Finishing powders are an essential last step in any makeup application. A good powder sets makeup, blurs imperfections and gives your skin an airbrushed look. Over the years I developed a coterie of favorites, starting with the original Make Up For Ever HD Finishing Powder and ending with IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder.
I have a list of must haves when it comes to powder. It has to be light/ white (I don’t like beigey translucent powders), it has to be stable and loose. I don’t like finishing powders that come in a compact, they get gross. With a loose powder, you can shake it into the lid and just tap out the excess, keeping your powder pristine.
The first powder in the trio is Make Up For Ever’s Ultra HD Finishing Powder. It got a bad rap in the past for the white blurs in celebrity red carpet photos but they have fixed that problem. It’s super light and you don’t need a lot. I usually buy the travel version ($20) and it lasts a few months with daily use. The only thing I don’t like is that it is hard to get the last bit of powder out. I tried cutting the webbed cover but still couldn’t get it out. Find it at MUFE stores and Sephora.
Next up is the bargain, E.L.F. High Definition Powder. This powder is a little thicker than the others but at $6, it’s great when you don’t have $20 plus dollars to lay out for powder. It also comes in a skin toned version and a corrective yellow (banana powder).
Finally, my new favorite is Bye Bye Pores Silk HD Anti-Aging Micro Powder by IT Cosmetics. This powder by the anti-aging specialists at IT Cosmetics sets and blurs lines and imperfections. It does have a yellow cast to it but I didn’t really notice it. If you have aging skin, you will really notice a difference. Get it for $24 at ULTA or itcosmetics.com.
The next frontier of wrinkle reduction, the décolleté
One of the most forgotten areas of the body is the décolleté. Sun, wind, gravity and side sleeping all can lead to crepey, wrinkled skin on your chest and in between your breasts. But never you fear, there is a solution!
A new line of treatment products is taking on the delicate décolleté problem with the technology of silicone. Sio Beauty was developed by Gigi Howard, a young woman saddled with chest wrinkles from a young age. Howard tried all kinds of DIY and over-the-counter treatments to lessen the wrinkles with no success. Then one day she was talking with a friend about these scar bandages her doctor prescribed for post surgery scars. She borrowed one from her friend and saw results in one night.
After consulting with doctors and scientists and creating 60 prototypes, Howard finally came up with SiO SkinPad. Made from medical grade silicone, the pad has an almost reverse figure eight shape that fits between the breasts and over the chest. Each pad is reusable at lasts 15 uses. If you ever used one of those silicone blister bandages than you know how it works to lock in moisture and speed up cell turnover. The SiO system includes pre-treatment cleansing pads that help exfoliate and prepare the skin for the pad and post treatment serum.
SiO Beauty sent me a complimentary sample of the system so I could give it a test run. First I used the SiO Décolleté Cleansing Discs. Glycolic acid helps remove dead skin and prep the skin for the SiO SkinPad. After waiting 30 minutes for the skin to dry, I applied the SkinPad. Applying it was kind of awkward so I decided to lay down. It adhered pretty snug to my skin and initially felt a little weird. About an hour in I couldn’t even feel it. After I peeled it off in the morning, my skin was a little red and so I applied the post treatment serum. Although I don’t have a lot of wrinkles, I definitely noticed a difference. I wondering how well these would work for face? Are you listening SiO Beauty? The pads can also be used to prevent wrinkles from forming as well.
The SiO Skin Pads are $49.95 for a package of two or you can purchase them with the pre-treatment cleansing pads and post treatment serum for $138.45 at siobeauty.com. Follow them on Facebook/SiOBeauty for special offers.
Sheet masks have become very popular in the skin care realm. But not all masks are created equal. Some paper masks are just gelatinous masks that fall off your face and offer a mediocre result. I got the Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask in a Target Beauty Box and was the most valuable item in the box.
Laneige is a Korean beauty brand that prices out on the higher end. The brand is currently exclusive to Target and includes skin care and makeup. This mask is actually a bio cellulose mask, a heavier almost plastic looking material. It adheres to skin and provides a better delivery method of treatment into the skin.
