I was all set to write hope you had a great New Year’s when tomorrow is Valentine’s Day! FAIL by me. I’ll spare you the details for now and get to my Beauty Booty or some of my latest beauty faves:
Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation—HUGE rave for this. I’ll be honest. Since I converted to minerals a few years back, I haven’t even looked at a liquid foundation. Nada. You couldn’t even tempt me. Until I had some skin issues. *cough*hormones*cough* This stuff was being raved about on a few blogs and message boards and I wanted to try it but I was scared. Skerrd of silicones. The last time I tried a ‘make your skin perfect’ foundation (from Revlon), I had zits all over my forehead from the silicone and of course this was right before DH and I went to the beach for a nice vacation.
Anyways—since then I haven’t dipped a toe into that water again. Until now. I was doing some Christmas shopping late one night and stopped at Sephora for a small gift and it was empty. I asked someone there about it and she offered to put it on me. Why not? It would be a good way to A-find the shade for my pale self and B-see how it looked. The girl there said she usually hated foundations like this but LOVED this Kat Von D foundation. I admit—my skin looked great. I bought it and winced a little at the price ($36). However, you only need a teeny bit of this as a little goes a LONG way. I put a little pump on the back of my hand and apply with my MAC 190 brush. It really covers redness well and stays on all day. I only get a little oily breakthrough on my nose late in the afternoon. And NO breakouts from this!!! So impressed with this stuff.
Sonia Kashuk Flat Top Kabuki—another rave! Even though I just raved for the Kat Von D liquid above, I’m still very loyal to my minerals. And to me, the best way to apply minerals is with a kabuki brush. The old one I had had seen better days. I just happened to be at Target (where of course I browse for everything else when I’m really supposed to be buying kitty litter) when I saw this brush on clearance for $12. Even though it’s technically labeled for creams I prefer it for my powder minerals. I tried it for the first time last week and it applies minerals beautifully. It’s also kitten soft and did not shed at all. WIN!
Aczone gel—in love with this stuff. First—it’s prescription, so please consult your doctor before you go and decide you want this stuff. I have been seeing a great new derm for my skin woes. Last time I was there, she recommended the Aczone. I had never heard of it (and I’ve heard of ‘em all) but was willing to give this a shot. I went home and googled it—only to find out it has been used to treat leprosy!!!! So of course now we call this the leprosy cream at my house. What it does wonderfully is help to clear up moderate acne and reduce redness and inflammation in the skin. I have only been using this for a few weeks but have seen big improvement in the redness lessening. When I wake up in the morning, my nose and cheeks are usually red (I have rosacea). However, the first morning after using Aczone, there was no redness. I could not believe it!
One minor caveat—this stuff ain’t cheap! My insurance didn’t cover it but Aczone does provide a coupon where you can get a 30 day supply for $25 (with insurance). I was able to do this without any issues at my local pharmacy. Just click here and look to the right to download and print your coupon. I also was given one from my derm.
Would love to know some of your skin secrets---what products do you love the most and what has worked best for you?