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Beauty Lowdown: Skin Primers

By | Beauty Lowdown, Benefit, Korres, L'oreal Professionnel, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Davy, Shu Uemura, Uncatagorized | One Comment

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There seems to be alot of confusion about make-up primers out there, so I thought I would give the low down on my favourite primers that are in my professional kit and what way I use them.

Primers for OILY Skin:

Primer for Oily Skin Shu Uemura's UV MousseI love Shu Uemura’s UV Mousse, it is perfect on my slightly oily skin and ensures that my make-up does not budge all day. Mr. Shu Uemura always had aspirations to create a product convenient to use in a texture that is new to cosmetics. He described his primer as “a light make-up as transparent as they air”. Well he certainly is that! Unlike any other primers I have tried on the market, this primer is the perfect consistency for oily skin types. The mousse is lightweight and glides easily on the skin. The mattifying properties quickly get to work as the light veil dries on your skin, sucking up any excess oil for long-lasting flawless beauty. It also contains factor 30, which means your skin will be protected from the aging properties of the sun. You can purchase this at Brown Thomas.

Korres Primer

I also love the Korres Pomegranate Mattifying Primer, again it is great for oily skin, but this one isn’t as drying to the skin so is great for people with combination skin too. If your symptoms are visible pores, unwanted shine, and an overall makeup meltdown, then Korres has the remedy for you. This clinically proven, universally nude Pomegranate Mattifying Primer blends to an invisible matte finish while minimizing the appearance of pores, balancing skintone and texture, and preparing skin for smooth makeup application and long-lasting wear. The 94% natural, non-comedogenic formula is water-based so it allows the skin to breathe and never clogs pores. The formula is loaded with antioxidant-rich pomegranate extract to help tighten pores, willow bark extract to balance skin, witch hazel water to mattify and tighten while removing excess oil and dirt, and rice starch to absorb excess surface oil and soften skin.You can purchase Korres products at Beauty Boutique, however at the time of writing this, they didn’t have this particular primer in stock.

Primers for NORMAL TO COMBINATION Skin:

Benefit Pore ProfessionalPeople with this kind of skin type have a much wider range of products to choose from. I love Benefit’s Pore Professional. It is phenomenal at covering large pores, especially around the nose area. It has smoothing, slightly mattifying ingredients that create the perfect base on which to apply your foundation. I find this is great applied lightly on the skin with a foundation brush, this will help to prolong the life of your makeup. My favourite aspect of this primer is that it can be applied over your foundation too. If there are any areas that you still don’t look 100% smooth, you can use this as you would polyfiller! It is lightly tinted, so you can apply it invisibly over your foundation and it will help to diffuse any uneveness.

Primers for DRY Skin:

MAC Fix Plus SprayYou have to be super careful with dry skin when applying make-up. If you aren’t you can end up with a cakey, flakey mess. The most important thing is to ensure that the skin is well prepped with the correct skin care. Once the skin is moisturised there are a few primers that work well for dryer skin types. MAC Fix+ Spray is one. It is an aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. It can be used under makeup as a light primer, that hydrates and plumps, the skin literally drinks it up! It can also be used over your make-up to ensure it lasts all day.

studio secrets primerAnother fantastic primer for dry skin is the Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer. This primer masks wrinkles and uneven textures in the skin, making the complexion incredibly smooth with a velvety touch. Skin feels soft as if resurfaced.

 

 

Primers for SWEATY Skin:

Sweat StopOr should I say, for skin that tends to “perspire” seems a bit more lady like. There are a number of my clients that have difficulty with getting a bit hot under the collar. Especially for special occasions like weddings and when you have to give an important speach. This is a product that I discovered in my Film and Television work, we would apply this before applying prosthetics so that the actors skin didn’t loosen the glue with sweat. My personal favourite is this formula called Sweat Stop by Michael Davy.  It doesn’t dry the skin out too much or cause any nasty reactions. Remember, like any other anti-perspirant, this is most effective when used over a couple days.

I hope you have found this post helpful and if you have any questions about any particular primers out there, do get in touch as I have pretty much tried every product out there and experienced every kind of skin difficulty in the course of my work.

Hope to hear from you soon. Lots of love,

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Holidays!

