I haven’t really given skincare any attention here on my blog, but from the kind words I got in the comments on my Braving the outside post perhaps I should. Too say that it’s only Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Powders and a stroke of luck with the light might be a tad nonchalant and a truth with modifications. You see, there are certain things I’ve noticed makes a difference – it’s nothing major, but I certainly notice if I omit them.Mainly, and these are two products I’ve come to love, Estée Lauders Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II *phew* – Sorry, I have to catch my breath after that one. Henceforth to be referred to as ANR – and Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator.
I attended a course by Clinique the other week, and the guy, a fabulous fella from Sweden, asked us what we did that would ensure it would be a good day. I whispered to the girl beside me that it wasn’t probably allowed to say so there, but the most important thing isn’t what I do that morning but what I do to my skin the evening before. How did I make that connection? A good day and my skincare routine before bedtime? Well, let’s face it, a good skin-day is a lot better than the days your skin misbehaves, right? And this is where I told her the ANR was part of that.
It’s supposed to help skin work more efficiently during the night, with restituation, recovery and even the cleansing processes during the night, all this to help you look like you’ve had your eight hours of beauty sleep even though you only had five. Too good to be true? I don’t know but it’s definetely made a difference on my skin. Breakouts are less severe, and my skin has that well-rested plump look most days. I just look a little less washed-out with this one.
It can also be used for daytime, as a serum under your moisturizer, or applied lightly during the day atop your foundation for a little perk-me-up. Can probably be mixed in your foundation as well and mixed wth powder blush to create a liquid or cream formula, but I haven’t tried those.
The Idealist serum is marketed as an illuminating product, and while I don’t know if it does anything much deep down, it’s sure lovely underneath my moisturizer, creating the subtlest glow, diffusing the appearance of pores and dryness lines. Giving the impression of a more even skin.
Have you tried any of these?