Thursday, September 23, 2010

Guerlain Lingerie de Peau

On my way out of Saks I stopped by the Guerlain counter to check out a foundation I had hearing about from other bloggers, the Guerlain Parure Extreme.  But the new Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation caught my eye, or rather Natalia Vodianova in the ads did (I am a sucker for marketing). 

Luigi at the Guerlain counter applied the Lingerie de Peau to half of my face to show me the difference between that and my naked skin.  Its one of those foundations that are made to look like your skin but better.  What sold me was not only how it looked (it looked like air or very airy, sounds kinda weird but thats the word that comes to mind), but the technology behind it. Its a lightweight sheer to medium coverage foundation that is designed to fuse with the skin, using synthetic and natural fibers that are undetectable. 

Overall I think this is a good daytime foundation because of the coverage and the look that it achieves, but in terms of lasting power I'm not sure how long it actually lasts on my skin (but is that because I can't tell its still there since its supposed to look natural?) It does look great for the first few hours, but I find that I have to blot more during the day than my other foundations. I think I'm going to try it out when the weather gets colder to see if it improves, maybe its a better fall/winter foundation for me? Will update my opinion in a few weeks.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Favorite Scrubs

All throughout college I never had terrific skin.  It was a constant battle against acne, and at one point i had cystic acne which caused alot of scars, both discoloration and a change in the texture of my skin.  I started getting the acne under control, and even though my skin had cleared I was still left with the scars.  I was introduced to Dr Brandt's microdermabrasion in a jar, which I thought was a fantastic product, and went through several jars of it before I realized how much I was spending on an exfoliant.  So I went on a quest to find a cheaper alternative, and while I did find some additional scrubs that are equally amazing, I realize that a good one just doesn't come cheap (or at least with my experience). 

Below are four of the best scrubs/exfoliants that I have tried to date:

1. Dr Brandt Microdermabrasion Exfoliating Cream (formerly Microdermabrasion in a Jar) ($75 1.7oz)

This was one of the first great ones I tried.  It's made of ultra fine crystals in a smooth cream and smells like lemons.  It also contains healing ingredients, vitamins A and E, and fruit oils.  This scrub, in addition to several microdermabrasion treatments that I had done (which I'll talk about in another blog post) cleared up ALL of my acne scars in a matter of months.  I wish I had pictures to show you the before and after, but it really transformed my face.  I continued to use this (I think I went through a total of 3 or 4 jars of this, each lasting about 6-9 months) every 2-3 days and it helped keep my skin pimple free. (Btw, some people tell me the Olay Microdermabrasion product is pretty much the same or better, never tried it but I would be curious to see the results)

2. Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion ($40 2.5oz)

I was told that a good alternative to the Dr Brandt product is the Kiehl's Epidermal Retexturing Microderm cream.  Its a similar consistency to the Dr Brandt, but I dont think the crystals are as fine, however it's just as effective. 

3. Philosophy Microdelivery Peel ($65 for 2oz each of the peel and the crystals)

If you prefer a chemical exfoliant (using acids), the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel is probably one of the best ones I've tried.  It's a two step process where you first apply the vitamin c crystals to the face, scrub for a minute or so, and then apply the activating gel which contains lactic and salicylic acids.  In my opinion, the immediate after-effect is probably better than Dr Brandt's, as I find my skin to be more glowy and just looks slightly better than the after effects of Dr Brandt, but the two-step process can be too much for some people.  You can also find this product on Ebay, I've seen it for half the price, but they come in the sample packets (same product though).  I think you can get 12 sets for about 30 bucks, where each set is enough for two applications.  So figure you're using this twice a week, this would last you about 3 months. 

