Stash Week: “Base” (finally continued LOL…)

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. =)

Clockwise from top left: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Kiss Me Heroine Long & Curl, Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Medium Ash, MAC Painterly Paint Pot, Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte foundation in Sandy Medium, Everyday Minerals Natural Reflections Finishing Powder in Natural Fair, Everyday Minerals Lavender Color Corrector, ELF Shimmering Facial Whip in Golden Peach(?), MAC Select MoistureCover Concealer in NC30

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. =)

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29 Responses to “Stash Week: “Base” (finally continued LOL…)”

  1. ilyana says:

    How do you find the MAC paint pots? I wish I could love them more but my Rubenesque one has srsly dried out sigh. The L’Occitane Rose 4 Reines Hydrating Facial Mist smells great! I tried it in the store the other day but I can’t decide whether to get that or the shu uemura one, I’m just terrible with rose-scented things lol I want to buy everything!
    .-= ilyana´s last blog ..green tea is the way to my ♥ =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Um… to be really honest Painterly is the only one I have and the only reason I chose it was because it’s matte and I liked it better than Soft Ochre as a base. I think I’ve only worn it by itself maybe twice and I’ve had it for about a year now. I only wear it every day because most of my shadows can only survive 5-6hrs on UDPP alone. Painterly by itself gives me 3-4 only, but between the two of them I can get 8-9hrs. I often wish I didn’t have to use two lol. I haven’t actually tried any other bases yet, I just figure as long as this combo is working well might as well finish it up. I chose a matte because I heard the frosts can be kind of patchy sometimes? I saw Rubenesque in-store again a day or two ago though and it’s soooo pretty. I keep changing my mind on it lol. I guess I just feel like I probably wouldn’t wear it by itself much?

    And I do love the L’Occitane facial spray, but I would almost tell you to go with Shu Uemura just because they’re Japanese and I think their package engineering is better lol. My bottle used to deliver a really nice mist but it’s gotten worse and worse with time and it’s really not fun to wait for uneven droplets to dry on your face ykwim? The product itself is quite lovely though. I ♥ rose things too. :D

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  2. Diane says:

    Another great stash post =)

    Do you use the Fresh primer everyday? I’ve seen it at sephora but have yet to try it out. Is it worth it? I didn’t know L’Occitane had a hydrating face mist! The rose mist looks so cute!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..CHANEL Poudre Cristalline Powder =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehe, thanks. =)

    I do use the Fresh primer everyday. I really like it because I do think it helps my foundation go on a lot smoother. I can’t really vouch for it’s ability to help makeup stay on for long periods of time though, because I basically always wear my sunscreen underneath and my sunscreen takes care of that really well. When I was trying out different primers, I did try out a few oil-reducing ones, but what I noticed was that they would be very mattifying for around 5hrs and then I would be an oil slick (except for Dr. Brandt which gave out around 8hrs)… so I decided instead to go with the Fresh Rose one which doesn’t do much for oil control and wear more powder instead. And the reason that I chose it v. the Korres one is that I swear it really makes my skin happy and makes my face glowier despite the fact that there are no shimmers in the cream. I just feel prettier wearing it lol.

    The mist is cute but I wish they made a nicer sprayer for it! I might switch to Caudalie next time since that one produces a much finer mist…

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  3. Nikki says:

    I can see UDPP there, I guess almost everyone who does makeup has it in their stash! I’d love to own a full size MAC paint pot but I just purchased sample sizes of them because they do dry up!

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    Catherine responds:

    Haha yea. I have really oily lids so I had to try out UDPP! Unfortunately it only keeps shadows on me for about 5-6 hours, and Painterly only lasts 3-4, but if I layer them I can get a good 9hrs of wear on average. That’s honestly the only reason I have a full size of Painterly lol. I’ve had it for a year now and it’s still going pretty strong. I figure if it lasts me two years of daily use then I’ll be pretty happy with that since it is a cream product. I kind of want Rubenesque too though – it looks so pretty!

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  4. I’m intrigued by the EDM stuff since I’ve heard good things about it. In terms of mineral makeup, BE didn’t work for me. Have you tried BE? Wonder how it compares.

