Why I Ditched Foundation




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Growing up with oily, acne prone skin, foundation was pretty much mandatory for me {or so I thought}. Foundation plus concealer plus powder. Until a few months ago when I discovered a miracle that not only improved the condition of my skin but also helped it to heal and clear. I have tried dozens of foundations over the years trying to cover up my imperfections and what I really needed to do was let my skin breathe a little. Years and years of suffocating it with heavy foundation (yes, I used only oil free) led to a massive breakout last year that left me down in the dumps and at my dermatologist's door steps once again. I have always struggled with my skin and have been on every single acne medicine available, seriously, you name it I have been on it. I was so fed up.

I first heard about BB cream when I was vacationing in Indonesia where my friend Jessica asked me if I had ever heard of it. She said it was sweeping the East as a miracle cream that makes you look younger and nearly flawless. I thought to myself, if this is really that amazing wouldn't it be in the US? Sure enough within the next 6 months I saw it start creeping up in advertisements stateside. I didn't jump on the bandwagon immediately though as I was more focused on finding the best foundation to cover my imperfections. As I was trying product after product I started to also test primers. My skin was so oily that I would have to use oil sheets once or twice an hour or else oil slick city. So gross. My journey through primers led me to the miracle that is Tarte Tinted BB Treatment 12 Hour Primer + SPF 30. But I didn't ditch foundation just yet. I used it for a couple of months underneath my foundation and saw very nice results, less oil production, makeup stayed put much better, fuller coverage, and it is as soft as silk and light as air. I wasn't entirely satisfied though because I felt like I had a pound of makeup shellacked on my face. One weekend I decided to just use the primer with a little dusting of powder. By the end of the day I was really surprised at how nice it looked. It was acceptable!

I kept up this routine at work since, hey, work people don't really care if my face looks flawless anyways right? That turned into a couple weeks later and then a couple months later....no foundation! Over that short amount of time I realized I didn't need to use oil sheets every hour, or every two or three hours even and breakouts went away, the tone of my skin improved, and just the overall condition of it was really great.

Today, several months later, I am still without foundation and am so happy I discovered this little gem of a product. It really changed my face. If you are experiencing similar issues I encourage you to give it a try. I feel there is real value in letting your skin breathe and you know what, maybe less really is more sometimes.

Today's look features a way more natural look for me. I didn't do anything to my hair, just blow dried it and did very, very light makeup using my now everyday light base Tarte Tinted BB Treatment 12 Hour Primer. What do you think about this? Have you tried a BB Treatment?


16 comments:

  1. Gorgeous :) You and I had really similar experiences! I haven't been wearing any foundation (even a BB cream) in an effort to heal my skin after overloading my pores with way to much product. Thank you for this! I love Tarte so will definitely check it out. xo

    http://mrsjaclynleblanc.blogspot.com

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    1. I wish I were brave enough to go without anything, I do not look so great without some coverage. You will love Tarte!

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  2. so funny to read this- I got this as a sample at Ulta last spring, tried it, and am totally hooked! I too suffered with acne for years (accutane, every cream, etc) and this is my new staple. Give the new Tarte CC clay primer stick a try as well- a nice alternative for warmer weather and still light!

    xo

    Christina, Esq.

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    1. I will have to try that Christina, thanks for the tip!

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  3. this is a great article!!! so glad i found you on lucky!
    now following. Keep it up! xo

    Angie
    fshnfrdm.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Angie, thank you for the encouragement and for following along. I am glad you like this!

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  4. I've actually just gone without foundation lately too.. my face looks so much better.. basically I just use concealer.. but I'm so curious about this primer... I'm discovering Tarte these day and so far I like them! Especially since they don't have any crazy gross things in their products! Thanks for sharing! Your skin looks amazing..
    Hope
    hchdesigns.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Hope, they have a great blush too that I use. You should give it a try. You may have to mix a couple colors together to get the perfect shade, which is what I do during the summer, but so great!

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  5. So glad I saw your post about this on Lucky! Your skin looks so beautiful and fresh. Lately, mine is very dull and I've been tiptoe-ing around trying a BB cream but my skin is so oily- only long wearing foundations usually work. Gonna swing by Ulta tonight and give this a try. thanks! Cortneybre...
    http://cortneybre.com

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    1. You are very welcome! Let me know how you like it.

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  6. YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL!! Glad you found something that works well, I will have to buy that too:)

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    1. Hey lovely lady! You should definitely give it a go, although your skin is really perfect so I doubt you need anything at all. LUCKY.

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  7. You've gotten not only your mom hooked on BB cream but your grandma likes it too! Thanks sweetie!

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  8. Wow, I was always admiring you for your flawless skin, had no idea you were suffering the same as I do with acne and super oily skin. Man I really need to find this BB cream hahahaha ;-) Thanks for that interesting insight :-)

    ani
    www.fleurani.blogspot.de

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    1. You're so welcome Ani! You are not alone and there is hope!

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