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Old 05-11-2011, 08:23 AM
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St.Tropez self-tanner/MAC Mineralize Foundation

Hi Ladies - I'm thinking about trying out a self-tanner instead of baking in the sun this summer... so I found St. Tropez mousse that seems to have good reviews. Anyone try it??

Also I'm wanting to try the MAC Mineralize Foundation spf. They say it's good for dry skin, which I can't seem to get rid of this season I used to use MAC eons ago and now a lot of people say it breaks them out. I'm using Nars Sheer glow right now (which I love!) but it seems that I have dry patches by mid/end of the day. (I do use a moisturizer and primer before applying)

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Old 05-11-2011, 09:27 AM
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I use the St. Tropez mousse. I don't know if it's the same formulation here in the UK, but I guess it will be? Does it have the guide colour in already? I had a shock when I used it the first time because of the colour!!

Anyway, I really like it and I think the colour that develops is pretty realistic. However, I would make sure that you are really well exfoliated and moisturised first before you put it on, or it can end up patchy. Because of the guide colour, be careful what clothes you put on straight after you've used it, as it does rub off onto them. Also (and I made this mistake) don't go to the gym in a light coloured top, with the guide colour still on! I sweated brown!! Not pleasant!!
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I know people swear by St. Tropez so you'll probably like it
As for MAC Mineralize Foundation, it's definitely not supposed to be as heavy as things like MAC Studio Fix (really heavy duty stuff) and it's supposed to be more mineral foundation like so it might not break you out as much.

The thing about dry patches though is that they are not created by the foundation you're wearing. You already have them on your face and you just might not realize it until your foundation ends up emphasizing them b/c they sink into cracks after a few hours. There is no foundation that will make your dry patches/flakes go away or make them look like they aren't there. There are foundations that will not emphasize them as much as other foundations.. but the best solution is to get rid of your dry patches with diligent effort.. exfoliating and using intensive treatments. I have dry skin too and I get dry patches if I skip my moisturizer just once! That is my skin right now. I got lazy one night and didn't bother moisturizing before I went to bed and I had all these dry patches/flakes. I used my Clarisonic like vibrating brush tool thing every night as well as applying generous amounts of serum and such to the dry areas and used moisturizing masks. Within a week or so of this kind of routine, my dry flakes have reduced signifcantly enough that I can wear foundation without having them emphasized. A week ago or so, I couldn't wear anything on my face (liquid/cream/powder foundation, bb cream, etc.) without having my dry patches look apparent, but now I can wear them all again but I do make sure I moisturize heavily before. So before you look for a new foundation, I'd just try to change up your skincare and solve the actual problem rather than looking for a way to just cover it up. HTH! Good luck
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Old 05-11-2011, 01:39 PM
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I used St Tropez and AuCourant years ago. Exfoliating & moisturizing are a must! I used to apply alternate the two every 3rd day and had a great tan, but my feet and hands always looked FUNKY!! As a matter of fact, I think I will hop on over to Sephora and get me some.....
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Omg I totally forgot to mention MAC Fix+ in my last post! If you spray it on your face after foundation or whenever you feel like your dry patches are starting to look more pronounced, it'll reduce the appearance of them. It's an absolute staple for a lot of people, myself included. I can't live without it! I always spray it on after foundation to help set my foundation as well as get rid of that cakey looking appearance when you first put foundation on and it hasn't sunk into the skin yet. I always make sure I carry it around me when I know I have dry patches so I can spray it on whenever I feel like the dry flakes are looking more pronounced. Try it!
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Old 05-11-2011, 05:42 PM
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Thanks Carol for your beauty knowledge (I was hoping you'd post something!! ) I have been trying new skincare. Right now I'm using a line by Korres which I'm still on the fence about. I love that the products are "natural" but I'm not in love with any of it. Especially for the price I think the next line I'm going to try is the Ole Henriksen and see if I like that. I did buy the Olay face brush thingy (I really wasn't going to spend the money for a Clarisonic) and I seemed to like that but I thought it was drying me out after a couple weeks so I don't use it very often now.

I did switch primers (from Smashbox photoready to MAC prep and prime) and used that a couple times. So far so good. I'll have to get some of the Fix + and try it out. How long does it take to dry after you apply it?

I think I might try out the St. Tropez too. I really want something that looks natural and most things (even higher end) look too orangy on my skin!
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I used to use Korres and I did like it but I think organic or all natural stuff are a little weak for me to make a big difference.
Maybe your cleanser is too drying? Your face should feel softer when you use a brush type of thing to help exfoliate, it shouldn't feel like it's drying your face out.
For Fix+, it doesn't take long at all.. just spritz once or twice and it'll take maybe take 30 sec or so before it sinks into your skin.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:41 AM
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Jess, I use the MAC mineral foundation and I think we are the same color, NC 30? I switch it up with bare minerals. I do love the MAC mineral though. It seems to go on smoother and if you like the dewey look then you should give it a try. I have dryer skin as well and it works for me.

I also use Estee Lauder for faces only in the medium color during the summer because i cover my face from the sun. I like it and it doesn't turn orange.

I am also trying new products and I love feedback from others too. I am currently using Caudalie Vinosource anti aging nourshing cream for dry skin. Have only been using it for about a week but love how it feels so far.
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Old 05-13-2011, 08:38 AM
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Wanda, I have a sample of the Mineral liquid that I can't decide if I like yet. I like it initially but it seems that as the day goes on, it looks kinda "glittery" I don't know if that is the foundation "wearing off" and so it leaves behind the "glittery" part

I used to use BM and LOVED it but my poor dry skin just can't handle the "powder" type foundations anymore. It just accentuates all the dry patches.

I think I'll look into the Caudalie line.
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