Skin obsessed
Beauty tips from Flare... mais en francais!

In a previous life...

The recent photos of my beauty products was a recent fluck up by Flickr.  I had been testing out the blogging directly from my mobile, had just washed my face and was in my bathroom; so I decided to snap a few pics to see if it worked.  Well, at that moment it did not work. Two weeks later, there they were and influx of emails about my obsession from my blogosphere friends got my reminiscing about the past. 

In my previous life, I worked in cosmetics.  To be specific I worked for Clinique which is a owned by Estee Lauder.  I had various jobs during my nearly 5 year stint with Clinique. Jobs ranging from being a counter girl, to managing my own counter, being a business manager, becoming an educational leader and lastly working in event promotion.

But this love affair with skin care products started nearly 17 years ago when my Ga Ga raced me into Macy's to visit the clinique counter after the sight of my first blemish.    I grace my grandmother with all the honor that it was she who created this beauty product maniac I am today. 

So, in honor of my obsession (that many of you out there share!) I will start Les Astuces Beauté de Flare

Today, we start out with face washing.

Skin obsessed  I wash my face twice a day. Morning & night. I use the same products on average for 3 months and then switch to give my skin a break.  This is something I do. Not recommended for all, I will explain more about this later. The best tool I have found for washing your face is your hands. Clean hands, of course.  Your hands are not too abrasive and don't house bacteria like your sponges and washcloths often do.  Unless you're prepared to use a new washcloth/sponge  everyday, I suggest using your hands.

Find yourself a makeup remover, as most of you probably wear make up, taking off make up and washing your facial skin are two completely different things.  Most face washes are too gentle to take off your daily makeup. They are gentle because they are made to clean your skin only.

I use Clinique's Take the day off. I only wear eye makeup: Concealer, eyeshadow, mascara and occasionally eye liner. Minimalism at it's best!

Once the makeup is removed I use Shu Uemura's High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil as my skin cleanser. This is a dual makeup remover & cleanser but I have my old habits of taking make up off first and then cleaning skin that I just can't break.  I spritz my face with my Evian atomizer (inexpensive in France) and slather on a pump's worth of cleansing oil. I massage into my face for less than a minute and rinse with lukewarm water.  I am careful not to wet my face too much so that the oil doesn't become too milky.  After rinsing thoroughly, I spritz my face with Shu Uemura's Deep Seawater in Sage to calm my cheeks as they are fairly sensitive and become red easily (hence, no need for blush). Sage has natural calming elements. I tissue off the excess off my eye lids and let the rest soak in for about 2 minutes.

After wards, I apply my eye cream.  For the moment, I am using StriVectin-D. I like to experiment with products (after some research) and I thought I'd give this one a try. I have noticed a difference in lightness around my eyes but I have few lines around my eyes to see a big difference.  I like the texture of this eye cream because I am very dry around my eyes probably due to years of wearing contact lenses and the saline solution. And finally, I follow up with Sisley's Emulsion Ecologique. During the day, I use the emulsion ecologique alone and at night I add Clinique's Total Turnaround

For the moment, these are my staple products. In my previous pictures, I have other products shown and those are used on trouble days. I have products for the random blemishes that occur or products for recovery after a night of partying or hanging out at a friend's smokey apartment.  If I've been outside all day and my skin is parched, there are masques that I use to calm my skin and quench its thirst. And the list goes on... I hope to touch on other things in later installments of Les Astuces Beauté de Flare.

So....What's your face regiment?

I'm curious to know... probably one of my favorite subjects to discuss.... so who will start?  Men are welcome too... sometime, I'll tell you how J got interested in skin care. :)