So, not only have I been getting awkwardly fat without looking pregnant, but OMG you guys, my face has been a mess. At first, I thought I had acne because my whole face, from my forehead to my chin was covered with white-headed bumps. As if this were not dreamy enough, my mouth, nose, and chin were scarlet red-- so red that my NARS Orgasm blush was suddenly too pale, and my cheeks were shades lighter than the surrounding skin. It was ugly.
I got some Cetaphil cleanser and started caking on foundation, which I have never in my life worn before. But then my face looked really dull and beige (and you could still see all the bumps through the makeup, which was as lovely as you can imagine), so I stared mixing in some Stila illuminating tinted moisturizer for a bit of shimmer.
I have always dealt with some redness on my face, mainly the triangle area above my mouth and beside my nose and my chin. Since college, I have used concealer in my smile creases, under my nostrils, and on my chin, so this wasn't a brand new problem, but it was much, much worse than it has ever been, which I blamed on pregnancy hormones and a sudden rebellion against my usual skincare routine by hormone-addled skin.
In desperation, I stopped by the Walgreens next to my office last week after work because I left too late to hit the Clinique counter and Sephora like I'd been planning. I found this:
OH MY GOD! The Eucerin redness relief line has saved my face. I use the cleanser twice a day, the perfecting lotion with SPF (that's green to neutralize the red-- genius!) during the day, and the night cream at, um, night. It is AMAZING.
I've been using it for a week, and I have yet to use a drop of concealer, foundation, or tinted moisturizer for the first time in over 10 years! I wear eye makeup, mascara, and blush. That's it. My skin looks better than it has since high school (before I was old and wrinkly), and the whole line is only $45.
Just wanted to share because my skin was heinous, and now it's fabulous (even my pores are smaller!), and if you have any unwanted redness, this stuff works MIRACLES. I have not looked it up on the Skin Deep Database, so I have no idea if it is so toxic my skin will fall off, but if it is, I don't care.
But. My clothes are still really tight.