What I Look For In a Foundation

Good Afternoon Everyone! Today I wanted to share the things that I look for in a foundation. I currently use two foundations constantly (the Tarte Amazonian Clay & the Bareminerals Bareskin). These two have a few similarities and also a few differences, but overall they have all the qualities I look for. I am currently thinking about getting a new foundation soon. This guide will help me determine which foundation on the market is best for me! Please leave any of your tips in the comments!

What I Look For In a Foundation:


1. Coverage – high medium to full coverage. This is #1 for a reason. I will only consider a foundation if it has the coverage I want. I have acne and a few troubled areas so whenever I do wear foundation, I want these areas to be somewhat covered. A lot of foundations claim to be medium to full coverage, but this is only the case if you apply a lot of the product. I only want to use a little bit of the product on my face, therefore I need a foundation that will give the coverage with a tiny bit of product. On Sephora & Ulta’s website, you can filter the foundations to the coverage you prefer. I would definitely  use these resources to help!


2. Variety of colors. Being a woman of color, there are some brands that do not have a product for my skin shade. With any foundation I get, I never want to have to mix colors together so it can match my skin tone. It is also important to me that I am giving my money to a company that believes in representing all skin shades.

3. Satin to Matte Finish – on me personally I like these finishes for my skin type. My everyday foundation, the Tarte Amazonian clay is a matte finish, whereas the Bareminerals one has a satin finish. I use to only prefer the matte finish, but I love the satin finish. The next foundation I get, I would like it to have a satin dewy finish, however, I am not giving up on matte foundations.

4. Long Wearing – has to last longer than 8 hours. One thing I do not do throughout the day is reapply or touch up my makeup. I just do not have the time, nor do I want to. Therefore, I need a foundation that will last me a full 8 hours and even longer. Although, the foundation may last that long, another benefit is if the foundation keeps the same coverage throughout. I know some days I am busier than others, so I may be sweating or have wiped my face several times. I am okay if the makeup does not look as perfect as before in these situations.

5. Not Cakey. I have acne prone skin and my faces gets very oily. Some foundations attach to my breakouts at times. Or other times, I may try and cover up a blemish by adding more product to the area. If the foundation is cakey, then you can definitely tell. Although, this may be hard to avoid, there are ways to prevent this.

Current Favorite Foundations:

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay
  • Bareminerals Bareskin
  • Covergirl Clean Matte
  • Clinique Beyond Perfecting  Foundation & Concealer

Brushes I use to apply my foundation:


My favorite three makeup brushes that I use to apply my foundations and powders are: the Real Techniques Buffing Brush, the Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush, and the Morphe m439 Brush. These brushes are very similar but have few differences. Overall each can be used to apply liquid foundations,powder foundations, and powders.


Mario Badescu Haul


I recently picked up some Mario Badescu goodies from Ulta! This was not a planned visit at all. I always say I do research on any product before I buy it. Prior, I actually did a good amount of research on these products, but did not plan to buy anytime soon. They have been on my wishlist for forever, and one day I decided to go ahead and try them out.  Keep reading to see how I feel about these top rated skincare products!


Mario Badescu Facial Spray-I never thought in a million years I would fall for the hype about this spray. EVERYONE! I mean EVERYONE, has talked about this spray. For a while I did not see the purpose or benefits of the spray. I saw some applied it before makeup, as a setting spray, or just as an overall mist for your face. I decided to try it out as an overall mist. The first couple of times I tried this out, I couldn’t really notice anything different. Fast forward a couple of days later, I was packing up some stuff since I was moving to college, and this spray spilled. I was very upset and really mad, I hadn’t even had this product for a week yet.  Okay, fast forward two months later, I’m out with my sister and she wants to buy the spray so I decide to give it another try.  I am so happy that I bought this spray again. It’s the bomb! I use in the morning and at night, after I have completed my skincare routine. I cannot describe this product, but I have definitely noticed a difference with my face. It looks healthier, refreshed, and has a natural glow.


Mario Badescu Drying Lotion– I remember I was at lunch with a friend who suggested this product to me. She described that it worked wonders and I just had to try. Unlike the spray, this product is not an everyday use product. It has a special purpose. The drying lotion is formulated for problem areas on the skin. The way the product works is that it essentially dries out the blemish and balances oil in the skin. This is a very unique product. The formula is very strong and is only suppose to be used on blemishes, not the entire skin.

IMG_1224To use, you get a q-tip, stick it all the way down and apply on the troubled areas. You do not shake this product!! The pink substances is suppose to stay at the bottom and the liquid is throughout. The smell of this product is strong. You essentially apply this product at night, wake up in the morning and the blemish should have disappeared or reduced. At times I feel this really works, while other times I wake up and the blemish is still the same. Overall, this is a really great product that I hope to try more of.


I purchased the spray and the drying lotion from Ulta. I was also given some samples from Mario Badescu to try out. I have yet to try the samples but I wanted to share them.

Travel Bucketlist

India- I’m not even married yet. Not even close to being married and I already know where I want to go on my honeymoon. India! The culture and beautiful scenery is what attracted me most. I also want to travel here because one thing I have wanted to do for the longest is to ride an elephant. I love the animal so much and would love to be in India when this happens.

Italy- This boot shaped country is probably at the top of my list. I have traveled to Spain & France and have been so close to going to Italy. I love Italian food and would love to try  food right in the heart of Italy. Plus the scencery and agriculture is beautiful. The history is something to learn and enjoy, so why not do it in Italy!

Brazil-I am excited just thinking about Brazi. The country has so many different types of scenery to explore. The rainforest is a big attraction that excites me. I am not really an outdoors type of person. If I were able to travel to Brazil, I would want to be outdoors all the time. I’m not really sure if it rains a lot, I expect it does.

