"Beauty" Tips for When You're Feeling Sick

In my previous post about my New Years beauty resolutions I said that I definitely wanted to blog more in 2011 but now you might be wondering why its January 7th and I only have one blog post up. The reason for this is because I have been SO sick with a sinus infection for the last week! I have literally been laying in my bed for the whole week and I don't even remember the last time I was this sick for this long. Luckily I prefilmed some videos so I should have something new up on my youtube channel soon but until then I thought I would do a brief post on what I do that is sort of beauty related when I'm feeling sick that also helps me feel and look a little better!

1. I know we have all heard it before but drinking lots of water both when you're sick and when you're well keeps you hydrated which in turn improves the appearance of your skin, making it healthier and more luminous. When you're sick, drinking water can help your body flush whatever nastiness it is trying to get rid of out of your system. Additionally, it is important to drink lots of fluids if you are taking medications, as they can be a lot for your kidneys to process. I have been drinking a ton of mint tea this week because it has the added bonus of soothing my throat!

2. Even though I haven't really left my bed all week I have still made sure to take proper care of my skin by cleansing and moisturizing it. Being sick definitely hasn't done much for my complexion (I'm looking pretty dull and pale) but by at least washing and moisturizing my face I have done what I can to keep my skin in good shape :)

3. Applying a product like Carmex or Blistex Lip Medex around the nostrils will help prevent irritation, redness, and flaking around the nose. This has definitely helped me this week because after going through a few boxes of tissues my nose is pretty raw!

4. Get as much rest as you can. This might seem obvious but neglecting to take care of yourself when you are sick will probably just prolong the illness, if not make it worse. Additionally, making sure to get enough sleep can prevent dark circles under your eyes from getting worse when you are sick (which I tend to find happens after a few days with the flu or a bad cold).

I hope you find this post helpful, especially if you are feeling sick right now. I'm loaded up on sinus medication which makes me pretty drowsy so I'm doing what I can for Cosmetic Confessions for now! Expect some more interesting posts soon, I will have one up as soon as I feel better! Until then, enjoy your weekend!
xoxo, Caitlin

I'm Feeling So-So About Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner

When I heard that Wet n Wild had come out with a creme eyeliner I was quite thrilled. I have recently been using some of their Color Icon shadows and I'm really impressed so I knew I had to try their Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliner. At around $4 a pop these cream eyeliners are much less expensive than even most other drugstore cream or gel eyeliners, but do they compare? Unfortunately not, in my opinion, and I'll tell you why...

The Wet n Wild Mega Eyes Creme Eyeliners come in two shades: Black and Eggplant. I opted for the eggplant shade because it looked so beautiful and I already have a few other black gel and cream liners. The product comes packaged in a nice looking box and as a bonus it also comes with the little brush. The brush is not bad, I wouldn't use it for initial application as I have many other better brushes but I might put this in my purse makeup bag for touch ups. The cream eyeliner comes in a cute little round glass container. In my opinion the packaging is very nice, especially for the price, but my issues are with the product itself.

I wanted to like this product, I really did! But as you can see in the swatch below, the product was just not very pigmented. It went on unevenly both on my hand and on my eye, and when you try to go over it a second time the product sort of clumps up. Additionally, the color does not look half as beautiful on the eye as it seems in the pot. It was a sort of lackluster purple color whereas in the pot it was a beautiful, shimmery, vibrant purple color. I'm curious to see if the black shade of this same product has the same pigmentation issues because it would be great to find a $4 black cream eyeliner.

In addition to the pigmentation issues that I had, the product did not go on as smoothly as other cream or gel eyeliners that I have tried. The staying power was decent, it didn't smudge or smear on my lids when I wore it all day, but when the product doesn't initially look good on, I don't really care how long it lasts!

Overall, I think that there are much better cream and gel eyeliners out there. From the drugstore I personally prefer Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. Although it costs about twice as much as the Wet n Wild one, it is much more smooth and pigmented. I will still have to try the black shade from Wet n Wild to see if it is more richly pigmented than the eggplant shade. For now, I will stick to my Wet n Wild Color Icon shadows which I love! Do you have any recommendations for other Wet n Wild products that are good? If you do, please leave a comment. I love a new drugstore find!

Thank you for stopping by my blog! Have a beautiful day!
xoxo, Caitlin