I have a terrible history with foundation: every time I find one I like, the company discontinues it. Which means that I am constantly in search of The Perfect Foundation. (Also, that you should probably take any recommendation I make with a grain of salt, because clearly every foundation I love is destined to be unavailable in a year or so. Sorry about that.)
I’m a huge fan of the Neutrogena brand; I have tricky skin (acne! and wrinkles! and oily! except for the dry parts! yay!) and Neutrogena’s products work for all my issues. I stumbled on Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup a few months ago — I mix it with my sunscreen (also Neutrogena! of course!) to make a sheer tinted moisturizer.
Recently the nice people at Neutrogena sent me a sample of their Healthy Skin Compact Makeup. I was equal parts hopeful and skeptical — I’m not really a fan of compact foundation (too heavy) but I trust Neutrogena, so I gave it a try.
I love this foundation. Truly. It goes on smooth, and while it’s a little more coverage than I typically wear, it’s not heavy or cakey. And with an SPF of 55, the part of my soul that adores sunscreen is happy, too. Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin line is focused on anti-aging, which is certainly a priority for me; the products are also noncomedogenic, which mean that I can fight wrinkles and acne all at once. I call that a win.
Neutrogena’s Healthy Skin Compact Makeup is available in eight shades, and retails for about $10. It will help your skin look flawless — even after you take it off.
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My skin needs a little TLC these days. After 35 days of Coumadin, my blood clot is gone (hooray!) but of course that’s not the end of this adventure. Oh hell no. That would be too easy. The short version is this: the blood thinner caused me to have my period for 16 days, which was a little disconcerting — I was pretty sure I was going to bleed to death via my uterus, or at least wind up wildly anemic. Also, the Period That Wouldn’t End was kind of a pain, to say the least.
At the recommendation of my cardiologist, I called my ob/gyn, who put me on 10 days of Provera (a progestin hormone). One of the potential side effects of Provera is — wait for it — blood clots! Since I was already on a blood thinner, the risk seemed low, so no one was too worried. But when I went back last week for my follow up, I was still having some pain in my leg, caused by “sluggish” blood flow, most likely caused by — wait for it! — the Provera.
The solution? Thirty days of support hose. I cannot even tell you what a good look that is, particularly since I’m only required to wear one. Also? It’s been hot as hell here, and yes I am wearing shorts, WITH the compression hose. Sexay.
(If you’ve never seen compression hose in real life, they have the color and texture of those weird tights that figure skaters wear. I’m trying to think of it as a gigantic band aid, but it’s not pretty. At all.)
Another side effect of the Provera, which is only an issue for me, is that it has made my face break out. So that’s awesome, especially combined with my octogenarian support hose. Again I say, SEXAY.
The upshot is that I’m really and truly on the road to recovery. I’m running a 5K this weekend, and I’m down to two prescription medications every day (one for my blood pressure and one — ironically — for my skin). I am this close to being all better. So yay for that.
And I’ve got really good foundation to deal with the temporary bad skin.