Friday, 28 March 2014

New passion: making resin Jewellery with real flowers and seashells

It has been a while since I wrote a beauty post: in fact in the past three months I have been so contented with my Original bareMinerals foundation and a few other products (which I am going to talk about soon) that I have not felt the usual urge to look for the next best foundation, or skin care product.
I am sure that this peace of the senses will not last forever and I will get another makeup fever sooner or later.

Moreover I have been very busy with another project: making resin jewellery and opening a shop on Etsy!

Here are some of the pieces I have recently created.

If you wish to have a closer look at them and discover other pieces, you can find them in my shop on Etsy:




 Real Starfish and Seashells in resin necklace

Real Starfish in Resin Ring

 Real Sea Shells in Resin Earrings

 Real Violet Flower in Resin Necklace

Real Rose Bud in Resin Necklace

Real Rose and Babys Breath Flowers in Resin Necklace


Real Forget Me Not Flowers in Resin Necklace

 Real Daisy in Resin Necklace

Real Rose in Resin Necklace


Thank you for reading and watching!
Love
Alice 

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

BareMinerals Original Mineral Veil VS Mineral Veil SPF 25

Which bareMinerals Mineral veil is best? The Original Mineral veil or the SPF25 one? Read more to find out.





bareMinerals Mineral veils are lightweight mineral finishing powders to lock in your makeup. They differentiate from most loose powders because they contain fewer, simpler and more natural ingredients like for example corn starch.
Original Mineral Veil ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn Starch), Corn Starch Modified, Zinc Stearate, Magnesium Stearate. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

bareMinerals Minerals veils do a good job at absorbing oils and softening your completion like most loose powders can do but I do not find them essential to use on top of a powder foundation, which is in fact already absorbent. 

My favourite Mineral Veil is the Original one for the translucent and almost airbrushed finish that it imparts. Mineral Veil SPF 25  is not as light as the original one and can look a bit whitish and cakey because of the SPF ingredient Titanium Dioxide.
Mineral Veil SPF 25 ingredients: Zea Mays(Corn) Starch, Corn Starch Modified, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Zinc Stearate, Silica, Magnesium Stearate. (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

For a totally invisible, longlasting and truly airbrushed finish I prefer using Nars Light Reflecting Setting Powder (review here).




Friday, 15 November 2013

BareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15 review, photos, swatches

After getting into mineral makeup a few months ago with Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base and enjoying using it, I could not help trying the first and most famous mineral makeup of them all bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15 and here are my thoughts.





One of the reason why I had not tried bareMinerals Original Foundation before is that it is a loose powder which I thought it would have been messy to use and store, but this has not been the case with the 'click, lock, go' system of the present packaging which allows to better control the amount of powder dispensed and to prevent spillage.

bareMinerals Original Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF15  click, lock, go


I love the simple formulation and unique coverage of this foundation, even though I found it a little bit trickier to apply and blend than Jane Iredale's Pure Pressed Base Mineral Foundation SPF20 (review here). I also love that it is more affordable than Jane Iredale's foundations.
The best way for me to apply it is to use about 'half a hole of powder (tapped twice into the lid)' per side of my face for a light to medium coverage and take time to buff and blend it properly with the right brush, in order to achieve a natural, luminous coverage, with a 'creamy' finish rather than a powdery one. If I want more coverage I just apply a second layer of powder.  
In my opinion the best bareMinerals brushes for applying their loose powder foundations are the Full Flawless Brush (made of not so soft but bearable goat hairs) and/or the retractable Buff & Go Brush (made of very soft synthetic bristles).
I personally find that the Full Flawless Brush gives a fuller and more matte coverage but it also feels a bit scratchy. Edit 16/12/13: after washing the brush a few times it has become softer.   
The Buff & Go Brush gives a natural and luminous finish and it feels soft on my skin.
When I use the Full Flawless Brush I buff the foundation onto my skin in SLOW swirling, circular motion. If I buff it in fast motion I end up with irritated skin. When I use the Buff & Go brush instead I apply the foundation in gentle semi-circular strokes. 


bareMinerals Full Flawless and Buff and Go brushes




Shade wise I am currently using Fairly Light a neutral light shade, which is a tad paler than my skin tone but good for winter.

bareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Light


bareMinerals Original Foundation in Fairly Light swatch


The shade 'Light' (a warm light shade) would be a great match for summer.
Before applying this foundation I need to prep my skin with a touch of moisturizer and one pump of bareMinerals Prime Time primer. At present I do not feel the need to set the foundation with any extra finish powder, because the Original Foundation is mattifying enough for me.
So far I have not had any issue with the 'infamous' bismuth oxychloride ingredient in bareMinerals Original Foundation, even though I have noticed that if I sweat my skin gets a little bit itchy. If you know that you are sensitive to this ingredient but you still fancy trying bareMinerals, you can opt for their Matte Foundation, which does not contain it or try Jane Iredale's.


wearing bareMinerals Original foundation in Fairly Light




Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Beauty rules: DOs and DON'Ts

How would you like your skin to look and feel? Healthy, clear, radiant, young looking? Then try to stick to a few simple rules and you will soon see the difference.
























DOs

1) Do clean your face twice a day with a gentle cleanser.


REWARD: your skin will be healthier.

2) Do apply sunscreen of at least SPF15 every day in the form of a moisturizer or makeup or both. 

