Primer Review 

Everyone by now knows I sell Avon. When I started this blog, I promised to be honest about products. If I like it, I’ll tell you. And if I don’t like it, I’ll tell you that, too…even if it’s an Avon product. This is one of those times. 

I have the Avon MagiX Face Protector. The original price is $11. Well…er…how do I say this? I’m not completely unsatified with it. It does what it’s supposed to do. It smooths my skin in preparation for my foundation. If it’s on sale, I’ll likely buy it again. 

Avon MagiX Face Protector

Some people absolutely love it. It has received great reviews from customers on the Avon website. But let me be candid – it is just not my fav. Some people claim it’s the best thing in the world and that their skin looks awesome with the Avon primer alone. That is not the case for me. It feels good, but it makes my skin look chaulky. Perhaps it’s just not the best product for dark skin. Oh well…nothing personal…it happens. 

In my opinion, the best primer I’ve used surprisingly has been Elf’s Hydrating Face Primer – something I can grab easily from my local drug store. 

Elf Hydrating Primer

It is fantabulous (yes, I made up a word) and it costs only $6. It smooths so nicely and goes on clear, making such a nice canvas for foundation. In fact, it made my skin look and feel flawless after my foundation was applied. 

I feel better now that I got that off my chest. 

Some people may call me crazy for not speaking more favorably about a product I sell or they may believe that I’m adversely affecting my business. I say not. My opinion is that I have a responsibility to be honest. To those who love Avon primer, great! I am happy to sell it to you. To others, I just want to give my opinion so that you can make a decision of your own. 

How can you trust me when I speak highly about a product if I can’t be honest about what I don’t like? You have my word. I will always be honest with you. 

Color Correcting Concealer – I Tried It!

Yesterday, I posted this piece on color correcting concealers. As one with dark circles under my eyes, I just had to give it a try. Dark circles have always been a problem for me. I recall in third grade, Robert Long decided to change my name from Raquel to Raccoon. All of the other boys in the classroom got a kick out of it and of course, joined in the teasing. I became Raccoon for the rest of third grade. Ugh! As a result, I’ve always been self-conscious about my dark under eye circles.

With memories of third grade on my mind, I was ready to conceal and cover up this morning! It is recommended that people with skin tones of medium and darker use red or orange concealer to hide those dreaded circles. So I used a reddish-orange concealer (bottom right on the photos below). I applied with a concealer brush to be sure to get in those crevices where my finger couldn’t reach – that space in the inner corner of my eye and just under my bottom lid. Afterward, I covered the correcting concealer with one that more closely matches my skin tone. The concealers I used were nothing fancy; just a kit I picked up for very cheap in my local beauty supply store.

Now…this is where it gets interesting. I always wear a foundation to work. However, as an educator, I haven’t been to work since December 23rd because of the holiday break, so I haven’t been wearing it regularly. After 11 days off from work, today was my first day back to work, but my whole morning routine was out of whack. Can you believe that I forgot to put on foundation today?!?! I had simply put on eye shadow, mascara, and lipstick after blending in my concealer. I didn’t realize what I had done until I was washing makeup off my hands. You see, I typically squirt foundation on the back of my hand before applying it and have to scrub hard to wash it off when I’m done. This morning, THERE WAS NONE THERE! OMG…I had forgotten to put it on! I looked at the clock and I was running late. There was no time to put on foundation. Egad! I was prepared to look a mess today.

I jumped in my truck and rushed to work. I was afraid to look at myself, but took a quick peek in my rearview mirror anyway. Then I took a longer peek. Then I stared. I said to myself…”Hey, I don’t look bad!” I was shocked.


In addition to using the correcting concealer, I had used concealer to highlight and contour, but I had forgotten to use my foundation first. Amazingly, the concealer was all I needed! The concealer hid every flaw without the need for foundation. Unbelievable! I now see that use of concealer can save time in the morning without the added step of applying foundation; and that it will also save money in that I will likely need to purchase less foundation moving forward.

In this photo, I began with Avon MagiX Face Perfector to prime my face. Then I used reddish-orange concealer to cover my dark circles and a variety of concealers from the kit (pictured above) to highlight and contour. On my lips, I’m wearing Avon True Color Perfectly Matte Lipstick in Adoring Love and Avon SuperExtend Mascara in Black on my lashes. 

