Well, isn’t that neat! From Lulu Guinness and you can buy it on ASOS.
The flawless base. To prime or not to prime?
To be, or not to be. To prime, or not to prime. That’s the question. And I still, after x years, I haven’t got an answer, and the quest for the flawless skin continues.
I’ve tried both expensive and cheap primers, but never really found a primer that suits my skin. I like the idea of the primer to even out the skin and “cover” the pores, but it also feels like it seals in a lot of dirt and other nasty things. I usually just wear a primer for special occasions, parties and such because of that feeling of making my already big pores (yes, this might be too much information for some of you, but lets be honest, it’s something we all struggle with in different ways) worse and my skin a bit more oily.
I’m not saying that i’m against primers, but I haven’t had a really amazing primer-experience yet. But i’m hopeful. It’s a struggle to find a primer that suits your type of skin, and it’s the same with foundation. It’s even a harder task to get a primer and a foundation that works 100% together. But if you know what you want for some type of product, a lightweight primer for a lightweight foundation, or a little heavier and even more smoothing primer to a more covering foundation, if you want a matte or a more glowy look, maybe it is easier to begin the hunt. And of course, select a product intended for, such as in my case, combination and sensitive skin (or whatever your skin type is). I’ve made the mistake of choosing both oily primes and primers that have made me flaky on previous occasions.
I also recommend you to googling around. Google search the products you are interested in, read reviews and do a little research before you buy anything. This past year I started doing it for almost everything I buy when it comes to skincare and makeup. It really has been a wise decision for my economy.
Unfortunately I have not had many good experiences with asking shop assistants for help and advice when it comes to make up. Mostly, I have experienced that they are trying to foist on me totally wrong products, additionally from brands that I do not want to use. Not very funny, so I’d rather do some research at home and then order from the internet. Clearly less stressful and I don’t have to meet the shop assistants (and I don’t need to get anxiety for it).
At present, I am interested in primers that are highly water-based. I stay away from the silky “creamy” (or is it more like a paste?) primers, since they have a tendency to dry out my skin and make it flaky and gross, and I do not like the texture of them.
It’s a jungle, but it’s all about giving it a second thought, think about what you want out of the primer and then do a research on the internet on what primers there are for your skin type and your needs. I’m sure you’ll find the one in the end. And I hope I do so too.
Flawless skins (and ladies) at the Dolce & Gabbana Fall/Winter 2014-2015. By Pat McGrath.
A natural beauty tip: Almond oil.
Have I mentioned it before?
If so, it doesn’t hurt to bring it up again!
I’m all about natural oils. Wow they can do wonder for your skin! Olive oil for your hair and body, castor oil and argan oil for your hair and tea tree oil for your skin too. And then we have almond oil. A little gem really. I use it for removing my make up on a more daily basis than the LUSH ultrabland. Almond oil is a lot cheaper and is really mild for your skin. It’s unbeatable as a eye make up remover for sensitive eyes (well, as long as you don’t pour it straight into your eyes you’ll be okay) and leaves your delicate areas around the eyes smooth and soft.
It’s also wonderful for your body after a shower and dry spots.
So, a big shout out to almond oil!
Psst… It also has a mild, very very mild, but nice scent to it. A joy for your nose, if you ask me.
Wasn’t impressed; The Body Shop all-in-one BB-cream.
I’m a girl of simplicity really. I prefer a mineral powder foundation over a liquid foundation since the powder foundation is faster and a bit more sheer and natural on the face (unless you are using a light covering foundation). It’s just my opinion. Though, I really like the idea with a BB-cream (or a CC-cream) if you know what I mean. It’s simple and easy, therefore it may be Mila-approved. I have tried two BB-creams in my life. The first one was the Garnier BB-cream. I think we all have tested it by now, and everyone have mixed feelings about it. I got it as a sample, I’d never buy it myself, and tried it out. Not impressed, and I didn’t really expected anything amazing since I really don’t like Garnier in general since it’s not a reliable brand in my opinion. And well, my skin got all messed up. Break outs, spots from hell and all that. The second one I tried was the Dior Nude BB-cream. I got a sample from Kicks and tried it out. That was a seriously impressed wow-feeling. What a product. It really blowed my mind.
