My All Time Favorite Natural Finish Foundations

Friday, March 16, 2018

I'm sure many of you know what it feels like to search for your top holy grail foundation(s)! A common issue we run into is that our foundation doesn't sit the same all year through.  What may work for one season may not work for another, and over time our skin type tends to change.  However, I've found that natural finish bases have remained consistent in my makeup repetoire, no matter the circumstance. They always compliment my skin the best, awarding a flawless complexion every time. So, what's the main thing I look for in a foundation? As a busy mom, I look for foundations that I really don't need to fuss over. I want know that my base will stay put all day, with as much as a mid-day powder.  Less is definitely more for a youthful complexion, so I tend to gravitate towards formulas with medium coverage. Cream foundations are also a plus for me! 

There are only a handful of foundations that I generally keep in rotation, depending on how I feel that day and based on the occasion.  Some have been my go-to's for years and I've also added a newbie to my collection that I'm starting to wear pretty often.  With so many great options out there on the market, it's hard to only commit to one.

My all time favorite foundation ...

The Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation is the one foundation that makes my complexion look it's very best! Regardless of the application (brush, beauty blender or with your finger tips), my skin looks smooth, even-toned with a hint of glow ~  truly flawless.  It's a cream foundation with medium to build-able full coverage and the shade range is geared for neutral to yellow/olive undertones.  I get my perfect shade with all Tom Ford foundations, wearing Bisque most of the year and Sable during the Summer months. Perfect for all skin types!

The best all around for day and night ...

I've become a huge fan of foundation sticks, for that one stop shop for great coverage on the go! The emollient creamy formula of the Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick allows for a smooth and even application with little effort. Apply it just where you need it with a dense foundation brush, set with a light dusting of powder all over, and you're set for the day. It's not quite as long lasting as the Traceless Perfecting Foundation, but it's the lit from within glow that I love the most!  Stash it in your handbag for easy touch-ups throughout the day.  

My newest addition for everyday ...

As a fan of Marc Jacobs voluminous mascara and their lipsticks, I was hopeful that the newly released Shameless Youthful 24 Hour Foundation would be a huge hit. I was pleasantly surprised that the cute and portable packaging contained 1 full ounce of product. After testing this foundation for a good week, I found that there's a technique to getting a beautiful natural finish that would win it's slot as one of the best foundations I have ever tried.  Suited best for normal to combo skin types, I found that this foundation sat well with the help of added hydration. Apply a thin layer of foundation with a dense buffing brush (here and here) in back and forth, sweeping motions until fully blended. Then build coverage from there, up to a solid medium coverage. Finish with hydrating or setting spray to reveal a your skin but better look. In the alternative, I also enjoy using a damp beauty blender with this product. With a small boost of hydration, this foundation really does become a beautiful finish that lasts all day. The Shameless foundation feels very lightweight on the skin and has amazing staying power with SPF 25 for skin protection.  Perfect for Everyday!

Adjustable coverage and photograph worthy ...

I'm sure you can sense that I'm a fan of stick foundations. Unlike the Tom Ford foundation stick, the Hourglass Vanish Seamless Foundation Stick can provide full coverage upon its initial swipe over the face. With a kabuki brush, I like to add a light layer to begin with and then dab extra to areas that I want fully concealed and flawless. a.k.a. my freckles and the occasional blemish. I particularly like to wear this for nights out and on special occasions, since it photographs beautifully. It gives you this soft focus look that makes you absolutely dreamy! Hourglass just increased their shade range, so this is one to look into. It won't disappoint!

All these bases compliment well with my favorite illuminating primer, which I always apply right before foundation.  Have you tried any of these?  What are your favorite foundation(s) that you can't live without? Share your picks in the comments, along with your skin type.  Thanks so much gals! 

Warmly ~


Spring Details and Delight

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

As February is coming to a close, so are the layers and bulk we've all been wearing during the past few months. I'm ready to say "ovua" to the Winter season, with excitement for delightful afternoons. 

With each season, I like to re-organize my closet, tucking away jackets, vests, and sweaters, to make room for a new and freshened up look. In most cases, I'm usually left with a bare closet and basics, which I much prefer. It gives me the freedom to create a palette of new colors, patterns, and silhouettes that are fitting for warmer days. Subdued colors and romantic details have taken my interest, which may be of no surprise, if you know me well. My wardrobe is starting to feel pretty and feminine once again ... a bit of sophisticated elegance. Although I have transitioned to more of a casual gal these days, there's some excitement knowing that my everyday looks are detailed in beauty.

