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When I was younger, and first learning about applying makeup (albeit, probably not correctly), I used liquid foundation.  It seemed like the right thing to do.   I probably picked out the wrong color for my skin tone, and I also probably had the mask look,  where the makeup ended and my naked skin began.   Ahh youth.   And then at some point in my twenties, I switched to a lighter liquid foundation and a pressed powder, eventually migrating away from foundation altogether, mainly because foundation started making me claustrophobic.  It was always too heavy, I liked that if I needed to put more on, I simply had a compact, and I didn’t need a sandblaster to take it off at night.   Not to mention, the smudges liquid foundation left on your favorite shirt.   I hate that!

Before greening up my beauty lifestyle, I was a devout M.A.C. person.  I always had at least three of the pressed powders at any given time.  It made my skin glow and allowed it to breathe.  Once I had kids, I wore it less frequently anyway.  My only option when going green was loose powder.  A few years ago, it was much more difficult to find a pressed powder that didn’t have a hot bed of cancerous chemicals in it.   Cut to current day and I’m kind of sick of loose powder.  It makes a huge mess, and it was just never my favorite.   So I decided to look back into liquid foundation, more for those days when I was going out somewhere where I wanted to look a shade more decent than my regular state.

Liquid foundation is just as I remember it.  I picked out Living Nature’s foundation, based on the fact that it was Saffron Rouge’s top pick, and while it was expensive, it was middle of the road.  But it was still liquid foundation, and it was in the middle in terms of weight.  It’s listed as a lighter weight foundation, which is true, but it’s not sheer.  The coverage is good, but it dries quickly as you’re applying it, so I feel as if I have this cakey look to my face if I’m not careful.  If you have a quick hand you may have better luck.  I wasn’t thrilled with the way it smelled either.

Thankfully if you’re looking for alternatives, there are a few, but they’re going to cost you.  Suki has a great line of products, including a liquid tinted moisturizer that Kathy has had better results with.   My advice?  If you’re looking for a liquid foundation, go with either Suki’s tinted moisturizer or one of Nvey’s foundation options.  I’ve never had a bad experience with either of these brands.  Kathy likes Miessence Liquid Foundation too.  Keep in mind that none of these options include sunscreen in their formulas.  So don’t forget to put a sunscreen on before you put your foundation on.

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dearlm100x100I’m trying to find a relatively inexpensive facial moisturizer/sunscreen combo (of at least 30spf) – have you seen anything out there? Thanks!

Welcome to my personal hell!  I have had a HELL of a time trying to find daily moisturizers that contain safe SPF and have come up disappointed time and time again.

The biggest problem isn’t that there isn’t products out there that are daily moisturizers with SPF, it’s that many of the organic and safer lines use what we feel are unsafe sunscreen ingredients.  The Environmental Working Group’s organization Skin Deep did a study last year on sunscreens after news came out that some sunscreen ingredients such as Oxybenzone are endocrine disruptors which can affect the nervous system, has been linked to cancer in some laboratory studies, and creates free-radicals when exposed to the sun.   After digesting that we determined that physical sunscreens were best (Zinc Oxide or more common Titanium Oxide) which stay on top of the skin and don’t absorb into the bloodstream.

Hence, my daily moisturizer was pitched in the trash and I went hunting for something better.  So far I have yet to find a great one that I love and have been relying on the SPF in my mineral makeup to keep my covered but the search continues.  I tried Aubrey Organics but their lotion looked more like something I’d find in a swamp than something I’d want to put on my skin.  However there are a few I haven’t yet tried that I thought I’d share here so some of you could give them a go.

Juice Beauty Organics SPF 30 Mineral Sheer Moisturizer:  A chemical free moisturizer that uses titanium dioxide to block the sun.  I was worried to try this since I used a sample of a thicker version and it smelled like metal, but this looks promising.  In fact I may go up to Sephora later and check it out.  They have several other options to try as well.

Living Nature Daily Defense SPF 15: The  sun filtering protection of Zinc Oxide defends skin against premature aging while Manuka Honey and Harakeke boosts hydration.  Suitable for all skin types. Again, I haven’t tried this but it looks like a nice option.

100% Pure Organic Pomegranate Antioxidant Hydration SPF 20: Not one weird ingredient in the bunch. we’re big fans of all the 100% Pure products so they get a thumbs up from us.

Reader Tip! Cheryl writes in, “Just want to comment on your latest post about daily sunscreens.  You suggest Juice Beauty sunscreen, and there is also the cheaper Juice Organics line by the same company.  The Juice Organics SPF 30 Light Tint moisturizer is good, and it’s $14.99 at target and at juiceorganics.com.

Unfortunately none of these are in the “cheap” category and honestly, I don’t think we’re going to find what we’re looking for at CVS in this category.  But considering this is something you put on your face every single day, it might be worth the extra bucks to make sure what you’re slathering on is safe and natural.

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