FOTD: Diorskin Airflash CC Primer

I used the new Diorskin Airflash CC Primer for this FOTD, to see how it would hold up on my oily skin. It claims to add a ‘radiance’ to your skin while prepping it for foundation application. The color really is universal (it goes on white and blends out sheer), and honestly I initially didn’t see the ‘radiance’ that it was claiming. But apparently, the camera saw it just fine.

I used it ‘all over’ this time. I think in the future, I might just limit the radiance to the center of my face, and go around the edges with a bronzer.

FACE
Diorskin Airflash CC Primer
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (#500)
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Ginger
Koh Gen Doh Loose Powder
MAC Blush in Barefaced
EYES
MAC Eyeshadow in Brule (browbone)
NARS Single Eyeshadow in Yamal (lids)
Louise Young Eyeshadow in Pom Pom (outer corners)
By Terry Opaline Flash (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Lipstick Queen Jean Queen
*I found that on my oily skin, the CC Cream encourages oil production… and may eventually break the normal finish of the Airflash Foundation (which I never need to touch up). I blotted heavily once halfway through the day (during 10 hours of wear) and it seemed to hold up after that until I took it off. But that halfway point, when I blotted, I was VERY oily. The oil production didn’t break the foundation, but it made me look REALLY shiny and overdone (like I should have an an evening dress or something). I’m on the fence about using these products together. I feel like they work better when being used with other products. I don’t use a primer with the Airflash Foundation, and it holds beautifully. The addition of a primer (even from the same brand) may be a little too much for my oily skin to handle.*

June Favorites (2013)

Hey Beauties!

Here are the things making my list for the month of June.

Kusmi makes some of the best tea I’ve ever tasted. BB Detox is supposed to help your skin glow with a shot of grapefruit. I don’t know about all of that (I’ve been drinking it for months with no noticeable change to my skin due to the tea), but it is so good! It’s refreshing and perfect either hot or cold. I have a cup a day. Love it.

When I started doing peels for The Skin Regime, I realized how ‘thin’ my skin could get. During a mishap that we shall not talk about (the burn man… the BURN), I did some damage to one side of my face. One of my friends gifted me with this expensive little miracle, and it made SUCH a difference. I was able to repair the damaged portion of my face within 3-5 days, with no residual scarring. Barring any tragedy, I may never have to use it again (I’m much more careful now). Here’s hoping.

This stuff is a lifesaver! Since starting The Skin Regime, I’ve learned a lot about why you should NOT pick (especially with those peels). I’ve had much fewer breakouts (like one pimple… maybe two a month), and I’ve been using this stuff to take care of them. I scar with benzoyl peroxide, and this has tea tree oil in it (which I use anyway), and yarrow oil to deal with discolorations. Plus, I can dab a little on, let it dry, and put foundation over it, and you’d never know it was there. It creates a barrier between the offending pimple and makeup, and works all day without me looking like a dork wearing zit cream.

Whew… THIS STUFF IS AMAZING. If you’re looking for full coverage that does not move, this foundation has me sold six ways from Sunday. It’s insanely effective. When I did Alakazia’s show, I wore this with the Hourglass Primer, and sported a perfectly flawless foundation for 9-12 hours. No joke. I can’t say enough about this foundation. And even with the full coverage and amazing setting power, you don’t look like a flat canvas. The finish of this foundation is ‘radiant’ — even for us oily girls. And if a little oil manages to seep through… no worries. It just adds to the overall glow on your face. I can see this being a problem for drier skins, so a healthy dose of moisturizer is recommended for you beauties. But oily girls will love this. It’s freakin’ amazing.

 
And if you really want to take that natural (not shiny) radiance to the next level, dust a bit of the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Powder over it. It has absolutely no shimmer, but still works to make the face look as bright and alive as possible. It comes in four shades (plus a highlighting powder). The shade in 01 matches my skin perfectly, so this powder would work better as a matte bronzer for fair skinned beauties.  

