Friday, February 19, 2010

CHEATING might work......don't get excited, it's just foundation....DARE You Say! :-)

Happy Friday, my fabulous and fashionable friends! I got you with that title post, huh???? :-)

Today we're talking about makeup - and specifically - foundation! Since 2003, I have worn BARE ESCENTUALS Bare Minerals SPF 15 "mineral" or powder foundation. I will admit, when I initially tried the product, my mother had to talk me into the purchase. After years of wearing liquid foundation, I just wasn't sure about it....but gave it a whirl. Turns out, I loved it! (It's worth noting, I was only 33 years old back then!)

Fast Forward to late 2009 - 2010. I just don't think my skin looks as luminous as it once did. I feel like my pores are getting larger and so much more noticeable. Yes, I know........I'm now 39 years old. Duh. This happens, right??? Well...not to me! I refuse to accept my age, at least on my face, and will leave no stone unturned in my quest for the appearance of flawlessness. I was in ULTA (another Shopaholic obsession) and tested a new foundation from Smashbox called "High Definition Healthy FX". Somewhere DEEP in the depths of my 39 y/o brain was seeing this featured on QVC a few months ago.

You already know where this is headed, don't you??? :-) Yep, I purchased the Smashbox. But I have to admit, I felt a little strange about it. It felt like I was CHEATING on my Bare Escentuals. But, I kept looking at my visible pores and thinking "oh no, I'm not going down like this"!!!

I started using the Smashbox about 2 weeks ago. LOVE.IT. On the first day I used, I ran all over town doing errands. Then DH and I went out for a nice dinner. After a few glasses of wine, I went to take off my makeup about 10pm that night and was pleasantly surprised at how good my face still looked. I'd had it on for about 12 hours at this point. But I still wasn't 100% sold, because everyone (and everything) looks better after a few glasses of vino. :-) The kicker was on Mardi Gras Day when my parents and nephew came to town. My Dad, who can be brutually honest but in a southern gentlemanly way, told me "you're wearing different makeup - it looks nice".  He always said I had on too much when I was wearing the Bare Escentuals. AND - he saw me in the harsh light of day while watching the parades.

Shopaholic Sidenote Confession - I also purchased a CLARISONIC. I haven't used it yet, but I'm going to start this weekend. After hearing from my BFF Caitlin about how awesome it is, I can't wait to see the results. You know what?? It's hard fighting your age AND your weight at the same time! It seems almost unfair, doesn't it?

If you're looking for a change, try the Smashbox. If you like mineral or powder based foundations, try the Bare Escentuals. You might love one of them! I still love (and use) Bare Escentuals eye shadows almost every day of my life.....but another confession, I love the Smashbox ones too. And the lip glosses.......oh goodness I can't get started on that. It's a week's worth of posts! :-)

This CHEATING worked for me! And no attorneys have been contacted, HAHA. Have a great weekend!

p.s. Shopaholic was not compensated by anyone for this post and review - the opinions are mine and are based on my personal experience with the products discussed.


  1. I have been thinking about getting a Clarisonic, I can't wait to hear how you like it. I'm a little older than you, and my English skin just wasn't meant to get all this sun on it!

  2. I love Smashbox! I have been thinking about getting a Clarisonic too, thanks for the info!

  3. I love makeup, I have lots of it but now you made me feel like I have to run out and get me some Smashbox! I'll let you know if i like it:) Have a great day.

  4. OOOH Smashbox HD! Looks awesome!!! I am so in a makeup rut right now. I too have been wearing Bare Essentials and always feel like it's a little too heavy. I have an ULTA less than a mile away from me (dangerous ;-) ) and I think I must pop in today and pick this baby up. Thank you for sharing Lori! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!!! OXOX

  5. Hi, found your great blog through Follow Me Friday. I'm now following! Happy Weekend!

  6. Stopping by from Follow Me Friday! Great blog! Hope you can visit and follow mine, too!

    LOVE your blog!!! Shopping, to me, is as necessary as breathing!!! :-)

  7. I feel as if I just read a diary entry... and my best friend is Bare Escentuals! I will stand by her in this affair. You can have your tawdry Smashbox. I hope you two are happy together as I pick up the mineral powder you "smashed on the floor"!

    Hee Hee Hee... I just couldn't resist!

  8. I'll have to try it! I've been using Sonia Kashuk's mineral makeup from Target after a talented makeup artist recommended it. I'll give the smashbox a try!

  9. I love Smashbox so much it hurts. My face stays soft all day, it never gets oily. I was sitting in court one day waiting to call my case, and a woman behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked what kind of makeup I wore. She said my face looked flawless and perfect. I wanted to kiss the woman right there in court, but I was afraid I'd be held in contempt!

  10. I am so happy someone else is cheating on Bare Essentials as well!!! I swore by them for years, but switched to Philosphy's make up line a few months ago..and I am truly obsessed. I have been a faithful user of Philosphy skin care products for years, and am not equally faithful to their produect "Supernatural" it makes your face looked airbrushed and is way lighter than Bare Essentials on your skin and doesnt spill because it has an amazing applicator. My mom swears by the smashbox that you have raved about, apparently there are a lot of us starting to cheat out there!

    ALSO...the Clarisonic is AMAZING...I used it everynight with the Philosophy Purity face wash (AMAZING, and it works as an eye make-up remover product) face has never been so soft and my usually large pores are nearly invisible!!!

    Love your blog, I read from here in Boston!


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