“For an actress to be a success, she must have the face of Venus, the brains of a Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of a Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

I feel this quote is more or less true of any woman in any career path. The double standards are high, and the criticism is sharp. That said, I’m just another woman throwing out my thoughts on beauty products and skincare with a little science thrown in. I have a degree in chemistry and work history in research, so it’s hard for me not to overthink… well, everything. Enjoy the rambles, and if you feel like you learned something while you read my thoughts, that makes me extremely happy.

For those who care deeply about skincare, here’s a bit about my skin. It’s sensitive. I can’t wear base metals, like nickle or brass. Copper turns me green and gives me a rash. Even stainless steel will irritate my skin after a while. If I get a scratch, the scar will get hyperpigmentation. My skin is dry. It sucks in moisture but has trouble retaining that moisture. I’m also quite tan. According to Sephora’s color matching, my skin is 3y09. In the Mac Studio Fix Foundations, I’m an NC40-42, face and body foundation C4. (Okay, I’m tickled pink that my foundation color matches the name of an explosive.)  It would be totally awesome if someone could compile a matched list of what shades were similar along all the different brand lines because I get a headache trying to remember who has what color and am I my summer color or my winter color.

Here’s the short list of my defining skin characteristics:

  • Sensitive skin
  • Dry skin, with a touch of combination skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Year round tan

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