The Daily: May 19th, 2022

Good afternoon my darlings. It has been a quite pleasant and productive day for me here. I got up a little early and took a walk first thing. Which was nice. It was humid but not overly hot when I started. By the time I got back to the house I felt like i was being smothered in a wet electric blanket, but that was at the end of the walk and I went straight into the shower. Admittedly the first few minutes I kept the water cool and then worked up to hot.

It is definitely time to start thinking about more indoor workouts.

I know, I say that a lot, but I really prefer the nice mind clearing walk in the fresh air sort of exercise to anything indoors. However as even early morning walks are now sweat and sun fests adaptations must be made. It was a great way to start the day. Lately my exercises have been pushed later and later, but I used to do them first thing in the morning. I really kind of miss that. I know I grumble, but that’s mostly because i really don’t like mornings in general. It is actually much easier to wake up, fall into the exercise clothes and get started before actually waking up completely then it is to convince myself to change clothes and begin the exercises mid afternoon.

It’s easier with walking as I can just walk when my brain needs a break. Less easy with planned workouts. I think it is because i am over all not a huge fan of perky people. And to be involved in fitness it seems you have to be perky. Plus they advertise goals that aren’t mine. I’m not trying to look bikini ready or run a marathon. I just want to get to a healthy weight zone.

I think I’d like to do an exercise video at some point. Instead of starting with things like, “Let’s get those bodies moving and feel those endorphins!” or comments about how fabulous you will look on the beach with your new bikini ready bod I think I’d start them with my own phrases.

They would include comments like “we know you’re here because your favorite jeans are a bit snug and you don’t want to break in a new pair in a larger size,’ or “You know moving is good for you after sitting in an office all day so stop whining and just get it over with.’

I admit, my workouts wouldn’t exactly be best sellers. Maybe i could just make them for me. Something to think about.

Today’s Look:

Primer: Lorac Light Source 3-in-1 illuminating Primer

Foundation: Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Bronzer: Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer

Blush: Benefit Cosmetics Gold Rush Blush

Eyeshadow: Tresluce La Flor de Mexico eyeshadow Palette

Mascara: Blinc Ultravolume Tubing Mascara

Lips: M2UNYC matte liquid Lip in SOHO

Today was mostly about the Lorac Primer. I went with the Catrice foundation because it is more matte. I really like the Catrice formula but hate the dropper dispenser. I usually just end up pouring the foundation onto my hand and dipping in with a finger. The dropper is why I don’t reach for it much even though it is a really good long wearing foundation.

It worked well with the Lorac actually. The lorac gave me shine under the matte which I like, especially as it wasn’t too much. I added a little bit of the primer as highlight over my cheek bones which worked well for me today. I have the shade dusk in the primer and the gold tones really work well with my skin. I am finding that with illuminating primers for me the gold tones work better than the clear or silver based ones. I think they look more glow and less wet and greasy. Perhaps it is just my perception, but I do like this on the high points. I am still missing the pore filling of other primers though so it is a trade off.

The Too Faced Bronzer is as always fabulous and we are entering the season where this one comes out more. It is a really nice blendable formula. It is a little dark for me in the winter but right about now it is edging into perfection.

You know I love the Gold Rush Blush from Benefit. And I know I reach for it a lot. I pulled it out today because i spend some time looking at their new blush releases. Yup that’s right, Benefit Cosmetics just released a new line of blushes. You can see theme Here. I am hoping this doesn’t mean that Gold Rush is going to be discontinued as it is one of my long term faves, but I have to admit that some of the new ones look fantastic. I am getting low in the Gold Rush Blush so I was going to order a new one soon. I may just look at one of the newer shades instead. I think they released yesterday in case you were wondering. I can’t wait to try them out.

The Blinc Tubing mascara I love. One swipe, fab lashes. What more needs to be said? Well perhaps that you need a waterproof mascara makeup remover to remove the mascara even though it technically isn’t a waterproof formula. It still defies water pretty well.

Then there was the Tresluce. I went for two of the darkest shades today using a dark green (Jardin) topped with the dark brown of Chocolate Cosmos. they blended well together, perhaps because they were so dark. But then I reached for the shimmer of green Nopal. I wasn’t expecting much but it is a beautiful green shimmer. I am in love. And I don’t say that about a lot of shimmers. I am over all a matte kind of person. But oh wow, I am in love. The dry brush didn’t work and I couldn’t find a setting spray so i used a finger tip and the green was just stunning. I can not wait to play around with the other shimmers. Nopal was just stunning and easy to use.

