Perfectly Imperfect. And… Who Cares!

October 19, 2015

With all my skincare obsession, you would think that I would have the most flawless baby skin in the whole wide world.

But nope, not true.

Skincare Confessions

I still struggle with blemishes. And I still get the occasional monster pimple. Or two. Usually they form right in between my eyes.


I do sometimes think about WHAT A FRAUD I am to be keeping a beauty blog when I don’t feel like a particularly beautiful person.

Sometimes I tell Oliver about my anxieties and he laughs. Then he tells me it’s all in my head.

Why are we always our own worst critics?

Who cares if we don’t have perfect skin. All the little lines, scars, freckles and blemishes… they are a testament to a life that’s been lived!

And lived, I have! I am so grateful for everything.

Plus, when all else fails…

There’s always this thing called makeup 😉

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Foundation: Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation
Concealer: By Terry Touch Expert Advanced Concealer
Blush: Kevyn Aucoin The Creamy Glow blush in Tan Soleil
Lips: Kevyn Aucoin Matte Lip Color in Forever
Eyebrows & Liner: MAC Eye Shadow in Brun Satin

18 thoughts on “Perfectly Imperfect. And… Who Cares!

  1. helene

    You look great on the photos, and I love your shirt!
    You have a great skin and lovely skin tone. I never even noticed oyu having any blemishes and I love that you still look natural and fresh 🙂 Your man is right

    1. Kareen

      Ah, thank you! I *do* have little blemishes, and I especially notice them because I have to take close-up pictures of my face sometimes for this blog here! Maybe it’s the fact that I have a beauty blog that’s making me feel self-conscious. The irony! >.<

  2. helene

    I absolutely understand. But we all have little blemishes sometimes 🙂 Nobody walks around looking photoshopped all the time. Unless they have applied a ton of products, but then I feel like those women look like creepy dolls or something. I don’t know who decided the poreless look was a good look, Seriously, we are living / breathing creatures and our skin is a reflection of that.
    It’s tough with a blog though because I guess we all want to put forward the best version of us. But I personnally only keep on reading blogs that show some vulnerabilities and a glimpse of the real person behind it. It’s much more appealing 🙂

  3. Tianna

    you look great and have great skin! I’m pretty sure it’s all in your head lol and yes, whatever little “flaws” there’s always fun makeup ♥

    1. Kareen

      Thanks Tianna! Do you ever get those moments as a blogger? As I was explaining to my friend Pauline, in real life I don’t usually worry about the small blemishes. But when I have to do close up shots of my face for the blog, that’s I start fussing about the little stuff. Yeah, silly I know.

  4. Ali

    Honey I’m 56 and STILL get the occasional blemish. You are gorgeous regardless. And I love the new blog site, I’m just sorry I’m so late getting to it. I’ve added you to my Reader page over on WordPress.

    Ali x

  5. Pauline

    Girl, you look great on the photos and in person but I do understand about being our own worst critics (I guess that’s part of human nature? ). Having blemishes here and there is normal. I get that too and I have blemishes right now from traveling,diet and changing of weather.

    1. Kareen

      Hey Pauline, thanks for stopping by! Normally I wouldn’t be so finicky about my looks, but sometimes I have to do close up shots of my face to show makeup looks or skincare reviews. And thinking about sharing those close up shots on the internet freaks me out. But otherwise, in real life, when I see my face in the mirror I don’t sweat it.

      Yeah, you’ve been traveling a lot! Hope you’re wearing lots of sunscreen! Let’s hang out when you get back 🙂

  6. Rae

    Bigger fraud here. Sometimes I get slightly anxious when it crosses my mind that if someone sees me on the street, no one would believe I ‘beauty blog’.

    This post makes me want to expand my Kevyn Aucoin stuff

    1. Kareen

      A friend of mine said something that put things in perspective. No one wants a yoga instructor who has a perfectly flexible body, because they’re not even trying so what can they teach others? In that same way, regular people like to see normal bloggers who have imperfections and vulnerabilities because it means they go through the same struggles and challenges. And while there are many superstar bloggers who appear to have perfect lives, perfect skins and on-point selfie game with massive followings, my point is, there’s also a place for us normal human bloggers 🙂

      I’m a big fan of Kevyn Aucoin! I wish I could afford his brushes. Which reminds me, Rae! What kind of brushes do you use?

      1. Rae

        Most of my brushes are either Real Techniques or Zoeva. I recently bought 2 haku hodo eye brushes which are crazy soft and are shaped really well. I can’t imagine what it took to get the brushes done — I read somewhere that haku hodo is handmade. Anyway, because of this purchase, I realized that I’m not really much of a makeup brush person. So I probably won’t try Kevyn’s brushes, unless they come out with a set that’s reasonably priced.

        1. Kareen

          Oooh, would love to see a review of your brushes. The reason I haven’t reviewed my brushes is that I haven’t used them much, simply because I haven’t been much of a makeup person. Now I have super duper nice makeup brushes, it turns out I don’t have the right makeup to use them with. It’s a chicken and egg proposition. Which came first, the makeup brushes or the makeup? Also, they are almost like, too nice to use on crappy makeup. But how will I know which type of makeup isn’t crappy makeup unless I just jump in? Conundrum.

  7. Alex

    I like your look here! Plus, your skin looks quite healthy and glowing here. What I like about reading beauty blogs is that they’re more upfront about imperfections; otherwise, I probably wouldn’t be reading them.


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