Sunday, 22 September 2013
Spring Fling - Skin prep for a black-tie fling
A few weekends ago I was dolling up to attend the most amazing spring fling. A black-tie charity ball fundraiser for the worthy Australian Children' Foundation . It so happened to be hosted in MONA, my all time favourite place in Hobart (Museum of Old and New Art - the largest privately owned museum in the Southern hemi). A must visit if you are ever Hobart way.
Dress was purchased, fat pants acquired, shoes on sale scored on ASOS, baby-sitter organised, hubby's suit sent to the dry-cleaners. All menial tasks in comparison to the skin prep.This started two weeks out...
Here goes it a step by step recount
1. No PICKING - I have to make deals with myself not to squeeze blackheads or poke any pimples in the run up to major events. I have issues.
2. Put the clay away - I love to clay mask. I'm a one if not two a week clay mask kinda chick. But on the run up to an event it should be shelved. We don't want to draw anything to the surface this close to the party. If we do we risk breaking step 1 and falling at the first hurdle.
3. Peel with zeal - The best way to promote fresh and radiant skin is to get rid of all the old stuff hanging about. The best way to get rid of the old stuff is with a form of chemical peel. This could be in salon or the next best thing a salon-strength version in your own bathroom.
I had some John Plunkett's Glyco Peel, a 24% Glycolic in my stash and when I saw some noise about how good it was on social media decided to give it a go. Quite a daring move for someone who is a) cautious of peels b) cautious of skin spaz's with new skincare.
It paid off - this stuff works. It is the only at home peel product I've used that gives that similar "tingle" that you experience from a salon strength acid peel. After one use at night I woke to that smooth, almost shiny forehead and skin only a peel can give. I used it about three times over the 10 days prior to the event, the last time being the night before.
Psst- Avoid the eyes with this peel though- I found it irritated the skin around my really sensitive eyes. Best to leave at least an inch breadth around the eyes.
4. Who you gonna call? Glowbusters! My never fail glowmakers are both from Kosmea. Used together Kosmea's Eighth Wonder Facial Serum and the Kosmea 24/7 Radiance Oil just love my skin and it loves them and they make happy little glowy skin babies together. So much so I wonder why I don't use them all the time?
5. Plumpy, plumpy - The morning of an event you want to prime the skin by pumping in as much moisture as you can. Look no further than the humble cloth mask. I've been trialing the Michika Complexion Synergist Facial Masks* recently and they were perfect for this occasion. They are really, really wet cloth masks, drenched in moisture infused goodness containing Vitamin C & E and soothing Green Tea Extract along with the ultimate skin plumper, moisture magnet and all round good guy, hylauronic acid. I'd like to say I took a beauty power nap with it on in it but I didn't I cooked and ate scrambled eggs with the hubby, multi-tasking at it's finest.
I decided to capitalise on my fresh, plump, dewy post-cloth maskness and layer on the second best skin plumper known to man some collagen. I used John Plunkett's Collagen Lift Moisturiser* - a silky but non-greasy concoction that glides on and uses collagen and hyaluronic acid to instantly hydrate but also plump and pad out fine lines.
6. Flash prep n prime: The last and final skin prep step before any big event for me is always a layer of cult favourite Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. A dose of vitamins, hydration and also the prefect primer for under makeup. I'm not sure what it is or why this stuff works like it does but it just does. A thin layer about twenty minutes before the make-up process starts will give you what you need - a smooth, plump, fresh base to work with.
My skin was perfectly clear and glowy for the big night (a rareity). If only I had have been as prepared with the eyelashes. To say I will not attempt to DIY eyelash extensions with 1 hr in total to get ready while trying to entertain a baby is an understatement. Why I only aborted the eyelash attempting mission 45 mins in I will never know.
Nothing a glass of bubbles couldn't erase but geez, talk about putting yourself under pressure! Alas reason why we were too rushed to even get photos of us suited n booted. Meh. I don't even have evidence of the glow to share!
Did manage to find this one where I'm burning up the dancefloor with BFF like I have no shame. (I have no shame, cheers bubbles)
*Products supplied for consideration. Ability to cook scrambled eggs while semi-blinded by cloth mask without obtaining a third degree burn and opinions purely my own.
Whats your never fail glow plan?
Only a crazy lady would trim eyelashes while they are stuck to the eye right?