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Month: July, 2012

Powder Foundation

I hate wearing foundation. I have it and I use it, but I dread every second it’s on my face… My biggest grip is that I always feel like I am wearing make-up. I dream of the day where my skin is so amazing that all I need to do is wake up, throw on some bronzer and blush and be ready for the day. I don’t see this day coming any time soon, so I fake it… We all do!

I’ve used all types, brands and formulas, oh and also techniques too… yes, there are various techniques to foundation. You can airbrush it, stipple it, buff it, blend it… the list is long, so I digress. I’ve tried everything possible to get the coverage I need with the least amount of product. I have failed and I have succeed.

I get the most success from powdered foundations. They are the best type to use if you are looking for great coverage without a lot of make-up. They can be a bit tricky as you need to have properly moisturized skin in order for it to not dry it out. People with dry skin, may have issues with it. However, on that note, if you have dry skin you should be using moisturizer. If you aren’t moisturizing properly, you deserve bad-looking skin! Also, if you have older skin, these blends tend to settle in fine lines, so be wary of that. You may want to steer clear and use a liquid formula.

I prefer “Mineral” blends, as they are the least harsh on my face and, for the most part, have a lot of skin benefiting products in them. I’ve used a few brands but Smashbox, and Vichy are by far the best ones I have used.

Vichy Aera Teint Mineral Powder Foundation is my current mineral foundation of choice. It is very moisturizing, gives great coverage and was by far the best price point (I got it on dale for half price). The brush it comes with sucks big time, so just throw it away.

Smashbox Halo is amazing! Great coverage, super moisturizing, and great packaging (it is pressed powder you shave down to turn it in to a fine powder for application), but… not so great price. It does last a long time, so I can over look it. But it still hurts when I do suck it up and purchase it.

The technique for applying powdered foundation is by far the easiest and best way to get great coverage. You “Buff” the powder in to your skin, which is essentially just rubbing (in a circular motion), using a Kabuki brush. Maybe I will back up and just explain what a Kabuki is first;

“A kabuki brush is a makeup brush with a short flat head and a short stem. The brush head is usually rounded or flat, with a curved edge. Kabuki brushes are most commonly used to apply dry, powder-based makeup such as foundation or blush. Because of its size and shape, a kabuki brush is excellent for applying a concentrated amount of product in a strong blunt curve. These brushes are also excellent for creating all-over coverage with a natural look.”

There are many different types, but essentially, they all look like this;

To start, make sure you’ve properly moisturized. Not too much though, because mineral foundation are formulated to be moisturizing (you can over moisturize!). You also want to use a primer to get a good base. I use Cover FX, Clear Prep Primer. This way I get a mattifying primer to keep my skin shine free all day, plus it provides a great canvas to put your product on to.

You only need a small amount of product to get good coverage, so don’t go over board. Depending on the product, dump a little bit in to the lid,  take your kabuki and swirl it in the powder, tap off any excess and then buff on to your skin (in a circular motion). I would start with your nose and work outwards.

After you have done your first pass, I would take a look and determine if you need to do another pass or if you can just use a smaller brush and spot cover any imperfections. You don’t want to much powder on your face, because it will get cakey.

I usually finish off with a bit of bronzer, blush and then mascara and, voilà, I am out the door! Literally takes 10 minutes. So simple and I don’t have to worry about reapplying throughout the day or oily skin, because I use a mattifying primer.

All in all, there are so many formulas, brands and types out there it is so easy for you to experiment and get your routine down pat. I happen to prefer this formula and these brands and techniques, but I am totally open to changing things up. If you have any questions or suggestions,  feel free to leave a message!

Happy Tuesday Fashionistas!

Shoe Porn

If I could legitimately have sex with a shoe, meaning no weird looks or judgement from any of my friends, I would do it with these sexy beasts… bow chica wow wow (that was supposed to be porn music, in case you’re wondering!)…

 

These, my friends, are Givenchy’s Studded T-Strap Sandal. They are a couple of years old (I believe they came out in 2010) but nonetheless they are what my wet, shoe dreams are made out of (what did you expect, the title of the post is Shoe Porn)… from the studs, to the colour, to everything in between. These shoes give off a vibe of über sexiness and intimidation at the same time. I LOVE THEM!!! I can’t stress that enough.

I could literally wear these shoes with anything… anywhere… I have zero qualms about them. As I type I am imagining wearing them with my leather leggings, a t-shirt and a few bangles. Of course, I am also on a date with Ryan Gosling whilst I am in this outfit… but hey, that is the beauty of imagination!

