June 06, 2009

Changing up: Skin

I haven't changed my skincare/makeup routine in at least a year -- been totally loyal to Clarins' Hydraquench for most of 2008. But it's been so humid in New York lately and with my new food rituals (leaning away from land animals), I find my skin texture has changed dramatically over the past few weeks -- it's not as dry, and I definitely don't need as much moisture as I was getting before. So I kind of rooted around my beauty reserves and found Shu Uemura's White Recovery EX+ Brightening Cream, a new launch this spring. I adore it. It's lightweight, totally non-oily, and absorbs quickly into my skin. I blend it with a dab of my favorite foundation ever - Dior's Capture Totale (which has SPF15, very important!).

Another change I've made over the past few days is I've actually -- wait for it -- kind of given up Studio Fix. Mac's Studio Fix has been my mainstay product since college -- it's affordable, C3 matches my skin perfectly, and it covers any blemishes that pop up every now and again. But again, since I've been leaning away from eating land animals, I don't have as many discolorations or spots on my skin as before.

Anyway, I was having breakfast a few weeks ago with Erin from MAC, and we were talking about Studio Fix and what magic it is. At breakfast, Erin let me in on a secret -- that all the MAC makeup artists are obsessed with the company's Mineralize Skinfinish/Natural, especially for summer use, since it's so super-light. So I've been using that instead of Studio Fix this week and it's definitely given me a longer-lasting matte look despite all the clammy raininess going on outside.