But (and this is a but with a big question mark after). Does Dior test their products on animals? I’ve googled around like a madman since the day I tried the BB-cream out without really find a really concrete answer, which is also relatively fresh, and not 3-4 years old. I found this; “In 1989, our laboratories made public their decision not to use animals in the testing of products to be put on the market. The double demand, consumer safety and respect of animal life, has encouraged our laboratories to carry on research projects with universities and to participate in the development and validation of alternative methods to animal testing.” (click here for source) Does that sound reliable? Does anyone know more about it I would be so happy if you could send me a message or something.
Anyway. A cheap product (Garnier) and a pricy one (Dior). Can I find a product that is affordable and isn’t just crap? Maybe The Body Shops all-in-one BB-cream that I’ve read about can be the one?
My answer is; no.
I have fair skin. And I always goes for the lightest shade of every product I can find. It always works out really well for me. So I did that with this one too. But nope, it wasn’t going to be that easy. The girl in the store said that the shade 00 (for fair skin) would be the perfect color for me. She tried it out on my chin, and on the other chin she put the 01 shade. I normally don’t ask for help when it comes the pick the right shade, but this time I did since I’ve been out in the sun a bit more and I have never tried any of the Body Shop face make up products before, so I trusted her and brought it. Big mistake. The next day, when I applied it, I got a chock when I looked down at my hand, where I had put the product before I applied it on my face with the brush. It was like a tanning lotion on my skin. Horrified I looked at my face in the mirror, and back at me stared a girl that has walked into the make up department for the first time and blindly taken a foundation (x shades darker than her own skin), applied it and thought that it looked absolutely perfect. It clearly wasn’t perfect. I had “the sharp edge” on my chin and I had to wash it of. I tried it out again on my neck and once again the shade was a lot darker than my own skin. Crap!
So I wasn’t that impressed with the color range of this product. I really can’t say much about the product itself, if it was good or bad, since the color didn’t work for me, but maybe it’s great if you can find a shade that actually fits your own complexion. The product is, after all, marketed as a “product that blended naturally with your own skin tone”, but maybe this can be some kind of “warning” - before you buy this product, ask for a little sample (I always bring a small empty pot with me in my bag if I want a sample of a product) and try it out at home in daylight. It’s not Dior-expensive, but it’s still money that you may have spent all in vain.
On my make up and beauty shopping-list right now:
Origins ginzing refreshing eye cream
Kiehl’s midnight recovery concentrate
Caudalie hand and nail cream
Dermalogica daily microfoliant
Topshop nail polish in “saffron”
Topshop nail polish in “wide awake”
Topshop nail polish in “ethereal”
Kiehl’s avocado creamy eye treatment
Kiehl’s midnight recovery eye
Kiehl’s eye alert
Avenè thermal spring water
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy
Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy Noir
Stella McCartney Stella
As you can see I need to both update and repurchase and try out a few new things. Economically it’s really bad when all three of your favorite fragrances ends at the same time, and in the end I probably have to choose one of them. I’m also in need of two eye creams, one for night and one for day, since the area around my eyes easily become dry. And nail polish, wow, I need to expand the color range of my nail polishes. Right now I have mostly pink nail polishes in various shades. I love pink nail polish, but I’m also crazy about orange and light nude shades. By summer, if you get a nice tan, those colors is unbeatable pretty. A good hand cream is always good to have. I have read many positive reactions on the Caudalie hand and nail cream, so it will be fun to try it out. And I’m about to run out of Avené thermal spring water. That’s not very good. In the summer that’s my holy grail to a hydrated and glowy face.