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Dewy/lashed – makeup lately

What’s this? A makeup post?! Yes indeed.

I wanted to talk about some makeup bits and bobs that I am thoroughly enjoying lately, mainly because they are making look less old… I’m going through one of those phases (at least I hope it’s a bloody phase!) where my skin looks shit, I’m having regular breakouts and my pigmentation is at an all time high. Whinge whinge whinge.

I’m only 30 guys, so this kind of look is just unacceptable. Do you know what I mean?

So this is what’s happening;

Clarins True Radiance Foundation. Another stonking offering from Clarins – beautiful radiant but not too shiny finish, long-lasting and medium-full coverage. I love it so much that I’ve started mixing it with all my matte foundations on days when my skin is like an oil slick. This is another one that I will be repurchasing as soon as it’s run out.

Chanel Le Blanc De Chanel. OK, I know I semi-slated this before but now things have changed (I’m so fickle) and I love it. The things that changed involved me getting my face painted by one of Chanel’s global makeup artists and she used Le Blanc for everything. Mixing with foundation, highlighting after foundation, under my eyes – you name it, it was there. And I looked so good! Even if I do say so myself 🙂 So I’m now a convert. I mix this with my undereye concealer and BAM – fresh as a daisy. Highly, highly recommend. I know it’s spendy but honestly you need so little that it will last ages.

Charlotte Tilbury Beach Sticks. Powder is my enemy these days. It makes me look old, flat and crepey, and anything bronzey makes my pigmentation stand out. Boo hoo. So thank god for Beach Sticks. Dewy, non-slimy little tubes of amazingness. I use Formentera as a bronzer/contour as the deep rose hue is so flattering and then Beach Moon as a blush/highlight – it’s a very pale rose shade with a gold sheen. They last ages. They make me look fresh and youthful. I will now never be without them #beachsticks4eva

Make Up For Ever Smoky Stretch. This is new, like two weeks ago new and oh my – it’s outrageously good. The brush is very thin and nifty, grabs all your lashes and gives the most incredible, wide-eyed feathery effect. I’m talking long, thick non-clumpy looking lashes. And feathery! God knows how it manages to do that but it does. If you liked the original Smoky Lash you will love this. In fact, everyone will. An immediate need I would say (but I can’t find it anywhere online).

So that’s what’s happening currently. And now for some other makeup musings:

After the initial fuss and excitement, I must admit that I haven’t reached for Nars new foundation in like, a really long time… It’s just not that good compared to the other foundations sitting on my makeup table… Controversial, I know #eek

My current girl crush Pippa O’Connor wore a combo of MAC Brave lipstick and Edge to Edge lipliner on her Instagram the other day and OMG, it’s the new Kylie Soar/Velvet Teddy. I must immediately purchase.

And lastly, a question – do any of you have medium to bad pigmentation on your face? I’m really starting to get down in the dumps about it now. I started using Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solutions Serum a few weeks back along with their face sheet masks and have noticed little to no difference. I’m also a bit reluctant to carry on using resurfacing scrubs/masks as I feel like this is making it worse.

Hope you’re all having a lovely weekend and thanks for reading! 🙂

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  • Reply amna

    Hi Simone
    Google Dr Sam Bunting she has a blog and talks about pigmentation. She prescribed me a cream called Finacea. I would go see a dermatologist, i suffer from it too and you’re right the scrubs just sensitised your skin xxx

    February 14, 2015 at 4:34 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Thanks Amna, I spent an hour stalking her online last night! Apparently she likes the Obagi skincare line so after some googling I found out that they have a clinic in Dubai! Totally making an appointment!

      February 15, 2015 at 9:57 am
  • Reply LoNiCho

    I’m in love with le blanc de Chanel I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is I love about it I just love it.
    It just makes me look better.
    I’ve got into the habit in the morning of small pump of Chanel and a dot of healthy mix serum and pop it through centre of my face just gives wonderful appearance.
    Must give that mascara a try. Benefit roller lash is a total meh for me.

    February 14, 2015 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Same! It makes me look better, that’s all I know 🙂 Is Roller Lash new? I haven’t heard of it.

