DESIGN and style, LIVING | April 21, 2008

Revealing my Beauty Secrets Tag Challenge

chanel sinkcare and foundation : m.a.c. makeup : clarins skin care

Two friends Muriel Ide of MI2  and Nathalie of Gustav & Nat voyagent tagged me. I am glad!

This tagging exercise gives me the chance to talk about a topic that is dear to my heart. I never spoke about it on my blog. I am talking about makeup and beauty products.

My mother taught me that a woman never goes out without makeup. She is a feminine, business woman. She taught me how to properly cleanup my skin and apply a skin cream when I was 13 years old. I cannot be absolutely sure that I have fewer wrinkles because of my daily skincare routine but it does hurt for sure. So why take the chance?

My Skincare and Makeup Favorites

My Foundation: Chanel, without hesitation. You do not feel it and your skin looks perfect. I mixed two: Mat Lumiere on my nose (a darker shade during spring to fall) and Vitalumiere anywhere else. In the middle of summer, I switch to Mat Lumiere only. I always apply my makeup with a brush. It gives a more natural finish and it is more ecological than the triangles that you throw away.

My Mascara: I still not have found the ideal one for me. I use lengthening mascara.

Day Cream: Always from Clarins. I alternate which one I use from the Clarins line to fit the season and my skin needs. I always put a morning lifting eye gel (a gel is better under the makeup) and an anti-wrinkle evening eye cream. Protecting the eyes and the neck is crucial to maintain a young appearance.

My Beauty Product Brand: Clarins. Runner-up: Chanel for their cleaning products

My Essential Beauty Product: bi-phase eye makeup remover. I alternate between Precision’s Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover by Chanel or Instant Eye Make-Up Remover by Clarins. I think the Chanel remove more, faster.

My Favorite Makeup Product: M.A.C. for the colorful wide arrays of eye shadows. It stays wonderful on my eyes. Lately, my eyes stand out with the Phone Number Eye Kohl liner and the Blackground Paint Pot. Eye shadows cannot exist without the liners.

My Perfume: Prada Eau de Parfum during winter. During fall and spring: Prada Eau de Parfum Tendre. For summer: Dior Addict 2. The Limited Edition Dior Addict 2 Sparkle in Pink is divine for a night out.

Three Products to bring on a Deserted Island (besides solar) : Dove soap bars, Aveeno moisturizing cream, a duo: Precision’s Radiance Cleaning Foam + Soothing Toner by Chanel. I know the count is 4. So imagine how I must be clever to pack everything with the new air travel regulations.

Woman I admire for her beauty: Right now, I do not have a particular one. More than a decade ago, Isabella Rossellini was on the top of my list. She will be a brunette for sure.

Woman with the Best Sense of Style: I do not have anyone that I fit the bill lately. The only name that comes to my mind is Audrey Hepburn (I do not copied on Murielle). Audrey Hepburn was stylish, cheerful and beautiful. I watched Breakfast in Tiffany Saturday night.

My Ultimate Dream (but I do not believe in selling my soul to the devil for it): A modern architecture house masterpiece sitting on the top of a hill in California or in Europe

How Do I Define Womanhood: Grace with a sense of style.

My Favorite Fashion Publication: I do not have any because I feel disconnected with that the magazines are showcasing us lately. So I stop buying them.

If you like designer jewelry, Muriel Ide is very talented. She creates jewelry in her spare time. MI2 is where you can admire her latest creations.

Next challengers

I figure out that 3 is not enough, 7 is too much. I am tagging 5 girls from my blogging circle:
Eden of Bargainista
Janick of Fonetik – sadly I found out that she does not wear makeup
Lara of Ready 2 Spark
Lynne of Swishlist
Sarah of Toast and Tables
April 22nd, Update: Kelly of Design Crush liked the idea. I inspired her to reveal her beauty secrets. She is a Lancome fan.

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9 Responses to “Revealing my Beauty Secrets Tag Challenge”

  1. Oh my!!
    Your mom would not be proud of me, I never wear any makeup! lol
    I’m gonna have to pass this one, because except “put lip gloss on”, I have nothing! lol!

  2. Hey Kim,

    I am the one who tagged you… but I was tagged by Muriel before ;-)

  3. I guess great minds think alike. I realize that both Muriel and I tagged you on this one. Oups! Thanks for sharing your beauty tips. You are a good example to follow, as you are always so stylish and at your best! :-) ))

  4. 4 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Nathalie: The funny thing is that I read your beauty secrets before writing my post. I skipped the tagged names when I answered a phone call from my mother.

  5. Kim, Thanks for tagging me. I had a lot of fun participating although I’m somewhat embarrassed by the amount of products I use on a regular basis and dread adding up the cost. Regardless, I wouldn’t change a thing. How about you?

  6. 6 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Eden: Beauty, makeup and perfume eat up a noticeable fraction of my spending too. That is why it is a big business and brands continue to spend so much on advertising.

  7. Well, well, well! A lot to learn about Kim. Thank you for your tips. I defintively will pay attetion to your eye shadow next time I see you! What a name !
    :)

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