March 20, 2009



My skin is being stupid. I don't know if it's the changing seasons, or just me getting old {{pout}}, but I'm becoming increasingly frustrated. It's been very dry this week, and it seems to dry up after a few hours of wearing my make-up. I use a tinted moisturizer and powder as a foundation combo, but it they're just not cutting it anymore. I know for sure it's not my lack of water consumption! I've been drinking a minimum of 64 ounces per day.

I've ordered some mineral foundation from e.l.f., since I'm very skeptical to try this type of foundation. When Bare Essentials was all the rage I hopped on the bandwagon; come to find out, my skin flaked off when I used it. I'm hoping now that I'm not exfoliating, it may sit better (but after my skin's naughty behavior this week, I'm no longer holding my breath).

I won't feel so bad if it doesn't pan out, as the foundation was only $5. I'm a bit nervous to start trying others though; I have a very little allowance to work with and I don't want to throw it away on $30 make-up. I believe Sephora allows you to return opened make-up when it doesn't agree with your skin; and I believe RiteAid has a return policy as well (although I'd like to find a good high quality foundation, and steer away from drugstore brands).

However, I'm beginning to realize that quality make-up is something I need to start looking into. Yes, I'll be spending a little more of my allowance (have no problem if the store has a kick-ass return policy); yes, I'll only be able to "treat" myself every so often; but, yes, it's going to last me longer, give me better results, and make me look better. This is the beginning of a new trend I'm slowly getting into: the importance of quality.

If you ladies have a favorite brand that doesn't exacerbate dry skin, I'm all ears!


  1. I like Everyday Minerals and their makeup doesn't contain bismuth oxychloride which I know some people can't tolerate on their skin. If you scroll down on their page, you will see a link for free samples where you can put together a kit with three foundation samples, one blush sample, and one concealer sample. You do have to pay shipping, ( I think it's like $3) but the samples are generously sized.

    I think their website is kinda goofy but, I put up with it because I like their makeup! :)

    Good luck! I know it can be a real pain to find products in your price range that work right for you and your skin!

  2. Thanks Hairball! I'm all about free samples. I think if more online stores offered samples, they'd have less returns of their full sized products.

  3. I personally love organic foundations and natural cosmetics because the thought of absorbing all of the chemicals into my skin does not interest me. The typical woman absorbs over five pounds of chemicals through her skin into her body from makeup.

  4. Like Hairball I use Everyday Minerals, and I love it. They have different foundation formulas, so there should be something that may work better for dry skin. Everything is so decently priced that I'm able to get some fun extras when I order (like their eyeshadow, which I love!)

  5. Anonymous3/23/2009

    hey there -- i suggest clinique...sometimes it is a little expensive but it is totally worth it.

  6. fioretta,

    I love their eyeshadows!! Even if you get the smallest size, you get a generous amount.

  7. Just wanted to let you all know that I ordered myself a sample of Everyday Minerals and am anxiously awaiting its arrival! I'll be sure to post my thoughts on it when it gets here.

  8. It is very important to look good no matter where you are. You never know who you are going to meet and you need to make a good first impression. You never know if the person you have just met will be your future client, employer or even lover.


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