I’ve been getting low on foundation for some time now, and I’ve been going back and forth on what kind I should buy. I’ve used Diorskin Nude since 2008 or so, and it’s amazing. It works extremely well, doesn’t break me out, and I always come back to it after I try anything new. The coverage I get from it is medium but buildable, it looks natural, and it lasts all day on me.
My skin has decided to be unusually cooperative for the last couple of months, so I’ve not had many acne scars or discoloration I’ve had to worry about. I started using tinted moisturizers for work (I favor Tarteguard) because I see no point in wearing foundation to work when it costs fifty bucks for a bottle, my skin already looks good, and I’m just going to sweat off whatever foundation I came in with by the end of the night.
I got a sample of the Vanish foundation stick from Hourglass in a Play box a couple of months ago and was blown away by how good it was. To my pleasant surprise, the shade they sent was a perfect match for my skin, so I’ve been using it to death. The coverage I get from this foundation is extremely full, yet so natural-looking and so lightweight when it’s blended that I can’t understand how it works. I used the sample all over my face, blended it out with a brush, and went back in to use it as a concealer under my eyes and around my chin. It works as a concealer yet looks completely natural. It’s bizarre. To be sure, there were a couple of cons, so I went back and forth on deciding between Vanish and Diorskin Nude for a month before I took the plunge and cheated on my old, faithful foundation.
To be quite honest, this stuff ain’t cheap. It’s $46.00 for a quarter ounce versus $50.00 for an ounce of my usual from Dior, but given how full the coverage is, a little should go a long way. I also refuse to wear this to work because it HAS to be set with powder, and I don’t wear powder to work. I find it gets a little slippy on me, otherwise, so I’m just going to stick to Tarteguard for work and Hourglass for my days off. That will buy an even longer product life.
Part of what also influenced my decision is that Sephora online was running a limited time special and threw in a mini of the Veil Mineral Primer for only a few bucks more than the foundation stick. A mini of this retails for $19.00, and I got both for $52.00. I’ve tried it before and hated it at first, but after the second deluxe sample I’ve gotten of it, I think I kind of like it. The mini version here should give me enough product to form an actual opinion on this. Like everything from Hourglass, a full-size isn’t cheap. It’s $54.00 for an ounce, and I already love their Ambient Light primers, so I doubt I’ll commit to a full-size of Veil.
I also bought the mini version of a hair tool I’ve been looking at for months. I’ve wanted the Amika straightening brush since I saw it ages ago, but couldn’t commit. The mini one popped up in Sephora’s “Just Arrived” section, and I jumped on it. I figured if this works decently, I may just buy the full-sized one. It was $35.00. There’s a review of it coming in the next few days. It’s changed my life, and I love it.
I also used 100 points for an UD Naked Skin liquid highlighter in the shade Sin. I’ve heard mixed reviews on the highlighters, so I’m happy to get a smaller size to try, and Sin is one of my favorite shades of all time from the brand.
I rarely get the 500 point rewards because I think most of them are marginally okay, at best, but I decided to spring for one from Boscia:
It has a number of products that I’ve already used and knew that I liked and the Charcoal Pore Pudding that I’ve had my eye on for some time.
Included in the reward are the following items:
–Luminizing Black Mask (love it)
–Thermal Black Cleanser (love it)
–Porefecting White Charcoal Mattifying Treatment Primer (like it)
–Revitalizing Black Hydration Gel (love it)
–Charcoal Pore Pudding (new to me)
I’ve already taken a hard dive into using the things in the reward box, so I’ll post reviews as I finish them up.
The total for this online shopping trip was $94.73, so that brings my yearly total to $908.88.