Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRthis is the most color you’ll ever see on this siteDAY.

kids on a crazy wall

I think we need to discuss foundation.

Not like, for your house. This is not hard hat material here, folks.

FACE. Face foundation. Facial foundation.

Oh wait! Do you want to know what’s weird? For a HOUSE, the foundation is under it. And for our FACES, it’s on top. Well, I guess it’s under everything else. Never mind.

Do you feel like sometimes your face doesn’t take to the foundation the same way it did like, last week? IS THIS AGING? oh no.

I’ve been using Dew Skin #2 for a couple of years now, and I really do love it. It’s shimmery, light, full coverage but not-at-all cakey. But yesterday as I squeezed the last itty bitty glop out of the tube, I found myself teetering on the seductive fence of product betrayal as I wondered – WHAT ELSE IS OUT THERE. Dun dun DUUUUUUN.

I mean, there are what – 33 bazillion 878 kamillion foundations? Something like that? I want to try something else! Oh no, did it hear me?

Tell me what you’re obsessed with. (besides the idea of us all in hard hats) My face didn’t REJECT the Dew Skin, but it just felt meh for the first time. And then I began to wonder (Carrie Bradshaw style), do faces sometimes crave change with foundation? Are we hearing the pleas from our skin?

. . . Do we all crave change with the foundation of life?

jars in a row

Do you do sit ups?

Do they work?

Do you have a flat stomach?

How long does it take for sit ups to work?

Do you do them, what – once a month? Twice?

Should I do sit ups?

Will they work?

I can’t talk about this anymore.

cuttest bedding

Started The Woman in the Window last night! Ooooooo I can already tell it’s going to be an obsession.

Although I could never be a recluse. I need all the windows open all the dang time with all the people. Hi, chatter box city here.

And want to know what else is weird? The word fox. Well, the name Fox. It’s everywhere lately! In all my books. Bernadette Fox. Anna Fox. There was a Fox in Hidden Bodies, too, I think.

What’s the deal with Fox? Besides it being easy to type and sounding cool.

Anyway, if you want to read along in my imaginary book club, JAWN MEH.

And if you don’t want to join, you’re still a good person.

train in a tunnel

Wait, do you do push ups, too?

Along with your sit ups?

Do you do those?

Do they work?

Should I?

Let’s not talk about this.

pretty yarn

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be MID 50s AND SUNNNYYYYYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAAAH! (I put the “ah” at the end of the word because as a parent we can all collectively agree that when smaller humans add “ah” to the end of a word simply to drag it out in an expression of annoyance it is downright maddening. So clearly I need to be a part of it.)

Yard maintenance GALORE. Raking leaves, bagging leaves, emptying planters with crispy brown ferns, ripping down dead vines, trimming back rose bushes (I almost typed rosé bushes and I like where my head is), placing the patio pillows back on the sofa, washing the white patio curtains and pressing them flat, jotting down plans for the garden to come. This is Aaron’s list. Mine is to read.

Does dairy give you phlegm? . . . Asking for a friend.

