Foundation is probably one
of the hardest things to shop for. Your face is the first thing people see, and flawed skin is highlighted by the wrong choice of foundation. I can go the day without eyeshadow, blush, whatever...but don't make me go
without foundation! A little mixed with foundation is the perfect blend for days when you want to go without makeup (like weekends) but don't want to look like you've been partying all night.
Here are my favs. I do have to note that I probably have the hardest skin type to match: very oily, but flakey. How does that happen? I can't add too much powder or else it highlights the dry flakey parts. I can't use a moisturizing foundation or else you could fry an egg on my face. These ones are great for the hard-to-match skin types.
Estee Lauder Equalizer
This foundation is brilliant (if a bottle of liquid can get a PhD). Somehow it knows when you're skin is extra-greasy or when it needs some hydration. It won't clog pores either, which is a plus when you've got skin that already won't cooperate enough as it is. It's not very thick or opaque, so the end result is a fresh look without the appearance of caked-on makeup. The only downfall? It's not very long-lasting. Expect to re-apply if you're heading out after work.
Lancome Teint Idole
The only way I can describe this foundation is to say that your skin feels pillowy-soft. Whatever they have inside it works wonders for your skin's texture. It's like having your own personal airbrusher with you at all times. If you're going to be taking photos all night, this is what you want to be wearing. Teint Idole is a little thick, so use my mix-with-moisturizer trick if you need to lighten it up for summer.
Prescriptives Flawless Skin
Ask anyone: this is a tried-and-true favorite. It's the little black dress of foundations. It's not sheer, so don't expect your freckles to be shining through, but it still looks like you have no makeup on at all. Prescriptives is known for their wide range of color options. Still can't find your color? They've got a fancy-shmancy Colorprint system if you still can't find your shade so there's no excuse to walk around with a mismatched face/neck combo.
is my all-time favorite of them all. With sheer-to-medium coverage, your skin still looks natural while giving it a healthy glow. Absolutely perfect for summer. Since it's so lightweight, depending on the oiliness of your skin, you may need to re-apply later in the day.
Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
Before you start questioning my judgment on "foundation", hear me out. The purpose of foundation is to make your face look flawless while looking as natural as possible, right? Then this powder hits the mark. You don't even need liquid foundation when using this fantastic powder. It applies easily (use a kabuki brush for the best application), provides great coverage, and imparts a healthy glow to your skin. In a nutshell: just trust me. Really.
Honorable Mention: Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer
Not quite foundation, not quite moisturizer, this lightweight liquid can be applied when you just want your skin to look refreshed without putting on foundation. My favorite trick is to apply it after foundation; your skin still gets the coverage it needs with a hint of shimmer to make people wonder how you look so luminous at 8am on a Monday morning.
Isn't having to shave so annoying? With me, I would shave and as soon as I got a cold chill or even like 3 hours later, I would be prickly again. My fiance used to tease me to clean the bathroom with my brillo pad legs. He's sweet, I know. So I decided to get laser hair removal and I recently got my first treatment done. Let me just say...it hurt like a mother! I have a pretty high tolerance for pain, but this was like none other I had experienced. It was like needle pricks over and over again at my legs -- some spots was definitely more painful than other spots. Not everyone experiences this crazy pain, but my hair is very coarse. And the coarser the hair, the more you feel it when they zap it out.
The machine she used was not like the machine I was used with the gel and the bulky laser gun. This laser gun had high pressure cold air coming out, with the laser beam streaming at quite a noticeable distance. After the technician zapped me, the smell of burnt hair immediately filled the air. I tried not to look and pretend and the smell was of my cooking, and sometimes, it worked. Next time, I'm totally going to bring an ipod, take two tylenols prior and numb my parts with some lydocaine.
Laser hair removal takes about 3-6 treatments (it varies on your hair type)to be fully effective. Your hair grows in cycles. There are hairs that are active and hairs that are dormant under the skin. So when that hair "wakes up", I go in for the next treatment. I decided to do a full bikini, lower leg and underarms. The underarms and upper bikini area weren't that bad, but the legs hurt like madness since my hair is thick. When she got closer to the middle of my 'hoo ha' I said, "Ok, we need to stop, I'm going to need a drink if this is going to go down." So I will slowly ease myself to doing the full full bikini. And maybe this is TMI, but a full bikini also means the backside as well. Meaning, your anal area (don't think that's a medical term at all). I haven't been brave enough to expose this area to the laser gun, but I hear it's more painful than child birth. So I said to myself, "You know...I'm not an adult film star or anything even close, is this really necessary??" and then I twitched myself out of the laser center and got myself some ice cream.
