My Favorite Mistake – Diorskin Nude Air Serum Review

 

The much talked about Nude Air Serum finally became mine! Read on to see if I'm rebuying it :)

The much talked about Nude Air Serum finally became mine! Read on to see if I’m rebuying it 🙂

Hi Lovelies!

My inability to refrain myself from spending money on makeup I don’t really need has led me to quite a few fun purchases over the past months 🙂 I’ve already started reviewing the Kiehls products and hope you’ve found them useful! I’m moving onto the rest this week onwards as I am in a position to comment on them authoritatively :P.

Although my Clinique has been a go-to foundation for over 6 years now, I picked up Dior’s Nude Air serum because a little change in one’s regular look is a must every now and then 🙂 I was in a rush so relied on the salesgirl completely to make the right recommendation for my skin tone.

She selected medium beige.

Unfortunately it did not turn out to be a right match for my undertone (yellow). But I do have a tricky complexion (pale wheatish) and this isn’t the first time this has happened to me so whatever.

This gives my face a geisha-ish effect which I do not like. To make the foundation more presentable I need to apply a lot of it on my neck and collarbones so that the contrast with my original skin tone is not so stark. Kudos is due to Dior here though because once I’m done blending my skin does not look grey or fakely white! If I wasn’t an “unfair” complexion promoter, I wouldve loved this 😛

In general, I’m upset about this because I don’t want to be wasting a relatively expensive product ( I had to pay around 60 USD for 1 oz) on body shading!

All this aside, Dior has still made an impression. The finish is very porcelain dollish. Coverage is definitely full and I do not need concealer to hide my blemish marks. Initially the watery texture was a turnoff but I got used to it. Also, true to its’ name it IS so light on the skin, it feels like I’m walking around with no foundation on. It definitely holds it fort (even in the heat) until makeup removal at the end of the day. I did however use a primer so don’t forget to do that! Also, it is commendable that it suited my combination skin type without causing breakouts given its’ serumy qualities 😛

I like its’ smell a lot too – it says I’m rich very loudly 😛 hehehhe. Also, because of the texture, you need apply a very small amount on your face. If I didn’t have to waste this on my neck etc, this would easily last 18 months. Finally, one of its’ biggest pros is that it gives a contoured finish to the face just like Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau ( I’ve reviewed it here). Perfect for the busy ladies!

I’m not a big fan of the vial, it looks like my Kiehls skin tone corrector’s long last sister. If presentation was a bit more outstanding in line with Dior’s design philosophy, I would’ve proudly displayed it on the table for as long as I lived 😛

So in short, I would love this, had  I gotten the right shade. But because I didn’t, I won’t be buying it again :/

I’m so glad I got to post today. Yay! Next up, Kiehls 😉

Until then, makeup well beauties!

Love,

WBVANITY

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Fever Benefits – Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup Review

Benefit's Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Liquid Foundation - This one didn't win my heart girls. Not at all. Save your money!

Benefit’s Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup – This one didn’t win my heart girls. Not at all. Save your money!

Hello beauties!

I had a pretty bad fever last week (thought it was dengue, thankfully it wasn’t)! I’m fine now but all that illness has made me paler than usual – so pale my Clinique and Guerlain foundations are a tad bit too dark for my skin. Luckily, earlier during a vacation this year a salesgirl at Sephora talked me into buying a foundation that was too light for my skintone (yeap still happens 🙂 ) The product I picked up was no other than Benefit’s Hello Flawless! Oxygen Wow Brightening Makeup; The shade I was given was Beige (I’m all the rage).

Do I love it even though it matches my skin tone these days? No not really. Why? It just doesn’t give the finished look Clinique ( see my review on this link: Clown Face No Mo) or Guerlain (see my review here) does – it offers below low coverage and does no wonders for making my skin-tone look even. I would’ve been okay with it if looked natural (in a bb cream kind of way) but it doesn’t do that either. It has SPF 25 so that’s something! Apart from that I love the bottle, font and the name of the shade so it looks cute on my dressing table. Also, I just realized they don’t use the term foundation in the name – but the sales girl sold it to me as a foundation so its’ on them 😉

I will continue to  use it, because it cost quite a bit (I had to pay taxes that could not be reimbursed as I did not meet the shop’s purchase limit for tax back so it made a dent of around 45 USD in my wallet).

I will – however – only use it when going out to run a quick errand where no one I know will see me. Or for a hike 😉 I don’t sweat these days because the weather is awesome so why not 😛 hehehe. If I apply it with face powder it looks too tarty so its’ a no no for night wear too.