{ Spring Basics + Flirty Denim }

Madewell is a place I often go to for classic pieces and high quality basics. Highlighted in the store recently, I noticed how simplistic, yet elegant this top was. The mini pleating detail throughout gives you the option to dress it up or down and the fabric is so soft and light on your skin. I paired it with a jean skirt, which I think we'll be seeing more of this Spring. Jean Skirts are fun + flirty (a bit more forgiving than jeans) and you'll find many at knee length and below this season, for a well put together look. This Madewell top is available in many colors, so pick up a couple in your favorite shades! You'll be glad to see how well this new Spring basic compliments your current wardrobe.

{ Pretty in Eyelet + Ruffles }

Nothing screams more pretty + feminine, than an eyelet print and ruffled details. Eyelet prints  usually pop up every Spring season in new and re-invented ways and I love that I see more of this cut-out design in tops, mixed with other girly details. Paired with pretty ruffles and flowy silhouettes, they are a match made in heaven.  Both of these tops from H&M have become well loved and they work perfectly with a casual pair of jeans or a slim pencil skirt. Try an eyelet print or ruffled top with patterned bottoms: from stripes to floral prints, they work fantastically with both!

{ Romantic + Soft in Subdued Colors }

All Winter long, I was wearing a load of black and grey with occasional warm tones. Once February hit, I was ready to move on to romantic and subdued colors, that would really soften my look and add some elegance to what I was wearing. Blush is one of my favorite colors to decorate with, which is almost always incorporated (in some regard), into the spaces I decorate. But I soon found myself picking up more transitional pieces in this shade. My complexion looks so soft when I wear this color and I feel romantic, even with more casual looks. This is a color that brings about confidence, elegance, and beauty ... and who doesn't want that! Blush works just like a neutral, so make it a great alternative to your white and beige tops. 

{ Beautifully Detailed in Accessories }

This Spring, I committed to wearing larger and bolder earrings! Hoops really, with a boho vibe to them. I wanted to highlight my new mid-length haircut and hoops did it for me! Playing with my hair a lot now-a-days, these hoops seem to highlight any hairstyle I choose that day. Whether it's wearing my hair parted in the middle or with an exaggerated side part, these pretties go with anything and everything. Go with larger hoops, as they'll give you a lengthened look, which I can really appreciate it!  

For an amped up take on your classic sneakers, choose a shoe with simple details that pack a punch. I love wearing my Van's SQ-8 cut-out slip-on's, which are my current go-to's for all my casual days. These sneaks add a little more to my outfits and I adore them so much that I'm tempted to buy a second pair to have on hand, when these gets old. They're currently available in store at Nordstrack Rack, but a few others are linked below with a similar pattern. 

Sophisticated details in casual wear has added much personality to my wardrobe, while making me feel confident and beautiful on the day to day. What is your favorite Spring detail?  Be sure to see all my picks below for the looks shown and for similar options. Have a wonderful day friends!

Warmly ~



Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Welcome to February friends! The cold winter temperatures continue to make their way through the new year and you might find that your complexion is feeling drier than usual. Between staying in cozy heated spaces to going outside in the dry cold weather and back again, your skin is probably taking a toll from the lack of moisture in the air. That sure was the case with me in December, especially since I was also getting over a cold.  

A couple of months ago, my skin was feeling fairly tight and dry patches starting to peak through. I wasn't drinking a healthy amount of water each day and I knew I had to make some changes to my lifestyle, if I wanted to have great skin again. So, I amped up my water intake to 4 water bottles a day and changed my skincare and makeup routine to address my need for hydration. After incorporating a few good for your skin products, I was able to rejuvenate and freshen up my complexion, making it look it's best this Winter season. I'm so happy to report that my skin looks smooth, supple & radiant, and I owe it all to a new regime that I can't wait to share with you!   

Below are products I've added to my daily skincare & makeup routine that have promoted healthy, plump, and youthful looking skin ~ all perfect for sensitive skin. I'm also sharing application tips that truly helped me to get my complexion to the best it's looked within the last year.    

