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Right, so.

I'm in need of new makeup. Foundation and concealer, specifically. Currently I'm using something by Maybelline - it's all right but not really what I want. I want something that really, actually, truly works. No foolin', no false advertising, no bullshit. Good coverage, doesn't feel like a mask, sunscreen a bonus. Same goes for concealer.

And while I'm at it, I could use something awesome with which to wash my face. I have combo skin, a little sensitive, zits only when I'm hormonal.

What do YOU lot use? Are you loyal to it? Why!

Ready, set, GO.

PS: I love those foundations that come in a compact, but if you can make a good argument for liquid-in-a-bottle, I'm all ears.

Date: 2011-03-16 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yeats.livejournal.com
my foundation regimen is m.a.c. (studio fx), and then bare minerals in my shade....they're not cheap, but my sisters and i swear by it. similarly, if money isn't an object, go with dermatologica cleansing products -- although, bang for your buck, cetaphil did me right all throughout college.
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 12:27 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-16 12:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

I like Cetaphil, I'd forgot about that. Right now I use a Dove beauty bar, it's worked for me for years but lately it's been a bit drying.

M.A.C. seems to be the way to go for really good coverage, I've heard. I've avoided it because their stores are intimidating and I hate going to counters in department stores, because everyone's on commission. But I think I'll brave it tonight.

Date: 2011-03-16 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
I have dry skin, so I go with a liquid, Covergirl advanced radiance, it has a pump (so not messy) good colours and coverage, just put on with a damp sponge. I believe they also have a powder compact.

After working for a major green hair and skin-care company years ago, I can tell you price does not matter, all makeup, shampoos are pretty much the same, though you do want to avoid mineral oil and try to get cruelty-free!

Date: 2011-03-16 12:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

Yeah, I don't MIND buying from Target or whatever, but I haven't had a lot of luck with the stuff I find there. I do want to stay cruelty-free, though. Thanks for reminding me to look out for that. :)

Date: 2011-03-16 12:41 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
I break out with pretty much anything you buy in a drugstore so I've given up and spent the money on quality stuff. At the moment, using Laura Mercier's oil-free tinted moisturiser under Bare Minerals powders and the result is actually pretty fabulous. The concealer that came with the BM set also works for a neutral eyeshadow. And it looks like a lot of pieces, but actually takes like 5 minutes, tops (I am much too lazy for a long routine).

Date: 2011-03-16 12:43 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] moony

I used the Bare Minerals stuff before and liked it, though I could never apply it properly. I couldn't keep it from getting everywhere and I'd always end up with too much in one spot and not enough elsewhere. :/ Am I just incompetent?

But I love the idea of foundation AND the BM stuff. That sounds like it might be exactly what I need.

Date: 2011-03-16 12:51 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
Sprinkle a teensy bit into the lid and swirl the brush in it? They should do a demo for you at the shop if they havent already. (I do spill it every now and then, but I assume that's because I'm always trying to balance it on my knees or something.) But my sister says the UK and US packages are a little different so am not sure. But you swirl it into the brush, and then just buff evenly over your skin until you have the level of coverage you want.

I like tinted moisturisers (cause whee, one less step!) and this one is expensive but it is the best I've ever used. Estee Lauder has a good one as well that's a little bit less. They both last a pretty long time so it's not like you have to replace it more than twice a year or something anyway.

Seriously, between that makeup and the medieval lipstick that I totally bought because I am susceptible to packaging, I'm really digging the natural-but-flawless look lately. ;)

Date: 2011-03-16 09:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daegaer.livejournal.com
I find with Bare Minerals stuff (and Everyday Minerals as well, which is cheaper) it helps if I let my moisturiser sink in really well before using it, and to use a light application of either the BM "mineral veil" or a translucent powder on more oily areas before using the foundation powder. It seems to make it last longer as well!

Date: 2011-03-16 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzonia.livejournal.com
MAC concealer! It comes in little pots, like the eyeshadows do, and it's easy to apply with just your fingers or a brush. Works best with a little powder on top, too.

One caveat - It can get a little oily if left in the sun or in too warm a location, but you just wipe the top layer with a tissue and it's back to normal. But room temperature is perfectly fine.

We seem to have similar skin, and while I'm usually fine with soap and water, I use Neutrogena makeup wipes when I've actually bothered to use makeup.

My mom uses Clinique exclusively, and they do a nice liquid concealer that comes in a mascara-like tube, with a little wand you use to apply it. I think that's a little unsanitary, especially for people like me who don't often wear makeup, for whom one product can last a year or something. But the product is good!

(If you have a favorite mascara do let me know! I haven't found a favorite yet.)

Date: 2011-03-16 12:53 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
I keep trying different mascaras, but Maybelline Great Lash in the pink tube remains the reigning champion. (Waterproof, in my case, because I live in Wales and it will never not be wet.) It's simple, awesome and cheap. :)

Date: 2011-03-16 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jazzonia.livejournal.com
Sweet deal! Thanks!

