1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
2. Eucerin Everyday Protection Face Lotion SPF 30
3. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15
4. Doryx 150mg doxycycline
1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
2. Benprox 5.25% benzoyl peroxide wash
3. Retin A Micro
4. CeraVe Moisturizing Cream
My skin texture is now significantly less bumpy! I'd say about a 50% reduction in bumpiness, which means a good amount of the blackheads are gone from last week. As for acne, it's been reduced significantly. While I do still have a lot of small blackheads all over my face, it's definitely an improvement from last week. The blackheads gather mostly around my chin and jaw, and a bit upwards towards the cheeks. I usually put Retin-A all over my face, but I do a second layer in that area to help it heal faster. The post acne pigmentation has definitely faded to the point where my face just looks red but not blotchy. So I guess it's a good thing! At least my face is even in color (bah, tomato face).
I still suspect that my skin is still purging itself of acne because of the doxycycline. As I recall a few weeks after taking it in August I remember that doxycyline didn't work as fast as the minocycline I took a year or two years ago. I'm guessing that I'll have to wait another week to see if my skin is clear by then. I really do hope so. By next week I'll have thanksgiving break and I'll have more time to post here about my skin. (YES IM GOING BACK HOME TO NYC!! SHOPPING TIME)
Mineral Foundations: Alima and Laura Mercier Partial Review
So I got my Alima mineral samples last week! They're really fast with orders and shipping. Not to mention that their packaging is fantastic! They take the time to wrap up packages; they put my foundation jar samples in a cute little wax paper bag and sealed it with a sticker of a bird, their logo. They also threw in three samples in a plastic bag - I got an eyeshadow, blush, and a finishing powder. The colors work well on my skin color. I also got a handwritten "Thank you" on my order form, and a small pamphlet introducing the company. Super cute!
On to the powders. I have been matched to an NC30 in MAC. This weekend I went the mall and went to a MAC counter to do foundation swatches to confirm it. Right now, now that I'm losing my tan, I am definitely an NC30, if not a bit paler. So to be safe I'd estimate my skin color to be NC25-NC30. I ordered samples in Beige 3 & 4 and Warm 3 & 4.
My best match was Warm 3. I'm Asian, and my skin has strong yellow-golden undertones when I'm tan in the summer, but it loses the yellow undertone towards a more neutral to beige undertone. Warm 3 was yellow enough to match my skin, but not too yellow enough to make me look like an oompa loompa. It was also just light enough in color. Warm 4 was too dark on me, and Beige 3 and 4 were ashy looking. They were a tad bit too pink.
Coverage wise... not the greatest, but it did even out my skintone. My acne and blemishes were still visible, but as a whole my face was less red. I was honestly a bit disappointed in the coverage, because I thought that it would at least be a medium coverage, but the coverage was light at best, even after layering 2-3 times. The good thing is that this didn't clog my pores.
I originally got a Flawless Face Kit from Sephora in the foundation color Natural Beige, but after searching in message boards and MakeupAlley.com, I was convinced that the color would be too dark for me. I ended up going to the mall to exchange for the color Real Sand. I even asked an SA in Sephora to match my foundation - turns out I'm Real Sand and Tender Rose (if I want to go lighter). So that's that. I'm using Real Sand right now.
So I originally applied the LM foundation with the brush that came in the kit, but in all honesty it's a terrible powder brush and doesn't pick up very well. I pulled out my BareMinerals Full Flawless Face brush and used that instead (even though I don't like it either). I just got my E.L.F. Kabuki yesterday and washed it - I'll start to use it tomorrow. With powder foundations, it's important to also have the right brush to apply it.
Aside from the brush problem, the coverage was also pretty light, although it felt a bit more "thick" than Alima. I felt like I had nothing on my face when I wore Alima, but I felt like I had a layer of something on my face when I wore LM. Regardless, the coverage was slightly better than Alima's but I would still call it light coverage. I think though, when I start using a better brush, I might be able to layer more foundation more effectively, and it might give better coverage then. It didn't break me out.
Just from my week long experimentation with Alima and Laura Mercier, for now I'd go with Laura Mercier for the little extra coverage, though I'm not willing to give up on Alima just yet. They're both the best rated foundations on MakeupAlley with a loyal customer base. If people like it that much I'm convinced to try them both for a bit longer.
That's all folks. See y'all around.