Best Beauty Products of 2013- Skin Care, Foundation & Cheeks (Part1)

Hey Guys,

Well 2014 is here and as we look back at what we’ve accomplished the last year and what we wish to accomplish in the year to come its also appropriate to reflect on some amazing beauty products 😀 I’m gonna break it down into categories where ill share my all time yearly favorites for face, lips, and eyes. This installment, part one, will focus on Skin Care, Foundation and Cheek faves while part 2 will focus on Eye and Lip faves.

What i like about it is it is so light so its doesnt feel thick or leave a film on the skin, plus its a create skincare product when it comes to controling and elminating blemishes. This stuff works great even for my senstive dry to combination skin. A little bit goes a long way so its definetly worth the bucks.Skin Care:

Ive tried a lot of different skin care brands and products over the years and have really found a routine that works wonders for me. Overall the Nars Hydrating Skin care line is absolutely amazing. The combination of the hydrating toner, brightening serum, luminous moisture cream and eye cream  is fab and Ive seen a dramatic change in my skin. Its glowing and more even not to mention silky smooth.

nars_SkinCareIn the evenings Ive been loving the Age Smart Line from Dermalogica. OMG that Over Night Repair Serum is some sort of holy magical juice!  I put this bad boy on at night and it totally makes my skin look fab, it helps heal breakouts while diminishing scaring and even minimized some of my fine lines. Ive just run out and totally want to buy a full size but the hefty price tag here in Denmark has got me hesitant (a shocking 800 kr or $122), but I’m definitely purchasing a full size when I”m in Cali in May.

Origins is my go to skin care brand especially for my night time routine. The Origins Clear Improvements Charcoal Mask is the best on the market (even better then Mud Mask in my opinion). It purifies, cleanses and leaves the skin feeling fresh. I try to mask it up about once a week and when I do I follow up with the Drink Up Intensive Over Night Mask. It smells delicious, like sweat summer pears while adding the most intense amount of moisture that works all night to leave your skin supple and hydrated by morning.

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I must have at least 5 different primers in my make up stash and try to switch it up depending on my skin needs for the day but I have to say my most consistently used and loved primer is my Smashbox Photo Finish Blemish Control Primer. What i like about it is that it’s so light, doesnt leave a thick film on the skin, plus its a great skincare product when it comes to controlling and eliminating blemishes. This stuff works great even for my sensitive dry to combination skin. A little bit goes a long way so its definitely worth the bucks. I’m almost out and I will most certainly be repurchasing it.

July_Favorites_Smashbox_Primer_BlemishControlAs for foundations I like a natural and light coverage so I’m a huge fan of BB and CC Creams by Smashbox but my favorite has got to be my Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It keeps my skin hydrated and glowing while evening out my skin tone.

On special occasions or when I know I need a little extra help I have to say that the Georgio Armaani Luminous Silk Foundation has been a stand out in this category. It does a great job at covering without caking up and leaves the skin glowing. Plus it lasts all day long without fading or patching. Amazing!!!

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My most used blushes for 2013 have got to be TheBalm Hot Mama for that perfect peachy bronzed goddess look (very similar to Nars Orgasm just way more pigmented and smooth in texture) and of course the gorgeous Benefit Rockateur box blush that provides the best pinky glowing cheek. .

thebalm_bahamamama_BenefitRockateurI love highlighters so this was hard to choose as so many brands from high end to drugstore have fab ones on offer but hands down the Mac Mineralize Skin Finishes in Rio, Lightscapade, and Soft & Gentle are so flattering, subtle and just absolutely glowingly gorgeous. I also like to use them as eye shadows or  as a brow bone highlight. They also do wonders when popped onto the cupids bow (a great way to make the lips look more pouty and prominent).

Mac_MSFI cant live without a bit of bronzing and/or contouring. Its can really help define your features and warm up the skin. I just love Nars Laguna specifically with the Nars ITA Brush. Its the perfect brush to create the most defined and sculpted cheeks while still able to blend for a more natural look.

IMG_0434Well guys and gals that was round one of my 2013 beauty faves. Part 2 consisting of Eye and Lip faves will be up at the end of the week. Until then I would love to hear some of your face faves of last year so please do leave a comment 😀

Hugs from Beauty Land

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