A Firm Foundation

Yesterday, my best friend texted me and said she needed help finding a good foundation and asked if I would be up for a trip to Ulta this weekend while she is in town.

First of all, you never need to ask if I would be up for a trip to Ulta [really, the question should be whether Jeff will be ok with me going hahaha]!

Second, I always find it funny when people ask me for makeup advice because I really don’t feel like I am an expert at all.  I am just a marketer’s dream because any time I see an ad for something new, I am usually pretty willing to try it, especially when it comes to foundation.

I have such much red in my skin that foundation is pretty much a requirement for me on a daily basis.  Even if I am going to the beach or running to the grocery store, I will usually throw on a little foundation to even out my skin tone.

So since I had foundation on my brain after that, I thought I’d go ahead and share my favorites on here.  I’m more of a liquid foundation fan, so I’m including the two I like the best currently, but I am throwing in one powder foundation for those that prefer that option


ONE // bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation

This is the one I am currently wearing every day.  I seriously love this stuff! It is SO incredibly light on your skin, it really does not feel like you are wearing any foundation.  And it only takes a couple of drops to cover my entire face and get rid of the redness, so I think one bottle will last a long time.  It also doesn’t have any oil, parabens, or fragrance, is hypo-allergenic, and has SPF 20!

They really recommend you get the bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush to apply the foundation with.  I was a little skeptical about this as I didn’t really understand why my normal foundation brush wouldn’t work just as well with it, but I asked the associate at Ulta about it. She actually applied the foundation to half of my face with a normal brush, and the other half with the Perfecting Face Brush, and the difference it made on how the foundation set on my skin was huge!  So I decided to go ahead and get the brush along with the foundation [it helped that I had a coupon for $10 off a $50 bareMinerals purchase too--- gotta love that!].


TWO // Philosophy Hope in a Jar Foundation

Up until I tried the bareMinerals foundation, I had been using this Philosophy foundation, but was running out of it and figured I would try that one out.  Otherwise I had no intentions of switching foundation.  I use Philosophy’s skincare line and love it, so when they came out with a foundation, I had to try this.

The Philosophy Hope in a Jar Foundation is a light-to-medium foundation and I found that I needed 2 full coats of it to cover the redness in my face. However, it feels great on my skin and if you really just want a subtle tint versus full-coverage, I would suggest this one.  Plus you don’t need a fancy brush for it!

THREE // Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation

If you are looking for a powder foundation that actually provides some coverage, I would highly recommend this one.  I was very skeptical about it as I have not been able to find a powder foundation that really does cover up my redness, but I decided to give it a try anyway.  It did not disappoint! This is another one that they have a recommended brush for [the Airbuki Bamboo Powder Foundation Brush], but I feel like an kabuki brush could work for this one.

The other great thing about the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation is that it is free of parabens, oil, and gluten.  That was the main reason I originally picked this one up, but I really missed my liquid foundation.

When choosing any of these foundations, I would recommend you ask one of the associates to help you pick out the right color.  I know at Ulta, they will test any of their foundations out on your face so that you can make sure it is the right color and that it blends right on your skin. I’m sure they would do the same thing at Sephora or any other similar store, I just primarily shop at Ulta since we don’t have a Sephora in town yet [and Ulta always has coupons!].

Have you tried any of these foundations or do you have another one that you prefer?

Favorite Foundations

I am always on the hunt for the perfect foundation. I have several requirements that a foundation must fulfill, so this task can prove difficult, but not impossible. I have found 3 recently that I am in love with and when I find something I love, I have to share!


Estée Lauder Double Wear Light Stay-in-Place Makeup. This is a liquid foundation that provides a light to medium coverage and stays in place really well. I can put this on in the morning and don’t have to worry about it being gone by lunchtime. It also feels really good. A lot of long-wear foundations can feel heavy and thick on my skin. But this one doesn’t even feel like I have anything on, yet evens out my skin tone (which is red and blotchy) and lasts more than a few hours. Win-win!


Philosophy Hope in a Jar Hydrating Foundation. I picked this up at Ulta a few weeks ago and I am in love! It feels AMAZING on my skin but does a great job evening out my skintone. It doesn’t last as long as the Double Wear, so that is my only qualm with it. It does have a slightly odd smell, which I can’t decide if I like or don’t like.  It’s somewhere between coconuts and tanning lotion, but it’s barely noticeable when you are putting it on, and it goes away almost immediately once it is applied.  I really do love this foundation though and hope as they grow their foundation line, they will come out with a long-wear version.

WPY1_410x410Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Powder Makeup.  If you aren’t much for liquid foundation, this is a great alternative.  I was really impressed with how much this conceals the redness in my skin considering it is a powder.  I’ve used various powders from BareMinerals to Clinique to drugstore brands but none of them were sufficient enough to replace my liquid foundation.  This one actually could!  I keep it in my purse for a quick touch-up at the end of a long day or after going to the gym.  I usually manage to sweat most of my makeup off while exercising.  However, if I need to run errands or meet someone for dinner,  I throw this and a little mascara on and I am good to go!

What are your favorite foundations? I am always looking for new products to try!

My Philo(Sophi)

^^^See what I did there?!

I have been wanting to switch up my skin care routine/products for a while.  I’ve been using Clinique for about 18 months, and while I like it a lot, my skin had still been breaking out frequently.  Someone, please tell me when zits are supposed to clear up? I mean, come on, I’m  practically verging on 30.

My sister had been raving about Philosphy‘s skin care products for months, so I thought I would give them a shot.  I picked up trial size version of this set a couple of days ago after talking to one of the associates about my skin care needs.  It included the Purity Made Simple 3-n-1 cleanser, When Hope is Not Enough facial-firming serum, and Hope in a Jar moisturizer. The associate said this set would be a good one for clearing up the blemishes I struggle with, as well as offering some preventative anti-aging since I am not getting any younger. ;-)

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It’s been 3 days since I started using this set and so far I am very happy!  I had a couple of zits on my chin (that’s where I break out most often) and already most of them have cleared up.  It also doesn’t irrate my sensitive skin at all.  My skin feels so clean and soft — I feel like it really gets all the makeup off which I was concerned about since it didn’t have a toner like Clinique.

I also picked up Philosophy’s Total Matteness serum. This was another recommendation by my sister. She should really be writing this blog, not me! She always has great recommendations. 

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Anyway, I am IN LOVE with this product.  Both my sister and I have rather large pores especially around our noses.  I have tried several products and techniques over the years to cover them up, but nothing seemed to work.  This product has completely changed that!

I have been applying the serum morning and night right after I use the Purity 3-in-1 cleanser before the When Hope is not Enough serum and the difference is amazing already!  I wish I had though to take pictures before I started.  My pores are already looking significantly smaller and more tight.  I can’t wait to see the results after several more weeks of use.

What are your favorite skin care products? Have you ever used Philosophy?  I would love to hear your recommendations and experiences!


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