I know I’m supposed to be writing about simplifying beauty. And I get that. I know there are tons of women out there who don’t have a ton of time to devote to skincare. I don’t have children yet, and as of a little over two months ago I am writing full-time (okay “full time” may be stretching it), so I have plenty of time to sit on my little vintage tangerine-colored stool and play with all my toners, creams, and serums, lined up like good little soldiers on their pedestals (where they belong). So yes, I will admit my AM skincare routine isn’t exactly “routine.” Before I even sit down at my tangerine stool, it takes me a good ten minutes to cleanse my skin with the Bobbi Brown ‘Extra’ Balm Rinse ($58). I give myself an intense facial massage, enjoying the sensation of the thick balm melting into a butter as I massage it in small circles all over my face. Every now and then I’ll stop and cup my hands around my nose and slowly inhale the pungent citrus scent. Ahhh…
Then once I get to my little skincare station (see above photo), I could spend a good 15 minutes doing a a basic routine or 30 minutes to go the extra mile and give myself a mini-facial. If I’m testing products, forget about it. I could be there all morning!janna Tags Bare Escentuals, Bobbi Brown, Decleor, First Aid Beauty, Fresh, Kate Somerville, Puffy Eyes, Sensitive Skin, SkinCeuticals
Yesterday I was catching up with my glamorous friend T and I was appalled to find out that this makeup-loving diva (she’s the type of woman people stop on the street to ask her how she did her eye makeup) doesn’t wear primer! I just couldn’t do the math. She was wearing perfect makeup but NO primer. She started asking my opinion on powders and I simply couldn’t pay attention. I was too engrossed in staring at her primer-free skin:
T: “I’m thinking about going to pick up some new pressed powder. What are your thoughts?”
Now, keep in mind T has great skin, but I see the incumbent powder sitting on her skin over her visible pores (yes, everyone has pores, but thanks to primer, no one has to see them). I look again. I can’t seem to grasp that this woman who can rattle off at least 50 eye shadow and lip gloss colors isn’t wearing primer.
T ignores my penetrating stare, “So what do you think?”
Me: “I’ll tell you what I think. I can’t believe you’re asking me about powder right now when you’re clearly not wearing primer.”
T puts her hands on her hips. I fear her attitude is about to make a sneak attack.
T: “Primer? What does that have to do with it?”
Me: “Primer has everything to do with it! How can you think about putting on powder without prepping with primer?”
T: “Girl, I don’t need an extra step.”
An extra step? Ladies, primer isn’t extra credit. It should be part of your core regimen! T put her attitude away when she found out the following: 1) I wear primer on days I go makeup-free because it takes away the shine, fills in my pores and fine lines, and protects me from environmental agers of mass destruction. 2) Most primers are multi-taskers.
See my list of favorites below:
Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time 1 oz: I go through these so fast, I buy them three at a time. This is my go-to everyday primer. It has a clear gel-like consistency that’s mattifying without being drying. It fills in my pores, makes my lines less visible, and gives my skin an airbrushed-like quality. It’s a total multi-tasker — In addition to the above, it protects from pollution and weather warfare, it has SPF, and, it’s “infused with soothing plant extracts, antioxidants, and nourishing vitamin C and E.”
When I Wear it Most: Workdays when I’m not wearing foundation (I only wear foundation if my skin is blotchy or has some redness. Or, I have a meeting or drinks/dinner after work). It’s also a staple on weekends and vacation when I don’t wear any makeup at all. Not only does it control oil in warm climates, it covers my imperfections without wearing makeup.
Urban Decay Complexion Primer Potion-Pore Perfecting: It has a non-oily cream-like consistency which “sticks” to your pores, wrinkles, and other nooks and crannies. “Sticks” may be a strong word, or even the wrong word, because it doesn’t have a sticky feel, it’s more about the action of “sticking” to the skin. Does that make sense? It is the perfect canvas for foundation. It “sticks” the foundation to the sealed and smoothed skin. My makeup can last through rain, hot subway stations, long days that lead into long nights, etc. I will say it does seem to have a lightening affect, which I don’t love. But, if I’m wearing foundation and bronzer, it’s inconsequential.
When I Wear it Most: Every time I wear foundation
While the above two are my favorites, I’ve heard gushing reviews from other beauty addicts and makeup artists about Napoleon Paradis Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer. You will simply have to wait until I give in and buy it. Something tells me you won’t have to wait very long.
janna Tags Bare Escentuals, Napoleon Paradis, Primer, Urban Decay
The only thing scarier than Maria in this picture from last Halloween is imagining the damage the cheap makeup did to her skin. I was lucky enough to escape the grease paint (just saying those two words out loud clogs my pores) last year with my bad kitty costume. But this year, I am dressing up as a Lichtenstein Girl and Maria intends to cover my face and decollete with grease paint and other synthetic poisons.
I had a heart-to-heart with her about this yesterday:
Me: So, I don’t suppose you have any sensitive skin Halloween makeup you can use on me?
<<Maria gives me a blank stare>>
Me: Yeah, um, I’m a bit worried about breaking out from that cheap drug store stuff
Maria: (after another lengthy stare) Janna, you just need to prepare yourself for a breakout.
<<HALLOWEEN HORROR = MY LOOK OF REPULSION>>
Maria: I’ve tried gentle, natural Halloween makeup in the past and it just doesn’t stay put, and it doesn’t have the same pigment as the cheap stuff.
I’m still reeling from our conversation. There has to be something I can do!! First thing first, I ordered a Mineral Halloween makeup set from Elegant Minerals. Maria has many doubts and won’t make any promises about using it, but she’s willing to give it a try. That’s worth the money for me.
“DAY OF” PREP: I will prep my skin by giving it a mild exfoliation with Sonya Dakar Enzyme Peeling Cream and then a nice moisturizing, nourishing mask like Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask . I will then use a soothing, anti-irritation, anti-redness moisturizer like Skinmedica Redness Relief CalmPlex and prepare my skin for battle with my favorite primer Bare Escentuals bareVitamins Prime Time.
POST-EVENT: The second I say my last goodbye Saturday night I am running to the bathroom to cleanse my skin. First I will take my makeup off with Shu Uemura High Performance Cleansing Oil and tons of Cotton Clouds . Then, I will cleanse with Fresh Soy Cleanser and my Clarisonic (which I never use anymore since my skin is so sensitive, but this is an emergency situation). I will complete my regimen with a soothing spritz of Fresh Marigold Rose Water and massage in my soothing, healing Decleor Aroma Night Neroli Essential Balm (like a spa service in itself).
NEXT MORNING: Fingers crossed, I will wake up without a single clogged pore. If I wake up congested I will sit rocking in a corner for a few hours crying, then apply my Boscia Luminizing Black Mask . If “congested” actually means “breakout,” I may end up having to book an emergency facial, pop a couple leftover miniature Snickers in my mouth while brainstorming my makeup-free costume for 2012.Posted by janna Tags Bare Escentuals, Boscia, Clarisonic, Decleor, Elegant Minerals, Fresh, Skinmeidca