Let's start with how foundation should be applied, because many of us forget that foundation should only be used to perfect the skin tone and not for concealing areas of concern, when heavy application is used to conceal its when it becomes unnatural and cakey. I have committed crimes of heavy foundation use at times when my skin hasn't been at it's best because I have felt self conscious of break outs. So my best advice is investing in a skin care routine that will fix your skin before you drop the big bucks on an expensive foundation.
Giorgio Armani Luminous silk foundation has been hyped for years, with beauty bloggers vowing it is the H.G foundation, but with the $92.00 (Australian dollar) price tag I just couldn't justify the spend. Why was this foundation $92.00? What was in it? Is it better than a $18.00 foundation?
The big difference with this foundation is the lightness of the fluid, the texture which is like a powder suspended in a serum and the finish which is a semi matte feel, I have not experienced this with any foundations on the lower end of the market. It works best on well hydrated and exfoliated skin, and doesn't like any dry or flaky skin so make sure to prep well before applying it. Which is why I can understand it is such a popular choice for brides, if you have been looking after your skin and use this as a special occasion foundation it will really even out your skin tone without masking your natural colouring. The lasting power of Luminous silk is not fantastic, it would be fine for a couple of hours but if you are needing 12 hour long lasting face of makeup look you will need to reapply at lunch time.
My advice would be to go to a Giorgio Armani counter and pick up a sample in the 2 shades closest to your colouring and test it out over a couple of days rather than paying the huge price tag straight away.
Were you a 90's kid? Do you remember the Red Earth line of make up in Esprit whilst spending all your pocket money at your local mall? Well if you do then you'll be as excited as I was to learn Red Earth is back! The new and improved Red Earth is launching very soon throughout David Jones stores nation wide, but I was lucky enough to try out a few products for review over the past week.
The surprising favourite of the bunch was the Facial Tanning Serum, I am completely obsessed and it has been giving me a faux-glow that has been fooling people I'm back from a tropical island holiday.
Best thing about the serum is that it is scent free, no stench of apricot biscuit that lingers for hours that you get wafts of whilst trying to reply to emails at work. To apply the serum I've been using 3 pumps of the serum onto a cotton pad and lightly sweeping it across my face, neck and ears...do not forget the ears! The best time I have found to apply the serum is when you have a couple of spare hours to be makeup free, Sunday morning house cleaning and laundry time or during my Thursday Real Housewives of Beverly Hills / Scandal Tim-Tams and tea sesh. The tan lasts a couple of days and wears off completely evenly, so don't be scared of having a patchy fake tan nose.
The only thing I'm really annoyed with is that I wish I had this product in my life sooner!
Waxing is one of those very painful but also very necessary beauty rituals that I go through on a bi-monthly basis. My twice a month regular bikini wax takes place at a fuss-free in and out type place and takes no more that 7 painful minutes to complete. Before you scream at your computer like most of my friends scream at my face 'Get laser!' my hair is naturally too fair for it to work even slightly.
After a bikini wax, like most people I will suffer from ingrown hairs, which are the most annoying thing about hair removal. Painful, annoying and irritating ingrown hairs are the worst. Until now I've had no way to help heal ingrown's, Bump eRaiser is a bikini line life saver. It is best used within hours of having a bikini wax done lathered onto the bikini line, whilst the hair follicles are still settling and post wax I use Bump eRaiser post showering when the skin is softened it seems to absorb best then. I have no idea what is in this magical lotion that helps the ingrown hairs from forming or scaring but it has been totally working, if you are like me and laser hair removal challenged I recommend Bump eRaiser post waxing.