Product Review – Aromaleigh Pashmina Mineral Foundation

I’m always on the hunt for good mineral foundations. Last week I ordered (and received rather quickly!) some foundation samples from Aromaleigh v.2.

An assortment of foundation, plus a couple of freebies!

I like the numbering-lettering system that Aromaleigh uses – it makes it so much easier to order samples that will come pretty darn close to matching. I have strong yellow undertones, so I knew my shade would be somewhere in the Y (yellow) range. The shade depths range from 1-4 (ivory, light, medium, deep).

Aromaleigh Pashmina foundation 2Y

I’ve worn the Pashmina heavy coverage foundation a few times now, and I like it! My skin is v-e-r-y oily and I sometimes have trouble with foundation – mineral, liquid, powder, whatever – fading and pooling. Pashmina held up pretty well even on a 6-mile walk on a 90-degree day. I even wore it on a day when I had a bit of Retin-A peeling, and it blended right over my flakey bits. Impressive!

Because it’s heavier coverage than I’m used to, I did have to apply more carefully, since I tend to slap on my mineral foundation without paying too much attention. The first time I tried this foundation, I made a cakey mess on my face because I put on way too much. The opacity of this foundation means you don’t really need a lot on your brush (ooh! it’s economical too!)

I will probably repurchase this in a 20-gram jar rather than the full-size 50-gram jar, because I don’t think it’s an everyday foundation for me. It’s definitely worth having around for days I need more coverage, and it works fantastically as a spot concealer. The Aromaleigh website suggests blending a bit of Pashmina foundation into the other formulas to amp up their coverage, so it is handy to have around.

The foundation has a smooth texture and is easy to blend (as long as you don’t pound it on like I did initially). I am excited to try Gossamer and Dewdrop next. Good stuff.


Wendy

Yesterday’s Workout(s)

Yesterday my fantastic gym was having a party – it was the gym’s 47th anniversary and it was tied in with breast cancer awareness month. So, instead of going to TRX class like I’ve been doing on Mondays, I went to my gym. When I was there I did:  Couch to 5k, Week 1 Day 1 (trying to improve my speed, so I’m starting over); P90X Chest and Back (love doing this at the gym where I can use the assisted pull-up machine); and I went to spin class. After that I walked home.

Here’s my summary for C25K: Not bad, I think, although I ran through a couple of the recovery walks, so I didn’t follow it exactly. I need to learn to trust the program. My goal is a steady 10-minute mile.

Average pace was 12:14 per mile, including walking periods.

It was so much fun at the gym – very festive, even though we were commemorating both the good (gym’s anniversary) and the bad (breast cancer). I think because it’s a women’s gym, breast cancer awareness takes on a new importance.

There was even a DJ!

Hey Mr. DJ play my favorite song


Wendy

Weekend Workouts

Saturday I went for a hike in the Angeles National Forest. It was about 9 miles round-trip. The trail wasn’t particularly steep (although it did wind up around a canyon) but it was narrow and pretty rugged.

It was the perfect fall day for a hike – cool, misty, and we even saw the hint of autumn colors.

misty mountains

A couple of websites I like for local hikes are Modern Hiker and Everytrail.

After the hike, I headed to REI for gear. I definitely needed better hiking shoes (my sneakers just weren’t cutting it) and quick-drying shirts.

Today, I met my sister at the gym for spin class. I’ll be busy with some work for the rest of the day.


Wendy

Product Review – Lumiere Cashmere Face Base

A few years ago I switched to mineral makeup for two reasons – I needed something that was easy to apply midday after my foundation faded off (I have v-e-r-y oily skin), and most importantly, I could never find anything pale and yellow enough for my skin.

While looking for a new foundation, I recently ordered a few samples of Lumiere’s face base (5 baggie samples for a penny plus shipping)

I was so impressed with the Lumiere fase base formulas samples I ordered – Veena Velvet and Flawless Face, that I ordered them in full size, along with Cashmere, even though I hadn’t tried it.

Lumiere Cosmetics Cashmere Face Base in Light Golden

Ingredients from Lumiere’s website

Cashmere Foundation:
silk powder, serecite (colorless mica), titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, boron nitride, iron oxides

This is quality stuff. I’ve tried LOTS of mineral brands, and I think this by far is my favorite. The Cashmere formula is soft, easy to apply, does not fade or pool, and evens out my flush and hyper-pigmentation without making me look made up. It’s perfect foundation for a natural look when I don’t want to look like I’m wearing foundation. It’s also perfect for when I’m in a rush – I just swipe, swipe swipe the base over my face with a brush and I’m good to go.

Packed on so you can see the smooth texture

I highly recommend that you try Lumiere Cosmetics face base! It’s really easy to find a color match (I use Light Golden ), and the sample baggies last quite a few uses so you can give it a thorough road test.


Wendy

Today’s workout and protein shake recipe

Today was TRX again – seriously love love love it.

When I got home, I made a protein shake based on a few different recipes I’ve seen on the internet:

  • 1 scoop CrioSport 100% Whey protein in vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Trader Joe’s nonfat cottage cheese
  • 1 tablespoon stevia
  • 1 teaspoon Jello sugar free pudding mix in butterscotch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon xantham gum
  • however much water will fill up the rest of the cup

I put all this in my Magic Bullet cannister, give it a good shake and then blend, blend, blend.
Delicious! Perfect for my sweet tooth while actually being good for me.

260 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 12.5 grams of carbs, and 41 grams of protein


Wendy