Friday, March 28, 2008

How many Layers of Pre-make up do you wear?

As I was putting on my make-up this morning, I thought of a recent experience at Sephora. The saleslady there was taking off my make up to try some new stuff out on me. I have been using Bare Escentuals for about 2-3 years now. If not the actual brand then L'Oreal's Bare Naturale. Anyway, in some way shape or form, I've been wearing powedered foundation.

If you've used powdered foundation for a while, you'll notice a few things:
  1. The coverage truly is great and very light
  2. It doesn't cause oily skin to get oilier
  3. The colors blend so you don't get the nice line of foundation that I, idiotic make up queen, always seemed to get
  4. The powder gets everywhere and is a bitch to clean up.

I kept using it for the first three reasons and finally decided to take a break because of the last one. So, nice Sephora lady recommended that I try a tinted moisturizer to get light coverage and an easy look. Great! Show me and I'm sold. She took off my make up and then proceeded to add foundation primer (I thought it wasn't a true foundation) and regular moisturizer (I thought I was going to be getting a tinted moisturizer, do I need that much moisture?) before putting on concealer, the tinted moisturizer and then powder moisturizer.

It took me FOUR LAYERS of "pre make up" before I looked good enough to be in one of those "Stars Without Their Make Up" segments of US Weekly. I was a little scared. Then I realized that I normally use at LEAST three layers of primer, moisturizer and mineral powder at home.

So I guess what I'm asking is: How many layers of pre-make up do you need?

Thursday, March 13, 2008

It's like Cauterizing Your Underarm Sweat Glands

Not really, but I haven't been moist for days. Last week before I spent two days moving furniture, I decided to try a new deoderant. I thought I was the only one out there that had to switch up my deoderants every few months, but then Julie told me that she has to as well.

See, every couple of months, I notice that at the end of the day, my arm pits are both sweaty and musty smelling. I get paranoid and start asking friends and co-workers if they can smell me. They swear they can't, but I can. That's when I know it's time to start working with a new deoderant to take the edge off the smell.

This time I decided to switch from Dove Cool Moisture to something a little more hardcore. I wasn't going to go all Certain Dri on my underarms because I wasn't sure they could take it. So, I tried Secret's Clinical Strength deoderant in powder fresh.

After a day of moving furniture, I noticed that I was sweating everywhere. . .except under my arms. And that I didn't smell. I didn't smell like powder fresh goodness, but I did not stink like a construction worker in July, either. Both of which are good things in my book.

Pros: Left me high and dry.

Cons: Leaves the typical weird skin feeling under your arms. That slick, smooth, no pores kind of feeling. Only comes in unscented and powder fresh.

Price: About $8- a little expensive for deoderant, but worth it.

Rating: Relatively fierce. I'll keep buying it until it stops working and then I'm on to another!