It’s difficult to find the ideal tool for applying makeup. A brush or a sponge – a question that has come through your mind at least once. Choose a brush if you want more coverage, choose a sponge if you want more of a natural look.
Personally, I was a big fan of brushes until I tried the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge for foundation application. The whole makeup look made with that sponge looked very natural and I loved it because of that. Of course, the sponges have to be changed every few months, so it was time for me to replace mine.
I found a decent replacement for the RT brush and it is the H&M Makeup Queen sponge. When soaked, it increases in volume and it’s very soft. The sponge should be well drained before applying makeup, I usually drain it over the sink and then dry it with a towel so it’s not soaking wet but damp.
You must have noticed that in the last few months, I have talked more about preparative cosmetics than decorative cosmetics. Makeup is my first love and the reason why I started this blog at all, but over time I realized that skin care was equally important. I will do my best to keep an equal ratio of makeup and skincare on the blog in the future. Today’s post is all about Artdeco foundation and compact powder.
We all love a good foundation, don’t we? How to choose a proper liquid foundation at all? When choosing a foundation, pay attention to details such as texture, coverage, skin type and choose the right product accordingly. It’s not a bad idea to look for a review or video to see what that foundation looks like, and even better if the person reviewing the product has the same skin type as you. You can apply the same principle when choosing a foundation or powder shade.
Today I’m talking about two Artdeco products – a liquid foundation and a compact powder. Artdeco Perfect Teint Foundation in the shade 12 Soft Vanilla is a liquid oil-free foundation that has medium to high coverage. I’m very pale, especially in the winter, and this neutral shade is perfect for my skin tone. It covers the redness really well and evens out the complexion. It has a very liquid and dry texture and dries very quickly on the skin. The powder should be blended very quickly after application to the face as it dries very quickly and can no longer be handled when dried.
Recently, I’m more into natural cosmetics and two brands have particularly caught my attention. These are Lavera and Apivita brands, and you can read about their products today. Since natural cosmetics can sometimes be of higher price range, I chose products that are very affordable and accessible.
-Lavera Purifying Facial Toner-
Lavera tonic with ginkgo and organic grapes is made for combination and oily skin, I use it after cleansing my face and this is a step I do not skip. Excellent tonic that refreshes the skin and restores moisture. It shrinks the pores a bit and it makes a very good base for applying other skin care products. It contains alcohol from certified organic agriculture but does not burn the skin.
For the last few weeks I have had the opportunity to try out World of Beauty products. It’s a cosmeceutical brand with natural and organic skincare whose products are used by beauty salons and spas around the world. I got to try the micellar water, face cream and the face serum, you can find out below how I liked these products.
As a first step in my cleansing routine, I use the Reviva Micellar Water to remove all of the makeup and impurities from my face. This micellar water is made of organic micelles, ionizing water and tiny molecules of oil combined with Australian aloe extract. This combination of ingredients attracts all of the impurities from the face and removes it without drying out the skin.
This micellar water is intended for people who have normal to oily skin and it is also suitable for people who have sensitive skin. It easily removes all makeup from the skin, even mascara and long lasting foundation. It does not burn the eyes and it is very gentle to the skin.
How to get beautiful and nourished hair without going to the hairdresser every day? Aside from the regular trimming of the hair ends that you have to do in a salon, hair care at home also plays a big role in achieving beautiful and healthy hair. At home, you can achieve a hair salon look with only a few products and some patience.
A few months ago I wrote about my dandruff struggle and I finally put an end to it. I threw out everything that irritated my scalp, aggressive shampoos and kept the products to a minimum. I use shampoo, conditioner and hair styling cream as my hair care products. Sometimes I put oil or a hair mask on my hair and try to use as little dry shampoo as I can.
I start my hair care routine with L’Oreal Professionnel Serie Expert Inforcer hair shampoo. This is a shampoo for restoring damaged hair, it strengthens the hair and reduces hair breakage. It contains Biotin and Vitamin B6, which strengthens the hair, so this shampoo is perfect for anyone struggling with hair loss like I do. It foams really well, has a pleasant scent and I only need one shampooing to make my hair clean. 300 ml, 66 kn
An intensive gel cream that deeply nourishes and moisturizes the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially for skin that is dehydrated. It prepares the skin very well for applying foundation and the rest of the makeup.
Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator is a face cream with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid, it boosts hydration and deeply nourishes the skin. It gives the skin the power to moisturize itself by helping it to create its own source of moisture and then locks that moisture in. The result is healthy and nourished skin.
The cream can also be used as a 5-minute mask and it is a great makeup base. The foundation sits well on such a smooth base and all other products blend seamlessly. Gives hydration to the skin up to 72 hours after removing the face cream.
For the past few months, I have been using oils regularly in my skincare routine. In the summer, I only use oils in the evening when I want to deeply nourish my skin. Over the winter, I’m sure I’ll mix a drop of oil with my day cream. I’m currently using Nuxe dry oil that you’ll read about today.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multifunctional Dry Oil is designed for intense hydration and regeneration of face, body and hair. It contains a cocktail of seven botanical oils in its formula: a very nutritious Tsubaki oil with antioxidant and anti-age properties along with sweet Almond oil that softens the skin.
It also contains moisturizing Camellia oil, stretch marks and wrinkle-fighting Borage oil, smoothing Hazelnut oil, nourishing Macadamia oil and repairing Argan oil. It contains no alcohol, mineral oils or preservatives.
I have been using this product for several months now and my skin really loves it. I started using retinol and this oil comes in handy as an extra booster of hydration and care. I mostly use it in the evening after applying my face cream, I put a drop or two on my face and tap it into my skin. After application, I no longer have the feeling of tightening the skin or the feeling of dryness on my face. It softens the face nicely and nourishes the skin.
There are different facial cleansing devices available on the market today and sometimes it’s difficult to choose which device to buy. To help you make your choice, today I bring you a review of a sonic facial cleansing device – FOREO LUNA mini 3. FOREO is a Swedish brand that manufactures facial cleansing devices and products, which guarantees clean and beautiful skin.
The FOREO LUNA mini 3 is a smart face cleanser. When I say it’s a smart device, I really mean it. It is an electric facial cleanser that works on the principle of t-sonic pulsations, pulsations that penetrate deep into the skin and remove 99.5% of dirt, sebum, sweat and dead skin cells. T-sonic pulsations increase circulation and exfoliate the skin without pulling the skin.
For the most part, I always write about products I recommend and love, but sometimes I find products that don’t suit me. To save you a dime, I’ve put together a list of products that disappointed me and I wouldn’t recommend buying them.
Although these products do not suit me, it does not mean that no one else should use them or that I have something against the brand. I always try to be objective and share my honest opinion, I’ve tested these products long enough to know what is my opinion about them.
-Avon Mark Brow Tattoo Micro Styler-
Regular exfoliating can be crucial in maintaining a clear skin and radiant complexion. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells from the face and prevents irregularities and ingrown hairs. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, keep reading.
Exfoliation can be mechanical or chemical. Mechanical peeling cleanses the surface of the skin with finely grounded particles, while chemical peeling goes deep into the skin with active ingredients such as AHA and BHA acids. Whether on the face or on the body, after using an exfoliator, the complexion is brighter and clearer, and the skin is softer and smoother with a nicer texture.
Personally, I prefer both mechanical and chemical peelings, depending on how much time I have. Lately I have been using Neutrogena Hydro Boost Face Exfoliator, a facial scrub with hyaluronic acid. It is intended for all skin types and does not dry out the skin as it is alcohol free. It contains glycerin, which can greatly help with the hydration and elasticity of dry skin.