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.