Beauty Tips with Pics

How I got to where I am today

When I started to get acne in high school my mom sent to me the dhermatologist.

She told me to wash my face with a cetaphil soap bar.

I had never washed my face up to that point and though sometimes I took a few showers a day sometimes I did not use soap and also sometimes I just preferred to leave my hair greasy.

I guess it was my way of expressing an inner world of dejection outwardly.

I did not belong to any cliques.

The popular boys would see my aptly styled hair and pretty face and think I was a cool girl until they interacted with me and my debilitating shyness gave away the fact that I did not possess social skills of any kind.

I did Speech Team, competed in Original Oratory at every meet and I placed just once, in sixth, or last place.

Flash forward to 2017. Here I am giving away all my beauty secrets for free.

Maybe it is some sort of idyllic myth, but beauty care with just a few essential oils just really does seem more logical than putting a laundry list of chemicals onto all that sensitive, ever-visible, first-impression-forming skin.

If you mess up your face skin it is not like you are gonna want to transplant your butt skin there. Once you fuck up the skin on your face, it could be irreversible.

My skin has changed. In 2013 I noticed pores started to show on my cheeks and the skin on my chest also changed texture. It looks like someone drilled pores onto every square inch of my forehead. I opted for bangs to cover it up, because it wasn’t like that before.

Then, poverty. The sorts of times where I felt I could not afford the luxury of face wash.

I started looking haggard.

Months without any sort of face wash started to show.

Finally I broke down in a French Parapharmacie and spent approx. 20 quid total on two products: a cleanser made with micellar thermal water from the Alps, and a moisturizer.

My face looked a thousand times better and it became a source of pride to pay money in order to avoid looking like an aging hag, and that in itself made me feel good about myself.

A small price to pay in order to look presentable.

Anyway, I look at everything I do as a sort of alchemy because I know I am 50 kg of solid gold.

work in progress / Rome was not built in a day / ancora imparo

The following set of pictures represent my evolving tastes in beauty care.

Chronological from right to left: Coconut Oil, Planter’s Repairing Oil, Bioderma Moisturizer, Uriage Thermal Micellar Water, Burt’s Bees SENSITIVE DAILY MOISTURIZING CREAM, Solar Recover Save Your Skin, Acure Facial Mask, Tea Tree Therapy Antiseptic Solution with Tea Tree Oil and Lavender, Acure Argan Oil, Cotton Rounds, (back row) Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo, Cocoa Butter and Shea moisturizer, and Nature’s Gate Henna shampoo
Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), zea mays (corn) starch, gossypium herbaceum (cotton) flower extract, oryza sativa (rice) extractbeta vulgaris (beet, extrait de racine de betterave) root extract, artemisia umbelliformis extract, euphrasia officinalis extract, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, saccharum officinarum (sugar cane, extrait de canne a sucre) extract aloe barbadensis leaf juice, jojoba esters, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, kaolin, lecithin, sucrose, fructose, glucose, inositol, citric acid, benzoic acid, trehalose, xanthan gum glyceryl laurate, potassium sorbate, sucrose stearate, sucrose polystearate, sodium benzoate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium PCA, alcohol denat., phenoxyethanol

Just look at all these crazy chemical compounds!

cetyl alcohol, CI 77947 (zinc oxide), inositol, benzoic acid, trehalose, xanthan gum glyceryl laurate, potassium sorbate, sucrose stearate, sucrose polystearate, sodium benzoate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium PCA, alcohol denat.

What is all this stuff?

Polyoxamer 184 — what is that?

phenoxyethanol? lyaminopropyl biguanide!?


It is stressful typing these words up.

And this is just two products. I challenge you to do the same with your kitchen sink of “beauty products”.

Typing them up makes me feel even stronger in my resolve to just use like tea tree and other essential oils.

Speaking of which…

Let me just show off my essential oils
No bullshit.

This one is my favorite.

Ingredients: rice oil, linseed oil, shea butter, aloe vera, almond oil, vitamin E (huile d’amande douce, huile de karité, huile d’aloès, huile de bourrache, extrait lipidique de millepertuis, huile de graines de lin, huile de riz, vitamine E)