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Scintillation
07-31-2011, 03:46 PM
I would also recommend a tinted moisturizer and maybe a light powder to finish. Look for a tinted moisturizer that is oil free to avoid pore-clogging issues. Also--do you exfoliate before you moisturize? That's an important step in maintaining a healthy complexion too.
And thanks everyone for the feet suggestions. I'm going to try the callus remover first and if thats a bust, it's off to get a pedicure.

PrincessLeppard
07-31-2011, 03:54 PM
I use Benefit You Rebel Lite tinted moisturizer as a primer, but it looks pretty good without the foundation (Hello Flawless powder in Champagne :summer: ). It also has SPF in it. However, since I'm blotchy, I rarely go with just the moisturizer.

Oh, and I have the oiliest skin on the planet. This combination keeps my skin fairly matte for about two hours, which is a world record. Then I blot and reapply the powder. :)

smurfy
07-31-2011, 04:30 PM
Is there a MAC store near you? Most beauty places (other than drugstores) are willing to give you some take home samples if you ask. Good luck!

Sephora has been very generous to me with samples!

vesperholly
07-31-2011, 05:49 PM
this past week...
I thought this (http://i51.tinypic.com/ofdmp2.jpg) would be non work friendly (champagne chrome) but I actually might take it to work in the future.[/URL]

That's pretty, what's the color? Looks a bit like Zoya Jules to me :)

myhoneyhoney
07-31-2011, 05:50 PM
Love the haircut, Lanie!!! DM, I concur with the tinted moisturizer. It gives very light coverage with good spf. You can also make your own if your products work well together. See if it works by putting a small dollop of moisturizer in your palm then add a little of foundation. Mix it up and see how it looks. I did that for years.

BTW, if you want to try minerals Everyday Minerals (http://www.everydayminerals.com/) is pretty darn awesome. You can order a foundations sample pack for free, all you have to pay is minimal shipping. It's great for figuring out which formula and shade will work for you.

oleada
07-31-2011, 08:11 PM
DM, good luck. Not much advice but I can second mlp's rec of both the Clinique Even Better and the L'Oreal True Match.

I bought OPI It's My Year from the new Miss Universe collection and I love it. It's one of my favorites already. It's kind of a plum/pink with gold and copper glitter that gives it a duochrome look. It's stunning in the sunlight.

Christina
07-31-2011, 08:42 PM
DM, I hate that "foundation-y" look as well. I use a Mary Kay mineral powder foundation (and their cleanser is fab for me). It's a loose powder that I apply with a brush - it just kind of gives a nice finish to my skin. I know Lancome makes one similar, but one of my very good friends is a MK lady and she's patiently been getting me into wearing makeup - I'm currently addicted to MAC's stuff.

Lancome will do a sample of liquid foundation for you as well. I did that and even bought a foundation brush to apply with, but I really hate the look of liquid foundation.

I've tried a tinted moisturizer as well, and liked that when I lived up north.

DynamicMutation
07-31-2011, 09:07 PM
Thanks so much, guys!!!

I just started med school and it is hard to be a 'grandma' (ok yea im just 31 but still!!!) surrounded by beautiful, flawlessly skinned 20 year olds. I am off to return this foundation and look for something else. I think mineral makeup might be the way to go for me.

I shall report back and let you know if I succeed. :glamor:

beepbeep
07-31-2011, 11:29 PM
That's pretty, what's the color? Looks a bit like Zoya Jules to me :)

It's brazilian polish this (http://esmaltesdaana.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/5-600x600.jpg) . It could be something in between China Glaze Midnight Kiss and Jingle Bells

IceAlisa
08-01-2011, 04:34 AM
Thanks so much, guys!!!

I just started med school and it is hard to be a 'grandma' (ok yea im just 31 but still!!!) surrounded by beautiful, flawlessly skinned 20 year olds.

There are 20 year olds in your med school class? Isn't that a little young, unless they are all Doogie Howsers?

DynamicMutation
08-01-2011, 08:24 PM
There are 20 year olds in your med school class? Isn't that a little young, unless they are all Doogie Howsers?

There's everything from early 20s (even one 19 year old, I hear) to those into their 40s. Very diverse bunch! The minimum requirement is 2 years of undergraduate courses.

Andora
08-01-2011, 10:44 PM
Echoing the Clinique Even Better rec. I had avoided foundation for years, wearing only minimal powder here and there because I hated the foundation feel and wound up with a lot of the same problems you discuss. Even Better was amazing, and I'm still sold on it. I use it with Clinique's SuperBalanced powder foundation when I want more coverage, or just SB for a quick clean look.

I've used Almay's foundation and powders for a day to day cheaper alternative, and quite like everything I've had thus far, except their concealers.

Scintillation
08-05-2011, 02:20 AM
I was just in Target buying some box color (trying chocolate cherry) and I noticed a little section of high-end skin care and hair care products (i.e. Kerastase, Bumble and bumble, Origins, Redken, etc). How did they get some of that stuff?? Did it fall off of the back of a truck?? :sekret:

IceAlisa
08-05-2011, 03:09 AM
I am wearing Essie Master Plan (http://www.flickr.com/photos/45450418@N05/5360436199/) to go with the weather, which incidentally I snagged at Target.

Scintillation
08-05-2011, 03:55 AM
I also bought some OPI colors at target--Miss Independent (http://nailstah.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Nicole-By-OPI-Miss-Independent.png) and Cozu-melted in the sun (http://img.makeupalley.com/3/0/0/4/1292376.JPG). I have a thing for pink sparkly colors.