Archive of ‘Foundation’ category

Here’s A Dry Idea: Apply Antiperspirant To Your Face!

Last night, Jerrod Blandino, creator of Too Faced Cosmetics, appeared on The Daily 10 – sharing tips to meltproof your makeup. Most of the tricks were somewhat obvious (like wearing waterproof mascara), but one was absolutely genius:

To keep perspiration from forming along the hairline, mix a small amount of clear antiperspirant with liquid foundation and apply.

Will you try this trick?

New From Fresh: Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation & Brown Sugar Body Cream

I absolutely adore Fresh Umbrian Clay Face Treatment and Brown Sugar Body Polish. So when I learned that the brand recently launched Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation and Brown Sugar Body Cream, I immediately added them to my Sephora shopping list.

Umbrian Clay Freshface Foundation SPF 20 is a purifying and balancing treatment foundation that refines and hydrates the skin, while providing natural-looking coverage for a flawless finish. Fresh’s exclusive Umbrian Clay removes impurities from the skin to refine, nourish, and balance the complexion while Porphyridium Cruentum, a micro-algae extract, retains optimal moisture levels throughout the day. Your skin will be left fresh and radiant, with visibly reduced fine lines, noticeably improved skin tone, and with SPF 20 UV protection.

Brown Sugar Body Cream is an ultra-rich, indulgent moisturizer that leaves skin super soft and supple. It is enriched with apricot kernel, sweet almond, evening primrose, and jojoba oils that nourish the skin to silky perfection. An addictive and iconic scent completes the luxurious experience and will keep you coming back for more.

Can’t Wait To Try: Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF15

Last April, Clinique gave us , a lightweight serum that gently erases skin discolorations. This spring, the brand unveils something even better than Even Better.

Wear oil-free, dermatologist-developed Even Better Makeup SPF 15 and something amazing happens: Without any makeup, see improved clarity, a more even skin tone, visibly diminished age spots. For all ethnicities. In just 4 to 6 weeks. For continued benefits—even after you take it off—partner with Even Better Skin Tone Corrector.

( $24.50), available in 15 shades, is sold at department stores, Sephora, and

Coming Soon From MAC: Well-Defined Collection

Well-Defined brings to life over two years of work backstage in the lab to perfect our newest foundation and concealer. Studio Sculpt SPF 15 Foundation is a rich, luxurious Cream Foundation in tube. This lush uniquely textured foundation delivers ultimate hydration while instantly revitalizing dull and dry skin. Smooth and even application yields a medium buildable coverage with a natural-satin finish. It’s paired with Studio Sculpt Concealer, which provides full-coverage that never becomes dry and cakey with a gel-based cream formula slips onto skin, effortlessly hiding imperfections.

“Studio Sculpt Foundation has fused new advancements in technology with innovative plant-based extracts to create a lush, luxurious new cream-gel foundation that delivers comfortable, weightless and flawless coverage,” says Nick Gavrelis, MAC’s Vice President of Global Product Development. “Makeup artists and women customers alike can easily achieve blendable medium coverage, with a luminous, satiny finish.”

Gordon Espinet, MAC’s Vice President of Global Makeup Artistry shares this application tip for the non-professional user: “Begin with a pea size amount on the back of your hand, and use any foundation brush to apply onto hydrated skin. Mix in a bit of your favorite moisturizer (try Strobe Cream or Strobe Liquid), which will create a sheer, luminous finish that makes skin appear to be candlelit. Use any MAC concealer over areas that need additional coverage.”

NC 15, NC 20, NC 25, NC 30, NC 35, NC 37, NC 40, NC 42, NC 44, NC 45,NC 50, NC 55, NW15, NW20, NW25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW43,NW45, NW47, NW50, NW55
Suggested Retail Price: $28.00

NC 15, NC 20, NC 30, NC 35, NC 42, NC 45, NC 50, NW15, NW20, 25, NW30, NW35, NW40, NW45, NW50
Suggested Retail Price: $16.50

Large, flat, square shaped synthetic-fibre brush with a fine, firm edge for distribution and blending of liquid, emulsion or cream products on the face or body.
Suggested Retail Price: $32.00

Flexible, synthetic flat brush with slight pointed tip for application and blending of all concealer formulas and other emollient products.
Suggested Retail Price: $22.00

Suggested Retail Price: $23.00

Available February 7, 2009 at all MAC locations and at

Award Winning FOTD

Last night, I attended the PRSA/Philadelphia Pepperpot Awards – a celebration of outstanding performance in public relations by practitioners in agencies, industry, government, and non-profit organizations. The American Cancer Society’s Marketing Department (of which I am a member) was nominated for our efforts to pass Clean Indoor Air (smoke-free) legislation in Pennsylvania.

The Pepperpot Award has grown into one of the most coveted awards in the field of public relations, so I pulled out the big guns and went all out with my makeup. It’s a good thing I did, because my team ended up winning first place in the Public Affairs category! Yay us!

And the icing on the cake? Charm City Cakes, the bakery featured in the Food Network series, Ace of Cakes, created a magnificent confection that looked just like an actual pepperpot!

Here are the products I used to create my award-winning look:


90s Ladies Week: Clueless About Foundation? As If!

For the second installment of 90s Ladies Week, I draw inspiration from one of my most beloved movies. A modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, starring one Alicia Silverstone. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Yes, I’m talking about Clueless – the movie that defined a generation and introduced my sixteen-year-old self to the genius of Azzedine Alaia, the ever adorable Paul Rudd, and a host of notable quotables that remain on the tip of my tongue thirteen years later. Does this convo ring any bells?

Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a Monet?
Cher: It’s like the painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.

Don’t be a Monet like Cher’s nemesis, Amber (not to be confused with my bestie, Amber – who’s a total Betty). My new favorite foundation, Make Up For Ever’s HD Invisible Cover Foundation ensures that you look flawless – in any light, from far away, up close and even in High Definition. The oil-free, medium-to-full-coverage formula creates a soft-focus effect that softens lines and blurrs imperfections. Available in 25 shades to match all skintones. My color is #173, coincidentally named Amber.

On Friday, while having dinner with Señor Spoiled Pretty, he couldn’t stop commenting on how perfectly luminous my skin looked. I’m paraphrasing, of course – but this was a big deal, as Graham hardly comments on my makeup. Thanks to my hubby’s ringing endorsement, HD Invisible Cover has become my foundation of choice. Hopefully, moving forward, his compliments won’t be so sporadic*.

Make Up Forever is available at Sephora.

Remember to surf on over to Beauty Blogging Junkie for Amber’s 90s movie inspired beauty product review.

* “Sporadic means once in a while. Try using it in a sentence.”


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