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SHISEIDOSynchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20: First Impressions

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Where have I been? I guess I fell into a black hole of grad school papers and projects. However, I’m back for my seven followers (maybe just six now) and I’m here to post just for the holiday. Because nothing says “Irish” like a new foundation from Japan. For reals, I received a sample and I wanted to talk about it. 

I just started freelancing for Shiseido, and I was excited to try a sample of their newest foundation, Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20. 

I present:

(Photo from Sephora but this can be purchased in-person at Lord and Taylor and Macy’s)

This is a lightweight, oil-free foundation which “harmonizes” with your skin. Oh and it’s also long wearing. 
Let’s see it in action:

  (Taken around 11 am).

*Note: In the picture on the right, I added their stick concealer. It’s similar to the amazing concealer from their sister company, Cle de Peau, but it costs much less. 

Btw, my foundation shade is the third shade level in neutral. It also comes in a rose and warm undertone. 

Pros and Cons:


  • Did NOT break me out. No bumps, no tumor zits. Nada. Amen
  • Long lasting. This wore well until the time I took it off. A little shine started on the forehead and nose by the 7th hour. 
  • No primer necessary. But honestly, I’m not one to use primer anyway. 
  • This is going to be your holy grail foundation for the summer. I really hate that expression but I must call it as it is. 


  • Price is 45 dollars, but a little goes a long way. It is long lasting too. Seems like you get your money’s worth. 
  • Some more shade options would be nice for deeper skin tones. 

Let’s see how it looked at the end of the day:


As you can see, humidity is starting to happen here in New Jersey. Hence the Jersey curls. Current look: Simba’s angry. 

The verdict: Get this foundation. Get it no matter if you are oily, combo, or dry. It’s for all skin types and let’s be real, we all sweat in the summer so this is a perfect fit for that. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋


I Scream You Scream We All Scream For Sunscreen!

Ok, it is far from the magic of ice cream, but sunscreen really is something to scream about- in a good way. Not only does it help to protect against skin cancer, but it also helps to prevent aging. Yet these two important factors don’t seem to be enough for us to wear it everyday or AT LEAST when we will be out in the sun. By out in the sun, I mean everything from the beach to a sporting event. (Guilty, guilty guilty).

*Today’s blurb is on sunscreen for the face. Remembering to use sunscreen for the body is a work in progress. 

Anyway, I admit I was not big on sunscreen, mainly because it made me scream in frustration due to the breakouts it caused. However, I am happy to report that I have continuously used this sunscreen and I have suffered zero breakouts as well as zero sunburn. 

Check it out:

Doesn’t my sofa backdrop almost look like sand? #LowBudgetBlogger 

La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Tinted Sunscreen for the face. This stuff is shamazing. It is 

  • Fragrance free, 
  • Paraben free 
  • Water resistant (40 minutes). 
  • It has 11% Titanium Dioxide (remember to avoid those other sunscreens that begin with the letter O.)
  • It has a slight color to even out the face a bit. This is mostly to combat the white effect sunscreens can have. 

Here’s a pic with just the sunscreen on:

Pretty good. It’s not a makeup, do don’t expect that. However you can now go to the beach with a little bit color on the face without resorting to foundation. Makeup at the beach is just weird sometimes. Am I right?

And remember:

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

La Roche Posay ANTHELIOS SPF 50 Tinted Sunscreen. 

I’m confused. I’ve worn sunblock today from 8:30AM into this evening, and my skin is clear. There are no bumps, rashes, or cysts. My skin is the same way I found it pre-sunblock application. 

I know , Britney. I’m confused too. *P.S. Slow your roll with the self tanner. 

Could it be? Have I found my Holy Grail of sunblock? (You don’t know how much I hate that expression btw). 

I have not been able to wear any kind of sunblock on my face in at least three years. Until this…

(From La Roche Posay’s website)

The best thing about taking a screenshot of a product on the company’s site, is that all the work is already done. You can have a gander at the selling points they mention, but I can sum up my praise in one word:

This is my skin after 9 hours of wearing this tinted sunscreen:

For reference, I have on my Clinique Almost Powder in Neutral as well as my Autobalm California palette from The Balm. The eye sparkles are a lucky photo trick 😉

You can wear this sunscreen on its own, and because it is tinted it will give you a little bit of coverage. 