Unlike other masks, it comes in two pieces and eliminates the bad fit you get with one piece mask designs. It doesn’t have a strong smell and utilizes simple, powerful ingredients like hyaluronic acid, mineral water and quinoa extract. I left it on for 30 minutes and I noticed the mask was thinner as the ingredients actually ABSORBED into my face. The results were amazing! My skin was plumped and glowing. It helped minimize fine lines and my skin looked like I just got a $120 facial at an upscale spa. The prescribed use is once or twice a week and comes to about $5 per mask. This product would be great to use for a special event like a wedding or night out.
The Laneige Water Bank Soothing Gel Mask ( I may get a commission from this link) is available in a 5-pack online or in Target stores. Through March 18, 2017, spend $20 in beauty and get a $5 gift card (online and in stores) or spend $35 on Laneige products and get a $10 gift card (online only).
Shop online at Laneige.com/us beginning on April 1, 2017!
I love oil cleansers. They are the easiest way to remove makeup without causing stress on the skin. Plus, they leave residual moisture, unlike most soap based cleansers. My favorite cleanser of all time by The Body Shop (Moisture White) was discontinued and so I have been on the lookout for an new oil cleanser made without mineral oil.
I found this creamy coconut oil based cleanser at Target and gave it a try. Made with rice bran oil, coconut oil, sunflower seed oil and olive oil, Yes To Coconuts Ultra Hydrating Melting Cleanser (I may get a commission off this link!) is actually a thick gel. You can apply it as is, or mix it with water. Mixing it with water makes for an easier application but it hard to get the right cleanser/water mixture that takes off your makeup in one try. It also seems to leave a residue behind.
Bottom line, I use it once in a while but it doesn’t work as good as a traditional oil cleanser. I just started using Simple’s Hydrating Cleansing Oil (I may get a commission off this link) instead. It is made with a majority grapeseed oil and pulls most of the makeup off in one swoop. The Yes To Coconuts cleanser does work well to clean makeup brushes and sponges!
Valentine’s Day is a great excuse to buy things like candy, flowers and cards. But it is also a good time to treat yourself to pink themed beauty or drop hints for non-perishable gift ideas to your sweetheart! Here are eight products on the top of my list.
Sleep soundly while your skin gets repairs via this eye mask made with copper threading. Copper promotes skin renewal, reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Lasts 100 washes, $25 at nordstrom.com.
Kevyn Aucoin The Neo Limelight
This new highlighter from Kevyn Aucoin is almost too pretty to use…almost. The ombre highlighter is highly pigmented, gives skin a strobed glow and lasts all day, $58.
Oasis lip Gel in Blush Crush
This cool lip product from H20 Plus is part lipstick, part lip gel and its transparent. It applies like a dream and has a nice minty flavor. It comes in six different shades (including a completely clear version) and costs just $12. Get it online at ULTA and H20Plus.com but hurry – it sells out frequently.
Hard Candy Blooming Lip Oil
Lip oils are great for keeping lips moist in the dry winter air, but they can be a little pricey. Hard Candy Cosmetics has a new lip oil made with ten essential oils and a ph adjusting formula that creates a shade unique to your lips. It lasts for 8 hours and will only set you back $6, get it at Walmart.
Valentine Shampoo Bar Giftset
If you’ve never used a shampoo bar, now is the time! Bath and body purveyor Basin White is offering a choice of your favorite shampoo and conditioner bar in a cute heart tin for just $17.99. Each bar lasts about 50-75 washes and they are great for travel.
Philosophy Amazing Grace Dry Shampoo
Two of my favorite things are dry shampoo and Philosophy’s Amazing Grace. This limited edition dry shampoo cleanses and texturizes with the lovely scent of Amazing Grace, $24 at Nordstrom.com. Also available in Pure Grace.
Lash Couture Mink Lashes by KISS
These super thick lashes by KISS have the look of mink but are 100 percent cruelty free. Easy to apply and reusable, you can skip the serums and extensions for lashes that are more than “battable”. Get them at Rite Aid, Walgreens and Walmart stores, $5.99 per pair and $5.99 for adhesive.
Voluspa Vermeil Prosecco Rose Candle
Technically candles aren’t beauty but they sell them in the beauty section so I’m going with it. It’s pretty, pink and smells of Rosé, cassis and white rose petals. Made with coconut wax, essential oils and cotton wick, $18 to $30.