If, like me, you grew up reading any amount of fashion magazines, you know that a proper base for a â€œfinishedâ€ face starts with clean, toned skin, moisturizer, and YAWN youâ€™ve already lost me. Too much work, too many steps. I rarely moisturize, I never use foundation. I usually limit my makeup to liquid liner, or the previous dayâ€™s smudges of liquid liner. If Iâ€™m feeling really ambitious, I add mascara and lipstick. No lipliner, no primer, no blotting. Friends have delicately mentioned that my skin could look a little more even if I made some effort. I have tinted moisturizer… no, too heavy. I’ve tried two different brands of mineral powder: one had an applicator that didnâ€™t apply, the other was like dusting pore enhancer on my face.
Out shopping with Megan on Saturday, I mentioned that Iâ€™d wear foundation if I could find one that provided good coverage, and yet didn’t feel like I was wearing anything. We both laughed at the concept. Then, just for funsies, and because it smelled so good, we popped into The Body Shop. We poked around at the scent bar, we tried their new body butter, and hey look! Foundation in a little pump bottle. Megan helped me pick a shade, I pumped a little out onto the back of my hand, tapped it to my face…
Holy crap. This stuff is good. My rosy cheeks? Now flesh-toned. Added bonus: itâ€™s weightless. And, of course, not tested on animals and all that other feel-good Body Shop mission stuff. AND itâ€™s SPF15. Which I donâ€™t really care about, but I know that I should.
The store is brand new, so they were giving away free gifts with all purchases. Neat! And oh, have I ever tried their foundation brushes? Um, hello, you can apply foundation with a brush? Because I will say, I hate getting it all over my fingers, and sponge applicators soak it up. Salesgal showed us the brushes, Megan acted as guinea pig, and you know what? Brilliant. Just fekkinâ€™ brilliant. We each bought a brush, and salesgal gave us different free gifts.
Today was my first test with the brush, and my own bottle of Oil-Free Foundation. Worked like a charm. Excellent coverage that lasted all day, and I couldnâ€™t feel a thing. Product Love.