In order to get ready for this one day where all eyes will be on me (and C sometimes) I've been trying to figure out a pampering routine. Sorry to break the news to you but at the ripe old age of 31, I am STILL getting acne on my face and back. Ugh. It's been a long battle, since junior high, and it's never really gone away. The good news is that it's always kind of been the same.
But I decided that enough was enough and I finally made the call and ordered Proactiv. I figured, all I've got to lose is $40 and if it works then it's totally worth it. And I've been using it for going on 4 weeks now.
The results? It actually seems to be working, but it wasn't instantaneous. The plus side is that my skin does seem clearer and there definitely have not been any new blemishes popping up. The down side is that it's drying out the skin around my eyes pretty badly but it's making my T-zone extra oily (especially my forehead) because my skin is trying to compensate for this dryness. And as my make up artist told me at my trial, powder is my worst enemy right now because it makes my skin think it's dehydrated and then it produces even more oil. So I need to give up the powder and start carrying blotting sheets.
Speaking of the make up trial, it went pretty well. The girl definitely knew what she was doing and she uses all MAC cosmetics. I was very pleased with my eyes and she even managed to get me in some fake eyelashes which I'd never done before and was skeptical. But there are some pretty reserved ones out there now.
My only complaint (and it's actually pretty big to me) was that when I got back to the hotel, about 1.5 hours after this make up was applied, it had settled into lines around my eyes and forehead and made me look about 10 years older. C said it wasn't that bad but I hated it. I'm no spring chicken, but I do NOT have wrinkles. In fact, I tend to look young for my age.
I asked the make up girl about this later and she said that because my face is dry, my skin is trying to absorb things (?) and so it draws in the make up in odd places. Her suggestion was regular facials to keep my face hydrated until the wedding and they'll also use a special powder that is "an ionized product that thins the foundation out so it isn't as thick and blends better on the skin"
I have a hair appointment next weekend where I'll get my color redone and a very small trim to keep the length and the salon also offers facials, so I think I'll talk to them about a package deal for brides. Perhaps they have something set up already. If I go ever 6 weeks or so, that's only 3-4 before the wedding (eeep, it's getting close).
And then there's pedicures, manicures, and waxing before the big day. This is a lot of work!