Don’t Break-Up to Make-Up:
Break-Up with Your Make-Up with Mirvaso

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Look, I love Frozen just as much as the next girl, and I’ll jump at any chance to tie Idina Menzel into a blog post. Queen Elsa’s whole, “Conceal, don’t feel” inner struggle relates to me personally when it comes to skincare, so it’s time to let it go– and rise like the break of dawn and what not. It’s no secret; I’ve been completely ashamed of my skin since I had an intense cystic breakout a few years ago that left my skin red, scarred, and tired. Plus, I’m Italian, so I’m extra oily, and I suffer from moderate Rosacea, so I’m extra red. Let me just tell you… it’s a really attractive combination skin type to have. In my spare time and/or on the weekends, I don’t like wearing makeup, just because I feel like my acne-prone skin needs a breather from the mounds of makeup applied and bacteria accumulated during the work week. However, without makeup, I’m without confidence, and I very rarely like to go out in public.


It’s kind of a vicious cycle, and a lot of people misinterpret my insecurity as aloofness.Reading what I just wrote literally depresses me, so it’s definitely time to take the pledge and break up with my makeup. Now, I’m not saying I’m going to roll out of bed looking like death for work (don’t nobody wanna see dat), but I’d like to rid myself of the “no makeup = ugly = embarrassing = no social interaction” equation. The first step involves tackling–not simply concealing— my Rosacea, an inflammatory skin condition which apparently affects 16 million Americans (women more than men– go figure). Persistent redness is often the first and most noticeable indication of the condition, and fun little dilated facial blood vessels increasing blood flow to the skin are the culprits.

The good news is that apparently I’m not alone in my damage control makeup motif, which is just as frustrating as it is expensive. Over 4 in 5, or 82% to be exact, Rosacea sufferers like moi have used cosmetics to cover up their embarrassing redness. Luckily, Mirvaso® (Brimonidine for you fancy pants medical people) Topical Gel, 0.33%, from the fabulous Galderma Laboratories, L.P., is the first and only gel specifically developed and proven to reduce persistent facial redness of Rosacea. Its impressive results have been reviewed by the FDA for safety and efficacy (so you know it’s legit), and depending on your insurance, prescription co-pays may be as low as $25 per fill.


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Mirvaso® is basically a dermatological lifeline, as it’s easy to use, provides quick results, and lasts for up to 12 hours, and I am finally to a point where I feel confident and comfortable parting ways with my high intensity concealer. Plus, they make sunglasses and baseball hats for under-eye circles. I’m happy to report that the combination of Mirvaso® and the gorgeous Florida summer weather, including our budding seasonal flowers and the need for sunglasses, makes me completely unaware of my Rosacea and has me smiling makeup-less from ear to ear… for the first time in like forever.

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If you’re anything like me, admitting you have any sort of condition is half the battle… the other half is getting up and doing something about it. Don’t be one of those Rosacea sufferers who steers clear of the dermatologist in fear of the cost of treatment. It’s actually proven that, on average, those affected spend $36 on a single non-prescription product that promises to hide or cover-up their facial redness… and probably doesn’t. This stuff is the real deal, y’all, and you’ll feel back to your usual outdoor {and sunlit} socializing.


Hawaii, Kailua-Kona. Royal Kona, Stephanie Ziajka, Diary of a Debutante, Flowers
Mirvaso, Galderma Laboratories, Clever Girls Collective, Nails


Oh ya, and don’t forget to enter the Break Up with Your Makeup Sweepstakes for a chance to win a trip to the Emmys! Click the link or use the widget below to enter. Make a pledge to protect your skin and potentially take the trip of a lifetime. If you win, pleeeeease take me with you! I hope I’ve convinced some of you fellow redness-ridden beauties out there to break up with your makeup, as well, and do something about your facial Erythema or Rosacea. It ain’t no big thing, and if I can take confident makeup-less selfies, so can you!


Have a fabulous rest of your weekend, lovelies!

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 or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

♥ Stephanie


7 thoughts on “Don’t Break-Up to Make-Up:
Break-Up with Your Make-Up with Mirvaso

  1. Caroline

    Okay that sounds amazing! I'm struggling with some skin issues at the moment (for the first time in years) and I feel like I'm butting up against a wall! You look beautiful!

  2. Jessica

    I have really been wondering about my makeup lately. I am disliking more and more the idea of my skin absorbing chemicals in my makeup.

    I also saw a documentary on Netflix over the weekend that said if we ate cleaner foods we would need less makeup for glowing pretty skin.


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