In actuality, the chances of me procuring a pair of these are about the same as me going on a date with Ryan Gosling but I can accept that because I know that if one day I do come across these and I am able to acquire them, I will be the happiest girl in the world.

Happy Friday Fashionistas!

Weekend (Shopping) Update

I went shopping this weekend and, while I didn’t leave empty-handed, I was a bit disappointed. I didn’t find a single item in Zara that I had posted about last week and to top it off, my J.Crew tank was also sold out… Shopping failure on my part. Oh well, you win some you lose some. What I did leave with made me quite happy so I won’t dwell on it too much.

From Zara, I picked up two items. A new blazer and a basic sweater. I’m thinking of going back and get a few more of the sweaters, as they are really comfy and cute, plus they are on sale for like $15!

The blazer I picked up has a very Chanel, Parisienne vibe that I am totally loving.

 

I am a huge fan of the frayed edges, pyramid studs and shimmer woven throughout. It makes it less stuffy and a bit edgy. Perfect for moi! Bonus, it is on sale for about $50

My sweater is pretty basic, but very versatile. I will be great for lounging or to wear to work. Like I said previously, you can’t go wrong with the $15 price point either!

 

From J.Crew I picked up a new bracelet. They had a great sale on their accessories, 50% off  items already on sale, so I ended up paying $12 for a super cute triple stripe bracelet that will go great with the ones I previously purchased from there, and also the “pearl” bracelet I picked up at another store that day.

 

Of course a Fashionista shopping trip wouldn’t be complete without purchasing some new beauty products, so I stopped by Sephora and picked up a few items as well.

My hair is extremely damaged and dry from an attempt I made at dying my own hair. I have being paying for this mistake for the last year and have been desperately searching for some extreme remedies. I used the Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Treatment a few years back and loved it, so I decided to try it out again. I ended up buying a kit that included it, plus a hydrating creme and shampoo and conditioner. I also purchased the Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum.

 

 

 

I used all of the products yesterday and I am happy to report that it left my hair looking pretty good. I even got a compliment on my hair this morning… it was from a stranger, so you know it must be true!

I am taking a trip down to Toronto for August long weekend. So I am “desperate” need of a few pieces to wear there. So that means more shopping and, you guessed it, another future post!

Anyway, enough about me. I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and has a great Monday!

 

Cod Liver Oil… So gross, but so good

I remember when I was a kid my Mom would force my siblings and I take CLO (Cod Liver Oil) by the gigantic, spoonful to ward off colds, the flu and any other things kiddies pick up’. Needless to say, it was disgusting and I hated having to take it.

My recent skin woes have had me searching all over the internet for any remedies, products and information that could help me tame my mess of a face. I stumbled upon a few blogs that mentioned they had used CLO to help fix their problem skin… I was a bit apprehensive, but as I kept reading there were other benefits (like fighting off illness’) that really intrigued me and once I read that they are available in pill form, I couldn’t say no. So I jumped out of my desk and ran down to the nearest pharmacy.

One week later, and I am happy to report that my skin is changing back to its normal state. I was so surprised at how quickly it started working. I am a notorious pimple picker (TMI?!) so my face was looking a little on the “Meth Face” side and within a few days I noticed that my scarring and scabbing had reduced dramatically. I am still getting some breakouts, probably due to the fact that I will be getting my monthly gift soon (again, TMI!), but they aren’t nearly as bad and are reducing in size/healing quite quickly.

Why is cod liver oil so awesome?

Well, It is one of the most reliable and concentrated food sources of four nutrients that are essential to human health; DHA, EPA, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

These four nutrients are vital for:

  • Healthy skin
  • Strong bones and teeth
  • Healthy joints
  • A healthy cardiovascular system
  • A healthy nervous system and prevention of depression and other mood disorders
  • A healthy digestive tract

So as you can see, the benefits are great. I would even go so far as to say it is a bit of a miracle product.

While most of the blogs mentioned using a fermented CLO (in oil or pill form), I opted for a non-fermented pill for my first go around, just in case I didn’t see any benefits. I have a 1 month supply, so as soon as that runs out I will take a trip to my local health food store and seek out a more potent version.

I found this blog post very useful when I was doing my research.

That’s all for now, but as soon as I start to see some more benefits (I am very interested to see how it will affect my immune system!) I will report back. If you have any questions or recommendations, leave me a message.

Happy Friday Fashionistas!

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