Beauty Profile  


The 40 Beauty Questions tag has been going around the blogosphere for a while and looks comprehensive enough to me to function as my Beauty Profile. I'll probably be adding things to the list, and you can always ask me about stuff in the comments, but for now you'll probably find everything you might want to know about me in the list below. (If not, do comment on the page! :-))

Name: Izar
Age: 27
Hair: short, thick and medium brown, naturally wavy (curly here and there), tends to frizz, has to be washed every 2-3 days
Eyes: brown (mossy-green when the light hits them)
Eyelashes: long, not too voluminous, not very visible without mascara
Skintone: light olive
Skintype: combination
Issues: hormonal acne, comedoes, rosacea
Stuff my face loves: tretinoin, tazarotene, hyaluronic acid, organic stuff (I don't tend to get a reaction from them)
Stuff my face hates: SILICONES (Oh, how I loathe them...), mineral oil
Foundation: EDM's Light Almond (for the time being)

Stuff I like: lippies, body-lotions and body-scrubs in general, Silk Naturals and Bourjois lipglosses, effective moisturizers (gels, light creams, fluids), loose eyeshadows with complex colors, gourmand scents, LUSH's Veganese hair conditioner and their shampoo bars, eyeshadows that bring out the green in my eyes, cute jars, spray or pump bottles, green shimmer in makeup (esp. in lippies), fiber-optic and pencil brushes, Pure Luxe eyeshadows (Or rather, that was before I laid my eyes on Sassy's and Fyrinnae's... *dreamy eyes*), anything colorful and pretty ;-)

Stuff I hate: the white cast sunscreens give, nailpolish remover (urgh, the smell...), my cr*ppy skin, the fact that a huge amount of uber-cool cosmetic brands are not present in Hungary, exorbitant shipping prices


 How many times do you wash your face daily? 

Twice. In the morning, I quickly wash it with my trusted Clinians Cleansing Gel with Mandelic Acid, but in the evening I have a longer routine due to the fact that I use sunscreen and mineral makeup daily, which are impossible to remove with a mere gel cleanser.
This is my evening routine:
- take off eye-makeup with Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution
- get rid of sunscreen and mineral foundation with the help of Alverde's Wildrose Cleansing Milk
- say goodbye to any oily residue with above mentioned Clinians cleanser

 What skin type do you have? (dry,oily,combo)

Combination, with the T-zone being pretty oily nowadays...

 What is your current facial wash?

Clinians Cleansing Gel with Mandelic Acid

 Do you exfoliate?

Sort of. I've been using tretinoin (and lately, tazarotene too) since January 15, 2010, so I have to be extra careful with any potential skin irritants. Back when my skin was still trying to get used to tretinoin and flaking horribly I used microfiber clothes to get rid of dead skincells. Nowadays, my skin can tolerate a very gentle scrub, but I don't use it often as tretinoin and tazarotene quicken the turnover of my skicells just fine and I don't really need one to have smooth skin.

 What brand do you use?

Freeman's Pineapple Enzyme Mask... Yeah, I know, it's not a srub, but it does contain some small exfoliatiing particles and is gentle enough on my skin.

 What moisturizer do you use?

I don't use one. Every night I apply tretinoin to my skin, and every other night I put a thin layer of Bioderma Sensibio Light moisturizer on it followed by tazarotene.
During the day I only wear Bioderma's Photoderm Sensitive 50+ sunscreen and beleive me when I tell yoou: you don't need anything else under that...

 Do you have freckles?

No, and though I like it on others, I don't think that alongside my acne, comedoes, and bits of rosacea on my skin I could deal with freckles in my life.

 Do you use eye cream?

Nope. In the evening, I may sometimes remember to use my Bioderma Sensibio Eye Cream, but in the morning I just put suncreen there too, and that's more than enough.

 Do you or did you have acne prone skin?

I have Insulin Resistence and the Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome that usually goes with it, so yeah, I've been sporting different types of acne ever since I was 11.
It went away completely for 2,5 years when I took the pill, but the hairloss, the high colesterol levels, the migraine and the chest pain that replaced it was not worth it in the long run, so I stopped. My zits were, of course, more than happy to return...
Nowadays, however, I'm keeping the little buggers under control with my diet and tretinoin. I still get the occasional zit every now and then, but my face is mostly clear now. (Not counting some scars due to my dermographic skin...)

 Did you ever have to use Pro-activ?

No, but I did use benzoyl peroxide for more than a year. I don't even want to think about how it could have damaged my skin in the long run... My skin pretty much kept stinging contiuously during the time I used BP, it was red and irritated all the time and my zits were still there. Now with tretinoin I at least get the anti-ageing benefits as opposed to BP, which produces oxigen in your skin and thus promotes the formation of free radicals and aging.
Salycilic acid also didn't work for me.


 What foundation do you use?

EDM's Light Almond Matte, until I find an alternative. I have high hopes for Adorned With Grace. :)

 How about concealer?

Urgh, I mix a bit of my foundation with Silk Naturals Oil Control Primer, but it's by far not the best option, so I'm on the lookout for a new one.

 Do you know your undertone color?

Yup. I'm a Martian. :-D I have yellow and green undertones, and thus olive skin. (It's a lighter version though, not your typical dark, Mediterranean olive.)

 What do you think of fake eyelashes?

I haven't tried it yet, 'cause I haven't felt the need, but it's great providing you know how to appy it correctly.

 Did you know that you are supposed to change your mascara every 3 months?

Yeah, though 'knowing' and 'doing' are two entirely different things...

 What brand of mascara do you use?

