As a teenager I had a very bad skin although many don’t believe me when I tell them that now. From one day to the next I went from beautiful cherub skin to bumps like the Jackie Robinson highway (if you are a New Yorker you know exactly what I mean)! I guess puberty had struck and it took a toll on my teenage self esteem.
I was told at a young age to not cover up my blemishes with makeup and to avoid makeup entirely because it would clog my pores. My mom was also a strict Boricua so, to her, wearing makeup meant you were a “woman” and, in her eyes, I was still a little girl! When I turned the appropriate age for her to think I should be wearing makeup, I no longer wanted to wear it. That bumpy-skinned road of puberty had passed and my skin looked better. My regimen was simple, I washed my face in the morning and at night with regular soap. I never touched my face with my hands and never, ever wore makeup. I realized my skin was very sensitive too, especially when someone kissed me and they had makeup on. I would break out almost immediately and so I automatically thought I couldn’t wear makeup.
Recently, I was accepted to participate in Campaign with Latina Bloggers Connect by Neutrogena to put their products to the test on my sensitive, often make-up-free face. Trusting Neutrogena was a brave act on my part. When the package arrived at our home, my husband was stunned that I was placing mascara on my lashes. His response, “Do you even know how to put it on?” Who was I kidding, I had no idea what I was doing but I read the instructions and voila! After a few times experimenting, I loved the effect they gave my already long eyelashes. I immediately saw the difference in the appearance of my eyes and how it accentuated them. I trusted the package when it indicated that it prevented clumps, flaking or smudging and the winning key part for me was when I read, “Ophthalmologist tested. Safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers”. I was sold!
I always wanted to use face wipes made by various companies but again, that fear of a breakout haunted me. As an adult, a blemish seems even more embarrassing than it did as a teen! The Oil Free Cleansing Wipes in Pink Grapefruit for Acne Prone Skin were sensational. The smell was so sweet and they left my skin feeling and looking fresh. When I passed my fingers across my face, I felt that baby softness and I loved it. My skin was silky and I felt even more confident about my flawless skin. My husband was jealous and wanted to try as well (see my picture on Facebook!).
I was very skeptical about applying the Neutrogena Shine Control Foundation because again, I have never worn makeup. But, I had committed to a full review for this brand that I have heard such great things about so I tried it. I really enjoyed how it was a perfect match for my skin. I was a bit afraid it wouldn’t match my tone perfectly when I placed the order online but it really was a great match! It made my skin radiant and felt so light, as if nothing were on my face at all. After blending it into my skin evenly, I patted my face with Neutrogena Shine Control Powder and that added to my already flawless look. It didn’t necessarily look as though I had put on makeup, but was natural looking and made my skin look even and brought out my features. I think less is more, I never wanted to be “makeup happy” or give children or other women the idea that makeup makes you “beautiful” since I believe we’re all beautiful inside and out!
I moved on to experimenting with the eye shadow by reading the directions on the package. I was drawn-in by the words, “anti-oxidant rich formula nourishes the delicate eye area,” because, in my opinion, the skin around the eyes is very delicate and sensitive. After applying the shadow, I loved the way it brightened my eyes and I noticed no creasing, fading or smudging. My skin was really coming alive right before my eyes and I couldn’t believe this is what makeup could do. My last test was with my lips. Again, I always receive compliments on my skin and many even think I wear lipstick, but I only wear a lip balm. I was always fearful about a red lip and always wanted something more natural looking if I decided upon a lipstick someday. When applying this lipstick, I loved how it complimented my lips and made them feel.
With my full Neutrogena face, I was feeling even more beautiful inside and out. There is no doubt I will begin using these products on a more regular basis after seeing and feeling how pampered my face is! Whether a make-up novice, like me, or experienced make-up wearer, I feel these products are easy to use and gentle enough for my sensitive skin and have already incorporated them into my routine!
Disclosure: Although this post was compensated as part of a collaboration with Latina Bloggers Connect and Neutrogena and I was provided with one or more of the products- all views and opinions are those of MommyTeaches (Eileen).
kymi a says
I didn’t know that Neutrogena makes makeup too! Thank you for sharing a great post, I can’t wait to try it and get my beauty inside and out too.
Eileen Carter-Campos says
I had no idea as well but it kind of makes sense now with all of their
wonderful skin products. The makeup is so natural looking and feels great on your skin.
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