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Makeup Monday: Foundation Woes

To the makeup companies that believe that 8 hours of wear time is acceptable for your foundation/BB cream/tinted moisturizer/etc. is acceptable - I'm calling your bluff. I work 8+ hours a day which doesn't include my 45 minute commute to work. What if I want to get dinner with my beau after - will my face still look as fresh as it did when I left my apartment that morning? Probably not.

For all the makeup gurus who share their love of face primer, I'm allergic to 99% of the silicone based primers out there. After a few instances with silicone based face primers that caused me to break out in awful cystic acne among my jaw line, I gave up the stuff and finally a few weeks later the cystic acne ran it's course and vacated my jawline. I've tried a few of the silicone free primers such as the Sephora Collection Silicone Free Foundation Primer and the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer (in addition to their original face primer) and they didn't make a difference so back to Sephora they went. Le sigh.

In my current foundation stash, I'm rotating between e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation and Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Foundation. Some days I really like the e.l.f. foundation and some days I really like the Neutrogena one though I think it tends to dry up near my under eye area on it's own. Foundation tends to wear the worst on my nose, under my eyes, and my chin/jawline (probably due to winter's scarves). Lately I've been mixing both foundations and setting with a combination of Coty Airspun loose powder and Physician's Formula Youthful Wear Youth Boosting Illuminating Powder and that combination is working the best (but still not perfect).


All of this to go on my face. Wow. And doesn't include concealer and under eye brightener and that's another story for another day...

Sigh. I just want my foundation to look fabulous all day, not get patchy in spots, and wears evenly all over. I'm dry-ish near my eyes (don't get me started on the discoloration/dark circles) yet my forehead and nose gets shiny. Perhaps it's the dull winter skin blues? I just want to look good all day and not think about it. Too much to ask?

I want to look this flawless all day. Seriously. Though my hair is way longer than J-Law's now... I want my skin to stay this fabulous all day.

Saturday Spring Shoe Lust

The first day of spring was Thursday and I've been dreaming of sandals and warm weather... I wore last year summer's Clarks Casslyn Paula Wedges the other day and I unfortunately think I wore them so much last summer that the cushion in the footbed has worn out. So it's due time to do a little shoe browsing, shall we?

These Clarks Shira Brenna heels might be the perfect transition to spring shoe... I could easily pair them with black opaque tights with skirts until the weather warms up. I'm drawn to the black leather but the nude color might be a good choice too! That wood heel says "hello spring!"


I'm also loving the double buckles and snakeskin detail on these Clarks Shira Danika heels. In case you couldn't tell, I am a bit of a Clarks fan girl because the comfort level is pretty top notch with their shoes especially for us gals who experience "retail feet."


I tried on the Nordstrom exclusive BP. Tara Wedge and I love the stretchy elastic wide straps and wedge heel! The elastic is accommodating for my slightly wider foot.

I recall seeing these Sofft Sarita Platform Sandals on Refinery29 or another site along those lines and I was instantly drawn to the black and white details on the shoe as well as the wood heel.


A retail worker pal was praising her pair of Dexflex Comfort flats from Payless and these Dexflex Comfort Margaret Espadrille Wedges caught my eye and they come in a wide! And the under $35 price tag is pretty stellar... Might be worth trying on.


Last but not least, I'm intrigued by Chie Mahara shoes because I constantly see the ladies of Looks Good From The Back praising their comfort level and love of their Chies.

LOOK AT ALL THE PRETTY SHOES... Sigh. Expensive but pretty.