Break Up With Your Makeup (giveaway ends 6/9/14)

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Ladies, let’s talk about makeup (guys, you can skip this post if you want. LOL).

Do you like to make sure that you are made up to look perfect every day, even if you only plan on running errands or hanging out at home? Or do you prefer to go “naked” (makeup free) and reserve makeup for special occasions? I would suspect that most ladies fall somewhere in between.

When I was younger I would never walk out of my front door unless my hair and makeup looked as good as it could be, even if that meant hours in front of the mirror. I wanted to look my best and I was proud of my appearance. That all changed the moment I became a mom, 17 years ago this week. I no longer had the time to make sure my eyes were lined perfectly and my hair was curled “just right”. I swapped pristine makeup for bare skin and dark circles under my eyes (for lack of sleep) and perfectly coiffed hair for a ponytail.

I’m NOT suggesting that new moms look haggard or don’t care for themselves. That is NOT the case at all. I’m simply saying that I didn’t have the time like I used to and my priorities shifted. Trust me I know many new moms who look perfect all the time. I wish I knew their secret.

It was a bit scary at first breaking up with my makeup routine and learning to love how I looked, flaws and all. It was even harder when I went out in public the first few times. In due time going out and about makeup free wasn’t even a concern anymore. I learned to embrace it and I’ve been much happier for it. These days I keep my makeup to a minimum. I’ll wear a little eyeliner and mascara and a bit of face powder to cover up the redness on my face. If I’m going out or doing something where I need to dress up a bit I’ll put on a lip stain, cover up, eye shadow and so forth. Clean Skin

I also have to be careful about what products I use on my skin. My Dermatologist said I have a mild form of Rosacea. Rosacea is a skin condition that causes the blood vessels in your face to enlarge giving you a “flushed” appearance, especially around the cheeks and nose.

Currently my Rosacea is not treated, but it IS treatable. My Dermatologist didn’t feel the need to treat it at this time, but I do know if/when the time comes I have some treatment options available to me.

Mirvaso is one such treatment option. It’s a topical gel and it’s the first and only prescription treatment that was specifically developed and indicated to treat the facial redness associated with Rosacea.

Mirvaso is easy to use. Simply apply it to your face once daily. Within as little as 30 minutes Mirvaso starts to reduce the redness associated with Rosacea and keep the redness away for up to 12 hours. That means you can get rid of the redness without caking on the makeup.

Important Safety Information: Indication: Mirvaso® (brimonidine) topical gel, 0.33% is an alpha adrenergic agonist indicated for the topical treatment of persistent (nontransient) facial erythema of rosacea in adults 18 years of age or older. Adverse Events: In clinical trials, the most common adverse reactions (≥1%) included erythema, flushing, skin burning sensation and contact dermatitis.

Warnings/Precautions: Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with depression, cerebral or coronary insufficiency, Raynaud’s phenomenon, orthostatic hypotension, thromboangiitis obliterans, scleroderma, or Sjögren’s syndrome. Alpha-2 adrenergic agents can lower blood pressure. Mirvaso Gel should be used with caution in patients with severe or unstable or uncontrolled cardiovascular disease. Serious adverse reactions following accidental ingestion of Mirvaso Gel by children have been reported. Keep Mirvaso Gel out of reach of children. Not for oral, ophthalmic, or intravaginal use. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

* Each gram of gel contains 5mg of brimonidine tartrate, equivalent to 3.3 mg of brimonidine free base † Phase 3 clinical studies of 553 subjects aged 18 and older. Half of the study participants used MIRVASO and the other half used a gel with no active ingredient (vehicle gel) for 29 days. Study participants and researchers were asked to grade the improvement they saw at 30 minutes and at hours 3, 6, 9, and 12 following application.

If you suffer from Rosacea you have to learn to treat your skin with TLC. New York City Dermatologist and Clinical Associate Professor from New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Doris Day, as some great skin care tips.

Calm the Skin Skin with Rosacea is more sensitive and likely to react to ingredients in both prescription medications and skin care products, so talk to your dermatologist about what options are best for you. Moisturizers containing lipids, such as ceramides, are usually well tolerated and can improve the skin barrier, which is often compromised in people with this condition

Eat and Sleep Well, Stay Hydrated It may sound basic but not getting enough sleep can make you look older because sleep is when your body repairs itself. Alcohol, sugary foods and processed foods can affect the skin’s ability to repair itself and cause premature skin aging, so try to eat a balanced diet and indulge rarely. For the occasional late night out, alternate a glass of water or carbonated water with every alcoholic beverage.

