美容101 - 冬季護膚

    今年聖誕節,我收到了一瓶我一直有使用的有汽紅莓泡泡浴。

    隨著氣溫下降至零度以下,屋內的暖氣也被不斷調高,我必須對我的肌膚格外呵護。我日常的護膚程序會隨著季節而變化,當中最大的分別是沐浴的次數。在和暖的月份,花灑浴比較方便,因為可以隨時跳進去,洗個白白後跳出來,但在冬季,我就絕對喜愛浸浴。雖然有點尴尬,但不得不承認,我就像一個愛玩水的小寶寶,急不及待的想跳進水裡!雖然我愛泡泡浴,但沐浴之中我最喜歡的是溶入兩杯瀉鹽的熱水浸浴。這樣做既可以排毒又能極度放鬆。尤其是當你覺得臃腫時,這是一個鬆馳疲勞肌肉和消除酸痛的好方法。市面上有許多不同香味品種和組合的浴鹽。我最喜歡的是注入薰衣草的瀉鹽,在一般藥房有售。但必須將兩杯滿滿的瀉鹽放入浴缸,才可以發揮最大的功效。浸暖之後(由於我懶的原故),我會在水中加入幾滴沐浴油。當我沐浴完走出浴缸時,便已經完全排毒,全身得到很好的滋潤。

    Here are some of my favourite oils for face,hair and body.

    Speaking of oils, I just love the new oil formulations that many companies are coming out with.  I love all the products by Josie Maranand have been using her Argan Oilsfor my face, hands and body. I  like to rub it into my nails and cuticles for some much needed nourishment especially when I am not wearing nail varnish. Dry brittle nails appear pinker and look healthier after a day or two.  Lately, I've been addicted to Argan Infinity Cream Intensive Creamy Oil.  It smells lovely but it is a heavier oil.so I use it at night, after my bath and just before bed.  I also use it on those days when my hands and legs feel really dry.  Another oil I really love is Caudalie's Divine Oil. I love the smell of it and I rub it into my hair after it's been blown dried.  Several years ago, I came across products byElemis.  I love their exotic Frangipani Monoi Oil.  To me, it's Hawaii in a bottle!  I love Hawaii and although I can't tell you what exactly Hawaii smells like, this Frangipani Monoi oil comes pretty close.  I use it on my skin after my bath and also in my hair.  I always receive compliments about how nice my hair smells. 

    I also like to use perfume oils.  My two absolute favourites are Kauai Orchid and Pikake Perfume Oilwhich I found on one of my trips to Hawaii.  They smell amazing.  They come as a roll-on and I use it just behind my ears.  It really lasts a long time which is great because I often find conventional perfumes smells great when you spray it on but doesn't last.  You end up putting lots on and of course, it puts people off which is exactly the opposite of why you wanted to put perfume on in the first place!

    Today I am wearing Paul & Jo Protective Fluid Foundation N on top of Stila One Step Corrector and Maybelline Baby Lips in Pink Shock.  

    Some of my favourite foundations and concealers.  

    Besides bath time, I love to wear makeup.  It is way of life for me as I have been wearing makeup for work as long as I can remember.  Although, I like the idea of looking natural.  I feel it is only true for the very young. Same can be said for hair colour.  Once those greys are covered, you look years younger!  I wear make-up according to my work day.  If I know I am going to be filming for television, I use a slighter heavier foundation.  Just like women who change their handbags or shoes, I too wear several different foundations.  I like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser which I apply on top of her Oil Free Foundation Primer.  I have also been using Josie Maran Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundationwhich changes colour to suit your own skin tone.  My foundation of choice though is Paul & Joe Protective Fluid Foundation N.  I love this product and wear it daily.  I feel it gives me the dewy look.

    Before I apply my foundation, I apply a light layer of Stila One Step Correct.  This is my desert island product.  It's a moisturiser, skin tone corrector and foundation primer all in one.  I cannot say enough good things about this product. I have a ruddy complexion which means my face is always red.  Without some foundation and concealer, I look like I've been heaving heavy items around or worse, crying!  I never leave home without applying some form of concealer or foundation on my face to cover the redness.

    At the end of the day, as far as foundation is concerned, it's all trial by error.  You have to experiment and try many products to find one that suits your skin type.  

    Here are some of the things I use daily.  

    Pink is my favourite colour and I wear pink, coral or peach blush.  The two blushes I use the most are Rosy Glow by Christian Dior and Stila Colour Enhancing in Peach.  Both these blushes are supposed to change to adapt to your skin tone.  I also like Mascara and use many different brands.  I usually end up using three different mascaras on my lashes.  It's amazing how long they look afterwards. I also like to use coloured mascara.  I feel it brightens the eyes and it seems to work for me.  I generally use purple/blue and green.

    The most important part of my skin care routine is cleansing.  Another desert island product for me has to be Bioderma.  It really cleans the face.  Every trace of makeup comes off including all the mascara. I don't use any harsh soaps or cleansers as I have dry skin.  Once I've finished with the Bioderma it's just a good rinse with some tepid water followed by a cold water splash.  I always make sure to splash my face with cold water after a shower or bath.  

    I suffer from Rosaeca which means my face is always red.  My skin is sensitive and I like to use gentle products on my skin. Bioderma is one of the best and cleanest cleanses I have ever used.  Every trace of makeup comes off.  

    Now that the weather is so cold here in Vancouver and skin is so dry, I am using facial oils for my face. I love Josie Maran Ultra Lightweight Moisturising Oil. I love Caudalie Divine Oil for my hair and I use Avene Body Oil which I put in the tub.  An extra large tub of Cetaphi Moisturising Hydrating Cream for hand and face comes in handy too. 

    I love wearing makeup and enjoy playing around with different colours.  However, I always make sure that I give my skin a holiday, usually on weekends and not wear any makeup at all.  You won't find me going out without my makeup on though as I consider it as essential as putting on clothes.  I feel it's important to put your best face forward.   

    Mascaras that I love.                                                                              I like dark muted colours for my eyes.

    I like to use really bright blushes.                                                      I have been using these lipsticks and glosses lately.