I think that is all of note today for both my look and my fitness plan. For now it is back to work for me. If I end up making that work out video, even if it is just for me, I’ll post it here for you to enjoy. Until then, it is back to work for me. Happy Thursday everyone.

The Best Drugstore Foundations

Oh my darlings we have reached that time of year. It is the time of year where inventory is taken, gaps marked out and the list of current sales grows longer each day. So each year I look at the products I use or have used throughout the year and decide which ones are worthy of repurchasing. Because the one thing better than getting a product you like is getting it on sale. while some sales have already been activated, some are yet to come, as they approach I’ll try to list them. For now, we look at products worth bothering to pick up. After all, even if it is on sale, somethings don’t need to be purchased. It is only a deal if it is a good product.

Since I reviewed a drug store shampoo this morning, I thought it only fair to continue with another drug store item, foundation. Now some of you may be looking at the above photo and thinking that you see some Ulta products. When searching my Drug store foundations, I saw several I liked that I knew were from Ulta so I addend them onto this list since they didn’t really fit anywhere else. There is an Ulta in my town so I can pick them up just as though I was running to the drug store, hence their inclusion. I don’t have a Sephora in town so I order from them on line, but generally pick up Ulta products in person.

As with all my foundations, I go with medium coverage and I wear primer underneath them.

So on to the items.

  1. No 7 Lift and Luminate Triple Action Serum Foundation: It does have SPF 15 in the mix, but that is just an extra perk and not something you should count on. What I like about this foundation is that the serum consistency makes it fairly melt into the skin. It is suitable for sensitive skin and I have never had any issues with it. Because of the bendability of the formula the shades are fairly flexible. I can actually use the same foundation year round and simply adjust it slightly at the extreme light and dark times of the year (aka mid-summer and mid-winter). It is a beautiful medium coverage foundation.
  2. E.L.F Acne Fighting Foundation: I’ve tried quite a few Elf foundations at this point and I think this one may be my favorite from the brand. It is excellent if you are in the midst of hormonal break outs (or any other breakouts actually) as it doesn’t irritate them at all. While I don’t know if it actually does fight blemishes, it doesn’t make them any worse. I apply in a thin layer at first and then blend it in. Going light with this foundation helps it not to streak with a makeup brush. Of all of these foundations, it is probably the most long wearing. It doesn’t melt into the skin like the serum foundations on this list, but it blends really well and stays in place all day.
  3. Maybelline Fit Me Matte and Poreless: This is a classic must have for a reason. It applies well, stays on all day and looks fantastic. The only reason I don’t reach for it more is because of the bottle. The glass bottle has an open mouthed top. I always end up pouring out more product than I need. I know that in some places like Look Fantastic, you can order the foundation in a squeezable tube that is easier to control. If you can find this at your drugstore, go for it. My drug store only sells the glass bottles. Normally I am all about glass, but it is the open pour that bothers me. I tend to appropriate a dropped from a now empty skincare product to use it. It is a great foundation, it is just that pour.
  4. Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation: I know there are a lot of people out there who dislike this foundation for one reason or another. I actually like it. I think I like it because I don’t wear it more than about ten hours at a time. The bottle says 24 hour coverage. I’d say 12 is more realistic. As I said I rarely wear makeup more than 10 hours at a stretch. And in that time, this foundation looks great. It is a fuller coverage foundation than the others on this list. It is still medium coverage, but it is on the higher end of medium. It is what I lean towards when I have to give a presentation and know I’m going to be under some bright lights and the focus of the room’s attention. Again, I wouldn’t wear it more than 12 hours, but in those 12 hrs it performs beautifully.
  5. Ulta Youthful Glow Foundation Serum Drops: I was very impressed with this Ulta Foundation. It actually came as a bit of a surprise for me. I tried a couple of other Ulta foundations and hated them. I tried this one honestly because I liked the look of the bottle and i think it was on sale. The bottle of course, has changed. I am actually almost out of this and will have to repurchase it soon. So I don’t feel too bad about the old packaging as it will soon go away. I do however like the older packaging more than the new. I will happily repurchase this foundation again. I don’t there are many Ulta products in general I would say that about, and certainly no other foundations. Part of that is that I like the serum style foundation. I prefer foundations that blend into the skin and feel weightless. This one does. It looks good on the skin and lasts all day. It doesn’t have as high a coverage as some of the other foundations on this list so I generally use it when I am having a pretty good skin day. The big thing to remember with this foundation is to shake well before use.
  6. Revolution Fast Base Foundation Stick: I seriously debated whether or not to include this on this list. But then I realized it is the stick foundation I find myself reaching for more often than the other products. Stick foundations are great when you are traveling or in a hurry. Well they are great in a hurry if they blend well. This one does blend well and gives good coverage that lasts throughout the day. It has a fairly wide shade range, however it doesn’t have a lot of flexibility. I have to keep two shades, one for summer and one for winter. As it is a very inexpensive product and quite contained, having two isn’t a problem, it is just something to keep in mind when shopping. It is a creamy formula and one that I tend to choose when traveling.

