Oily Monster

 

 

If you are wondering what in fact that is….it’s me, yours truly.  I guess a normal way to say it would be this: Hi, my name is Jessica, and I have oily skin lol.  This is my lot in life, and as I get older I REALLY am trying to embrace the shine while still controlling it.  I guess I’d rather have oily skin than dry simply for the fact that it combats signs of aging and wrinkles (we’ll see how long that jig lasts). If it’s all in the genes, then I am good to go! My Momma looks AMAZING and she too has oily skin.   Seeing as winter has decided to show up in the last 24 hours, I find it amazing how even with a severe drop in temperature I’m still over here like…

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So basically, and at the same time unfortunately, there are about a billion steps I have to take to not only keep up with my my demanding skin but manage the shine as well.  I’d love to be able to just tell you that one single product takes care of everything, but who are we kidding.  I mean, this is tasking work truly, because I’m the girl whose got a dewy finish already after only an hour of wear.  Its absolutely ridiculous.  These are the products that work for me and that I cannot function without…less the oily monster be set loose.  Going to start with the order I apply these.

 

MAC Prep and Prime

NYX Shine Killer

Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation

TARTE Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder “Smooth Operator”

Urban Decay De-slick Makeup Setting Spray

ELF blotting papers

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Whewwwwww………I know that’s a lot, but I warned ya!  You might wanna grab a snack!

Now, I by no means wear makeup everyday, or even every other day….or even ever lol(sometimes it feels that way)  but honestly, I really hardly wear it.  Maybe once a week unless I have “things” you know…”things”.  HOWEVER, when I need that full-on face that’s going to last all day and night, this is what the oily monster requires.  There are no ifs, ands, or buts about this next part. PREPPING MY SKIN WITH PRIMER. Have to, have to, HAVE. TO.  This has to be done or this whole ship is going down. i.e- no point in even putting makeup on.  My favorite is Prep and Prime by MAC or Smashbox Photo Finish Light.  These are on the pricier side, but I have searched high and low, and primers are what the drugstore brands are severely lacking in.  They just don’t get the job done, and this Momma needs stuff to do what it says it will do.

My foundation that I am currently obsessed with is Estee Lauder Doublewear. This stuff is just magic in a bottle for me.  I feel like it was made for me.  It’s also on the pricier side, but here’s the thing.  Foundation is one of those things that if you are going to spend money on a product, let it be foundation.  I cannot tell you what a difference there is between the drugstore brands and higher end.  Now, before you get all mounted up on the high horse of practicality—There are SEVERAL drugstore brand foundations that I absolutely LOVE and wear all the time! (I’ll list them below at the bottom) Estee Lauder DW is just what I  fell in love with about a year ago after getting a sample. ALWAYS, ALWAYS get a sample first from a higher end counter before you buy.  They will color match you first…then do the sample. Homegirl aint buyin $40 foundation for it NOT  to work for my skin, and you shouldn’t either.  This foundation lasts all day and night…im talking hours (if applied correctly and in conjunction with all my other oily skin products) and its a beautiful finish.  It’s a thicker consistency so you get great coverage.

NYX Shine Killer is a product that says can go over or under makeup.  I’m just gonna keep it real..I’m to chicken to put something on OVER my finished face but hey, try it if you want to! I apply this by dabbing into my skin in the T-zone area after I apply primer, and it literally kills the shine lol. I freaking LOVE Nyx products.  They are amazing quality for such an affordable price.

TARTE Amazonian Clay Finishing powder “Smooth Operator” — This stuff is sooo versatile, and I LOVE it for all that it is.  This is a loose, translucent setting powder that is so finely milled you’ll swear its powdered butter.  I use this to set my undereye concealer/highlighted areas and to also set my foundation.  It’s also great for touchups, but who is gonna carry around a tub of loose powder and a brush…NOPE.

There are TONNNNS of makeup setting sprays out there, but only a few belong to the “It works” club.  Urban Decay is on of my FAVORITE brands, and they always nail it with their setting sprays.  This is what I like to call the icing on the cake.  It’s the last step in my process and sets your whole face with a few sprays. My favorite is the De-slick one bc I’m what……?  Yup, oily. This stuff really holds it all in its place for like, ever.  Hairspray for the face if you will, but not sticky. Feels like water going on and its wonderful.

ELF Blotting papers are a staple item for an oily girl. THEY ARE $1!!!!!  let’s take a moment to process that one………………………………………………………………………………………  ahhhhhh. Glorious.  I keep these things everywhere:   The car, the baby bag, my makeup bag, my freelance kit.  They are ONE DOLLAH, Y’ALL, so I knowww I cant be judged on that one. These things soak up the excess oil on your face so these are a MUST for me. Totally sick and gross like those Bijore nose strips, but we don’t care…do we.

Obviously we all know that powder also absorbs oil and will fix ant shine problems, but we have to be very sparing when us oily girls need to blot.  Too much powder will just cake up and start to look, well, just bad.  If you can, blot the oil first with a blotting paper THEN powder.  You don’t wanna pack powder on top of  a bunch of oil…it will eventully catch up.  Now that this post is bordering on dissertation length, I think this is a good place to stop lol. Everything is listed down below, and beware the oily monsterrrrr!!!!

 

Get MAC Prep and Prime here or at any counter

Get Estee Lauder Doublewear Foundation here or at any counter

Get NYX Shine Killer here or most targets

Get Tarte Amazonian Clay Finishing Powder “Smooth Operator” here

Get Urban Decay De-slick makeup setting spray here

Get Elf blotting papers at Target!

*my drug store foundation picks*

Loreal true match

Loreal true match LUMI (for my dry gals)

Maybelline Superstay

Revlon Colorstay Whipped

What are some of your favorites?