Tuesday, March 24, 2009

smooth, glowing, youthful skin...

What's up? Time flies when working, school, kids, sports, etc...seem to take over your life! All is good here on the home front. I am in my eighth week of grad school and coming up to the end of my very first term. It has been a lot of work but very informative in many ways. I am looking forward to getting my special education credential and getting out there with the kids. Once all the school stuff is done I feel I will be very well prepared and ready to teach some kids!

So, last night I was in class and I was having trouble concentrating because of the email that I had received earlier about the grand opening of Sephora in our very own Promenade mall here in Temecula, CA. I am so excited. If I had more time on my hands I would totally want to get a part time job there just to be in the mist of all the glorious products. I had made a mention out loud about how excited I was that Sephora was opening up this week at our mall. And to my surprise a really beautiful classmate of mine (whose makeup always looks good so I assumed she knew a thing or two about cosmetics and of course Sephora) asked, "what's Sephora?" I gasped out loud in disbelief! After I got over my shock of the question we got into a conversation about makeup, of course.
Lately, my conversations surrounding cosmetics has covered the topic of mineral makeup. I haven't always been totally impressed with it. The products I tried never wore well through out the day either making my skin feel shiny or the product would kind of sink into my pores...and that's with wearing a good primer underneath too. Anyway, a couple of months ago I was introduced to more of the Intervene line and also Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20 by Elizabeth Arden. Right away I incorporated the new Intervene products into my routine. A night time stress recovery moisturizer that makes my face feel like silk and a time fighting radiance serum that glides on so smooth and makes the surface of my skin so soft that I find my self touching my face with the back of my hand just to feel the smoothness. If you haven't tried the Intervene line yet you are really missing out. These products seem to be ahead of there time. Leaving my skin soft, smooth, hydrated, and youthful.

With that foundation of skincare I expect my foundation to look good. Most of the time I just wear a tinted moisturizer and primer but on the days that I am working I feel like I need just a little bit more coverage. I decided to give Elizabeth Arden's mineral foundation with a SPF 20 (BONUS!) a go one morning. I was intrigued by the packaging first of all. You actually grind off the product you will be using by twisting the top part of the compact. I love that and it feels like you are getting a fresh supply every time. Gold star for packaging! Next, I grabbed by Kubuki brush and started buffing on the powder when immediately I had to lean in closer to the mirror. Were my eyes deceiving me or was my skin looking absolutely flawless with such a light layer of mineral powder? I compared my left side of my face where I applied the foundation to the right side of my face where I had none. I was truly shocked and amazed. I've never seen such a difference with hardly any product on. My skin tone was totally even and you wouldn't even be able to tell that I had any makeup on! Kudos! I love this stuff. I wore the product and throughout the day I checked in the mirror periodically to see if I was getting shiny yet or if the foundation wore away or separated. I'm happy to say the foundation was long wearing. I touched up with some sheer powder in the afternoon and that was it.
I can finally say that I believe in mineral foundation. Thank you, Elizabeth Arden for making such a superior product!