10 February 2012

The Burn

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So remember when I was crowing about trying some new products to help my skin out? Well, I think I may have been a wee too enthusiastic as I am currently nursing what looks like a facial sunburn and feels like my face is on fire. My eyelids are bright pink, my cheeks feel tight and it stings all over.

I had been using the Olay brush about once a day for over a week now with no ill side effects but a few days ago I started using the retinol serum. Just a bit right before bed time since I’ve heard it can be quite strong. Well, I did that for about three nights straight and then … well, it burns. I guess all those reviews with the ladies saying to start off with the serum once every few days so your skin could get used to it – who would have thought so many women could be right? I know ...

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Thanks to cover-up and powder I look normal enough to be out in public but my co-workers have definitely noticed that I am more flushed than usual. Like I've gone crazy with the blush on my eye lids and sides of my face. And I silently sit here in my crunchy-skinned prison while everything on my face just hurts. I've obviously stopped using any of my new products as it literally stings when I smooth moisturizer on my face and it's been two days already. Heed the user warnings on the retinol, ladies, that stuff is secretly fierce!

So throw this on top of my previous hair disasters (tiger striped at-home highlighting / self-mutilating bang cutting), eating well woes and continuing "battle" with style. I'm having a good ole time here being me, haha!

Anyone else have any beauty-related woes they want to share to make me feel more normal?  ;o)

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Jacket: Juicy Couture (worn here - sim here, here)
Top: H&M (worn here - sim here, pricey here)
Skirt: F21 pleated leopard chiffon (worn here - sim here, midi here, maxi here, luxe here)
Brooch: Blinkeye via Etsy (worn here)
Necklace: c/o JewelMint
Tights: Anne Klein
Shoes: Vince Camuto bronco (worn here - sim here)

41 comments:

  1. Ok kid, sorry about the products and the face and the stinging and the oye. On the upside the outfit is slammin'!

    xoxo
    www.natashafatah.blogspot.com

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    1. Yeah, who sells a product with no directions? Oh it was meant for people who knew what they were doing? Oh well ...

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  2. Love that pleated leopard skirt and it looks so cute with the stripes! I'm sorry to hear your skin is having such a bad reaction to the new products and I hope you feel better soon!

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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    1. It's weird how a consistent pain in one part of your body makes the rest of you not feel like doing anything! Thursday evening - got immediately into sweats and veg'd it out on the couch. Veg'd so hard when I went to bed I had to sleep on my side because my butt hurt, haha!

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  3. That happened to me when I used retin-A!! Every two days for a month and then gradually increased it-that seemed to help.

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    1. I am so going to "handle with extreme caution" when my skins gets back to normal (please get back to normal, skin!)

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  4. Oh, yuck. Sorry to hear that happened to you! The problem is that the brush reveals new, fresh skin and since the brush is abrasive, that combined with the retinol is definitely going to irritate you. :( No major beauty woes to speak of here, unless you count the times I pick at zits (even though I'm an esthetician and I know better) or the fact that I tweezed my eyebrows WAY too much in my younger years and now I have to use a lot of eyebrow powder/pencil to fill in the sparse areas b/c they never grew back.

    http://bestdressedinthenest.tumblr.com/

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    1. You should have seen me freshman year of high school. I guess that was when I discovered the tweezer because my brows were like two swiggly thing lines on my face, it was horrific when I see pictures. I'm STILL trying to grow all of it back!

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    2. I had to giggle at this because I too had bad tweezing (why didn't our mothers help us!?!?!) I tweezed from the top of my brow...so yes from age 12-14 I had a somewhat strange inverted arch that nobody told me about....

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    3. SarahV - so true! Neither my mom nor my big sis said a word to me about my brows at the time!!!

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  5. Love this outfit, especially the mix of stripes and leopard print and the lovely brooch. Sorry about the bad experience. If it's any consolation your skin always looks beautiful.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Alison - just don't look at my skin too closely right now. I'm starting to peel a bit right now - it's fantastic ...

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  6. Oh Lisa, I am so sorry. Plus side? You look dynamite. I love the pattern mixing here.

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    1. Thanks, Frannie, you can always make me feel better!

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  7. Oh nooo Lisa! The same thing happened to me awhile back. It takes a little while until the sensitivity disappears. You'll be ok. I REALLY LOVE your outfit today! It is gorgeous. I love all of it, so I can't just talk about one thing. It's all fab! You knocked the ball out the outfit park on this one! Have an awesome weekend!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Yeah, I guess it is working REALLY WELL right now because it felt at times like it was burning away the top layers of my skin, haha!

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  8. Lovin the leopard and the stripes!! Great combo and hope your skin gets better :) Haha you gotta listen to the ladies ;)

    katattack2000.wordpress.com

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  9. Ah, yeah, Retinol actually works kind of like Accutane int he sense that it's like the brute force way to help your skin. Your skin will adjust eventually, and it's actually advisable to not use moisturizer or oil-based products while you're using it was what my dermatologist told me! It helped my skin a lot!

    I love your big flower though! Such a cute accent to an already cute outfit!

