Along with my neverending quest for the perfect handbag, I have been on a mission to find the perfect facial foundation.  I am a woman of color, so finding a foundation at the local drugstore is not gonna happen.  I don’t want to look like an Oompa Loompa, or like I just walked offstage after a performance in Madame Butterfly.  I want that fresh, dewy, not made up look, like in the days when I didn’t need foundation…we won’t put a number on when that was.  Mineral foundation came close to what I was looking for.  I loved the sheer coverage it gave and I could use it everyday.  And I did use it everyday, but it started drying out my skin and magnifying the tiny wrinkles and crow’s feet.  After much searching, I came upon a small independent company called Zhen Makeup, based out of Anoka, Minnesota.  I have become a true fan!  So if you are like me and have yellow undertones to your skin and still searching for that perfect foundation, check them out at:

Zhen Foundation in "Almond"

For everyday use, straight foundation is a little too heavy for me, so I mix my own tinted moisturizer using Zhen Makeup’s Light Diffusing Foundation in Almond and my favorite facial moisturizer.  Sheer coverage along with moisturizing goodness…double plus good!

My Formula for Tinted Moisturizer: Half-Foundation and Half-Moisturizer


I am standing in the shower when outside the bathroom door, I hear a half-howling, half-crying sound.


Then, thump, thump, thump against the door. 

I take a look from behind the shower curtain and see Maggie standing in the bathroom, looking up at me.


“Maggie, you couldn’t wait?”, I ask her.  “I’m almost done!”, I tell her.


Ever since my kids and I returned home from our Thanksgiving travels, Maggie has become one clingy cat.  The first night we were back, she tried sleeping on my neck, right under my chin.  Because I like to breathe, I moved her off me three times before she gave up and decided she was going to keep watch on all three of us from the living room.  She jumped up on the coffee table and settled in for the night.  In the moonlight, she looked like Batman.  “That’s a little creepy, Maggie!”, I said.  “Maaaw!”, was her reply.  It’s good to be back home.

Cat Eyes in Cat Eyes