Clinique (Natually Glossy Mascara in Jet Brown). Check out this post to get a basic idea of what I want from a mascara.

 Sephora or MAC?

 Neither. We don't have Sephora in Hungary and MAC just doesn't excite me much. :-) (I know, I know, sacriledge...)

 Do you have a MAC Pro-card?


 What makeup tools do you use in make up application?

Brushes, eyelash curler, my hands, and lots of swearing. (In that particular order...)

 Do you use make-up base/primer for the eyes?

 Artdeco's Eyeshadows Base rulez. :-D

 For the face?

Alverde's Tagesfluid Perle dubles as a face primer, but it's totally pointless to use it with sunscreen, so I usually stick to my Silk Naturals Oil Control Powder to create a good canvas for my makeup.

 What is your favorite eyeshadow (color or shade)?

- Pure Luxe Golden Sands
- Silk Naturals Pink Twink, Cougar, Wildcat, Rebel, Bright, Fairy Dust
- Everyday Minerals In The Garden

 Do you use pencil or liquid eyeliner?

Nope. I still haven't mastered the use of eye pencils, though I'm curious about eyeliners and am planning to get one soon. I mostly just line my eyes with my eyeshadows (Silk Naturals Basalt, Wildcat, Aubergine)

 How often do you poke your eyes with an eyeliner pencil?

Not very often, as I don't use one. ;-) I do, however, poke myself with mascara every now and then...

 What do you think of pigment eyeshadows?

They're lovely but usually come in colors so vivid and unwearable that I don't see any reason to buy any. I do have a sample of MAC's Sunnydaze pigment though and love it. :)

 Do you use mineral makeup?

All the time. :-) Pretty much everything I use is from some online mineral makeup company (Silk Naturals, Pure Luxe, Everyday Minerals) so yeah, I'd say I do. :-)

 What is your favorite lipstick?

I prefer lipgloss actually, but I do love Spicy Coral from Catrice.

 How about lipgloss?

You really wanna know? 'Cause I could go on and on about lipgloss for days. :-)))

Silk Naturals' lipglosses are by far the best I've ever tried, but then again, I don't exactly like my lippies to be very glossy and plasticky. I used to be in love with Bourjois Effet 3D glosses and own more than 20 of them, but I don't reach for them very often nowadays. Rimmel's Volume Booster glosses are pretty fab too.

 What is your favorite blush to use?

I have tons of EDM blushes, but also own some samples from Pure Luxe and Silk Naturals. My fave would probably be EDM's Best Friends, but I also love Snuggle, Chit Chat, Photo Album and Salon Fun from the same brand. Blossom by Silk Naturals, Lilas D'Or by Bourjois and my new HEMA blush are also often used. :)

 Do you buy your makeup on ebay?

My first ever purchase on EBay was Clinique's Naturally Glossy Mascara (I had been wanting to try it for ages), and I've also bought several other makeup items there already.

 Do you like drugstore makeup?

Sure, but my favorite makeup products come from online companies.

 Do you go to CCO's? (cosmetic company outlets)

I'm not even sure if we have any in Hungary, but it'd be fun to visit the Body Shop outlet in Parndorf, Austria. Maybe one day. :)

 Did you ever consider taking make-up classes?

Yes, and I'm still considering it, but it's not my top priority right now.

 Are you clumsy in putting on makeup?

I'd like to believe that I've improved my skills somewhat in the past few years, but there's still room for improvement in that area. ^_^

 Name a makeup crime that you hate?

Using foundation that's several shades darker than your skin. I once saw a woman in a mall who wore foundation that was at least 5 or 6 shades darker than her skin. It was also kinda orange... And just plain ridiculous.

Using a lip pencil that's anything but the same shade as one's lipstick. Urgh...

Ice blue eyeshadow.

Nails that go on for miles and end in sharp points. With flowers on them. Man, it's like carrying a dagger with pretty pink ribbons on it...

Okay, so that was more than one, but they really do irk me...

 Do you like colorful shades of makeup (lipstick,eyeshadow) or neutral ones?

I like both, but my job as a personal assistant requires me to keep a low profile, so I tend to stick to neutrals on weekdays. I can't say I go totally crazy with colors on weekends, but at least I can wear dark-blue or purple eyeliner, turqoise eyeshadow and sparkly blushes. :-DDD

 Which celebrity always has great make up?

Natalie Portman can't do wrong in my books, neither makeup- nor fashion-wise.

 If you could leave the house using just ONE make up item,what would you use?

Foundation. (For obvious reasons.)

 Could you ever leave the house without any makeup on?

It kinda depends on how high standards we hold ourselves to. And you can go a little overboard with that. I've seen women with perfect skin and a lovely face not daring to leave the house without a full makeup. My skin's better than it used to be, but it's not perfect, so nowadays, I don't go out without at least some foundation, concealer, lippie and mascara. I can only do that though because the tretinoin I use helps my skin tolerate mineral makeup. Last year I had to stick to only concealer on problem areas and no foundation whatsoever. I survived without any lasting trauma.

 Do you think you look good even without any makeup on?

Yes, I do. Sometimes. Other times when I look in the mirror I could gag...

 In your opinion, what is the BEST makeup line?

In my opinion, there's no such thing. Though I hold Silk Naturals in high esteem, I also think that mostly every makeup line offers some great products and some not-so-great ones. You can't stick to one line only, you have to experiment and find the products that work best for you.

 What do you think of Makeup?

It's practical in that it helps me look my best, and it's also a source of endless fun and enjoyment for me. It's also the hungry little monster that eats up all my money and rubs my mother the wrong way...