What’s the Big Matte’n Deal?

  

I grew up in the Christina Aguilera dirrrrrrrty days…  Long gone are the days of Britney Spears oiled up with a snake around her neck.  For the sake of the upcoming Summer (and my oily skin) can’t those days come back?!  

Britney hun, I can’t control it either!

Honestly, I’m tired of everyone who has oily skin needing to be matte, and everyone who has dry skin needing to be “luminous?”  Can’t I be luminous too?!  Can’t I be dewy?  Can’t I glow?!

I just don’t remember a time until about 2 years ago, when all of these matte products started flooding the market, and I too fell into the matte trap.

I found a few articles from 2013 about the new matte trend that was becoming all the rage.  Like this one from Beauty World News.  The New York Times reported in October of 2013 that matte skin was the trend at NY Fashion Week.  

There are some really beautiful examples of matte makeup application, but there is a lot of skin prep involved, and if you don’t take those measures, you can go from matte to patchy really quickly.  

If you are going for a specific makeup look, the Internet is your oyster!  Do research!  Find the best products for your skin and skill level, and don’t just purchase something because someone who is sponsored told you to do so. 

Gorgeous example of a matte look ! Photo courtesy of Pout_Cosmetics on Instagram

If you’re an oily girl like myself, I understand the need to not be a puddle of oil by the end of the day, but we can also be gorgeous and glowy.  (And since we are oily, we don’t always need highlighters to achieve the look! ūüėú) 

I’m ranting a little, but the point is, apply your makeup the way you want to apply it!  If you want to be matte, be matte, if you want to be luminous, be luminous, but don’t fall into a trend just because it’s being marketed to you.

A wise being once said: 

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Beauty Secrets from My Husband’s Vault

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Yes, I said from my husband’s vault!

I have known my husband for over five years. and he still surprises me daily with some of the things he says.  Over time he has given me suggestions on products to use and facial care routines to follow, and I gladly try out his methods.   

As an oily girl, I am always dab-dab-dabbing my face all day to keep oil at bay.¬† I usually make sure I have spare napkins and tissues floating around in my purse to help me out when time comes.¬† I’m sure if you were to follow me with a camera all day, and look at the footage,¬†I’m either dabbing my face, touching my hair, or giggling like a maniac.¬†

With that said, I don’t know how this conversation came up, but he told me that he uses TOILET SEAT COVERS to dab away at his sebum!¬† Whaaat?¬†

Apparently I’ve been living under a rock because it is a common things that people use to keep oil at bay.¬† It definitely makes sense to¬†use.¬† The consistency of the paper is just right to absorb oil, and it’s FREE!¬† Well at least it’s free for me.¬† (Sorry office building)

Since I work in an office building with a shared restroom, I decided to put it to the test.  I took two toilet seat covers and cut them up into small pieces. 

I placed two toilet seat covers on top of each other

I placed two toilet seat covers on top of each other

I  then folded them over a few times to get ready to cut.

I then folded them over a few times to get ready to cut.

After I was all done cutting, they were stacked neatly so I could place them in my makeup bag.

After I was all done cutting, they were stacked neatly so I could place them in my makeup bag.

I tried dabbing my oil after cutting the toilet seat cover into small pieces.  The paper itself is slightly thin and would definitely work for you if you are only slightly oily. 

What one sheet looks like before dabbing.

What one sheet looks like before dabbing.

This is after dabbing my forhead.  I had foundation and powder on, so that's why it's pigmented.  Gross I know, but I had to show the whole process!

This is after dabbing my forehead. I had foundation and powder on, so that’s why it’s pigmented. Gross I know, but I had to show the whole process!

I tried them while I had makeup on, and I feel I would need quite a few pieces to absorb makeup and oil.¬† However, having these saved in my makeup bag will help me if I’m in a pinch.¬† While I probably won’t cut any to use again once I use up what I saved, I would use a toilet seat cover to dab if I didn’t have anything else on hand, say at a sporting event or a mall excursion.

Do you follow beauty advice from your partner?