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Vanbelle

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#3441896 Review Bb Creams!

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 July 2014 - 10:57 AM

I really still have to put my vote for any Korean-brand BB creams. Koreans know their stuff. Trust!




#3438272 I Am In An Weird Situation

Posted by Vanbelle on 27 June 2014 - 12:44 PM

I was in a very similar situation just 4 years ago: my first time living on my own in a new city. Fairly low self-esteem, low confidence, and a pervading nonchalance that pretty much defined my interactions with people at the time. I wouldn't say it was caused entirely by acne, but my acne definitely added to the problem. I looked with extreme suspicion at anything that threatened to take me out of my well-established comfort zone.

 

I suppose you're only 17~18; you have plenty of time to decide on the kind of lifestyle and social circles that go best with your personality. Leaning toward the extroverted side of the spectrum confers no real long-term advantages; this is actually the present consensus among top researchers in organizational behavior. What this means is that the modern 'leader' is no longer the stereotypical extroverted, outspoken, overly-confident male character. The trend in modern organizations actually favors democratic and compassionate leaders who make decisions by consensus. This basically means that you can be a successful introvert. You don't need to change who you are in order to make it.

 

You'll still need to venture out of the nest and go out of your comfort zone occasionally, but I think this is likely to happen to you in college anyway. All you have to do is go with the flow for some of the time.

 

Enjoy your summer and don't worry about it too much

He wasn't talking about being introverted or extroverted, nor does he say he's afraid of leaving some comfort zone. He has what I have felt at times; a growing apathy towards life. 

@Sue7, I have gone through periods of apathy and periods of outright excitement. I think the biggest factor for this excitement can be who I surround myself by. But you say you have a friend who is excited for you, so this may not be the case. When thinking about it, what also gets me excited is the possibility for change and new opportunity. There is a greater sense of excitement for experiencing the unknown when the possibility of new opportunity awaits you. To explain, when I have felt down about my looks, I think "Sure, I can go out, but what will come of it?". There's nothing exciting about running around a new city when you feel like an acne-ridden mess. When I think I look like hot stuff, I'm excited to go out in the world because I believe the world will perceive me better, and good things may happen as a result (making a good first impression when meeting new girls, or boys, etc). Whether or not this is a proper philosophical constitution to live by is not what I'm arguing--just telling you what I think. It's really all about the looking-glass self.

You either have you change how you look or accept it. I have experimented with the latter, but now I tend to opt for the former, and I'm not claiming that's necessarily the right thing to do. You just have to make that decision for yourself. 




#3437082 Dating With This Face (Pics)

Posted by Vanbelle on 20 June 2014 - 12:49 PM

I just read your first post and it broke my heart. I think we've all been there (not just people on this forum, but everyone) and had to face rejection. I've had the occasional guy think I'm cute, VERY RARE though. For 9/10 guys I've had to face rejection in some form, and it felt terrible. Overall it has really steered me away from dating. I only have one person on my mind, and if things somehow ended with him, I'm not sure where I'd go from there. I don't know if I'm one to offer advice because, when faced with rejection, I really am confronted with the same questions as you. You wonder WHAT is the problem. Might I suggest a bottle of wine and a viewing of "He's Just Not That Into You"? One of my favorites for dealing with dating woes.

I hope you enjoy your time with this person. This is such a struggle isn't it? Where do you think you'll be headed (romantically) once you both part ways?




#3395328 Condescending Dermatologist Negates Feelings

Posted by Vanbelle on 17 November 2013 - 10:59 AM

While it's courtious to be respectful of another's feelings, unfortunately you don't need to pass a sympathy test to enter the medical field. More times than not, not just doctors or nurses, people won't understand "what the big deal is." It's very very common for someone to simply not understand the plight of another person because they have yet to be affected by it. 

 

It's really annoying and I think it's happened to all of us, in some form or another. Don't let situations like this get you down. Hang in there.




#3395203 Good Brand Of Manuka Honey?

Posted by Vanbelle on 16 November 2013 - 08:30 PM

http://www.vitaminsh...hQ#.Uogp6Rbl3zI

 

Don't forget: 12+ refers to UMF, the "Unique Manuka Factor." 

 

The higher this rating (10-25, sometimes lower), the pricier it gets, but also potentially the more rewarding. 




