Why I went on a foundation diet
After my cold, my face truly suffered. It was parched, bumpy and irritated - mainly from the constant rubbing of tissues against my nose. I was soon reliant on foundation to make my skin look normal.
Unfortunately, my sensitive skin was further irritated by the foundation, and I decided to give it a chance to heal. I was then inspired to go a step further and try to achieve good, radiant skin so that I wouldn't need foundation, and also so that I can feel confident wearing less makeup.
How the diet is going
So far is going well. My skin has managed to heal itself. It's still sensitive, but I find it more radiant, and I am getting used to not wearing any foundation or tinted moisturiser for my face. There's still room for improvement, but it's still early days. I won't be off foundation permanently though. They'll be days when I'll want more coverage, and I'll still be doing foundation reviews if i come across any great foundation in the future.
Here's a foundation-free FOTD:
Face: Illamasqua Powder Blush in Tweak
Eyes: Bobbi Brown gel liner in Black
Followed by Lunasol Germinate Liner in White Lightning on top (for a little shimmer)
MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating on waterline of lower eyelids
Maybelline The Falsies Volum' Express mascara on top and bottom lashes
Lips: Guerlain Rouge G in Georgia
What I did to achieve better skin
Apart from drinking lots of water, and tying to eat healthy foods I've turned some form of exercise and skincare products to improve the texture of my skin:
To lose the extra pounds I've piled on during my recent trip to KL, I've taken up Bikram yoga. It's an intense form of yoga where the poses are done in a hot room of 45 degrees celsius, with a humidity of 40%. It's known for improving blood circulation, and people can expect to burn up to 1200 calories per session.
On my very first session, I found it to be 1.5 hours of torture. But felt great afterwards. I've been regularly since, and it's gotten easier and easier. Anyway, onto why I mentioned this yoga in my post - as there's alot of sweating involved, I've noticed that my skin glows after each class. My skin looks its very best after each class, and I wish it could look as glowy all the time.
Elemis SOS emergency cream
Now onto some of the skincare products I used. To begin with, I concentrated on healing and soothing my bumpy irritated skin. Over the years, I've tried loads of products claiming to soothe irritation, but I found that Elemis SOS emergency cream worked best on my skin.
It's a thick balm that felt really comforting on my skin. In less than a day, my skin was feeling calm and looking normal.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar K
I don't have my own image for this product, as my sister tried out mine and loved it so much that she kept it. So I need to get myself a new one ASAP.
It's my all time favourite product for retexturising my skin. I use it everytime my my skin has uneven texture, and it smoothes it out instantly overnight. I don't know how. But if I had to nominate a miracle cream, this would be it.
Elemis Visible Brilliance
My next step add abit of glow to my skin. Feeling happy with the SOS emergency cream, I revisited the Elemis counter to try out more of their products. I came across their new Visible Brilliance cream, and loved it from the first application. After trying out their sample for a week, I went and bought the full sized bottle.
It's a serum with an extremely light texture. It contains multi-minerals combined with Red Seaweed, Swiss Gerden Cress, Blonde Pea Protein and Dew Bean to provides instant luminosity to tired skin. I noticed that the serum had a subtle pearlescent effect and my skin was alot more radiant when used under my daily moisturiser.
Elemis Tri-enzyme Resurfacing Gel Mask
Onto my favourite Elemis product, the tri-enzyme gel mask.
I found this to be the product that made the biggest difference to my skin. It's a mask that encourages effective retexturising of the skin whilst balancing sebum levels, resulting in radiant, smooth shine free skin. It's powerful acting and left my skin feeling incredibly fresh and feeling brand new. I love this product and always look forward to using it.