On the hunt for the perfect foundation

Foundation

Lately I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my skin. When I go to work, I don’t wear a ton of makeup, but I need foundation to even out my skin tone. Since I’m at a desk all day and don’t want to be overly made up, I’ve always tended to choose lighter foundations. However, the problem I’ve realized is that throughout the day it wears off and my skin looks very red and uneven. So, I started to look around and now I’m on the hunt for the best foundation for my skin.

I decided to start looking around in my own collection of makeup to see what I had been neglecting to use.  Since I have sensitive skin, I started to use my Bobbi Brown Illuminating Skin Compact Foundation. While I liked the feel of this powder, it felt like it was just a pressed powder I was putting on my face and therefore it doesn’t have much staying power.

I decided to try a few foundations that I had been hearing a lot about. One is the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I heard this lasted 12 hours and it was good for oily skin so I gave it a try. While I wasn’t a fan of the texture of it (very clay like), it did have good staying power. It’s a full coverage foundation but doesn’t feel like it, and my skin stayed red-free all day. My only issues with this foundation were that it made my skin feel very clammy and I looked extremely pale with it. Granted I have fair skin but I think the color washed me out even more. I ended up returning this foundation but I want to give it a try when I have a tan-then I might like it a little better.

Another one I decided to try was the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Foundation. I’ve never tried drugstore foundation before but had heard rave reviews about this one. I like the eraser top on it because it helps distribute just enough product. It’s a nice, light foundation but I still get red throughout the day. I have almost finished one tube of it and will repurchase it since it’s a) inexpensive b) a good foundation that’s easy to apply on those days you need to get your makeup done fast.

I also did buy a Laura Mercier foundation but I haven’t worn it enough to determine if I like it or not.

One of my favorites that I keep coming back to is my Bobbi Brown Skin foundation. It stays fairly well on my oily skin but I still get that redness throughout the day. I’ll probably always keep this in my collection because it feels good on my skin and looks natural.

I still have my BareMinerals still and am thinking about going back to that for awhile. I don’t know why I stopped using it in the first place but maybe once I start to use it again it’ll grow on me. Now that summer is almost here I’m thinking my skin might like the break from liquid foundation for awhile.

There are some other foundations I’d like to try as well including a new one from Benefit, and two from Make Up For Ever including their HD foundation and the matte velvet plus. I’m also looking into another mineral foundation which is the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Powder.

Any of you have any recommendations for a foundation you love?


BareMinerals foundation
$28 – macys.com

Tarte makeup
$38 – drugstore.com

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer
$42 – bloomingdales.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics foundation
$46 – bloomingdales.com

A few of my favorite things….

I wanted to start a new lil mini series about some of my new favorite things. One of those would be the Clarisonic Mia that I got for Christmas from my parents. I asked for the Mia because it’s smaller than the other Clarisonic (the name escapes me right now..I think it’s the Clarisonic Plus?!) Anywhos, the larger Clarisonic is meant for exfoliation your whole body in addition to your face. I’d rather not use something on my body and face, just doesn’t seem sanitary to me. Plus, with the smaller one, since I travel a fair amount this was the perfect size. It comes with a charger, traveling case, Philosophy Purity face wash and two brush heads.

I’ve only been using it a week but have noticed a HUGE difference in my skin. My face looks much brighter than before and my nose (which always has clogged pores) has completely cleared up. I’m anxious to see how this will help with the breakouts I get on my face. Every few weeks or so, I breakout and get a few pimples and I’m hoping this might be the solution to my problem.

It helps that it’s in leopard too..I mean who wouldn’t want to clean their face with something that has leopard on it?!
Keep checking back over the next week or so..I’ll be sharing some of my other favorite things and the things Santa brought me too!

Please help me out!!

I recently entered a contest for my favorite brand of makeup, Bobbi Brown. She’s looking for her next “Pretty Powerful” face for her next ad campaign…

Here’s what happens..

There will be one winner (with the most votes) from each state. Those semi finalists will win a $100 gift card and also are the semi finalists that Bobbi Brown herself will select the winner from.

I’m currently in the lead for my state of Nebraska and would really love your vote! The contest ends on November 11 and you only have to vote once, and there’s no signing up for anything. When you click on the link, you just have to hit vote.

I really would appreciate your vote (and one from any computer, ipad, phone etc!) All you have to do is hit VOTE!

http://prettypowerful.bobbibrowncosmetics.com/contestants?per_page=30&search=state&sort_by=votes&word=nebraska#contestant_leader=2671

That’s the link…thanks so much. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!

