Comfort and Wisdom with a Side of Encouragement

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Comfort

A phrase I’ve used to comfort myself many, many times in my life: “This, too, shall pass.”

If there is one thing we can count on in life, it is that things are ALWAYS changing, evolving.  If you let it, that thought can be of great comfort.

The Serenity Prayer is an oldie but a goodie, “Lord, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change what I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”

Look back in your past at all the pain, anxiety, fears, hurts, and struggles you have had.  And then know that not only have you survived it all, you are stronger, wiser, and even happier because of those struggles.

 

Wisdom

Think before you speak, especially during arguments.

Along the same lines, “Before you speak, ask yourself: ‘Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?'”

Be kind to others, because you never know what battles he or she is fighting.

Would your mother and/or father be proud of the things that you say and do when they are not around?

Our children and grandchildren will inherit this earth.  Let us leave it better than we found it so that they can lead happy lives.

The media unrelentingly exploits the negativity in the world.  There is still so much good and love and progress out there that we aren’t shown.  Believe that it is there, look for it in everyday life and you will see it.

 

Encouragement

Look at what you’ve got and make the best of it.  It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.

If you want the world to change, you MUST start with yourself.  In other words, be the change you wish to see in the world.

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind – C.S. Lewis

 

Natural Foundation Review: Full Coverage

This is the second part of my review of all-natural foundations.  My first post here covered light coverage and medium coverage.  Now we’ll talk about full coverage options in natural foundation. I’ve done my best to place them where I feel they fall in terms of coverage and grading them based on my experience using them on MY SKINTYPE.  I will do my best to recall the performance of each product in the season(s) I used them.  Please don’t be offended if I give your favorite foundation a mediocre score.  Everyone has different skin issues and needs.

I mentioned my skin type in my first post, but as a recap, my skin is quite fair with neutral-to-warm undertones.  My skin type is normal and drier in the winter. I have an occasional blemish.  These points are very important to keep in mind. I am in my 30s.  I’m not 20 with oily skin anymore, and thus do not seek out the foundations I once did.

 

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Gressa Minimalist Corrective Serum Foundation – [$54 retail] Grade: C

I wrote a whole post about this one, here. This is another hybrid skincare-foundation, which is what drew me to it and convinced me to spend over $50 of my money.  First, I purchased this in the winter of 2015 and I was really struggling with finding a solution to my dry winter skin.  Gressa Serum Foundation was not a good match from the outset, as it is a foundation well known for clinging to dry patches and having a serum-to-powder texture.  That would be excellent if you are oily.  I was exceedingly disappointed in this foundation because it just wouldn’t work with me during the winter and spring when I had it.  It finally was a little better when I used it in early spring, but even then it was still too matte and drying for me.  Also, I purchased shade 01 which was a little too light, but that was before Gressa came out with shade 1.5.  I would not purchase this again.  It is not a hydrating formula and it clings like grim death to any hint of dryness on my face.  I would highly recommend it for someone who has oily skin and likes a matte foundation.

 

Silk Naturals HD Cream Foundation – [$11.99 retail] Grade: B-

Silk Naturals is a brand that saves on advertising and fancy packaging, which in turn keeps prices for their products very low.  Their cream foundation is remarkably affordable for a natural foundation.  I have G20 which is fair with golden undertones, but I can also use their N20 which is fair with neutral undertones.  The shade range is the most extensive of any natural foundation I know.  Some of the claims they make about their foundation, however, just aren’t true in my personal experience.  It does crease some and it definitely will break up on my skin the longer I wear it.  In my experience, this is not a long-wearing foundation.  I wouldn’t want to wear this when I needed my foundation to look great for a solid 8+ hours.  Typically, if I wear this on a work day, it looks kind of wrecked by the time I get home (so, after about 9 hours of wear).  I’ll cut this product major slack because of it’s clean formula, affordable price, and nice coverage.  It does look great at first, but the longevity isn’t great compared to other foundations.