Chanel Blush in In Love is not new… but it remains one of my favorite peachy blushes of all time. I’ve been using it so much lately, that I wonder what caused me to set it aside in the first place. It’s a perfect compliment to a ‘fresh’ makeup… it livens up any look without making me look too ‘done.’ I’m so glad this wasn’t a limited edition color. I feel like this is one of the best blush colors that Chanel makes, to suit a wide range of skin tones.

Keeping with Chanel… I feel like they have finally mastered mascara. Volume de Chanel is the best mascara they’ve ever made. Period. It’s amazing. I’m on my second tube (and I rarely repeat buy mascara) and I’m more in love with it than ever. I hope they keep this around forever (and maybe even do away with some of their earlier attempts). It’s that good.

This has easily become my favorite Burberry lipstick of late. Golden Peach is so flattering… I can put it on without a mirror and go on about my life. It’s completely effortless. It’s been getting tons of play lately, especially since my schedule has picked up and I can no longer dedicate a significant amount of time to doing my face on a regular basis. I can put this on as a final touch, and run out the door looking like I spent more time than a little bit getting it right.

That’s it! Those are my favorites for June. Ciao for now!

FOTD: Matte Smoke

I was feeling a little ‘vintage’ about the eyes, and wanted to do a smoky eye that involved absolutely no shimmer. I wanted a daytime look, so I swapped black shadow for matte brown to get the job done.

FACE
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (500)
Laura Mercier Baked Radiance Powder (01)
EYES
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Determination (lids/under waterline)
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Ambition (blended through crease)
Haughty Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Strength (lashline/under waterline)
Urban Decay 24/7 Gel Liner in Perversion (waterline)
Volume de Chanel Mascara
LIPS
Burberry Lip Mist in Brown Sugar

Flawless Finish: Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

Foundation Type: Aeresol/Spray
Skin Type: Normal/Combination
Coverage: Medium to Full 
Finish: Radiant

One of the makeup items featured at the Nordstrom Trend Event was the Diorskin Airflash Foundation. The selling point for the event is that you can go beyond your face, to wear the foundation on any part of your body that needs a little extra ‘attention.’ Prior to the announcement, I never gave the foundation a second thought. It’s pricey ($60+) and for the amount of product you get (and depending on what you use per spray), you’re likely to go through a canister rather quickly, especially if you’re going beyond your face.

Then I hit the internet to see who was doing what with the foundation. I didn’t find much in the way of body makeup… but I found a ton of videos/reviews with folks who found all manner of ways to use this foundation (including some folks who sprayed like half the can in a single setting) on their faces. On the brush, on the fingers first, and directly on the face. The versatility (and wide range of techniques) made me want to try some things out myself.

I’m the color 500 (Dark Beige). For comparison, I’m MAC NC-43/44 with yellow undertones. This foundation accounts for my undertones, so I don’t look ‘muddy’ when I put it on. Now… I was a little freaked out at first because it sprays lighter than the actual color it ends up being. But the color adjusts nicely a few minutes after it sets.

The ‘setting’ part is key… this foundation sets in about 10 seconds. So you have to have it blended out (I do recommend that you blend it. I saw a few videos on the internet where folks did a ‘spray and go’ and ended up looking really ‘masky’) before it sets. You can use a very dense fluffy foundation brush (or one of those horrid duo-fibres) to get the job done.

For purposes of this post, I blended out with my fingers:

A word about the coverage. It’s full. It’s serious. And if you use too much, you end up looking like you’re wearing a foundation mask. It’s not completely weightless… I did feel this foundation on  my skin. Once it sets, it doesn’t move… even on my oily skin. I was paranoid throughout the day and pulled out my mirror to blot — only to discover that I didn’t need to. Used properly (and sparingly), this foundation looks amazing, especially in pictures. I’d definitely recommend it for brides, editorials, and headshots. It loves the camera.

I wore it in an FOTD (and used my Cover FX fluffy foundation brush to set it):

FACE
Diorskin Airflash Foundation (500)
NARS Multiple in G-Spot
Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder (Bronze-01)
EYES
Chantecaille Save The Sharks Palette:
Great White Water shadow on lids and under waterline
Great White Fin shadow on inner corners
Guerlain Retractable Pencil in Gold on waterline
Burberry Effortless Mascara
LIPS
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense