Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen; A Truly Fantastic Foundation

Finding a new foundation you love can be as challenging as finding a new pair of jeans. At least it is for me. My skin changes from combination to dry to a total broken out mess depending on what I’m testing out that particular week. I often change my entire regimen every few days so I never know what skin issues I’ll wake up with. I need a foundation that covers well and responds to whatever state my skin happens to be in that day, bonus points for something easy to apply and take along for touch-ups. Three cheers for my new favorite go-to foundation that does it all; Ellis Faas Skin Veil Pen.

First, let’s admire its futuristic look – cool right?

Loading the pen for its first use is easy, just pop the top off the foundation container and slide it up.

Give it a few pumps and voilá – a small amount of foundation appears. It’s slow to ooze out and the formula is on the thicker side so it doesn’t run into the cap. Nothing wasted.

I wanted to show the fantastic coverage and beautiful finish of Skin Veil, a task made easier given the current state of my splotchy skin – a perfect time to try out a new foundation actually.

I pumped the foundation into the brush and swept a little over my whole face (shade S102), patting it in with my trusty Beauty Blender. I could see a huge improvement in my skin right away because it did an excellent job of covering my red splotches and evening out my skin tone. It’s a wonderfully instinctive foundation that finds a way to just morph into better looking skin. It’s undetectable and has some pretty amazing staying power. It kept its coverage all day without fading or separating and even gave my blush something to grab on to so it didn’t fade out either.

Why so serious? Click to enlarge.

I have to say that Skin Veil is one of my top 5 foundations of all time just because of the coverage without weight factor and its long wear time. The price ($65) is in line with a Dior or Armani foundation but it blows away those two and most of its other high-end competitors – well worth checking out.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Space NK, and EllisFaas.com

Osmotics anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches

Nothing like a straight shot of Vitamin C to get your skin livened up. I’ve been using these Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches from Osmotics, their answer to lifeless, lined skin. In the kit you’ll find 12 sets of 2 patches infused with straight Sodium Ascorbate and Ascorbic Acid that adhere to the skin overnight delivering a big dose of C into targeted areas where you’d like to see fewer wrinkles.

I’ve been using them around my eyes to lessen my crow’s feet which are more pronounced these days since I’m off Botox again**.  They are a short-term solution, but a good one nonetheless. I can see a softening of lines and improvement in clarity in the morning after I wear them especially after a couple of wears a week. If you’re looking to stave off Botox (or make the most of Botox injections), or to target-treat facial wrinkling for special occasions, this is a pretty solid solution for a reasonable price ($48).

** This update is subject to change depending on how wrinkly I can tolerate seeing myself.

Osmotics Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin C Patches

Chanel Double Perfection Compact Foundation

Another day, another great foundation. I recently went swimming in the cool waters of the Chanel pond with my mother in law, a die-hard Chanel junkie whose name the girls at Nordstrom know well. You’d think with all of the stuff I have that I’d be immune to the shiny compacts filled with makeup goodness, but my flesh is weak and if left to my own devices, I’ll buy makeup as long as I’m standing in its vicinity. Whether I need it or not.

Take Chanel’s Double Perfection Compact Foundation for instance. I technically don’t need another foundation but hunting for the perfect foundation is a life-long journey. There are a few (maybe 3) powder foundations (mineral formulas excluded) that I like and this has quickly become one of them. Its silky texture and invisible-yet-there- coverage sets it apart from the pack of chalky powdered foundations that shouldn’t be worn by anyone over age 16. I’ve been brushing this on for some quick coverage that conceals all sins and wears really well. It’s a wet/ dry formula but it will never see water as long as I have it, too heavy I think.

And now for the bad news. It’s $50. On the high end for foundation but justifiable when because great looking skin is largely what makes a great looking face. How was that for justifying buying something I didn’t need while I was supposed to be Christmas shopping for other people?

