Sunday, August 19, 2012

Psoriasis - dealing with having it on the face.

This isn't exactly a post that I've been looking forward to writing. Honestly, I hoped that I wouldn't have to, but after reading a comment on one of my looks saying that I should "take care of my acne" I felt like I had some explaining to do.

I've got psoriasis on my face and it sucks. There, I said it.

What it is

It's a common, incurable, but treatable skin disease. It's not contagious.
There are many different types of it, so try Googling it if you want to read more.

My skin

I've "suffered" from psoriasis for years but only just found out what it was about 8 months ago when it got worse and I got it on my forehead. Since then, I've had different treatments but none of them have had the desired results.
I've just been put on some new medication recently that I'm hoping will help, but I haven't seen any results yet and to be honest, my face is looking the worst it ever has.
For me, the worst part (obviously?) is that I have it on my face. I have some on my body as well, but it doesn't look nearly as bad, and I can always cover that up with clothes if I need to.

It really doesn't feel as bad as it looks, so my main problems are that it looks bad and that I'm much less interested in doing makeup on myself when my skin looks like this.

What it looks like

Basically, not pretty. I know that a lot of people suffering from the condition have it a whole lot worse than I do, but I'm still not a fan of the look of it on my face ;)

That's me - completely bare faced.

Why it's hard to cover up

We all know that discoloration in the skin is "easy" to cover up, but uneven texture makes it a lot harder to cover things up nicely.
The big problem is that with psoriasis I need to cover up both a lot of redness as well as some really, really dry skin. The redness can be covered quite easily but the smallest amount of makeup seems to emphasize the dryness of the spots making it nearly impossible to cover up completely.
You can see the dry patches on my forehead pretty clearly in this post, even though I did try to pick pictures that didn't show it off too much ;)

Covering it up as best as possible

Since it's the dry skin that makes it hard to cover, I try to moisturize my skin as well as possible in the night, usually with a salve or vaseline on the spots. This doesn't work wonders but it does make it a little less impossible to cover the spots in the morning.
Also, different primers that smoothes out the skin can be helpful, as well as using products that aren't dry or too matte looking.
However, as you can see in recent blog posts, I'm no where near being able to cover it up completely.

So far, the best products to cover it up for me has been:

  • MAC Matte texture cream as a primer. This helps smooth out the skin a little so that the uneven texture isn't quite as noticeable when you apply foundation/concealer on top.
  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I use this on the spots and try to blend it out without buffing too much on the dry skin. I use this because it gives decent coverage without looking too cakey or matte. Also, I like that it really is super long lasting so that I don't have to worry about it fading during the day.

Blog and tutorials

Since the psoriasis is quite bad on my face right now I really haven't wanted to make tutorials because of it. I try not to let the condition limit me, but I would just rather not deal with all the negative YouTube comments when it comes to something like this.
As far as the blog goes, I've tried to use pictures that don't show it off too much, but it has been noticeable, and what made me realize that I actually wanted to write this post was the comment about "taking care of my acne". Obviously(!) acne isn't even something you can simply "take care of" so I'm in no way saying that it's easier to deal with that.
However, I do think that there is a lot of great and helpful tips and advice on dealing with acne, whereas psoriasis seems to be more of a taboo subject.

I'm really not sure I'll have any FOTD pictures up before my skin clears up a bit, but we'll see.

Since psoriasis is a quite common skin condition - affecting up to 3% of all people - statistics say that some of you reading this have to deal with the condition too. If this post was helpful to just one person in any way, I'm more than happy that I wrote it, even though I've kept it as a draft for weeks not knowing whether or not to show my bare face ;)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Eyeliner Experiment

I'm out of eyeliner practice.
Luckily, playing around with a shape like this makes for a great exercise, and I ended up being quite happy with the way the look turned out :)

What are your favorite eyeliner looks to do?

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Arabic-looking liner

I didn't really know where I was going with this but I think it ended up being quite Arabic-makeup-like :)
When I was done, I realized that I might have been inspired by this look by the lovely Queen of Blending as well.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Monochromatic greens

I've definitely started wearing more bright colors again(yay!), but my next project is getting in to fun color combos again as well.
This is really just simple and... Green ;)

Hyperreal look

Anyone remember MAC's Hyperreal foundation? They discontinued it soooo long ago, but mine is still doing fine and I quite like using it in the summer :)

This is a type of look that I've been doing a lot lately - simple skin and eyes and bright lips.

