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Determine Your Skin Type
Before you can possibly find the right skin regimen for you, it is imperative you understand the type of skin you have so you can avoid certain products and embrace others.
Dry skin is characterized by flakiness, cracks, or rough texture. Sometimes the skin will feel tight, or the dryness may be caused by outside elements, such as wind or lack of water consumption. Those with dry skin will often need to stay away from (or at least be wary of) products that are more extreme in their ingredients. Toners may be unnecessary for dry skin, because toners help to regulate and reduce oil production, and dry skinned users do not suffer from an excess of oil, making this product potentially superfluous. Many acne treatments contain ingredients that are drying, so it is important to make note of your skin’s reaction and whether it dries out, so that you can moisturize more thoroughly during certain treatments.
Normal skin is skin that does not feel greasy, but it doesn’t feel dry either. These are lucky patrons, as they have soft skin that looks naturally lovely with no need to control oil production or increase skin moisture. Even those with normal skin will periodically find that their skin will change through the year or even over time; normal skin may be found throughout the year until the harsh winter abounds. Middle-of-the-road products work well for normal skin, and with today’s range in skincare, it is much easier to find products targeted to specific skin type.
Oily skin may feel greasy (or look it for some) and may also have increased pore size. Sometimes those with oilier skin may be more acne-prone than others, especially past adolescence. Unlike dry skinned users, oilier skin requires less moisturization, but it doesn’t mean you should skip it altogether. It is important to find a moisturizer that is suitable for oily skin, so it doesn’t complicate or add to the problem, but it still gives your skin the proper moisture level it needs. Toners are great for oil reduction/control, and it may be a product to be added to your skincare regimen. Ultra-thick, luxe creams are generally not needed by those with oily skin, because they are much too intense.
Combination skin is often when you have an oilier T-zone (forehead, nose, chin), but the rest of your face is either normal or on the drier side. Sometimes the reverse occurs, and sometimes only the cheeks are dry. Your forehead might be oil-slicked while your cheeks are parched, which means you will most likely need products that are either targeted for combination skin or have a few to use and choose from. For example, using an all-over facial moisturizer meant for oily skin, but then applying more generously over dry patches (OR getting a thicker, richer cream for those areas altogether).
Sensitive skin is an additional component to dry, oily, or combination skin that is essential to know. Sensitive skin is marked by reacting more often than the normal person to certain products, ingredients, weather, or other environmental factors. Someone with sensitive skin may experience a rapid change in skin appearance simply with using a new cleanser. If you have sensitive skin, it is important to be wary whenever trying new skin products, and spot testing may be advisable. Stronger products, like expensive anti-aging creams and treatments, may be too strong for sensitive skin to handle. Those with the most sensitive may even find that natural, organic, or home-made beauty products are the only ones they can use without fear.
If you remember anything about my skincare routine, I hope you remembered how much I absolutely adored Renee Rouleau’s AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel, which I don’t leave home without–it is just THAT fantastic! Obviously, Renee Rouleau’s doing something right, so I thought I’d try a few more products! (And now, since I was impressed by these, I am eager to try more!)
CALMING CHAMOMILE CLEANSER ($30.50)
I know many of my readers have sensitive skin, and this particular cleanser is meant to work with it in a gentle manner while doing its job flawlessly. It is a creamy, water-soluble cleansing lotion with chamomile, aloe vera, and vitamins A and E. It helps to remove dirt, oil, and makeup and let pores breathe. It’s so easy to use, all you do is apply a dab to your skin and rub in circular motions into the skin for thirty seconds, wet your fingers, rub for another thirty seconds, then rinse with warm water (not hot). I recommend this for those who have
SKIN DRINK ($33.50)
Skin Drink is a serum that’s purpose is to intensively hydrate the skin instantaneously. It is actually quite refreshing, no doubt because one of the key ingredients is aloe vera, and cool to the touch. You really only need about two drops of this stuff to fully cover the skin, and I find that through regular, near-daily use, a bottle will last me two months or more. It is a great way refresh and pump skin full of moisture before applying moisturizer or after using a facial mask. It is an oil-free serum, so those of you who worry about leaving a greasy film behind, worry not. This serum sinks into skin and leaves no evidence behind.
Protected Paradise Face contains shimmery sheer coral and pink shades as well as gold which can be used a a highlighter. Also, it comes with a large pouf that can be used to create a healthy glow all over the face and décolletage.
Protected Paradise Eyes contains a pale gray base color with a marine green-tinted overlay. One of the fish is a shade of aqua that can be used as an eye shadow or eyeliner and the other fish is a rosy gold that can be used to highlight the brow bone or the inner corners of the eyes. This palette comes equipped with an eyeliner brush as well as a basic shadow brush.
Oh my goodness, are these not adorable? Sigh, I wish they weren’t $90 a pop, because I would surely consider getting one otherwise. I just don’t think I could bring myself to splurge that much on any makeup item with my student budget! Anyone a fan of Chantecaille?
Temptalia wishes to extend condolences to Shu Uemura’s family, friends, and fans. We are sorry to hear this sad news about such a fantastic person who created an amazing cosmetic line and had such an impact on the industry itself.
TOKYO – Shu Uemura, the Japanese makeup artist who won acclaim in Hollywood and built an international cosmetics brand under his name, has died. He was 79. Uemura, who gained acclaim working with actress Shirley MacLaine on the 1962 Hollywood film “My Geisha,” died of pneumonia in Tokyo on Dec. 29, according to a statement released Tuesday by his company, also called Shu Uemura. Its products were mentioned in the more recent film “The Devil Wears Prada.”
He is survived by his wife and a son. Uemura’s family and friends attended a funeral Friday, according to company spokeswoman Ami Nakano. Uemura was working as a beautician in Hollywood when he was called to work on MacLaine’s makeup for “My Geisha” after the staff makeup artist fell ill.
His transformation of MacLaine into a Japanese beauty catapulted the young Uemura to renown within the U.S. show business community. He soon became a favorite among top actresses as well as the likes of singer Frank Sinatra and actor Edward G. Robinson, according to his company’s Web site.
In 1960, Uemura developed his first cosmetics product, a cleansing oil that remains popular today. He later opened a school to train makeup artists in Tokyo. In 1983, amid Japan’s economic boom and just as Tokyo was establishing itself as a fashion trendsetter, Uemura launched a cosmetics boutique in the capital. It drew crowds for its gallery-like interior. Uemura gradually expanded his brand to include handmade makeup brushes, perfumes, and voluptuous fake eyelashes. The company’s eyelash curlers were mentioned in the 2006 movie “The Devil Wears Prada” starring Meryl Streep. The company, which has stores in New York, Paris, London and Hong Kong, was acquired by French cosmetics maker L’Oreal SA in 2004. Source
If you were using MAC Northern Lights mineralize skinfinish, what look would you create with it? What shadows would you use? What would you use on cheeks? Anything added to the lips?
Create a look using whatever you want, as long as you include Northern Lights! Feel free to share links to photos of your look(s) using it in the comments.
What are you most excited about for the N collection? What has you chomping at the bit to get this Thursday? What are you planning in your haul? Or if you aren’t planning a haul, why aren’t you excited over N?
I can’t wait to see the lipsticks and lipglasses, because that’s my thing. It’ll be fun to see what the mineralize skinfinishes are like, too.