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My Top 3 Foundation Musts

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My Top 3 Foundation Musts

A natural born skeptic, I live by the “if it sounds too good to be true…” motto. Just because everyone loves a new anything, this is my cue to question it first, especially if it’s editable or topical.

Bold Blind Beauty

To Believe or Not to Believe

So when BB Creams (beauty balm) began hitting the US market in 2011 and everyone raved, I was skeptical. While the major selling point was the products are an all-in-one to save steps and time I still wasn’t sold.

When choosing a foundation, I look for 3 things:

  1. Does it cause a negative skin reaction? If I’m allergic to a product it’s a deal-breaker. I’ve had situations where initially the product didn’t cause a reaction only to find out later it didn’t work for me.
  2. Is it easy to apply? I’ve had cream, liquid and pancake foundation formulas some of which were a pain to blend in evenly. On an occasion or two even after testing the foundation I would end up with a formula that I didn’t like. When you lose your sight, many things become challenging and I for one prefer my make-up to be one less challenge. Ease of application is a MUST.
  3. Does it give me good results? Depending on several factors like humidity or my skin’s condition, if the foundation is too sheer it won’t give me the desired coverage. If it’s too heavy and I can feel it on my skin or if it doesn’t properly match my skin tone then I either change the formula or the brand.

A Little BB Cream History

BB Creams, technically known as blemish balm or blemish base, is a multi-tasking product that has skin care and coverage properties. Many consider this all in one cream a tinted moisturizer that works as a primer, concealer, and protectant. While overall the benefits of BB Creams seem to outweigh the negatives there are some tips that could ease the application process. 

  1. For example, at the moment the range of shades/colors are more applicable to light and olive skin.  For darker skin, one could add a little foundation to the cream to achieve a blended look.
  2. Since BB Creams are somewhat thicker in consistency than regular moisturizers you might want to use a moisturizer prior to applying the cream.

My first BB Cream (Missha M Perfect Cover B.B. Cream SPF 42 No. 27) is okay but it’s a thick consistency. Since this is a new product for me I’ll consult with one of my friends to see if I’m applying it for proper coverage. Because this is a new product for me, there will be a learning curve. I’ll have to give it some time to learn an application process that works best for me.

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Slightly blurred photo of several bottles of BB creams. 

Have a fabulous day!

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates.” ~Kate Angell

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Easy 5-Step Skincare Regimen Before Makeup

Pre-Makeup Skincare Program

Picture of Mary Kay Skincare Products referenced in Steps 1-5.Last week I talked about my preference for Mary Kay skincare products because they work for me. This week I’m sharing the steps I follow for caring for my skin’s daytime needs.

Before I dive in, you need to understand what works for me may not necessarily work for you. I urge you to experiment and find products suited to your skin’s needs.

Timewise is the product line used in each step

Step 1: 3-in-1 Cleanser. I use a quarter-size amount, wet my skin with warm water then apply the cleanser and gently work it into a lather. then rinse and pat dry.

Step 2: Day Solution Sunscreen SPF 35. I apply one squirt from the spritzer bottle in my hand. Then dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 3: Age-Fighting Moisturizer. I use about a half of a dime size (a little of the moisturizer goes a long way). Then, like the Day Solution, I dot it all over my face and gently massage into my skin.

Step 4: Foundation Primer. A dime size amount applied like the same way as in steps 2 and 3.

Step 5: Concealer. I squeeze a little less than a pea size amount on the tip of one finger and apply to problem areas with a finger on the opposite hand.

After the above 5 steps, I apply my Mineral Powder Foundation and complete my look with eyeliner, mascara and lip color.


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Why A Good Skincare Regimen Is Important

The Skinny On Skincare 

Trial Size TimeWise Miracle Set and a picture of me without makeup.
TimeWise Miracle Set & a picture of me pre-makeup.

A good skincare regimen is a key factor in makeup application. After all, if you don’t take care of your skin, using makeup becomes a moot point.

Many factors, like what you eat, water intake, smoking, sun exposure, weather, pollution, genetics, and topical products can impact the health of your skin. Knowing your skin type is a critical piece of a successful skin care regimen.

I learned at an early age my skin was really sensitive and would break out for no clear reason. This meant I had to be careful of soaps and other products or risk an outbreak.

In my teens and early twenties, my skin was oily and acne prone. It didn’t help matters (I really hate to admit this publicly) but I squeezed my zits even though I knew better.

So I went from oily/combination to normal/dry and these days I feel like my skin is so dry in comparison the Sahara Desert is like a rainforest. With the exception of my face, I am constantly slathering on lotion and applying lip balm to my lips.

Our skin changes over time and as it changes so should our skincare routine. For the five skin types, normal, dry, oily, combination, and sensitive, require product specifically designed to meet the needs of each category.

An Easy Timesaving Skincare Solution

My product line of choice for many years was Mary Kay and my daily skin care routine consisted of a cleanser, freshener, moisturizer, and foundation. I also used a facial mask twice weekly.

Since Mary Kay skincare products were so effective for me, I didn’t feel the need to look for comparable products. In recent years Mary Kay developed combination products which not only makes it easier to take care of the skin, it saves time.

I’d like to introduce one of my personal faves, the TimeWise Miracle Set consisting of 3-In-1 Cleanser (to cleanse, exfoliate and refresh skin), Age-Fighting Moisturizer, Day Solution Sunscreen and, Night Solution. In the photo is the trial size set to which I’ve added the concealer, foundation primer, and mineral powder foundation.

Applying the TimeWise Miracle Set is very easy and these products were developed to work together to aid in the anti-aging process. Even though I don’t agree with anti-aging theories I can tell you from the time I began using TimeWise there was a great improvement in the look and feel of my skin.

Be sure to join me next week when I share more skincare tips.