So there you have it, the top drugstore foundations I am currently using and would consider replacing. All of the links will take you to sites where you can find them. I believe some of the sales have already begun. If not, then just wait a few weeks for Black Friday sales to really get underway and then stock up. For me, all of the products but the Catrice (which I tend to use for public presentations which haven’t happened in a while) and the No7 (which I just repurchased) are getting low enough in product that I have them on my repurchase list. The elf and the Revolution products are the two I will repurchase first, the others will depend on the other items I need to replace. I hope when planning your shopping lists, this helps you out.



Foundation Quest continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Section Two of the Great Foundation Quest Continues with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation

Have you ever been both very pleased and very disappointed by a product at the exact same time?  That was my experience with this foundation from Catrice Cosmetics. But before we get into my experience, lets investigate this product and its claims a little more.  First off, the product is vegan and cruelty free, always a plus. It is gluten free as well. While I don’t consider that terribly important I know others do, so bonus. It is oil free which I do like and is alcohol free as well which I love. I personally prefer my alcohol in an icy cold extra dry martini or a glass of wine rather than in my skin care, but that is just me.  I’m happy to see Catrice working with me on that.

So far so good, right?

There are 23 shades available and they look like they are in a wide variety. I like seeing that, although I can’t vouch for how well they match other skin tones. I can only vouch for my own. And let’s face it, I’m not terribly hard to match.

The cost of this Foundation is $10.99 on the Catrice site.  I believe Ulta might have had it for less as part of a sale, but we’ll go with the non-sale price from the regular company website, which frankly, is pretty good when compared to many other foundations.

So what are its claims?

Ultra-light, high coverage foundation for a natural looking finish, Covers imperfections and mattifies the skin creating a smooth and even complexion for up to 24 hours, Features a unique dropper applicator

Over all, not that over the top as far as claims go. The reviews are pretty good though.  I should also point out that this is the foundation I picked up because a stranger recommended it when I went to Ulta.  I am pleased that it is mattifying because I like my foundation to look matte.  If I want anything more dewy I can always add illuminating drops but quite frankly dewy (on me at least) always reads greasy so I rarely go that route. I also like the ‘second skin effect’ line that is written on the bottle.

So to the bottle we go.

First off,It is a frosted glass bottle, which I found impressive at this price point.  I like glass, not only is it more recyclable but it feels more luxurious (to me at least) than plastic. It has a dropper, which is not my favorite applicator as I always manage to get the screw top gunked up. But for a good foundation, I’ll muddle through. I will however cover the disappointment first, just to get it out of the way, and because it has to do with the dropper.

To put it bluntly it didn’t work.

The unique dropper applicator they tout in the description wouldn’t pick up any foundation.  I shook the bottle.  I squeezed the black rubber nub.  Nothing.  I dipped I swished and I did everything I could think of including taking out the dropper washing it thoroughly to make certain there were no clogs in it and then trying it on water to see if it would work.  It didn’t like picking up water, let alone foundation.

