YSL kiss and blush

Honesty it was love at first try! Two products in one! How could you not! and it saves space in my cosmetics bag when I’m traveling… genious!
This pint size nail polish dopple ganger is an air-whipped, two-in-one mousse formula for lips and cheeks. There are 15 different shades to choose from and I honestly havent found one that isnt’ wearable.
It’s so light and blendable that you can dab it right on your cheeks and blend out like a powder blush. Unlike some liquid checks stains that actually stain your cheek the second you put it on.
Its a soft matte finish and you can easily apply a clear lip gloss overtop or a complimenting colour gloss. The colour variations you can do with these 15 shades are endless!

Skin test: what’s your type

It’s important to ask yourself a few questions in order to make better decisions when purchasing beauty products. They are not a ‘one size fits all’ kind of thing.

How does your skin look when it’s clean, un-moisturized? Is the texture
Flaky (dry)
Shiny (oily)
Or smooth (normal)

How does your skin feel right after you wash it with your currant cleansers? If it feels tight, it’s an indication of dry skin

Half way through the day how does you skin look? Is it dry, shiny or matte?

How are your everyday lifestyle factors doing to your skin? Stressed? Hormonal fluctuations? Sun exposure? Poor diet?

Does your skin have noticeable sun damage? How are you protecting your skin from harmful rays? Are you putting it on often enough? Are you using harsh sprays that contain alcohol?

Answering questions like these can help you get a better understanding of your natural skins behaviour and also recognize the chemical influences your inflicting on your skin. This will help determine the most effective cleansing, hydration, sunscreen and make up products you should be using.
However when problematic skin shows no improvements or worsens, see a dermatologist.



Why are primers important?

Would you just slap paint onto a wall without priming? Well, some of you might but then you’d soon discover how fast it fades and how many uneven surfaces cone to the forefront. If you take take the time to prime, you create a flawless smooth canvas without imperfections. These lightweight, transparent gels and lotions glide atop the skin and fill in little fine lines and wrinkles like stucko, creating a smooth uniform surface to apply makeup to. Primers prevent your foundation from soaking into dry skin and disappearing too quickly. It provides a barrier between the skin and your make up and makes it last twice as long. It’s the weapon of choice for most makeup artists when going after a flawless face that will last and look polished all night long.

Try Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15

Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Tarte BB Tinted Treatment 12-Hour Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen

Bite on this!

Originally conceived as a summer pop-up shop, the Toronto-born makeup brand’s now a permanent outpost in SoHO New York is killing it with their custom lip lab.

Customers can customize any shade of lipstick and have it made before their very eyes.
They pick pigments and emollients and spin it in a compact centrifuge, then pour into a neat circular lipstick mold chilling at precisely -2 degrees Fahrenheit until it hardens into a perfect waxy bullet. The entire process takes approximately seven minutes from start to finish, right down to the neat handwritten label with your name on the box. The grand total? Forty-eight dollars—and enough newfound lipstick love to carry you through until the next one.

Oh! And before I forget to add the icing on the cake, the company is committed to using only all natural food-grade ingredients that are technically safe enough to eat,—even if you’re not the type to worry about silently ingesting trace amounts of your lipstick.


Skin Cleanse

Your skin is often a mirror to what’s going on inside. If you’re constantly breaking out and can’t seem to pin point why, try getting a food allergy test and switching up your diet.

To get started it’s a good idea to hit the reset button on your taste buds. You can get a really effective cleanse by cutting out caffeine, alcohol, sugar, salt, meat and processed foods from your diet in just 3 days. Drink loads of water, juice or herbal tea and eat plenty or raw, fresh produce. If you’d like to add protein think nuts and yogurt. All that good fibre will clean away any rubbish that’s looming in the intestinal track. This kind of detox with reset your taste buds and cleanse your body, thus projecting in your skin.
You can loose you taste for sugar and salt in as little as 3 days! Great to do before an upcoming event.

