The Unsmiling Picture

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yesterday, I decided to take a photo of myself. It was an honest portrayal of what I look like right now - no makeup, no smile, no flattering camera angles; a before picture if you will.

I posted this picture in the blog, on Google+ and on Facebook. The main responses were to ask why I was not smiling.

The simple answer is: you'll see. There is a plan. There will be more pictures, some with makeup, some with smiles, but no interesting camera angles. I am not gifted in the photography department and and just grateful the picture was in focus in the first place.

So here is picture number 1:

Last night, I did the following to my skin:

I used the Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream Rinse-Off Formula.

Then I used the Salon Creative Green Tea and Jasmine Oriental Clay Mask.

After rinsing that off with hot water and a face cloth, I cleansed my face with the Tesco Cucumber range of facewash, cleanser and toner.

To moisturise, I used the Boots Botanics Radiant Youth Serum and night cream.

I woke up this morning with my skin feeling soft and smooth.

Today, I didn't do the whole cleansing routine. I just used a cleansing wipe, some toner, then applied the Boots Botanics Serum, followed by the day cream.

I know it's not perfect, but it's a start.

Please let me know what your thoughts are, what products you would recommend for dehydrated, combination dry to normal skin (with some occasional oiliness around the T-zone). Don't forget to tell me how often I should use them and how to achieve the best results. Just assume I was born yesterday and don't know anything.

Anyway, here's how I look now. Do you see a difference?

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  1. Hi Iris! :)
    here are my tips:
    1. Dring a lot of water!
    2. Wash your face ( and moisturize) twice a day- morning +evening
    3. don't use face scrubs more than twice a week, if you have senstive skin it can irritate it.
    4. change face towel and pillowcase every few days.
    5. sleep on your back (when you sleep on your stomach you get "wrinkles" and pillow marks)
    6. walk more, use bus/ tube less.
    7. use sunscreen even when it's cloudy (but not more than 30 SPF)
    8. don't eat junk food- eat more vegetables and fish (omega 3 is good for the skin)
    9. No smoking!
    10. looks like you have good skin, so you don't need a lot of makeup..use something light like just face powder or a BB cream, a little blush and mascara.
    11. The best makeup is a smile :) I don't like it when women put on too much makeup and look like babie/ drag queens. I think that the most important thing is to take good care of your health, and this will reflect on your skin. In my opinion skin care is more important than makeup. well that's all, I hope it was helpful :) Katy.

  2. Nice comment, Katy ! I think Iris's face looks better on the second picture. Sylvia Paris France


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