Current Craze – Foundation

Wake up in the morning – not feeling like P. Diddy. That’s what happens most days, no matter what Ke$ha might have told us. Lifeless skin, a red chin and nose, a few ugly blackheads making their big debut… our skin doesn’t always want to bless us with the feeling we look immaculate. Glowing, clear skin can of course be boosted with proper skin care, enough sleep and healthy eating, but sometimes it just might need a little more TLC…

IMG_1098..and a little extra coverage to give yourself that “I look and feel amazing” confidence boost, bright and early in the morning. I’ve spoken to you already about BB Creams and my favourite picks, and today I will brief you on foundations – a product that gives you slightly more coverage than the lighter BB cream that comes in a mega array of various options.

What is Foundation?

Foundation is usually a skin-colored product used to even out your complexion. Matching your skin tone, it covers flaws and blemishes, and creates a uniform skin-colouring.

What does it do?

As mentioned above, foundation is used primarily to leave your skin looking flawless. On the one hand it can cover up imperfections and blemishes, on the other it could even slightly alter your skin tone and decrease signs of ageing. Generally you select a colour that matches your skin. It is the simplest and least time-consuming way of finding the right amount of coverage. Makeup artists however, sometimes intentionally choose a mismatch for the desired result. As with concealers, using different coloured tones can help minimise the appearance of what you wish to cover; for example a complexion that is generally red can be minimised by using a clear, beige-toned foundation. This proves also that the colour in the bottle will look differently once applied to your face.

There are three basic tones in the cosmetic world: Warm (yellowish), Cool (Blueish) and Neutral (Redish). I found a few sites online that help determine what your skin tone is. Knowing this is crucial for selecting the correct coloured foundation.

Lovelyish: Extensive information about warm/cool skin tones

Quiz: Popsugar created a quiz to find out what skin tone you are

Video: How to determine neutral/warm/cool

When selecting your foundation, it is also important to know what kind of coverage you wish to have. There are four different kinds:

  • Sheer: very transparent, contains least amount of pigment. It won’t hide discolorations but it will minimise the appearance
  • Light: enough coverage to conceal blotchiness and unevenness, but not freckles
  • Medium: covers most things like freckles, pimples, redness and blotchiness
  • Full: most opaque; conceals things like birthmarks and scars. Also known as camouflage “makeup”

After you have the coverage and tint figured out, you also have to know what type of foundation suits you the most.

There are various different kinds on the market, like oil/emollient based, powder based, silicone based, water based and mineral makeup. I will speak about my favourites and the advantages/disadvantages in my next Beauty to the Pointe post.

How do I use it?

Using a sponge (powder based), brush (liquid) or fingers, apply your foundation beginning at the nose and spreading all over your face. Don’t forget to cover areas like under your chin for a flawless transition! Seal the makeup with a (slightly tinted) loose or compact powder and a big powder brush.

Result?

Even looking skin with the desired result of reduced redness, less wrinkles or more freshness!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Obsession Alert!

I know.. I know.. you were all excitedly awaiting day 3 of Paris today..

But… I did something today.. something I do too often.. something I can’t stay away from.

I went shopping!

But not for clothes, shoes or handbags. I had that phase a while back and enjoy individual pieces from afar now rather than being all “oooooh myyy gaaaaaawd I MUUUUUST POSSESS THAT!”

No, I no longer cherish the feeling of Italian leather shoes. I don’t go wild for super soft fuzzy sweaters (…very often.) No..

The only time I’m stricken by that ohhh myy feeling is when I walk into a windowless store full of various perfume scents, each molecule of fragrance individually engulfing me, puling me to the nearest counter, only to be distracted by glitter and powder and pink glossy shine near by.. I can spend hours on end in a department store, and today I actually had the excuse to do so. I pursued by passion in great conscience!

A close friend of mine sought my advise on proper skin care and I jumped at the chance to show her my favorite products and how to use them properly. Now, being the obsessed conceal-a-holic that I am (okay, cosmetics-a-holic in general..) I let one too many products catch my eye while helping out. I will not tell you if I did or did not purchase the things I was pulled towards, however, I will share with you my latest tried and tested finds you will almost definitely also go crazy for 🙂

This summer lip gloss in shade Squeeze. Just look at how pretty the product is! And the name! Squeeeze 😀

Chubby Stick in Whoppin Watermelon! It’s so shiny!!! And I think it has two colours when it hits the light!

