The Best Tinted Moisturizer

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For months, I was looking for a perfect tinted moisturizer for my skin. I needed one that offered a large shade range to fit my uber pale skin, one that wouldn’t break me out, one that gave a natural finish, but most importantly, one that lasted all day, even in the summer heat. I have finally found “The One.” Nars Tinted Moisturizer does all of those things and more.

I bought this a few months back in Sephora, after looking for an easy base to wear every day. I had been taking a long break from makeup, and I started to feel like all of my other bases began to feel too heavy on my skin. I got matched up to wear the shade Alaska, but it isn’t a perfect match for skin (thanks to the lights in Sephora). However, it isn’t a huge deal as it’s a tinted moisturizer that blends easily.

The formula of the moisturizer is oil-free, but it’s still very dewy. That being said if you tend to have a more oily skin type, I would recommend you pair this up with a good setting powder. The fragrance is very nice but subtle. I personally smell oranges but after further reading I’ve found out that the fragrance is actually completely natural and consists of peonies, violets, and rose water.

This moisturizer is very buildable, so you can either decide to sheer it out and only have a touch of coverage, or you can build it up to make it resemble a more foundation like finish. Either way, you’re not going to get any cakiness. This is also very moisturizing, to the point of some days I will even just use this on my own after I washed my face.

Overall I think this is an amazing product, and it’s definitely been one that I find myself reaching for every day. This may be a more expensive tinted moisturizer, but I really believe it’s worth the money. This is so lightweight and really allows my skin to breath. If you’re looking for a new base, I would definitely recommend this one to try out.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light

So unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard all about the Ambient Lighting Powders. And here I am, late as always to the party. I bought one of these in June, and I have been testing it ever since (read: forgetting to photograph it).

These are quite expensive little powders. Though they aren’t your classic, chalky, no-shine powder. These are a new kind of a powder. Instead of mattifying the skin, these instead brighten, boost or highlight the skin depending on which one you choose. There are six powders in the range targeted towards all different concerns or “goals”.

The one I have is Diffused Light, a yellow toned powder that’s focusing on toning down redness and also adding a glow. It does just that. It makes my skin tone look so much more even and adds an airbrushed like quality to the skin. This does not only make my skin look smoother, it makes my skin feel smoother too. I feel like this powder has really transformed the way I apply makeup.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these powders, I would suggest reading up on what each of them are targeted towards, just so you can get the best one possible for your concerns.

Although these powders are rather expensive, I definitely believe they are worth it. They will change makeup application for you and they have completely changed the idea of setting powder. This adds a glow to my skin that no other product has. Overall I’m glad I purchased this and I have my eyes on another one already: Dim Light.

My New Favourite Perfume – Diptyque Philosykos

Diptyque PhilosykosI think I may have found one of my new go-to fragrances, Diptyque Philosykos. I bought this in August in Toronto at Holt Renfrew, as my first foray into the Diptyque brand. I’ve heard a lot about the brand, especially their candles and perfumes, and although I wasn’t ready to shell out $60 for a candle, I was quite interested in their perfumes. Continue reading

Bioderma VS. L’Oreal Micellar Water

Bioderma and L'Oreal Micellar Water

 

Ah micellar waters. A water based cleanser people have been going crazy for. The cult favourite? Bioderma, of course. Since then, there has been many releases of cleansing waters all from different brands. I decided to try and compare Bioderma to a more budget friendly option, L’Oreal Micellar Water. Overall, I was much more pleased with Bioderma, and I have two reasons why the L’Oreal water falls short.

1. Packaging Issues
The packaging on the L’Oreal water is terrible. The water will all squirt out at once and you cannot really control how much product you want on the cotton pad. I find myself wasting product as the water just drenches the cotton pad, when in reality, with better packaging you could save a whole lot of product.

2. The Formula
The formula of the L’Oreal water is an odd one. Once it has begun to sink into your skin, it starts to feel tacky. It feels a tad sticky, which is not a very enjoyable experience. I prefer the Bioderma formula by far. It makes your face feel clean without a tacky or oily residue.

If Bioderma wasn’t even available in Canada, I would have probably used the L’Oreal version. But after Bioderma, there’s no chance going back. I will figure out away to use the bottle up, but I sure won’t be purchasing it again, at least, anytime soon. I suppose if Bioderma was a. out of your price range, or b. hard to find, then I would go with the L’Oreal, but if Bioderma is available and you’re comfortable paying the price for it, then definitely go for Bioderma.