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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Let's Talk Foundations

I am in desperate need of a new foundation.  I have used so many different kinds in the past few years, but still haven't found one I love.  I've featured a few of the recent ones I've tried on the blog, but - to be honest - none of them have really blown me away.  I am very open to suggestions if anyone has any!

Let me show you what I've been using in rotation.

First, I always put on my moisturizer with SPF, let it absorb, and then put on "spackle" by Laura Geller.  It's a primer that helps your make-up last longer, especially if you have oily skin like I do.  I usually wait about a minute or so for that to dry as well.

(Please ignore the toothbrush, toothpaste, and my husband's deodorant in the background.  #thatsreallife)


I've been using Oil of Olay's CC creams over the past few months, but I liked them better when I first tried them.  Now they're just too thick for the hot summer days.  I've even "diluted" them with moisturizer, but then they feel sticky on my skin.  Plus, I need a shade between the light/medium and the medium/dark.  I've just been mixing them for now.


One of my all-time favorite foundations is "Traceless" by Prescriptives.  Years ago, Prescriptives used to have make-up counters at all the big department stores, but then all of a sudden they were gone.  I have no idea what happened, but they still have a website.  The only problem with this brand is that it's not cheap (I think it's approximately $35/bottle) and it only comes in 1 oz. tubes, so it doesn't last long either.  I'm looking for a cheaper option.  I have a little bit left in my last tube.


I shared not too long ago that I liked Target's "e.l.f." brand BB cream.  Nix that.  I had been mixing that with moisturizer, too, because it was too thick on its own, but by the end of the day, I feel it sliding off my face.  Plus, the tube itself makes it hard to get the product out of - - so a lot of the product gets wasted.

No matter what type of liquid foundation I use, I like to follow it up with some sort of powder.  I've used it Cosmetics' "Celebration" foundation (got it free at a QVC beauty event) and also bareMinerals original foundation.  They're both just okay.  I'm trying to finish them up, though, before I purchase anything else.



What I'd really like is just a tinted moisturizer, preferably on the thinner side in terms of consistency.  I tried Laura Mercier's a while ago based on its good reviews, but I remember it not providing much coverage.  Any other suggestions, anyone?  If I can find a great drugstore one, I'd be even happier!

PS - I'm currently testing one new product right now - Jergens' Natural Glow "Instant Sun."  I decided to dive in and get the deep bronze shade rather than the light bronze.  I just showered and applied, so I'll let you know how it works.  (I'm terrible at applying self-tanner, though.  I get impatient and just slap it on, and then I notice how streaky I am later!  Does this happen to any of you?)


9 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see how your Jergen's instant glow works. I have their daily skin moisturizer and love it so much! Happy Wednesday!! xo

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    1. Well, I tried it last night and, while the color is much darker than the Jergens Natural Glow, it made me a bit itchy. I definitely got streaks, too, but I blame that on myself with the application. I'm going to try again! :-)
      BB

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  2. Hi BB. I have sensitive and dry (aka tempermental) skin; I used Bare Minerals foundation powder for a while. I'm a fumble fingers because I could never get it buffed into my skin just right, or my skin got dry and I had to moisturize and mess everything up. Forget liquid foundation - trying to find the right shade - forehead slap! So, I don't wear foundation - just a really good (thick) moisturizer and 30 SPF sunscreen (Neutrogena Ultrasheer). However, for cleaning, I do love the rareMinerals (by Bare Minerals) powder facial wash/exfoliant. You mix it with water in your hand and make a lather. It soothes my skin, gets the sweat/lotion/sunscreen off, and makes my skin feel great! Sorry - not much help... Have a great day!

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    1. Hi, Laurie!
      I know that bareMinerals has a new, serum-like liquid foundation. Not sure how it is or if it's worth trying, but I hate to invest in something a little more pricey until I know more about it. I have heard about the cleanser but didn't know how well it worked -- I'm glad you like it, though! I'll have to check it out. I wonder if it would work with my Clarisonic? I'm not sure if I can use an exfoliant with it.
      Wow - I have a lot of research to do... haha.
      Thanks for your comments!!! :-)
      BB

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  3. Ohh, I've never heard of Jergen's Instant Sun! It's faster than Natural Glow, I assume? Might have to try that!

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    1. It's definitely darker than the Natural Glow, and it got streaky on me... but I'm always terrible when it comes to the application! UGH! Any tips? I don't particularly care for the scent of the Natural Glow one. Maybe I just need to try another brand?
      :-)
      BB

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  4. I really like Cliniques CC cream, evens out skin tone without a TON of coverage and it feels super light on.

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  5. For a cheap brand I think Cover Girl foundation is actually pretty good. It's not too thick and it covers my redness (from Rosacea).

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