Friday, July 13, 2012


Ahh, color blocking. It's such a simple and easy way to wear bold colors.

And I think I just remembered my favorite way to wear gold: with bright colors.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

5 minute makeup: Eyeliner

What's your go-to look when you have to do your makeup in a hurry?

I usually just do my skin and pop on a bright lipstick, but I'm trying to get back into doing fun eye makeup.
Also, I really wanted to use the pearlglide eyeliners that I finally got.

Friday, July 6, 2012


I don't seem to get along with gold eyeshadow very well.
Not that it looks horrible on me, but I just seem to find it rather boring once I put it on - even if it's an awesome color like Goldilux, and even if that awesome color is applied on top of Pixie Epoxy, which makes it even more awesome. Yeah, a whole lot of awesomeness turned into "mehh" once the look is done.

What's your favorite way to wear gold eyeshadow?
And do you ever feel like there are other colors that look more amazing by themselves than they do in a finished look?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Blogging, how I've missed thee!

I'd like to start with a statement: I love blogging.

And now that my exams are over, and I'm looking to spend my time doing exactly what I want instead of thinking about deadlines and grades all the time, I might actually have some time for the blogging world again!

I want blogging to be fun!

I don't really make money off of it and my blog isn't nearly as professional looking as so many others out there. But I love it anyway. Blogging is a source of inspiration to me, and I'd like to keep it going. I hate thinking back at the past year and realizing that I haven't done nearly as much makeup as I'd have liked and definitely haven't posted as much either.

However, since I can't change that, I'll try my best to keep up with the blog for the summer - and hopefully long after that as well, but let's face it - I shouldn't promise anything. I hate starting every post with "sorry I haven't posted, but I've been busy" and lame excuses like that.


the point of this post really wasn't to ramble on and on, but to share some random FOTDs I've done the past couple of months but never got around to posting.

I'm not entirely sure what I used in them, but I figured it was something to share :)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

E.L.F: First impressions and everyday look

I love trying out different brands and products, so I was excited to finally try some ELF products!
I wanted to try to film a "first impressions"-type video, so I've included that and would love to know what you think about it.

As I say in the video, I was very pleasantly surprised by the products - I think they're pretty good, especially considering the price. The products I tried out are pretty basic; eye pencil, gel liner, blush, lipgloss and brushes, but ELF has so many different products, so I'm really curious to try more of them!

The ELF products were sent to me by ELF Cosmetics Denmark and the products are priced between DKR 12.96 and 30.24. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Glitter, glitter, glitter!

I've been neglecting fun makeup. Badly.
Mostly because I'm too busy, but when I finally sit down to play around with it, I feel like I don't know where to begin since I've been in such a rut. Actually, I think it has something to do with me wanting to do something absolutely crazy and amazing when I finally do have the time, so I end up not wanting to do anything at all.

For this look, I tried picking a product(the glitter) to do a look without trying too hard to do something super crazy ;)

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Red Shoes tutorial

This is such an old look that I never got around to posting - probably mostly because the pictures are quite terrible.

However, I really wanted to share the look since I love the makeup itself.
Inspired by The Red Shoes, which you should absolutely watch if you haven't ;)

There's the inspiration picture as well as a video tutorial behind the cut :)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Strawberry Patch FOTD

Sooooo... The MAC Vera collection. I love it. I think it's fun, bright and pretty much made of awesome.

Favorite thing? The Pearlglide Intense Eyeliners and the fact that they're staying in line! Yay for non limited edition items! <3

I got the Strawberry Patch crushed metallic pigments set(man, that's one long product name...) and wanted to try the one called Moon Rose.
It's a pretty simple look but I think it shows off Moon Rose well :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Back to Black

After taking a bit of a hiatus from the whole blogging/YouTube/Twitter world, I'm back with a new FOTD.
I've got tons of other things I want to try/write about but we'll see how that goes ;)

Hope you're all doing great! :)


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