More Stuff That Works
Hey you guys, I know this is likely a scene you're growing weary of looking at (me on vacation), but rest assured, as you read this, I am probably uncomfortably wedged between two snoring, armrest-appropriating space hogs on my flight back to the UK. Yes, my holidays have sadly come to an end. However, in the interest of trying to transition back into reality, I have decided to go with a makeup post. At some point in the very near future, I may actually have to think about applying makeup to my happily makeup-free vacation face, as pictured above.
As you may already know if you're a regular reader, I have been road-testing some of the products that get a glowing endorsement by the Environmental Working Group (the EWG). I did a post on sunscreens a while back (and will have another batch of sunscreen reviews for you that I did on this vacation before too long), but have been sort of holding out on the makeup posts of late. I am a pretty low-maintenance person, so I sometimes feel like I am the least qualified person on earth to be espousing the merits of makeup products. Then again, it is probably because of this that I am perhaps more right for the task of reviewing makeup and beauty products; people with jobs and lives and not a lot of time for faffing about with difficult and expensive products that require a lot of steps might actually actually find these tips useful. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
I have always been fascinated with foundation. Probably because I fundamentally, deeply detest and resent foundation, even though I recognise that it can perform miracles in the right hands. I have always disliked the way it feels, disliked the way it often sits atop the skin looking less than natural, and detested how it gets all over your hands when applying it (I don't use a brush…I find that I just end up with too much product on my face that way), or if you are using a mineral foundation, it gets all over your dresser or counter top.
The past few weeks, I brought two products with me on this trip. The Korres Wild Rose Foundation, which I had been trailing for a few weeks at work and whatnot, and Andalou's SPF 30 BB cream; a one-size-fits-most tinted moisturiser. Both of these products get a top rating from the EWG's Skin Deep Guide to Cosmetics.
Korres is a cult favourite Greek natural cosmetics brand that was born out of a traditional homeopathic apothecary, and you can read all about it here.
The Wild Rose Foundation is marketed as a medium to high, buildable foundation that leaves your skin with a natural, luminous finish. I actually found it to be somewhat less than medium coverage (which is perfect for me), but that may have as much to do with my application technique as it does with the formula itself. The product goes on easily, and has an interesting, silky texture that is indeed easy to build. I find that it does leave a bit of a sheen on the skin (the "brightening" effect no doubt), but I didn't find this offensive or odd. I wear the shade RF3, which is one of the darker shades they make. They make only 4 shades at present, and those with light, pink-based complexions may find that this foundation is too yellow or dark for your skin tone. However, if you have yellow or olive toned skin (and who better to make foundation for olive-toned skin than the Greeks?), this one is a must try. It goes on quickly and with minimum effort.
I have to say, this product was the star of the vacation. I brought this with me to try, not sure how I would like it. I have used Andalou's vitamin C serum and toner in the past and loved them, but wasn't sure how I would fare with a cosmetic product. Andalou tends to use quite a lot of orange oil in their products, and some people may find that irritating. My skin is used to it, but I wasn't sure how I would fare with it in a product that you leave on all day.
It turns out I needn't have worried. This product is another one that is very yellow in tone, and since it only comes in one shade, it is either going to work for you, or not. For me, it works beautifully. Because it is so sheer, the shade is a little less important than with a full-on foundation, but I found it to be the perfect shade for slightly tanned vacation skin. I wore this every day when I wasn't actually on the beach, and it protected my skin beautifully, looked really natural, and even gave my skin a nice little glow. This product is my new best friend, and I am happy to have found something that I can use for every day, because I really don't want to wear full-on foundation every day. Yuck.
The Andalou BB Beauty Balm gets a top rating in the EWG sunscreen department, and in their Skin Deep cosmetics Database. You can read about the company by clicking here.