It's time for a "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This time it's hard to say what this product is other than a base. It's the Color Me Underglow Hydrator and I love it. I've worn it as foundation, I've used it under foundation, and over foundations. I've used it as a base for highlight on the cheekbones. So for me it's very versatile.
I feel like I don't get to discuss makeup with you as much as I'd like to. I'm definitely more invested and passionate about skincare than I am makeup the older I get. Which I never thought I would feel that way but I truly do love my skin and I try to show it love lol. Anyway, I love makeup too and through the past few months I've got to try a lot of makeup that's both new and some that I just discovered for myself. From high end to drugstore we're gonna talk about all the products I've been using the most here lately.
I've had the pleasure of getting to use a new serum from a company that I hadn't been acquainted with yet. It's called the First Light Serum and it's from Ceramiracle. This product opportunity came about at a time when I was in desperate need of intense hydration for my very very dehydrated and dry skin. I've went through that whole problem/issue in my Stressed Skin Go To's post.
The time is upon us. Sephora's Friends and Family event is only days away if you happen to be buds with an associate, otherwise it's in mid November. I waited till last minute just so I could get an idea of what sets are going to be the best and what looks interesting. This will also be in parts: skincare and makeup, and then the things I'm interested in. Let's get started.
I recently done my favorites in Skincare right now. So now I'm gonna do my makeup favorites as of late. Lets get into them.
It's been a while since I've done a roundup of my favorite beauty products. So why don't I just do one then. I have quite a long list. I may break it into two posts. One for skin and one for makeup. That way it won't be crazy long and I can talk about the products more.
So this is going to be the Skincare Favorites of right now. I'm hard on skincare, I'm extremely picky on what products I "like/love" because I test so many. I'm constantly rotating stuff so you have to MAKE ME want to use you. Either by results, the feel, or sensory bliss like smell etc etc.
Time for another "Why Isn't Anyone Talking About This?" post. This products has actually not been out very long, but I've heard no buzz about it at all. No buzz before it launched and no buzz afterwards. Not that I seen anyway. I can not figure out why.
This is the second time Bare Minerals has made it into this series. So I'm going to go ahead and say that their latest makeup that they've been putting out like the Invisible Bronzer and Invisible Glow. Plus their Gen Nude Matte Liquid Lips that have been out for a while, which are my absolute faves, are solid products. I'm also a huge fan of the Bareskin Concealer, talking about it several times on here.
I'm happy to add another solid product to that list. So I'm talking about the Bare Minerals Bare Pro foundation. It's still new. I've had mine for about 3 weeks I guess. I kept waiting on people to talk about it and no one did. So I will! This is a light weight, liquid formula. However, the pigment in this is unreal making it full coverage without the weighted down, pore clogging, cake-y looking, side effects from most full coverage foundations.
It's a pump packaging in a glass bottle. You get 1 oz and it runs for $34. Which I'm cool with because every, single, foundation I'm seeing these days are up around $40-$50 or more. Which I have and would pay for a very good foundaiton but still it's nice to see them sticking to the price point that I've always seen them have. There are 30 shades which in my opinion is impressive.
The pigment in this is so strong that you definitely need your correct color. I normally can make a shade slightly darker or llighter than my actual skin tone work with other foundations. This one I could've went with a bit of a darker shade because again the pigment was so potent that it was easier to tell that it wasn't going to be the exact color match. Which I fixed with bronzer and concealer in some spots. So definitely not a catastrophe like sometimes that can be.
I have used this with a stippling brush and a sponge. I recommend a brush and stippling it on to get the most coverage but using a really dense sponge like the Elf teal sponge or Morphe Sponge still worked just fine, it just caused me to use more product which I'd rather not do if I can avoid it.
So yea, there ya go. I think you should check this out. It's at Ulta and Sephora. I love it. I've not used anything else since I got it.
Below is a gallery of me wearing shade 03 Champagne
With Halloween getting closer (yes!) I think it would be a good idea to tell you how I take care of over stressed skin. Last Halloween I believe I done around 20 looks as part of a campaign for a company. Super stressful on the skin especially toward the end of the month. I use SFX makeup, fake blood, liquid latex, an assortment of paints, etc etc. We're not talking one base color we're talking maybe 3 to get it opaque. I'll drop in some photos that I've done both last year and this year so you can see how detailed it can get.
