Luxe, Long Lasting Skin Perfection: Givenchy Teint Couture

Luxe, Long Lasting Skin Perfection: Givenchy Teint Couture

I am super picky about what I use on my face, “foundation” wise. I hate liquid foundations, and I loathe feeling like I am wearing a mask. My skin is also super sensitive, making it a challenge to find a product that does not make my skin break out.

I used to use the Givenchy Prism Powders in the 90s – remember those gorgeous finely milled beauties? They were sort of the geometrical version of Les Meteorites – basically just elegant finely milled pressed powders that add a touch of colour and a luminous glow. So when I saw the new Givenchy Teint Couture Long-Wearing Powder Foundation with a highlighter built in, I had to try it. And you know what? I love it! It mattefies, evens skin tone, and lasts all day. By lasts all day I mean stays put, doesn’t yellow or change colour, does not crease or settle into fine lines and stays matte. I was actually amazed. It is a weighty gorgeous leather compact with silver trim – it feels expensive and looks elegant.

stylish studded closure

stylish studded closure

 

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the powder is NOT this dark – was tricky to photograph

It has a skin tone powder, as well as a soft sweet pale pink highlighter right in the pan, which keeps a rosy glow on the skin, without getting too yellow or appearing flat. Givenchy says:

An exclusive atomization technology guarantees an ultrasoft, ultrafine texture for a made-to-measure second-skin effect with no sensation of excess buildup. The skin beautifying blend, with antioxidant vitamin E and an SPF 10 sunscreen, features a special brightener formulated with pink pigments and incredibly pure pearlescent particles. The result? A perfectly, lastingly unified complexion with a silky, velvety finish and a bare skin feel—and that remains impeccable all day long! Teint Couture Long-Wearing Compact Foundation gives women the skin they’ve dreamed about: smooth and radiant, natural and yet glamorous, enlivened with subtle touches of light.

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swatched heavily in indirect daylight

All true. I’m not a big wearer of foundations but if I love this. It has a “barely there” texture, which I love. I hate a heavily made up feeling or mask on my skin. The added SPF 10+ is also nice, as every little bit of sunscreen helps. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly dark colour. My daughter Emilie, who has a porcelain complexion with freckles, has been wearing the same shade as I do, and she loves it too. Seriously – this stuff has to be worn to be believed. It was a “EUREKA” moment for sure.

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You can get Givenchy Teint Couture Long Wearing Powder at Sephora shops/online  or on Givenchy’s site for around $60.

Thanks To Hourglass, I Carry Ambient Lighting Wherever I Go

Thanks To Hourglass, I Carry Ambient Lighting Wherever I Go

Ooooh I am seriously in love with this line. Everything about it feels luxurious, from the packaging to the product. The packaging has a nice weight to it, and all the moving parts move smoothly. They are sleek and functional, with a modern and stylish design. The compacts are particularly cool. But the big sensation that Hourglass caused was with their recently released Ambient Lighting Powders.

From their website:

A wardrobe of six universal finishing powders that recreate the most exquisitely flattering light—from ethereal moonlight to luminous candlelight. Each powder captures, diffuses and softens surrounding light with groundbreaking photoluminescent technology. Choose one or more and step into your perfect light.

• Powders capture, diffuse and soften the way light is reflected on skin, brighten the appearance, and conceal skin imperfections, pores and wrinkles

• Infused with technologically advanced soft-focus particles that help make skin appear younger, even-toned and radiant

• Unlike traditional powders that use opaque pigments, Ambient utilizes “photoluminescent technology” – micron-size spherical particles that refract light and create transparent coverage.

• Universal powders make them suitable for every skin tone, while each can be worn for day and night

• Free of parabens, talc, fragrance, nano-particles and gluten.

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I had to swatch this heavily so you could see it. Applied normally, it really just “glows”

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Wearing Hourglass Aura Lip Stain in Flush with Chanel Glossimer 166 – the perfect pink gloss!

I got Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant, “a sun-kissed golden beige powder that enhances the overall complexion with believable, subtle warmth, and also extends a summer glow”, which works perfectly for me. It is amazingly sheer yet adds a beautiful glow. The only problem I can see with the ambient powders is that I want more of them. Each colour has benefits, like minimizing redness, blurring imperfections, mimicking candle light, daylight and just brightening your complexion. They are so subtle and I love the way Radiant looks so much, that I can’t wait to go try the other colours. I have my eye on Mood Light, which is a sheer lavender pink. Doesn’t that sound lovely?

