Out of all the make-up items, in all the stores, in all the world, if I had to choose one that I could absolutely not live without, it would be foundation.
I have tried so, so many foundations and it’s only in the past few weeks that I’ve had a bit of an epiphany. Audrey, you can ask for samples. You don’t have to buy that full size bottle, break out, wallow in regret, save your money and complete the vicious cycle – again and again.
You can try a little bit of product in an itty-bitty jar and make an educated decision on your purchases. Life-changing.
So with that in mind, I’ve been a bit of a make-up fiend lately. So many samples, so little time. I’ve been to Laura Mercier, Ellis Faas, Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent, and Too Faced. Even ventured timidly to the La Mer counter, where they gave me a sample of their obscenely over-priced foundation. Am I the only one that feels intimidated by asking for samples, though? Rationally, I know that I’ll regret not asking for them, but it always feels like I’m asking for a massive, cheeky favour.
Anyway, I haven’t found the one yet, but my hunt continues.
I’ve also been more interested in primers lately. Primers have always been a bit of a no-go area with my tricky, sensitive, acne-prone skin, but I’ve started stepping outside my comfort zone and experimenting. I think it’s silicons that give me trouble, and as a lot of primers are silicon-based, it’s no wonder I’ve had problems in the past.
I’m trying Guerlain’s L’OR Radiance Primer at the moment (a sample, of course!). It’s water based, silicon free, and while I don’t think it does much for filling pores, its definitely prolonging the wear-time of my make up and imparting a subtle glow to the skin. It’s light-weight and honestly feels like water.
That being said, I am experiencing a slight reaction (on the lower part of my face – some definite bumps and texture issues):
I’m not sure if it’s the primer, or if my skin is just having one of those “blah” days, but it’ll be interesting to see if it clears up over the next few days. I’m also trialing Sunday Riley’s “Good Genes” serum, at the moment, so it might just be a case of overloading my skin with new products.
So much trial and error.
For reference, I’m wearing It Cosmetics CC Cream Illumination SPF 50+ in the above pictures. I like this base for when I want something I can just slap on with my hands, rub in a little, and be good to go. It’s not my favourite product, however, and definitely not a HG item. It tends to come away from my skin and sit awkwardly on the surface (check that nose crease – yuck!). Its very natural on first application, but over the course of the day it cakes, slides and separates. Lovely.
So to conclude this directionless, odd little ramble, and if you’re fond of TL;DR moments – TL;DR: Audrey discovers samples, talks of her experience with primers, and gives a small review on whatever make up she happened to be wearing at that moment in time.
Ciao for now, my lovelies.