Products I love

It seems like there’s about a million cosmetic products screaming at you on the shelves and making you 1000 promises, doesn’t it? But which one is right for you? If it doesn’t work for you, at best it will be a waste of money and a disappointing experience. It’s better to look to some review before you buy and I always get questions on my favourite products that I use every day or on my clients. Here below, I will share my opinion about some positive experiences with products which really work for me. They make me feel comfortable to use on sensitive skins as well. I’m a curious makeup artist and I like to discover new products and I will update this post every time I had some new “precious”. Just in case you wonder, I don’t receive any money from these companies at all and this is just my sincere opinion about it.

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The Diorskin Star Foundation

This foundation was exactly what I expected. But, first things first, let’s see what Dior has to say. The Diorskin Star Foundation (link): “Inspired by the professional illuminating techniques and expertise of its makeup artists, Dior invents Diorskin Star, its 1st brightening foundation: a weightless fluid capable of recreating the spectacular and perfecting light of Dior's studios. The complexion is instantly more luminous and visibly evener. A new generation of hollow silica beads captures and diffuses light in a correcting halo with no shine. At the same time, colour-filter pigments neutralise colour imbalances to recreate the perfect light. The complexion is clarified with a purer, more dazzling and long-lasting light. Anti-"light-trap" skincare ingredients help reduces the appearance of dark areas, pigment spots and redness.”

Yes. It’s a definitely light weight buildable coverage foundation with a medium coverage it’s easy to build it up in layers until you achieve a full coverage (if needed, of course!) and it’s still look very natural and sets quickly; I like to apply this foundation in 3 different ways on myself and clients: for a light sheer coverage I use my fingers, for a medium coverage I use a Kabuki brush for a flawless finish, and for a intense cover I use the Dior Backstage Pro Blender(if you prefer you can use a simple beauty blender). It suits for all skin types but it is fantastic for normal to combination skin. The complexion is radiant, perfect for photo shoots and all types of media. It’s called by many the “selfie foundation”.

For long wearing, I think starting with a good skincare with moisturizer is the key. I’ve tried and it has been lasting about 9 hours without breaks down and retouches. In my opinion it’s fair enough. The Diorskin Star Foundation is wonderful, and quite difficult to describe, really. Onto all things that I love, it is a bit satin, but not too much. It gives to the skin the glow and it doesn’t fly away as contrived. It does have a scent but very light, the classic scent, pretty elegant from Dior products and it doesn’t bother me at all, it last only the first five minutes. I have sensitive skin and was a bit scared when I tried it for the first time, at Debenhams in Oxford (where I buy my Dior products) because some scents can irritate the skin, but not this one. The consistency is a light weight foundation with a medium coverage, very comfortable to wear. My skin tone matches 021 Linen. Although my first thought it was too dark for my skin, but it completely matched when I started to blend it. This brand, like others, makes different ranges of shades according to the country. I went recently to Italy and Germany and I could see different numbers and shades in comparison to the UK. In Germany and Italy I couldn’t find my shade 021 linen at all!

One cool thing of this product is that other products last longer when worn over this foundation. I notice it when I use it with my bronzer, blush and highlight were bright for hours (at least 8h!) and it comes with a broad SPF30 and still photo friendly! Only good brands can do it. The only negative from this is product is the price I‘ve purchased mine for £33 pounds but it is really worth every penny.

Hope you liked my review, let me know what you think of it.

Diorskin Forever & Ever Control - Extreme Perfection & Matte Finish Invisible Loose Powder

This fine and invisible loose powder from Dior is an easy key to set the look, because it’s a matte finish and is very welcome to sensitive skins. This provides an air-whipped texture and a long lasting matt result without drying out the skin. Packed with mattifying particles which absorb and dissolve oil, this lightweight powder leaves a soft, flawless and even finish on the skin. It includes a kabuki brush and an elastic mesh which ensures the optimal amount of product for the application. I really like this product and the way it is comfortable to wear. The universal tone suits all skin tones. It’s a bit pricey like all Dior products, but so worth it.

Lancôme Blush Subtil

It’s impossible to talk about blushes without remembering this iconic brand: Lancôme.

La Maison has incredible oil free luxury blush powder Blush Subtil in 7 elegant and sophisticate shades. This blush is available in a wide range of colours from neutral to deep/intense tones. The best part is the ultra fine and long lasting, up to 9 hours. I like to use them on my clients for a classy look and they love it! At the moment, I’m in love with two of them: Blush Subtil 03 Sorbet Corail -it’s a subtle coral tone- and Blush Subtil 02 Rose Sable- a soft pink shade. In the UK the price is around £28 pounds and it comes with a simple and useful small Lancôme blush brush. I bought mine at Boots in Oxford, with the beauty consultant Lancôme, Sam, who was very helpful to choose the best shade to skin tone.

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