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48 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Melanie March 15, 2019 at 8:51 am #
    I was literally having the same conversation with my friend about foundations the other day. I've been using BeautyCounter's tint skin for about 2 years now as well, but lately its hasn't seemed to be as great as it once was. My friend uses 100% Pure, but I'm super interested in what everyone will say!
    • Laura Lee March 15, 2019 at 1:04 pm #
      I don't wear foundation, never have. My Mother always did... I used to use cover up under the eyes/on blemishes and powder but once the twins came I just switched to tinted moisturizer...with powder for special occasions. And now that I don't work out of the home anymore, I'm lucky if I remember to put on chapstick before I go out!
      • Savannah March 15, 2019 at 1:27 pm #
        Crunchi foundation and primer. You’re welcome.
  2. Crystal March 15, 2019 at 11:33 am #
    I love BareMineral's BarePro foundation. It's light, but covers well and doesn't make my face feel like it's suffocating. I hate pushups but yes they work. Try elevated pushups to start. They suck slightly less than doing them on your toes. Bleh!!
    • Becky March 15, 2019 at 9:28 pm #
      I use and love the foundation from the skincare line called Biodroga. It's professional and maybe from Germany. I recently tried to go cheaper with a new kind from Glo Theraputics and ugh! It was terrible looked like dry cake on my face. The biodroga melts into my skin like butter.
  3. Susannah March 15, 2019 at 11:53 am #
    I did LEGIT pushups in college one semester, twice a day, every day, and that got me a job at a landscaping company over the summer. And then landscaping 40 hours a week for several months gave me the best arms of my LIFE (and tan). That was about 11 years ago. Now? I TRY to do pushups and after 10 knee ones I pretty much fall on my face. I often end up lifting my tiny 5lb weights or doing some Blogilates arm videos. I also USED to have a flat stomach. Like, 20 years ago. I do those darn situps, but that hasn't given the flat back. I'm trying planks again. I hate planks. But I hear Kate Middleton swears by planks. And she looks incredible. I'm also throwing a ton more fresh produce into my diet. Fingers crossed.
  4. Lisa March 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm #
    Planks and push ups. Give it 6 weeks. There are lots of 30 day challenges out there that are helpful to get started.
    • Martie March 19, 2019 at 5:25 am #
      I love La Mer -it pricy but goes on smooth and feels like I’m wearing nothing. Fir summer I’m going to try Hour glass tinted moisturizer. Getting the right color of anything is key!
  5. Karen March 15, 2019 at 12:17 pm #
    IT cosmetics for life.
    • Jennifer March 15, 2019 at 12:24 pm #
      Absolutely agree with Karen - IT. Also love Charlotte Tilbury's entire line. That Flawless Filter is magical.
      • Leslie March 15, 2019 at 2:48 pm #
        I love it cosmetics bb cream! Dewy, good coverage, and lasts a while.
    • Sydney March 20, 2019 at 1:22 pm #
      Agreed! IT CC cream is the best I've tried. No chemical sunscreens, full it!
  6. Lashley March 15, 2019 at 12:22 pm #
    I use Jane Iredale Dream Tint even though the sales lady really pointedly asked if I was sure I didn’t want “something with more coverage?” If I weren’t trying to spite her, I might have tried Ilia True Skin Serum Foundation. I do not do sit ups. But I do very gentle ab-like exercises to try to close my diastasis recti so that one day I might be able to do a sit up or two.
  7. Amanda P March 15, 2019 at 12:44 pm #
    Haven't used makeup besides mascara and brow powder for about 4 years. Going to try some Crunchi products when I get my samples Sat! Have you heard of them?
  8. Meg March 15, 2019 at 12:56 pm #
    I’m dealing with this skin/makeup issue and it is SO annoying. I switched to Chanel Vitalumiere and pretty hooked on it.
  9. Emily A March 15, 2019 at 12:58 pm #
    I use NARS Foundation and it's great coverage although if you want something less-toxic I've heard great things about Tarte. I've never tried their foundation but their concealer is AMAZING. It's called Shape Tape and it works like magic for covering up under your eyes! Push ups and abs definitely work... if you don't want to do a whole workout just do a little circuit after each of your runs for like 10 min - you will notice a difference!
  10. Kelsey March 15, 2019 at 1:10 pm #
    I 100% agree about the foundation! It’s like your face becomes immune to a particular foundation’s magic after awhile! I love love love IT cosmetics for foundation!!! The CC cream is amazing, if you want “illuminating” I mix a little of the original cc cream and a little of the illumination one (the illumination one is a little too much in its own for me personally). And I recently discovered the Bye Bye redness cream foundation and I am utterly in love! If you have a redness problem I swear this stuff is witchcraft!
  11. Becky E March 15, 2019 at 1:33 pm #
