My Top Tips and Favorite Products for Dry Skin

Hey guys and dolls,

So autumn is rolling in, at least that’s the case here in Copenhagen…the temperature is lower and there’s plenty of humidity in the air. As the days get darker and colder here in the Scandinavian north my combination skin becomes extremely dry and patchy. So I thought I would share some of my top tips for creating a flawless face on dry skin and some of my favorite products to achieve that dewy, radiant and smooth complexion.

Cleansing:

First and foremost if you have dry skin and patchy areas, (I’m sure you’ve experienced that annoying tendency for your foundation to cling to those areas and actually make them stand out), exfoliation will be your best friend. Before applying makeup use a wash cloth, exfoliating product or Clarasonic to lightly exfoliate the skin to remove dry patches and smooth the skin about once a week. Don’t over exfoliate or use super harsh products as this can actually dry the skin out and make it more prone to irritation and redness.

clarasonicPrepping:

Prepping the skin is super important too. Using a hydrating toner has really great skin care benefits and does wonders on dry patchy skin. Use a super hydrating serum and moisturizer with light infusing technology. Avoid products with alcohol in them as they not only dry the skin but increase sensitivity and redness. I’m absolutely loving the hydrating skin care line from Nars that comes with a Multi Action Hydrating Toner, Optimal Brightening Concentrate, Luminous Moisture Cream and Total Replenishing Eye Cream .

nars_SkinCareUse your favorite primer to help smooth the skins surface making a more neutral and blank canvas to work on. You can even get light infusing primers which are great for dry skin. Lots of brands have primers like this such as Laura Mercier, Urban Decay and Too Faced. Some of my favorites include the Urban Decay Brightening and Tightening Complexion Primer Potion and the L’oreal Lumi Magique Base.

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Foundation:

Choosing the right foundation is also key to a smooth and perfect finish to the skin. I really like dewy and radiant products for my skin. These type of products work wonders on dry skin. Keep a look out for products using terms such as Radiant, Luminous, Naked. These type of products will most likely suit dry skin. I’m especially loving the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Its really expensive but its just so wow!! There are also lots of drugstore equivalents that do a great job like the L’oreal Lumi Magique. Here are some of my favorite foundations that work wonders on dry skin as they add moisture and radiance to otherwise dull dry skin: Urban Decay Naked Skin, Nars Sheer Glow, Georgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, and L’oreal Lumi Magique.

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Another great way to get that lit from within glow and dewy complexion is to use cream blushes and highlighters. I love the cream blushes from TopShop, Stilla and Maybelline.

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Using the right tools and method of application is super important for those with dry skin. Avoid using a traditional paddle brush, buffing brushes, and stippling brushes as the movements with these type of brushes create micro exfoliation on the skin and thus creates an uneven and patchy surface. Instead try and use a damp cosmetic sponge. Ive tried all types of sponges but by far my favorite is the original Beauty Blender. This method is great for dry skin as you push the product against the skin and doesn’t disturb or enhance dry patches. It also absorbs excess product so you never look caked out 😀

beauty_blenderPowder:

Now lets talk about powder. If you like to set your foundation with powder for long lasting hold then use only minimal amounts of powder and try to apply powder only to the areas that really need it like the T zone as powder tends to dry the skin out. When applying powder avoid buffing it into the skin, rather push or roll the product into your skin to avoid disturbing it. This is also a great tip for all skin types as it doesn’t disrupt or move the foundation you applied.

Setting:

If you ever use too much powder, or your foundation is a bit on the dry side then use a few sprays of dewy setting spray like Mac’s Fix+. Not only will this type of product add moisture back into the skin and eliminate cake face it can also help in the longevity of your make up 😀

MacFix+Well those were my favorite products for dry skin and a few application tips. I’m always on the look out for great tips for dry skin as it can be difficult to handle so please leave a comment below if you have any great tips or product suggestions.

Hugs from Beauty Land

Favorite Summer Blushes: Sleek Make Up, Mac & Top Shop

Hey Guys,

September and autumn are right around the corner but summer is still with us 😀 The sun is shinning (if you dont know we are having amazing weather here in Denmark, were actually having a real summer, which is rare!!) and I’m taking advantage of all the beautiful summer colors for my cheeks while I still have the chance. So I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite blushes for the summer.

Favorite_Summer_BlushesI absolutely love cream blushes for summer and winter. It gives an instant and effortless glow.

Optimistic Orange from Mac is a gorgeous bright orange coral. Its really powerful so you have to go light handed but sheered out its so pretty on the cheeks.

Favorite_Summer_Blushes_MacOne of my faves, and the cream blush I took with me on holiday, is Head Over Heels from Top Shop. Its a soft light pink. Its so girly and sweet..I really love it for those natural days. I have a full review of it here.

Favorite_Summer_Blushes_TopShopI recently hauled, on Instagram, a few goodies from Sleek Make Up when I was in London on my way to and from Cali. One of the first items I picked up was the Blush By 3 palette in Lace. OMG the pigmentation and smoothness of these are crazy insane. I cant stress enough how amazing this product is. I wish I picked up more!!! Luckily they’re available through amazon.com

Favorite_Summer_Blushes_SleekThe palette comes with three shades. From left to right:

Crochet: A matte orange.

Guipure: A pinky gold shimmer which I love to use as an eyeshadow or lightly dusted on the top of the cheek bones for a highlight.

Chanitlly: A bright matte coral with strong pink undertones.

What are some of your favorite cheek products for the summer? Leave a comment below 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land

TopShop Haul & Blush/Lip Swatches

Hello lovelies,

A few weeks ago I stopped by TopShop to check out their make up line. We’ve had TopShop here in Copenhagen for a good 6 years or so and I’ve shopped there many a time but never experimented with their make up. Ive heard some awesome things about it so I thought I’d give it a go.

Heres what I got:

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How cute is the packaging. Love the little polka dots and stripes. Even the outter packaging is the same!!!! It’s so girly and feminine, it just makes me want to slap it all over my face!! hahaha.

I picked up two of the cream blushes.

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Head Over Heals is pastel coral and Morning Dew is a fresh pink. I’m really into cream blushes at the moment. They work great with my dry to combination skin. It makes my skin glow and they last all day. But be careful, these beauties are pigmented. I like to apply and blend out the product with my ring and middle finger. If I added too much I just use a damp Beauty Blender to work it’s magic 😀

I also picked up some lip products. Two of the jumbo lip pencils and a lipstick.

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As you can see Coy is a matte coral pink. Wave Goodbye is a satin pink and Nevada is a nude matte. The matte products are super long lasting but a bit drying on the lips which is pretty normal for a product like that. The satin lip pencil is fab, its super shiny, super hydrating and lasts all day.

And lastly I picked up a liquid highlighter in Glow.

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Its a really great and unique highlight. It has subtle pink and gold notes and just looks so flattering and fresh on my skin. I like to top it off with a bit of Mac MSF in Soft&Gentle to really lock it in.

THE VERDICT

9/10 for this buy. The packaging is adorable yet functional. The pigmentation and lasting power on all these babies are fantastic. I would have given it 10/10 but the drying nature of the matte lip products brought it down a notch. I’m going to London in June to visit my sister and I’m definitely gonna hit up the huge TopShop on Oxford Street and load up on a few more products.

Have any of you used any products from TopShop, whats your favorite one?

Hugs from Beauty Land