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Like a Second Skin--But So Much Prettier!
It's not often that I use a fluid foundation, especially at this time of year, when I like to pare down my beauty routine and concentrate on fun and new, flattering brighter colors. Lancôme's Renergie Lift Makeup SPF 20 is an exception here--I use it in place of their "Dual Finish Versatile Powder Makeup" when I'm seeking a softer, more moisturized look. After experimenting with Hourglass Cosmetics' amazing "Ambient Lighting Powders," I moved on to some of their other products. Hourglass puts quality above everything. The hefty price tag justifies the purchase, even for those on a budget, as the products I've used have far exceeded the claims they have made. Recently I couldn't resist the lovely color of their "Veil Fluid Makeup SPF 15" in Ivory ($60.00 at Sephora), a light shade with the perfect pink undertone for my coloring. There are far more benefits besides the shade. The formula itself is very rich, yet completely oil-free. It has ingredients to support the body's natural ability to produce collagen, reduce the appearance of wrinkles, and Skin Tightener ST™ PH to enhance your complexion's appearance (who couldn't love that?). It was shown to have a lifting effect on forehead furrows and wrinkles around the eyes. Moreover, Hourglass' Veil is created without harmful Parabens, Sulfates, and Phthalates, along with potentially irritating fragrances. The feel is luxurious and satiny, and a small amount does indeed go a long way. It will cover skin completely, disguising any imperfections quite well. Evidently the formula also contains ingredients to enhance illumination, as it gives me a lit-from-within glow which I love and is noticeable to others. I don't always use a foundation primer, and this stays in place for many long hours and through different conditions--cold, heat, and humidity. Although you can apply with your fingers or a sponge, it works best when you use a good foundation brush for a seamless, gorgeous finish.
April 1, 2013
Complexion PERFECTION in a Compact!
From when I was a young girl, I began to notice that the older some of the women I knew grew, the more they tended to heavily layer their faces with powder. It was freakish, it was garish, and I couldn't understand why they couldn't see themselves realistically in the mirror. They tended to wear an unflattering, cakey orange mask over their complexions, and it ended with a line of demarcation at their necks, where their natural, much more pale skin began. Now I understand their reasoning, as powder absorbs oil and can disguise imperfections. But the more you use, the more you are actually bringing creases and furrows into the foreground, as powder tends to adhere to lines, especially around eyes and the corners of the nose and mouth. Hourglass Cosmetics has invented an amazing new setting powder formulation to minimize imperfections, disguise lines and wrinkles, and create a soft glow. It is their "Ambient Lighting Powders" ($45.00 at Sephora). Sephora has it available in six shades (more than one is flattering for all women): ETHEREAL LIGHT is a sheer, cool tone that eliminates shine and mimics a moonlit glow--even in broad daylight; DIFFUSED LIGHT is a soft, warm, pale yellow that reduces redness, eliminates shine, and gives skin increased clarity; DIM LIGHT is a neutral, soft beige that provides a perfect balance of warm and cool tones to blur imperfections; MOOD LIGHT is a soft, sheer lavender-pink that mimics the softest, most forgiving light and brightens the complexion; LUMINOUS LIGHT is a champagne pearl that creates a soft, incandescent candlelit glow--day or night; and RADIANT LIGHT is a sun-kissed golden beige that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth. I purchased "Diffused Light" and found it with just the tiniest bit of shimmer and basically invisible on my face, except that it left a velvet-like, beautiful sheen. I also purchased "Mood Light." This has quite a bit more color, but it is wearable during the day or at night if you use a light hand when applying. The rose gives you an ultra-feminine flush and a luminous finish. You can also use it as blush. These are expensive, to be sure, but they are worth every penny and then some!
March 30, 2013
China Glaze Has Charming Shades
I don't think there is a color you can't find in this intriguing line, from the most subtle, barely-there nudes to deep cobalt blues and grays. It brushes on smoothly, dries well, and last a little longer than many other brands. Overall, it's a good buy.
March 28, 2013
No length or volume with this product from Stila (shame on them for creating it!). All I can say I really had was clumping and flaking. It virtually removed itself from my lashes in hours. Never again . . .
March 28, 2013
Badescu WORKS for Breakouts!
Adult acne is so frustrating, so annoying! I think it's worse than when one is in their teens or early twenties. It is normal to see a young person with blemishes, but once you pass the age of forty it is rather unusual and certainly embarrassing. For the most part, my skin was quite good in high school, but I had cyclical and occasional breakouts when my routine changed. I knew how to deal with them: I pulled out my Neutrogena "Facial Cleansing Bar for Acne-Prone Skin" to gently but thoroughly deep-clean skin. I would follow with Bonne Bell's amazing "Ten-O-Six" astringent. For tough blemishes, I used Benzoyl Peroxide. Usually by morning or the next day the defect(s) would be on their way out. I would use a mask or an exfoliator to rid my complexion of any dead skin which was left behind. Skin at that age is much more resilient, far more able to handle heavy-duty products. (Keep in mind that Benzoyl Peroxide, while highly effective, will actually bleach the color out of clothing!) But breakouts at an older age are not so easy to control--Benzoyl Peroxide is much too harsh for my skin now and would leave me with horrific, scaling skin. Enter Mario Badescu's revered "Skin Care Drying Lotion." It works directly on blemishes without over-drying and causing havoc. It contains Salicylic Acid (basically just aspirin), Calamine Lotion to comfort, Camphor, Zinc Oxide (an agent present in diaper-rash ointments to dry skin with tenderness) and Glycerin. To achieve best results, wash the affected area(s) and apply moisturizer as usual. Do NOT shake the bottle to mix the pink sediment with the rest of the product. Using fresh Q-tips, dot only the pink substance on blemishes and allow to dry. Keep on overnight and remove by washing in the morning. Blind pimples will disappear; those which have already come to a head will diminish as well, without affecting your entire complexion. This works well for acne on your back and décolleté. It is also highly effective as a treatment for mosquito bites.