I can’t help it if I’m enchanted by finding a perfect foundation, it’s just a problem of mine. There’s another recently discontinued stick foundation I bought last week as well that I’m really loving, more on that soon…

Chanel Double Perfection Compact Foundation

Body Hydrators for Every Need

It’s a post-shower tradition most women never neglect, slathering on your favorite body hydrator to keep skin and especially those freshly shaved legs soft. Beyond the Jergens you’ve used for 20 years, there are some great choices out there made especially for your specific needs.

For Babies, Kids, and Sensitive Skin:

THe Healthy Baby Lotion from Lavanila looks, feels, and smells like a run-of-the-mill body lotion, but it’s not. It’s formulated without Parabens, sufates, mineral oil, and synthetics so you can use it on newborn or your own sensitive, post-shaved skin to get some great moisture without the red bumpy reaction.

For the Year-Round Sunscreen Diva:

Even in the winter here in Denver, I’m catching rays. My desk is positioned in front of a big window so when I sit and write everyday I can feel the sun, this sun accumulation adds up to eventually cause damage. Don’t put away the sunscreen just because it’s chilly outside, I use an SPF 30 year round. Erno Laszlo’s Total Face & Body Protection SPF 30 uses shea butter and green tea to produce a cream that’s so light and elegant, you forget it’s also a sunscreen.

For Bronzy Hydration:

Because I’m so depressingly pale, I like a little glow even in the wintertime. Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunless Tanning cream treats your dry skin to a healthy dose of moisture, streak-free color, and a light yummy scent that reminds me of the beach.

For a Sure Thing:

Everyone loves the line Yu•Be, it’s been the best selling formula in Japan for years and it’s now catching on over here thanks to Sephora (finally) carrying the line. Their Moisturizing Body Lotion is a cult favorite for a reason. It packs a powerful hydrating punch in a light weight lotion. No heavy fragrance, no greasy feel, no fancy packaging. Just a long-lasting, super hydrator that is said to help with eczema, psoriasis, and those little bumps on the backs of arms.

Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum

It’s probably not an understatement to say that Nude Skincare has the most advanced ‘green’ anti-aging offerings on the market. Their new highly anticipated Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum combines their signature probiotics with peptides and hyaluronic acid to heal damaged skin while wrapping it in gentle moisture.

Their probiotic blend reduces cellular damage while peptides rev up collagen production, a foundation for younger skin. Their hyaluronic acid is mellow on oily skin, mighty on dry. It’s a moisture chameleon that acts the way your skin needs it to so your face feels calm and nourished.

This light serum can be used solo or under your favorite moisturizer for serious skin repair with results you can see.

$92 Whole Foods, Barneys, Space NK

NUDE Advanced Cellular Renewal Serum

Dry, Sensitive, and Uneven Skin Rejoice; A Body Scrub for All

I’ve always had a body scrub or two hanging out in my shower, I’m a big fan of using them even before I run the water to really slough off the dryness giving my skin new life and a healthy glow. Here are a few exfoliants I’ve used that suit every skin’s needs.

For Red, Bumpy Skin:

Glytone’s Exfoliating Body Wash exfoliates without the harsh, scrubbing granules. Instead, they use a 8.8% glycolic acid wash that you work into skin with a shower pouf to exfoliate clogged pores. It’s ideal for getting rid of the bumpy chicken skin that lurks on the backs of arms as well as the dry patches over knees and elbows.

For Sensitive Skin:

To get skin sparkling clean and really soft, you don’t have to sandpaper the life out of it. Erno Laszlo’s Gentle Body Exfoliator uses tiny beads inside a rich, yummy smelling cleanser to gently remove dry skin without the irritation. You’ll love using it on your legs instead of shaving cream to get an ultra smooth shave.

For Dry Skin:

Noah’s Naturals new packaging is perfectly suited for its sweetly simple spin on nautral skincare. Their Moisturizing Body Scrub combines brown sugar with jojoba oil, vitamin e for a straight-forward sugar scrub that smells as great as it works.