Chemistry-All Flavors Are Not Alike

As I think about what I am going to wear,I’m thinking about how many conversations I’ve had this week about product and how well they work, and how many times I said, it really depends on the chemistry in your body as to how well it works.

That’s why there are a million different products for everyone to try and stick with, or try and move on.  He he.

That goes for my personal life at this moment as well. That’s another blog.

I love to try new products, some work and some don’t.  Basically when a cosmetic salesperson tells me the product will take 2-3 bottles to show a result, I “hear” that it is not that effective.

What products? That would be Clinique Even Better(sorry auntie) and Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective lately, and products I’ve forgotten the name of from Clarins, Shiseido, Roc, L’Occitane, et al.

What works for me is the Kiehl’s Power Line Concentrate-it has lessened my brown spots, helping to erase those years I laid out in the Hawaiian and San Diegan sun.

Other factors are your overall nutrition (potato chips are my favorite but I drink a lot of water, eat oranges or apples, and not a lot of meat).  Probably in the chemical soup of your own eco system this has an affect overall on how things work for you.

Or don’t.

But the net-net, ask the salesperson–“How long before I see a result?” And listen and WATCH their reaction.


I Love Liquid Foundation–Plus Primer Picks!

When I was a fresh faced young woman, powder foundation was my make up of choice.  Fast, just whip out the compact, apply the product with a sponge and Voila!  I loved Lancome’s Dual Finish, Mac, Bare Minerals, Shiseido’s spf compact, Prescriptives. So easy!

But one day, I noticed when I applied sunscreen as the last layer before foundation, my powder foundation would discolor and look gray as the day went on.  I couldn’t figure it out.

Dundadundun.  And then…..

All of a sudden, with aging, my skin dried up! My face, my body, even my hair!

I was in a panic.  No matter what I did my skin was parched.  I tried a lot of different brands of cream for night as my day moisturizer, and nothing really helped.  This went on for about 3 years, when one day, my skin finally settled down and became normal/dry once more.

Gee-really went off the trail.

My current liquid foundation is Silk Creme by Laura Mercier.  Just a little pea, somedays half a pea of product, smushed between two fingers on each hand and patted on. Easy, fabulous natural dewy coverage, that I swear I have received more compliments on my

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation - Magical!skin from men and women.

skin from men and women.

Another foundation I loved was Bobbi Brown, Skin Foundation-great coverage, went through 3 bottles, then my beloved product specialist, Jamie, left to do nails.  I admit I kind of left the counter after that.

Probably one of the best products I have started using in the last two years is foundation primer.  I have tried Makeup Forever, Lancome, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown Face Base (smells so good!), drugstore brand L’Oreal, Peter Thomas Roth and Armani.  I strongly prefer silicon based products,  and if they have skin treatment even better.

My current primer is Lancome’s silicon primer–pretty simple, nothing extra but I definitely see a difference on days I don’t use it.  When I apply the primer, my foundation is on a little cushion, and stays fresher for the rest of the day.  Somedays I use Laura Mercier’s refresher product, Secret Finish.

Primers that are more liquid based like Laura Mercier’s just doesn’t do it for me.  My skin is very moisturized by the time I am ready for foundation, so that is something I have come to realize is that since I already do a bunch of stuff to my face, I don’t get any benefit of liquid based primers.

However, Bobbi Brown’s Face Base is heaven to smell!  I used 4-5 jars of the lemon-grass smelling cream!  I used it as my moisturizer and foundation base. But I can’t tell a lie, it was really because I LOVE the smell!

I am in search of a tinted moisturizer.  I’ve tried a lot – either too much or too little coverage, and even though I realize they are “buildable” what’s the point? If I want to add more, I’ll just skip to foundation.  Laura Mercier’s tinted radiant moisturizer made me too shiny, even for me, Dew queen.

Anyway… powder for me in the foreseeable future.