Though it seems like less than a week before the seasons last changed, I think it is safe to say that we are truly on the cusp of Winter. I am not sure if the same happens for everyone, but every time the weather shifts my skin tends to do the same. From Winter to Summer, there are obvious changes (like adding SPF to your skincare regime) but from Autumn to Winter, it is not quite as straightforward. For me? This is the time when exfoliation becomes a real necessity; not only to stimulate my skin, but to make sure any additional moisturisation is able to penetrate through thicker skin barriers.
When the Clinique Sonic System Cleansing Brush hit the shelves I was intrigued but dubious. Any beauty lover will be well aware of the leading cleansing brush in the market – we shall call it the Shmarasonic – and the similarities between the two had me thinking that a newcomer might simply be a half-assed jump on the bandwagon.
However, an extensive look at the Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush’s reviews had me neuralize those thoughts (five points for anyone who gets the movie reference). Like all Clinique’s products, it is dermatologically tested (imperative for such a tool), it utilizes sonic technology (which means it is gentle on the skin while cleansing deeply), waterproof, and has two bristle types for targeted cleansing in hard-to-reach, contoured areas of the face where dirt hides.
I have yet to make the investment, but I have certainly tickled my own fancy. Have you?
Last week Clinique launched a brand new range of face primers – The Superprimer collection – which addresses complexion concerns alongside treatment benefits for a wide range of skin tones.
As well as offering a smooth slip base for any foundation or powder, Clinique’s customised Superprimers are available in five colour-correcting shades which become translucent after being applied:
- Colour Corrects Redness – a yellow tinted primer colour corrects skin redness for a neutral, even base.
- Colour Corrects Dullness – a pink tinted primer colour corrects dull, lacklustre skin for a vibrant, radiant base.
- Colour Corrects Dullness for Deeper Skins – a soft, pearlized bronze tinted primer colour corrects ashiness and dullness on deeper complexions for a radiant, healthy looking base.
- Colour Corrects Discolorations – a peach tinted primer helps colour correct dark spots, acne scars and areas of hyperpigmentation for a brighter, even-toned base.
- and Colour Corrects Sallowness – a lavender tinted primer colour corrects sallow skin for a healthy base.
If you want the benefits of the Superprimer’s lightweight silicone polymers without any colour correction, they do have a colourless Universal shade up for grabs, but I personally recommend ‘Colour Corrects Sallowness’ for anyone. At no additional cost, it is the kind of product that would give a bit of a radiance boost to any complexion. Winner winner.
If you’ve somehow managed to the avoid the media frenzy, you may be interested in knowing that Kim Kardashian is getting married to Kris Humphries this weekend!
Since rumours are flying around that the Kurvaceous Kardashian (I had to do it) thinks her wedding will “be bigger than the royal wedding“, and I did a breakdown of Kate Middleton’s make-up pre-wedding, I figured a Kardashian wedding make-up tutorial (aka make-up guesstimation!) was in order.
Kim Kardashian’s three key make-up traits (seen in the photo at the end of the post) are as follows – smokey eye, false lashes, highlighting. Since we’re all not as lucky to have Mario Dediavanovic – King of the Smokey Eye and Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist – on hand, follow the simple steps below to create a flawless and photo-friendly look!
You’ve got to start with perfect skin. Though Kim Kardashian is constantly wearing liquid foundation, it blends seamlessly with her skin, so use a product like Make Up For Ever‘s HD Invisible Cover Foundation and touch up any blemishes or pigmentation still visible with MAC Studio Sculpt Concealer. Seal your perfect base with Clinique‘s Gentle Light Powder in Glow 3. The reflective pigments will ‘airbrush’ your skin in photos, but won’t wash you out.
Eyes! Because Miss Kardashian likes to wear a smokey eye even while working out, I didn’t want to stray too far from the ‘drama’ while keeping it fresher than a red carpet look (wedding photos last forever, after all). Highlight your inner corner, lid and browbone in Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowgirl. Use a toffee tone with a hint of grey (Urban Decay Shimmer Eyeshadow in Sellout) to sculpt a smokey eye from your socket and above, continuing the same colour on your lower lash line. Use Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner on your upper lash line only, and pop natural-looking false eyelashes (my favourite are Mister Mascara‘s in Harrods) on top to really open up the look. I used Lash Power mascara, as well, as it is specially formulated not to run if the tears start flowing!
Fill in your eyebrows with NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in a shade slightly darker than to your hair colour. Don’t be heavy handed, as there is a lot of structure in your eye area already.
For your cheeks, use a Ramy Cosmetics Juicy Cheeks to highlight the top of your cheekbone and a warm, rosy mineral blush from your apples to your ears.
For lips, use a long-wearing lipstick, and line your lips with Borghese Longevita lipliner over the top. By lining after the initial application, it looks much more natural. For a perfectly plump pout – a Kardashian must have – apply lip gloss only in the center of the lips. Estee Lauder’s Lip Color Set gives you every other tool you need.
Spritz with Mist & Fix. You want it to last all day!
Obviously, I’m a million shades lighter than the Armenian goddess, so this is a look that can really work for everyone. Hopefully, you all will share your interpretations or guesstimates of her wedding look!
(Also, I’m hoping Kim Kardashian’s wedding dress looks like this! A flattering change from the norm.)
Want to look like Kate Middleton? Let me break down Kate’s signature look for you:
Fully-lined eyes, except for the waterline.
Smoky grey/pewter eyeshadow with a reflective property (the closest a royal will ever get to glitter eyes).
Lots of mascara.
Filled-in brows, natural shape.
Coral blush. (I wouldn’t be surprised if it was NARS Orgasm Blush).
A glossy nude lipstick – looks similar to L’Oreal’s sheer pink lemonade..
Dewy foundation, like Clinique’s Dewy Smooth with has perfectly balanced pink tones.
Kate Middleton’s Wedding Make-Up
My cosmetic predictions/aspirations are Photoshopped above! To stay true to the ‘Middleton look’, the eyes had to be the focus. Since weddings often call for tears, the ageing undereye kohl liner had to be replaced with a soft smudge of waterproof eyeliner in a very light shade. (Can’t have photos with lines down the face, can we Princess?) Make-up will have to be heavier to not be washed out via flash photography, therefore a strong, semi-winged upper line will keep the attention on her peepers. A stark white wedding dress allows perfection in a pinker blush, softly lined lips, and coffee-coloured smoky eyes.