Hi guys! I’m finally back. Last weekend really sucked for me as my long weekend was pretty much obliterated by my bum shoulder and a group paper… then I spent most of this week catching up on homework and readings (and I’m still not all the way caught up yet!). I’m so sad too because I was all excited last Friday I was going to get a whole 3 days to get on top of things LOL. My shoulder isn’t totally better yet, but it’s getting there. Thanks for all the well wishes everyone. =)
Anyway, today concludes the makeup portion of Stash Week. I’ve unfortunately not taken pictures of tea or skincare yet, so I’m not sure when those will be posted, but they will be, intermittently. Today I’m sharing with you what I call my “base” makeup. I think most people in the beauty industry refer to foundation/primer as “base,” but I basically call all the boring stuff I wear everyday that makes my makeup work my “base” makeup. All those cosmetic items are pictured and listed above. As you can see, I am terribly boring and safe when it comes to my base stuff and I only have one of everything, except for two eye primers because my lids are just that oily and I have to layer the two every day. I think I have such a hard time finding things that work for my skin that once I’ve found it I’m pretty resistant to change lol. I have, admittedly though, not tried the ELF highlighter yet (courtesy of a fabulous giveaway from LipstickRules). I wear powder foundation… so I haven’t exactly decided how I should use it yet (since I’m used to putting highlighter on last). The only thing missing from the picture above is my primer, which I’ve pictured below.
|L-R: L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Hydrating Facial Mist, DDF Organic Sun Protection SPF30, Fresh Rose Freshface Primer, Juice Beauty Green Apple SPF20 Antioxidant Body Moisturizer|
Here are my primers and a setting spray. I wear sunscreen every day under my makeup and I do consider the DDF to really be a primer since it’s actually what saved my blush from fading. I do love the Fresh primer on top of it because it smooths out my makeup and helps my foundation go on nicer. The Juice Beauty can be used as a facial sunscreen but I rarely use it for this purpose because I don’t really trust the level of SPF in it (much lower % physical ingredients than the DDF) but I use it on my neck and arms/hands. I also have the L’Occitane Rose setting/refreshing spray. I actually used it a lot last summer and last winter when I was spending long periods of time in lab and in my office where it’s horribly air-conditioned/heated, but I usually don’t use it unless I feel really dry (which is rare for me, at least on my face).
Also, I just wanted to mention that I’m really happy that some of you commented on what I wrote about shiny gloss and lip cancer in my last post. I can’t remember where the original article I read was, but I’ve been doing some background research on the original journal articles (so far found a very nice one from UCLA) and I’ll be doing a more comprehensive info post on the subject soon. =)