Intelligent Aesthetics is a well organized, well thought out, affordable skin are line featuring 6 different collections suited to every possible need. Balance was the collection I was able to try for oily skin which is packed full antioxidants, grapefruit, lemongrass, and other oil-busting goodies. The biggest difference I experienced was my mineral makeup actually staying matte during the day where shine usually creeps up, and a nice tight feeling my skin had after cleansing. Another surprising treat was the mask which wasn’t the usual clay variation but a refreshing gel that really tightened my pores and left my skin silky smooth without a hint of shine.
I know what the finishing powder of choice is among mineral fans *cough* Mineral Veil *cough,* but I really like Jane’s Amazing Matte. It took a while to get me into the mineral makeup swing since I tend to get shiny and the mineral sheen just wasn’t for me. This is literally the only reason I am able to wear mineral foundation since it’s lightweight, doesn’t look cakey and keeps me matte all day. It’s also great over traditional foundation when you want to keep shine away and keep your look light.
Oily or Breakout Prone- Simplify your routine, sometimes breakout can just be caused by inflammation from product overload.
- Foaming cleanser am and pm
- Toner like Aqua Glycolic or Burts Bees Garden Tomato
- 1 skin normalizing product from your Dr like a retinol or a BenzaClin
- Oil free hydrator, something lightweight while still moisturizing and protesting skin from potential dryness caused by treatment products.
- Exfoliator, nothing too harsh to exacerbate breakouts, Dermalogica Daily Mocrofoliant or Decleor’s Phytopeelwhich doesn’t contain exfoliating granules but still manages to deep clean skin and sweep away impurities leaving behind glowing skin.
e.l.f. in my opinion is one of the most underutilized and underrated products out there. Even if you have seen the line before, you probably overlooked it because most of the products they sell are $1- but look again. e.l.f. is completely without gimmicks and solely armed with a common sense philosophy that beauty products should be affordable to all women. (Um duh??) The shocker is that the line has some really solid basics like the blotting sheets (shown) 50 for a $1 when some lines charge $10.
Their Smudge Eye Sponge is ideal for blending liner and their Super Shiny Glosses stay on a surprisingly long time in super wearable shades. Other products of note include; Foundation Brush (rivals my $30 one and the smaller shape is more ideal), Eyeliner Brush (perfectly dense), and the Eye Makeup Remover Pads which every travel case should include. Even more to love- the line is cruelty free, donates proceeds from their tweezer set to PETA, and now has a complete mineral line.