Four Favorite: Foundation

Happy Friday, beauties! I’ve decided I’m going to bring the “four favorite” series back and try to post my four favorites of a particular product or style every Friday.

Today, my product of choice is foundation. I have tried a ton of different brands and finishes. While these are all pretty different, they are the four that I have determined as my top contenders.

1. Tarte Matte Shape Tape $39

This is one that I started using recently and I love it! It comes in 30 shades and is pretty much full coverage. I wear shade “fair light neutral” and like that the matte effect keeps my shine down. It’s got awesome coverage without feeling heavy.

This is a great product to wear if you need all-day makeup. I wore it to two weddings this summer and it stayed on all day and night without getting greasy or melty.

If you haven’t tried it, I would highly recommend it. Worth the price.

2. Clinique Acne Solutions $29

I wear shade “Fresh Alabaster” and I’ve been wearing it since I was 14. This is always the one I go back to, especially if I have a breakout.

If you have oily or combination skin, this is the foundation for you. It contains salicylic acid to fight and prevent acne. This liquid is medium coverage and I like to apply it with a brush as opposed to a beauty blender.

You will hear nothing but great things from me about the entire acne solutions line.

3. Benefit Hello Happy $29

This is a new product that Benefit Cosmetics released this summer. The adorable packaging sold me right off the bat.

I went to Ulta last month in search of a foundation with SPF in it. This one has SPF 15 and came in a teeny tiny little sample so I could test the product without committing. Yes! I tried it out and would definitely purchase the full size.

It is on the lighter side coverage-wise, and almost reminds me of a B.B. cream. I wear shade 2 and definitely recommend applying this one with your hands so you don’t waste any product. It’s super light and a little runny.

3. It Cosmetics Celebration Foundation $35

This is the foundation for all my ladies who love powder. This pressed celebration Foundation is AMAZING. As you can tell by 3/4 of my picks, I love the coverage that comes with a liquid foundation, but this pressed powder rocks!

I wear shade “Fair” and like the applicator sponge that comes with it. Sometimes I will use a brush to lock in my concealer when I don’t need such full coverage.

It contains hydrolyzed collagen for anti-aging, and is great for sensitive skin.

I definitely recommend using a facial mist or setting spray to lock the Celebration Foundation in.

There you have it! My favorite four bases for lasting makeup looks.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. I would love to hear what else you want to see reviewed in my favorite four!

Love, Leigh

Four Favorites: Makeup Remover Edition

Heavy Duty Makeup Removal

On any given day I wear makeup for an average of about 12 hours. When it’s finally time to clean my face, I don’t want to have to wash four separate times or scrub forever just to get it all off. This product removes all traces of makeup quickly and effectively. The Clinique Take the Day Off cleansing balm transforms into a silky oil as you massage it into your skin. All you do is rub a dime sized amount all over your face, rinse with warm water and towel dry.


In my opinion, this is the BEST makeup remover. Here’s why:

  • It’s fragrance free
  • It doesn’t leave you feeling greasy
  • All the product comes off when you rinse your face and it leaves your skin silky smooth
  • Great for contact lens wearers (like me!)
  • It’s allergy tested and great for sensitive skin

I used to be a makeup wipe only kind of gal, but I will never go back after finding this balm. It has reduced my breakouts and completely removes stubborn mascara and lipstick. It also works as a cleanser so I don’t have to double wash my face. I can’t say enough good things about this product. Everyone needs it.

Makeup Removal and Moisturizer

If you have dry skin, Pond’s Cold Cream is a great alternative to take the day off. I know Pond’s makes everyone think of their grandma’s medicine cabinet, but there’s a reason why it’s been around so long; it works and it’s affordable.


I will admit, I don’t love the smell, but it does a pretty good job removing makeup and hydrating my skin. The main ingredients are mineral oil which removes makeup and debris from the skin, and beeswax to lock moisture in.  Pick this one up on your next Target run and avoid dry skin this winter.

On-the-Go Removal

You don’t always have the time to wash your face and apply a thousand serums. I find that fully washing my face causes less irritation and removes my makeup more quickly, but for the times I’m in a rush, these do the trick.


Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes are the only drug store brand that don’t make me breakout or feel greasy. I like to keep these in my gym bag to use after class. They’re also great for a quick trip when you can’t haul your entire skincare lineup with you.

For Stubborn Eye Makeup

Last but not least is Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. I use a sulfur wash that is amazing for acne-prone skin, but it’s also drying. When I wash my face, the delicate skin on my eyelids gets dry and sensitive. This eye makeup remover has the consistency of moisturizer and is very gentle, so it doesn’t irritate my eyelids or contacts. It removes waterproof mascara and the little bottle lasts forever. This combined with take the day off and you are squeaky clean!


I hope you find a product or two from this lists that works for you. If you have any other makeup removers I need to know about, please let me know in the comments!

Wake up and makeup!

Love, Leigh