Monday, November 28, 2005

Girly Girl Pick of the Week 11/28

Okay, so we go to paint a wall, we prime it... welcome to your face. Before you go to the trouble of the whole eyeshadow, mascara, lipstick thing you've got to prime what's going on under it. Who cares if you're using MAC's newest glitter eyeliner if you've got an uneven skintone thing going on, right?

I am of firm belief that with foundation, you get what you pay for. If you're going for the $2.99 Wet and Wild base because it's cheaper, just don't do it. Remember in the movie "Death Becomes Her" at the end when Glenn Close and Goldie Hawn's faces are cracking and it's like they've got to Bondo it all back together? So is the super cheapola foundation.

That said, you can still find good foundation in the drugstore, just stay away from the crap.

Loreal makes a great line of drugstore foundations, about $11 to $13 that I've found work very well. Also remember Loreal is a subsidiary of Lancome, so I would much rather pay this much than heading to the Lancome counter and paying three times as much for pretty much the same thing. Also, I only like liquid foundations, as the liquid to powder kind of pancake kinds make me break out. If you use these, be sure to either replace the sponge weekly or wash it really well all of the time because the oil from your face gets trapped in them and makes you break out.

Ideal Balance works well if you've got combination skin. The coverage is pretty good, a little on the sheer side, but in all a fairly good product. From their Web site, Idéal Balance contains a special skin-reading technology that helps deliver the perfect balance. Dual Action Complex regulates oil-prone areas and controls shine while adding hydration and helping to protect the dry, sensitive areas. The SPF 10 is a bonus as well, but you're all already putting sunscreen on your faces anyway, right? Right? Even in the winter?

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse is a fairly good foundation if you're in a hurry and want pretty minimal coverage. This is like a good Saturday morning going to the grocery store kind of thing. It goes on a little weird, and you have to use your fingers instead of a makeup wedge which sort of freaks me out a little, but it's quick and that's nice. Comes a good colors, and works for most kinds of skin, but I know it didn't make me break out and I will break out easily if the wind shifts.

Neutrogena Skin Clearing Tint is also a nice, sheer foundation but I actually like to use it under my foundation if I feel like I'm having a bad skin day. It has just a little bit of salycylic acid in it (zit cream) that sort of works all day to help with any blemishes. It smells weird though, be aware of it, kind of like medicine.

Revlon Skinlights Diffusing Tint is nice because it gives you that "dewy" look, but I only like it at night because it's a little too shimmery for daytime and just makes you feel sort of sweaty-looking. Very pretty colors, and the more-pink tones are neat for sort of an ethereal look. I would NOT get this for every day, rather if you're going for some effect or maybe just want a lighter, more casual thing going on. This sort of made me break out, so if you have really sensitive skin, I would think twice about it.

So in the winter, I get these weird dry places on my face and I switch to Clinique's Dewy Smooth Age-Defying Makeup which I love and adore. Works on combination skin and gives really great coverage. ALOT of coverage, so if you're into the more sheer look, stick with a tinted moisturizer, or something I've described above. From their Web site, Ultra-moisturizing, Clinique's fresh new take on foundation glides on even the driest skin, for a comfortable, supple feeling that lasts. Plumping skin too, so yesterday's lines seem to disappear. Evens out skin tone. Protects with SPF 15. BE SURE to use a new makeup sponge every week if you're going to use this because it's really thick and makes it really gunky if you don't.

So there you have it! No excuses for flaky, uneven zit faces! Not even as the weather changes!


sarahbellum said...

you use different foundation for certain activities (i.e saturday grocery shopping)? i always thought you used one type and that was that. thank god i have you for this stuff. can't you just take all your readers to nordy's and we will pay your way in martini/coffee?

Holly said...

I would be SO down with that! We should have a makeup outing day...

I'm going to organize that. We could start off with coffee in the morning and martinis in the afternoon! If people are interested, I'd seriously love to do a Saturday like that!

sarahbellum said...

i have the best ideas! hol-ify me!

Ami said...

Wow. Choices!!! I can't wait to hit the Walgreens and test all the drugstore brands out. Thanks Hol!

sarahbellum said...

in the spirit of all things girly--it might be fun to talk shopping, new fashion, and favorite stores.

just jane said...

Count me in for make-up day.

Ryanne said...

Checking in for Girly Girl Picks. Thanks again for the great blogging. Bookmarked for sure!

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