Tuesday, March 3, 2015
"Beauty sleep" is not just an expression ! The night is when your skin regenerates, repairs itself, and can best absorb active ingredients from your skincare products. Whether you're 15 or 75, you should never, ever skip your nighttime skincare routine.
Yes, you've heard the "never sleep in your makeup!!" advice many times before. And I completely agree with it. But I need to add a second part to that sentence "never sleep in your makeup or skip your night cream!!". I know it doesn't seem that important if you're still very young and have normal skin, but the truth is that nighttime is THE time of day when you should be taking care of your skin. Day products need to protect your skin, so you could get away with a moisturizing sunscreen. But if you want to improve the appearance of your skin, that's gonna have to happen during the night.
Keeping that in mind, this is what a good nighttime skincare routine should look like:
Step 1: makeup removal. There are many different products you can choose from, creams, lotions, oils, gels, etc... Choose one that matches your skin type: maybe a cream if you have dry skin, something light if you have oily skin.
Step 2: cleanse thoroughly, to remove all traces of makeup, pollution, debris. If you like it fast, use a product that removes makeup and cleanse at the same time, like a good micellar water or makeup removing and cleansing face wash.
Step 3: tone. You shouldn't skip this step, as toning ensures you have no residue from your cleanser, refreshes and helps moisturize your skin. Use a toner with a cotton pad or something that you can spray on your face, depending on your preferences. Note that a good micellar water would take care of these first 3 steps all at once.
Step 4: treat. This is when you want to use a specific treatment, oil or serum to address your skin concerns. A balancing treatment if your have oily, acne prone skin (I would suggest Clarins Huile Lotus that I reviewed here), a deeply moisturizing serum if you have dehydrated skin, an anti-aging treatment if you start being concern with elasticity or lines. I currently use a leave-on BHA liquid exfoliant at this stage, to refine skin texture and diminish fine lines. My next move will be to try Retinol, which is an ingredient that has been abundantly researched, and has proven effective in anti-aging strategies. This is where Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate will join my routine soon !
Step 5: moisturize. ALL skin types need moisture, even the most oily. Again, you should choose your moisturizer based on your skin specificity. If you have dry skin (as in feeling tight, flaky), use a rich cream that contains lipids - oil-free moisturizers do nothing for dry, flaky skin! If you have normal skin, choose the type of texture you prefer. For oily skin, pick a light, oil-free gel. Don't forget your under eye area when moisturizing!
A word about Exuviance Super Retinol Concentrate
Exuviance is a solid skincare brands featuring products formulated by dermatologists. In this Concentrate, Exuviance is using micro-encapsulated retinol paired with a patented complex called NeoGlucsamine, for a formula that is well tolerated and highly effective. Retinol is known for diminishing lines and wrinkles, helping brown spots fade, and restoring firmness by encouraging collagen production.
Now the giveaway!
Exuviance is giving away a full size Super Retinol Concentrate (a $78 value!) to 25 lucky winners (note that this giveaway is also active on other blogs and social media, not all 25 winners will be readers of Beaumiroir!).
This giveaway is open to US residents only.
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Friday, February 27, 2015
Just a few months after launching the controversial Star foundation (which I didn't like, see my review here), Dior recently released a brand new formula in their Diorskin range, the Nude Air Serum.
It is part of a new generation of foundations, started by Armani with their Maestro, with a completely liquid texture, hence the name Serum. It feels almost as fluid and light as water, which was surprising for a first-time user like me. It will drip through my fingers if I'm not careful, and I still have a hard time figuring out how much product I should be using.
However its silky texture (due to silicones? Let me know if you have the full ingredients list) makes it incredibly easy to apply with fingertips. It feels airy, completely weightless, and very fresh on my skin.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I realize that I'm on a blush series these days... After MAC and Clarins, we'll talk of a budget beauty brand today, Coastal Scents. The brand is US-based but has their products manufactured in China, which allows them to sell everything at a ridiculously low price (even more so when they have sitewide sales, which seem to be fairly frequent). The Forever Blush comes in 18 shades and has a price tag of $7.95.
I bought 3: Radiant, an matte orangey red, because I have been eyeing Nars Exhibit A for years; Lovely, a true coral with subtle shimmer; Enchanting, a cool bubble-gum matte pink. All 3 are very bright and vibrant colors, and I like the "viewing window" on the top of the black compact which makes it easy to find the shade I'm looking for.
The pigmentation level is off the charts. It's like, you barely touch them, and you have enough for 5 cheeks... I have never seen such pigmented blush, not even from Nars or MAC. The swatches down here are done with one swipe of my finger on the blush, then one swipe on my arm. In terms of color intensity, this is like the antithesis of MAC Ripe Peach that I reviewed a couple weeks ago.
Monday, February 23, 2015
While the most coveted awards have gone to a movie about... movies and actors (again), as usual the real Oscars show happened on the red carpet, when the most glamorous movie stars of our time show off in their designer dresses. It's like a fashion show with the most expensive styles on earth.
Today I heard refreshing Oscars makeup news, as I learnt that one of the most talented and successful young actresses wore makeup that I could actually buy without endangering my credit score!
Emma Stone, the stunning redhead, paired her Elie Saab dress with a Revlon lipstick.
According to the brand, Emma was wearing Revlon Ultra HD lipstick in shade Tulip, a bright peachy coral - as well as Photoready Prime+ Anti-shine Balm.
Where to buy? Revlon products are available at your local drugstore and online at drugstore.com
Pictures and information provided by PR representatives for Revlon. I received no compensation to write this post, which only reflects my personal opinion. This post contains affiliate links.