Moisturizers -Aveeno - Ultra-Calming Daily Moisturizer SPF 15
sarahq1 7/5/2012 9:22:00 AM
I almost always break out with anything that has SPF in it. This is the only product, other than the La Roche Possay Fluid Extreme that contains SPF 50, that does not break me out or irritate my acne-prone skin. It's not greasy, does not leave any white cast on the skin and hydrates skin. I wear it under my makeup and it works very well that way too. I love that it's a pump bottle. Using on just-cleansed skin is a must. I feel it has irritated my skin when I have not applied it that way.
Powder -Lancome - Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup
sarahq1 6/24/2012 11:24:00 AM
I started using this product a few months ago after having only used liquid foundation. I wanted to transition into using powder foundation, even though my skin can get a little dry and flaky. It's just soooooo much easier and takes such less time. I use Matte Sand III. The shades are lighter than what it appears to be on the website. I am an NC40 in Mac. I loooove the feel of this foundation on my skin. I would say it is a medium- to full- coverage buildable foundation. I have acne scars that are dark and need to be covered so I use a wet sponge and apply all over my face. The coverage is amazing and so is the feel of the foundation. I don't feel like I am wearing any foundation! Here is how I apply it. First, I apply my Mac Prep and Prime primer all over my face. I don't use this product for around my eyes because this area for me is much much darker than the rest of my face, so I use a liquid foundation around my eye area, wait for it to dry, then apply a concealer under my eyes. After that, I apply the powder with a wet sponge (not on the eye area), and then use Mac Fix + spray to set it. Sometimes, when I really feel that my acne scars are looking much darker, I use Mac Studio Sculpt concealer on the scars, wait for it to dry a bit, then apply the powder with a wet sponge on top. I have even used a translucent setting powder instead of the fix plus and loved the feel of it. I think we aren't supposed to use a setting powder over powder foundation, but it works for me! Anyone looking for a good quality powder foundation that delivers should definitely buy this! Just one more thing to add, I have been using my Sephora Microsmooth foundation and I can say that the sephora one provides a luminosity that this one doesn't. I love both for different reasons, but for the cost, if I had a choice, I would go for the Sephora Microsmooth foundation which I also apply with a wet sponge.
I looooove the finish of this foundation! It gives me an almost airbrushed finish. I had been using liquid foundation before I started using this one and the Lancome Dual Finish Powder. They both provide amazing finishes, with the Sephora one providing a little more luminosity. I have been using it with Smashbox Photo Finish Color Correcting Foundation Primer and also with my Mac Prep and Prime. Both work really well and my makeup stays on for a loooong time. I use the Smashbox one when my face is feeling a bit on the drier side, and I use the Mac one when my skin is feeling normal to oily. Also, I always use it with a wet sponge which I feel also helps it to adhere to the skin better and provides amazing coverage, with a more natural finish. I hope this helps!