My Introduction to Mineral MakeUp Foundation and I Didn't Break Out :)

Helllu Puusycats!

Hope everyone is having a good & warm afternoon out there!
Today, I would like to share a face product that I have had great success
with. I have been very pleased with its results and thought I would pass
the info along incase it can help any of you.

I have written posts about my struggle with acne and the changes I have
made recently to try and help clear as well as better my skin. I have struggled with acne
since I was 12 years old and it has taken its toll on my self esteem, my
bank account and of course my skin. After years of struggling and feeling bad 
about how I looked I decided it was time to try something different.
What I had been doing all along and all the products I was using weren't
working, that was clear. So, in an effort to go at my acne issues from a totally
 different angle I had to step out of my comfort zone.
( if you have just found me and would like to know more about what
alternatives I have been using please click here to read more)

One of many things that I needed to changed was my time spent
 in the sun. As a teenager and into my 20s I often used the sun as a sort
of antiseptic. It would dry up my acne and it seemed to cleanse my skin. Despite the heat, 
dirt and sweat the summer was often the best time of the year for my acne.
I didn't question this for many years until one summer we went camping.
 Half way thru the weekend I had deep, large cysts that were very inflamed.
 The more I was in the sun the more blemishes I got and the angrier my face became.
I was confused. The sun should be helping. What was going on??
It took me a few weeks to put two and two together. After 
a couple other "tests" in the sun I realized the sun was no longer a friend to my face.

However, my issue now was what to put on my face to prevent further damage?
I couldn't use sunscreen!! That would be like throwing gas on a fire or so I thought.
I was terrified that any sunscreen would be too heavy and too greasy.
 It would definitely make me break out...wouldn't it???
It took me a long time to get brave enough to try one designed especially
the face. I was super scared but I eventually tried and I didn't break out....*big sigh*

Staying out of the sun was a huge relief to my face and began to buy all my
make up with SPF in it which was good but still not a miracle cure
by any means. I was still having the same issues with cystic acne, 
suspected rosacea combined with a dab of good old fashioned chin and forehead acne.

One day I was commiserating with my friend Tricia about adult acne.
It did everything to make us feel NOT very adult but more like 13 year old girls.
It was that day she told me about a new product she found and was having success with.
It was a foundation that had a 50 SPF and it was a mineral makeup. She thought it was
great b/c it wasn't too heavy and she'd worn it into the sun and had no problem.
She had been out playing in the backyard w her kids one afternoon and then thought
"Oh, jeeze I am gonna pay for this!" but when she went in her face was fine
and still had some coverage.  She said the best part was that the mineral make up
 sat ON your face, not IN your pores. I was intrigued and she did look great! 

I had heard about mineral make up and read a lot about the benefits of it on many 
rosacea sites. Everyone raved but I was unsure. Was it really that good? How could it
be that easy? Why wasn't everyone using it and screaming about it if it was so great?
Clearly, it had been of benefit to Tricia so I thought I should give it a go.
I was after all on a quest for better products.

So, the next day I walked down to the Shopper's and tentatively looked around
until I found it. I was looking for Avene High Protection Tinted Compact SPF 50.
It retails at Shopper's for $39.00 plus tax

The lovely sales girl explained to me that there are only two shade choices b/c it
fades into your skin tone and you don't need to match like traditional foundations.
She told me to put it on after my moisturizer and if I want to, I could use
my pressed powder or other concealers after that.
I still wasn't 100% sure but I was on a mission.

When I got home and opened it up I was surprised by how light and creamy it was.
I thought it might be more greasy and heavy.

I put it on as instructed and was impressed right away that it did indeed morph
into my skin and "match" my colouring. I didn't need a lot b/c it
 clearly covered very well on its own.
It was light and didn't feel heavy or thick at all.
Maybe this wasn't going to be so bad????

Because I am a bit neurotic, I waited all day to break out.
Hahahah! Sad but true!

 However, I did not break out. In fact, nothing bad happened at all.
I got thru the first week ok, then the second. Who knew?
The best was, I really could go out in the sun and not suffer the usual ramifications.
It was protective and helped conceal my redness and acne.
I was converted! Hurrah for mineral makeup!! Hurrah for trying something new!! :)
I realize that mineral makeup has been around for a long time
and I am slow on this band wagon...but I was nervous!

I can't tell you how happy I was that it was a positive experience.
It really did help give me confidence to try new things that might help my face.

I realize that it won't work for everyone but it maybe this post can help
give you the information that might help you decide if it might work for you.
I really hope this post can be of help to you :)

Take care, Luv Weezi xo

For those of you that have just found me, I have been searching out and using products
that have little or no chemicals in them. Chemicals certainly have not brought me relief in 
over 20 years of acne troubles so I have decided to be brave and give them up.
Since the fall of 2012 I have been using natural and homemade products 
and have to say, I am seeing some great results.
There are no easy answers or magical cures when it comes to acne but it is always nice
to see some positive changes and results that seem to have lasting effects.

I have long tried to use as many cruelty free products as possible.
These days cruelty free choices are endless, thankfully!! I have made it my personal
mission to use only cruelty free cosmetics as well as those with limited ingredients.
 At the end of the day, I would rather have acne and 
breakouts then have the suffering and agony of helpless animals on my conscious.
I want to look nice, but not at the cost of innocence.

( please note: I paid for this product, it was not given to me. I am not in any 
way affiliated with Avene. I am offering up my own opinion based on my personal experience. )

In Canada, I bought this make up at Shopper's Drug Mart.
I like to buy products from them when I am first trying something out
 b/c they have such a great return policy. If you give it a go, I hope you find it helps you too.

Until next time, hope everyone has a fabulous day!
I know it can be hard but try & remember that the acne
doesn't define you and most of all you aren't in this alone xoxo