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Find Your Ideal Foundation Combo

We recently worked up this chart for our Foundation Workshop as a guide to help you find which cosmetics are ideal for you based on skin type and desired coverage.  Our chart reflects products that we have here at Abundance, and below we have included a loose translation to help you use these guidelines with any cosmetics in your makeup bag.  Of course, there are many other types of foundation available today – creams, gels, mousse, you name it – so there is a lot of room to play.

A word on oily skin… when we refer to oily skin in this chart, we do not mean “I get a little shiny by the end of the day” – we mean seriously oily skin.  Typically we recommend mineral foundation for oily skin types, however you can still use Skin Tints if you use it in place of your standard morning moisturizer for light, non-greasy hydration (follow with powder or mineral foundation as usual…).

A note on concealing the under-eyes… We now offer both TRUE’s creamy under-eye concealer which is a trio (illuminator, salmon & yellow) as well as PRIORI’s CoffeeBerry Perfecting Concealer (in powder form).  Both are great to have in your makeup kit, but if you want to start out with just one, then I would pair creamy concealer with Skin Tints or powder concealer with mineral foundation.  If you wear both, then I would choose creamy concealer for more problematic under-eye circles, or the powder concealer for general brightening around the eyes.  PRIORI’s CoffeeBerry (powder) concealer is great on the eyelids too!  It evens out color nicely so that you look awake and wide-eyed.

Skin Tints = tinted moisturizer, or a very hydrating sheer liquid foundation formula

Mineral Foundation = mineral foundation (!)

Finishing Touch powder = a fine setting powder (non-mineral) that minimizes pores and reduces shine

Mineral Mist = a fine mist used to liquify and set mineral foundation, and hydrates with hyaluronic acid (do not attempt with water which is drying to the skin)

Recipe for Healthy Skin: Curried Pumpkin Soup

An antioxidant rich diet not only boosts your immune system, but also plays vital role in anti-aging.  Pumpkin is rich in antioxidants and beta carotene, and a great choice for those of us in Half Moon Bay where this nutrient dense jewel is abundance abundant – oops.  We asked for your favorite pumpkin recipes, and here’s our winner!

Here’s how to sub fresh pumpkin for canned.

Michella’s Curried Pumpkin Soup

Serves 7 | total time 20 minutes


1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
3 cups vegetable broth
1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Minced chives

In a large saucepan, saute the mushrooms and onion in butter until tender. Stir in the flour and curry powder until blended. Gradually add the broth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add the pumpkin, milk, honey, salt, pepper and nutmeg; heat through. Garnish with chives if desired.

Nutrition Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 157 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 26 mg cholesterol, 686 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 7 g protein

Before & After PRIORI CoffeeBerry Finishing Touch Powder


Our new favorite combo is Being TRUE Skin Tints tinted moisturizer with PRIORI CoffeeBerry Finishing Touch Powder.  You can see in the photo how Finishing Touch fills lines and pores and reduces shine while leaving a smooth, natural finish.   
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Maximize Results from your Peel Series

Chemical peels are one of the best values in skin care, and the fastest way to achieve a brighter, smoother complexion.  During each of 6-8 weeks, the skin sheds 3-5 layers of dead skin cells, releasing trapped oil and debris.  At the end of the series, the skin is softer, more hydrated and products are absorbed more quickly into the skin.  To maximize your results, incorporate any or all of these tips:
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Airbrush Makeup

Airbrushing is the ultimate in professional makeup ~ it is simply a tool, like a brush or sponge, used to apply foundation.  The beauty of airbrush is that it sprays micronized pigment onto the skin in itty bitty pixels that are invisible to the naked eye and “float” on the surface of the skin . . . this results in flawless coverage with less product, so it looks and feels natural.  Airbrush makeup is commonly used in TV and film because it is undetectable even with Hi-Def cameras.
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