Oops, I did it again!

Crap, sorry guys!  I got busy on another project this afternoon that kept going and going and going, I just looked up to see that it’s 11, and I got, well, really, nothing.  I have to say, working with graphics on a Mac can really suck you in.

My major new find that I’m playing with – yes, another new foundation.  Well, how many are too many?  The problem with foundations is you get them, they look good for a season or a while, then eventually something just doesn’t fit quite right anymore. Sorta like my relationships.  This newest one has some promise. Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation in 023.  It’s a little tube of color, and when I put it on, it really does look like I’m photoshopping my face.

Now, what usually happens is the foundation goes on great, I’m loving it, thinking I’ve shaved a year or two off my 52-year-old face, and then one day I’m outside or in the car, glance in the rearview mirror, and I think my face looks like a mask.  My face has really tiny pores, which is a blessing, but it also means that foundation of any type can sit on the top of my face and turn into, yes, that’s right, a mask..

But this one shows some promise – three days and still no signs of mask-like behavior.  It gives this glowy tint to my face – my skin, but better.  Sephora has it, as does Barney’s and others.  I looked at the KGD website, and they seem to have little trial sets of their makeup for $20, which is awesome!!  Then you don’t have to spend a fortune to find out if it works for you or not.

Of course I still love many of my other foundations – the Metier one is always in heavy rotation, despite it having been chewed on by Vinnie the Bulldog after one of his cat accomplices knocked it off the bathroom counter.    This KGD thing just seems, I dunno, better coverage, but looks like less.  Digging it.  I like it well enough that I think I need to investigate some of their skin care, which gets pretty good raves with a quick clickety-clicking around the internets.

Fragrance?  Got ahold of that new Comme des Garcons thing.  Notes – aldehydes, hawthorn, lilac, flower oxides, industrial glue, brown scotch (packing) tape, musk and styrax. Freaky on the open with all that  sparkly glue and tape,  it smells like school, getting dangerously close to the mimeograph paper smell – no, not quite there, but I start yearning for it by sniffing this.  It’s funky and completely Industrial CdG,  never unwearable, which I think is a real gift, to be that freaky and weird and sorta hot.  Long into the drydown, there’s a real beauty to it that’s not very freakish.  It’s pretty great. I think I have about a sample I can squeeze out from the spray sample I have left. So drop a comment telling me about your foundation saga or how to cook a goose.  Yes, we’re going all Bob Crachett this year and doing goose for Christmas. I know the fat thing is a problem and requires some special care, but I love goose!  Help!

  • Lilybug says:

    Sorry, no goose tips as I’ve never cooked it myself but my grandmother used to cook a goose every Christmas (they had their own – I don’t think you can buy goose at markets here) and it was always delicious! Far superior to any other kind of poultry I’ve had. Good luck!

  • Tatiana says:

    That Comme des Garcons sounds interesting. Foundation over the years… Prescriptives, Chanel that I loved and got discontinued. Tient Innocence maybe? Then Vincent Longo Water Canvas. Which was my holy grail for a long, long time. Vacillated between the two lightest colors depending on summer/winter. Whatever happened to that company? Then Armani Luminous Silk which I loved until all of a sudden it seemed orange on my skin. Perhaps it oxidized in the bottle? Not sure. Tried NARS, another Chanel and Bobbi Brown along the way. Lately, everything looks like a mask on my 52 yr. old face. I love the Bobbi Brown mineral powder foundation, but find it does not have a lot of coverage. Just bought some Chantecaille, but after two uses it’s made my rosacea break-outs worse. Sigh. After so many good reviews, I may just have to get myself to Barney’s and try the Koh Gen Do.

    Never cooked a goose, but I have roasted ducks. It is a very good idea to ladle off or siphon off the fat periodically. Otherwise, you end up with a very full pan of dangerously hot scalding fat.

  • mary says:

    Patty– I am with you on the Koh Gen Doh foundation. I splurged on it about a month ago after reading a lot of reviews and blog posts. A tiny drop, applied with the Eco tools blush brush, makes for an easy morning make up. I have actually had compliments on my “flawless ” skin. Tisn’t flawless, believe me. But it also seems to be non irritating so my skin is looking better overall. Chanel Vitalumiere is the other one I trade off with. Both are really good products for my 52 year old skin. Thanks for the fun post and please enter me for the draw.

  • Brooke says:

    I find that I have to change foundations several times a year. Even with SPF, I still tan a bit. I have an odd skin tone that is neither warm nor cool and 70% of the SA’s at the beauty counters apply a shade and the second guess themselves. I have been rotating between Armani luminous silk in 4.5 and Make up Forever HD foundation in 123. I love the coverage and the slightly dewy look they provide. They are great until I travel to someplace humid…then they slide off.
    I can’t wait to try the CdG. This one sounds like one of their more adventurous avant-garde releases. They do unconventional better than anyone else.

  • Matt says:

    Well… I’ve never really worn foundation, except for a few shows or TV interviews… so I’ll skip my turn.

    Goose? Never had that. I’d rather try doing Foie gras instead. And there’s even some small company in Quebec that produces it, so I’ll know the animals aren’t mistreated.

