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BEST OF BASE : SAVING FACE

When it comes to prepping the skin for makeup preparation, there is no 'one size fits all' product. Whilst essentially a good primer provides a layer between skincare and makeup, improving the last and finish of your foundation; there are a number of other factors which must be taken into account and which rest entirely upon the condition of your skin.

Firstly, if you have naturally flawless skin then the only additional benefits to your ideal primer are likely to be those which enhance your complexion; a little tint and a little glow in order to perfect the healthy dewy look we're all currently in pursuit of. In which case today's post may be rendered a little redundant, but keep your eyes peeled for something much more appropriate landing next week...

Those with other skincare issues [oiliness, discolouration, scarring, pigmentation, dryness, etc] will need a primer which goes the extra mile, and which in some way seeks to address and remedy the concern, whilst preventing it from taking its toll upon your makeup. Enter six makeup/skincare hybrids - it's time to think personally and choose wisely.

THE HYDRATION HIT : Avène Hydrance Optimale Hydrating Serum A lighter, more affordable, and faster-absorbing alternative to the Racinne product below, you could easily be forgiven for assuming that Avène’s weightless gel-like serum would have little impact in terms of moisture. However it provides a layer of hydration which renders moisturiser application wholly non-essential [unless you're extremely dry-skinned!]. It absorbs with a matte sheen which smoothens the surface of the skin and leaves foundation looking flawless.

THE MOISTURE BOOSTER : Racinne Ultimate Hydra Advanced Luminous Gel* Those loathe to apply copious layers of makeup will adore this thick soothing gel. It promise [and delivers] intense hydration with a smooth matte finish, doubling as moisturiser and makeup primer. In the winter months this was my go-to base of choice, for even on days when my skin was at its driest and flakiest, it allowed for a flawless finish.

THE SKIN-PROTECTOR : Radical Skin Perfecting Screen* This delicate mattifying fluid seamlessly bridges the gap between skincare and makeup with its subtle tint, light-reflecting pigments [which serve to brighten the complexion and blur imperfections], and an SPF of 30 combined with Radical’s patented reparative antioxidant technology. Delicate enough to use around the sensitive eye area, and light enough so as not to clog pores and cause breakouts, what's not to love?

THE COLOUR CORRECTOR : KIKO Skintone Corrector Primer in Green* Cynics must prepare to be converted, for the principles of colour balancing are at their most practical when utilised in the world of makeup. If you have the slightest threat of redness lurking within your complexion, or suffer [as I do] from slow-fading blemish marks, then this is the primer for you. You’ll soon learn that going heavy handed with [essentially] smearing green goo over your face, pays off. Like a saturation filter for your face, this fast-absorbing lotion sucks the redness from your complexion; ideal for use with light-coverage foundations or tinted moisturisers as it really does half the job for you.

THE OIL-ABSORBER : Sisley Tropical Resins Complex* The perfect primer for those whose complexions sits on the oily side of the spectrum. This more than delivers on the 'smooth matte base' front, before going the extra mile to provide the skin with a purifying and restorative blend of plant extracts which help to regulate sebum production and restore balance to the skin's moisture levels. The formula's crowning glory however is the inclusion of a mattifying powder which absorbs excess oil and sebum, creating a blotting paper-like effect which prevents oily skin from impacting the appearance and last of your foundation.

THE AIRBRUSHER : Sisley Instant Perfect Primer* Operating in the spirit of Photoshop’s blur effect, this delicate lotion erases imperfections such as fine lines, dark spots, acne scars and blemish marks, as well as improving the skin’s texture and enhancing consequent makeup application. Like all Sisley products it contains a blend of potent natural ingredients designed to provide around the clock skincare [hydration, stimulated collagen production, improved texture to name but a few].

 What are your favourite skin-priming makeup/skincare hybrids?

G

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Skincare Diary #9

Well, it's been a long time since one of these posts graced the homepage of TGG [almost three months!] - the reason being that my skincare routine has remained fairly constant since my last diary. Aside from a few recent additions, I've been sticking to products which I'm familiar with and which work well with my skin - calming, hydrating, and [most importantly!] not aggravating.

MONDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel Cleanser, Clarisonic Aria*, La Roche-Posay Serozinc*, Radical Restorative Moisturiser*. Evening : Avene Extremely Gentle Cleanser, Pixi Glow Tonic, Hydraluron, La Roche-Posay Serozinc, Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc Treatment*, Verso Night Cream*, Dior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A makeup-free day calls for constant application of Serozinc and moisturiser - what can I say, my winter ravaged skin is in serious need of some TLC. I'm adoring Serozinc - it's been the perfect antidote to the inflammation and redness currently blighting my complexion so I don't miss an opportunity to apply it [as you'll see below].

TUESDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Sisley Tropical Resins Complex*. Evening : Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, Radical Hydrating Cleanser*, Pixi Glow TonicHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A long day today, so this morning's skincare was all about creating a sound base for my makeup. The Sisley serum is light, silky, and formulated with a powder blend which absorbs excess oil - ideal if you have a long day of makeup wear ahead of you and don't trust your foundation to survive intact until evening.

WEDNESDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay SerozincSisley Tropical Resins Complex. Afternoon : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincJurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant Paste*, Eve Lom Rescue Mask*, Radical Instant Revitalising Mask*, HydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Wednesdays call for a mid-week facial - I don't think I've actually used any masks but these two in recent weeks, they're both ideally suited to counter the skincare concerns I'm battling, and do so with a serious A-game. The Eve Lom mask is amazing at calming redness as well as giving my complexion a really thorough deep cleanse and overall boost. Followed up with Radical's uhh-mazing offering [seriously I'm smitten with this guy] my skin is left super soft as well as noticeably brighter and calmer [for real, I usually spend a good 5 minutes marvelling over just how good my skin looks after these two skincare powerhouses].

THURSDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Hydra Advanced Luminous Gel*. Evening : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating Cleanser, Pixi Glow TonicHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

A new number today - this light gel from my new favourite skincare brand Racinne, is ticking all the AM skincare boxes for me. A 2-in-1 skincare miracle-product, it gives intense hydration whilst simultaneously providing my skin with the smooth, matte surface required before makeup application. If you find that primers aggravate your skin/clog pores etc, then this would be a brilliant alternative. One use and I'm hooked.

FRIDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Radical Restorative Moisturiser. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay Serozinc*, Racinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

My evening skincare is ALL about fighting redness and reducing blemish scars, and between these carefully collated picks I'm really noticing a difference. The Racinne treatment is a silkily textured serum which absorbs instantly and works to brighten pigmentation - it has an instantly calming effect and smells tantalising. The Verso night cream is an old favourite which contains a super powerful dose of retinol [the good kind] and antioxidants to calm and repair damaged skin. Just what I need.

SATURDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Hydra Advanced Luminous Gel. Afternoon : Garnier Micellar Cleansing WaterRadical Hydrating CleanserLa Roche-Posay SerozincJurlique Purely Bright Spot Treatment. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay SerozincRacinne Ultimate Aqua Blanc TreatmentVerso Night CreamDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Another brightening/scar-fading wonder-product comes in the form of the above Jurlique spot treatment. Firstly, thumbs up to Jurlique for producing a product which not only prevents blemishes, but also deals with the after-effects [we need more products like this!]. Formulated with a blend of Niacinamide and Citric Peel [powerful anti-inflammatories] it is quite strong so you really don't need to apply a lot, but after just a few weeks of daily use it has made such a difference.

SUNDAY Morning : La Roche-Posay Physiological Gel CleanserClarisonic AriaLa Roche-Posay SerozincRadical Restorative Moisturiser. Evening : Aesop Exfoliant PasteEve Lom Rescue MaskRadical Instant Revitalising MaskHydraluronLa Roche-Posay Serozinc, Sarah Chapman Skinesis Overnight FacialDior Hydra-Life Eye Cream.

Ending the week with another makeup free day and a facial - my skin LOVES days like these. If you're in need of a serious skincare boost, I'd really recommend using two masks in succession - follow up a deep cleansing one with something a little gentler/more hydrating, and you'll notice a real difference. A note on the Dior eye cream : if you have sensitive eyes and seek a cream which soothes ad de-puffs, then here is the one.

Which products make up your staple skincare diary these days?

G x

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