search for new magical one ( Did you see that Tarte is launching a Unicorn Brush line!!!!).  I just prefer a brush.  I do have the Tarte Quickie Sponge that I trust and love, but I only really use it with my Shape Tape.  That is half true… I did usually only use it with the Shape Tape, until my new found LOVE of ELF Cosmetics BB Cream and concealer… they are a match made in heaven.  But other than that.. brushes. Also, I never use my fingertips on my face.  I know, I know.  Blend, warm, gentle.  Blah! Not on this face…doesn’t happen.

 

Those are some of my “weird” beauty habits.  You might think I am over the top with my love of pink lipstick or my obsessive need to exfoliate. You might think I am crazy for running around town with no make up on and claiming to be a beauty blogger. But I am okay with that.

I love all things beauty.  I truly obsess over it new products and different application techniques. I do what fits into my life and what makes me happy.

I say wear the red lipstick, try the new hairdo, highlight til your hearts content. Believe in unicorns and mermaids; and that glitter fixes everything. It is okay. Do everything you can to bring out your inner sparkle.

 

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