    That new CDG seems very interesting! =)

  • mim says:

    Hi all, I’m newish here and really enjoy reading (esp the chocolate post and all the recs in the comments!)

    Oh, foundation…sigh.
    I like a natural look but have combination skin and blemishes plus large pores–sometimes primer helps but it depends, plus I hate extra steps. I use Diorskin fluide, which is a little light when I’m freckly but is pretty good at covering, looking like skin, building, and most of all matching the tones of my skin. I have a lot of pink and some yellow too but people [who make foundation], it does not average out to orange!

    Of course it’s discontinued, because that’s how life works. And none of the current diors match, although the lightest nude powder looks pretty good on me, and with concealer can be used instead of liquid. Also, stocked up when found a few bottles cheap on ebay. Have been looking around for a new HG for when those run out, and also because I like variety.

    Thanks for the rec! I like sampling, so small and not super expensive is great! Have not seen this line in my sephora, will try to check it out.

    please count me in the draw, I love weird perfumes!

  • Ann says:

    Hi, Patty. Foundation’s a funny thing, isn’t it? I don’t use it too much anymore, mostly just go au naturel (with a sunscreen, of course). But I have rosacea, so when I want to tone it down, I have a Chanel compact foundation I use: dry for gentle coverage and wet for heavier cover. I stick with that because I have very fair skin despite the ruddiness, and this Chanel shade is spot-on for me.

  • Perfumista8 says:

    I don’t like to be able to “feel” my foundation or powder on my face yet I’m too lazy to put sunscreen on separately. Who needs an extra step in the morning? I’m a very pale redhead living in So. California so I really must get as much SPF as possible so I look for foundations or tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. I know exactly what you mean about them working out for a while and then- just not. It’s so annoying. Right now I’m really liking Peter Thomas Roth Unwrinkle Foundation. Really good coverage and SPF 20. It has all of the peptides found in the Unwrinkle serums and it’s not too expensive.

    Please enter me in the draw- this scent sounds quite intriguing.

  • Nancy says:

    I am currently using Georgio Armani foundation which works well with my skin (small pores too).
    Haven’t tried to cook goose (yet), duck, yes. Sounds fab. Of course you line at dinner time: “Your goose is cooked” never crossed my mind :-)
    I sure would love to have the CdG mimeo smell waft my way.
    Please enter me in! Thanks.

  • Madea says:

    I’d really like to try T. LeClerc powders. Does anyone have any experience with that?

    I typically don’t use liquid foundations. I can’t ever find any that really match my skin, I hate the texture of every one I’ve ever tried, and they smell funny to me.

    I was once given a Chanel concealer pen and with great excitement tried it on and…nothing. It looked basically like my Wal-mart concealer :((

    Please enter me in the draw. I need some weird in my life. Well, more weird.

  • LindaB says:

    Oh, I am right there with ya on the foundation musical chairs! Currently I’m using NARS but I’ve been on the outs with it for a couple weeks now. I’ll definitely check out the KGD one next time I’m in Sephora (wish their lighting was better or even decent at that!).

    Please enter me in the draw…I love “freaky”.

  • Susan says:

    My latest foundation saga? My Shiseido powdery foundation broke and I am ANNOYED. Totally my fault, but still sucks.

  • Meg says:

    I don’t wear foundation, or any makeup at all really, because I don’t understand it. I feel like I woke up one day and everyone around me suddenly understood how to expertly apply makeup and that I had missed some sort of crucial exprimental phase of learning how to do it when it is young enough to be acceptable to still be figuring it out/make mistakes. I never feel comfortable with it on, as if my attempts are way too obvious to everyone around me.

    But I do love perfume! Please enter me in the draw! This one seems so weird and appealing, and I do like the industrial smell of tape/glue.

  • Zazie says:

    The Mask!!! I know what you’re talking about!!! dreadful.
    I use the Armani Luminous silk foundation but I am not always happy with the result.

    I am loving right now a truly magic powder foundation (who would have guessed I would enjoy powder?): teint si fin by Lutens – a sample that is running out too quickly. It looks very natural yet it is very efficient evening out my skin tone. It is tragically expensive, I am debating if it is worth it (I am not even considering the whole packaging but just the refills).

    I heard wonders about the Ellis faas, but never tried it myself. Have you?

  • AnnieA says:

    Maybelline Smooth Mousse seems okay and I do not use much. Really need a good concealed…

  • Musette says:

    No draw for me – I already sniffed the CdG and you are spot-on with your description! :d and you know my goose stories already (I’m ogling one of my neighbor’s geese – just let that honkin’ thing come over here….;) (the chickens visit sometimes – why not the geese?)

    anyhoodle, on the foundation: I am medium-olive with all sorts of little dramas…and I’m aging (aren’t we all? 8-| ) and too much foundation tends to drag my already draggy skin down… :-< ...so I stick with a light app of my 20yr go-to, Prescriptives Virtual Skin. For weekends/lighter days I use Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizer. I did try the KGD foundation, though, and I really liked it. It would be a great 'going outside in pub-lick' option for me. xoxoxo >-)

  • Irina says:

    no idea about the goose, sorry- I like that too
    I never wore foundation although my skin sows my age+
    may I, please qualify for draw?
    enjoy and Merry Christmas

  • Joanna says:

    Ugh the mention of foundation makes me want to cuss. I have extremely fair skin and it’s actually really difficult to find a very light foundation that’s not too yellow or orange or too porcelain, not to mention blends well. I have small pores too so I know all too well the, “Mask” effect. Right now I have different foundations from Vapour, Jane Iredale and Everyday Minerals. Honestly I’ve tried higher end products without any better results so I don’t spend the extra $ anymore. Also I try to be as green as possible with my cosmetics…except for perfume because as girl can only sacrifice so much.

