Time to Prime

The first step to achieving a flawless, long wearing foundation base is Primer! There is a reason why its a crime not to prime. However slapping on some primer that you brought from the store isn’t enough. If it helps, think of your face as a canvas, the cleaner the canvas, the easier it is for the makeup to slide effortlessly onto your face and the less likely for it to become oily and transfer off!


EXFOLIATION 

The first step is exfoliation and it is a vital step as it allows for the shedding of dead skin cells; this provides an opportunity for the new layer of fresh, plump skin to be revealed. This allows for a fresh clean base for foundation to sit on.


PRIME 

The next step is to prime the skin. Primers are essential for creating an even application of foundation as well as aiding in longevity. Primers are often reactive to heat and therefore application with your fingertips works best, gently massaging the product into your skin. Whilst primer is an essential part of creating a flawless face, one primer does not fit all, which is why it is important that primer is chosen based on the your skin type. If you’re in doubt ask for a sample, many makeup stores like Mecca and Sephora will give you a sample to try.


After this step you are ready to paint your canvas!


Tips on choosing the right primer.

OILY SKIN

If your skin tends to be more on the oily side should look for matte or oil free primers.

NORMAL TO OILY SKIN

If your skin that is generally “normal” but may experience slight oiliness through the Nose or forehead you are fairly lucky and you are able to try pretty much any product however something oil free will help with your oily T-zone.

DRY SKIN

If your skin extremely dry, you need to apply a product that will protect and hydrate the skin. For dry skin it’s best if you try and sample different primer as you need to work out what works best for you.

 

 

People will stare, may it worth their while

My Evening skin care routine.

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Look I don’t have flawless amazing skin, I instead have moody oily skin. I say moody because I get a pimple here there when though I’m 26. We call them adult pimples. Moving on from the bane of my existence. Skin care routine ladies and gentlemen. It can be really confusing to know what to do to get great skin, there’s a lot of different products, suggestions, advice, recommends, skin types. Finding a skin care routine that works for you can seem like a never-ending beauty quest. Also as you age you will also find your beauty routine will also change. 15 year old me didn’t wash her face. 20 year old me started getting pimples and had to get acne treatment that worked for me. Now 26 year old me is trying anti ages products because you need to start sometime. So the below is what I use, it might not work for you but its my routine for my moody oil skin.

I’m actually going to start with my evening routine because my morning routine is heap more simplified while my evening is a whole project.


Step 1: Remove makeup.

It may seem obvious, but most cleansers won’t sufficiently dissolve heavy makeup like your mascara or sun cream.

Product: Garnier – Micellar Water

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Step 2: Cleanse

Rinsing with water is not enough to clean your face. Cleansing the skin removes sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. When your face is clean, it allows the other products you use to work better.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Facial Cleanser

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Step 3:Tone

After you cleanse, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any makeup or oils your cleanser you missed. Toner can also help prepare your skin to absorb moisturizer and minimize the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well and in my case acne treatment.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Clearing Tonic

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Step 4: Exfoliate

Exfoliating eliminates build up of the daily shedding of millions of skin cells daily, which otherwise would cause clogged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and deeper wrinkles. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, don’t miss this step however, get a gentle exfoliant. If you have sensitive skin I don’t recommend this step daily.

Product: Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant

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Step 5: Acne Treatment

In the case of acne treatments for best results applied as close to the skin as possible to maximize the benefits. Acne treatments normal  dries up excess oil and kills bacteria in your pimples. For best results personally I allow at least five minutes before layering on the next product to ensure it doesn’t knock out the benefits.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Acne Treatment Serum

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Step 6: Eye Cream

If you aren’t using eye cream START, apparently you need to start eye cream in your 20s. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid and under eye. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on, it also help with dark circles and bags. Some people do this step in a different order however I believe its like the acne treatment and needs to be applied to the skin as close as possible.

Product: Olay – Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

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Step 7: Serums

Serums are super-concentrated treatments that address specific concerns for me  its just making my skin better. So again it’s better to apply it as close to the skin as possible. Some people apply multiple serums that cater to different skin concerns, but if you are doing this apply the ones with the thinnest consistency first and then build.

Product: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
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Step 8: Night Cream

Yes there is a different between night and day cream. Skin behaves differently when your sleeping and when you’re awake. Night creams slowly absorb into the skin overtime and are super hydrating.

Product: Garnier – Miracle Sleeping Cream

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Step 9: Face Oil

I have super oil skin however strangely I find that applying oil prevents oils. I find oil’s heavy so I would apply is after everything else. Using facial oils over time can really improve the state of your skin.

Product: Sukin – Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil

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Myth: You have to spend a fortune

Save your pricier item for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin. As you can see from my list of produce not everything I use will break the bank.


Hope this helps you somehow or tell me about your routine and recommendations.

Cushion compacts

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What are cushion compacts?

It’s basically everything you love about BB and CC creams but better. Originally from South Korea, the make-up tool has the ability to make you look completely airbrushed, without caking up your face.By pressing the applicator onto the sponge, the cream spreads evenly out of the pores of the sponge. The cream applies natural and build-able. Usually formulated with sunscreen so you can use it for touch-ups throughout the day.