Morocco- If there is one continent I would love to travel to and explore every country on it, it is the African continent. The geography interest me so much! I’m not really sure why I would like to go to Morocco out of all the countries on the African continent. I would honestly go to any!

Canada- If there is one country where I believe everything is perfect and the people are so nice, the country would have to be Canada. Living in the US, I have seen displays of the Canadian culture. I would love to switch and live there. Everyone seems peaceful and thats what I love most. Plus the government is ran nicely and their prime minster seems very nice, friendly, and down to earth.

Mongolia-I love the winter months and by far winter is my favorite holiday. I would love to travel to a country where basically everyday is winter.  I have no past history or know anything about Mongolia. It would interesting to travel to a place where I can learn as I am there. However, I’m not sure if Mongolia is a very touristy place to travel to, that would be my only concern.


Colourpop Haul


I am so excited for this haul! There are some brands where I constantly re-order from all the time. Colourpop has to be one of those brands. I love how the brand is constantly adding new products to their line. Colourpop will soon have an array of different types of makeup products to choose from. I have never had a bad experience with the brand and will continue to support. Continue reading to check out some of the brand new, newly launched products from Colourpop I recently got.


I first want to start off with the concealers. Colourpop has an array of products to choose from and I love how they are expanding and adding more makeup products. Rumor has it that the brand will soon release foundations and that they released the concealers to see how people would react. If this is true then I am very excited to see a foundation. The shade range for the concealers is nice for the first go round. Hopefully they will add more shades to the line. I bought 4 concealers because looking online I could not determine which shade would be best for me. In fact I was right. I got 4 colors that coordinate with each and are the same shade range. There is no concealer that matches me perfect, so I have to mix these concealers. This sucks, but I knew that this would be the case. That is why I got four. The colors I got are: Tan 50, Deep Tan 55, Deep Golden 60, and Rich Tan 65.


When I switched the concealers on my arm, I was really hopeful that these would be perfect shades. My initial thought was that the middle 2 shades would best match my skin color. In actuality, if I mix the first shade (the lighter shade) & the last shade (the darker shade) then that matches my skin color better than the 2 middle shades. The colors look very pigmented and seem to dry fast.  My favorite thing about these concealers is the brush. The brush is like no other brush I’ve seen or used. It is similar to any concealer brush, small in size. But instead of being hard, the brush is soft and very flexible. The concealers do have a smell to them, but they just smell like any other makeup product.


Okay so now lets talk about the coverage of these concealers. Colourpop claims that these concealers are full coverage. A lot of youtubers  took this claim and tried to use the concealers as a foundation instead of just a concealer. Seeing many youtubers do this prompted me to buy the concealers and use them as a foundation. I am probably the only person that does not like these concealers as foundation. I was really excited and hopeful that these would be great as a foundation. I did not like this product as a foundation because the finish was very matte. I use many matte products, however the concealers made my face look very dry. Since there was no color that matched my shade perfectly, my face either looked to light or too dark. I decided to use the concealers as concealers instead of foundation.  This turned out to work really well for me. The concealer is definitely a full coverage concealer. I do not see using these product as a foundation, but definitely worked well as a concealer. I would recommend this concealer to anyone looking for a full coverage concealer.


Colourpop Medium Shader Brush– I wanted to get a new brush to use pair with the concealers. At the time Colourpop only had eyeshadow brushes so I decided to get the shader brush. The brush is similar to my Real Techniques Pointed Foundation Brush that I use to apply concealer. I first tried to use the brush to apply the concealer, however, the brush did not work well and was very streaky.  I then tried to use the brush as its main use to apply eyeshadow.  The brush is terrible. The brush sucks. I have never used a brush this bad before. I had high hopes for a Colourpop brush. I plan on buying more brushes, but once I saw the quality of the brush I decided to change my mind. Another con about the brush is its design. The brush is very dual and boring, plus the name of the brush (medium-shader) is not on the actual brush.



Colourpop High Five Highlighter-I have been wanting to try a Coloupop highlighter for the longest. I have other highlighters from other brands that I love and have never seen the need to get another highlighter. Even though I’ve wanted to try this product for the longest, every time I ordered from Colourpop I always skipped right over the highlighters. However, I have finally gotten my hands on one. I really love the individuality of Colourpop highlighters. I like how they are not sold in palettes but sold individually. Also s the hihglight seems to come with a lot of product within. I normally wear highlighters that have brownish,goldish tones to them. I rarely wear a highlight with pink to it. When I first tried the highlight, I did not realize how pink it is. This instantly turned me off. I also am not a fan of highlighters that are very sparkly and have a lot of sparkles. Of course, this highlighter does. I am very disappointed in this highlighter. However, I am open to trying another Colourpop highlighter that has gold undertones and is not very sparkly.


Colourpop Fab Five Lippie Stick- This was a limited edition lippie stick. I was very excited to get this lip product. The color will be perfect for the upcoming fall/winter months. I only have 1 other Colourpop lippie stick compared to 10 liquid lipsticks. I have been wanting another one for the longest. I honestly prefer the lippie sticks over the liquid lipsticks. I love this maroon/burgundy lip color. This lip color would look good on some many skin tones. This is one reason that I love Colourpop. They cater to all skin tones, not just a few. I would definitely recommend trying out this color for the upcoming season change.


The picture shows swatches of the products I got! I am in love with these colors. I am excited that all of these items will fit in my Fall/Winter Makeup Routine. The lip color, especially is great for the fall months. Even though the highlighter was my least favorite, I can pair it with the lip color to add  a settle, natural look.