Friday, May 17, 2013

The Face Base Diaries

For any beauty junkie like myself, as if you haven't figured that out yet, our YouTube or preferred web browser history is littered with collection and storage videos. Alas, I'm shielding you from the drawer filled vanity shots of blushers, bronzers, and shadows and bringing it to you in the form of a more edited version.

For a beauty blogger, I don't have twenty foundations littered around the room, rather I take a precautious effort to pick and purchase things that I  know I'll like....thus, you can call me receipt hoarder. 

Like flossing before you brush, priming your skin is not always a necessary step, but a good one. For days when I really want to banish shine, I reach for the Givency Mister Matt Primer. A silicon based, no fuss primer, it's definitely the most oil controlling out of the bunch and leaves a nice base for makeup. The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Oil Free is a rather recent purchase of mine that I'm still trying to grab the ropes on. So far, I don't think it's great for oil control or smoothing, but I do think that it works wonders for combination, dehydrated skin. No "my skin has drunken up all the water in my foundation" look in sight, just nice skin (not to mention it does work really well under the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer). And now, for the most talked about product on the blog, Origins Vitazing Moisturizer. Although this is primarily a skincare product, more likely than not, it serves as my makeshift "evens out the skin tone" sort of base...I know. I'm lazy

We all have those days when our skin is looking a little bit rough around the edges (if you know what I mean) and the Dr. Jart Waterfuse BB is what I reach for. It's never leaves the skin too oily and just leaves a really nice glowy finish to the skin - my absolute favorite. It covers quite nicely and doesn't sink into the dehydrated areas, making it a perfect choice for slap it on and go kind of days. For other times when I've got a bit more time and really want to make my skin look nice, you know I reach for the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil Free. Since I find that I need to slap on a primer before a layer of this, I have been cutting down my use of it. Nevertheless, the dewy, glowy, skin-like outcome is simply irresistible. With all the "oil-free"s scattered here and there, you won't be surprised to hear that the Jouer Matte Moisture Tint is another staple in my stash. Not only does it give an incredibly natural finish (trust me, I'm not one for "I've smothered my face in powder" look) and it keeps oil at bay all day, this is probably one of my most used out of the bunch. 

I round up of six...not too bad, eh? I've had my eye recently on the Clinique CC Cream and the Kevin Aucoin Tinted Balm, but I think I've got enough for now. Any other recommendations are amusingly appreciated.

And all the inhabitants of the face base stocks lived happily ever after...
The End

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