 

Kjaer Weis Foundation – [$68 retail; $40 for a refill] Grade: A

This is my 2nd favorite foundation, behind Fitglow Beauty.  In my opinion, the hype over this foundation is legit.  It’s expensive, but a big part of the $68 is for the refillable metal packaging. For a long time, the foundation only came in about 5 shades, none of which were light enough for me.  However, when Lightness came out I got a sample, and was smitten.  The coverage is buildable up to full coverage, the finish is a beautiful velvet – which is my way of saying “not dewy or matte.”  The wear time is very nice and I don’t recall ever having issues with it breaking up very much.  One caveat – I have not used this in the winter, and frankly, it would probably not be hydrating enough for me to use December through February. I did use it some in the spring and even then I could tell that it would not be the best foundation for me during the winter.  Otherwise, I truly love this foundation for times when I want flawless, beautiful coverage.

 
W3LL People Narcissist Foundation Stick – [$28.99 retail] Grade: B-

To be honest, it has been at least a year since I tried this foundation, and even then I only had a sample.  Nevertheness, I thought I would share the impressions I had of it. To me, the formula was a bit heavy, heavier than Kjaer Weis, say.  If you like that heavy, thick consistency, you’d probably like this.  I couldn’t figure out what shade was best for me and the sample I had wasn’t the right color for my skintone. If memory serves, I had shade 01 and the pink undertones were too much for me while the other shades look like they might be too dark. This is the struggle of foundations you can’t see in person – it’s a gamble when you pick your shade. I love the fact that it is a stick formula, which is so convenient and easy for application. In truth, I can’t remember if this foundation was moisturizing or not.

 

Honest Beauty Everything Cream Foundation – [retail $30] Grade: A

I picked this up at Ulta one day when I had been dealing with a couple of pimples around my mouth (hormonal, no doubt) and I realized I didn’t even own a full coverage foundation.  I swatched it in the store and while the shade Snow did look a little light for my skintone, the others were too dark, and I bought it with somewhat mixed expectations.  On the one hand, I’d heard very good things; on the other, I felt the formula might be patchy or dry.  As of this writing, I have only used this a few times in fall weather, but so far, I love it.  It is very comparable to Kjaer Weis foundation in my opinion – they are both buildable full coverage with a semi-matte finish.  This is the type of foundation that gives you a doll-like perfect skin look.  Now, it did break up around my nose a bit, as well as around my laugh lines, but otherwise, it has done very well for me.  I do not think this will be moisturizing enough from December through February for me, but we’ll see.

 

RMS Beauty “Un” Cover-up – [retail $36] Grade: A-

This is like the more emollient, moisturizing version of Kjaer Weis or Honest Beauty Cream Foundation. I use shade 00 which is for fair skin; I find this shade to have warm undertones. This is actually a better choice for me for full-coverage foundation for winter.  I wore this in mid-October on a 70 degree day and had a bit of shine.  Like the other full coverage foundations, it does break up a bit on me around the nose and mouth, and because it is a more emollient formula, it can even smear around the top of the nose, or other places that get rubbed.  Not a huge deal for me because I don’t rub or touch my face, but it does give a good idea of what the foundation is like.  I do not like this under the eyes, but you can spot conceal blemishes very nicely with it.

What is your go-to full coverage natural foundation?  Do you use any of these foundations?  Do you love another natural full-coverage foundation?

Natural Foundation Review: Light & Medium Coverage

Over the past few years, I’ve had the chance to try quite a few natural foundations, all liquid and cream products.  For years, I used Everyday Minerals Semi-Matte Base and loved it so much.  However, as I’ve gotten older, powder-based foundations just aren’t the best for my skin.

I’ve divided the foundations into categories based on coverage – I’ve done my best to place them where I feel they fall.  I’ve done my best to recall the performance of each product in the season(s) I used them.  Please don’t be offended if I give your favorite a mediocre score.  Everyone has different skin issues and needs.

It is also very important to note that I am grading them based on my experience using them on MY SKIN TYPE.  My skin is quite fair and I have neutral-to-warm undertones.  My skin type is normal most of the year and drier in the winter.  I do not have oily skin. I have an occasional blemish and a tiny bit of redness.  These points are very important to keep in mind.  I am in my 30s and am most interested in foundations that have additional skin benefits beyond mere “coverage” – ingredients that hydrate and nourish.  I’m not 20 with oily skin anymore, and thus do not seek out the foundations I once did.

However, I think the information here is usable to anyone who likes makeup and is interested in natural foundations.  There probably is something here for everyone, whether you are oily or dry, or 15 or 60. This post will include tinted moisturizers/SPFs and light-to-medium coverage options.  I’ll post next week with my experiences with medium-to-full coverage foundations.

 

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LIGHT COVERAGE

Coola Unscented Matte Tint SPF 30 – [$36 retail] Grade: A

I love this product especially for summer if you are a bit oily.  It will not cover blemishes or lots of discoloration…but if you’re interested in light coverage then you probably don’t have those issues.  This is a great one-and-done product in that you have the mineral sunscreen but you have a slight tint as well, which helps to blur small imperfections and gives a more even look to your skin. The whipped mousse texture is just amazing.  This would also be the perfect type of product for a tween or teen who is becoming interested in makeup but doesn’t need much coverage.

 

Honest Beauty Beyond Protected Sheer Tint Beauty Fluid SPF 30 – [$28 retail] Grade: B

This is the more moisturizing counterpart to the Coola.  It has the same sun protection, similar coverage, but it’s a more moisturizing product.  I used this last year and had no issues with it at all.  I enjoyed it.  The only problem I had was that when the bottle was 2/3 empty, it was an absolute nightmare to get the rest of the product out.

 

Juice Beauty Stem Cellular CC Cream – [$39 retail] Grade: A

This is the product I’d be most likely to repurchase if I was currently in the market to buy a tinted sunscreen. I used the shade Natural Glow.  It has a consistency that leaves your skin dewy and moist – not so great in summer if you have oily skin, but perfect for the rest of the year.  It is somewhat comparable to the Suntegrity Tinted Sunscreen, but as it’s a little cheaper, I would probably go with Juice Beauty.  The tint is very minimal – probably more to neutralize any white cast than to add any actual coverage, but if you don’t need a lot of coverage, this is great. It helps to even skin tone, hydrate, and blur imperfections.  I’d attest to those claims.  It also give a very subtle glow to the skin.

 

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LIGHT TO MEDIUM COVERAGE

100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer – [$45 retail] Grade: C-

One of the first liquid natural foudations I purchased. About two years ago I purchased this in the shade Crème.  Although I’m quite fair, I am more neutral-to-warm toned and do not have much pink in my skin.  This color was too dark and too pink to begin with, and I wasn’t a big fan of the greasy texture or the finish, either.  Because of that experience, I’ve never wanted to spend my money on their foundations since.  Although, I love their Pot Rouge blushes and their Lip Glaze lipsticks.

 

Pacifica Dreamy Cover Bare-Faced Serum Foundation SPF 20 – [$17 retail] Grade: B

This foundation is pretty good.  The price point is excellent and it includes SPF 20 – great for those who tend to be a bit lazy about applying sunscreen. I actually used this pretty frequently in the spring and early summer. It blends very nicely and is beautifully lightweight but has surprisingly good medium coverage.  I have just two issues.  The first is that there are only 3 shades.  The lightest shade, Fair/Light, is what I have and it is still a little too dark for me.  The second issue is wear-time.  I always had issues with this breaking up on my chin and around my nose and mouth after just 2 or 3 hours of wear.  However, still a good foundation for the price.

 

Adorn Hydrating Cream Foundation – [$65 retail] Grade: A-

Ouch.  That price.  I have a sample of this, and was completely surprised by how much I loved it.  Then I tried it again and again and still loved it.  The light-medium coverage is very nice, the texture is a light cream.  It is comfortable on the skin.  The finish is velvety – not dewy and not matte.  Oh, so gorgeous.  The shade Fair is a pretty darn good match for me considering this product is available in only five shades.

 

Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation – [$55 retail] Grade A+

This is my current favorite foundation that I could get away with wearing year-round.  That’s saying a lot!  I have the shade VF1.  It is easily the most hydrating and nourishing foundation I’ve tried. As hydrating as it is, it’s not greasy at all, nor is it matte, nor is it cakey or too sheer.  This is basically my Goldilocks foundation right now.  Bravo, Fitglow Beauty.  It isn’t the most highly pigmented foundation I’ve tried, and there are definitely times I’ve wished it was more full-coverage, but it has enough coverage to work just fine for me.  I don’t think this would be ideal for someone with a ton of texture or inflamed pimples because typically people with those skin issues want something more mattifying and full coverage.  However, if you want something that is basically a hybrid skincare-foundation and you want a skin-like finish with a hydrating light-medium coverage, this one is excellent.

Are you a fan of any of these options, or do you have another light-medium coverage foundation that you love?