Today I will tackle the first two questions that arrived to my inbox. I’ll get to the rest next week. Please keep sending me your beauty questions so I can keep this featuring alive and thriving! If you would like to submit a question, click here.
Without further ado, here is the first installment of “Ask A Beauty Blogger”.
Tinted moisturizer is a tough product to fall in love with. Because it is trying to do so many things, and thus, I’ve found that it doesn’t really excel at anything. If you’re dead set on using a tinted moisturizer, I would recommend the Laura Mercier Oil-Free with SPF 20. The formula is light but the coverage is less than I would have hoped. It will hydrate your skin and keep oil at bay, however, you’ll need to reapply at least once throughout the day and use a setting powder (bareMinerals – Mineral Veil) with each application.
If you are willing reconsider your product choice, I would highly recommend either a BB cream or a pressed powder. My top three pick for BB creams that will moisturize, provide light, natural and long lasting coverage, and keep oil under control are as follows:
L’Oréal Paris Magic Skin Beautifier B.B. Cream
Colourless when applied, this BB cream will adapt as you blend it into skin, causing its pigment beads to burst. If you have oily skin and can get past the grainy texture of the beads upon application, this primer-like balm gives you a smooth, matte finish at an extremely affordable price.
Clinique Age Defense BB Cream
This BB cream is a bit heavier than the former providing a medium-full coverage while aiming to mask imperfections and shine. It is long lasting and dries to a matte finish. Another perk that Clinique has built into this BB cream is an SPF 30 and contains antioxidants and Vitamin E to protect your skin against the environment, as well caffeine to calm and sooth irritated skin.
Boscia BB Cream
This skin-perfecting cream is the ultimate treatment that not only hydrates but leaves skin lustrous and flawless. This miracle cream also helps diminish the appearance of pores, fine lines, providing long-wearing, natural coverage that conceals imperfections. This natural botanical cream shields your skin from future damage without causing irritation while providing protection from the sun with an SPF 27.
If you’re not yet ready to jump on the BB Cream bandwagon, my absolute favourite face product is the CoverFX [Canadian company] Total Cover Cream Foundation, which can be purchased at most Sephora stores – or online. I know this might seem like the most unlikely recommendation based on your request, but I swear this product is lightweight, long lasting, and completely moisturizing. Every time I wear this cream foundation I get compliments on my skin, and you know my face is far from flawless on a consistent basis. CoverFX has created a powder that feels like a tinted moisturizer on your face but has the coverage and staying power of a foundation, while looking as though you’re makeup free.
Ahh, the dreaded dark circles. For those of us that have pale skin, this issue is almost inevitable. There are an endless number of products on the market to combat under eye pigmentation, however, many of them don’t live up to their promises.
Personally, I find a healthy well balanced diet – including lots of water, has been key in my battle against the darkness. Unfortunately, this isn’t enough for many.
I will break this into two parts, covering and treating.
Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator
The price isn’t for the faint of heart, but sometimes you get what you pay for. This Estee Lauder Illuminator is said to be the first with a contoured, cooling, ceramic tip applicator, which means that it instantly brightens your eye area. After a few weeks of use, you’ll notice that your dark circles will begin to lighten. The highly concentrated Dark Circle Correcting Complex targets the underlying causes of darkness and puffiness for dramatic brightening and de-puffing. Triple-Optic Technology instantly makes dark circles appear lighter.
Cover FX Cream Concealer
I use this concealer not only for under eye circles, but also for blemishes and discoloration. These isn’t anything special about this product other than it’s long lasting formula and ability to cover almost any imperfection. At under $30 a pop it is a great deal and remember, a little goes a long way. I find it best to use your ring finger to blend under your eyes and build up coverage rather than using a large amount initially.
Yves Saint Laurent TOUCHE ECLAT
A luminizing pen that brings light and radiance to the skin, immediately erases any signs of fatigue, and brightens the complexion. The texture is amazing and provides great coverage but remember, it is a highlighter first – so you will need to finish with either foundation or concealer.
Vitamin K, also called phytonadione, has been found to benefit the under-eye area when used topically. Try adding it to your facial moisturizer and use at least once a day.
Clinique All About Eyes Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage
A cooling serum that helps instantly massage away bags, refresh and hydrate puffy eyes on contact while plus brightening the eye area over time. The serum has caffeine, potent antioxidants and soothing botanicals, all of which significantly reduce puffiness. Unfortunately, this product does little for discoloration and doesn’t produce long lasting result. It is a great buy for a quick fix – but don’t count on it correcting under eye circles once you stop using it.
Olay Regenerist Anti-Aging Eye Roller
Featuring three precision micro-rollers that gently massage a concentrated, hydrating anti aging product to not only help reduce eye puffiness, but instantly diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles. If puffiness is your main concern, this may not be the best product for you. You should notice brightening with regular use after just a few weeks. The key to success with this product is consistency.
Hopefully these recommendations were helpful! I’d love to hear your feedback – and for sure let me know if you end up trying one of these products.
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Have a lovely day!