Posts Tagged ‘Mineral Makeup’

SUMMERTIME AND YOUR BEAUTY IS EASY

Friday, June 14th, 2013

 

Glamour, glitz, and glowing are the buzz words for summer 2013. 

 

The colors in fashion almost always make their way onto the face.  This season’s bright and pretty pinks, corals, yellows, greens and shades of gold, in makeup are taken right from the runway clothing designers.

 

Gold is the color associated with Hollywood – and since this season’s hair is all about the glam  – with roller sets, and big sexy curls ala the movie stars tresses – of course gold should be sprinkled in the makeup.  Gold, bronze, or silver flecks can be seen in everything from eye shadow, blush, bronzer, lipstick, and lip gloss to even body lotion and powder – is going to be a huge seasonal hit.  Think of the sun glistening off the water, and this year we are going to be wearing it – catching our own sun beam reflections.

 

Pink is flattering on everyone.  If you are in the cool family choose a pink that is valentine in color, if you are warm, a peachy pink with look fabulous.  Wear it on the eyes, the cheeks, and of course the lips.

 

Eye shadows are being shown in green – both military green as well as kiwi – yellows, and turquoise, with eyeliners in color that coordinate.   Add lots and lots of mascara to lengthen and thicken.  If you dare – even false eyelashes in the daytime are so right now!

 

Blush is back.  Sweeping upward and inward from the apple of the cheeks to the temple area – in hues ranging from lighter pinks to deepest mauves.

 

  Lips are shiny and sexy.  Lip gloss – think patent leather looking shiny.  Lipsticks are taking the tone of rich color with a bit of lightness via the flecks of shine added.

 

But the one thing to remember about any beauty trend is NOTHING will look good on poor skin.  The skin underneath the makeup is what will always show.  You would not think of exercising hard for an hour and right away – with out bathing – put on an evening dress – would you?  Then don’t put makeup on an uncared for face.  Cleanse, tone, and hydrate 2 X a day.

 

Have fun with this summer’s makeup – remember – makeup is like making a sandcastle at the beach – every night it washes away with the tide!  But it was fun while it lasted!

A Healthy Foundation ~ For A Healthy Foundation

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

Choosing the best makeup foundation for yourself can be challenging ~ even for skincare experts!  Especially when you look at all of the zillions of different brands, formulas and types! 

Everything from powder, liquid, stick, crème, and even air-brushed in a spray-on bottle!  Adding to the mix are the many different skin condition formulas: dry, aging, oily, combination, sensitive and normal.  And of course, there is the coverage factor to consider: sheer, light, medium, full, and even camouflage!  It is enough to make you say yikes! 

With so many choices – how can you choose wisely and healthy?  Believe it or not, just a little bit of research is all you need to reveal the perfect foundation for your skin. 

First – You need to determine your skin condition.  For the very best skin condition analysis, I recommend a consultation with an Esthetician near you.  The Esthetician will look at your skin under a “loop” which is a lighted magnifying glass to see your skin up close and personal.  Also sometimes a “Woods Lamp” is used showing the skin surface via a black light and magnifying glass.

In the meantime, while waiting for your appointment with your Esthetician, here is a quick- although less scientific method, to determine your skin’s condition:

Tonight after your evening beauty regime of cleansing, and treating your skin, as you are getting ready for your nightly ‘beauty sleep’ – place three clean tissues on your nightstand.  

First thing the next morning before getting out of bed, take the tissues, one at a time, and gently rub one across your forehead, one across your nose and cheeks, and the last one across your chin.  Remove the tissues and review them. 

  • Normal skin      Tissue will show little to no oil on it.  Skin does not feel tight or flaky.
  • Dry Skin:            Tissue will show no oil on it, but skin feels dry and taut after tissue removal.
  • Oil Skin:              Tissue shows oily areas and skin’s surface could still remain oily to the touch.
  • Combo Skin:     Some tissues reflect oily areas such as forehead and nose areas, while cheeks/chin feel dry/tight.
  • Sensitive Skin: Skin feels irritated and possibly looks red and/or blotchy after removing tissue. 

Secondly – Decide which type of foundation you like.  Is it crème, liquid, powder, stick, mineral, etc.?  Next decide what coverage you prefer.  These are truly a matter of personal preference – based on what you like, and what feels best on your skin.

Thirdly – But without a doubt – the most important step is to check the label for ingredients!  For the healthiest foundation, make sure that your foundation choice is free of:

  • Parabens
  • Mineral Oil
  • Petrolatum
  • Phthalates
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate
  • Synthetic dyes
  • Synthetic Fragrance
  • Not Tested on Animals
  • And is Dermatologist and clinically tested

As for SPF (Sun Protection Factor) – The best place to have SPF is on your face – either in your foundation, or topically applied after your skincare regime, if you are sans makeup.   In order to work, a SPF cannot be IN your skincare products – as skincare products are meant to go into the skin!  SPF doesn’t do any good – inside your skin – to work SPF needs to be up, front, and center, shielding and protecting the skin!

And Lastly, if your skin could use a little extra age-defying ingredients, look for foundation formulas with multi-mineral complex of Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, and Lysine as well as vitamins like A and E that protect the skin against free radical damage while moisturizing and protecting the skin. 

Surround yourself with beauty ~ healthy beauty!

 

Susie Galvez

www.susiegalvez.com