I don’t think I’ve written about makeup since I changed domains. And today was a Makeup Twitterfest which put me in the mood. So here we go children. My routine has probably changed slightly in the 18 months or so since my last post. And since temperatures are changing, what a better time to have a chat on how I roll with makeup and skincare in Swiss winters.
Makeup and skincare I’m loving
1. My old standby, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse , has been reformulated twice since I last hollered at y’all about it. Now they have removed all synthetics (except for the fragrance, me thinks) and silicone. I dare say it is even better with the new formulation, and I still use it the same ways:
– a few drops mixed in with my moisturizer
– a bit on my hair so I don’t look like a Troll Doll
– as an emergency moisturizer or night cream when I am travelling
In short, Nuxe oil remains, even after reformulation, as one of those products to have handy. Love it. If only they could find something more travel friendly than a glass bottle.
2. Normally I am not a Lush girl. I like it but sans plus. However, at the recommendation of Organica and Stephanie , I started using The Olive Branch as my main shower gel, and my winter skin thanks me greatly. I wash then back this up with a little Nuxe oil and my skin is about as good as it gets.
3. I went back to one of my old standbys, Benefit Lemon Aid. I remember why I dumped it- because the old formula was hard and made my eyelids crepey. Keeping in mind that I got my Great-Aunt Marge’s skin, this is baaaad. But since I don’t like to wear eyeshadow (for someone who loves makeup I wear very little daily) and all other forays into eyeshadow-bases-as-eye-makeup (UDPP, LM Eye Basics…) have failed, I tried the new formulation. It is now in a round pot and much, much softer and I am staving off the Aunt Marge look for a few more years (except for the jowls but that is another story. She also wore wigs, also another story). I can’t see this working on anyone darker than me though.
4. Oh my gawwwww. Chanel is hopping on the cross-branding bandwagon and renaming everything a variation of whatever their last product was that worked. One is the new Extrait de Gloss in the Rouge Allure line. I have Fatale and Imaginaire (swatches from Karla Sugar here). Both very wearable, long lasting for glosses and MUY IMPORTANTE look good with minimal makeup, which is my number one criterion.
5. I would like to mention, for those of you who think I buy makeup and never finish it, that I have hit pan on the backup I had of the best blush ever made, the long-discontinued Chantecaille Whisper. That means I finished two of them in three years. Soft, easy to blend, and the perfect color, I despair at ever finding its’ replacement as My Favorite Blush. Chanel JC Caprice (also discontinued) is close, but chalkier and much harder to blend. Cargo Louisiana is also close, but darker and too shimmery. A quick google search led me to this website, which said a few months ago Chantecaille was bringing Whisper back. I can only hope. If they do, I’m buying ten.
Makeup and skincare I’m NOT loving
Two of the offenders on this list come from Laura Mercier, who normally can do no wrong in my book. She could sell toilet seat covers as blotting sheets and I would still buy them and think they are great.
1. Laura, Laura, Laura. I never liked your mascaras but decided to give Full Blown Volume Lash Building mascara a chance and picked up a tube last time I was in Geneva. FAIL. The only pro is that it is a really soft black which actually works on me (I’m so pale and ginger I usually use brown mascara). The many downsides include clumps, unintentional raccoon eyes and a janky, sticky wand.
2. Another epic fail is the Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer. I’ve been using the regular since it came out (many, many moon ago when some people were still in diapers). The Geneva (and yesterday, the Zurich store) were out of my shade in the regular, and the Geneva saleslady, desperate to make a sale, assured me after I told her that i can put vaseline on my face and not break out, that it was just oil-free, not drying. I never listened to people trying to shill me the oil-free in eleven years, I don’t know why I listened this time (desperation?), but I bought it and immediately regretted it. Smells very bad (like moldy bread) and makes my dry skin drier than the Sahara. Could it just be the tube itself that is bad? I don’t know, but what I do know is that since Switzerland can’t keep the regular TM in Porcelain in stock, I have had three shipped in the US to my uncle to bring them over.
3. Chanel’s Rouge Coco lipstick. I have one (Camelia, swatch again from Karla Sugar). I liked it at first, and may have even blogged or tweeted so. But once the novelty wore off, it has stayed out of my bag. Too drying, too frosty, a very 80s lipstick both in pigmentation and formulation. I also like to wear lipstick even if I don’t have any other makeup on, and these lippies are ones that need a full face behind them. Not the revolution Chanel promised, they need to stick to their Rouge Allures, especially the RA laques and extraits de gloss, as mentioned above.
4. Another old standby bites the dust. Is it my age, my wrinkles? T.Leclerc’s Banane loose powder is not doing it for me. It’s darker and chalkier than I remember from ten years ago, when I used it religiously before finding my LM powder of choice. I picked up a pot in Paris this summer out of nostalgia’s sake, and used it while I was trying to ration my LM. They also started sealing the pot with a sticker, so now I have this janky sticky powder-covered seal. The pot is full so I can’t really wash the jank off. Am moving it to an empty LM container but the love just isn’t there any more. 😦
5. Guerlain blush in general. They keep formulating and reformulating and rolling out new lines, and like a sucker I try every iteration but each time they are chalky, OTT shimmery and just generally not as high-end as the rest of their line. I don’t get it- they know how to make quality powder products (see Meteorites, see Terracotta) but it is almost like their blush lines are afterthoughts. Oh and I would provide a link, but their website is Flash and the suxi.