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Beauty mistakes not to be repeated

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February 2, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

As a tribute to Groundhog Day, it seems fitting to fess up to a few beauty mistakes that I should know better than keep on repeating.

Using too much conditioner

My hair routine is getting pretty good (and will be the subject of the next Marta This Month) and I am really pleased with some of the hair conditioner finds of the last few months, including Osmotics FNS and others selected for Five Best Conditioners. The trouble is that my conditioners are getting in the way of trying to cut down on hair washing, from daily to every other day (aiming for every third). I am pretty sure that I am using too much conditioner and using it near the hair roots, where hair is already well-oiled from my own sebum. Conditioning near the roots makes hair look greasy and weighed down. So what do I do? Yep, head back to the shower.

Neglecting the neck

This can take the form of white neck syndrome - stopping foundation at the jawline, instead of blending down to the neck - or just giving it a cursory dab of body lotion. Neck neglect can also manifest itself by applying sunscreen to the face and not the neck (I am guilty as charged). Actually, I'm getting better at all of this and recently started to get very serious about a neck regime that involves exfoliating with Cosme Proud Gold Revitalizer. Now I just need to stick with the program.

Brow beaten

The picture used for Marta This Month was taken about a year ago. There's nothing flattering about it (which is kind of the point), but what I am struck by is how moth eaten my eyebrows look. Happily, these days they are much better after regularly using either Folligen or Hydropeptide Lash. The thing is that eyebrow maintenance is one of the things that gets knocked off my routine if I am running late, or distracted by some other product test that I am conducting. My eyebrow hair is certainly darker and healthier than it was a year ago, but if I could just keep up daily use of a lash/hair growth product, then I'd have brows to shame Brooke Shields. By the way, I have just started testing Osmotics FNS lash and brow growth product.

Letting my foundation age me

Foundation is meant to even out skin tone, but its mattifying effects can drain the skin of color and, worse, make the skin look dry and old. I have made some good foundation finds over the last year or so - at least they don't make me break out - but perhaps the best is an antidote to foundation, Osmotics Inner Light. This provides a sheer, light reflecting cover that makes the skin look dewy and pretty evened out. On bad skin days, I am still tempted to reach for the foundation, but a better compromise is to mix Inner Light with some foundation for a bit more coverage without looking dry or cakey.

Getting blown away by my hairdryer

One of the best things I ever did was toss my hairdryer in favor of a new Sedu Revolution. This tourmaline hairdryer doesn't create anywhere near as much frizz as its predecessor and it dries my hair super fast. Still, I have retained some bad habits. I know I should, but I have never got around to getting a wide-toothed comb to ensure I don't break my hair by brushing it when it is wet.

The product cemetery

I am a ruthless purger (at least compared to the squirrel-like hoarding of my husband) - except when it comes to beauty products. The product cemetery is becoming pretty vast - especially as all this research is making me pickier. I need to take TIA's advice and when it is time to toss, do the right thing.

  • February 5, 2010

    by Jaysie

    Marta, we are on the same wavelength regarding purging...I began a deep sweep a week ago because I've recently ordered some new skin products and, really, have no empty space to store them. It is somehow bittersweet to toss or pass on those creams and lotions that have been sitting idle for a year or more. Sometimes I think I should choose some new friends based on their skin type so I can have a ready-made recycling circuit.

    I made my way into my lipstick drawer where I found duplicates of glosses and pencils that I don't even like. Such is the waste of my quest for the perfect all-around lip color. After rifling through this snakepit of shades that vary only by a fraction, I think I should make a list of what I don't like and carry it in my wallet. I would be embarrassed to tell you how many there are.

  • February 3, 2010

    by marta

    Sorry, I should have made that clear. Before.

  • February 3, 2010

    by Stephanie

    Do you put the non tinted sunscreen on before or after the IL application?

  • February 3, 2010

    by marta

    Good question Stephanie. I either use a non-tinted sunscreen such as Chella's Anti-Aging Formula or if I use a tinted I experiment with mixing it with the Inner Light 50:50 on my hand, or sunscreen topped by Inner Light.

  • February 3, 2010

    by Stephanie

    Hey Marta,
    I just purchased Inner Light, and am loving it, but I am unsure how to handle sunscreen as the kind I typically use is tinted. What do you do for sunscreen when using IL?


  • February 2, 2010

    by marta

    Thanks Junko. I look washed out. I'm not wearing any makeup at all (nor in the one above).

  • February 2, 2010

    by Junko

    Marta, I think your photo is very flattering for au naturel. Are you wearing mascara on in this photo? I think the Sedu has to go on my birthday wish list for this year, thanks for the reminder!

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