Specifically, I'd like to talk about an ingredient called thimerosal or thiomersal. This is a compound that's 50% mercury. While it is banned as a cosmetics ingredient in the E.U., Korea, and Japan, the FDA still allows it to be used in most makeup products made in the U.S.
Yes, that includes mascaras. Check out the ingredients in yours! Studies have shown that a percentage of users are allergic to it, or might eventually develop an allergic reaction from continuous exposure to this ingredient.
Last note of caution: throw out your mascara after 3 months. Don't risk your eyes. It's not worth it.
Photo: Lin Pernille
SPF 17 PA++
Ease of application: ****
SPA 16 PA++
Ease of application: ****
Photo: Marija Rajkovic
Visiting Nic Nic's blog, I got her automatic tag. My beauty crimes are probably not very dramatic, but here goes:
- I throw away products before the expiration date: while most people tend to hang on to things for a long time, I just throw away mine when I feel I've gotten the most out of them. Wasteful!
- I bite my lips: especially when they're chapped. It's a nervous habit more than anything. The problem is showing up with beat-up looking lips isn't the best way to present myself...
- I rub my eyes with dirty hands: looks like I still haven't learnt from the multiple allergic reactions I've had with my sensitive eyes...
- I leave used tissues around the house: you know what I mean by "used", eew.
I guess that's really it. Hopefully, I won't need a detective to solve the mystery behind my wrong-doings...
I used only the La Prairie concealer and loose powder here. As you can see, the result is a no-makeup look without the skin looking too dull.
Since joining ABB, I realized how small my makeup collection actually is. I probably make a couple of purchases per month. I'm extremely picky so I look around a lot before making up my mind.
I will be doing comparison reviews soon so do stay tuned!
- Sufficient sleep
With that said, for those of us who spend time in front of the computer, or for those who have hectic schedules (who doesn't?), a little extra help is always appreciated. So, here are my suggestions:
Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum: a mega-boost of vitamins absorbed within seconds of application. This is an excellent primer in the mornings, and also a great eye serum during air travel.
Shu Uemura Depsea Moisturizing Essence: thicker and slowly absorbed, this is an ideal eye cream for night time. Massage this around the eye area, and wake up with a fresher look.
It's basically silvery grey applied on the outer corner, over a very matte chocolate brown eyeshadow. The upper lids are lined with matte black.
Then, a golden yellow on the waterline and on the inner corner of the eyes. I used a sheer orange blush, and a candy pink lipstick over a creamy beige one as the base.
- fine sugar
- plain cream (the kind for coffee/tea), milk or plain yogurt, preferably organic
Damp your face, put a teaspoonful of sugar in your palm, mix it with a tablespoonful of either cream, milk or yogurt. Lather gently on your entire face, carefully avoiding the eye area. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. Voilà! Silky skin for a whole week to come.
This mask gives the skin a boost of enzymes and vitamins, keeps fair skin fair, and improves homogeneity of the skin tone.
Chop the cucumber into paper-thin slices, as pictured. This way each slice will fit the contour of your face, much like a mask. Avoid the delicate eye area. Enjoy the soothing aroma of the cucumber, and wait five to 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water and pat dry. Instantly brighter skin!
Photos by Steve Woods
- Do a facial scrub once a week
- Consider brightening skincare products
- Use specific makeup products
Another wonderful base is Shu Uemura. The purple base control contains Depsea water so it's good for your skin.
Besides base, you can also use loose powder to adjust your complexion. Again, we're using purple to brighen things up. My look in "Simple Me" is topped off with T.Leclerc's lilium.