Smashbox products. Ohhh myyy. I have found heaven and will sacrifice all products for this primer! They have various types, depending on your skin.

Also by Smashbox: CC Cream. Soft, brightening and covers well… need I say more?!

L’oréal BB Blush. My oh my what an invention!

I love LEO!! The best frozen yoghurt in Zurich (review coming soon!)

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream. Tried and tested anew, and I find it a nice alternative to the pricier Kiehl’s one.

This is totally 90’s of me, but: I have bought a lip liner!! It will never ever ever leave my beauty essentials again!

Same goes for the eyebrow pencil I have just started using. Trying to keep up with the trend of dark(er) and extremely prominent eyebrows!

What about you? Any new finds you would like to share? I’d love to check them out! 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Beauty to the Pointe

Concealer picks for this month’s current craze are:

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Watch out, it’s the number one pick: BB Cream Concealer by GARNIER!

Yes, I did mention this one in the BB Cream post. Yes, I am aware that this is a current craze about concealers, and not BB creams. No, I have not yet found my lost marbles, but I am not being crazy here! Cause let’s be real; if a concealer can double as a BB cream then it’s a win-win! There is some reasoning to my nuttiness!

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Coming in second is the liquid concealer by Lancome. The other day I wasn’t wearing any make up because I was enjoying a lazy day, but when we decided to go out for dinner I applied a little bit of this under my eyes and on red spots instead of going for the full shebang with foundation , shadow and liner…

A really good concealer by Lancome

A really good concealer by Lancome

Mac studio finish concealer with SPF 35 is a close third. I use this as a touch up as it is lighter than the Garnier BB cream Concealer and can also help cover up a short night 😉 It lasts very long and you can apply it with either your finger or a concealer brush.

MAC Concealer

MAC Concealer

Technically not a concealer: Benefit, Stay don’t stray is a great base for a flawless complexion. It is also usable for a primer to eye-shadow (that is what it is being marketed as..)

Benefit, Stay don't Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Benefit, Stay don’t Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Finally, I absolutely must mention another Benefit product..Confessions of a conceal-a-holic. It’s a concealing and brightening kit – a great travel along for when you don’t know what product to take with you. It contains two shades of concealers (Boi-ing, 1 + 2), erase paste (also concealing), eyelid primer, eye brightener and face brightening primer.

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Not (yet) part of my collection, but equally tested and loved are; Clinique: All About Eyes Concealer and Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat. The latter is great for minimal makeup days when you just need a little bit of extra brightening.  Estée Lauder Double Wear Concealer could also offer more coverage when the Touche Éclat isn’t enough. Also recommendable is Bobby Brown: Creamy Concealer Kit, because it comes with a great powder as well for an ultimately even finish (I bought myself the powder in large because it is also useful for the rest of the face..perfect, flawless cover!)

Bobby Brown Concealer

Bobby Brown Concealer

Question of the day:

Do you have a favorite concealer you religiously use?

Mine , obviously, is the Garnier one, but sometimes, like last Sunday, I mix things up a little. Don’t want this collection to go to waste 😉

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Current Craze: Concealers

I’m a conceal- a – holic. Not in the white-lie telling kind of way. More like the meeting up in a group, standing up and saying: “Hi my name is Anoushé and I am a conceal – a – holic”, kind of way. I believe my addiction started in my first year of high school, where a friend gave me some of her Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Concealer to try (sadly it has since been discontinued 😦 ). It was right around the time when girls start becoming conscious of how they look.. not getting enough sleep every night because of the sudden stress of exams did NOT help this transition either.

My current, most-used concealers

My current, most-used concealers

I was curious to try the weird moussy texture of the concealer. It was so soft to the touch and easily applicable that I soon became hooked! This became the only product I would use. No foundation, no primer, no nothing! I was much less complicated back then.. I didn’t know squat about skin care! Oh how I wish I could forget all this mumbo jumbo I’ve learned on skin care. It would save hours of prep and shopping time, let alone money 😉 But I can’t. Boo hoo..
I was very sparse when it came to applying the mousse. It was used solely for undereye converage and when I had the unpredictable zit outbreak – I did not want this little glass of conceal perfection to leave me!