Lets talk about the sponge. In theory many of the sponges that come included with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial therefore, in theory the bacteria transfer is pretty low. You can wash your sponges with a mild soap and lukewarm water, like you would wash yout beauty blender. Generally the compacts should be airtight so they should breed bacteria. Touching on the airtight, you want to make sure that lid shuts air tight because this prevents the formula from drying out. You might be thinking I’ll just my own brush or other applicator however the applicator sponge included is designed to pick up the right amount of foundation for airbrush coverage.


Here are some of top picks.

Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Portable Fluid Foundation, $50USDgivenchy-teint-couture-cushion-foundation
L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $17USDcpp_zsg00189_l
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion, $17USD34200569
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50, $38USDzoom_ad5d938fbaf255cbe1e47105bc3a117702fc3dc6_1463539279_it_ccveilbeautyfluidfoundationspf50_foundation_rich_web
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $84USD41not38uzhl


Have you got your hand on cushion foundation? What are your thoughts?

Smashbox For 25 Years Our Lips Have Been Sealed Palette

This new lip palette serious has a long name.

Smashbox is celebrating 25 years in the beauty industry and it is doing so with a super cool product: The For 25 Years Our Lips Have Been Sealed Palette! The palette is a limited edition. 25 shades of lipstick for 25 years.
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The palette is currently available at Sephora for $75US and comes with a pro lip brush.

The shades include:
Lori (classic red matte)
Sandra (light pink matte)
Tina (vivid violet)
Jessica (honey nude rose)
Kim (light red berry)
Michelle (fuchsia matte)
Kate (bright raspberry)
Avery (neon pink)
Angie (soft peach)
Dean (fig)
Ashley (mauve pink matte)
Andy (bright red orange matte)
Davis (true red)
Nina (hot pink)
Jennifer (bubblegum pink)
Jane (plum matte)
Peggy (neon purple pink matte)
John (bold coral)
Starr (pink)
Matthew (warm raisin)
Christina (true red matte)
Annie (caramel matte)
Kelly (deep plum)
Phil (mauve nude pink), and
Robert (pink red)

Sephora Collection x Karen Walker Collection

A collaboration collection between Sephora and designer Karen Walker for the holidays.


SEPHORA COLLECTION x KAREN WALKER Amber Craft:
Beauty Brush Set + Stand – $125 US

It’s limited-edition and a  Sephora-exclusive. The brush handles feature a tortoise shell pattern and feature 24 karat gold plated accents. The stand is also plated in 24 karat gold. The packaging features a filigree design with Karen Walker’s signature hidden imagery. I’m not a big fan of tortoise shell to be honest, but there is an understatement of elegance with the new six-piece brush set with a display stand.

This set contains:
– Powder brush
– Large angled foundation brush
– Angled blush brush
– Shadow brush
– Crease brush
– Display stand

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SEPHORA COLLECTION x KAREN WALKER Amber Craft:
Mirror Compact – $48 US

Again it’s limited-edition and a  Sephora-exclusive.The mirror is double sided with one side normal and the other 3X magnification. It features tortoise shell pattern plated with 24 karat gold. It comes with a faux leather zip pouch for easy carrying and protection.


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It’s a very cute set however, I didn’t think I’ll be buying it, partly because of the tortoise shell and partly because I’m not in love with the brushes, also maybe I have just dropped all my life saving on the Real Tech Bold Metal brush set.

SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Face Palette

Stop Drop and roll to Sephora!
Recently released and amazing! SEPHORA COLLECTION Ombré Obsession Face Palette.


What the website says:

What it is:
An innovative blush palette with four ombré shades, four single shades, and one universally flattering luminizer.

What it does:
Discover a fun and unexpected approach to blush. Use each shade in the ombré pans on their own or mix together for a custom color. Experiment with finishes, mixing mattes and shimmers, and finish with the luminizer in the center pan.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens


What I think:

Shut up and take my money! While some of the blushes might to alit to pink for me its still a really good versatile palette. and you will actually be pleasantly surprised how big the palette is.

Holiday Launches 2015 at Sephora

Shop everything mention below here at Sephora 

So there have been a few new launches at Sephora. I’m a big shopaholic when it comes to the holiday season because I find this time of the year it’s when all the brands launch really nice collections. So to some degree you get less product but you get more of everything and this way you can try everything without breaking the bank.  Here are a few of my favourites from Sephora. Happy Shopping



Laura Mercier Master Class Colour Essentials


Laura Mercier Haute Lips Full Colour Lip Trio


Sephora collection Beautiful Crush Blockbuster Palette


Best Bite Rewind


Bite Discovery Set


Benefit Cosmetics Real Sexy Steal


Bobbi Brown Dark Chocolate Eye Set


bareMinerals discover COMPLEXION RESCUE™ 3-Piece Introductory Collection


Too Faced Most Loved Set