Makeup Artist Paulas Choice Favorites

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People often ask me about skincare products, and what I personally use.  They’re usually surprised when I tell them how simple my skincare routine is, and how affordable the products are.  I read a book in my teens called “Don’t Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me” written by Paula Begoun.  The book was so informative about makeup and skincare, but also about the cosmetics industry.  In the book Paula really cuts through the claims of cosmetics companies and various products.  She explains the “smoke and mirrors” terminology cosmetic companies use in advertising in order to sell more makeup. For instance “reduces the appearance of wrinkles” doesn’t mean a product makes wrinkles fade or disappear.   She has extensive research that covers ingredient breakdowns that are effective, and which ones are best to avoid.  I loved her philosophy about every makeup line having some great products.  You don’t have to spend a fortune on your makeup collection to look great.  She defines what’s worth splurging on in the high end department store lines, and recommends items that you don’t have to break your budget for.  I loved her philosophy and much of her advice I still carry with me today.

Paula didn’t stop at writing books.  She developed an amazing skincare line that conquers every genre of skin concern you could be facing.  She kept her philosophy of informing the consumer, and maintaining affordable prices.  What you won’t see is expensive advertising for anti-aging creams with 25 year old models.   I really stand behind her company’s mission, and I love the products.  How many companies break down what each ingredient’s purpose is in the label and talks about stable active ingredients?  When you order her products, you have the option to receive the most informative skincare catalog I have ever seen from a brand.   Because the skincare line has so many options, ordering for the first time can be a little overwhelming.  I’ve put together my Paulas Choice favorites list.

 Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser – I can’t live without this cleanser in my life.  This is part of my daily routine.  Typically I use this at morning and night.  It’s gentle enough for my sensitive skin.  It removes makeup, and hydrates my skin to that perfect glow.  Here’s the product description from Paula’s site:

Paula's  Choice Favorites

Resist Anti-Aging Cleanser

What makes this product unique?
Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is our silkiest, most luxurious cleanser. Its smooth lotion texture softens and replenishes skin yet rinses without a residue. This exceptionally gentle cleanser quickly removes makeup and helps fights the signs of aging by soothing, preserving, and reinforcing skin’s natural barrier during the cleansing process. It is specifically formulated for use with Paula’s Choice Resist anti-aging line and is the first Paula’s Choice cleanser to have a built-in, lockable pump.

This product is safe for use around the eyes and is 100% fragrance- and colorant-free.

Who is this product for?
Resist Optimal Results Hydrating Cleanser is formulated for anyone with normal to very dry skin concerned with reducing the signs of aging.

Skin Recovery Mask

The Skin Recovery Mask is my remedy for parched dry skin in the Winter when my moisturizer isn’t cutting it.  I have eczema and sensitive skin that doesn’t react so well to the drop in temperature.  This mask can be worn for 10 minutes, or overnight.  Immediately after using it I can feel the increase in moisture.  The texture isn’t like most masks, it’s actually a very dense thick cream.



Paula's Choice Favorites

Resist C15 Super Booster

The Resist C15 Serum is another standout product for me. It does help with brown spots and evening up my skin tone.  It’s the dose of Vitamin C and ferulic acid that my skin needs without the hefty price tag from department store brands.

This information is from Paula’s Site

What makes this product unique?
Resist C15 Super Booster is a concentrated, light-as-water liquid treatment product designed to supercharge your Paula’s Choice serum, or it may be used alone. A blend of 15% stabilized vitamin C (l-ascorbic acid) at a pH of 3.0, antioxidant vitamin E, ferulic acid, and peptides repairs visible signs of aging and stimulates collagen production for smoother, brighter, and firmer skin.

Vitamin C also helps protect skin from environmental damage as it evens your skin tone. You’ll see dramatically younger, healthier, and more radiant skin in weeks!

Who is this product for?
Resist C15 Super Booster is for anyone who wants to boost the results from their Paula’s Choice serum or who wants to experience the benefits of vitamin C when combined with other proven anti-aging ingredients. The formula is suitable for all skin types and also appropriate for breakout-prone skin.

Resist BHA 9 Treatment

Resist BHA 9 I might have some considerable knowledge about skincare, but I’m still a victim to the occasional acne breakouts, blackheads, and clogged pores.  Fighting acne has been a part of my life since I was a teen.  Now I’m a grown up and that means I get to combine anti-aging along with my acne treatments 😉  Joking aside, some of the acne treatments help to exfoliate our skin, which not only fights acne but provides some anti-aging benefits as well.

Info from Paula’s Site:

What makes this product unique?
Resist BHA 9 is a first-of-its-kind spot treatment specially formulated to address your most stubborn skin imperfections. The technology behind BHA 9 is indeed unique, allowing for a controlled, sustained release of salicylic acid without diminishing any of its effectiveness. In fact, you will have enhanced results without dryness or irritation! BHA 9 for Stubborn Imperfections has a pH range of 3.2-3.6.

BHA 9 can do all of the following:
  1. Unclog pores with the first use
  2. Diminish white bumps
  3. Minimize enlarged pores
  4. Refine and smooth skin’s texture
  5. Minimize sebaceous hyperplasia
  6. Smooth and soften dry, rough patches
  7. Help balance oily skin
  8. Fade red marks from breakouts
  9. Reduce breakouts

Who is this product for?
Resist BHA 9 is designed for anyone who has struggled with stubborn skin imperfections who wants enhanced results over and above the treatments they’ve been using.

 So those are my pro makeup artist Paulas Choice favorites.  These are the products that I’m familiar with and have continued to order because I’m pleased with the results.  If you order through this link you get $10 off your first order.

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Primer Before Foundation

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Hourglass - N° 28 Primer SerumMakeup primer, I frequently get asked about primers before foundation.  Are they necessary?  What is their purpose?  Which one is the best?  Will it work for oily skin?  Will it work for dry skin?  Will it make me look 15 years younger?  To answer the last question, no it will not take 15 years off of your appearance.  What it will do is makeup your makeup last longer, soften fine lines, minimize pores, keep your foundation and concealer from settling into lines, and provide a smoother surface to apply foundation to.

Priming your skin before putting on foundation isn’t required.  I do highly recommend wearing primer if you’re interested in minimizing pores, smoothing lines, and increasing the longevity of your makeup.  Primers provide a barrier between our skin and our makeup.  It is disappointing to spend extra time putting your makeup on in the morning only to find by lunch your efforts are disappearing and melting fast.  Have you ever felt like it’s especially difficult to keep your makeup on in the summer? Primer will definitely help you maintain your makeup wear longevity in color .

I have found a need to apply less foundation when a primer is used.  As much as I love makeup, I don’t like seeing people go overboard with foundation.  It’s actually a makeup artist pet peeve of mine.  When it stops looking like skin, it’s too much.  I have witnessed a lot of  heavy coverage foundation when it wasn’t necessary.  Foundation does serve a purpose of evening out our skin tone, but too much can actually work against us trying to achieve an attractive look.  Primers help to smooth out our skin tone and reduce the appearance of pores.  With using a primer it’s very possible you will find yourself using less foundation because your skin is already improving in appearance.

Hourglass - Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15Some of my favorites are Hourglass No 28 Primer Serum and their Veil Mineral Primer is absolutely lovely. Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Primer is great for those with oily skin who struggle to keep their makeup on with regular clear silicone primers. Silicone based primers can feel a little too greasy for some people with oily skin but they are wonderful on dry skin and combination skin.  NYX Studio Perfect Primer is a great primer at an even better price point.

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