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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Summer Foundation Routine


In textbooks, summer sounds nice. Actually, correction, in Kinfolk Magazine's Saltwater Issue, summer sounded fantastique. Unfortunately, though, I live in a land-locked state, the only sea salt I'm seeing is residual on sea shells from long vacations past, and, for goodness sakes, the only salt I'm tasting is that from my sweat (I know that's rather graphic). The latter part has turned out to be one of the biggest haunts when it comes to my base, but my induced oily complexion is another pain.

To mend such matters means that I can't just slap on the same base I did back in January; trust me, I tried, but it didn't turn out so well. Said base? Well, it begins with the Smashbox Photo Finish Light Foundation Primer. Its silicon constituent creeps me slightly, but it's not too heavy and is light on the skin for oil-control and lasting power without the fear of it clogging my skin. After a smear of the first layer, I throw on the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: another product you're definitely tired of hearing about. Luckily, though, I haven't been needing too much of this because my skin adores summer (both the humidity and the vitamin D) and my skincare routine has pulled out quite the stunts. Now is the time that I introduce the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. Wow, I should have named this post "Lillian's most loved products, volume 11942." Nevertheless, I use this magical blending wand to mend in concealer, as well as tap on my summer skin savior: the Tarte Amazonian Clay Airbrush Foundation. A new catch, this mineral powder supplies a hint more coverage to my complexion to keep it looking perfect all day, as well as tones down the dew but keeps the radiance, while swishing away any surface oil throughout the day, because I don't need any more shine when my sweat glands are this active.

Although the introduction to this post sounds rather negative, my summer is turning out to be rather fantastic--especially since my face is looking swell with this trio; these are the things that make me happy...and ballet, too. 

22 comments :

  1. Oh gosh, I really had to try hard to not laugh out whilst reading your first paragraph —take into account that I'm sitting in an office and secretly reading this, ha! But back on topic: please do tell all about the shade range of this foundation. I've been hearing raves left and right and something that suppresses shine and, err, sweat is great in my books.

    PS. That's one gorgeous scarf you've got there. It reminds me of the ocean, which I'll visit next week —whoop!

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  2. J'adore the smashbox primer, it is seriously amazing.

    Laura | Laurzrah xx

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  3. As I am reading this the sweat is literally dripping from my face and I'm pretty sure I have a wet bum due to excessive sweat-production. To much information? Not at all. Cheers!

    And a lovely post, as always, Lil ;)

    xx Babette

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  4. I want to try that foundation but I definitely don't need more foundation!

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

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  5. I had that Tarte foundation but unfortunately I got the shade too dark! Must get it in the right shade because as far as I could tell when I did use it, it was amazing :)
    Phoebe | Eat. Live. Love. Repeat.

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  6. I've heard some good things about the Smashbox primer! Definitely wanna try it out x

    L&L from sisterblend

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  7. Oh I just picked my own Nars concealer tube.. a first! have great expectations.. we'll see!

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  8. I loved reading this post! I am a big fan of the smashbox primer, that paired with the Urban Decay all-nighter spray and you're makeup will not budge... no matter how sweaty you are!


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  9. Haha! Considering I'm usually the only one who laughs at my jokes, I'm so flattered. Back to business: I have the lightest shade in the foundation, and I almost find it a bit too pale for my light, light skin. I hope that helps. And thanks for the compliment on the scarf. My grandmother brought it back for me from Italy. x


    P.S. Care to pack me in your suitcase for your vacation? I'll bring the Tarte foundation.... (:

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  10. Considering I get pools of sweat on my eyelids on a regular basis, I'm happy to know I'm not the only overtly sweaty person. I also ask for it when I dance as much as I do. Thanks, Babette. x

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  11. Ah, foundations are always so difficult to match. My shade is a bit too light, but I can work with it, especially since the formula is so great. x

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  12. I'm in need of a second tube. Maybe that helps *wink?* x

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  13. Let me know what you think. I have a feeling you'll love it. x

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  14. I tried the All-Nighter Spray once and I need to give it a go. And this duo you speak of sounds like a match made in heaven. x

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  15. Sure, that sounds like a date? Only if you can find some wiggle room in my suitcase though, ha!

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  16. Such a great post! I share your love for the first three products, so I trust your tastes enough to say that I need to try out the Tarte powder foundation.

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