I will keep you posted after I'm done with my full treatment. I can't believe I'm paying these people to electrocute me, but I hear it is the most freeing thing and so worth it. If I never had to worry about my hairs again, I am willing to be zapped. If it isn't necessary for you to consider this, try other removal techniques that are less painful. I leave you with a more medical explanation of the process that doesn't involve the words "hoo ha".
A specialized laser beams rapidly pulses for only a fraction of a second, harmlessly passing through the targeted area’s skin. When the laser encounters the pigment (melanin) located inside the hair follicle, the pigment absorbs the laser’s energy. The absorption of the laser’s energy disables the hair follicle and impairs future hair growth.
About 3 to 10 days after treatment, hairs will begin to surface on the treated area. This is not new hair growth. The hair follicles are purging the hairs the laser destroyed. Over a six-month treatment period, laser hair removal eliminates 60 to 95 percent of the targeted hair. This is the longest-lasting hair removal treatment available today.
Generally, multiple treatments are necessary because our hair grows in three stages: anagen, catagen and telegen. During the anagen stage, hair has the highest level of pigment or melanin. Laser hair removal works most effectively with hair follicles that are in the anagen stage, because the hair pigment is strongest and best absorbed by the laser.
Individual treatments are given every 4 to 6 weeks or when new hair growth is evident. Because each hair follicle grows at different stages, most people require 3 to 6 treatments to remove hair during its anagen stage. However, the number of treatments depends upon a person’s hair coloring, skin tone and the coarseness of the hair. (www.alluredmc.com)
After doing a lot of research, I stumbled upon ioffer.com and ebay for large wholesale lots of MAC makeup. At the counter, you can spend about $14-$16 per eyeshadow right? If you and a friend or family member go in on it together, you can get a wholesale lot of MAC eyeshadows for about $2.60 each! Initially, you may be investing $50-$70, but you will never have to buy eyeshadow again. I trust ebay more personally because I've heard shady things about ioffer. But if you're familiar with ioffer.com and you wanna try buying it there, they have even better deals. Ebay is more reputable and you can always count on the seller's ratings to be true and accurate. A lot of products from ioffer are sold by people in China who aren't the best when it comes to communication.
Also, if you don't already have the MAC brushes, this is what takes your makeup artist skills to the next level. You need a good set of brushes. At the MAC store you'd be paying about $25 per brush. You can get a set of 25 brushes on ebay or amazon for like $30-$40.
Be careful with websites who claim to have cheap MAC makeup, but don't have a contact or location where they do business. You don't want to wire or paypal your money through and be left with no product in hand. That would not be fabulous...
Please world, pity us girls that were not blessed with gorgeous curls or sleek straight hair. Wavy hair is like having a head full of cowlicks. In a perfect world, I would wake up with a head full of gorgeous Rita Hayworth waves. A girl can dream
It's taken me 3 decades to find the best products to deal with my hair texture. Wavy hair is typically coarse and dry since its more difficult for the scalp's natural oils to travel its way down the hair shaft. Many products however leave my hair looking like an
oil slick. So far, these are my ultimate hair must-haves:
I'm not going to lie, this stuff isn't cheap. But hands down, nothing beats it for smoothing and moisturizing hair. If Porta de Rossi uses it on her gorgeous blond locks, then you know it must be good. Pour a nickel-sized amount in your hair before blowdrying and a little dollop after styling. People will rave about how shiny your hair looks all day. Warning: don't use too much or you'll look like someone poured baby oil on your head!
BioSilk Silk Therapy
This is a stylist's staple. Biosilk's serum is silicone-based, which prevents humidity in the air from penetrating your hair. A simple trick I use is to put the tiniest amount in the palm of my hands, rub them together to distribute (including my fingers), then lightly smooth it down my hair. It takes a bit longer to soak in, so you don't want to apply too much. Once you decide you need more, repeat the above trick...layering it in is a better strategy than gobbing on too much and looking like a greaseball all day.
Garnier Fructis Brilliantine Shine Glossing Spray
I have this secret fear that
this product will be discontinued. I haven't found another shine spray that works perfectly like this stuff. It dispenses just the right amount so just a few sprays will leave your tresses shiny and soft. Spray at arm's length and run a comb through your hair to keep it frizz-free without looking greasy. Best of all? It's affordable (under five bucks!) and you can find it anywhere.
TIGI Bed Head Ego Boost
This fantastic product was thrown on me after my hairstylist, Henry, wailed on me for the state of my hair. As much as I can credit him for styling my hair fabulous, I also know that using this serum is his secret weapon against my unruly waves. Make sure to apply this to the ends of your hair in order to maintain volume. Ego Boost also does a fantastic job at protecting your tresses from daily blow drying. What's not to love?