REWARD: your skin will keep young for longer.

3) Do exfoliate your skin every now and then with either a BHA (Beta Hydroxy Acid) product like Salicylic Acid at 1% or 2% to exfoliate inside the pores or a AHA (Alfa Hydroxy Acid) product like Glycolic Acid  or a scrub to exfoliate the skin surface.

REWARD: your pores will be clear and your skin will feel smoother and look younger. You should experience less breakouts as well.


P.S. My favourite BHA product is Paula Choice Skin Perfecting 1% BHA Gel Exfoliant. My favourite scrub is Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser with Orange Extract.


4) Do opt for products containing a good array of antioxidants (see related post here).
REWARD: Your skin will behave better, look healthier and younger.

P.S. My favourite antioxidant serum is Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Supplement (review here)

DON'Ts

1) Do not go to bed with your makeup on (especially eye makeup)
OR you may wake up with an irritation and breakouts.

2) Do not go in the sun without wearing a sun screen 
OR your skin will age more quickly and you will put it at risk of developing skin cancer.

3) Do not use too many products at a time: the simplest your skincare routine the better 
OR your skin may become over-reactive and irritated.
For example if your skin is combination you may need to use only one product like a serum or a light moisturizer or a primer under your foundation (if you wear any) or just use a tinted moisturizer. 

4) Do not use harsh products, e.g products containing irritating ingredients like alcohol (list of irritants here)
OR your skin will become irritated and inflamed.







Tuesday, 1 October 2013

My current skincare favourites: DHC deep cleansing oil, bareMinerals cleanser, moisturizer, primer, La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I.

I am always curious about other women's skincare routines to the point that I may dare peep in your bathroom cabinet, if you give me the chance, or you can have a peep at my beauty cabinet first and find out about my current favourite products.


DHC cleansing oil, bareMinerals purifying cleanser, moisturizer, oil control primer & Effaclar A.I.


















In the evening I love the pampering feeling of a cleansing oil to remove my makeup and my current favourite product is DHC deep cleansing oil because it includes olive oil, does a good job at removing makeup and rinses well with water.
In order to make it sure that I do not leave any oil residue on my clog-prone skin I wash my face a second time using a gel type cleanser like bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser. I love how this product cleans my skin thoroughly without stripping it thanks to its soothing ingredients and makes my mind feel relaxed thanks to its mild lavender scent. 
I also use bareMinerals Purifying Facial Cleanser on its own in the morning to help refresh my skin and wake me up.

In the morning I moisturize my skin with a light but effective moisturizer like bareMinerals Purely Nourishing Moisturizer for Combination Skin, which is rich in antioxidants and lightly smells of soothing lavender too. This moisturizer is easily absorbed into the skin and a small amount (think of a petit pois size) goes a long way. After that I prep my skin with an oil control primer like bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control to create an ideal canvas for my powder foundation (Jane Iredale foundation- review here). Even in this case a little goes a long way and I need to use only one pump, which I apply in dots over my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose and then I spread evenly all over my face. This primer dries quickly and allows my powder foundation to go on smoothly and last longer. 

The only product I may use at night is  La Roche-Posay Effaclar A.I., a targeted breakout corrector with salicylic acid, which I apply locally on imperfections. 

I have been using the above mentioned products for over a month now and my skin is looking clearer, more hydrated and healthier. 

If you are concerned about lavender oil as a potential irritant have a look at the article 'Lavender oil - skin savior or skin irritant?' by Robert Tisserand (here)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush Review, Photos, Swatches

As you may have noticed in the past three months I have been experimenting with some lovely mineral makeup products. After using up my Jane Iredale's blush in Cotton Candy (post here) in less than two months (it is only 2.8 gr), I decided to try a blush from the bareMinerals Ready range and I picked up The Secret's Out.
Here is my review.

BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush



The Secret's Out is described as a soft violet. It is a rosy pink with subtle plum undertones, perfect for brightening up my warm pale completion in a natural way (think of lightly blushing after having been revealed a secret) and perfect for Autumn/Winter.


BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush



The texture is slightly powdery but very finely-milled and velvety to the touch. It is also easy to blend and build up to the desired intensity with a soft brush. The small brush included is a tad too soft and if on the one hand it allows for a foolproof application, on the other hand it takes quite a few strokes to build up the colour. In fact I prefer using my Bobbi Brown Blush brush to apply this cheek powder. On me this blush lasted for about 8 hours as claimed by bareMinerals. Overall I am quite pleased with this blush and I would recommend it.


BareMinerals The Secret's Out Blush

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Mood boosting perfume: Kenzo Flower In The Air

A couple of weeks ago I was so happy because I was in the company of my sister who had come to stay with me from abroad for a few days. My sister and I were browsing in a shop when our attention was caught by a clear glass bottle of perfume with a bright red poppy on the lid and as soon as we discovered its scent we both fell in love with it...it was Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume.



Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume.















To me Kenzo Flower In The Air Eau De Parfume smells floral (Rose Essence, Rose Oxide, Rose Infusion) and musky (Cedarwood, Musks), fresh (Bergamot) and sensual (Pink Pepper), happy and nostalgic like a glorious end of summer day, modern and decadent at the same time. To me it is the perfect pick me up for Autumn especially because it reminds me of that precious though fleeting moment, one glorious end of summer day, when I was with my sister...