      February 15, 2015 at 9:59 am
  • Reply Stacey

    hello lovely, funny enough I was going to whatsapp you to see if you knew when the NARS foundation was coming out here-it wasn’t in Dubai Mall yesterday when I was shopping. But then I may just be buying into hype as I am pretty much still loving full coverage matte formulas! My skin has been SO bad recently-is it the bloody water here?!?

    I bought a beach stick in the UK but haven’t tried it yet-I think I bought Moon Beach enabled by you and Laura!

    Stacey | Expat Make-Up Addict

    February 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Same as me! I don’t know what’s going on – breakout central. Have you tried the new TF foundation? It’s a bit meh… Beach Sticks will change your life. And I demand a night out soon!

      February 15, 2015 at 10:00 am
  • Reply June Coates

    MUFE Smoky Lash Stretch available here…I just ordered it!

    February 15, 2015 at 4:00 am
    • Reply Simone

      Thanks June! Couldn’t find it online anywhere!

      February 15, 2015 at 10:02 am
  • Reply Jenn

    I have found Caudalie Vinoperfect serum to be highly effective in reducing pigmentation. Just a suggestion, in case you haven’t tried it.

    February 15, 2015 at 6:41 am
  • Reply Nic February 15, 2015 at 12:00 pm
  • Reply Patricia

    have ever used retinol? I feel this is what has worked the best for my sun spots and acne… what do you think is causing this pigmentation? is it sun exposure or hormones?

    February 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Ooh no I have not used Retinol before. I always had a little bit of pigmentation but after I had Charlie it flared up big time and seems to be slowly increasing since then 🙁

      February 16, 2015 at 10:08 am
  • Reply Iris

    Kate over at Drivel About Frivol had great success in getting rid of her pigmentation with HABA and Dr Wu products. Not sure if either of these are easily available to you but her post is worth a read.

    February 15, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Holly

    For pigmentation, sunscreen is paramount (I like Japanese formulas, SPF50 and PA++++.. UVA protection is important for pigentation, ime). Most important is using enough of it.. there’s *no such thing* as “a little goes a long way” with SS, no matter how well the base spreads. Consistency too.. If I skip even 1-2 days, I notice pigmented spots coming back strongly.

    Vitamin C serum (twice a day if you can) helps a great deal as well.. L-ascorbic acid is most effective from what I know, but it isn’t very stable (goes bad after a couple months- once it’s a dark gold/orange sort of color, it’s no good), and it needs an acidic base. My skin finds that aggrivating, so I prefer magnesium ascorbyl phosphate personally. Sodium ascorbyl phosphate is great too.

    AHAs, azelaic acid, tretinoin are all useful, but be careful to baby your skin. I find my patchiness and pigment is always worst where my skin is thinnest and most irritated, so I have to be careful to always use some sort of repairing cream (cerave pm, cicabio, cicaplast.. actually just got cicaplast yesterday and woke up with amazingly calm/even skin this morning, fingers crossed it doesn’t break me out eventually) to help strengthen my skin and reduce irritation if I want to use acids or prescriptions.

    February 15, 2015 at 9:33 pm
    • Reply Simone

      Thanks for the info Holly. I’ve been meaning to buy Ciclaplast so that’s on my list now. Have you ever used Kiehl’s Vitamin C Concentrate Serum? Might go back to using it again.

      February 16, 2015 at 10:09 am
  • Reply Orla

    Don’t know if you’ll be in Ireland any time soon but, have an offer on at the moment with MUFE, it’s €15 for a €30 voucher! Also I know reviv have a new pigmentation serum, haven’t heard much yet but could be good to look into it? X

    February 16, 2015 at 12:11 am
    • Reply Simone

      Thanks Orla, I haven’t heard of Reviv actually. Will look them up!x

      February 16, 2015 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Sneha Susan John

    Hi Simone 🙂 …love your blog !! 🙂 ..Have you tried Sunday Riley’s Good Genes for the pigmentation ? Its very pricey but everyone has been raving about it . Even Huda from HudaBeauty did a video mentioning this .

    February 25, 2015 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Heather

    I had the same skin issues and I tried everything under the sun… Turns out the trick was switching my CLEANSER! I use cleansing balms now (love the one from clinique!) at night and a light lotion type cleanser in the am (mine is from la roche posay). Ever since I started using gentle cleansers my breakouts stopped and my pigmentation is barely noticeable! good luck and love your blog!

    March 10, 2015 at 4:14 am
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