Work Essentials Part 1: Complexion

I get asked often to try to veer off from my naturally dramatic tendencies and recommend some make-up that would work well for a conservative office. Here are some essentials that I have found work really well for work.

Monistat Chafing Relief Powder-Gel
When I first started using this my friend couldn't believe I was putting something meant for various other regions (I paraphrased) on my face. However, it's not just meant for places that I used to be too scared to mention by name (still the same it seems). This is a silicone gel to powder that doesn't aggravate my sensitive acne-prone skin. In fact, it mattifies my skin and I often find that this and a bit of pressed powder is enough to give me a polished, clean look. It also is a fabulous primer that makes a noticeable difference with regards to how long my make-up stays on. After a long day, and by that I mean longer than 8 hours, my make-up is still on. My make-up slides on much more smoothly and lasts a very long time. if you've been aching to try a primer like Smashbox's, try this first.

Chanel Poudre Douce in Peche Tendre
My first thought when I heard of this finishing powder was what in God's name is this supposed to do other than make my wallet bleed and cry? Then the make-up artist put the powder on me and I changed my mind. The Poudre Douce powder gives me a soft sheen that isn't exactly in the realm of glowy, but rather a satin sheen that makes my skin look healthy and well rested. The powder is incredibly finely milled and has light diffusing properties. it doesn't provide coverage but because of the light diffusing properties I can wear this and manage to fool people into loving the way my skin looks. When I do wear this over foundation, I get an airbrushed finish with no chalkiness in sight. I'm not sure if Chanel squeezed the essence of endangered dragons at the third full moon every leap year to make this product, but I cannot rave enough about this powder. Everytime I wear this powder I get compliments on my skin. All this without foundation or a powder with coverage.

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Sandys said...

Thanks Anu! I am a regular reader of your blog and enjoy reading it and wish your post were more frequent;-). I am in India and will be getting some Lakme products. i an an NC45 just like you - what colors would you reccommend.. for eyes and face and lips. Thanks!

11:08 AM
RukmaniRam said...

"I'm not sure if Chanel squeezed the essence of endangered dragons at the third full moon every leap year to make this product"

I'm still laughing!

6:00 PM
Bhumi said...

You r just superb, love ur blog!

2:53 AM
Anonymous said...

I love your blog!
I'm an indian girl living in Norway and I've always found it difficult to know what make up to use for my skin. There aren't that many make-up tips for asians here I'm afraid.


9:52 AM
ZenDenizen said...

What a creative suggestion but hey if it's silicone based, I'm sure it smoothes out the skin's surface...

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12:01 PM
Anu said...

hey sandys

I LOVE sugarbloom lipstick from lakme and be sure to check out their lipglosses. they are divine. am amazed at the quality of lipstick and lipglosses lakme offers. also, their eyeliners wear like steel so I would definitely hoard up on those. skip the blush because it's pretty bad. :)

hey rukmaniram:

hey bhumi:
*hugs* thanks for the encouragement

Hey emma:
Thanks for reading :)

Hey zendenizen:
it's actually a GREAT primer. my make-up lasts so much longer and it controls my oilies. it's worth a try.

10:12 PM

Semi Permanent Make Up said...

I love the idea!!! Even though it is only seeds, that make the difference, I love that when you are done, it can be useful in other ways.

2:45 AM
Anonymous said...

Hi...I bought the Poudre Douce in Peche Tendre after reading your review, and I LOVE it. Thanks a lot :-)


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