#3393820 Sports With Acne

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 November 2013 - 10:51 AM

First, I would look into some makeup that can handle a bit of sweat, if it really bothers you. It can put you at a little ease. 

 

Second, sports are amazing! It's a place where your looks don't matter, your skill does. You can earn respect from these girls. Who cares if they have clear skin? If you have discipline, talent and skill, that's what matters. Check your problems at the door and focus on your craft. Learning how to separate your femininity from your sport will develop robust confidence, because no one can take your skill away from you. You'll be left standing while all the other girls preen their hair. 




#3392013 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 02 November 2013 - 08:32 AM

I could be a no sugar buddy, but I've already gone about 2 months without it, and it is not so difficult for me anymore. I do eat A LOT of fruit though, and I'd like to cut down on that. I'm not sure if the amount of fruit I'm eating is actually a problem, though.

 

I changed my log to "No Sugar Group" in the logs if you want to post! Thanks!



most here already do limit sugar consumption. That's basic to health and acne.

 

Limit and moderate yes, i totally agree.

 

However, in the original post, a reference was made to cutting fruit out. Really?

 

Cutting out a highly nutrient dense food item isn't healthy. Being overly restrictive in any sense isn't healthy.

 

For sure i can understand if someone has an intolerance to fruit then by all means do what you go to do.

 

I generally think too many people go to extremes when it comes to seeking out solutins to acne. I can understand it drives us crazy but the answer is often somewhere in the middle.

 

Balance, sustainability, moderation.

 

The original post is none of these things.

 

For some reason people think fruit is so great. It is unnecessary and not extreme to not eat it for a brief period of time while trying to get a handle on what consider sugar to be addictive. For years I've tried to get sugar out but end up binging on fruit. I said obviously it was extreme to not eat anything sweet, and would try adding the whole natural foods in later. Seems reasonable to me. Definition of insanity is repeating the same thing over and over. 

 

It is sustainable if you want it to be, but as I said, I would add things in later. 



.You had seemed disappointed that no one was interested in joining you.  I posted one reason why.  Another would be, hopefully, that most recognize that extreme dieting is a bad idea.  Learn to eat right. For life.

 

To take offense at my post is pretty extreme, beyond a 'sour mood.'  Sounds like you need to alter your diet to better help with mood.  Avoiding glycemic highs and lows will certainly help.  Replacing the junk with nutrients will also help.

 

I take offense to many of your posts. I've seen you posting for years. You contribute but also come off arrogant. Since your diet is so on point as you say it is, I have no dietary suggestions for altering mood. Maybe light up every once in a while?




#3391759 Frustrated! Advice...please!

Posted by Vanbelle on 31 October 2013 - 07:37 PM

I just ordered again from this company called Garden of Wisdom. I've never found a miracle cure from their product line, but they believe in this thing called "skin complacency." You might want to try contacting them and see if they could recommend to you some products. They're of the belief that your skin can become complacent to your products and blemishes can come back. 

 

Worth a shot? 




#3391735 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 31 October 2013 - 05:15 PM

Actual adults have a "fat tooth" not a "sweet tooth" commonly found in children less than 12. Even though you can temporarly satisfy your craving with sugary items; the body is never satisfied therefore requests more. Its the fat content we crave. Why do you think so many people are addicted to fast food, and other food options they know are wrong and will kill them eventually, but eat it anyway? Its because they cannot overcome their fat tooth cravings.

 

 I learned this from a health care conference for healthcare professionals such as myself.

If you try to eliminate the sugar your body will crave more fat, and or attain its sugar from fructose. Now, that becomes a problem if you have a fructose intolerance/sensitivity as I do. But you are choosing to eliminate that too...

 

Not saying this can't help but... its extreme and the odds are against you.

 

Let me give you an analogy so to speak.

 

One could assume that the reason patient X has Diabetes type I because he drinks a Coke a day since he was 5 years old.This assumption is wrong because Diabetes Type I is autoimmune disorder in which the body does not produce insulin (its congential-born with it). Eliminating sugar will do nothing for this patient- they will continue to have high blood sugar  from lack of insulin. The same goes for Diabetes type II often mistakenly reffered to as "sugar diabetes". Elimminating sugar *might help* but will not resolve the problem. Diabetes type II is caused from the body's own tissues being resistant to its own insulin or from lack of insulin production. Education on nutrition is a must for both clients as the majority of blood sugar rise comes from carbs, not sugar, especially the empty simple carbohydrates. Eliminating these will help, but wont cure. Its chronic.

