Everyday makeup routine| Winter Edition

Half the time I’m bare faced, and half the time I’m wearing makeup. When I wear makeup, it’s this easy concoction. I love looking glowy, a little dewy, and always healthy. This is the turn-out. Obviously I’m a bit tan in these photos because I love wearing self-tanner. However, I admit I’m a creature of habit and not much has changed since my last makeup look.

I use two foundations in my everyday makeup look because I love the effect it gives. The Burberry one has this gorgeous finish, while the Dior one provides more coverage and adds a bit of natural dew. It might seem like a lot, but I’m pretty relaxed and get ready quickly when it comes to my makeup, so this routine doesn’t take any more than 6 minutes (I promise!).

Philosophy › Hope In A Jar moisturizer
Burberry Cashmere Soft Matte Foundation › Honey
Diorskin Forever Foundation › 020 Light Beige
Cle de Peau concealer › Beige
Becca Powder › Soft Light Blurring Powder
Too Faced Bronzer › Milk Chocolate
Dior Brush › Kabuki
Bobbi Brown Blush › French Pink

Bobbi Brown Extra Eye repair cream
Anastasia Brow Powder [you’ll see in the video I’m not sure which colour it’s in]
Bobbi Brown › Smokey Mascara

Burberry Kisses Gloss › Nude Beige No. 201

Watch the video to see it all in action!

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Dior Forever Foundation

Dior Forever FoundationReminder, I’m blogging about Dior beauty products all week!

It’s always tricky reviewing foundations on my blog.

What works for me, doesn’t necessarily work for you, and vice versa. Some Dior foundations are my holy grail (the Dior Hydra Life BB cream is my FAVE, the Airflash is amazing too), and others I could simply chuck off to the wayside. I mean, I’m giving you my honest thoughts here. I want you to trust, and value my opinion and not come here just for the pretty photos and read my PR sample pitch.

Dior Forever FoundationI’ve been quietly testing out the Dior Forever foundation since the beginning of February. I received it to my California address while spending 8 weeks back home, and when I got back to the west coast, I tested it out almost every day (obviously not on the days I was wearing/testing out my H&M BB cream).

I want to give foundations fair trial runs before chatting about it on my blog, and wearing the product multiple times helps. I applied the Dior Forever foundation using various techniques — using the Dior Fluid Foundation brush, Real Techniques core collection brush, and a Beauty Blender.

Of course, it helps seeing the product before/after on my skin to produce your own opinions of how the product performs on the skin. For a quick reference, I have dry/dehydrated skin and I applied philosophy hope in a jar face moisturizer before the foundation.

Before/After: (I’m wearing the shade 030)


First photo: No face makeup (I applied mascara + eyebrow pencil).
Second photo: Dior Forever foundation applied with my Beauty Blender sponge.
Third photo: Finished look (I added bronzer, concealer and lipgloss).

Click to view an upclose shot of the final photo, to see how much coverage it truly gets. No photoshopping!Dior-Forever-application

Quick after thoughts: It blends easily, and goes on smoothly with a medium coverage applied with all three techniques listed above, and it lasts all day long.

However, Peter Philips, the Creative + Image Director of Dior Makeup describes the foundation perfectly:

“a working woman’s complexion that she can count on for a perfect matte finish and just enough coverage.”

What I look for in a foundation, is something that provides a medium coverage, and has a soft sheen and glow to my skin making it as naturally dewy-looking as possible. However, on occasion I do like to have perfectly flawless skin, and that’s when I reach for my Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation (I often use a bit of the Estee Lauder foundation mixed with the Dior Hydra Life BB cream to provide a dewy AND flawless look, it’s what I wore on my wedding day!…ok getting off topic here).

I’d recommend the Dior Forever foundation for anyone who wants a long lasting formula that provides a flawless finish. Apparently this is a fantastic foundation for those with oily skin types as it is marked to help control shine. This is a matte foundation, but it doesn’t look flat, cakey or fake on my face, nor does it oxidize on my skin.

Dior Forever FoundationDior Forever Foundation is available in 16 days for $50.00 CDN at Dior counters nationwide, The Bay, Sephora.ca/Sephora.com, and Holt Renfrew

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I didn’t like Dior Nude Air foundation

Dior-Nude-AirThe struggle is real to enjoy this product and I never thought I’d say I didn’t like a Dior foundation, especially since they make one of my holy grail foundations, but it’s true.

020-Nude-Air-foundationI’m not entirely sure how to describe my skin type any more. I feel like I can sometimes be oily in the t-zone, but for the most part it’s dehydrated which can be mistaken for dry skin. Which I suppose in reality it sort of is pretty dry.

Dior Nude Air with SPF 25 (love that!) launched in February and is markted at a fresh complexion that breathes. While I love the consistency and ease of applying the product, it simply doesn’t perform well on my skin. It makes it look dry, and a little too matte looking for my liking. But the thing that puts it over the edge for me is that it clings to dry patches i didn’t know existed on my face. Gah!

Nude-Air-foundationI want to love it, because it’s the type of foundation I go for. A lightweight, apply-with-your-fingers effortless serum foundation to allow your skin to breathe. While all those claims are accurate: it sure is lightweight, and applies beautifully onto the skin, but doesn’t pair well, it just sits on top making it look dry.

So I’m not entirely sure what skin type this suits, but I’m betting it’s not mine. Here are some swatches of it onto the back of my hand (and obviously I have my self-tanner on so the shade 020 only matches when I’m not that dark. Duh). Dior-Nude-Air-foundation-on

Disclaimer: The Dior Nude Air foundation was sent for review. All opinions are obviously my own. 

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