    I just went back to my old standby, Estee Lauder Double Wear. I love it! Fuller coverage but looks so pretty, not cakey, covers like a mofo...I'm all about it. I just read that book last month and could.not.stop.
  12. michelle March 15, 2019 at 1:34 pm #
    Like you, I've got fair skin. I also have combination skin. (Shouldn't I have outgrown this by the time I was, I dunno, 25?) I swear by Bobbi Brown's Extra SPF 25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm. I'm usually leery of combo products but this one has never let me down. In fact, I just bought a new jar yesterday!
  13. Sara March 15, 2019 at 1:47 pm #
    So I could talk about foundation all day....currently I am loving Giorgio Armani Luminious Silk. It’s pricey but if Kate from the small things blogs tells me to buy something, I buy it haha She is always spot on with makeup recommendations for me. So I really don’t have any complaints about this foundation other than the price. It looks and feels like second skin but offers a decent amount a coverage. I use a beauty blender because I love the finish that gives but I’ve also applied with my fingers. I’m currently pregnant my face is a mess with I’m assuming is melasma. I do use makeup forever full coverage concealer for any dark spots that shine through. And always set with Laura mercier translucent powder (I can’t wear any foundation without this!) A close second is Nars Sheer Glow. The only thing with this one is I feel like sometimes it can be a little cakey. Not all the time but sometimes I’ve noticed that. I was using IT Cosmetics CC cream last year because I love having an SPF in there but it oxidizes so badly. Let us know what you end up with!
  14. Hannah March 15, 2019 at 1:58 pm #
    I am obsessed with GlamGlow’s Glowstarter mega illuminating moisturizer. Light coverage that makes my skin glow and feel amazing. Also smells super good. :-)
  15. Quinn March 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm #
    I love the brand Crunchi for a natural, clean foundation. Also, if you wanna sample a few differnt brands, is the best! They have a “Sample It” option for most of the products in their site, where you can order 4 samples (of anything) for like $8. Pretty good deal, and love that it’s allllll clean beauty stuffs!
  16. Abby March 15, 2019 at 2:19 pm #
    Crunchi!!! Crunchi’s face primer and flawless foundation is like pb and j. Summer and rose’. Cheese and crackers! It’s all toxin free, good for your skin, no bad stuff and it really works!
  17. Ali March 15, 2019 at 2:41 pm #
    I’m fairly certain you can go to ulta or Sephora and ask for samples of foundation. I’ve use the IT cc cream for years. It’s great but I may try a few new ones this time.
  18. Molly March 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm #
    I love Dew Skin but I usually mix mine with Beautycounter’s Tint Skin! That way I still get the SPF and moisturer but also some more coverage! I love using a foundation brush to apply it, it goes on so even!
  19. Catherine March 15, 2019 at 3:14 pm #
    I’m always on the hunt for a holy grail, solve all my problems and look radiantly effortless foundation ...I haven’t found the perfect one yet. But I have several that I like...Laura mercier is great for fuller coverage, IT cosmetics bb or cc cream is great too and lately I’ve been using Erborian Cc cream in clair which adjusts to your skin tone and am digging it a lot. Also I’ve been adding a small pump of Becca luminizer into my foundation and it makes my skin look youngish!
  20. Meredith March 15, 2019 at 3:50 pm #
    I’m an IT Cosmetics girl as well! LOVE the CC cream! Planks, push-ups, crunches-all the things! I’m super into Pilates and just started Pure Barre-it’s intense but gets you back to that flat stomach and lifts your booty.
  21. Bianca March 15, 2019 at 3:56 pm #
    I discovered Clinique Even Better Glow foundation a few months ago and it's now difficult to use anything else. It's a medium coverage. I don't like full coverage and I don't like super matte.. I have dry skin so I need that luminosity wherever I can find it. I like foundations that make you look healthy, and this one definitely does. I use Nars matte concealer in the pot to spot conceal and under the eyes. I don't know why they call it matte though, as again, dry skin chic here and I can use that stuff all up under my eyes and they never look dry. The combo is muy bueno.
  22. Virginia March 15, 2019 at 4:34 pm #
    IT Cosmetics- their CC+ has the perfect glow. I get complimented on my skin often. And it has SPF! It’s not heavy but is buildable.
  23. Teiqua March 15, 2019 at 4:46 pm #
    Jane Iredale Glow Time!! Mineral, cruelty free, covers blemishes without being heavy, doesn't settle in fine lines... just so good.
    • Wendy March 17, 2019 at 12:12 am #
