Hi Eva ! I have very large pores (and by large I mean my face literally looks like a giant thimble) and a very oily skin ( = worst skin ever). I'm very self conscious about this and I can't even put make up on it since it either makes it worse or makes me look like I'm covered in plaster and am melting after a few hours. I've heard pretty good things about Benefit's POREfessional and would like to try it, what's your opinion on it and what else would you recommend? thankkks
oh my, a giant thimble! that image made me laugh out loud. I don’t mean at all to poke fun at your situation but that was a well-executed turn of phrase. very vivid! so onto your pressing problem. the actual size of pores is genetically pre-determined. but a few things can make them look larger—like shiny skin or clogged pores. I know I can seem like a spokesperson for Clarisonic sometimes (I’m not, I swear) but it is really brilliant at cleansing—and thereby preventing some of the things that cause large-looking pores. I also recommend using a retinoid, either prescription (Retin-A, Renova, Tazorac… just layer it under your night cream) or over the counter (like RoC). they help boost skin cell turnover, which makes for happier pores. those two things aren’t instant solutions—but you’ll see results in weeks/months. in the short-term, yes, try Benefit’s Porefessional. one of my best friends (and really isn’t that the best endorsement) swears by it. and don’t be discouraged by your so-called Thimble Skin. it’s a temporary situation that you will overcome, just give it time
hello eva! i am a freshman in high school and the thoughts of college, like many other students in my school, have started to plague me. aside from having stellar grades, joining clubs, participating in sports/music/etc, what else would you recommend for freshmen to do? all my counselors say that 4 years will go by fast, so how can i make the most of it and make myself unique when it comes to college apps? i really would like to go to a top school and major in medicine + politics. thank you!
this is going to be rather frustrating advice but what I would recommend a freshman to do is to enjoy being a freshman and being in high school. yikes—I can just feel you rolling at your eyes at me. I’m speaking from experience of having gone to a verrrrry competitive high school where people were thinking about college from, like, pre-school. you’re only in high school once and should enjoy it at face value and honestly—so only join clubs you’re genuinely interested in so you can eventually assume leadership positions, participate in sports you really like (not what’s popular), and, yes, get the best grades you can. I think the most important thing when it comes to college admissions is authenticity. admissions offices can spot resume padders a mile away—so operate from the heart. and have fun!