By the end of the campaign last year I was toast. My eyes were tired and sensitive. My skin just kinda hurt. However, I was not doing the extra steps to replenish the skin and take care of it while scrubbing all the paint off. So of course it was sensitive, dry, a bit chapped to be honest, and red. It took a week of no makeup and gentle skincare to get it to feeling better but since then I've learned what my "go to" routines are. (maybe I'll make that a series) I have one for breakouts, I have one for stressed skin, I have one for reactive skins. This would be the stressed/tired/sensitive skin routine from constant abuse with paints lol.
So lets get into it:
Right off the bat....double cleanse (Thank you Caroline Hirons for coining the term). Please just do it. For any makeup not just face paint. I prefer a balm for that instead of an oil. That's just me. I do however like the Dermalogica Pre Cleanse but that's really the only one. I love the Elemis Pro Collagen Cleansing Balm and Farmacy Green Clean both are very different. A more affordable option is Botanics Cleansing Balm. I feel like it's better suited for oilier skin types. It takes a bit to get the eyeliner off your face with this specific balm so it does have it's draw backs.
For the 2nd cleanse I use something very gentle like Youth To The People, Kate Sommerville Gentle Cleanser, Soco Botanicals Citrus Gem cleanser, etc. Anything gentle will work. I try not to use my Clarisonic too much on sensitive skin. Even with the softest brush it can be too much for my skin at the least amount of pressure. So a warm face cloth is my best bet for this.
Next I go in with my usual treatments of serums, oils, and sprays. I tend to leave out Acid toning and Retinol during the most intense times unless they're very mild. I love using Martian Water Gel Toner from Sunday Riley when my skin is sensitive. It's meant to be calming and soothing for problematic skin. I don't have problematic skin but it's definitely beneficial for tired and sensitive skin. I always go in with Vitamin C though, everyday. I use a milder version usually a 10%-15%. Keep in mind this is for the times when the skin is very sensitive and tired. Not an everyday routine for me.
Next I tend to go in heavier with oils. I like anything with blue tansy or carrot in it. I'm a big fan of the Mahalo Balm which is more like a concentrate, I love Juno from Sunday Riley because it's packed with antioxidants. May Lindstrom Blue Cocoon balm concentrate is lovely for inflammation and really "feeding the skin" with blue tansy. The serums from The Granola Goat like 24 carrot, and Seeing Clearly. Seeing Clearly has Blue Tansy in it and obviously 24 Carrot has carrot. I like oils that are super rich and thicker feeling because they seem to be the best for replenishing tired skin or dry skin.
After oils I use a refreshing spray. My preferred one is First Aid Beauty Vital Greens Face Mist. It's cooling and feels amazing. I also really like the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mist. Very hydrating and helpful.
Lastly I go in with creams to lock everything in. I like more rich creams instead of water creams or hydrating gels. I love the Dr. Roebocks FACE cream it's very light weight. It's certainly rich in texture. I love it. Some others that I like are Lala Retro Whipped Cream from Drunk Elephant it has 6 different oils in it. Fresh Corset Cream is another good choice because it's very light weight as usual. Also Cicapair from Dr. Jart is fantastic if you notice you're having a reaction/itchiness or inflammation and redness.
Now this step is imperative. A sleeping mask. My absolute favorite is Exuviance Overnight Recovery Masque which you actually use before moisturizer, let it sit for 5 minutes and then put on your moisturizer. The others go on last. For those Laneige Water Sleeping mask. It's like a blast of cold air and feels so wonderful. Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask is also lovely and has soothing qualities specifically.
I tend to use actual masks more than I normally do during this season. So like maybe 3 times a week but I mix it up between sheet masks, hydro gel masks, and mud masks. I love the When gel type of sheet masks, as well as the Miss Spa masks. I like Biobelle sheets masks and Ebanel. For mud masks I like to detox with May Lindstrom Problem Solver, Shea Moisture Charcoal mud mask, etc. I also like anti-oxidant rich masks like Youth To The People mask, Aveseena Honeyactive Mask, and Farmacy Honey Potion.
Recently, I got the pleasure of trying the Fresh Vitamin Nectar Moisture Face Glow cream. I'm a huge fan of Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy Mask as you probably know. I'm a big fan of Fresh in general, their Black Tea Line is amazing. Actually, everything is that I've tried so far. I actually really want to try the Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner that's relatively new....but I digress.
Today we're going to do a brand round up! It's going to be on Sunday Riley. Now I don't have every single products but I have a lot and I have enough to give you some thoughts on what I would get from them and in general if they're products make a difference/warrant the price tag. It's going to be very honest, and in some parts it might sounds harsh. I don't mean it to come off as that but I'm not gonna waste time sugarcoating the way of telling you if a product didn't do it for me.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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