This morning:, just sunscreen:

OMG I was so tired. I am so tired. Why am I blogging!? I need a post-play rehearsal nap. 

As you can see, it does not really cover a lot but it is enough for a light makeup look and it makes for a good primer under powder. 

Let’s look at some pros and cons:


  1. Good for sensitive skin. 
  2. Has a slight tint which can give light concealing. 
  3. Spreads evenly, so only a small amount is needed. 
  4. Fragrance free


  1. The price. 
  2. The price. 
  3. The price.

$33.50. Yikes. Yup. 

However, we all know the benefit of buying this line from CVS: EXTRA CARE BUCKS! Not only can you use them on LRP items, but they are currently running a promo: Spend 30.00 in LRP products and get $10.00 in Extra Care Bucks!

Just so you know, this company has other sunblocks, but this is the one I can use. I used the SPF 60, which is not a mineral sunscreen, and I had a cluster of red bumps after a few hours. I’ve learned to stay away from these ingredients: Avobenzone and  Oxybenzone. Any of the zones really. That sunscreen is supposed to be designed for sensitive skin. If you tend to break out easily, avoid those ingredients and stick with the Titanium Dioxide. 

To wrap things up, this La Roche Posay sunscreen is not cheap, but the benefit to having clear and protected skin is priceless. 

Till next time…

Smooches! 💋

Not another BB cream!

I think I’m in love. Well, it’s too soon to say. You know how it is, you meet, you are so good for each other, and then bam! You have a zit. Oh I’m sorry, I was talking about foundation. 

Let me explain. It is damn near impossible for me to find a foundation that hits these three basic qualifications:

  1. Does not make me break out. No rashes, no under the skin bumps by the end of the day, and no giant tumor zits. 
  2. Stays on more than an hour. There is no way I can wear primer (big, big zit trap), so I need something that can stand on it’s own. 
  3. Good color match. 
  4. Does not make me break out. Yes, it needs to be said twice. Don’t make me say it thrice. 

My current foundation is a powder from Clinique: Almost Powder in Neutral 4. I like it. It doesn’t make me break out (most important thing), it stays on impressively long, but the color match is just ok. That us to be expected, as it is a line with limited color options. Lately it has been the only thing I can use…

Then this week, I saw this:

I know, I know RDJ. Sometimes I think the first B in BB stands for bull crap. Truth be told, there are way too many BB and CC creams out there. Many of them are just tinted moisturizers with a clever rebranding. 

What made me intrigued by this:

  1. I’m a big La Roche Posay fan
  2. It’s oil-free and fragrance free. 
  3. It’s a mousse. I like mousse. Well, chocolate mousse. 

Let’s see some pics, cuz the proof is in the puddin’. 

That’s me, pre-makeup. I left on my eye makeup but everything else is bare. My camera fails to capture the redness around my nose and past scarring on my cheeks. But it’s there. 

Now here’s the after:

Wow. This bb cream is so powerful it puts lipstick on you too! Ok, yes I put some lip color and a bit of concealer, but look at the complexion! The moussey goodness airbrushed away my pores and gave me a more evened tone without making me look obviously made up. 

Let’s look side by side...

Now, the good news is that I’ve had this on for a few hours and I’m not getting weird bumps. Sometimes a foundation is so not good for me, that the bumps are instantaneous. This seems to be ok. Fingers crossed, please pleeeeeeaaase! 

Who should get this:

  1. People who don’t like to be suffocated by their makeup. The mousse lets your skin breathe. Ahhhh. 
  2. People concerned with visible pores. 
  3. Oily skin types *Although my skin is dry right now and I don’t mind it. 

My one con is the limited shade selection. It only comes in “Fair to Light” and “Light to Medium” (I’m wearing that). 

