cracked foundation

by Lara on March 18, 2014

in beauty

I’m going to be 35 on Sunday.


3 – 5

A couple weeks ago, suddenly and as if to throw this point in my face (literally), a frown wrinkle set in between my eyebrows.  Wtf.

I stared at it in the mirror and made a bunch of faces to see where this wrinkle came from.  How did I do this to myself?

Disapproving disgust is apparently a look I give quite often.

So, of course, I went into a mass panic and bought some Neutrogena “Rapid Wrinkle Repair” junk with hyaluronic acid and retinol.  It works.  In almost 2 weeks, I’ve seen a major difference… like it’s pretty shocking.  I have hope.  It’s also made my skin a little flaky so, I’m going to have to dial it down a notch. (I was putting it on my face over 3 times a day. I kinda lost my mind.)

I used to joke about how tough my skin was, that I could scrub my face with Ajax and it would be fine.  I don’t know if it’s age, or medications, or this wretched Winter, or what other fresh hell has made my skin go to the dogs.  It gets red and unhappy after St. Ive’s Apricot Scrub, which never used to irritate it.  My combination skin is more erratic, with weird dry patches and pores going “heeeeeyyy look at meeeee!”  My tiny broken capillaries have gone rogue and all splotchy.  The fat in my face is changing and shifting. It’s all happened so rapidly that it’s kind of shocking.

I stole my neighbor’s latest InStyle magazine (she moved and they keep coming here) and saw an ad for Sephora’s new Pantone skin matching service called Color IQ.  Yesterday after work I drove to the mall in sleet to fix my goddamn face (or at least cover this crap up) and have some ladytime pampering.  (Department store makeup ladies frighten and fascinate me all at once and I’ve seen nothing good come from a counterside makeover but I was desperate.)

I recommend doing this on a slow night.  I received all the attention with no one looming.  The sweet girl (Bri) working the testing area all alone on a Monday night was such a sport.  (She said I looked like Snow White so I immediately wanted to put her in my pocket.)  She gave me a Vitamin C face wipe to remove makeup off my cheeks and neck and then gave me a dollop of moisturizer to replenish my skin and I sat in a tall chair while she placed a handheld device on 3 points – my neck, cheek and forehead.  It gave her a calculation and she did it again on my other side to see if the readings were the same. I’m a 1Y06, which is light with slight yellow undertones.

So, we went to a small tablet and talked about what kind of formula (liquid/powder, etc.) and coverage I wanted (sheer, medium or full).  I wanted liquid with medium buildable coverage so after she tapped around the screen, I put in my email address to send myself my foundation matches.  Then she walked me through the matches, explaining that some were more sheer and some were super matte and some had a reputation for oxidizing on oily t-zones.  Girl knew her stuff.  I picked a few, based on some reviews I’d seen online and she painted me up with one on my left side. I just couldn’t figure it out but something wasn’t right.  This is one of those moments where you need to speak up and be honest with yourself and those trying to help you.

The lighting in Sephora is nuts.  She got me to stand in 4 different places with a hand-held mirror to get a good sense of it.  We both felt that the recommended shade was a little too yellow so, she picked one shade lighter and did up my other half and it was perfect… like so perfect.  The Pantone match is simply a starting point.  You may have to make some adjustments.

With this service, they’ll let you take a few samples home to try out but I was sold on Lancôme’s Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo.  It’s a liquid foundation with an adorable perfectly matched cream concealer built into the cap and is supposed to genuinely “correct” your skin over time, with 20 SPF built in – a mega foundation – a lot of bang for your buck.  It sets fairly quickly and lasted all day today.  I’m really pleased with it so far and got 2 compliments at work today, that I looked “pretty.”  I’ll take it!

Lancôme Teint Visionnaire Skin Correcting Makeup Duo

I know I know, this shit is expensive.  We all have our things we spend stupid amounts of money on but; considering it took a year to finish off an even smaller bottle of Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation, this is roughly 16 cents a day to put my best face forward.  Suck it Trebek.

Natural looking foundation is really important to me.  I don’t want to look powdery or cakey in sunlight and you guys, that dark contouring/highlighting insanity looks creepy as hell in broad daylight.  I apply natural blush on the apples of my cheeks.  I don’t want to look gaunt or angular or sculpted.  I want to look fresh and glowy and rosy.  Honestly, I think this contouring madness makes you look old and straight off the set of Dynasty if you’re not an absolute pro.  It’s great for photo shoots and nighttime makeup but good lord I’ve seen some disasters downtown during the day.