Caudalie Grape Water Hydrating Mist

The first step to my morning and nightly skincare routine starts with a generous spray of the Caudalie Grape Water Mist for a pleasant boost of hydration to my face and neck. It's an organic hydrating mist that infuses moisture back into your skin and it also calms any redness you may be experiencing from the dry and cold conditions. In combination with my Foreo facial brush that I use for cleansing and as a light exfoliate for my face, I feel this mist has helped my skincare soak in much more effectively.  It's perfect for sensitive skin and it's a product I can't live without!

A helpful tip: Gently exfoliate your skin at least once a week to keep your complexion clear and texture free.  If you're using serums and other skincare products to resolve any skin concerns, a light exfoliation or peel helps to reveal a polished and rejuvenated complexion that rids out all the "gunk" that was brought up to the surface. This simple, yet effective step will tremendously improve the way makeup applies and looks on your face.   

Jose Maran Pure Argan Oil

During the winter months, layering moisture to dehydrated skin is key. I love incorporating beauty oils into my skincare routine, in particular this Argan Oil by Josie Maran. This oil acts as a lightweight boost of moisture, alongside my daily moisturizer. With a powerhouse of Vitamin E, it fights against wrinkles and fine lines, promoting youthful skin. It is very lightweight and helps with a smooth makeup application. I apply roughly 4 drops onto the palms of my hands and press it onto my face and neck. Dab a small amount to the under eye area before applying concealer, for a flawless under eye concealer application. 

Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Oil and C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer

The two night time skincare products that have practically been a god send for my skin have been Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil and the C.E.O. Protect + Repair Moisturizer. They both have had different benefits on my skin and have kept my complexion clear, smooth, and especially radiant.  I press a few drops of the Luna oil onto my skin before my moisturizer that keeps my skin smooth and even-toned. The C.E.O. moisturizer aids with adding hydration throughout the night, while giving my skin a beautiful glow. It feels rich and absolutely divine, sinking right into the skin within a few minutes. This is one AMAZING night time moisturizer!

Helpful Tip: Instead of swiping your skincare onto your face, gently press each product into the skin to allow all the goodness to properly soak in. I also like to wait 3-5 minutes to let each product thoroughly absorb into the skin before applying the next skincare product. I strongly believe I have gotten the best results from my skincare using this method. 

These are other hydrating moisturizers that I highly recommend and have worked amazingly for my sensitive dry skin:  Lala Retro Whipped Cream Moisturizer by Drunk Elephant, and First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair Cream.

Radiant Primers and Bases by Juice Beauty, First Aid Beauty, and Tom Ford

With as much as we spend on foundation, we can have this expectation that our foundation should perform the same all year through. However, without the proper hydrating steps, your foundation can start to cling onto dry patches and settle into lines and wrinkles that you never knew existed. Adding radiant primers and/or bases before foundation helps to create a flawless makeup look that leaves you with a beautiful glow from within. I've raved about this tinted moisturizer by Juice Beauty before and I really can't go a day without it! With SPF 30, this tinted base adds the right amount of luminosity to my complexion and acts as an excellent primer before foundation. It evens out my skin tone for those "no make-up" makeup days and works perfectly with my everyday cream stick foundation, Tom Ford's Foundation Stick in Bisque.

Other primers that I also love for added luminosity is the Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer by First Aid Beauty and the Illuminating Primer by Tom Ford.  Both provide a gorgeous glow to your complexion, with the primer by First Aid Beauty being the newest addition to my collection.

Tom Ford Cream Eye Shadows

Simple and effortless has been my philosophy lately, and such, have gone back to cream eye shadows. I love the easy blend-ability of the Tom Ford cream eye shadows and they apply effortlessly with fingers or a brush. I sweep Opale all over my eyelids and under the brow bone as a highlight, and layer Spice on top with a flat eyeshadow brush for precise application all over the lid. This combination adds an ethereal sparkle to my eyes that completes my everyday radiant look.    

Click below to see all the current skincare and makeup products I have been using this season, along with product recommendations I have used and love: 

Now that I've shared some of my favorites this Winter season, I'd love to hear about yours! What skincare or makeup products have you been loving this season?!

Thanks so much for hanging out with me awhile and have a wonderful week!

Warmly ~


by mlekoshi