My Favorite Foundation Duo


Hi friends! Welcome to my first blog post! Today I want to talk about my favorite foundation duo and why I love it so much.  First off, I’m going to talk about my favorite primer.  If you didn’t already know (and please don’t feel embarrassed if you don’t know!), primer is the key in order to make your foundation last longer, as well as providing a smooth surface during application.  Being that there are so many different kinds of primers out there, it’s hard to choose one that caters to your unique skin needs.  Personally, I love a primer that is more of a “moisturizer” rather than a thick formula that feels like it’s sitting on top of your skin.  I also have a lot of color correcting needs like redness, dark spots, and overall uneven skin tone.  Stila’s “One Step Correct” helps tremendously to keep my skin concerns at bay with their triple-swirled helix serum.  The serum has three main colors that work together to even out your complexion.  The green tone helps to neutralize redness, the lavender tone helps for a more awaken and energized look, while the peach tone helps to brighten your skin and hide the appearance of sun spots.  Seems like a win-win to me! I first purchased the travel size version of this primer, just so I could test it out before I made a full size purchase.  This primer was an instant hit for me and I use it on a daily basis.  You can purchase it here.

Now that we’re primed up and ready to go, I’ll tell you about my new favorite foundation that I only recently discovered.  I first thought of trying this foundation after I viewed a picture of myself (& others) that was taken indoors at night, and with a flash camera.  The results? Clearly concealed under eyes and the rest of my face was BRIGHT RED.  As if I wasn’t even wearing any face makeup! I was appalled, and knew that there had to be a product out there that worked under any kind of lighting.  Behold Smashbox’s Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Hydrating Foundation.  I’m all about testing products out before I make a purchase, so I walked into my local Sephora and asked one of their beauty consultants which shade they recommended for me (because I’m horrible at trying to decide what shade is best for my skin).  I got my sample and tried it on a few days later and immediately fell in love with it!  I’m all about “matte” products and stay away from ones that tend to be “glossy” or “dewey” or “luminous” because I’m just not into any type of shine.  This Smashbox foundation is matte with medium to full coverage which I love.  I also tend to have dry skin and this foundation is hydrating enough where I feel comfortable to wear it all day long and it also doesn’t look “cakey” after a few hours. It also doubles as being sweat and humidity resistant, which is a major benefit for me! Lastly, I’m proud to say that this product is CRUELTY-FREE! So stay calm, and know that no innocent animals were harmed during the making of this product.  Yay!

This blog post is in no way sponsored by Smashbox, Stila, or Sephora and are of my thoughts and opinions only.

Do you have a favorite foundation duo?  I’d love to know what it is! Leave a comment below : )

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