Hmm…not bad for 48! God bless concealer!


BB Cream, CC Cream…and Other Alphabets

Like most people, I learned my alphabets as a child. I remember learning them long before I entered kindergarten. My mom spent a lot of time homeschooling me before I officially began “real school” so I’ve known my ABC’s for years. Alas, I have to relearn them. Now there’s BB and CC…in creams, that is. I’ve been wearing makeup for over 30 years and I know about lipstick, eye shadow, and foundation. I’m comfortable with those things. But why, oh why, did the makeup world have to introduce BB Cream and CC Cream…and every other kind of alphabet cream? Isn’t it all the same? And why these double letters? (Sigh)


John Travolta as Vinnie Barbarino in “Welcome Back Kotter” (Yes I’m a 70s kid)

Long story short, curiosity killed the cat, but it didn’t kill me! My desire to know led me to research and find out more about these alphabets…er…creams.

Once upon a time, there was a woman named Miss Foundation who met a man named Mr. Cream. They fell in love, married, and became Mr. and Mrs. Cream. (NOTE: Mrs. Cream was known professionally as Mrs. Foundation-Cream.) They gave birth to a girl and named her BB Cream. They gave birth to a second child shortly thereafter, another girl, and named her CC Cream. BB and CC were very close. The sisters looked and acted alike, but they were not twins. People asked Mr. and Mrs. Cream how they were able to tell their daughters apart. Mr. Cream stood clueless. Of course, Mrs. Cream (or Mrs. Foundation-Cream) readily spoke up and explained the differences between her two girls.

So…of course, I’m being silly and this story is obviously a tale. However, I wanted to illustrate that the two creams are not the same as I initially thought. And the two creams are not the same as foundation…as I also initially thought. They are all separate products that are related to each other. I’ll attempt to explain now.

BB Cream

BB Cream stands for beauty balm or blemish balm. It was developed by a German dermatologist named Dr. Christine Schrammek and is widely used in Asian markets. Its purpose is to correct flaws/blemishes and even out the skin tone. It has the benefit of being lighter than foundation, but thicker than tinted moisturizers. BB Cream has been so well received that many companies don’t even make tinted moisturizer anymore. The amazing thing is that it can substitute for many things at the same time. It can serve as a tinted moisturizer, a primer under foundation, sunblock, and can act as a foundation on its own. Some have anti-aging ingredients. The downside is that BB Cream doesn’t come in as many shades as foundation so choices are often limited. For example, the Avon Ideal Flawless BB Cream comes in five shades, but the Avon Ideal Flawless Liquid Foundation comes in 22 shades.

CC Cream

CC Cream stands for color correcting, complexion corrector, or color control. it is a spinoff of BB Cream and its purpose is to correct and even out skin conditions like rosacea or redness and blotchiness. In a nutshell, it does the same thing as its sister, BB, but provides a treatment in addition to serving as a makeup. It includes ingredients like lycopene to calm redness. It is recommended that folks in need of CC Cream use it as a primer under foundation.

It is said that the BB Cream focuses on preventing conditions whereas the CC Cream focuses on hiding conditions. 

DD Cream?

Yes…there’s DD Cream (sigh). Makeup companies could not give up the alphabets and have created DD Cream which stands for daily defense or dynamic d0-all. It is touted as a major skin protector with SPF sun protection and ingredients to keep the skin hydrated/moisturized.

And no….we’re not done. Can you guess what’s next?

You’re a smart cookie…

EE Cream!

How creative! (intentionally sarcastic) Yes, there is an EE Cream. WTH? Depending on the manufacturer, it stands for extra exfoliating or even effect. I neither have the patience nor the interest to explain.

I hope there are no FF Creams in our future. If so, I can be creative and tell you what I think the F should stand for! (Grrr) However, I think I want to keep my blog rated G for General Audiences.

Enough of these alphabets.