Be Picky About Sun Protection It’s a fact that daily sunscreen is a must, but not all sunscreens are created equal. Not only are some better than others, but many contain ingredients that can irritate sensitive skin with Rosacea. The best bets if ou are prone to Rosacea, are sunscreens that contain transparent zinc oxide and moisturizing ingredients, like niacinamide, and are fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

Here is an interesting infographic about Rosacea.

BUWYMU infographic

The makers of Mirvaso are also hosting a sweepstakes where you can enter to win a trip to the  Emmys in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, or to enter, check out the image below where is says “Sweepstakes”.

In addition I have a Cetaphil prize package or a lucky winner. The prize package includes:

  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Cloths
  • Cetaphil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Body
  • Cetpahil RestoraDerm Skin Restoring Moisturizer
  • Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer SPF 15


This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end n June 9, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eliglble entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me about your makeup routine.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I am participating in the Break Up with Your Makeup contest sponsored by Galderma Laboratories, L.P. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted. 

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family and "mini zoo" consisting of five cats, a dog and a Goldfish. Kimberly is a teacher's assistant for a Kindergarten class. When she is not working or blogging, Kimberly enjoys taking photos of nature and hanging out with family and friends.


  1. Kelly Tupick says:

    I start by cleansing my face with Noxema ,then i apply a toner and sometimes a moisturizer. I then apply my makeup.

  2. Maralea says:

    Ii wash my face with makeup cloths which allows me to not have to use any cleanser on my face. I then apply moisturizer and foundation with sunscreen.

  3. shelly peterson says:

    I’m bad I don’t always was my face at night like I should. I use moisturizer before applying any make up.

  4. Alona Y says:

    My best friend has undiagnosed skin issues, she gave me a bar of Cetaphil soap and it has made such a big difference for me too! Neither of us have used anything but the bar soap so I would love to try these. The most important part of my makeup routine has been to always, always follow my skincare routine before and after using makeup. If I skip it I start having issues.

  5. Brit Murray says:

    I remove my stubborn eye makeup with clean and clear make up remover sheets. I then clean my face with ponds cold cream. Then i use clean and clear toner and moisture with olay’s moisturizer.

  6. Jessie C. says:

    I use tinted moisturizer, lipgloss and mascara. For cleanser, I currently use Neutrogena.

  7. Amanda Hoffman says:

    i always have to have eye liner and mascara and most the time eye shadow

  8. Erika C. says:

    I usually do a light everyday smokey eye, mascara, nude lips or light pink.

  9. Linda romer says:

    Cetaphil has great products. They are great for sensitive skin prone to breakouts. I use philosohy face wash and josy maran argon oil.

  10. Amy stonger says:

    I moisturize after washing my face. Next I apply a primer. I use mineral makeup and some mascara.

  11. Wendy Wallach says:

    I found the information to be very interesting. I usually just use a moisturizer and then foundation and blush

  12. Kimberly Bauer says:

    I use a little concealer and chapstick daily.

  13. janetfaye says:

    I don’t wear very much makeup. I use a little eyeliner, and sometimes blush on my cheekbones.

  14. Every morning moisturizer, concealer, SPR bronzed, lip gloss, mascara & eyeliner.

  15. I use Neutrogenia facial wash with brightners. The body wash RainBath and the bar soap from Neutrogenia has been very kind to my sort of sensitive skin over the years.

  16. patricia says:

    I do not wear make up on a daily basis any more. I was using makeup to hide my freckles and one day I decided to just embrace my freckles. Sometimes I will jazz up my eyes for special occasions. I do wear moisturizer with SPF and lip balm every day! Once a week I exfoliate my skin and moisturize with coconut oil.

  17. Holly Thomas says:

    I wear mineral foundation and really nothing else on a daily basis.

  18. Sacha Schroeder says:

    I wear concealor, foundation, eye shadow… let’s face it. I put my face on every day. LOL! I need to lay off.

  19. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis.