Hourglass Cosmetics are available at Sephora and online at Hourglass.com
 
Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Daly Beauty Love: Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder

Um, how did I not know about this? I just happend to be obsessing browsing on the Sephora website the other day and stumbled upon Charlotte Ronson’s Closer Finishing Powder. I have never bought anything from her line, but I’ve seen a few sets and thought they were pretty. Also, her perfume is soft and nice – if you like beachy scents, give hers a try.

So. The powder. It is pretty much the exact same packaging as my obsession, Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte powder. The Iredale powder is hard to find and also, $45. The Charlotte Ronson Powder is at every Sephora that carries her line and via Sephora’s website, and is $24. Differences – Iredale is mineral make up and the Charlotte Ronson powder has talc. From my reading on the subject online, it seems there is a lot of misinformation about talc and skincare and the big “C”, ie cancer warnings. This is one of the many problems with bad information – it gets regurgitated by people panicing and worrying. The truth is, the talc warnings were many many years ago when asbestos was used in talc. Do your own research if you like, but I have satisfied myself with the knowledge that it is fine and is amazing for oily skinned folks. Even the American Cancer Society website says there is nothing to connect talc in cosmetics to cancer. Alright, now we have that out of the way.

Charlotte Ronson Closer Finishing Powder is amazing and I’m really surprised that it hasn’t got more love in the beauty blogosphere. It is colourless and eliminates shine on contact. It has the brush attached to a bottle hybrid design. Some people don’t like this, some people, like me, love it. I am way too lazy to bother with a loose powder and a brush in my make up bag and this is perfect. Yes, it requires a little fiddling to get the hang of, but once you get it, application is a breeze. It also has a twist up design that protects the brush from splaying out when you put the cap on, which Iredale does not have on her brush. One word of caution- it opens via a twist off cap at the bottom, I assume to refill. I’d say be very careful of this as it could result in a powdery purse fiasco. It applies seamlessly over any make up you are wearing, has no shimmer, but yet does not make your skin look flat or dull. It is paraben free, and from what I can tell, is fragrance free as well. Here is cute bit of info from Sephora.com – apparently Charlotte’s friends inspire her make up collection:

“Rashida Jones has a natural glow that could never be bottled. Her skin is luminous and she always looks flawless under any light. Inspired by her effortless radiance, this powder filters light to create a glowing finish for skin that looks naturally perfect—even when up-close.” —Charlotte Ronson

 

Rashida Jones? I have a serious girl-crush on Rashida and while I know I could never look like her, I love the prettiness/cool factor of this little factoid. Verdict? Utter and complete love. Will it replace my Jane Iredale Brush Me Matte? Time will tell….

Rashido Jones - naturally beautiful.

Rashido Jones – naturally beautiful.

 

My No-Fuss Daly Beauty Routine

My No-Fuss Daly Beauty Routine

Even though I am obsessed with beauty, I don’t spend a lot of time getting ready in the morning. Reason? Laziness, perhaps? Also, as time goes by, I find I don’t like the feeling of a lot of stuff on my face. But, like anyone, I like to look polished, bright eyed and as radiant as possible with as little effort as possible. I spend time on my skincare routine, and even though it took me almost 12 minutes to explain it, it really takes less than 5 minutes in the morning and at night to take care of my skin. If anything, as we age we should spend more time on My cosmetic routine in the morning is pretty no-nonsense as well. So- what do I use?

Start with a cleansed and moisturised face. Give your skincare a few minutes to soak in before applying make up- this is a good time to brush your teeth, apply body lotion, brush hair etc. Then:

Concealer: this is a must have for a wide awake and radiant look. Nothing ages you quicker than dark skin around the eyes, and uneven skin tone. Using a concealer brush ( love the one I got from Lancome) I apply my HG concealer, Lancome Effacernes. It is creamy and never creases or settles into lines. It’s also waterproof. I blend it lightly under my eyes and on the sides of my nose.

Eye Make Up Primer: I have oily skin, and truthfully a lot of use have oily eye lids even if the rest of our skin is dry. My hands down HG primer is the incredible Urban Decay Potion Primer  (UDPP) in the slightly yellow toned Eden. I use my fingers to apply a very thin layer on my eyelids- too much gets cake-y and uneven so a light hand is key. Also- a trick: using a small brush, I use a small amount of UDPP on spots/blemishes before applying any concealer on them. It helps extend the life of any concealer you use. It’s the little things, folks. UDPP in Nude is slightly pinker, Greed is a gold shimmer and Sin is a taupe shimmer. I also have and love Sin. Gorgeous.

Powder: I don’t use foundation, but if you do, apply it now! I just use a foundation type of powder, and dust it all over my face. My favourite is Jane Iredale Pure Pressed Base pressed powder. It’s practically invisible yet evens skin tone beautifully. It has sunscreen and doesn’t irritate my oily acne-prone skin. I will weep if this is ever discontinued.