By | Bath and Body Works, Brands, Chanel, Dermalogica, Garnier, Kiehl's, L'oreal Professionnel, La Roche-Posay, Shu Uemura, Trilogy, Uncatagorized | No Comments

Holidays San Francisco

I had hoped to write this post before I went away, but it was just too hectic and I didn’t have a minute. I even had to do an all nighter before going away, so I was wrecked to say the very least and very much in need of the holiday! I had wedding trials, tv show to design, blog posts for a new blog I write for as well as some editorial for a magazine! I ended up packing at 3am and I had to be in the airport for 6.30am 🙂

So I have seen on other blogs that people showed what products they bring away with them. I love these posts and I found it really helpful when trying to plan what to bring. So here is what I brought myself. It is more skincare heavy than make-up, because I knew I was going to buy loads of make-up while away…which has turned out to be true, more on that next time.

Skincare for Holidays

Skincare:

Nuxe Creme Fraiche de Beaute – Light – This is a beautifully scented moisturiser that is not to heavy and is great for the hot weather. It is perfect for my combination skin, keeping my oily nose at bay as well as keeping the rest of my skin nourished.

Kiehl’s Lip Blam #1 – This is hands down the best lip hydrater on the planet. It soothes dry parched lips and gives them a plump feeling. When I was younger always get cold sores on holidays, because no matter what I used on my lips, they would get dry and damaged and then the blasted viral infection would attack. Well not anymore, this is my no.1 defense!

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant Plus – I apply this before I get onto the plane to really shield my skin and keep it hydrated throughout the flight. I find the air conditioning on long haul flights can take it out of your skin. Then while on holidays I like to apply this to wet skin just after the shower.

Dermalogica Gentle Soothing Booster – Throughout the flight I will regularly apply this on my skin, it is so refreshing and has ultra-soothing botanicals that help calm and hydrate sensitized skin.

La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale Spring Water – A fantastic pick me up on a hot day, love spritzing this over my face and on my pulse points to cool me down.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil – I use this to remove mascara and heavy eye make-up, I then use a flannel and lukewarm water to clean my face. I will always try and get samples of products to bring away so that you aren’t carrying too much weight.

The Body Shop Mango Scrub – I always use a scrub to get rid of any dry skin as I find that it helps to make my tan last longer.

 

Sun Protection:

Avene Very High Protection Spray and Face Cream SPF50 – I never scrimp on your sun factor, it is just not worth getting burnt! I love Avenes products because they are not too thick, rub in really easily while still giving great protection.

Ambre Solaire Medium Protection & Aftersun – Normally will use this when I know I won’t be in the sun for long. Usually bring aftersun, just incase I get burnt, but rarely use it.

 

Scents:

The Body Shop Mango Body Butter – I am a huge fan of layering scents. So I would usually use a number of products that compliment each other. At the moment I use quite the cocktail of fragrances. I apply this after I have a shower.

Bath and Bodyworks Midnight Pomegranate Body Spray – I spray this all over my body after the body butter.

Chanel Coco Mademoiselle – I love the fresh youthful sweetness of this perfume and it works perfectly in hot weather as it is not too heavy.

Mitchum Deodorant – I have been using this deodorant for years and it is fantastic for keeping you cool even during the hottest weather.

 
Hair:

Head and Shoulders – I recently changed my hair care products and had quite a terrible reaction. I ended up with a rash and dry flaky scalp, so have been using this good old favourite to clear it up.

L’oreal Professional Mythic Oil – Instead of using a conditioner on holidays, I will opt for a leave in hair oil. The avocado and grape seed oil in this product help to counter act the drying effects of the sun, sea and sand!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post, if you did, be sure to check out the follow up to this: Holiday Makeup which is coming soon. What are your favorite products to bring on holidays? Do let me know as I love hearing from people.

 

Lots of love,

 

 

PS Be sure to check out what the other beauty Gurus have to say about beauty & holidays:

1.) Viva Adonis do a great post about what’s in their Holiday Make-up Bag: Summer Lovin Holiday Make-up Bag

2.) Lisa Eldridge shares her Long Haul Skincare Routine

3.) Fluff and Flipperies share some fantastic  Holiday Space Savers

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