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    Catherine responds:

    I am actually really pleased by EDM. They have the least ingredients, so the least amount of stuff to be allergic to! I actually started out with BE and it took me a while to realize that 1) the shade selection leaves much to be desired and 2) I was allergic to it. I actually continued using my BE blush and bronzer when I switched my foundation to EDM and it took me a while to realize what was going on. But srsly, about two weeks after I went off the blush/bronzer the minor breakout on my cheeks went away basically forever. I really like the shade selection that EDM has and that it’s cheap enough to mix shades if you need to. Furthermore, I love their different formulas. I use the semi-matte finish and it’s much, much less sparkly than BE’s original (which is comparable to EDM original glo).

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  5. adin says:

    How do you like the fresh face primer????I’m so curious about it…

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    Catherine responds:

    I love it. I can’t really give any reason why LOL. I don’t have a problem with keeping makeup on my face for long periods of time because my sunscreen takes care of that. It doesn’t really control oil at all, I have powder for that. But… it does make my base makeup go on a lot smoother, I think my concealer doesn’t crease as much with it, and I just love the way it looks and feels on my skin. I swear my complexion looks brighter with it on, but I don’t really have proof lol. I’ll be doing a full review shortly. =)

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  6. Blair says:

    The L’Occitane mist and Fresh Rose primer are in such attractive packagings!
    .-= Blair´s last blog ..Gmarket Bits & Bobs =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    They are so cute and pink. :D

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  7. amynaree says:

    I think if I found stuff that really works for me I would stick to it too, but so far nothing has really been that great for me yet and that’s probably why I still keep buying!! I haven’t really ventured into trying powder foundation so I’m curious to how well that works compared to liquid.

    I just got a few samples of some finishing powders and blushes from EDM too, now I regret not adding some foundation..oh well..next time! I have super oily lids as well and I haven’t really been using much base besides Benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow. It seems to work pretty well with pigments.

    The L’Occitane Rose Mist sounds refreshing! Me want!

    I use to have those cute bubble umbrellas but I have no clue where it went! So now i’m stuck with a flimsy generic umbrella and no cute rain boots! boo..! exactly why I want to stay in when it’s raining haha
    .-= amynaree´s last blog ..Stylish when wet… =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hehehe, I’m just the opposite! I’ve only ever worn powder foundation and I don’t really understand what people like about liquid foundation. Every one I’ve tried so far (not that I’ve tried many) has felt so suffocating and heavy and greasy to me… =/

    Ooh. Which finishing powder did you get? The Natural Reflections is my HG for controlling oil. I actually found that I had a really hard time keeping the EDM blushes from either fading or oxidizing on me… hope they work out for you though! And dude, I am so jealous! The sample of creaseless cream I had creased on me pretty fast. =/

    The Rose Mist is really nice, just be aware the packaging isn’t that nice. I was really disappointed actually because I wanted one that would spray a nice fine mist and the one in the store did, but mine’s gotten worse and worse with time… I think I may have to soak the nozzle?

    & aww – hope you find your umbrella!

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  8. Yay! glad to see you’re back. I’ll have to look into that sunscreen/primer. I wear sunscreen religiously (I’ve gotten so into the habit that I forget the weather sometimes, and end up wearing it when it’s raining or when I’m just inside all day). But it’s a good habit :) Oh, the paint pot reminds me. Did you try the shadow/paint pot trick yet? I’d love to see if that works out for you.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! Oh, definitely look into the primer. The sunscreen is sort of just the best I could find for myself. I’m allergic to chemical sunscreens so it really limits my choices lol. I think… if it weren’t for that, I would have kept looking for one with a better texture. And dude, it’s still important to wear sunscreen even if it’s cloudy outside. UVA rays still penetrate, and those are the most dangerous ones (long-term). And I totally agree – it’s the habit that’s the most important. :D

    And nooooo, actually lol. I totally forgot about that, but hopefully I’ll have time this weekend to try it out! :D

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  9. jian says:

    Good to see you’re back! Hope both shoulders are fine now!! Thanks for sharing the photos. I’ve only recently discovered the joys of UDPP. =D I’m loving it~~!!! I think I should defiinitely get Painterly, since I only have two shimmery paintpots – Bare study and Rubensque =_= I should really get myself some more!

    I’m surprised you’re so good with products!! Well done for exercising self restraint. Sometimes when I see girls with tonnes and tonnes and tonnes of products, you really wonder if they use them at all!

