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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sick Day Beauty

I've been looking and feeling yuck these last few days as I get over a killer cold so I thought I'd do a post on the products that have been my beauty essentials. My skin when I get sick is always super dehydrated and lacks any radiance. That's why my beauty theory for those days when I'm not feeling great is to focus on re-hydrating my skin and keeping my makeup in the 'no makeup' makeup range. I usually follow the following steps.

1. Extra hydration for those super dry areas. 
Excessive nose blowing means a case of the flaky Rudolph nose! To keep the flakiness at bay, I've been applying my Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair around my nose  day and night. This step has really helped keep this area hydrated and relatively flake free!

2. Rich moisturiser for all over
I usually use the Cetaphil moisturiser but, as my skin has been extra dry these last few days, I've been reaching for the Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre. This moisturiser is perfect as it's rich without being greasy and you only need a small amount.

3. Hydration for the under eye area
I feel like my under eye area is extra dry when I'm sick so I make sure to include it in my moisturising routine. I've been using the StriVectin-SD eye cream mainly for the hydration but any anti aging properties it may give are a bonus!

4. Sheer dewy skin
I don't like heavy coverage foundations when my skin isn't at its best and usually reach for something like a tinted moisturiser. It probably doesn't make sense to use less coverage when my skin is looking its worst but I've learned over the years that heavy makeup usually draws attention to what you're trying to cover. I've been reaching for MAC Face & Body the most frequently as it's water based, moisturising, evens my skin tone perfectly and has a gorgeous dewy finish.

5. Conceal any blemishes
As a sheer base doesn't do much more than covering uneven skin tone, a good concealer is necessary to cover any blemishes that inevitably pop up. I use MAC Studio Finish concealer with a MAC 224 brush over the worst of my blemishes as it offers good coverage with minimal product. I don't like to use any eye shadow when I'm going for a 'no makeup' makeup look so I also use the studio finish concealer over my lids to even out any discolouration.

6. Under eye concealing
When you're sick, the lack of sleep coupled with nasal congestion usually leads to fluid build up causing increased darkness under your eyes.  This is nothing that a good concealing routine can't cover and I have a trio of concealing products which fall into the holy grail category. You can see how often I use them (literally every day) as I've hit pan on them!

My routine starts with the Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter in Orange/Yellow on the darkest areas, the Balm Time Balm Concealer in mid medium all over my under eye circles and then the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening powder patted on with the Laura Mercier Camouflage powder brush to set the concealer.

7. Setting powder
I always set my foundation and concealer to get rid of any shine and to get the products to last longer. I love my MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural for this purpose and I apply it lightly all over my face with a big powder brush. As it's a mineral based product, this setting powder also adds a bit of radiance to the skin. I also use this product all over my lids to set the concealer there instead of using eyeshadow.

8. Brows and lashes
I always feel like filling in my brows and putting on mascara are especially necessary when I'm skipping eyeshadow and liner. My favourite brow products are MAC Stud brow crayon and MAC Brow Set in Mink. Stud is the perfect shade and texture for filling any gaps while the brow set keeps my crazy brows in place.

I have a big range of mascaras in my collection but I usually reach for something that offers definition rather than volume on 'no makeup' makeup days. Lately I've been loving the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara.

9. Blush
I usually have a lot of redness in my cheeks when I'm sick so I try to steer clear of red or pink blushes. Instead I favour something in the orange family and one of my favourite fool proof blushes is NARS Gina blush. I love it because it's matte but adds warmth to the face and works well on light and dark skin.

10. Moisturised lips
My lips get crazy dry when I'm sick so I usually put away the bright lippies and thick glosses and opt for a lip balm. Some of my favourites are the EOS lip balm Sphere, the Korres Lip Butters and the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. I have 2 different shades/flavours of each of these products and I don't think you can go wrong with any of them.

I used the steps above when doing my makeup the other day and decided to take a before and after. On the lips I decided to go with the Clarins lip perfector. I remember when I was too shy to show my face on my blog and now I'm showing you my face when sick and minus any makeup, my how times change!

Hopefully you found this post useful in some way!

What are some of your beauty essentials when you're not feeling your best?


  1. i wish that i looked half as good as you while sick, lmao...great products, I can see why you still look gorgeous...i need to rebuy some mac mineralize

  2. This is a great post Ahalya! It seems everybody around me is coming down with colds already so I guess I need to be prepared. I always end up with an itchy red nose and don't bother with lipstick unless I absolutely have to because it always comes off everywhere every time I have to blow my nose - yuck!

  3. Vonnie: Lol trust me I had to take so many before shots to find one that made me look semi alive! I highly recommend everything I showed in this post. I can't stand being without my MSF natural, it's always one of those products I rush to repurchase when I run out.

    Vita: Thanks :) Ugh, I know, we're well and truly in cold and flu season. I figure if you can't avoid getting sick, you might as well find a way to make it through so you look good even if you feel like crap! Lol yeah that lipstick problem happens to me too :D

  4. Great post! LOL You really can't tell you look sick in either picture!! And in the makeup one you're pretty much glowing!! Great low maintenance look, you've gotta do what works for you :)

  5. Thanks Kayleigh! Lol well I was sick and if you look carefully, you can see me sweating in the after picture because I was running a high temperature when I took these shots! Glowing is what I was going for so glad it came across :)