Your Must Have Tools

I know I rant and rave about make-up so much I have no more feeling at the tips of my fingers from slapping the keyboard so hard with them. However, I'd like to do a feature on your favourite make-up tools.

All this curiosity was brought on by my highly unfulfilled desire for the beauty blender sponge. I just keep looking at it because it looks so cute but aimless/pointless really. However, since I've heard so many raves about it I know I will one day break down and get it (and call it my sixth sense if you will, but I feel that day is approach very fast). So right now I'd like to know what your must have tools are in your daily beauty routines.

DiorSkin Forever Extreme Wear Flawless Make-Up. Halfway to Monica-Bellucci-dom

You know those deceptive Dior ads where Monica Bellucci poses oh-so-alluringly at you, telling you that you're just an eyeshadow away from looking like her. And then there's that familiar anger that swells within you when you realize it's all a lie. You need to have Monica Bellucci's face to look like her, not any of Dior's make-up, dammit.

While I'm not a fan of foundations much as I have crazy sensitive skin that is currently undecided on what it's goals in life are, Dior's Forever foundation is a new favourite of mine that definitely deserves to be heralded.

Let me start off with the worst part of this foundation: the colour selection is very limited, especially for us darker skinned girls. However, if you do find a matching shade, count yourself among the blessed (one tier lower than Monica Bellucci though). The foundation has a very light gel-like consistency that spreads well and sets as it dries. It feels like nothing on and yes, it does wear throughout the day. The foundation dries to a lovely velvet finish and provides medium to full coverage that you can sheer out easily.

The best part of the foundation is the effect you get wearing it. I look like I have perfectly flawless skin naturally, without the help of make-up. Even though the formula has spf, my fotos don't have the dreaded whitish cast so I don't look like I am trying to compensate for any lack of fair-and-lovely in my world. To me, this is one of the most beautiful, natural looking foundations out there.

L'Oreal's Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner

I'm not usually one to claim that I posess any knowledge of shampoos and conditioners except that sulfates makes my scalp flake (I don't hold back on details so enjoy my descriptions) and silicones coat my hair making it look nice temporarily before it withers away into a greasy hell.

My usual holy grail is Frederic Fekkai's glossing shampoo and conditioner. So when I got the L'Oreal duo I wasn't expecting much. Thus far, nothing had trumped Frederic Fekkai. Thing changed the moment I stepped out of the shower. The shampoo and conditioner as both pretty thick, in keeping with their promise ofbeing moisturizing. The scent is non-offensive and fades fast. Thankfully, the usual overpowering and lingering scents Herbal Essences and L'Oreal infuse into their hair products was not present.

There is a small amount of silicone in the duo but thankfully it doesn't weigh down my hair. In fact I don't need to make mt monthy clarifying shampoos more frequent to combat the silicones. When I dried my hair, I was left with what I called a 'goddess hair' moment. My hair was so soft, moisturized, velvety, and shiny that I have fallen head (another pun, please snicker) over heels in love with this shampoo and conditioner. It ranks right up there with Frederic Fekkai's glossing line and much higher than his shea butter deep conditioner. I will post a pic of my hair as soon as my camera starts working again if you need reassurance. I actually went out and bought back ups so that should be a testament to how much I love it.

Kaya Skin Clinic Contest

Kaya Skin Clinic contacted me with the information that they were having a contest for all those who wee currently in India. The gift is a free bridal package wortg Rs. 2000. Just go to this link and fill out the form. Also, be sure to enter where you heard about the contest.