I will not be addressing the reasons behind my fucky skin lately. Nor will I be showing my skincare products in this particular post. But, what I will do is show you what I use if I need a slight confidence boost when I’m visiting either my inlaws, my grandmother, or going out to dinner with my husband. I don’t like depending on makeup as an everything boost. For me it’s about comfort, convenience, and practicality. I’m more picky about choosing specific primers, foundations, and concealers for my skin. I question whether or not the ingredients would only be detrimental to my skins health or beneficial in aiding in it’s recovery. And for these particular items, the price tag is not an issue. I don’t over buy makeup any more. Products like these last me a good while. I hope the information I provide about these products will help someone like they have been helping me.
This seems to be the most popular option for those who have problematic skin like myself. I’ve heard good things about other brands like Alima Pure and other mineral brands, but it’s easier to get my hands on Bare Minerals. Finding the right shades online can be a hassel. And even getting samples can be very tricky. Going to a Bare Minerals free standing store, or even Sephora, I can get a proper colour match. I was lucky to get this from my mother inlaw last Christmas. Since then, I haven’t really used it very much till recently. And I’m glad I picked it up again. Though it seems rather odd, I tend to like applying my powders/mineral foundations with my Real Techniques contouring brush. Though most tend to be fond of their brushes, I don’t really care for them. Their made of animal hair, and the density lightly dusts on the product. I feel that I have no control over the coverage. Over all, if my skin is looking slightly distresses and I want to go food shopping but still look presentable, I dust this on my face. It looks natural, and feels comfortable. If it looks a bit too powdery, I lightly spray my face with my George’s Aloe Spray Mist. It will take the powdery effect down. Mineral foundations to be tend to not be drying, or slick. So for my normal/dry/sensitive skin, it’s perfect.
Here comes the liquid foundation. You all have no idea how hard it is to find an all natural liquid foundation. Though I still have a few issue’s with this particular one, you have to kind of experiment to see how it would work for you. Though the website says this is good for everyone, I seriously stress against it. This is a very nourishing, light reflective foundation. I mainly use this if my skin is feeling particularly dry and I still want that coverage.Applying this with anything outside my fingers tends to make this product look like I buried my face in a basket of chips, and looks totally unnatural. My biggest suggestion with this particular product is to use a primer, apply it with your fingers, then take a tissue, and separate the layers of it into one piece, then blot your face to get the additional oil from the product out of the surface. This product will still hydrate your skin, and still give you coverage if you blot it. Leave it for a few minutes to set into the skin, then powder where desired. This product takes some getting used to. It’s obviously not my everyday foundation. But this product really helps if my skin is feeling dry, and uncomfortable but when I still need my skin to even out. This product also has two potential downsides to it. If you are concerned about being more budget conscious then this isn’t for you. It’s on the higher end scale. Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Olivia Wilde have been known to use this particular brand. It’s had a lot of positive press. Another possible downside is also the smell. I happen to love it. But some might not. It smells like basil. The smell goes away. But it doesn’t irritate me at all. All I suggest is to weigh your options and see if this is really for you.
This has been probably one of the few brands that has concealers available in a reasonable amount of numbers. That has been my main gribe in being on the more natural side with my base. The colours can often be limited. But Oh Sudz has a decent selection, and the formation is pretty hydrating with a decent coverage. I bought this particular compact because our skin tone can change from season to season. My skin can get pretty dark during the summer time. And during the winter, I’m pretty pale. I can easily drift from a 115 (makeup forever shade) to a 118. I know, it’s pretty odd. But, at least with this compact, I won’t have to make a separate purchase for a different shade. One for summer, one for winter, and a yellow for red correction. Though I don’t use this for dark circles, this would still work really well. And blends easily under the eyes. It gives good coverage for blemishes as well. And if you have a cooler undertone to your skin, then Oh Sudz offers a green concealer too. This compect allows you to choose two shades that are most suited to your skintone. Swatches of the concealer are made available.
Confession. I have a bit of a passionately love for Pumpkin and Poppy face products. The powders, and cream products are really amazing for “no makeup” makeup looks. The Celestial powder is one of the better dupes I have seen to the Hourglass Ambient Powders that came out some time ago. When my skin became darker during the late spring and summer, this was rather nice to use as a setting powder and to soften my look. The oil Absorbing Mineral Veil has been lovely. When it comes to powders like this, I still have very little understanding why some other brands like Makeup Forever, and Tarte charge so much money for it. This helps to set my makeup in place without looking like a cake face. And the Celestial looks amazing in photographs. I’m tempted to get more face products from Pumkin and Poppy. Inexpensive, vegan, and supporting a smaller business that contains more natural ingredients that are not heavy to the face.
I hope this post wasn’t terribly long. I try my best to keep my explanations short. But if you’re going to buy makeup or skincare based off of someone’s suggestion, you should be able to hear all the pro’s and cons of certain things and why they love them. I don’t get acne, but I do get breakouts. And I also have Photodermatitis. Finding decent skincare is a lot harder then finding makeup that will not make me react. But makeup can be a big element to how your skin behaves.