Eyeliner: I am a huge tightlining fan. I tightline along my upper lash line (explanation here) and I use a waterproof pencil or liquid. My fave pencils are Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Pencil and Lancome Le Stylo Waterproof. I take tightlining a little further and like to wriggle the pencil between my upper lashes a little bit as well. My favourite liquid liner is L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip – this stuff is fool proof! When I use this, I don’t waste my time trying to draw a line along my lashes- oh goodness no. I leave that to the pros. And my daughters. What I do with the felt tip liner is dot it between my upper eyelashes- tightly of course, sort of like connecting the dots. I always use black or an almost-black colour, as this shade will make the white of the eyes appear whiter and brighter. Brown tones can emphasise redness in eyes- NOT what we want. What tightlining does is give the illusion of thick eyelashes and opens the eyes beautifully. On a lazy day, that’s all I do. I use Revitalash and tint my lashes so mascara is mostly optional. But for a more finished look, I give a swipe of my favourite mascara, Clinique Lash Power.


Blush & Bronzer: Almost done! Now, I look in the mirror and smile, so I can see the apples of my cheeks. Then I apply a soft dusting of a sheer pink blush right on those babies. My latest love is the gorgeous Bobbi Brown Antigua – it’s called and illuminating bronzer but to my eyes its a sheer cool pink. I LOVE it! The shade is universally flattering, and so sheer that it is practically fail proof. Illuminating? Yes it is glowy, but only in the broadest definition. There is no glitter or glimmer but somehow it adds a glow and I can’t believe it took me until 2 months ago to get it! Then, if I need it, I grab my favourite bronzer (lately also Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer in Aruba but I also love Guerlain Terracotta – read about my fave bronzing powders here ). You don’t have to go all Jersey Shore with bronzer. At this time of year, a tiny bit to add colour to our pale faces is all you need.

Lips: And now apply whatever you want on your lips! After brushing my teeth, I give my lips a good scrub with a facecloth to prep them. I am a balm fanatic so I usually apply my lip balm now and put on gloss or sheer lippy before heading out the door. Almost all my lip colour is in my purse so I do that after my morning routine. My balms du jour are La Mer and, save me from myself, Chanel Lip Care. Cold weather and central heating dry out my lips so I work hard to keep them soft and supple.

S o- TA DA, you are done! Seriously, if this takes you more than 15 minutes, you need to practice and practice to get your time down! It’s easy and a great way to look polished but not make up. And, it’s super easy to glam up your look for parties by adding some shimmery taupe or gold shadow, or a little grey or taupe liner along the bottom lash line, and a dramatic or bright lip colour. I keep a blotting powder in my purse to keep shine at bay, and my YSL Touche Eclat in case I need to hide/highlight anything mid-day. But- that’s it!

Do you have any tips for your morning routine? I’d love to know!

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte: Never Let Them See You Shine

The other day on Twitter, one of my fellow Canadian beauty bloggers, Jessica over at Beautizine, asked us what make up item we never leave the house without. Not surprisingly,  my answer was Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte Powder. What was surprising however, was how I have never reviewed this. At this point, Brush-Me Matte is in the car keys/cell phone/purse realm. You know, the things that become extensions of your arms, the things you use so often they are so integrated into your daily routine that you don’t even think about using them. Like, breathing. This is my theory as to why we so easily “lose” keys and phones – our use of them is practically reflex or subconscious. So, just in case I haven’t been clear, I NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITH OUT MY BRUSH-ME MATTE POWDER. Sorry for yelling.

Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte powder is a loose powder, handily packaged in a little tube with the brush attached. Seriously, the best design ever. The powder itself is designed for oily skin. Here are the ingredients as listed on their site: Mica, Rice Starch, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Stearate, Pine Bark Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate. I’m not sure how this would feel on the skin if you had dry skin, but then it’s likely a dry skinned person would not need this product. It appears to be colourless, unlike the other blurring/mattefying powder I use, Make Up Forever HD Powder, which is white. There is a soft “powdered” effect on the skin when first applied, but no discernable colour. The powder appears to be beige-ish on its own. The brush is a twist-up style, with a cap that snaps on easily. The brush is not very fluffy, but it actually works perfectly to blend the powder. I literally use it on my t-zone- up and down, side to side- and maximum two swipes in either direction is all it takes. If by accident a little more powder comes out than I like, then I just brush over it again and it’s gone. It also blurs other things- lines, spots or slightly uneven skin tone. I’ve had mine 6 months and used less than a quarter of the product.