Drugstore Beauty

As much as I love make-up, I don’t want to spend a ton of money on it these days because although I’m a pageant girl, I really dislike putting on tons of make-up each day. I like to just put on some foundation, mascara, a little blush and lip gloss and be done. I’ll be honest I never really gave many of the products at    Walgreen’s a second look till I started watching YouTube videos and learning how much all makeup products are alike; it doesn’t really matter the name brand on it. So, I decided to give these a try…

Wet n Wild 3 Color Palettes

I saw this on a Youtube channel I love to watch called Beauty Broadcast. She has this in one of her videos as a dupe to three MAC eyeshadows. MAC eyeshadows are currently my favorite. Out of all the eyeshadows I’ve ever used, MAC seems to have the best staying power for me. This Wet n Wild palette was a great find for me. I paid around $3 for it and I love that it tells you where each shade should go. I’m pretty bad at figuring out what colors to use for my crease and lid. This palette has a nice natural finish to it and it has a hint of shimmer. Overall, I really liked these shadows. They had a staying power similar to MAC.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick
I saw these as well on Beauty Broadcast, and I believe she had it as a dupe for the MAC Viva Glam. I recently discovered Viva Glam and absolutely love it (more to come on that in another post). This drugstore alternative is a favorite of mine now too. It was very creamy which I like in a lip gloss and they had a nice variety of nude and pinky nude shades which are my favorite. I think I paid around $5 for this one. 

I’ve found some other new beauty and makeup channels to watch on YouTube and I have a loooooong list of other drugstore products I want to try! Any suggestions on any great drugstore finds I should try?

Gimme head with hair long beautiful hair..

I have hair envy.

I wish that I could blow dry my hair and be done with it each day. But I can’t. Doing my hair is an hour long process.

This is pretty much what my natural hair looks like. My dad has very thick straight hair and my mom has curly hair. I got the combination of the two…and I’m not a fan of it. I know almost every woman hates their hair for some reason or another. I do like that I have very thick hair that I can do a lot with, however I think of how much time I spend on doing my hair everyday and I’ve probably lost days of my life while dealing with this mane of hair. (P.S. I also envy girls who can go for a few days without washing their hair. Since I work out almost everyday and sweat like a 15 year old boy, there’s no getting around not washing my hair.)
I don’t leave my hair curly too often. The only time I will is if it’s supposed to rain or be humid, aka summer in Nebraska. Most days, I straighten it and am done with it.
I’ve heard about this phenomenon called a “Dry bar.” They’ve popped up in larger cities around the US over the past few months. They don’t do cuts or colors there, just hair blowouts. I’ve tried for years to master this blow out technique and can’t do it. I can’t twist my arms to work well with both a brush and blowdryer.
The other day I found out that there’s a Dry Bar across the street from the hotel I’m staying at in Scottsdale this summer. I’ll be there for our Arizona NAM pageant in July (Yes, it’s the hottest month of the year and is also monsoon season there-doesn’t get any better than that). A few days after Arizona, we have our next pageant in Utah, so the bf and I are staying in Arizona a few extra days rather than driving back home and immediately leaving again.
I decided I’m going to try out this Dry Bar since it’s right by our hotel. Paying someone $35 to wash and dry my hair in a half hour is totally worth it. I’ve already made my appointment and am so looking forward to it. Their goal is to one day have a Dry Bar in every city..when it comes here, I will definitely be in investing in a monthly membership to it! Below is their menu..what blowout should I get?

Wednesday’s Beauty Pick

I have a slight addiction to makeup…I’m a self-proclaimed beauty junkie. This comes as being a little bit odd to me because I haven’t always been into makeup. When I was in high school, I never wore makeup. In college, maybe I’d consider it once in awhile. I’m not quite sure why I always disliked it. I think it might have had to due with the way it made my face feel.

It wasn’t within the past two years that I really discovered the right products that help to enhance my natural beauty. Although I wasn’t a fan of makeup growing up, I did learn a thing or two about makeup and makeup application from my dance and pageant days. Since I think I have finally perfected my beauty routine, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products. It’ll be a weekly post and here’s the first!

Bare Minerals Matte Foundation

Bare Minerals was a foundation I began using when it first came onto the scene. I had the woman at Sephora show me how to apply it and I was mesmerized by the way it looked and of course bought it. But like many products, it came home and sat in my bathroom drawer….and sat…and sat.. Every once in awhile, I’d try it again, but I never had the same results and didn’t like the look I produced.