 

Now, your plan to me anyway sounds like my analogy. Sounds convincing, and good, but its not entirely correct. Elminating the junk will help, but all sugar is not practical; o healthy. Your body runs off it; it needs it.

 

It also still doesn't address the underlying problem. Which will be evident if you continue to break out.

Eat nutrient dense foods in moderation, skip the processed goods. Heck, white bread along has more sugar than a snickers candy bar. Choose wisely and eat smart.

So, just a for warning.

 

Sorry, not interested in a lecture. I've given up debating or discussing diet with others as everyone seems up their own ass on their opinions, which admittedly, you came off as.Some points you make are valid, others I disagree entirely. Regardless of how certified or educated you say you are. This was not meant to incite the opposition to respond, so this is completely inappropriate. Like I said in my original post, this is a support thread.

 

By the way, blood sugar rise comes from sugar. Monosaccharides. I'm sure you realize carbohydrates are broken down into oligosaccharides and then monosaccharides.  I also eat low carb high fat already (cyclically I get a large low-fructose high glucose bolus from starches), and I'm aware of fructose malabsorption. That's very widespread. The body will attain glucose from gluconeogenesis if need be. 

 

You have Diabetes Type I and Type II backwards. 


 

most here already do limit sugar consumption. That's basic to health and acne.

 

Most "here"? As if this isn't a huge forum, and many or most of whom visit this site do not have some special diet for their skin. Color me in a sour mood but this post was inappropriate as well. 

 

Hi everyone,

 

I've had this on-again off-again thing with sugar. I have a major sweet tooth, to put it lightly. But I want it gone. I'm getting rid of sweets in ALL forms: no baked goods, no soda, no diet soda, no ice cream, no sweetened starbucks, no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no honey, agave... nothing sweet. 

 

This is obviously the most extreme version of a "no sugar" elimination, but all my past efforts of no-sugar have failed, and I think it's in part due to allowing myself to have sweet things WHILE going through this process, but after I stop having cravings, I'll add in things like fruits and sweet potatoes. 

 

If you're interested in doing some variation of sugar detox, I'd love the support. I started a thread in personal regimen logs and maybe you could post in my log and it'll be dual/multiple-person log on going no-sugar. The log currently has a few ramblings on going no-dairy as well, but I'm mainly focusing on sugar at this point (having no dairy is easy for me now). 

 

Please let me know! We could also just have this be an update thread as well. But I'm not interested in debating back and forth on whether or not diet affects acne. Just a support thread. Makes no difference where the thread is located.

I will just say this is very illogical.

 

I'm disheartened to only receive negative responses but found this to be the least productive. 




#3391077 No Sugar Buddies?

Posted by Vanbelle on 28 October 2013 - 10:16 AM

Hi everyone,

 

I've had this on-again off-again thing with sugar. I have a major sweet tooth, to put it lightly. But I want it gone. I'm getting rid of sweets in ALL forms: no baked goods, no soda, no diet soda, no ice cream, no sweetened starbucks, no fruit, no sweet potatoes, no honey, agave... nothing sweet. 

 

This is obviously the most extreme version of a "no sugar" elimination, but all my past efforts of no-sugar have failed, and I think it's in part due to allowing myself to have "natural sweets" things while going through this process... but after I stop having cravings, I'll add in things like fruits and sweet potatoes. 

 

If you're interested in doing some variation of sugar detox, I'd love the support. I started a thread in personal regimen logs and maybe you could post in my log and it'll be dual/multiple-person log on going no-sugar. The log currently has a few ramblings on going no-dairy as well, but I'm mainly focusing on sugar at this point (having no dairy is easy for me now). 

 

Please let me know! We could also just have this be an update thread as well. But I'm not interested in debating back and forth on whether or not diet affects acne. Just a support thread. Makes no difference where the thread is located.




#3390328 Why Do I Feel This Way

Posted by Vanbelle on 23 October 2013 - 09:40 PM

Teenagers struggle with empathy. So it's hard to empathize with her. I'm assuming you're a teenager. 