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    Catherine responds:

    Hey! Thanks! And lol, they’re getting there. I love UDPP. I’m so sad it doesn’t work for me all by itself, but I couldn’t wear eyeshadow without it so it’s still a total must for me lol. How do you like Bare Study and Rubenesque? I actually have only worn Painterly by itself … maybe 2 times in the entire year I’ve had it and even though I wear it under shadow every day. I think I just don’t like mattes LOL. The reason I chose it over a shimmer paint pot was because I heard the shimmery ones can be patchy sometimes?

    And LOL. I’m mostly just boring and paranoid, but thanks. =)

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  10. Lulu says:

    yay everyday minerals foundie :) i should go back to using those! once I found out it worked out pretty well for me before the summer, I went crazy and stocked up enough of it (back when they still had those $50 for 12 item deals!). But then I discovered BB cream, and ever since then I’ve been lazy about applying foundation. I miss EDM, need to dig them out again!

    I can’t wait till you talk about lipglosses and cancer, I’d be very interested to know!
    .-= Lulu´s last blog ..[Catching Up] Presents & Prizes! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oooh, LOL. I have been so hesitant to try out BB creams because I’m afraid LOL. They sound so nice though! I wish I could find a liquid foundation that didn’t make me feel so greasy… =/ I really miss the old EDM. I’ve started to fade a little lighter than Sandy Medium an I don’t know what to do!! I have like 3/4 a jar and a whole backup left! LOL…

    I’ll be sure to write it up soon. :D

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  11. Rae says:

    Oh, Catherine. Your stash is so lovely, not to mention organized! *sigh* Some days I feel like I should take stash pics… but then I think about all the effort it would involve. Effort? We detest effort! Lol

    Shipped yesterday night, by the way ;)
    .-= Rae´s last blog ..Natural FOTD: tryin’ out new things =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thanks! LOL… I like to keep my stash the size that it’s easy to take stash photos. If it ever becomes a chore to do so then I feel like I’ve been overwhelmed! You should totally get on yours though! I totally want to see your stash!

    & yay! Thanks for letting me know! :D

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  12. Great stash! :) I’ve enjoyed all your stash posts :)
    .-= Musicalhouses´s last blog ..GIVEAWAY: Win an Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss in Petulant! =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Thank you! :D

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  13. shaynaJo says:

    hey, i see lots of similarities in our eyeshadow bases! haha
    btw, is KISS ME Heroine curl Me a base too? just curious…
    and.. of all face primers u’ve used before, which is the best one?
    .-= shaynaJo´s last blog ..Mandom Cleansing Express-Makeup Remover =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Hi. LOL really? Which ones do you use?

    And oops. I can see how that can be confusing LOL. No, the Kiss Me Heroine Long & Curl is my HG mascara. It’s awesome! I have a review of it here.

    And… I am happy using the Fresh Rose Freshface primer for now, but I wasn’t terribly impressed by any of the primers I’ve tried thus far, as far as for oil reducing ability. Dr. Brandt’s Pores No More was probably the nicest, but it also seemed to just give out after ~10 hours and my regular day is often longer than that. The Fresh primer isn’t formulated for oil control, but I like it best because it feels nice on, and I am still using my loose powder for oil control.

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    shaynaJo responds:

    haha.. the UDPP, ELF mineral, MaC Paint pot, etc.. haha..
    oh ya… where did you buy that KISS ME mascara? I wanna try that since a long time ago.. but i dunno why i keep forgeting and get the Majolica’s mascara instead. LOL
    .-= shaynaJo´s last blog ..Mandom Cleansing Express-Makeup Remover =-.

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    Catherine responds:

    Oh cool! How do you like the ELF mineral primer btw? I haven’t tried it yet… but I have that one and Fyrinnae’s on my list…

    I got the mascara from Marukai Market close to where I live. I’ve also seen it at the Mitsuwa nearby but it’s a few cents more expensive lol. I think it’s carried at many local Japanese markets if you have one near you. Otherwise, I’ve seen it for sale on Sasa.com, imomoko.com, bobodave.com, and evecare.com. I think Sasa had it for cheapest, but it might be OOS at the moment since they recently had a 15% off promotion (it was like less than $10 then!! So sad I missed it!).

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  14. mayaari says:

    hmm, if i’m ever in need of another eye primer i might try to get my hands on painterly – i got soft ochre and rarely use it because it’s so drying!
    .-= mayaari´s last blog ..Neutral EOTD with ELF =-.

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