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Eventually however, I used the last swipe of color…I felt empty inside; incomplete; it was my trusted sidekick always there when I needed a little boost..and it was gone. Knowing I needed to purchase a new pot, I asked my friend where to find it. “America”. Great. Don’t they sell it here? “I dunno…”
That was before my addiction..before I could spend hours on end looking for new products..Before I knew where each product was sold.

A really good concealer by Lancome

A really good concealer by Lancome

I did find the dream matte mousse eventually, but it wasn’t exactly the same..it was more a foundation than a concealer, much darker than I needed. I bought it anyways, because it was a good thing to carry in your purse (I always have one on me, even now, because they are great for emergency touch ups!)

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Not having actually found the product I was still very much missing, I took to the department stores in search of something similar. I bought concealers from Essence, Catrice and Cover Girl, later graduating to MAC, Body Shop and even considering Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat (not cheap; click on the body shop link for the knock-off version ;)) as my obsession continued.

Benefit, Stay don't Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

Benefit, Stay don’t Stray, is a great primer for eye shadows. Preps for long-lasting wear!

On a class trip to Oxford I bought more from Boots and other little make up stores, all to try to fill the void that finishing my first concealer had created. It was then that my friends told me I had a problem. I grabbed any concealer I could find..sometimes without testing them! I became the conceal – a – holic…

For my birthday that year I received this:

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The ironic part of this whole story is that I don’t even use that much concealer! Mainly for under my eyes and that’s pretty much it! Arent’ I weird..

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So I had a shelf full of concealers, some great, some bad, many untouched, and I still wasn’t happy..I had even found some moussy counterparts, one even by Maybelline, but it just didn’t work. I was officially in a concealer-depression…

until..one day..I tried this (Garnier Concealer).

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I had found it on one of my many scavenger hunts/impulse buys in Oxford, but hadn’t gotten round to trying it yet. As soon as I did, I knew it was the one! It was perfect! It blended into my skin and made me look fresh and awake! It was the color I was looking for all these years..I haven’t replaced it since. Until now, 3 years later, when I upgraded to Garnier’s new creation, their BB cream under eye roll on..

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So enough about my memoires..let’s get in to the nitty-gritty about the actual product:

What is Concealer?

A concealer is a type of makeup used to mask imperfections. There are three main types of concealers available: solid (looks like a lipstick), powder and liquid.

What does it do?

Concealers do exactly what their name embodies: they conceal! Dark circles, age spots, large pores or any other blemish visible on the skin can all be blended away with some of this skin tone makeup. But wait..if this is what a concealer does, then why am I using foundation?! Well, a foundation’s job is mainly to even the skin tone all over the face. It’s coverage therefore might not be enough to hide dark blemishes. Concealers are also thicker than foundation which is more ideal for spot treatment, and they shouldn’t be applied all over the face. When you team the two together however, it should be the right equation for a flawless, polished look, just remember that the concealer should be one shade lighter than the liquid foundation used.

Bobby Brown Concealer

Bobby Brown Concealer

As mentioned before, there are three types of concealers. Each of them, surprise surprise, have their own use:
The solid, lipstick types are not easily blendable, and are best used for scars and blemishes. It is not recommended to be used on sensitive skin, especially the area around the eyes. They also come in little pots, as seen in the picture above and below.
Liquid cover up is great for large areas of the face. It covers acne, dark circle and blemishes. While it might not be as strongly tinted as a stick, it offers enough for a natural coloring; plus it is very easy to blend.
Powder provides the least amount of coverage. It blends well into the skin with a brush and comes in handy when you need to cover light blemishes.
Concealers come in various colors in order for them to match your skin tone. Sometimes, even a concealer wont be able to cover enough..and that’s when you need a color stick underneath. Depending on what you wish to cover, you might need a different shade:

White: under-eye dark cirlses or a bruise, can brighten dull skin
Green or blue: cover red blemishes. Helos to hide acne or roacea
Purple: helps make the complexion look brighter

Luciana Couto over at My Sweet Diary has a picture describing what is what too. Check it out!

How do I use it?

First apply your foundation, your base. You can either use a makeup brush or your fingers. If you prefer only using powder instead of liquid foundation, than you may use that, but I tend to go for a foundation/powder combo when I need long-lasting coverage. Once the foundation is applied, you may move on to concealers. I use my Garnier under eye concealer and let it sink in before gently patting it in to blend into the skin. If you have more blemishes to cover, use either a stick or liquid concealer with a color underneath if needed (I use my MAC concealer or Dream Matte Mousse if I have any marks needing cover-up). Finish with a dusting of powder to fix it in and your base for make-up prep is done.