If you had a better experience than me with this product, do comment and let me know! otherwise I’d recommend  readers to steer clear.

Have an awesome rest of the week ladies 🙂 and makeup well meanwhile!

X,

WBVANITY

For image source and product details, click here  🙂

Go Glam with Guerlain – Invisible Fusion Skin Foundation Review

Full coverage, dewy finish, hollywoodesque final effect and you don't need your  contouring tools when you use this :) I paid a little extra for this, but for the listed price of 61 dollars, it is worth every penny for desi girls.

Full coverage, dewy finish, hollywoodesque final effect and you don’t need your contouring tools 🙂 I paid a little extra for this, but for the listed price of 61 dollars, it is worth every penny girls

Hello Girls!

Friday is finally here and I’m guessing a lot of you are itching to go glam for the weekend.

So how do you do that without risking looking like Pennywise’s angelic, long-lost twin? (See Clown Face No Mo  for some background on this 🙂

You get your hands on Guerlain’s Lingerie de Peau Invisible Skin Fusion Foundation.

Why?

Because it gives full coverage with a dewy finish for a very hollywoodesque effect. On top of that it gives SPF protection too (20) so you don’t need to slap on sunblock under or over this.

Like my earlier recommendation clinique (which gives a matte, full coverage au naturale finish) if you are using this you can lay off concealer to hide the uneven skin tone – it takes care of it. You will however, need to use concealer for your eyes. My next post is on the concealer that complements this foundation specifically so keep a watch out for that 🙂

What bowled me over about this product  is that I don’t need to use blush or my contouring essentials – it sounds strange, but there is something in the composition that gives the impression of contouring/tinge of color on your cheeks  (at least with me). So if you are using this in a daytime setting or feeling awfully lazy, you can lay off the blush if and feign the au naturale effect 😉

I use 04 Beige Moyen (my skin tone is pale-brown) and dished out what I remember to be around 80 euros at the time (this was inclusive of taxes -online it is listed for a significantly less price of 61 dollars). Haven’t seen this in Pakistan yet so you’ll have to order online or call in a favor from relatives/friends living abroad 🙂

For the glam face, contour and blush as you regularly do (see my posts Blush Me Pretty and Shady Brands be Fine Cause they Got the Shine?) and top it up with red lippie (see my post “Free Tack Pass). For the eyes, go all out with a fun shade. See Meanie Greenie Wednesday for ideas- but remember if you are going for colored eye shades , do stick to a nude lippie! If you are sticking to the red lippie, stick to gold tinge on your lids and  a thick application of eye-liner and two coats of mascara.

Before I go, I’d like to ask all you ladies to have at least three types of foundation at hand at any given time, is the variation each type can give to your final look – this is really important because  no matter how well you do your makeup, people will get bored seeing your “same pretty face’ every day 🙂

There we go girls you’re all set for friday now 🙂 Keep an eye out for my upcoming posts on another favorite concealer of mine, recommendations for daily wear lipsticks, and more fun eyeshadows.

Whew thats a lot to do 🙂

Have a Happy Friday ladies! And until next time, make up well.

xx,

WBVANITY

Image Source and Order Details < http://www.guerlain.com/int/en-int/makeup/face/foundations/lingerie-de-peau-invisible-skin-fusion-foundation >

 

Clown Face No Mo – THE Foundation for South Asian Skin is Discovered! Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 Review

 

Hello vain desi ladies,

If your foundation doesn’t match your actual skin-tone, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve paid for it, you will look tacky. Pennywise (scroll through gallery please, he still scares me the way he did when I was 3) is not in fashion anymore. I am pointing at those of you who ONLY wear foundation that is lighter than your skin tone ( clown alert!!). I’m also pointing my finger at those of you who wear it a couple of shades darker for the tanned effect – its’ not as bad as the former, but you’re still undermining the impact of your final look.

First of all, your skin tone is beautiful the way it is (no matter what anyone says) so please stop  going around looking for a lighter shade of foundation to look ‘prettier’ – white is not prettier. And even if you manage to whiten up your face, your actual skin tone will be betrayed by your arm and neck skin (yes people look there and can see the contrast). No, rubbing foundation all over your neck, arms and pits does not work. In those areas, foundation just wont do – you’ll need a primer, foundation and face-powder and apply crap-loads of it. And people will still be able to tell you’ve caked up your pits. Why am I even giving any ideas? Just don’t do it, it doesn’t work.  The aim is to look effortlessly fantastic and not a circus attraction.