  20. Christina Foley says:

    I don’t have much of a routine… I went years with hardly wearing any make up, just special occasions. The past few years, in an effort to take better care of myself and feel better all around, I started wearing a little make up most days… that consists of a good moisturizer, then a little powder foundation and mascara and usually a tinted lip gloss. Just something light.

  21. Debra Hall says:

    i use very little when i go out

  22. D Schmidt says:

    My current routine is moisturizer, liquid foundation and some mascara.

  23. latanya says:

    I wash my face, apply moisturizer, primer, foundation, and apply a setting powder.

  24. soap and water.

  25. Leigh Anne Borders says:

    Start with a gentle cleanser and then add moisturizer.

  26. Susan Christy says:

    First, I put on tons of concealer, then liquid foundation, then more concealer, powder, blush, lipstick.

  27. M.Clark says:

    I don’t wear much makeup, usually if I do decide to wear makeup it will be eyeliner, tinted moisturizer, and lip gloss. I prefer to wear as little makeup as possible. But if I really want to wear makeup then I’ll add mascara to that list. When I wear mascara then I really feel like I’m wearing makeup.

  28. On a normal day I’ll just wear some foundation and mascara.

  29. Linda Kish says:

    I splash warm water on my face and pat dry. Then I use a face lotion. I already quit my makeup.

  30. I usually apply a little concelear and foundation to hide my acne scars and then some bronzer and a little eyeliner and mascara. I try not to do too much but my eyelashes are teeny so I need some sort of mascara and I hate my acne scars so I try to cover that a little and even my skin tone without over applying.

  31. amy rouse says:

    no routine really,it’s pretty hit and miss as a situation arises

  32. Kristi C says:

    I wash my face with a pore cleanser, then apply moisturizer, a BB cream, and head out the door.

  33. shaunie says:

    I usually take my makeup off at night (sometimes I have slept in it). I usually wear eyeshadow and eyeliner and a little lipstick

  34. A little lipstick or foundation, sometimes. For special occasions I will go all out.

  35. Lately I have been using a Simple moisturizing cleanser but even that seems to make my sensitive skin get red and irritated at times. I usually don’t wear makeup unless we are going out and even then it’s Bare Minerals.

  36. June Lisle says:

    My makeup routine has pretty much been nonexistent these days. I starting doing my makeup a lot more often but haven’t had the energy since getting pregnant.

  37. I do quick mascara, blush and powder and call it good!

  38. Laurie Nykaza says:

    I have Rosacea so everything I use is gentle to the face.I had just bought Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser to wash my face with.

  39. krystel says:

    i wanna try this product line

  40. Wendy Mastin says:

    I always use and very good moisturizer and eye cream

  41. My routine has been the same for YEARS…seriously. It’s gotten so boring to me, but trying something new can be scary..which is probably why I haven’t changed it in so long. Liquid foundation, eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Nothing else :/

  42. Cynthia R says:

    Its pretty sporadic, I have breakouts and when I do I finally remember to clean my make up brush, I sometimes switch to sponges because then I would at least throw them away even though I think sponges waste a lot of foundation.

  43. Melissa S says:

    When I wear makeup I start with a primer, then bb cream, mascara and lipstick.

  44. My makeup routine consists of SPF lotion, primer, BB cream, followed by eye shadow, liner, and mascara

  45. My makeup routine is different everyday since i’m a stay at home mom i feel no need to put makeup on to clean and cook throughout the day. When i actually do go out i make sure to make up for lost time with my makeup though and I try and look as cute as possible.

  46. Robin Wilson says:

    Seems like the older I get the less makeup I wear. Now I rarely wear any unless I am going out. Then it’s just foundation, blush, powder, liner, mascara and lip gloss.

  47. foundation, mascara, and eyeliner

  48. Sky Evans says:

    I don’t wear makeup, but I use cetaphil wash.

  49. I just use a tinted, light wear foundation, a quick swipe of eyeliner, and a few brushes of mascara and I’m out the door!

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  50. I only wear makeup when I have extra time

  51. I only wear makeup when I have extra time or special outing

  52. I usually dont wear makeup unless I go out on the weekends…I just put on some bb cream, eyebrow pencil and lip balm

  53. Thuy Vu says:

    I wash my face, moisturized and then apply makeup.

  54. I wash my face then apply some sunscreen and concealer. Then I apply eyeliner and some gloss.