I don’t know if I just got a defective dropper or what, but this left me with two alternatives. I could eiter use the dropper as a dip stick, dip it into the product and then smear the glass dropper on my face to apply the product (which I tried – not my favorite method) or I could repurpose a dropper from a different product.  As I recently finished several serums, and managed to repurpose the glass bottles as bud vases, I had a selection of droppers to choose from. I chose one (it has the white rubber squeeze-y bit as opposed to the black one in the photo) mostly because it fit in the bottle past the rubber closure.  It is a little too long to leave in the bottle so I took to keeping a small cup of water on my dressing table to drop it into once I finished applying the foundation.

Now at this point you may be asking, “So Mimsy, you were worried about the mess from a dropper in general, was the extra mess from two droppers worth it?”

Yes, yes it was.

I found the formula of this foundation to be fantastic for me. The shade I picked (030 Sand Beige in case you are wondering) was great on my skin.  I don’t know if I just chose well, but the color match is good and even though it looks a little light there is enough play in the color that as I tan it works well.  I think it might be a little too light mid summer but from winter into spring it works well.  If I end up using it, I would probably get one shade darker for summer leading into fall.  Given the range this one bottle has I feel confident I would only need two tones to cover me through the year instead of having to play mix and match for all four seasons. And at $10.99 each, two bottles won’t break me.  

The foundation applied smoothly.  On the product page they recommend using a brush for full coverage and a sponge for medium, buildable coverage.  My foundation application is pretty much the same for all foundations.  I put a little on my hand (generally one pump or dropper’s worth) I then use a finger to dot it onto my face.  I make sure the finger dots land on the darker spots or red bits I want to cover, figuring they need the most product and I can cover them and work my way out.  I use a brush to spread the foundation out, then a damp sponge to make sure there are no lines from the brush and to make certain the foundation gets into all of the nooks and crannies.

I’m sure there are several MUA’s out there shaking their heads at me, but this is how I have always applied foundation.  I then use the damp sponge to blend in concealer, in case you are wondering. I like that it has a little bit of foundation on it prior as I feel it helps with the blending. It is my process and it works for me.

It also worked really well for this foundation.  It gave me a good medium coverage look, which is what I in general go for.  I have no need for a foundation mask. 

On its own, the foundation covered all of my dark/red spots. With a primer, any primer, it was even better.  I found this foundation played well with all of the primers I tried. I tend to go for pore filling primers so between the primer and foundation the texture of my skin was well smoothed out.  It was mattifying without being drying and it didn’t look cakey. I am not mad at their ‘second skin’ advert as it is only a slight exaggeration.  I could tell I was wearing makeup but it wasn’t heavy looking and my baby doll didn’t notice I was wearing a foundation.  He just thought I looked nice.

For him that is a massive stamp of approval for a foundation.

(I should point out his two comments about foundation are either: ‘Nice, I didn’t notice it’ or ‘You have stuff on your face’. The second is generally said with the same tone as ‘you have spaghetti sauce on your face.’ A foundation aficionado he is not.)

While I can’t attest to the 24 hour coverage claims, I can say I wore it for sixteen hours one of the days that I tested it and I had no problems with it.  It didn’t sink into fine lines or pill up around my nose and mouth.  Over all I was really pleased with the foundation and how it worked.  To be honest, thus far the formula has been the best I’ve tried in both segments of my Great Foundation Quest. 

It is just that applicator.

And I know that sounds somewhat facetious to say. But the applicator is a big deal.  It could be the reason I end up not reaching for this foundation as much as I want to.  I’m hoping that it is just one faulty applicator instead of something that comes in every product. Because the product is good.  It defiantly makes the lineup for the second section of the trial.  Once I have finished testing the five foundations of this segment, I will line up the ones that pass the initial testing and see which ones I reach for and why as well as those I don’t reach for and why.  If I don’t reach for this foundation it will solely be the fault of the applicator, not the product.

Has anyone had this this problem before with this product?  If so send me a line.  I’d really like to know if it is just me that got a faulty dropper or if this is a common issue.  I’ll probably be ordering another bottle from the site, just to see if I have better luck the second time around, but it would be nice to see a wider pool than just two bottles.

So that was my experience with Catrice HD Liquid Coverage Foundation. Everything except the dropper worked well for me and I found a way around the dropper.  To be honest I have never tried any Catrice product before and despite the dropper, this makes me want to look into some of their other products.  Not bad for a recommendation from a stranger. It almost makes me glad the foundation I intended to purchase that day was out of stock. I suppose we will see how it fares in the second round of testing. Stay tuned.