Jane Iredale Cool Beauty

Jane Iredale’s summer collection, Cool Beauty is one of my favs of the season. It’s a fresh, well-rounded take on a summer look that’s vibrant, alive, and beachy-chic.

Her Mini-Matte Finish Powder is something no purse should be without. No matter your foundation, just a touch of this powder will tone down shine without drying the skin or looking too matte. It just leaves a natural finish without any trace of oil.

Azure Triple Eyeshadow and Aquamarine 24- Karat Gold Dust will slowly make their way into your regular shadow routine with a pop of color reminiscent of sand and sea that brings out the best in all eye colors.

Pinot Noir is a fun change from the ho hum black and brown liners we’ve all come to own. This rich plum can be used with both neutral brown and cool toned shadows alike, with a shade that gives great contrast, but gives a lighter look on the skin

Erin & Julia PureMoist LipColour SPF 18 are sheer, moisturizing lipsticks that even a die-hard lip balm only wearer would love, and the two colors are pretty much as perfect as summer shades as it gets.

Jane Iredale Cool Beauty Collection

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Jane Iredale Zap&Hide

There’s nothing better than innovative, new products that work as well as they sound, not that I’m surprised coming from Jane Iredale, but treatment concealers aren’t the easiest to pull off.

Typically, brands have tried to put the treatment within the concealer which makes for a cakey mess making the blemish look worse with the makeup than it would on its own. Although the concealer side of this double ended stick does contain tea tree oil and lavender to soothe and help with inflammation, it wasn’t to the detriment of the concealer itself which is creamy and easy to blend with great staying power and a lot of pigment.

Of course you want to treat the blemish first with the treatment side so it can start working on inflammation and start heeling without any irritation or disruption of makeup application.

Now you can try Jane out for 20% off of your first order by entering 3250 at checkout, good for online use only.

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Best Foundations for Medium to Deep Skin Tones

Too many cosmetic lines are missing the boat when it comes to a full line of foundations for all women. Here are a few companies whose offerings of foundations for deeper skin tones are right on the money.

MAC’s Studio Sculpt SPF 15 foundation is a gel based formula that offers great medium to full coverage that’s water-resistant and very long wearing. Available in 23 shades, $28, online or in stores.

Jane Iredale’s premier line of mineral makeup is award winning year after year for a reason. It’s a great product. Their line has the deepest shade range I’ve seen in a mineral line, and the colors are fantastic. 10 shades available for medium to deeper skin, $48, Beauty.com or in select spas.

Bobbi Brown was among the first to create foundations that were skin tone correct, meaning they had yellow based undertones that looked more like skin than formulas prior. Soon after, other lines took notice and put a halt (for the most part) in creating peachy and pinky foundations that didn’t look like skin and didn’t blend. Bobbi has 7 different foundation formulas that contain deep shades including her new Skin Foundation SPF 15 with a technology that gives the appearance of skin and not makeup. $45, BobbiBrown.com, and select department stores.

If all else fails, you can’t go wrong with Iman, a line designed with women who can’t find a foundation to match their skin in mind. 4 different formulas include an oil-free stick foundation that’s virtually undetectable on the skin. $15, Walgreens.com DuaneReade.com, and select stores.

Dear Carissa- Finding the Right Primer

Dear Carissa,

I had the pleasure of reading through your site and I love your recommendations.

I know on your site, you recommend monistat, but I have heard that this can aggravate people with acne prone skin.

I am 35 now I have noticed my pores around my nose and cheek area are enlarging, and all foundations seem to just emphasize them.

I have tried a few primers, but they are either too oily or too dry (making mineral makeup catch on dry skin), or make me break out.

What would work for me?

Best Regards,


Well Andrea, here are a few of my favorite primers along with what skin types might benefit most from their use.

Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief Powder-Gel;

Who can use it?

- Most skin types except for acne prone

- Women who don’t use a primer most days, but would like something for times when they want foundation to stay put

- Gals on a beauty budget

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer SPF 15;

Who can use it?

- All skin types

- Women who want a finished look but don’t wear foundation daily, use it alone to soften the look and texture of skin.

- Those looking for an extra SPF boost with anti aging benefits as well.

Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer;

Who can use it?

- Sensitive, oily, and acne prone skin

- Mineral makeup users

- Women who find their makeup tends to change color during the day

Peter Thomas Roth Max Anti-Shine Mattifying Gel;

Who can use it?

- Incredibly oily skin that needs powder after an hour of makeup application

- Those who don’t enjoy applying more powder during the day for shine, just rub a bit between your fingers and press it into your t-zone to bring down shine without looking cakey.

- Skin prone to breaking out

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Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte

You shouldn’t have to decide between looking shiny and looking cakey. Sometimes though, adding a little powder to erase shine adds more than you bargain for and by the day’s end, you look a little clownish.

Brush-Me Matte has taken its well deserved place in my makeup bag, which freed up space from the compact and brush I was lugging around for touch-ups.

Twist the brush to unlock the powder and allow just a small amount to come through leaving no mess behind. Rice starch absorbs oil while pomegranate extract provides antioxidant protection. The powder is light as air and translucent so it’s colorless and appropriate for all skin shades. Use it alone, under makeup, or for touch-ups.

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What I Use Every Day Part 2

From left to right; Bobbi Brown Corrector, Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit, Jane Iredale Pure Gloss, Clinique Lash Powder Mascara, Shu Uemura Lash Curler.

Just to finish up what I use with the final few products…

I’m still loving Bobbi’s Corrector/ Concealer to cover dark under eye circles. If I’m in a rush or don’t feel particularly dark, I’ll skip the Corrector and use the concealer for both the eye area and imperfections on the skin.

Jane Iredale’s Pure Gloss in Cotton Candy is my fav light pink choice for most days to compliment my pinky toned cheeks. For days when I’m wearing a bronze palette, I go with Soft Peach.

Any lashes can benefit from the Shu eyelash curler. It’s iconic. It’s everywhere. It’s as good as they say. It perfectly curls the lashes without kinks, and it sets the lashes to hold that curl throughout the day.

I think I’m on my 5th tube of Clinique’s lash power- which is saying a lot. It really doesn’t smudge and is easily removed with warm water.