MAC Concealer

MAC Concealer

The result?

Even, blemish free, flawless complexion 🙂

What are you waiting for? Go out there and conceal ( I mean spots, don’t conceal the truth by lying!)

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Beauty to the Pointe

After some deliberation, I can finally present to you my picks for this month’s Current Craze – BB Cream! I dubbed this monthly buy this/not that segment Beauty to the Pointe. These posts will be follow ups to the Current Craze product presented earlier in the month, and offer you my personal recommendation on what product I think is worth buying and what is worth chucking!

Drum roll pleeeeeeease….

My number one recommendation for BB cream is..

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Kiehl’s Actively Correcting and Beautifying BB Cream

Kiehl’s doesn’t always work for my sensitive skin, but this soothing BB Cream proves that I shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. It has been allergy tested and is being advertised as safe for sensitive skin, so I thought I’d give it a try. Offering SPF 50 while concealing imperfections –  I couldn’t believe my eyes! What’s more, Kiehl’s skincare is apparently “scientifically formulated to respect, restore and strengthen the skin barrier for healthier, more radiant, younger-looking skin.” In a nutshell, their products should act to correct and treat specific skin needs. The BB cream should thus not only conceal but also correct skin tone irregularities with regular use.

I’ve been using this for a week now and, while I don’t have much to correct (thanks to an extensive beauty regimen), I have  actually started to notice a more radiant complexion – even after the most stressful days. There is a catch: this product is more on the pricy side ($ 37)…

It may currently be the best option out there for high SPF skin protection, correction, and concealing, but if you have close to no skin problems, I wouldn’t use this product all too often – but I would still invest in it ;). Using it once every few days during the Summer should more than suffice for people with clear skin. Even this sporadic use can help your skin benefit from the correcting and light-weight concealing attributes. Simply apply a small dollop when you feel your skin requires more care, and retire the product during the Winter to save it’s precious content.

A slightly less expensive option you could use daily – and not have to save for special needs only – is the Maybelline Dream Fresh BB . It is an 8 in 1 Skin perfector, with all the benefits a BB cream should offer. I feel, however, that the skin care factor lacks a lot of what Kiehl’s – the scientific skin care mecca – offers, as Maybelline is better known for its make-up, not so much for facial treatments. Nevertheless, the color is fantastic and really matches my skin, and what’s more, the reasonable price suited my bank account balance too! 😉 I’ve always liked Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse, so I was happy that I wasn’t disappointed with their BB cream, and look forward to testing more of their products…! They are definitely not 1 hit wonders!

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Runner up to the afore-mentioned full-face BB creams is the Garnier under eye BB concealer! I raved about Garnier’s under eye concealer in one of my first posts, and will do nothing less for the BB Eye Cream Roll on Miracle skin Perfector! The color is similar, if not better, to that of the original concealer, and blends perfectly into my skin. In addition to great color, the product lasts all day – even surviving sweaty, two-hour dance classes in the evening! It’s a must buy!

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I also tested the Nivea BB cream, which I hated! It felt like a cakey, über-masking tinted moisturizer and the color was completely off!

Also on my ‘meeeh’ list is L’oréal Nude Magique; a great idea in theory, but not good enough in practice.

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I understand that BB cream should be light on the skin, which this definitely is, but BB’s should also offer some sort of cover, which this definitely doesn’t! I enjoy the fact that the cream is white and contains mini bubble-like particles that contain color – it’s really fun! But either these bubbles don’t burst on my skin or are simply lacking adequate amounts of coverage; I don’t think my my skin looks any different after application…

White and cool

White and cool

smooth

smooth but no cover..

Also a favorite but NOT a BB cream is Benefit’s Porefessional. It is great for pore minimization and smooth skin, but that’s all it does..so if you are looking for the benefits of a BB cream, then opt for an actual BB cream (I still love the product though, and sometimes even use it under BB cream for an extra smoothing oompf )

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I hope one of these is to your liking! Summer is now, despite the rain making it feel like Winter…so you’re going to need a light, BB alternative to your usual foundation!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

P.s. I am not affiliated with any of the companies, I simply tested these products for future reference and purchased my favorites by myself… much to my bank accounts dismay 😉

My Daily Routine..a.k.a soap on, soap off

As a first beauty post of mine, I thought I could launch right in and show you guys what I do every morning in an attempt to wake up 🙂 I have to say, I think I’ve got it down to the “t” because I always feel overly hyperactive before even having my morning mug of green tea! Now this might have to do with my personality, but I do give a little credit to my favourite products…

So let’s jump right in and start with the first step: Face Wash

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel and Wake-Up Booster Tonic

Clarins Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel and Wake-Up Booster Tonic

Now I splurged on these products because I really needed something to wake me up in the morning and couldn’t find a single product that could do this any better (plus I have really sensitive skin and cannot use generic products without looking like a red lobster!!!). The one on the left is the Daily Energizer Cleansing Gel which is what you wash your face with. Simply splash your face with (cold) water and apply a dollop of the gel to your face in circular motions. After washing and drying your face (gently!) you apply the one on the right – the matching Wake-Up Booster Tonic. In my opinion this is what really knocks your socks off! It’s like Red Bull for your face! So if you have a cleanser you want to finish, or just love, but want to get an extra kick without needing any coffee in the morning, I recommend just buying the tonic.

After waiting for the tonic to dry (which I generally forget because I’m always in a time crunch in the morning!) you can move on to step 2: Serum and Moisturiser

Caudalié Vinosource - Quenching Sorbet-Crème and Catrice Primer Fine Powder

Caudalié Vinosource – Quenching Sorbet-Crème
and Catrice Primer Fine Powder

The serum is totally optional, but since I am out of my favourite moisturiser I am relying on only this until I find the time to pick up more of the good stuff. Slather on the serum all over your face and pat it in before applying the moisturiser (the link above is to the Clarins Daily Energy cream, which again is totally optional; go for the tonic only and use a different moisturiser if you wish to save some cash! 🙂 ) Finally, before using any make up, I use a Primer. I chose a relatively cheap one for this, as the make up I use is very good quality and stays on even without the primer.

Now on to step 3: Let’s get rid of those under-eye swellings!

Garnier roll-on and Lancome Hydra Zen Yeaux

Garnier roll-on and Lancome Hydra Zen Yeux

Do you wake up with dark circles under your eyes? During my last year of high-school I was sleeping five hours a night on average and had to rely on good make-up to still have that “fresh” look during the day. I swear by garnier to achieve the ultimate freshness. Both the roll-on and roll-on concealer are AMAAAAHZING! Simply apply before putting on your make-up and your under-eye-circles will feel nice and cool!

And finally, step 4: Foundation and Concealer!

As a final step to being ready to leave the house, I apply foundation, BB cream or a little bit of powder. I use three different kinds of foundation, depending on my budget. Lancome Teint Miracle really matches my skin tone, so I tend to use this more often. I also love Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW from time to time and use Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse when I’m out and about (like after dance!) and need a quick touch up. So the choice is yours! Find a foundation or BB cream you like, (BB cream {Blemish Balm} is great to use during the summer – my favourite being from Kiehls because I don’t need to use moisturiser or sun cream with it!) and that matches your skin tone and apply over your primer! Sometimes I just use Benefit Porefessional, and some powder (see picture below) to cover up tiny blemishes, on days I don’t want to do the full make-up thing.

Benefit, Lancome and Maybelline

Benefit, Lancome and Maybelline

Garnier Concealer roll on and Benefit Pore-fessional

Garnier Concealer roll on and Benefit Pore-fessional

Next you apply concealer under your eyes and on anything else you wish to conceal! My favourite for under my eyes is by Garnier, but I also love Benefit’s Confessions of a conceal-a-holic (and yes, I only own this because I also am a conceal-a-holic!) 🙂

And now just use some powder if you tend to have oily skin, and this makes sure everything stays in place. My favourite is by Bobby Brown.

So that’s it! Looks long, but really only takes ten minutes, and I end up with lovely flawless skin 🙂 And if you want, now is when you apply eyeshadow, eyeliner and blush. But more about that soon! And don’t forget, these are the products I use, and that have worked well for me; please feel free to comment below and let me know what you recommend as well, as I’m always interested in finding new things to try(they don’t call me a conceal-a-holic for nothing 😉 )

Beauty question of the day:

What does your morning routine look like? And What are some of your favourite brands to use?

Stay wonderful people!

xoxo Anoushé