4. Kate Somerville ExfoliKate® Gentle Exfoliating Treatment ($65 2 oz)

When I went to Space NK to purchase the By Terry concealer, I received a bunch of samples with my purchase (the sales associate was really generous with the samples), one of which was the ExfoliKate Gentle. The first time I applied it, I LOVED it.  This is also a combination exfoliant, its sort of a gel type consistency which contains exoliating beads (not fine beads) but the magic is in the lactic acid, vitamin A, and the fruit enzymes.  What I do is wash my face with my usual cleanser, then I pat my face dry and apply a thin layer to my face.  I leave it on for about 2 minutes and then I take a tiny bit of water and rub the exfoliating beads around my face and wash off.  I tried a sample of the regular ExfoliKate, but since I have sensitive skin, my face felt like it was burning.  I think if you can tolerate the regular ExfoliKate it probably does more of an exfoliating job, but I find that the Gentle version is really good (and gets rid of blackheads!). This is what I am currently using (I also switch between this and the Kiehl's, I like having a physical exfoliant too). I bought ExfoliKate Gentle at, they're having a 20% off promotional sale right now (and theres no sales tax to NYC).

I really feel that exfoliation is an important step in the skincare process.  I think that it helps maintain clear skin as it removes dead skin cells, and I think the skin just looks healthier and more glowy.  Also makeup applies and looks better when the skin is "fresh".  Since I have combination/oily skin I feel that I can tolerate more frequent treatments, but for someone with dry skin or normal skin, maybe once a week or twice max would be enough.

Hope this was helpful!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

By Terry Touche Veloutee

I've been using By Terry's Touche Veloutee for about 2 weeks now, and so far I'm really liking the product.  Touche Veloutee is an under-eye concealer that is designed to brighten dark circles, camouflage wrinkles and fine lines, and overall illuminate the eye area.  This product appealed to me because I am a HUGE fan of YSL's Touche Eclat, which has also been created by Terry de Gunzburg.  I have been using YSL Touche Eclat for about 6 years now, (a highlighter, not a concealer) and I wanted to try something new, just to see what the difference would be.  The By Terry Touche Veloutee brightens the under-eye area and creates a beautiful finish, similar to that of the Touche Eclat.  For reference, I prefer a brighter under-eye and don't like to match the color exactly to my face because I think it makes me look more youthful and awake.  I dont find that it necessarily camouflages the lines under my eye (not sure if the lines are wrinkles or just dry skin) but it also does not accentuate it.  I have tried By Terry's Touch-Expert Advanced, which is a similar product that is designed for the under-eye area, but is more sheer, whereas the Touche Veloutee is more pigmented and creates a more opague finish. 

To apply I click the pen two times and brush the product on the back of my hand.  Then I apply it using my fingers to the eye area, first dabbing the product into the skin and then smoothing it out with my fingers.  I dont usually set the under eye area with powder as I don't want the powder to settle into any lines and accentuate them although some people recommend it.  For me it lasts the entire work day and I don't need to touch up, unless I plan to freshen my makeup entirely in which case I use about one click to do so. 

For reference I'm NC20, #2 in the YSL Touche Eclat, and #1 Porcelain in the By Terry Touche Veloutee.  Touche Veloutee comes in three colors and can be found at Space NK and comes in a 6.5 ml (or 0.22 fl oz) tube for about $54.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Jouer Luminizing Moisture Tint

On Fashion's Night Out I stopped by Henri Bendel to check out a cosmetics line that I recently discovered, Jouer.  I found out about Jouer products through reading Troy Jensen's blog, one of my favorite blogs by one of my favorite makeup artists.  At the Jouer counter I met the creator Christina Zilber and her team, who recommended the Luminizing Moisture Tint when I asked, what's the one product I need to try.  I was hesitant because I tend to stay away from anything with luminous or luminizing in its name since I have combination skin, and I prefer to look more matte, but I was very happy with the results!

This is an oil-free tinted moisturizer with SPF 20 and has antioxidants.  The product doesn't make my skin look shiny, rather it gives me a slightly dewy look that was natural and soft.  It feels very lightweight and gives sheer coverage, but evens out my skin at the same time.  This is one of their star products, and I can see why. Overall I have to say I am very impressed by my first Jouer product!

At the event I also received a gift with my purchase, which contained a white flower pin and a lip gloss sample.  I was able to choose between four colors, and I picked Mimosa, a shimmery golden pink:

Im looking forward to trying some of their other products.  Im open to suggestions, and would also like to know how other people feel about the Luminizing Moisture Tint!


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