This scares the hell out of me:

Kim countouring



Let me share a secret that will solidify all your suspicions of my absurd vanity – I bought that little double pack of mini evian facial sprays at Ulta a while back.  Frou frou overpriced water in a can.  I keep one in my makeup bag and one in my desk at work (office air is so dry).  After I’ve done my foundation/powder/blush, I do a quick burst of mist and everything melts together and it takes the powdery edge off giving it a natural finish.  Don’t tell me I can put water in a spray bottle.  This mist is magical!

Evian face spray

Next ridiculously priced makeup temptation I’m 99% sure I’ll succumb to soon?  Hourglass Ambient Lighting Power (and maybe the blush).  I played with it all last night and whoa mama, this stuff is lovely.  Dim Light is my shade of choice.

Are you going to get matched at Sephora soon? 

Have you mastered contouring or are your scared?

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Kelly (Let's Die Friends) March 18, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Oooh I wouldn’t mind trying this one bit! I have gnarly combination skin that starts out dry and flaky, then gets so oily during the day, I have to use oil blotting tissues several times a day. I also have large pores. I use Smashbox “Photo Finish” primer just to minimize the look of my pores and it works great. Over that, I just sweep some Smashbox “HALO” loose powder. I wouldn’t mind a little actual coverage, so I am going to try to get a sample of that Lancome foundation to see if it looks good over my primer. And I agree – department store makeovers never look good, they always make me feel like a clown.


Lara March 19, 2014 at 6:06 PM

Stupid damn combination skin! It’s awful! Ya know, I have a tiny sample of that primer and I’ve never used it. Need to get on that.

Let me know what you think of that Sephora thing and the foundation! :)


Adrien March 19, 2014 at 8:24 AM

Girl! Stop scrubbing with that apricot stuff – it makes micro-tears in your skin. Get those PTR Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads, they are the bomb. (Or, if you want, lets meet for a drink one night and I’ll give you a couple to try.)

I am very intrigued by this Lancome foundation. I’m nearly out of my current stuff (Smashbox) and want to try something else. I did do the Color IQ and I think it’s pretty good, though I agree it needs adjusting. I’m also super interested in that Hourglass powder. People be freaking out about it.
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Carly March 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Let’s ALL meet for a drink and do makeup swaps at the bar!

(too creepy?)


K March 19, 2014 at 11:57 AM

I second the PTR Un-Wrinkle Peel Pads. You have baby butt face afterwards.

And my face is so oily that I’m using an oiling blotting sheet by 8:30am (makeup on at 6:30am). This bums me out.

I am, though, SUPER INTRIGUED by the Sephora Pantone business.
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Lara March 19, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Okay ladies… These Un-Wrinkle pads have two great endorsements from ladies I trust. I checked em out on Sephora. They’re pricey but, how often do you guys use them? Every night? Once a week?
I am obsessed with exfoliation. So bummed I can’t rip at my face anymore. I think peels are the way to go now. Carly gave me a sample of Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel for Sensitive skin. The stuff actually has an expiration date on it. It smells like super concentrated apple. Anyhow, I’ve saved it for special pampering because man oh man, it turns my face pink and makes it baby soft. I’m almost out and want more! Okay… I just ordered more from Ulta and got the Stri-Vectin sampler pack beauty deal they have today. Have you guys tried that brand yet?
Aging is going to make me BROKE!
Adrien – drinks! Yes!


Adrien March 20, 2014 at 9:25 AM

I reviewed the PTR pads a few weeks ago on the blog. I use them once or twice a week and you can cut them in half to get more use out of them. Expensive, but they work.
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Carly March 21, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Do you like my classy gifting of samples I’ve saved but don’t intend to use? The reviews on that were actually pretty impressive, but I can only commit too soo much product/time/money/giving-a-damn.

I’m sorta mad at you for posting all this stuff because I am trying to give up shopping for Lent* (*also self-servingly saving money for the move to DC). I really want to try out the color matching thing. I’ve gotten foundation from Sephora, that they tested, assured me was awesome, looked awesome in the store and the next day in real environments looked like clown paint. It’s hard to match the ghostly translucent shade of pale that is my face, right?

My old lady face problem is the 1,000 wrinkles under my eyes when I smile. Like my smile says “I’m happy” and my eyes say “I’m 90.”


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