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Jane Iredale Brush-Me Matte is only available from Jane Iredale on their website. UPDATE: it is NOT discontinued.

I Smell Like Heaven: The Different Company Pure Virgin Perfume

I Smell Like Heaven: The Different Company Pure Virgin Perfume

Well, I love my skin scents, I do. Soft, gentle and wearing close to the skin, skin scents can be sweet and innocent but they can also be sexy. It’s quite sensual when someone has to get close to smell your perfume. But you could also snuggle a baby or a puppy and not disturb anyone’s sensitive nose.

Pure Virgin is a perfume from The Different Company. They have another perfume I adore and have somehow managed to not have in my collection, Jasmin de Nuit. Its the sweetest softest jasmine with a touch of spice and fruit. The Different Company does transparent ethereal scents beautifully. Pure Virgin, is, as it’s name would suggest, a beatific scent with mimosa, rose, linen flower, calisson, evanescent musk & woodsy notes. But wait- there is one more note…light wind. Yes, light wind. There are some sweet fruits in there too, but only a hint. Maybe a vanilla impression rather than actual note. This is a good time to point that the “notes” listed in perfume descriptions are just that- descriptions. They rarely represent the actual list of notes.

Now, back to Pure Virgin. The overall impression is a somewhat powdery floral, with the powder toned down by with sweet notes and woodsy notes. The musk  notes are what add the subtle sexy carnal note.  It dries down to a lovely skin scent with a touch of almond pastry. Yummy, I’d say, and in the same vein as Etro Heliotrope and even Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic, but a little more substantial. No wonder I love Pure Virgin. It is a cuddly scent, perfect for the time of year when we are putting on sweaters, boots and gorgeous cozy wraps. It gives the feeling of something white and powdery…snow? Pure Virgin makes me feel quite cuddly, I must say.

Apparently The Different Company has just changed the name from Pure Virgin to Pure eVe- guessing a trademark issue came up. Pure eVe might be more fitting, as there is some temptation lurking beneath the surface of this scent. Although I kind of like that my bottle is a collector’s item. The bottle is gorgeous, and like all Different Company bottle, weighs a ton. The lid alone has a lot of heft, and when you hold it, you really feel the weight of the gorgeous thick glass and metal. The modern design and the Devo style caps look slick and elegant sitting on my dresser.

I got my bottle of The Different Company Pure Virgin at Barney’s, but is also available on the TDC website and at Luckyscent. A 50 ml bottle is around $155.

Am I Blushing Or Is It Benefit Dandelion?

Am I Blushing Or Is It Benefit Dandelion?

Continuing my love of all things Benefit, I wanted to share my soft gentle “am I blushing or am I wearing blush” fave, Benefit Dandelion. This is a no-fail super soft and sheer pink powder blush that is basically your cheek colour at 14 years old in a box. When I first got it home I thought it was too soft, too pink and not me. It was relegated to the back of the drawer for a while. I had seen an editorial featuring models with the softest of pink cheeks and thought I could recreate the look with Dandelion- and I was right. It is a soft finely milled powder compact in the now-iconic Benefit box. I love the box as it makes organizing a make up drawer much easier than round compacts that roll and slide all over the place. 

heavily swatched as it was hard to photograph the tone…

 

About the the colour. This blush works best either right on the apples of your cheeks (smile to find those) or on top of your cheek bones- you know, where you would naturally blush. I can’t say enough about the Perfect Shade of Pink in Dandelion. Benefit’s website says there is shimmer in this- it has never shown up on my skin and I just can’t see it. But perhaps that is what it gives it that pretty lit from within feel. Not sure how well this would work on darker complexions. I am fair- medium and get darker with a tan and it still shows up on me- just imparts a healthy blushing glow. Keeping in mind I like my make up natural and soft. If I really want a more dramatic blush shade I dot on and blend a few drops of Benetint first.

 

As with many powder blushes I find a primer underneath helps extend the life of this one, but it is an ethereal colour so don’t expect 8 hours. As it is a powder and I also use my MAC Blot or Studio Fix I use a spritz of rosewater after applying my make up to avoid a grandmotherly powdered look. Dandelion is simply too pretty and I find the prettiest softest make up can tend to be fleeting. The same goes for pretty and ethereal perfumes but that is another post….

Sweet Pastel Candy Campaign, Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2012

 

So this Spring is all about pastels and soft soft soft powder puff candy colours and Benefit Dandelion is just the perfect soft fluffy cotton candy pink. If you don’t have Dandelion, get thee to the Benefit counter, stat!

Cotton Candy Photo credit: Death By Cotton Candy, 2006, Daniela Edburg