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Hey Michelle! So I have had acne-prone skin since I can remember, and I've just recently found a skin-care regimen that has begun to clear it up, for the most part. My problem is that even now that my acne is mostly gone (knock on wood), i'll apply moisturizer, a primer, foundation, concealer, then powder and a setting spray on top, yet my skin looks powdery, and gets very dry within minutes of application to the point of peeling. What am I doing wrong?

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Hello! :)

Are you using acne medicated products to clear your acne? Anything with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, ingredients to fight acne can be pretty drying and harsh on the skin because it’s drying out the acne.

After your skin clears up i’d recommend going for a more gentle skin care routine and switching out your morning cleanser for a more gentle one and keeping your acne medicated products for night time, this way in the morning your skin won’t be as stripped of it’s natural oils before applying makeup! I keep my skin care really gentle and only whip out my acne cleansers and products (I love Murad!) when I start to break out again. For example, I use my Murad cleansers with salicylic acid at night but never in the morning because it’s too drying so I would use my Fresh Soy Cleanser.

With acne medicated products you want to make sure to use a really moisturizing moisturizer or even a dry oil at night to balance out the skin. Try something like First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream (very calming, almost dries to more of a matte finish), CeraVe Moisturizing Cream (affordable and effective) or Origins Night A Mins Night Cream. 

So to round it up

  • Use a gentle face wash in the morning 
  • Use a night cream
  • Only use your acne medicated products when you need to (during current break outs/until your skin clears up)

It’s all about balancing out the skin! :)

Makeup Storage: Acrylic Organizers

Looking for a new way to store your makeup? Acrylic organizers are super sleek, modern and practical because they are colorless so you can see all your products right in front of you making looking for products easier. You can organize your makeup in a few ways

  • Acrylic Drawers
  • Acrylic Organizers
  • Acrylic Lipstick/Lipgloss Holders

For drawers check out Muji drawers. Very affordable for acrylic drawers (some are $100+) and you can stack them. I have a 5 drawer and a 2 drawer stacked on top of one another. Muji has some stores in big cities but I had to buy mine online here

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Next i’d recommend getting some acrylic vanity organizers for lipstick and every day products! These are great for products you use on a day to day basis like foundation, concealer, brushes, every day lip products, etc because they are easily accessible. You can even stack them on your acrylic drawers to save space! These come in all shapes and sizes and you can get a large selection at Homegoods, Marshalls and Bed Bath & Beyond or online. These are pretty affordable and easily accessible by googling “vanity organizers”.

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Do you know any dupes for MAC whirl, brave, or twig?

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Hi :)

For MAC Whirl lip liner dupes check out

  • NYX Mauve or Natural lip liner
  • Jordana Rock n Rose lip liner

For Brave and Twig lipstick dupes check out

Rimmel Kate Moss Matte Lipstick 104 (twig dupe)


NYX Round Lipstick Thalia (brave dupe)

Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick 08 (not the matte line)

Wet n Wild Megalast Lipstick In the Flesh

Do you know of a good face moisturizer that isn't tinted and is light weight so it won't clog pores? I'm looking for one that's as inexpensive as possible. Thanks! :)

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Try moisturizers like

Aveeno Positively Radiant Dail Moisturizer $12 (they also make one for acne and a gentle, calming one)


Simple Hydrating Light Moisturizer $10

Neutrogena Oil Free Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin $10

Clean & Clear Dual Action Moisturizer $7 (good for acne prone or those with severe acne)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer $9

Can you recommend me drug store makeup that works great?

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Check out my best of the best drugstore products post here. I just updated it to include some more newer drugstore products :)