17 June 2008

Makeup etc.... a blonde and a brunette dish on their top 3 products

I was sorting out my make up yesterday and I realised I need to update, rearrange and throw out a lot to make room for more. This both excites and scares me. I love walking into a department store, checking out all the latest products. Clinique for lipstick? Dior for nail polish? Who knows? That's the fun part. But fun often leads to confusion, bewilderment and tantrums. There is honestly just so much out there. And with every new product comes a celebrity endorsed ad campaign. Just when I have read my latest copy of Vogue or Russh and settled on my next new mascara, I see another ad with Scarlett, Charlize or Penelope batting their 40,000 calorie lashes at me.
My greatest mistake is choosing products for the packaging. One line might have the perfect shade of pink gloss, but then I spot another shade of pink, not quite right, but it comes in the coolest box ever! I'm sold.
This is what I do know. I know the products that work for me. The trusty, familiar little pots, tins, tubes and cans that forever line my shelves. The products that run out faster than anything else. The products that make me panic when I'm on holiday and realise I've forgotten to pack.
So, Feather, I bring you my top 3 favorite beauty products. I'd like to know what yours are too. Maybe we 'll both learn something new, from a source we know we can trust and speaks from experience (not to mention our cute packaging too!)

1. Klorane Dry Shampoo. I thank the heavens for this product every time I'm running late for work and don't have enough time to wash and dry my hair. All you do is give your hair a few quick sprays, wait 2 minutes and brush out. It saves time and saves water by reducing shower time. What's not to love?

2. i.d bare Minerals Foundation. My skin is sensitive. Really sensitive. Previously I'd be having a red and blotchy day, put on foundation and things would go from bad to worse. With this little pot of gold any blotches are completely covered. The red and blotchy days occur rarely now, and I it's think because this product is just so un-intrusive. Best of all it doesn't even look or feel like I'm wearing foundation. Gone are the days of painting my face with flesh coloured cement. At least that's how I remember it.

3. Lip Fusion Micro-Injected Collagen Lip Plump. I use this gloss quite sparingly as my lips are fairly full as they are, but if I want the extra oomph this does the trick. Immediately after applying you feel your lips tingle so you know it's doing something. If you want plump shiny lips in seconds this is the gloss you need.

x Zephyr

Hee hee, hi Zephyr! It is so crazy to be talking to you in blog-form, but I will get used to it I'm sure.
Um, I want all of your 3 products, in my makeup kit, now. I especially have been wanting to try mineral powder, since it gets raving user reviews online just like yours all the time. And that Lip Plump stuff, will it work on my lips? I can see I'm gonna have to go to Sephora and test it out.
Now, right back at you, here are my top three make up products. I am so attached to these, I use them absolutely everyday, sparingly in the day and more heavily at night:

1. Benefit Some-Kind-a-Gorgeous Foundation Faker

I have olive/pink skin but I see girls on the tube with fair skin using this product too - blah, don't do your makeup on public transport people! Anyway, Benefit's Some-Kind-a-Gorgeous is not a foundation and not a powder, it just is. It povides coverage with a perfect skintone match everytime, so I dont have to worry about whether I've turned pale with rainy days, or am sunkissed from the rare hot days. I use it under my eyes, on my eyelids, on my chin and on each side of my nose to reduce redness or dark patches, and I leave the cheeks bare for natural rosiness and dewy-ness to shine through. If I want a heavier look I'll just use it all over, it always feels light.

Note: you must not, I repeat: must not use the little sponge that comes with this, it just absorbs it (I don't know why they include it since it was a Benefit salesgirl that first told me this tip) - use a foundation brush and you will be amazed at the convenience and results this product provides.

2. Benefit BadGal Blue Mascara

Yep, 2nd on the list is another Benefit product, and if I had the ca$h there'd be more! Once again, as all makeup should be, this product is one perfectly suited to my skin tone, or rather in this case, my eye tone.

Benefit is saying this 'benefits' all eye colours. I don't know about that. But I do know that blue mascara will make brown eyes giant and extra brown. Now, I know what you are thinking - wearing bright blue mascara everyday makes you look like, I dunno, MIA or something. But trust me, even though MIA is awesome, I dont want to glow in the dark any more than you do, and I look for other things in mascara too. Most importantly: NO SMUDGING (I haven't found it yet, although this one and Modelco's black hardly smudge) and a high lengthening factor. Benefit Badgal Blue delivers to my requirements, it only smudges the teeniest bit because I sleep with my makeup on (I know, I'm evil), and it makes lashes full and long, with the added bonus that it is an incredible, hardly noticeable shade that I wear day in and day out. With this product, I dont look electric, I just look like Bambi, everyday.

3. Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream

This has been a staple for so many years, that I now call it my Magic Cream. Someone was emptying the contents of their handbag for Tatler or Harper's Bazaar this month and mentioned 8 Hour Cream and I was like, hmm what's that? That, ladies and gentlemen, is how close I am to this product, I forgot its name already!

So, onto the uses. This is the ultimate lip gloss, and that is what I use it for most. It is also the ultimate barrier cream on cold or windy days (absolutely awesome on the ski slopes), the ultimate eyeshadow, the ultimate highlighter, the ultimate shimmer cream, the ultimate cuticle rub, and the ultimate hand cream. It is each of these products at their most luxurious. It's a pity the new package design looks so cheap - it completely lets the product and the company down. But hey it's what's inside that counts (plus you can get the standard packaging - pictured here - in-flight or on your way through most airports).

So there you have it, my top three. I get emotional just writing about them! Time to get ready for work, and now you know what I'll be using...

xx Feath

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