 

You're old enough where you're aware of your shortcomings so at least you have that. I think with time, you'll be able to move past this. I used to have similar feelings about some girls in my class, in high school. In high school I was judgmental of others and judgmental of myself. I feel very, very different from back then. I think it was mostly due to brain development and learning how to be humble, empathic, and most importantly, looks are literally meaningless when it comes to having a personality. And I only choose friends on personality.




#3387711 Please Help!

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 October 2013 - 09:51 PM

The exact same thing happened to me. I would recommend waiting significant lengths of time between applying layers, to ensure it's really settled and absorbed into the skin. Also: massage the BP thoroughly in and give it the most time you can to dry. 

 

You really have to be very conscious of your topical application with The Regimen. It's not very forgiving if you don't work the product in and give each product time to dry.




#3384037 I Need "no Picking" Buddies!

Posted by Vanbelle on 21 September 2013 - 01:23 PM

This is a good positive thread. Everyone should be joining in!

 

I tend to fall into either a negative or positive feedback loop. Essentially, if a moderate breakout occurs, I pick, it gets further aggravated and any spots that may have gone away quickly look terrible. Then everything irritates my skin further (slathering makeup, exfoliants, washing, etc).

 

If my hormones are in balance and my skin clears, I feel no urge to pick, I wear less makeup, and that trends in a blissful period until a little breakout rears its ugly head. !

 

I think no picking would have 2 major benefits: 1, to prevent those little breakouts from turning into chronic acne; and 2, stoping the mirror fixation. It's a skin and mental win. :)




#3356988 How Much Does Your Look Cost?

Posted by Vanbelle on 11 June 2013 - 03:00 PM

How would you use milk of magnesia? I still use a finishing powder, very little amount on top of my BB cream to mask the shine. I don't use so much that I get cakey, but it gives a matte finish. 

 Hmm. i thought thought the matte look was out. But it could be back in again for all I pay attention to such things.  As you get older, a matte finish isn't something you want.  In fact, I at times fake a moist complexion by patting oily fingers on my cheek bones.  don't really need to, but right after you apply mineral powder, you look pretty matte for a while. 

 

(the Coty loose powder my Grandmother wore still comes in the exact same container last I saw it in the drugstore. Obviously to appeal to their demographic.  She wore the powder and lipstick. I kind of want some just for the box).

 

You apply milk of magnesia before makeup. The clays in it absorb oil.  The only thing is that MoM is alkaline and you should use an acidic toner to help compensate. I never tried it since no one told me about it back when my skin was grotesquely oily.

 

There have been really lengthy threads on the use of MOM here but they obviously haven't been bumped in a while.

 

If my face gets too powdery, it looks dreadful, but I don't want shine to make my face look greasy. There's a good balance I think. If you go on Youtube nearly every girl does a liquid foundation and a setting powder. 




#3356729 Review Bb Creams!

Posted by Vanbelle on 10 June 2013 - 02:08 PM

I wanted to start a thread listing the BB creams you tried and how you found them. Can others chime in? How much coverage, spread, finish (mattte/shiny), and what skin tone it suits. AND---do you think it's lead to any breakouts!

 

 

BRTC Jasmine Water BB Cream

 

Works for very pale skin with pink undertones, full coverage and spreads nicely. Slightly shiny finish.

 

BRTC Perfect Recover Balm

 

Still works for very pale skin, slightly darker than Jasmine water. Spreads nicely, still good coverage. Somewhat matte finish. Smells like tee trea oil. 

 

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream

 

Worst one so far. Spreads thin, too dark for paler skin with yellow undertones. Have to mess with it to get an even tone. Matte Finish. Medium coverage. Others have said it can make your skin look flaky!

 

Dr. Jart+ Renewalist BB Beauty Balm

 

Works for pale skin, has neutral undertones (not too pink or too yellow). Spreads okay, thinner than BRTC. Better coverage than Smashbox. Somewhat matte finish. 

 

 

 

I just ordered BRTC's Whitening BB Cream. It's supposed to be the palest of the BB cream's BRTC has to offer, so I'm excited. I wanted to try their Gold Caviar but it seems too dark for me.