This is going to be a long post because. Well. Makeup. Today I’m excited to share with you my new foundation and daily skincare routine!
Last week, I was thinking about going to buy some foundation aaaaat last. I normally use M.A.C. Pro Longwear in NW22, but for some reason thought I looked paler than usual so I switched to NW20. Turns out it was too pale, but I couldn’t justify another $40 on makeup in as little as a month, so I grabbed the drugstore imitation, Maybelline Liquid Mousse. The Nude Light is a perfect match for my medium Asian skin tone, and it does have an airbrush finish.
If you’re wondering about the Maybelline foundation, I would actually recommend it if you’re looking for a more affordable option, despite some things I’m going to point out. It’s cheap, for less than $8, and provides excellent coverage. Yes, you do get what you pay for, but at that price it definitely rivals some other expensive, “high-end” brands.
My only problem is that it makes my face so oily. After about 30 minutes, there’s a sheen on my nose that I have to blot or powder on days I’m not too lazy. And now that I’ve switched, I’m noticing a reduction in breakouts and redness on my skin. (This could be a number of reasons, such as eating less sugar, sleeping better, etc., but I really do suspect the Maybelline foundation. Because I haven’t been eating less sugar or sleeping better, haha.)
Anyway, I decided it was time to go back to M.A.C., but then my best friend and I had planned a beach day. I knew I was going to get tan, so I waited until afterwards. She’s also a beauty hoarder, so we decided to head to Sephora together because, let’s be honest, M.A.C. girls are not the nicest. And wow, what a difference. I mean I’ve been to Sephora before obviously, but I guess I’m so used to the M.A.C. experience that the excellent customer service at Sephora just blew me away.
My friend suggested I get my skin IQ’ed, which is apparently when they scan your face with New Technology and tell you what type you are. But I already knew I have combination skin, prone to getting oily, so I just asked for a color check. Asking for help anywhere is not really my cup of tea as I don’t want to be a nuisance, but everyone at Sephora is amazingly nice and deserves two thumbs and two big toes up.
So the rep, Elizabeth, took this cool handy machine thingy and placed it on my neck, cheek, and forehead. And beep beep boop boop, a bunch of foundation in my shade popped up on the screen. She gave me some recommendations, and I decided to try out two: the Tarte Amazonian Clay vs. Marc Jacobs’s new line.
For the first few minutes, they both kind of looked the same. You can tell right away that the Tarte foundation had a matte finish, while Marc Jacobs was glowy and had more coverage. So I walked around a bit with my friend while I decided, and then I came back to the scary mirror. I noticed that Marc Jacobs’s half of my face was caky and weird-looking as it creeped into every line and pore I had. I looked like I hadn’t slept in days. Tarte remained the same. Add that to the fact that Marc Jacobs’ foundation is $55 whereas Tarte is $38, and I knew what the clear choice was going to be.
I’ve been wearing the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation for a week and here’s what I’ve noticed:
- It has a beautiful matte finish that lasts literally the whole day (I’m up around 4:30am to swim, so the makeup is on around 7:30am. When I get home at 6:30pm, it’s still going strong). Well, except on my oily area (my nose), but it’s like NOTHING compared to what I experience with Maybelline or even M.A.C. Pro Longwear
- It really does have a clay-like texture, but goes on smooth like buttah
- Coverage is excellent, with an airbrush finish (which is something that drew me to it). Elizabeth from Sephora recommended I brush it on with a round, synthetic, Kabuki brush (which is my go-to already, so win win!)
- It has not made me break out, and in fact since I’ve started wearing it I’ve noticed my acne has really calmed down. Except I’ve also added another step to my skin routine which I’m about to go into
Oh, and as an added plus, it has SPF 15!
The only con is that it’s more difficult to wash off. Which brings me to my updated nightly routine. Let’s start with the morning, where I’ll usually scrub my face with St. Ives Exfoliating Scrub Blemish Control. I use this twice a day and it does an excellent job at smoothing away any dead things on my face (gross, I know.) and keeps my acne in check. (So long as I eat and sleep right.)
Then I’ll dab some of my Vernal Eye Repair Care Gel (read my review here) onto my lids, and then moisturize with Ponds Rejuvenes Cream. It’s recommended that you wait 5 minutes after moisturizing to put on foundation, so I use this time to get dressed. It’s also a good idea to change now because then I avoid having to acrobat my way into a small neckline and getting foundation stains everywhere.
So once my moisturizer has settled and everything, I start in on the foundation, eyeliner, mascara, and blush (the Victoria’s Secret palette I use has been discontinued 🙁 !!!). If I feel like it, I’ll powder, but since using the new Tarte foundation, I’m really satisfied with how matte my skin looks, and it even stays matte for most of the day!
Fast forward to nighttime. I like to take off my eye makeup with Vaseline because it’s not harsh and it’s moisturizing, and honestly when I get some into my eyes it doesn’t burn. I just rub some into my lashes and around my eyes, and then wipe it all off with a tissue. I used to just scrub my face with St. Ives at this point, but like I mentioned, the new Tarte foundation has proved to be more difficult to remove. So I wash it first with Cetaphil’s face cleanser (which I’m supposed to do anyway, but I’m
busy, fine, lazy). Then I scrub with St. Ives again.
If I feel like I’m extra puffy, I will use my Vernal Eye cream again, but I skip it more often than not. I reach for my Argan oil instead, pump a few drops onto my hands, and rub-a-dub-dub. Then I massage it onto my face with outward motions starting from my noise and the middle of my forehead. The directions recommend to massage for a full minute, but I just do it until my biceps get sore. Working out while I beautify, yo.
I used to think using oil to moisturize meant I would break out, but nope! This Argan oil is actually quite amazing on my face, hair, and nails.
And that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed this post. It’s super long. I need to take a deep breath now, haha. I’ll see you guys tomorrow for my next 10 Dresses in 10 Weeks tutorial, and don’t forget to check back next Monday for another beauty post.