  • dremybluz says:

    The Comme des Garcons sounds interesting. Please enter me in the draw. I have never cooked or feasted on goose, but I copied the directions from Martha Stewart’s recipe. Hope this helps.

    If goose is frozen, place it in the refrigerator overnight to thaw. Remove goose from the refrigerator, and let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse goose inside and out with cold running water, and pat it dry with paper towels. Trim as much of the excess fat as possible from the opening of the cavity. Remove the first and second joints of the wings, and set them aside for use in making the stock.
    With the point of a sharp knife, prick the entire surface of the goose skin, being careful not to cut into the flesh. Fold the neck flap under the body of the goose, and pin the flap down with a wooden toothpick. Generously sprinkle the cavity with salt and pepper, and insert 2 carrot halves, 2 celery-stalk halves, garlic, thyme, and sage. Using a piece of kitchen twine, tie the legs together. Generously sprinkle the outside of the goose with salt and pepper, and place it, breast-side up on a wire rack set in a large roasting pan.
    Roast goose in the oven until it turns a golden brown, about 1 hour. With a baster, remove as much fat as possible from the roasting pan every 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 325 degrees, and roast until the goose is very well browned all over and an instant-read thermometer inserted into a breast, not touching a bone, registers 180 degrees, about 1 hour after reducing the temperature.
    Meanwhile, prepare goose stock, which will be used when making the gravy and the dressing. Trim and discard any excess fat from the wing tips, neck, and giblets, and place them in a small stockpot. Add 4 carrot halves, 4 celery-stalk halves, both onion halves, parsley, bay leaf, peppercorns, and enough water to cover the bones and vegetables by 1 inch (about 2 1/2 quarts water). Place the stockpot over high heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and simmer stock, skimming the scum as it forms, for 2 hours. Strain stock through a cheesecloth-lined strainer. Remove and discard the fat floating on the surface of the stock, and set the stockpot aside.
    Remove goose from the oven, and transfer it to a cutting board that has a well. Let the goose stand 15 to 20 minutes.
    Meanwhile, prepare the gravy. Pour off all the fat from the roasting pan, and place the pan over high heat. Pour in wine, and cook, stirring up any brown bits with a wooden spoon until the cooking liquid is reduced by three-quarters. Add 2 cups goose stock, and cook, stirring until the liquid is again reduced by three-quarters. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in butter, and cook until slightly thickened. Pass the gravy through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a gravy boat, and serve with the goose.

  • Tara says:

    My favorite foundation is La Mer. It’s expensive but lasts forever. I know what you mean about foundations, even tho I really like the La Mer, it’s still not perfect. But I gave up on looking for the perfect foundation years ago. As for goose…yum! We did that a couple of years ago and, yes, the fat’s a problem, but it was worth it!!!

  • Francesca says:

    I tend to stick with one foundation at a time, and I’m quite happy with Make Up Forever. Except it doesn’t have a sunblock. But that’s in my moisturizer so it’s OK.

    I don’t know how much this is adapted from the original Silver Palate recipe, but I used the original on several occasions and it was fantastic:
    http://www.melindalee.com/index.php?option=com_garyscookbook&Itemid=6&func=detail&id=648

  • rosarita says:

    When growing up, we alternated hosting holiday meals w/my aunt. She didn’t cook, but her stern German husband did, wonderfully. At their turn for Christmas, he would often roast a goose. I have no idea how to do it, but I know the fat was carefully rendered and kept in a special place, doled out in spoonfuls for the most delicate pastries. The melt in your mouth kind. Hope it goes well for you!

    Thanks for the draw – I was reading about this new CdG yesterday and would like to try it.

  • Kym says:

    Many years ago, while shopping during my lunch hour at Nordstroms, I cam upon a cream/powder foundation by a company called Visage. This stuff changed my life. People complimented me on how rested and fresh I looked. it matched my skin PERFECTLY – which is key. I had custom foundations before, but nothing like this. I’m fair, but have high color ie: while I believe my tone is yellow, I have red in there. Even the act of putting on moisturizer, gets my blood to the top of my skin. Sadly, this owner of the company passed and I have never, in 15 years found a foundation that matches my skin tone. Ever year or so, I buy another one and have quite a stash. Just last weekend I bought a Chanel and returned it a few days later (thank you, Barneys). I have another Chanel that matches ok and goes on nicely. That’s my sad foundation story.

    Please enter me in the draw.