So recently I decided I wanted to switch foundations. My face was starting to break out from my current foundation, not to mention, I wasn’t happy with the way my face felt after putting it on so I decided to give Bare Minerals one more try.

On Sunday, I made a trip to Ulta and picked up Bare Minerals matte. According to the packaging, it was going to do what I needed it to do (even out my skin tone) but not leaving it looking oily). I was a bit skeptical since my previous Bare Minerals foundation made my face look a bit cakey and oily HOWEVER, this one did the opposite. It evens out my complexion beautifully and feels as if I have nothing on.

At about $28, this is my new pick for everyday foundation. Makes you look completely natural and it stays all day..

3…2….1….lift off!

I like to consider myself an expert traveler. Ok….I’m not an expert, but with how much traveling I do, I’ve definitely learned about how to pack and what to pack. I fly at least once a month and almost every weekend from March until Labor day I’m on the road traveling with my part time job with the pageant. Being gone this much means I don’t have the time to unpack everyday necessities, so I’ve learned to buy two of all my essentials: a regular size and travel edition.

Here are some of my best tips that I hope will help you the next time you travel….

PACKING

Packing is something you either dread or you enjoy. I particularly enjoy it because I am always excited to go out of town. However, in this day and age where airlines charge you an arm and a leg for luggage, we all have to be a bit stricter on ourselves with what we pack. For me, that means one less pair of shoes….or three ;) No lie, one of the times I get the most nervous is when I do check my bag and they have to weigh it!! I’m always over the limit, but a nice smile always gets me off the hook (teehee!)

Since many people are opting these days to forgo checked luggage and prefer carryon, I suggest getting fun luggage. Plain black or a bold red color just aren’t as much fun as a print can be. My pick comes from Vera Bradley, the rolling duffle (NOTE: From here on out, you’ll be hearing a lot more about Vera Bradley from me. I have quite the obsession with it!)

The 22″ is perfect as a carry-on. It’s the perfect size for a weekend getaway, not to mention, how adorable is the print!? I’d beware and NOT ever check such adorable luggage. I know from experience with the way that airlines handle bags, the first time you check it that it’ll be ruined in some way or form.

If you do opt to check your luggage and are looking for a good duffle carry-on, I suggest the Weekender from Vera.

You can hold the handles, sling it on your shoulder or use the long shoulder strap. It’s a great size to fit your purse, magazines, books, computer, ipod etc. There’s also 4 pockets on the inside, two on the outside and an outside zippered pocket. As my mom always says, pockets make it easy for you to stow your plane ticket and id so you never lose it. You know the saying….mom is ALWAYS right!

When you do pack, I suggest you put your shoes on the bottom, along with any hair tools so that you clothes rest on top of them when you roll your luggage. Otherwise, the heavy items will weigh down and wrinkle your clothes.

And one last thing…..jewelry packing. I have found the absolute, best thing to pack your jewelry in. And of course, it’s Vera! It’s the jewelry book.

This is perfect for traveling because a) it’s thing b) it has clear, zippered pockets in all different sizes so you have all of your jewelry organized in one place. No more untangling necklaces and trying to match up earrings.

Toiletries
Like I said earlier, get two of everything. It doesn’t matter if you travel a lot, or rarely, but it’ll make your life A LOT easier. I have all of my travel toiletries in a clear, plastic makeup bag all ready to go. This way, before I leave, I can check to see if I need to re-stock anything.

The toiletry essentials include…

-toothbrush
-toothpaste
-shampoo
-conditioner
-razor
-shaving gel
-brush
-lotion
-moisturizer
-face wash

Extra toiletries I pack…

-aspirin
-Static guard
-Febreze
-Downy wrinkle release
-hairspray
-hair ties
-Tide to go stick

Makeup

If anyone is as much of a beauty junkie as me, I know you want to bring ALL of your makeup along, just like myself. But again less is more.

Recently, I’ve found two great travel makeup items that have EVERYTHING you need.

The first is from Bobbi Brown, my makeup of choice. This item is only available from QVC and has all foundation items you need in a small compact. It has corrector, concealer, foundation, and powder. It’s great for travel or to keep in your purse for touch-ups.

The other item is from Toofaced and is the Glamour 2 Go. It has multiple eyeshadow colors, a blush and four lip colors to choose from. Again, in a small compact that won’t take up too much room.

These are just some of the basics….expect more to come at a later date!