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    1. I had zero idea about the not using oil-based products deal when using Retinol. They should really keep that stuff from being so easy for dummies like me to get and abuse! But oh I am so learning the hard way ... I can't even laugh, I feel like my face will crack ...

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  10. Oh no I'm sorry to hear about your skin Lisa. My skin sometimes burn when I use Retinol too. But I can't tell at all from the pictures!! I love the pleated skirt...it's SO cute on you with the stripped top and flower brooch!!

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  11. I laughed(and winced)reading this post. I am currently nursing a retinol burn under my eye. Sensitivity happens to others I thought as I read the small print... well...after three days of use my eye was itchy. Bad. Move. Scratching does damage I am here to say. No worries; we both will heal! Love your writing style!!

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    1. We can be "burn victims" together! Hope you're doing better!

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  12. As an avid Replenix user and post burn survivor, let me provide a few tips!
    1) only use a smaller than pea size for your face and stay away from eyes and lips. Seriously! I got a bit too close once near both and my lip line peeled for days and the outer corners of my eyes were tighter than a Joan Rivers' face lift and actually turned red and scaly.
    2)ALWAYS use sunscreen when using ANY Retinol product. Seriously.
    3)My aesthetician suggested I only use the retinol once/day before bed, allow it sit on my face for a few minutes and then add a moisturizer.
    4)Do not use an exfoliant AND the retinol at the same time. SERIOUS burn/peeling.
    I started using the retinol only a few times a week and now do it daily. It is amazing. Don't be discouraged by what happened. Been there, done that (a few times, when will I learn?!?).

    BTW, you look totally cute. When I "burned" my face, I couldn't even put on powder bc every time I talked my dry skin peeled and I looked like I was shedding my skin.

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    1. So what did I do wrong here ... yeah I did No. 1, 2, 3 AND 4. I'm finally back to my normal color though I'm still kind of "crunchy" under one eye. Definitely lesson learned. I am no longer going to retinol or exfoliate daily - that's what I try to get by doing more, ugh!

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  13. Poor thing!....and don't worry, we've all been there :p I'm loving the fit of that jacket on you, looks so beautiful!

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  14. Waxing. Ouch! The worst part of it was a few weeks later, when I experienced my first ingrown hair which promptly attracted infection. The hair finally, finally popped out but it was so disturbing.

    I really like the pattern mixing. I would never have thought of stripes and leopard print, but the jacket ties everything together. And hey - you're wearing tights! The look is very pulled together and also has a bit of playfulness.

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    1. The weather has not been bare legs friendly lately and though I am not feeling the tights this winter, if I can keep the pup from rubbing up against my legs in the morning, I have half a chance, haha!

      Oh no, ingrown hair! I get them too sometimes and they are one of those kind of yucky but you can't help but be fascinated things!

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  15. I had a bad experience with a glycolic peel. I had to go to work with scabs on my face for about a week. Like some have said, I would use the stronger products every other night.

    Love the stripe shirt. The Loft has some cute stripes in stores now.

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    1. Yeah, apparently I should not have been retinol-ing and exfoliating daily. Lesson learned, skin peeled.

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  16. I"m sorry that you had a bad experience with the retinol serum. I'm always so nervous to try new products on my face. I usually just use my favorite Clinique or Origins products because I know the results. I tried another brand's face cream once and I had oily greasy skin and my skin broke out for a few days...not cute.

    I really love your outfit...I need to take a trip to F21 to look for a similar skirt. I always forget to go there. Thanks for another great styling inspiration.

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  17. ouch! But no wonder you`re glowing! well, your pain is for good cause, because now I`ve read all these helpful comments to avoid inflicting similar damage on myself someday!

    That blazer is awesome!!

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    1. Haha, I know! Ironically enough, just this weekend I bought a mag and it had all these tips in there for how to and not to use retinol products. Ah well, lesson learned!

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  18. I can't use ANY retinol products or I burst out red and peeling. Not cool.

    ...Lauren

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    1. Crunchy eye lids are not cool! And neither are BFs who call me "bandido" because my redness was right around my eye area!

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  19. oh my gosh! Lisa, that sounds so uncomfortable. However, you do look like you're glowing.. your skin is radiant. Hopefully you can find something that works better for you? Or hopefully after a little bit of use, it will get better?

    Thanks for your suggestion for MyFitnessPal! It has a much better food calorie database than the app I was using!

    Lorispeak

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    1. I am slightly addicted to MFP - the cool thing is that I can use it on my laptop via a browser or on my tablet/pad/pod/kindle and it'll all sync.

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  20. ouch. i'm sorry...i have nothing to offer you 'cept this: you look fabulous in this ensemble, burning-face or no. there's something about cropped jacket's sleeves paired with a great long-sleeved shirt underneath that makes me happy. good luck with finding a better face product!
    -brittney
    http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my random-style blog; come on by if you'd like!)

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    1. Thanks, Brittney! Unfortunately I have to chalk this one to operator error!

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  21. Total bummer about that serum!! Stuff like that happens to me too! This last time, I was using new eye cream that made my eyes swell shut... But smartie pants me thought it was the mascara so I KEPT using the eye cream and couldn't figure out why I looked liked I had been bawling all the time! Ugh!

    On a bright note, your outfit is super fab!! :)

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