Date: 2011-03-16 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyliwionvilyaer.livejournal.com
I adore M.A.C's concealer (I swear by it...) but it's not the most inexpensive-- on the other hand-- for 15 dollars you end up with something that will last you at least two months (even using it daily), and its one of the few things I use. They have a new formula that's smoother and covers much of anything.

I don't use much foundation although I have used their's on occasion and been rather pleased.

I'm looking for a facial wash myself unfortunately-- tried a few things but nearly everything either leaves me completely dried out or breaking out in my T-Zone.

Date: 2011-03-16 12:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madlori.livejournal.com
Try Aveeno cleansing pads. They're double-sides for cleansing + exfoliation. I love them LOTS. I use Neutrogena on a daily basis but you've probably tried that (big fan of that as well).

Date: 2011-03-16 03:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fyliwionvilyaer.livejournal.com
Oooh thanks, I'll have to try those!

I have tried Neutrogena, but unfortunately even their sensative skin solution turns my face into one giant rash. I don't know if they simply dry it out, or if I'm allergic to the solution. It's interesting too because my skin is normally not that reactive-- but something in Neutrogena turns my skin into a puffy reptile.

I'll definitely have to look into the Aveeno ones though! Thanks!

Date: 2011-03-16 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madlori.livejournal.com
I am a drugstore makeup girl as well. I have for years used CoverGirl TruBlend and I really like it. It's not heavy, it blends well, it looks natural. I use the liquid foundation followed by powder.

I'm a huge fan of CoverGirl Outlast lipstick as well.

Date: 2011-03-16 12:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
I have incredibly sensitive, combination, but still acne-prone skin (I'm 38, imagine the ire,), so I switched to mineral makeup about 10 years ago, Bare Minerals is a good, well-known brand. (You can get starter kits at Ulta, Sephora, and QVC, at a reasonable price.) The trick to application, btw, is - use a LOT LESS than you think you should.They make brushes with reservoirs for powders, and I've found them useful for BM, rather than their compacts. As far as cleansers, I've been trying to go crafter for soaps, but haven't found a face line, yet. I tend to alternate between neutrogena acne bar, and Olay thermal mini-peel scrub. Liquid makeups slide off of me, or crease, and make me itch. Eeek. Good luck, and if you decide to go mineral and need help, let me know. :)

Date: 2011-03-16 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
Side note, I am also over 35 and thought I had acne, but it turned out to be rosacea, which looks about the same, (mostly on your nose and cheeks) I began using a topical antibiotic and it went away I haven't had this clear skin since I was 10.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
That's actually good info. Unfortunately for me, mine is just bloody hormones and reactions to products. :(

Date: 2011-03-16 03:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
very annoying how much fragrance they put into products, that's a lot of it right there!

Date: 2011-03-16 04:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
When even, "Unscented," "Sensitive," and, "Fragrance-free," products still list, "Fragrance," on the ingredients - yeah, it's a large part of it. It's a little like non-comedogenic products or, anti-acne things having mineral oil in them. As so many of them do. Um. . . counter-productive ingredients are counter-productive.

Date: 2011-03-16 04:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
argh mineral oil, you check Bath and Body Works product, its usually in the top three ingredients!

Date: 2011-03-16 04:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
I can't even GO IN to B&B. It's an instant allergic-asthma death waiting to happen. Also, they use lanolin or lanolin alcohols in most of their products, which I am also, wait for it. . . severely allergic to. :))

Date: 2011-03-16 04:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karadin.livejournal.com
Thanks for bringing up the topic of safe ingredients, I knew that costmetics have hardly any regulation in the US, but I didnt' realize how bad it was till I hit this site


I might have to start buying my stuff from european online shops, where the standards are stricter!

Date: 2011-03-16 10:48 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
There's a UK brand called Green People that is really great for that. It's not easy to get in the US but not impossible--I think you have to order it online from here; if you can get some of the Base line (the product before any sense or things are added) that might help you. Though I'm allergic to eveything and haven't had any problems with the non-Base stuff yet either.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stupid-drawings.livejournal.com
I never wear foundation, and rarely use concealer, but I do use a M.A.C. tinted moisturizer, which still evens out my coloring. I love it, except that all the mac skincare products smell horrible. I wash my face with an off-brand face scrub and I use a Bigelow moisturizer with spf right after the shower.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wikdsushi.livejournal.com
My loyalty lies with a company that is no longer in business, alas. Aromaleigh made a wonderful mineral foundation--Glissade--that doesn't screw with my skin and actually matches my hideously pale skin tone. If they don't open back up, I'm going to try Bobbi Brown. They make a 00 (like my Aromaleigh), and hopefully it'll match my skin well enough.

If you ever need eyeshadow or blush, though, check out http://www.sweetlibertine.com. A friend of mine runs the company, and their stuff is amazing. My latest order shipped today, and I'm dancing like a puppy with a full bladder for it to get here!

