Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Moisture Sensitive Skin
rinari 4/21/2006 7:59:00 PM
I've used this product since I discovered it from a college friend over ten years ago. I was using the much more expensive Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizer, but switched over because the Neutrogena lotion gave me similar performance (slightly lighter dury) for much less $$$, with cleaner texture and better absorption. A great moisturizer for sensitive, normal or combination skin. Absorbs well, but doesn't add shine to my T zone. As I get into my mid 30s, however, I'm finding that I have to use heavier moisturizer during the winter. But summer's here, and I'm back to using this every day. Great stuff, love that it's a pump.
Powder -Bare Escentuals - bare Minerals Foundation #2/#3 & Mineral Veil
rinari 4/21/2006 7:48:00 PM
I've never found liquid foundation that matches my skin tone well or feels comfortable, but now I use Bare Minerals foundation and Mineral Veil every day. I use #2 (light) foundation which is a perfect match for my light, yellow-undertone East Asian skin. Putting just a little powder in the cap before you swirl the brush is very important; if you apply too much at once, it magnifies fine lines. These products are very natural looking and are scent-free, important for my sensitive skin. Some days I just use the mineral veil, especially to set my under eye concealer (Loreal True Match, W123). The downsides are that they seem to fall off after a few hours, needing re-application, and so don't control shine particularly well during the day; and are too dry to wear during dry winters. But I still prefer this product to anything else I've tried.
Concealers -L'Oreal - True Match Super-Blendable Concealer
rinari 4/21/2006 7:23:00 PM
I'm still looking for the perfect under eye concealer, but this is one of the better products I've found so far. I'm a W3 in the True Match scale, so I use the W123 (light) concealer. It's a tad too light and, though the creamy liquid blends well into the area beneath my dark circles, it still tends to accentuate the tiny lines just below my eyes. So I mix it with just a touch of Stila #3 cream concealer that comes in a tube. The tone of the Stila product is all wrong for my East Asian skin, but I like its texture better. The mixture works well, though in a pinch I'm okay using the True Match concealer by itself. It still looks better than the more expensive Stila concealer on its own.
I have Sugar 'n' Spice and Sugar Plum. I'm Asian and have slightly fair skin, and love the tone of the first color, but the pigment is a little too intense so I have to be very careful to apply just a tiny amount. Sugar Plum is great for every day wear, very fresh and natural looking. I also love that it's not matte (which tends to deaden complexion) but isn't too sparkly, either. Also, the blush blends really well.