Makeup solutions for oily skin!

Previously, I posted about the skincare that has helped rein in my excessively oily skin. Today I would like to share with you the makeup items that keep me semi-matte throughout the day. I have given up the dream of shine-free skin; at this point I am thrilled with just a little oiliness on the nose. Hopefully some of these products will help you!

  • Primer:

I can not emphasize enough just how important primer is to keeping oil at bay. After years of serial dating, I am finally in a committed, monogamous relationship with  Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. Although I can’t attest to its “poreless” claims, this is hands down the best mattifying primer I have ever tried. If you are at your wits end with your skin, I promise you that shelling out the relatively steep $36 is so worth it. The tiniest amount leaves my shiniest areas matte for 6-8 hours (a record for me).

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After the Becca primer, I like to use a pea sized amount of alcohol-free aloe gel all over my face. I find that this smooths my skin texture, adds a little moisture, and may even contribute to oil control. Aloe gel is available in any drugstore near the sunscreen. This step is entirely optional, but once I tried it I couldn’t go back. 🙂

  • Foundation

As far as foundation goes, I have extremely varying tastes in finish. I find that a lot of “matte” foundations patch oddly on my face. Usually I look for a thin, buildable formula in either a natural or illuminating finish. In no particular order, I am currently loving:

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  1. Lancome Nude Miracle: this formula is very light-weight and easy to apply with fingers. Some are turned off by the alcohol-y smell but it doesn’t bother me.
  2. L’Oreal True Match Lumi: I know, you’re probably cringing at the thought of a illuminating foundation on oily skin. The formula applies so beautifully that I work around the shine with setting powder.
  3. Givenchy Eclat Matissme: This used to be my absolute favorite formula; it is smooth, creamy, and deliciously scented. Unfortunately it started oxidizing to a shade I can only describe as Cheeto Orange. 😉 I highly recommend getting a sample from Sephora, though!
  4. If I had to choose a holy grail foundation, it would be Dior Star. I didn’t want to love this foundation due to the hefty price (and my already fairly high-end collection) but it is just beautiful. I don’t want to speak prematurely but I think this formula outperforms anything I have used before.
  • Setting Powder

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You all need to jump in the car right now and head to the nearest drugstore, Walmart, or Target and purchase Coty Airspun Powder. It is a must have in every makeup lover’s life. Some are off-put by the fresh scent, but I have come to enjoy it. The powder is so finely milled and it sets foundation flawlessly!

Please comment below and tell me your experiences with these products or any other oily skin savers!

Mule Day in Calvary, GA.

Hello!

Today I was lucky enough to be invited to Mule Day. This festival turns the tiny town of Calvary, Georgia into a bustling metropolis for the day. Mule Day was initially established to celebrate the long history of mules in agriculture. For centuries they have played an integral role in farming and cane syrup production. Today, the event focuses heavily on this history but has grown into an impressive craft festival as well.

Mule Museum!
Mule Museum!

Where do mules come from? Well, the mating of a horse and a donkey results in the hard-working, easily trainable, endlessly cute mule. Because horses and donkeys are different species, their offspring are hybrids and are sterile. Therefore, every mule at Mule Day (and all over the world) are the product of a horse/donkey romance!

The highlight of the day was an awesome parade of mules, horses, tractors, and antique cars. People flock from all over the state for the opportunity to show off their beautiful animals. Although the main event, there is tons more to experience at Mule Day.

In all their glory.
In all their glory.

When we first arrived I was greeting with an awesome view of the extensive spread of tents. Vendors from throughout the Southeast were selling everything from food to handmade crafts. The frigid temperatures inspired me to purchase this adorable koala knit hat:

Will I ever need another hat?
Will I ever need another hat?

My favorite find of the day was a mother-daughter run goat milk soap company. I purchased a divine smelling gardenia body butter and several small hand soaps for my boyfriend. I plan on doing a full review and a recommendation if I end up loving them (so far so good)! The owner and her daughters were so incredibly polite and accommodating. Never underestimate the power of good customer service! 🙂

We ended our day around noon, right in time for a huge influx in the crowd. According to their website, Mule Day attracts 60-90,000 people a year. Let’s just say it started getting a little claustrophobic. 😉 If you plan on attending next year, I recommend getting there early.

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On our way out we carved out a little extra time for some fried Oreos and fresh squeezed lemonade. A sweet end to a sweeter day!

Please, mark your calendars for next year! The event is always held on the first Saturday of November and grows every year. If crafts aren’t your thing, at least go to support the under-appreciated mule! They deserve it.