16 Foundation Tips

  1. Can’t find the right shade? You may need to purchase foundation in two different shades. One should be a shade darker and the other a shade lighter. Mixed together, it should make a nice match. Mix a few drops together on the back of your hand or on a palette and apply. You may need to play around with the amount you use of each shade until it matches your complexion. Women of color especially may have to do this because there often aren’t enough shades in our skin tones.
  2. Use the right tool to apply your foundation. Use a stippling brush for light coverage, a buffing brush for medium coverage, and a flat brush for full coverage. You will use less product because you’ll find that a little goes a long way. Avoid using a sponge applicator because it tends to soak up the foundation resulting in a lot of waste because the foundation ends up inside the sponge.
  3. When applying foundation, start at the center and use down strokes working your way out. Buff in foundation using circular motions.
  4. Only use foundation where you feel you need it. This will help your face to look more natural. Remember, less is more!
  5. Don’t limit foundation to just your face. Apply it to your neck and to your decolletage if it is showing. What about other exposed areas? Do you want your face to be an entirely different color than your ears? Add foundation there, too. You may not have to worry about this so much if you’ve done a good job of matching your foundation with your complexion.
  6. If you dampen a beauty blender and use it to blend in your foundation and even it out, it will give you a finish that looks airbrushed.
  7. I used to put on concealer before applying foundation. This is a no no.Apply it after . the foundation. Using a concealer brush will help you to cover under eye circles in the corner. Concealer should only be a shade lighter than your own skin. Blend it well so that it provides a nice highlight.
  8. Always set your foundation with powder – loose or pressed. This will help the foundation to stay on your face and not rub off onto other materials. It will also last longer. Apply to your T-zone and under your eye. Let the powder “bake” onto your face by letting it sit for about 5 minutes then brushing off.
  9. When you set your foundation, only powder your T-zone. This is typically where we get oily. It prevents you from using too much powder and walking around with a ghost face.
  10. Is your foundation too thick? Need less coverage? Thin it out with a little water or add a little moisturizer to it. It will become sheer. The more water or moisturizer you add, the more sheer the foundation will be become.Thin it to your liking.
  11. Need to make your foundation a little thicker? Add just a little face powder to it.
  12. Did you know you can make your own tinted moisturizer by mixing your own moisturizer with a few drops of liquid foundation?
  13. You can mix your primer and your foundation and apply them together instead of separately. This will ensure that the products blend seamlessly instead of appearing layered on top of each other.
  14. Many of us put on highlighter after we apply foundation. Try putting the highlighter on under the foundation next time. As the foundation wears throughout the day, you will have a glow underneath from the highlighter.
  15. Crush some golden eyeshadow or pearly white eyeshadow and mix it into your foundation. It will make your skin appear luminous..
  16. Blot your face before and after applying foundation to prevent the foundation from oxidizing and changing color (orange).

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Types of Foundations

Two days ago, I posted about How to Pick the Best Foundation For You. In this post, I explore some of the types of foundations from which we have to choose: mineral powder, loose powder, pressed powder, liquid, cream-to-powder, cream, and stick.

Mineral Powder Foundation

Mineral Powder Foundation is made from fine, crushed minerals. Because it is a natural product, it is generally suitable for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. It is easy to apply and results in a professional, polished look. It provides good coverage and is buildable. It is known to look good (smooth and even) on camera, and is long lasting.

Loose Powder

Loose Powder is used to add a finishing touch to already applied foundation. It sets the makeup and helps it to last. Loose powder comes in a jar and is great for oily skin!

Pressed Powder

Pressed Powder helps to hide flaws and imperfections. It absorbs shine and touches up the face very quickly as needed. It comes in a compact.

Liquid Foundation

Liquid Foundation has a name that speaks for itself. The liquid is lightweight, easy to apply, and is generally suitable for all skin types. For these reasons, it is the most popular of all foundation types. Some liquids are oil-based (great for dry skin) or water-based (great for oily skin).

Cream-to-Powder Foundation

Cream-to-Powder Foundation is a two-in-one foundation that starts as a cream and ends as a powder. It blends very easily and has a semi-matte or powdery finish. Great for normal to dry or even slightly oily skin!

Cream Foundation

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Cream Foundation typically comes in a jar. It is thick, creamy, and oily…making it perfect for dry skin. It covers flaws well and can double as a concealer.


Stick Foundation

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Stick Foundation is solid and provides a matte finish. It can double as a concealer. Great for oily skin!

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