Pores and Skin: My long and bumpy journey to healthy skin.

Within the last 3-4 months I have been become more and more obsessed with makeup. This obsession sprang from my stalker-like following of a YouTube beauty guru, Vintage or Tacky. The founder, Cora, is amazingly witty, gorgeous, and a plus size gal like myself. With the hours spent watching her channel, I have learned soooo much about my skin and it’s limits/potential. Even though makeup can do wonders you have to start with a healthy canvas which brings me to one of the themes of this blog post. MY SKIN IS AND HAS BEEN A HOT MESS for an embarrassingly long time.

As a teenager, I had acne. It wasn‘t horrible but it was problematic and annoying. As I grew up my skin/acne go better but my pores remained the bane of my existence. They are huge, uncloggable, and unsightly. I’ve even had people say to they wish they could pop all of them. As an adult, I’ve used Proactiv, Clean & Clear, Clearasil, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil.  Nothing clears out my pores enough and most of the products I’ve used have dried out my combination skin or given me a rash. I was at my wits end until I hung out with a friend this past Friday and she told me about Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub Face Wash. She said she had dealt with the same problem and that Olay had done the trick for her ghastly pores. So with my friend’s advise and Cora’s tips/tricks, I’ve started a new skin regiment. I know (now) skin care doesn’t stop after puberty and I feel fully armed to beat my skin into submission. I’m going to be chronically my skin’s progress.

My new routine is as follows:


Cleanse: Olay Fresh Effects Shine Minimizing Cleanser 

Moisturize: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion


Makeup Removal (if applicable): Clean and Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser
Cleanse: Olay Regenerist Detoxifying Pore Scrub Face Wash
Moisturize: CeraVe Moisturizing Lotion

Spring/Summer Beauty Favorites

e.l.f. Studio Translucent Powder

e.l.f. Studio Translucent Powder – This makes my skin beautifully matte. 

Bodycology Nourishing Body Cream – This smells like delious cupcakes! I’m addicted to this right now!

Maybelline ColorSensational Lipcolor, Blissful Berry – I think it maybe discontinued but this color looks amazing with my skin color and goes on like butter! I need more colors. 

ULTA Amped Lashes Mascara – This is a great defining mascara that doesn’t flake! $5.00 at Ulta – SCORE!

ULTA Kohl Eye Liner Pencil, Aqua – Great summer eyeliner – This looks great with a nude/champagne color as your eye lid base like this: