I carry several different types of foundations in my kit, but these are my tried and true little soldiers that never ever let me down. They’re all professional brands meant for photography so any skin challenge is easily disguised. When I use a powder, Dermablend’s Mineral Powder is what I often use to set because it gives additional coverage (and can be used daily on its own) but dissolves into the skin without sitting on top. Koh Gen Do’s Maifanshi was a pleasant surprise I discovered years back. It’s the best non-cream I have with a ton a great coverage and some moisture that doesn’t drag over dry skin (a common problem here in Colorado.) When someone is really dry or has mature skin, I grab my Eve Pearl Dual compact because it’s the most moisturizing of the bunch and leaves behind a pretty glow that makes otherwise sallow skin look alive. When I’m on TV or have an event where I’ll be photographed, I even use Kett’s Fixx Créme which is probably my most used of the bunch. It glides on but doesn’t drag and it looks so completely natural that skin looks just as perfect in person as it does on camera. The fact that it’s waterproof is just icing on the cake.
Years ago I was sent Moroccanoil to review when the brand was new and just staring to catch fire. Since then, I’ve been a loyal customer buying the oil and conditioner whenever I run out. I’m not really picky about hair stuff (I just bought a $6 bottle of Clear Shampoo which is totally mediocre but I’ll still use the whole thing), but there’s something about these two things specifically that are so fantastic that they keep me running back for more.
Moroccanoil Treatment: This is the OG, the one that started it all. A sweet smelling oil that untangles my hair, keeps it soft, and tames static during the winter. A nickel amount is what I use on my long hair and a bottle lasts over a year so you do get your $43 worth.
Their Hydrating Conditioner is the most perfect conditioner I’ve ever used- not too heavy, rinses clean, but keeps just the right amount of moisture behind. When I first ran out I just grabbed whatever I had lurking in a cabinet and was so surprised to find that my hair didn’t feel or look as great with just this one simple change. I liked the shampoo as well (and will probably grab it when I get the conditioner too) but it’s the magic of the conditioner that moves me to spend the $22.
Now, I totally realize that my love for the brand isn’t going to motivate everyone to spend $60 on two hair products so I should mention that I’ve heard great things (check out the rave reviews HERE at ulta.com) about Organix Moroccan Argan Oil. Find the whole line HERE (along with Ulta’s buy one get one 50% off sale) and let me know how it works if you give it a try.
I was able to try some products from MyChelle a while back after I got my face scanned. After learning that I basically have the face of a 90 year old, I took home a bunch of their products so I could return for an ‘after’ scan which unfortunately didn’t happen before I had some laser treatments so we wouldn’t have an accurate look at the changes their products alone made. Sigh. But what did happen (even pre-laser) is that I finally found a natural skincare line that actually works! I love MyChelle; from the packaging, to the product variety, to the way it makes my skin look and feel. Here’s a rundown of what I used, what I liked, and what unfortunately missed the mark.
Cleanser: Apple Brightening
I really liked this cleanser, light and slightly foamy but not overly so. The apple scent was a nice and I used it faithfully until it was totally gone which is really saying something. It also left my skin feeling soft and looking bright without stripping or drying. Biggest downside would be the size- 2.1oz for $13 which seems a little skimpy to me.
Mist: Apple Brightening
Ever since I can remember I’ve used a toner. From Sea Breeze to Clinique, I’ve used them all in the name of squeaky clean skin. Though I’m still addicted to that (not really important) step after cleansing, it’s good to give my skin a break and to stop stripping away the moisture it needs. In the morning after cleansing when I know there isn’t any makeup left behind on my already clean skin, I’ll spritz a few sprays of this mist instead of my usual toner on a cotton pad routine. It feels refreshing and adds an extra dose of brightening power in a way that’s as light as water.
Hydroquinone is not for me. Too harsh and too many risks involved so it isn’t worth it to use even though uneven skintone drives me crazy. I’ve used this serum on and off for years and I’ve found that it does work. It’s so easy on the skin without the use of harsh chemicals to fade dark spots in a natural way. Compared to hydroquinone, it will take more time so be patient and stick with it, you will see a difference.
If you’re using a Vitamin C (and everyone should be in my opinion) look for it in the form of L-Ascorbic, the most effective with the best absorption. Anything else might just be orange scented liquid that smells great but does nothing for the skin. This L-Ascorbic serum doesn’t aggravate or leave skin red so sensitive skin can enjoy using it too.
I love a zinc-based sunscreen, but this was my least favorite product of the bunch. It was hydrating and the texture was good, but it left a bit of a sticky after feel that I couldn’t get used to. Nothing too terrible, and the feeling did go away eventually but it just wasn’t for me.
A friend with similar skin to mine raves about this cream, she said not to let the rich feel steer me from trying it. It’s by far the thickest cream I’ve ever used but also one of the best. It dissolves into the skin and leaves it really soft. Long term its benefits are great; wrinkle relaxing, tightening, and clarifying so that skin looks brighter and younger. At $54 it’s pricier than most of their line, but it’s a price I’d happily pay.
Because MyChelle isn’t 100% organic, they can balance some more advanced ingredients with natural ones which makes the line more effective in making changes in the skin. Fewer essential oils also mean fewer irritations for sensitive and acne-prone skin so trust in their speciality lines and give them a shot. You can Skype a skin specialist of theirs, or better yet see if they have a Visia scanner at a store near you so you can get a (free!) before and after of your skin and some product recommendations made just for your specific needs.
Forget eyeliner, I think the most difficult thing to apply is blush. Take a gander around your office and you’ll see women with heavy, streaky, or under-colored cheeks. It’s hard to nail the perfect flush. Technique accounts for a lot, sure, but so does the right blush. I’ve been using tarte’s Airblush Maracuja Blush for a few weeks now and I’m so impressed. It’s one of the easiest cheek colors to apply because of its consistency- not a powder but not overly creamy. You can use your fingers, but I use just a regular blush brush that captures and disburses the color softly and evenly. Don’t let the bold looking shades fool you either, they’re so sheer and buildable that you can pile on the color without overdoing it.
I ended up loving the Elta MD sunscreen that Dr. Pacheco gave me a sample of after my laser treatment so much that I bought it at my follow up visit. I bought the UV Clear SPF 46 which is moisturizing but still light weight and designed for temperamental skin. I tend to stay away from SPF over 35 because I feel like it’s too heavy, but I think this is one of the best daily sunscreens I’ve tried. It’s lighter than Obagi Healthy Skin SPF 35 that I used for a long time (but can’t seem to find anymore) and less expensve (around $29 with free shipping HERE at Dermstore.com) It’s also a safe formulation using zinc and not chemicals. Don’t just take my word though, there are 300+ raves on Dermstore from people who swear by it too.
My week in a nutshell:
Lance said a bunch of unsurprising things to Oprah.
The baby made wee little stand-ups with some help from daddy.
I captured just the perfect pic of Harper mid breakfast. She sure loves her meal times.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Pro Finish Multi-Use Powder Foundation was a pleasant surprise. It’s what mineral makeup and MAC Studio Fix want to be but fall short. It’s perfect coverage without a chalky finish – a powder that thinks like a cream. For me, it has been the easiest, quickest way to get perfect looking skin with the sweep of a brush (you can also use it wet with the included sponge.) It’s so good, I can’t wait to order a palette for my kit to finish faces. It has replaced a years-long run I had using Jane Iredale’s mineral powder foundation. Pro Finish disappears into my skin making it look so much better using just a little bit. I had a laser treatment today that left my skin scorching red after, but Pro Finish easily disguised the redness so well and without any irritation at all. If you’re looking for quick, complete coverage check it out next time you’re at Sephora and let me know what you think!