      I’ve been using Erborian Cc cream for a few months now. Coverage is light, but dewy and glowy. Has spf and does not smell or feel like it!! I love the scent actually. If I need more coverage, I’ll add Make up forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover where I need it. But usually only if I have a thing to be fancied up for. I usually run but it was feeling like drudgery lately so I dusted off the dumbbells and have been doing a ton of strength workouts. Hubs complimented my calves the other day so I must be doing something right!
  24. Anonymous March 15, 2019 at 5:04 pm #
    Jane Iredale!! Mineral based makeup that is so amazing! I’ve been using it for nearly 15 years and I’m only 32! It’s everything!
  25. Claire March 15, 2019 at 5:34 pm #
    Giorgio Armani’s Lumunious Silk is my holy grail 100%! I will die if it ever goes anywhere haha. Ignore the price tag- it’s worth it. Light when you need it to be, but easily buildable. Never dries out my skin or feels cakey/settles into creases. I feel like i should be on commission for how much I go on about ?
  26. Natalie March 15, 2019 at 6:01 pm #
    Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer (and hydrating primer underneath)! Really nice coverage and doesn’t crunch up on my often-dry skin. For more coverage I’ll layer on a foundation-type mineral powder, usually BareMinerals! (BareMinerals also makes a wonderful tinted moisturizer called Complexion Rescue.) You are so diligent with your skincare that I doubt you need very much coverage, but if you’re looking for a true foundation, I have several friends who swear by Estée Lauder Double Wear!
  27. Jessica March 15, 2019 at 6:37 pm #
    I’ve been using R+F Radiant Defense since October and I’m pretty obsessed. It’s called a dermacosmetic because it’s actually skincare that looks like makeup—lighter than a foundation but covers imperfections and you can build it up for more coverage. Only thing I wear now (plus mascara because duh).
  28. Angela March 15, 2019 at 6:52 pm #
    YSL All Hours. Pricey but worth-it-good.
  29. Karen Bunch March 15, 2019 at 7:16 pm #
    IT "Your Skin but Better" Color correcting full coverage, anti-aging hydrating serum. SPF 50+ Love the coverage without feeling too heavy. Karen
    • Elizabeth March 15, 2019 at 9:09 pm #
      I’ve been using Dr.Jart + Premium BB Cream with SPF 45 and it’s also apparently anti aging...ask my skin if it has been ageless? I can’t tell. Buuut - even though I do like it and it’s light weight and not heavy...I too have been wanting to try something new. Also searching for a new moisturizer....Any favorites?
    • Elizabeth Uebler March 15, 2019 at 9:09 pm #
      I’ve been using Dr.Jart + Premium BB Cream with SPF 45 and it’s also apparently anti aging...ask my skin if it has been ageless? I can’t tell. Buuut - even though I do like it and it’s light weight and not heavy...I too have been wanting to try something new. Also searching for a new moisturizer....Any favorites?
  30. Marissa March 15, 2019 at 7:57 pm #
    You have to try Ere Perez. It’s made from Oat Milk, is French, not toxic, natural, smells good and goes on seamlessly with FULL COVERAGE. I got mine from Follain.
  31. Sue March 15, 2019 at 9:08 pm #
    I switched to IT foundation a year ago and love it. It minimizes the, uh, aging signs but is lightweight and comfortable. It doesn't crease or look fake.
  32. Katie March 16, 2019 at 7:56 am #
    Juice Beauty foundation. And Tarte concealer for brightness under the eyes. I had basically given up on finding a foundation that matched my skin & didn’t feel heavy. These have been SO nice. Super impressed! ??
  33. Kari March 16, 2019 at 9:49 am #
    ... My most favorite foundation lately is called “It CC Skin But Better.” It is a full coverage foundation color correcting cream, it goes on smoothly, doesn’t settle in wrinkles, has 50 spf, and hydrating serum. Ah-masia! Also, don’t worry about all of the sit ups and push ups and just do yoga. It basically has sit-ups, push-ups, and everything else built into an hour of fun music and ends in savasana with a cool lavender towel on your forehead. It’s easy on me achin’ bones with zero impact, but tightens the tushy and flattens the tummy. Donezo.
  34. Laura March 16, 2019 at 10:32 am #
    I used IT Cosmetics CC cream for awhile and then changed to Nars tinted moisturizer. I don't like anything heavy or need a ton of coverage and mostly just want something matte so I mix with my primer before putting it on. IT Cosmetics does not play well with primer (it beads up) but Nars does. Mixing them together is a trick I learned on Youtube that also saves time in the morning with my makeup routine.
  35. Klara March 17, 2019 at 8:27 am #
    In high school I read a magazine article that said Drew Barrymore did 200 sit-ups every night. So I did 200 sit-ups every night. I did not have a flat stomach. But I did play trombone reallllly well so maybe all that work on my core helped....? Yeah. Trombone. And it was bloody awesome.
  36. Anne Weber-Falk March 17, 2019 at 10:22 am #
    Man I love how you talk
  37. Dee March 18, 2019 at 11:04 am #
    I know singers avoid dairy before singing because of the phlegm factor. I mean phlehm phactor.
    • dee March 18, 2019 at 11:04 am #
      woops. phlegm phactor.

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