I have been waiting for you…

I am currently taking a break from working on the gutter to eat (drink) my lunch.

Today is my first homemade kale smoothie–

Inside this cup is ice, milk, a banana, blueberries, cranberries, KALE, and some protein powder from Trader Joe’s.

It is delicious, and the banana makes it very thick and filling.

I am very pleased with it.

All within the past few days I have run out of mascara, liquid foundation, powder foundation, and shaving cream. You know how it goes–all at the same time.

I had been using clinique’s liquid foundation and it was the only foundation I had ever found which matched my skin color and moisturized without completely making me break out.

But the $20 tube only lasted me about 3 months.

I don’t know about you, but that does not quite cut it for me.

As a last ditch effort I decided to raid the cheap makeup aisle, ignore every liquid foundation I had tried (which were most) and see if there wasn’t something that was ivory but with a white tinge, not a yellow.

This is what I settled on:

Liquid–Maybelline New York Super Stay Makeup, in “Porcelain Ivory”. This was the only brand I could find with multiple types of ivory, and this looked closest to my Clinique foundation’s color.

Powder–I had been using Maybelline New York’s Tru Match powder as my powder and it matched the clinique really well and had great coverage. Well, Wal-Mart did not have the type I had been using but they did have the “Mineral Power” version which looked the same, except the container is brown instead of camel.

I’ve only used them for two days, but so far I like them a lot.

Mascara–I’ve been using this wonderful L’Oreal mascara, but the Wal-Mart in Lacey did not have L’oreal in makeup, only in face care. I was not pleased. So I decided to try this Maybelline New York (I mean, I was on a roll) “Falsies” Volum Express Very Black mascara. I’ve used the ordinary Volum Express before, but I’m all about trying new mascara. I don’t have a solid verdict on this mascara yet, I’ll let you know when I do. The color is great but I’m uncertain if I like the brush.

Yet since I got all three items for barely more than the clinique liquid foundation, I hope it pans out.

I have always had problems with applying my liquid foundation. If I use my fingers it rubs in properly but then my fingers are all gunky and the finish is always slightly too shiny. So I went out and bought a liquid foundation brush. It looked like this:

and it was a cheapo from Fred Meyer, but I’d heard that they were supposed to make applying liquid foundation a breeze.

I used it for a while, trying to convince myself that I liked the results, but truth to be told it simply exasperated me.

It left brush strokes in the liquid foundation which I would have to rub in with my fingers anyway. Eventually I gave up and went back to the finger method (which is also how I have been applying my mousse blush).

Until I saw a video on youtube. I was looking up different smoky eye tutorials and a girl opened up her video with a very long, boring monologue on her brushes and why she bought brush A which looked identical to brush B but they were apparently for completely different things. I skipped forward.

Then I noticed her applying her liquid foundation with a brush that I had thought was designated purely for powder.

I have an identical brush, and I use it for my powder foundation.

So two days ago I decided to take the plunge. This was, quite possibly, one of the best decisions of my life. My foundation went on easily, quickly, blended well, did not have that oily finish, and didn’t even gunk up the brush any more than my powder foundation does. My face is extremely soft and smooth now, and the finish looks professional–almost airbrushed, instead of jerky.

If you have not done this, do it now! You will not regret it.

It also worked perfectly for my mousse blush.

(If you always use this type of brush for your liquid foundation and I am simply far behind the times…don’t laugh.)

I now have to go back to house cleaning and helping dad with the gutters.



7 thoughts on “I have been waiting for you…

  1. My spinach smoothie was an utterly disgusting failure this morning, I have no idea what happened. Glad to see that you had success with kale! And…I am glad you also found a solution to your makeup brush dilemma. I am trying to cut back my expenses right now, and I am trying to decide what is a necessity, and what isn’t…you seem to be much better at that than me!

  2. Yes, I have been raised to economize.
    If you would like less expensive solutions to things let me know and I will try to help, but I know that you have higher standards than me when it comes to products.

    I actually opted not to buy shaving cream, I am going to try conditioner for a while and see if that helps the razor burn. If not then I will go on another search for some other type of shaving cream that isn’t too expensive but will not make my armpits look like a battleground.

  3. Razor burn can be stopped by applying unscented solid deodorant to the area after shaving. You might also think about switching razor and saving cream brands. Men’s creams like colgate work the best, none of that gel shit. (avalon organics has a liquid shave creme that is to die for but its a bit more than the regular stuff)

    The problem I have with drug store cosmetics is the experience. Standing in a badly lit isle trying to find the right product through packaging and bad advertisements. It kills me. And honestly a lot of the products are inferior. They are getting better but a lot of them are close to the same price I pay in a department store. Because I don’t wear makeup every day and it ends up lasting quite a while I don’t flinch at 50$ powder or 14$ nail polish. Its a feeling for me and I just don’t feel good standing in the makeup section at walgreens.

  4. Nail polish, really? I think I would have guilt attacks for weeks if I spent $14 on nail polish.
    I agree that the atmosphere is awful and you never know what you are going to get until you’ve tried it.
    Whereas I won’t hesitate to drop $14 on a movie ticket, which only lasts for 2 hours instead of months. I guess it all depends on perspectives.

    Ashley–what razor would you recommend?
    I’ll have to try the deodorant thing, thanks!

  5. Its awful but I use shick quatro (sp?) disposable and if I start to shave and it feels uncomfortable I toss it and grab another. But any higher end razor seems to work. remember. fancy name brand razor. Cheap bottom of the line deodorant and shaving cream. You should also always exfoliate before you shave and I usually apply jojoba oil before my skin dries.

    I was thinking about your brush dilemma today and its one of two things. Your brush quality. You NEED high quality brushes and they should be washed every (or every other) use with an organic shampoo or brush cleaner. The second might be that you are trying to apply too much foundation. and that is why the powder brush works so well. It is absorbing a lot of your product. If that’s the case you might as well just use sponges (Who doesn’t love sponges??!! They eat your product but blend so well) There are some good brushes at drug stores. They are not cheap though. Its a quality issue. (I use my hands to apply foundation or tinted moisturizer and the foundation brush to apply concealer. )

    When it comes down to it I can not afford expensive anything. two kids, two stay at home parents and super high California cost of living. When I spend 14$ on a bottle of nail polish I use every last drop of it and it lasts me 6 months. I spend 4$ at the drug store use it twice and it goes to live in the closet of shame. Where I store those cheap razors I thought would work or that other impulse thought I would be saving money purchase.. Just not worth it.

    • Interesting. (on the end). I think I like to have options, which is why I’ll buy the cheaper drugstore polish, so I can have more variety. I tend to use all of it though, and I guess I’ve learned which brands I like.

      As to brush–I’m thinking it was the bristles of the “liquid foundation” brush. I’ve seen nice expensive ones with soft, hair bristles, but mine had plastic. It works well for my stage cake makeup but not for my real foundation. The reason the nice Mary Kay brush works is the texture of the bristles–soft. I also like the shape better for ease of spread.
      I don’t like sponges for my every day foundation because it does soak the product, and because I just don’t like the feel of the foam. I feel like sponges are for theatre, brushes are for life. Just my weird social conditioning, I’m sure 🙂

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