On a brighter note, I got a haircut after work today to cheer myself up. It felt good to see my hair glow afterwards. I usually get a cut every 3, 4 months, and have quite a few inches trimmed off every time. My hairdresser knows exactly what I want! I'd just go in, sit down and he does the magic.
Today, I used the new La Roche-Posay sunscreen as a base, and Giorgio Armani compact powder. I really liked the result. The makeup stayed fresh all day without getting too oily. The coverage was light but it looked sophisticated. Yay!
Note to self: this sunscreen has to be applied 15-20 minutes before makeup because it takes time to absorb.
So last time I mentioned the Giorgio Armani Lip Wax. Here it is in shade #1.
On the lips, it's a completely matte colour that takes away the pink tone of my natural colour. I wear it over chapstick.
I did get a couple more things yesterday: a Phyto shampoo called phytopanama+ and La Roche-Posay Anthelios W with SPF 40 with PPD 19, UVA ultra protection.
I used the Phyto shampoo just now. It's for frequent use for normal to oily hair, which sounds like just the thing for me. My hair feels clean, weightless and happy :-)
This is the first time I purchase a La Roche-Posay sunscreen. It's been very sunny in Milan, and I am freaking out my Shu Uemura UV Base (SPA 17, PA++) might not be enough. I do wear big sunglasses, but a little more help doesn't hurt.
This Anthelios product comes out from the tube like a cream, but spreads on like a gel. It contains photo-stable Mexoryl SX and Mexoryl XL.
It's waterproof, sweatproof, fragrance-free and preservatives-free!
A little seems to go a long way. I squeezed out a couple of drops and it feels enough. It's not as lightweight as the Shu Uemura foam, and I do need to give it time to get absorbed before applying makeup.
Both the sunscreen (17€) and the shampoo (11€) were on sale at the pharmacy so with just 23€ I got two excellent products. What more can I ask for? :-)
I just got the Giorgio Armani lip wax last weekend, and am loving it. Photos next time.
It's a matte lip colour that comes in a mini compact with a mirror inside. I picked the 01 shade, which is an earthy, warm beige. The colour stays on well, but since it is matte, it's rather dry. Your lips have to be moisturised before applying the lip wax.
I just apply it with my finger, because the compact doesn't come with a little brush. Too bad, but I believe the texture of the colour is kind of intended to be applied with your finger.
For someone like me who doesn't like lipglosses, this is a god-send. But if you're a lipstick freak, you will not like this at all...
The major ingredients are zinc, copper, kaolin, magnesium, and listed under "may contain" are silicon, mica and bismuth oxychoride. The foundation is available in only four shades. 25€.
The pot contains 5 grams of product, and it comes with a kabuki brush. It is a bit stiff though. The lighting was not great so I could not see the coverage very well, but the foundation felt imperceptible. I might just give this a try when the weather gets hot and humid.
Another novelty that's coming up is Lancome's Tropiques Minerale collection.
With 90% of natural ingredients, Lancome claims to be offering a brand new generation of bronzer. The above is the Poudre Libre de Soleil Minérale Lissante. It has a perlized finish for a more luminous look. 43€.
There is also the compact bronzer with SPF10, featuring a nomad design.
You can use this with the kabuki brush. 36€.
Apparently, the mineral makeup trend is just starting in Italy!
Meanwhile, my consolation was a free Jane Iredale Liquid Minerals in the mail, thanks to a distributor in Pavia. "Natural" turned out to be an almost perfect match so here it is.
Before there was Teint Idole "Ultra", it was simply "Teint Idole".
Try this on Poladroid :-P
Lancome is coming out with a collection called "Bitten Lips". Far from being bitten-red, it's a series of beautiful beige variations. Sorry for the small images, but that's all I have for now.