March 28, 2013
A Wonderful Refreshing Cleanser!
There are few things as refreshing as washing one's face. This summer we were at the shore for a vacation. I love the beach more than I can say and enjoy time in the ocean, but I couldn't run fast enough to the bathroom sink when we reached the hotel. I was wearing a strong sunscreen, lip balm, and some cosmetics for a touch of color (pictures were being taken). Sand particles attached themselves to my face during the hours we were there; brushing them away didn't quite do the job. I had brought a sample, travel-size bottle of Ole Henriksen's "African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser," and I still recall the fresh feeling I had when washing with it, the one I have EVERY time I use it. An incredible cleanser is wonderful as a morning pick-me-up and a soothing way to end the day. This particular product is dispensed as a light, frothy, delightful lather with a clean citrus scent. Antioxidants like African Red Tea, Vitamin C, and Borage Seed Oil (an astringent and anti-inflammatory) are blended with Grapefruit, Orange, and Tangerine Extracts. This is a formula for every complexion, oily or dry and even sensitive. It deep-cleans to remove the last traces of makeup and grime, but it does so in a calming way. There is no taut feel, just soft, purified skin. With use of this over time, your complexion is more clarified and luminous. Ole, you're a genius!
March 27, 2013
A SUPER BOOST for ANY Complexion!
I grow more infatuated with Ole Henriksen's skin care line with every passing day! My skin, already in good shape, looks and feels better since I've been using their products than it did in my late teens or early twenties. These irritant-free items are meant for every skin type. They moisturize, correct and diminish fine lines, wrinkles, and pores, prohibit blemishes from forming, increase radiance, and make your skin more taut (what else could you possibly ask for?). What I love the most is my skin's perfected appearance, a new and very visible clarity. And others are noticing it as well. I was stopped in the supermarket the other day by a woman who asked me what I use on my skin. I gave her a brief description; she had never heard of the brand. The next day a clothing saleswoman at a department store complimented me on my complexion. My husband is using these products, and he looks like a new man. Henriksen's "Truth Serum™ Collagen Booster" seems to be the "key" item in this line. It is packed with Vitamin C, which smoothes furrows and prevents further skin damage. Vitamin E, a known antioxidant, increases the efficacy of Vitamin C. Green Tea Extract protects against damage, while Sodium Hyaluronate binds moisture to skin. Vitamin C itself has been shown to be far more effective to encourage the production of Collagen than to apply creams containing Collagen itself to your face and neck. This lightweight, sweet-smelling gel should be applied to face and neck in the morning and evening after cleansing. Allow some time to pass for absorption, and then follow with the luscious "Truth Revealed™ Super Creme SPF 15" or the lightweight, highly effective "Sheer Transformation™" Moisturizer. Your face will be smooth, and makeup (even powder foundation) applies easily over this mix. In the meanwhile, you can smile, knowing that you are nourishing and repairing your skin, all the while looking beautiful!
March 27, 2013
A Mighty Misunderstood Powerhouse!
After reading some of the negative reviews of Ole Henriksen's "Invigorating Night Gel,™" I feel that this powerhouse of a product is sadly misunderstood by some people. Read the label carefully: This is probably one of the most POTENT, concentrated products available to stimulate cell turnover and expose a younger and firmer-looking complexion. A multi-ingredient AHA complex (including Glycolic, Lactic, Sugar Cane, Sugar Maple, Orange, Lemon, and Licorice Extracts!) go to work to diminish lines and wrinkles, shrink pores, perfect skin's texture, and even inhibit the advent of blemishes. Other ingredients bind moisture to the skin while nourishing it. It is a non-oily gel to be spread evenly over your face, preferably after using Henriksen's superb "Truth Serum™ Collagen Builder" and before the wonderful, comforting soufflé-like "Sheer Transformation™ Moisturizing Crème." You may experience a slight tingling sensation which disappears quickly. After only a week I noticed a far more refined, clarified look to my complexion. This will not be nearly as effective when used alone. It is made to be part of a natural skin care regimen which brightens, tightens, firms, evens skin's tone, and leaves you looking much younger and radiant. I actually scoffed when I purchased several products from Ole Henriksen, but my skin hasn't looked this good since I was in my early twenties! At night my husband asks for these products--in particular the "Invigorating Night Gel™" and "Sheer Transformation,™" because he, too, has experienced a complete turnaround in the look of and feel of his face.
March 26, 2013
Sexy Eyes in a Flash
The road to glamour comes in a small but long-lasting tube from Tricia Sawyer ("Smokes and Mirrors Smokey Eye Wand"). It is an opulent, lovely shimmer deep gray-taupe. You simply remove any excess from the doe-foot applicator and smooth over lids. For a more enhanced effect, use a brush to bring corners upward and outward. Especially when used over a great primer, the color will last for long hours, and you'll be smoldering hot!
March 25, 2013
A Perfect Primer!
The chemists at DHC knew what they were doing when they created this under-makeup magic. Even though it contains Silicone and Olive Leaf oil, it smooths on flawlessly, creating a true, velvet-like canvas for products to come. Pores, rough patches, and even fine lines and wrinkles are disguised. The matte finish stays put for many hours, while you simply glow. How nice is that?
March 25, 2013