Up and Down #42: April, 2014

Oh wow, the weather is suddenly getting warmer!  The end of March and the beginning of April is a special time in Japan.  The school year starts in April, most businesses have big changes starting in April, and of course, there is Sakura season.  I was wearing a down coat until a week ago, but now it is warm enough to go outside just a sweatshirt during the day!

On to my Ups and Downs!

March has been a month where I really had to work with foundation. I used up my winter moisturizer and switched to a lighter moisturizer thinking the weather would warm up quickly. When it didn’t, my skin got really dry!  Even after I switched back to a heavier moisturizer, I had to play around until I found a foundation combination which worked for me!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
(picture from my instagram account)
I tried using Make Up For Ever Mat Velvet+ for a while, but it cracked on my skin.  Then I switched to Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme, which was too wet.  Finally I switched back to the Estee Lauder Double Wear, but I need to use less than I did a few months ago.  Quite a frustrating month for foundation!
(both the MUFE and Revlon foundations are favorites of mine – I guess my skin isn’t ready for them right now!) 

(link goes to a blog post from 2010!)
With the spring weather, I have really been into using pinks and purples on my eyes!

Not wearing an eyeshadow primer
I have found that if I wear eyeshadow primer with these pressed pigments, they don’t blend well and also crease heavily.  I think it is because I used a mixing medium which includes glycerin when I pressed them.  They actually go on great and last quite well without a primer!
Weather is getting warmer
Yes!!! I am soooo happy! My favorite time of the year in Japan is late March through early June – the weather is great and the days get longer! 


I still like this primer, but I have found that with the warmer weather, this primer has stopped working for me. I need to find another primer which is sweat proof.  Does something like that actually exist?

How was your March?

xoxo, K

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