Skin Care for Night Owls

Preview of a new Medusa
I am currently sending my latest piece to Saturday Sketching Sessions’ upcoming segment of Instant Doodles, a group show featuring works done in traditional drawing tools (pencil, charcoal, pens, etc).

Since I work for a TV network from 9 to 6 and often spend the rest of the night drawing or painting conveniently because I currently have no decent Internet connection, coupled with the fact that my gene cocktail is not exactly on top of the menu, I am even more compelled to maintain a semblance of nightly ritual for my skin, to maintain a semblance of public acceptance.

If You Happen To Have Many Or All Of The Following Unfortunate Characteristics:

• Oily skin
• Acne-prone skin
• Allergy to harsh chemicals
• Sensitivity towards even considerably mild products
• Slightly unhealthy obsession for makeup

… then you might find this entry helpful, if not amusing.

Why Do I Even Care?
Because while I may think, work, and experiment like a mad scientist during my painting/drawing process, I remain a pseudo-social animal, especially one who is trying to make art. I still need to go outside and directly reach out to my friends, artists, gallery owners, and the like. I need to be there when my works attempt to start a conversation with their audience. I also need to observe the herd in order to bring pieces of it back into my painting/drawing process. Plus I treat my face like a canvas, and I might as well keep it relatively clean before applying a new layer every day.

Some Makeup Products For A Person With Incredibly Sensitive, Breakout-Prone Skin But Insists on Thick Coverage Anyway

I’m one whose skin condition ought to be staying away from artificial products on her face PERIOD yet prefers thick (matte) foundation, tons of eyeliner, and tubes of dark lipsticks. (Also: I used to draw on my face during college classes with POSCA markers.) And on some level, I tackle this area with the precision of a scientist on pot: I like to experiment with various combinations of primers, concealers, BB creams, powder/liquid foundations, finishing powders, setting sprays more times a week than I will freely admit while sober. So I’ve gone through boxes of products that promise optimal results “for oily/sensitive/medically-unfortunate/genetically-pitiable skin”, most of which products broke my face into a screaming panic or fail to recognize my skin tone. But found below are some products that can actually stay for several hours on my skin and in some cases help reduce blemishes.

ELLANA Minerals Foundation
Ellana Minerals Intensive Coverage Loose Powder Foundation
Whatever your skin tone or condition is, Ellana Minerals has a foundation (and powder, and concealer, and eyeshadow…) suited to your needs. This is the only brand of mineral foundation that can cope with my boss level of oiliness. And I’m a sucker for comprehensive, user-friendly makeup websites that can ship directly to Philippine addresses. If you’re not into online shopping, they’re also available in Crossings.

(via luuux.com)

(via luuux.com)

NYX Two-Way Cake Foundation
This beats other, more expensive pressed-powder foundations in terms of coverage and staying power. Aside from their kickass lipsticks, I turn to NYX for this compact powder. However it’s not as readily available in local stores, so you will have to hunt Multiply‘s marketplace if you’re from around here. I sometimes use Nichido’s pressed powder (sparingly) as a cheaper, more accessible alternative.

(via ebay.com)

(via ebay.com)

BRTC BB Cream
So far, this is the only BB Cream that can stay on my face for more than a few hours. Too bad I can only buy it when I know someone who is traveling to Korea.

(via helloruka.blogspot.com)

(via helloruka.blogspot.com)

Candy Doll Face Powder
The queen of all loose face powders. You can use it alone or on top of your main foundation, and it is the perfect touch-up tool. It promises a marshmallow-like matte texture for your face, and it will never ever ever ever cake. It is generally a lot more expensive in Multiply, though, so if you or a friend is heading to Japan anytime soon, buy a crate and make permanent room in your makeup bag for a pot. URBAN DECAY Setting Spray
URBAN DECAY Eyeshadow Potion

ELLANA Minerals Foundation

URBAN DECAY Complexion Primer Potion

(via urbandecay.com)

Urban Decay Eyeshadow, Complexion Primer Potion, and All-Nighter Setting Spray
I no longer remember other primers and I have stopped keeping tabs on other brands since I bought these. Bless you, Urban Decay. I hope you didn’t kill any unicorns for them.   I try out something new from time to time when I have cash to spare, though I make sure to research its grade in makeupalley.com (at least a 4.0 or higher out of 5.0). Also! if you have Asian eyes like most Asians and thus are unable to benefit from those Caucasian-populated eye makeup tutorials online, you might really like this article.

Some Skincare Products For Sleepless People Pumping Stress and Anxiety Through Their Veins

(via http://pinoysarisari.com)

(via http://pinoysarisari.com)

Perla Soap
My skin is a big enough drama queen to reject the likes of Dove, Johnson & Johnson, and most dermatological treatments imaginable (I used to go through expensive weekly procedures from diamond peel to “level-4″ acid poured down my back). Lightly rubbing a part of my face is enough to cause redness and irritation. But after high school, we moved ship to my last dermatologist, who just handed me a bar of white Perla laundry soap. (I think this was even before the soap got their own individual packaging and started becoming popular outside of laundry use.) Not only is it unbelievably cheaper than any other hypoallergenic/”no-chemical”/sensitive soap I’ve tried, but the only side-effect I have to live with was dryness (and initial peeling) in the hands, which you can combat with a hand lotion if it bothers you.

(via iambourgeois.com)

(via iambourgeois.com)

Neutrogena Hydro-Boost Water Gel Moisturizer
Lauren has already written a brilliant review on this, so I will just say: I’ve never believed that there would be a moisturizing product that would work on my facial oil situation until I tried this product. And it can dual-wield as a makeup base! The only other downside I can think of is that it runs out pretty quickly for its price, plus the packaging design (while lovely) is deceitful of its actual contents.

(via afrobella.com)

(via afrobella.com)

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
This is probably the most expensive skincare product I’ve ever gotten (around PhP2,800), plus it has polarized user reviews on Makeupalley.com. I went to buy it anyway. It’s a good thing my face has taken a liking to it — it’s not a miracle serum but it’s a few steps closer to it than most other night-time concoctions I’ve used. And a couple of drops is enough for the evening, so unlike Neutrogena’s product above, this little bottle is going to be my companion for months and months. I rarely have time to apply morning creams before my day job, so I try to do my heavy-duty skin business before going to bed. Plus it seems better to invest in a nighttime ritual because our skin cells reproduce the most between midnight and 4 a.m., so that’s when our skin is most ripe for treatment and nourishment. The facial scrubs and peeling products from Saizen are generally good as well, for the low price of P85 each. Most toners from big-name brands (Neutrogena, Clinique, Human Nature, etc) haven’t gotten me into a scrape yet, but I have yet to find one to be in a monogamous relationship with.

Maybe, eventually, I will remember to fix the mop of hair on my head. For now I will leave it in its abandoned mess and pretend there is an artistic concept behind it.

The blogging tarsier updates every Thursday, before her skincare night ritual.

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