 Wth? I get it that LRP is not a makeup company, but I think they could have managed to release a few more tones like “medium-deep” and “deep.”

If you have a similar complexion to mine (light olive), this is a decent color match. I’m assuming super pale complexions should do the first shade. They didn’t have testers out so it was a gamble. Thankfully it worked out.

Well, as much as I love to procrastinate, I must get back to my studies…



That’s not a word. Samplepalooza? Does that work? Either way I ordered some trial sizes from Paula’s Choice and I’m excited to test them out. 

I am happier with my skin lately, so I’m now looking for ways to address specific concerns now that my breakouts/Perioral Derm is under control. Knock wood. 

I will do my best to resist the temptation of trying all of them at once. Doing that is probably the worst idea for someone with sensitive breakout prone skin.

 I’d like to:

  1. Unclog a little in the nose and chin area. 
  2. Lighten a few freckles on my left side of the face. 
  3. Find an SPF that does not break me out. I’m so ashamed to say that I either wear none or I rely on my powder foundation with SPF 15. You don’t understand the immediate cysts I get when I wear SPF. I had one on my nose 1 hour after application. The struggle is real.

The products to help with the freckles:

Resist c15 and the Resist Dark Spot removing gel. I’m skeptical about that one as it has hydroquinone and I’ve never heard good things about that. Still, Paula knows her stuff. 

The products to help with unclogging:

The BHA 1 percent and 2 percent. I currently use a 2 percent in a toner like formula from Paula’s Choice, but I’m looking to leave something on the skin. I will start with 1% first. 

I will keep you updated with what works. I avoid talk of connecting breakouts with specific things because it really is my skin at this point, not the product. 

Before I go…

Did you know that Paula’s Choice lets you buy little sample packets that ship for free? Not only are they around $1.50, but you get three free samples with your order! 


Till next time

Smooches 💋

ROTD: Reaction of the Day and some lovin’ for La Roche-Posay

Ok, ROTD is not a thing, I know. So my skin was looking pretty dandy. Random breakouts were clearing and life was good. I noticed some clogging on my tzone, so I used a 4% BHA that I’ve used on an off. The results on my face this time were wayyyy off.
Without further ado…

I woke up to this.
I will not name this product because it’s kind of amazing and it never gave me a problem before. It’s just my freaky deaky skin. The point of this post is to show you that your skin can change at anytime if it feels like it. This is probably sensitivity from the cold weather. Maybe I will try this again in the summer.
In the meantime I will use this to calm the redness:

Rosaliac AR Intense Serum from
La Roche-Posay
. This stuff is my holy grail for skin. I really hate that expression. I’m sorry I resorted to it, but I’m in pain.
I use this stuff to keep my mild Rosacea and Perioral Dermatitis in check. So soothing. So magical.
Till next time.

Sensitive Skin Woes: The Great Complexion Makeup Search…

Well, it was basically clear. There were the remnants of one hormonal gift on my left side, but my right side was clear. I had been having luck with one foundation, so I decided to add pressed powder in (just to complicate my life I guess). This is a pressed powder I have used on and off since I was sixteen years old. Yet the way my skin acted today, you’d have thought it was a completely foreign substance.
This afternoon, I put the powder on one side and I was so excited to see my pores vanish! I began to work on a blog post on my break and I took pictures of powder side vs no powder. My plan was to write the post after work, however when I got home my “powder side” started to break out into bumps. 😣
Needless to say, I will not be releasing the name of the powder (hence the censor sticker), but it is a GOOD POWDER!
I just have freaky, deaky skin.
Exhibit A: Blog Post
Exhibit B: Bumps


I haven’t had any luck with powders (they all seem to be irritating), and I’ve had minimal success with liquid foundation. Still testing one brand out, but I’m waiting to see after these bumps clear up. There is no doubt the reaction is from the powder because the bumps are located in the only place I put the powder. However I stress that the makeup is not the issue, it’s my skin.
My sensitive emo skin 😭
So the search continues..
Until next time…
Smooches 💋!