It´s peak allergy season, and I´ve responded by wearing tried and true fragrances for a few days, because bad allergies put me at the razor edge of migraine. I´ve got tons of samples calling out to me (thanks Kelly and Maria!), but we´re going to be a little random today.
1) Have I shared with you my best bonehead eBay perfume-buying stories? The first was the amazing deal I got on German eBay on a bottle of Floris Summer Limes. I paid something like $3.50. It turns out I´d bought a copy of a Summer Limes advertisement. Heh. Then, on French eBay, I bought a vintage purse spray (I think it was Rochas Femme) which, had I run the French through the translator, I would have discovered was … how you say … “empty.” The French word for empty was clearly on there. More recently I snagged a 3.4 of L´Artisan Mure et Musc, and was feeling pretty smug until I realized it´s the
We´re now moving onto two non-perfume topics. For those of you who don´t give a hoot about handbags or makeup, please follow the link here to the project now happening on Memory and Desire, in which various perfumers (Andy Tauer, Vero Kern, Christophe Laudamiel, Yosh Han and others) have been asked to describe a fragrance based on Ezra Pound´s 14-word poem, In a Station of The Metro. Don’t miss the extensive footnotes. You don´t have to understand/appreciate Pound to marvel at the concept, and I have very much enjoyed the various interpretations of the poem.
1) I went to this consignment store
2) And finally, a long tedious question about foundation for you makeup junkies, I need help. I could never figure out why all those crazy people on MUA talked endlessly about their fruitless search for the foundation Holy Grail — until I tried to buy a foundation.
Two years ago I wore tinted sunscreen (or tinted moisturizing sunscreen) and that was that. Then one day in a moment of boredom I tried Chanel Vitalumiere and I was hooked on the way it toned down the pink in my skin, evened things out subtly (it´s pretty light) and gave me a lovely glow, although I can´t imagine this on oily skin. I wear Limpide (nude) which I think in the
What I want is a light, sheer-to-medium liquid formula to tone down my natural pink color. I don´t care about sunscreen because I wear it over sunscreen, both my dermatologists being of the opinion that, unless you really cake your foundation on and spend most of your time indoors, foundation sunscreen alone is not enough. My skin is dry and sensitive (I use retinols) so I would prefer a minimum of Age-Defying Extras which are potentially irritating, although not necessarily so. Finish-wise, my personal preference is non-matte; while I appreciate the need for a matte finish for women with oily-combination skin, on me it looks mask-like and settles into fine lines.
Shade-wise I am pale but not extremely so – I´m at the pale end of lines with limited colors, like Vitalumiere, but not anywhere near the palest of extensive foundation lines in Estee Lauder or Lancome. While Vitalumiere Limpide is a slightly yellow but good match for me; their other pale one (Ivory?) is in fact almost exactly me but in being so is maybe too pink, I can’t decide. I don´t think subtly adjusting my skin tone on my face using sheer foundation is unreasonable. I didn´t find the right match in Estee, but the SA wasn´t into it. As I type this I am wearing Lancome Clair 20 from their Renergie line on one side of my face, and I-50N from Color Ideal on the other. (Lots of raves about Teint Idole on MUA but it´s discontined.) I like Lancome and wear a lot of their makeup. The Renergie is better because it´s dewier, the other tends to sit up on my face more, if that makes sense. The Clair 20 is close … but I still think it´s a hair too pink (orange?)
If you´ve read this far, you must have some opinion about foundation. Given what I´ve told you (and I think I´ve tried 10 or 15 foundations from various lines), any recommendations, either in terms of lines or how I better communicate what I’m looking for in makeup-speak? Because one more SA slathering me with Pink Bisque is going to break my spirit. Bonus points to anyone who wants to try to explain “cool,” “neutral” and “warm” to me, and whether those terms are consistent across the lines.