Date: 2011-03-16 01:28 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysterypoet66.livejournal.com
OH GOD I MISS AROMALEIGH. Sweet Libertine is good for colors, I will say that. I'm really hoping Kristin opens back up, eventually. I'm hanging on to my itty-bit of foundations from Aromaleigh for special occasions, right now.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:34 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ashkitty.livejournal.com
Oooh, that site could be very dangerous. I need to find out how international reply coupons work so I can get samples. :)

Date: 2011-03-16 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ceilidh
I love, love love BareMinerals. It's all I wear anymore. The trick is to put on way less than you think you should.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:28 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] longtimegone
I use Clinique's Almost Makeup powder. It's in a compact, with slightly more coverage that regular pressed powder, but doesn't bulk up on my (very oily) skin.

For concealer, I do something a bit weird... I use Urban Decay's eyeshadow primer potion on my lids (under my powder) to keep my makeup in place (yay oil), and one day, when I had a rather red, honking zit, I decided to dab a bit on the zit to see if it would make the powder hold and cover the red. Lo, merrily it held, and didn't leave a "chunk" of color visible under the powder (a problem for me when using tinted concealers in the past). It's all I've ever used since, and I love it muchly since it does a double duty.

For facewash, I use Cetaphil, with a bit of Oil of Olay original formula afterward if I feel dry.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nmalfoy.livejournal.com
Bare Minerals, baby. No settling into lines, no mask. You can reapply it if you need to (lasts about 8 hours) and even then it isn't cakelike,

Date: 2011-03-16 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] likebunnies.livejournal.com
I use Maybelline's Dream Mousse something or other foundation because it doesn't make me break out like most do. Before that, when I had money, I used Clarins and that was fantastic on my skin. But now it's Target shopping for me! My problem is always finding something pale enough for my skin tone but not so pale that I look like a geisha. I have tried Bare Minerals and didn't have much luck. Perhaps because I'm pretty oily and it's hotter than heck here.

For soaps, I say Cetaphil. I have a bottle of it by the sink and a bar in the shower.

Date: 2011-03-16 01:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cerulean-sky.livejournal.com
I am undyingly loyal to Clinique Almost Powder makeup foundation. It's light (can be layered if a heavier sort of foundation is needed) and it has SPF 15 in it. Comes in a bazillion shades if you go to the right department store (hint: Dillards is not one of those stores, they have failed me twice for my shade, but Macy's has never failed me) and is generally awesome. It might be the first foundation I've ever used more than once.

I haven't found a liquidy one that I like well enough to suggest one, but I do like them. But alas, nothing has worked quite right for me.

For face washes, I also rec the Clinique 3-step system. I know a lot of people who like it (I am not using it now only because I can't afford it :/ It's not terribly expensive, but enough so that my poor college student self is SOL for it now) but they can match it to your skin type and it really works.
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 01:59 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-16 06:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ladyofthelog.livejournal.com
My skincare secret is that I never, ever put soap on my face. Ever. I wash with a honey + cane sugar scrub that I make myself (it's exactly as simple as it sounds), then I put a light moisturizer on my face and my skin says "yay!" I also have combo skin.

For foundation, I wear Tarte Smooth Operator in Agent 00. It costs an arm and a leg but is so worth it.

Date: 2011-03-16 07:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] not-a-cypher.livejournal.com
I use mostly MAC products, and have had lots of luck with their foundations/concealers, especially their powders/compacts. Also, for special occasions where I really need to look fantastic, I use a liquid concealer and primer by Paula Dorf. It has been a lifesaver for naturally covering up some really awful blemishes/marks. Both of these brands are very light, don't cause me to break out, and don't mess with my combination skin. As far as washing I just use water, I'm not very good with products as they all tend to make me break out, so I unfortunately have no recs. :(

Date: 2011-03-16 10:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irisbleufic.livejournal.com
Back when I was still attempting to wear make-up, we're talking like seven years ago, I found that Origins made the most tolerable foundations all around. They have a wider range of skin-tone matches, and I found that it didn't clog my pores the way most foundations I'd tried tended to. Light, and not sticky. Doesn't tend to rub off on your fingers if you touch your face, etc.

(I'm referring to their liquid foundation range; I haven't tried their powders.)
Edited Date: 2011-03-16 10:31 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-03-16 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] musicsage92.livejournal.com
For a cleanser, I love Purity Made Simple from www.philosophy.com. Warning: everything they make is insanely expensive. However, it is also very high quality... Their skin-type survey will help you navigate their huge array of products. They have a make-up line, but I've never tried it. I am among the legions that swear by Purity Made Simple, but I have yet to try the famous Hope in a Jar, which many acquaintances of mine also swear by... As others have commented, though, you really can't go wrong with Cetaphil's facial cleanser. I also love Aveeno products in general.

What I love even more is my homemade facial routine: morning and night, after I wash my face but before I use my acne medication and moisturizer, I cover my face in a concoction of honey, cinnamon (an exfoliant), and lemon juice (an astringent), lick my fingers (:P), and leave it there for 15-60 minutes. I've only been doing it for a week, and it makes my skin so soft already - in another week I'll see if it's made any difference for my acne... Twice a week I add tea tree oil to the mix to help more on that front. If you want to know more about that, I'm happy to elaborate, and/or you can probably also google homemade honey facials.


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