Now that we’ve got that clear – here comes the verdict and some tips to follow when purchasing foundation for your skin

I’ve tried everything from L’Oreal to Guerlain – if you pick up a foundation while you are traveling  do keep in mind that the girls at the makeup counter (duty frees/ malls/ everywhere) will almost ALWAYS hand you a foundation that is DARKER than your skin tone s0 try not to buy it in a rush (happened to me at least 4 times and I ended up wasting quite a bit of money). We have tricky skin-tones and a lot of us have variations that they may not be able to account for in their recommendations. In South Asia (I speak on behalf of Pakistan only btw) you’ll definitely get a couple of shades ‘whiter’ from the makeup sales girls.

In an international setting,  take the makeup counter girls’ recommendation and walk around, preferably in natural light or in different parts of store with her choices applied on different parts of your face. If you have time to make a decision plaster the two shades you think could work best on your face (draw an imaginary line through your nose) and spend the day sightseeing/shopping (no you don’t need to look like a mime character doing it, just tell her to do your whole face while she’s at it) before buying. This helped me not waste money on a Chanel foundation that didn’t suit my skin type or tone.

At home (Pakistan), I’d advise not relying on the makeup counter girls at all  due to the continuation of the colonial mentality that white is best. They will emotionally blackmail/gang up on you into making a purchase by insisting you are Snow-white (or pennywise) reincarnated and everyone has been lying to you about it all along because they’re jealous.

Just stay strong (even though this is what you’ve wanted to hear all your life) and say no. Ask for shades that match the tone of your hand or inside of your wrist and then trust your judgement. Alternatively, you can take a picture of what they put on you and leave it in the comment box below. No, its’ not for me to  laugh at =P

Anyways blah blah, the best foundation, decided after 10 years of  international and local experimentation as well as an insane amount of  wasted money ( I tell myself it was for a good cause -_- ), is the Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15. The look, the effect is natural (make sure the tone you pick is right for you otherwise your clown face effect will not be on my conscience).

Most magical of all – it is the only foundation that – ON ITS’ OWN – will cover up your uneven skin tone and acne leftovers (welcome to south-asian skin problems 101). No primer, no concealer, no face powder required. You can’t use this if your skin is oily though – it has a dewy effect on normal/combination skin so  you will look very sweaty, especially in the summer.

Go here now to order – http://www.clinique.com/product/1599/5276/Makeup/Foundations/Even-Better-Makeup-SPF-15.

I use honey (MF-G) and i can swear by it – at 27 USD its reasonable. People think my skin is majestic due to this product- I feel a little guilty when I pretend to be au naturale when using this 😉

Btw, if you buy this in Pakistan, you’ll probably end up paying over 50 USD – import taxes blah blah. Either way, its a great investment and even if you use it everyday ( a couple of times in a day like I do), it’ll last you around a year so don’t feel guilty. Just make sure it is not expired or damaged by exposure to our awesome  summer – to check consistency, whine away persistently and the drug-store/mall staff will let you ‘apply a bit’ of the ‘sealed’ product. Even if they say no the first three times you ask, try the fourth time and they’ll get embarrassed enough to let you do it 😉 If oil comes out when you press the bottle, do not buy it – it is old (no matter what they say) and will give you a breakout/some major skin disease. Ask a friend/family member who is traveling to pick up one for you if you have the option (you wont have to worry about it being expired and it’ll probably be cheaper too)

Application for Dummies

Slap on a thin layer for daytime – put it over your eyes too (not sure if its’ supposed to be used that way) but it works great for me. If you’re going for the ‘oh i just got out of bed and this is how stunning i natuwally look’ effect, put on a hint of blusher (next post, coming soon i promise).

For work top that off with natural brown or pink lipstick (go for whatever matches the natural tone of your lips) and a very thin application of eye-liner on your upper lids (no cat-eyes ladies, you aren’t working in bollywood so take it easy and save yourself the sleazy comments the peons will pass each time they pass you by). If you have small eyes, steer clear of the eye-liner – apply an eye-lid tinter and mascara. Focus on your lipstick and get a slightly brighter shade. Again, red is not recommended in Pakistan for work unless the office peons are scared of you or  if your immune to the creepy comments and stares. Then you can do and wear what you want. And I strongly suggest you do so to create a more tolerant work environment for the rest of us =)

For exceptional full coverage (evening wear) put on two to three thin layers ( I slap it on with my hands generously, i have innate sense of when I need to stop though so be careful when doing this). If you want to go “all-out dollface” top it off with some face-powder (keep an eye out for my upcoming post on the tarty yet classy look 😉

So good bye until next time pretties! If you have any recommendations on what you’d like to hear about from me, do leave a comment 🙂

Make up well meanwhile!

XX,

WBVANITY