One of my favourite creams

E45 is a white cream containing White Soft Paraffin 14.5% w/w, Light Liquid Paraffin 12.6% w/w and Anhydrous Lanolin (Medilan) 1% w/w as active ingredients and also Glyceryl Monostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetostearyl Sulphate, Carbomer, Methyl Hydroxybenzoate, Propyl Hydroxybenzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid

I start off by listing the ingredients first because it’s amazing! And safe, which is really rare these days when it comes to skin care.

When I lived in London as a child, my grandmother who was a nurse at the time used to bring this cream over on the regular, she swore by it. She used it on her patients for numerous concerns but for us it was just about moisturizing and a good ‘after sun’ cream. She had it everywhere from her handbag, her medical bag, the cabinet in the bathroom and in the kitchen for those dish pan hands.

It was only available at the time to doctors and nurses but as the word spread and the demand for it was there, it slowly made it’s way to the shelves. It’s known to be great for the symptomatic relief of dry skin conditions, such as flaking, chapped skin, ichthyosis, traumatic dermatitis, sunburn, the dry stage of eczema and certain dry cases of psoriasis.

I use it to this day on my face, neck, décolleté, and full body. It’s one of my top ten skin creams and I definitely approve.



How do sunscreens work?


The active ingredients in sunscreens absorb, reflect or scatter ultraviolet radiation, changing the body’s response. Sunscreens typically contain a combination of chemicals known to be effective for certain wavelengths of UV light. Some chemicals work better than others, as do some combinations of chemicals. For years, manufacturers created sunscreens that were only effective at screening out UVB radiation, which caused sunburn and increased the risk of skin cancer. More recently, scientists realized that UVA radiation is also harmful, so sunscreen manufacturers have attempted to create sunscreens that protect skin from both UVB and UVA radiation. All sunscreens provide UVB protection but vary widely in UVA protection. A sunscreen with UVA is important because these rays penetrate glass. So if you spend allot of time in the car commuting to work, that’s time spent aging your skin.

So when you see a sunscreen marked ‘broad spectrum’ it will essentially block both harmful rays.

But keep this in mind when shopping for a sunscreen. In order for a sunscreen to protect you from the suns rays it only needs to contain Zinc oxide. Zinc oxide is the ONLY active sunscreen ingredient. 90% of the sunscreens out there on the market contain other harmful chemicals that are coincidentally enough linked to causing cancer. So buyer beware!

Is your make up outdated?

With make up, the first thing you need to ask yourself is whether you’re stuck in a beauty rut. If you’ve been using the same techniques, colours and products for the past decade, then you definitely are. What looked good on you when you were 18 is not going to suit you when you are 28, as your face and personal style change.

A lot of people get scared of change, mainly because they just don’t know how or where to start.
Getting your make up done by a professional is a great way to start.
Ask questions and take notes on the looks, colours and products they are using.
Get inspired by flipping through the latest fashion magazines or gossip magazines to see what the celebrities are looking are like. They have access to the industries top make up artists and have the latest products sent to them on the regular.
Ask yourself if you have a make up crutch; a product or look that you rely on too much. (Mines definitely blush) look over old photos over a long period of time and see if you can see something obvious. The great thing about make up is trying new things, experimenting and passing around tips and tricks with friends. They’re are so many great products out there.. And many of them can be found under one roof; Sephora. http://www.sephora.com

Here’s an example of what’s in my personal make up bag.

Make Up Forever HD foundation in #127
Hourglass tinted moisturizer

Face illuminators:
Laura mercier
MAC strobe cream

Guerlain terra cotta for blondes

Nars in Orgasm
YSL kiss n blush in shade #5

MAC 8 hr
YSL touche éclat

MAC in hue
Finally it’s always a good idea to seal your make up so it stays put. Like hairspray keeps your hair in place, so does a make up sealer.
I like MAC Fx plus and skindinavia has a bunch of great ones to choose from.