That MakeUp

That MakeUp
Photo: @Gemma_Chan

This year’s Oscars were full of great red carpet moments. Loved many of the dresses and the tuxes (oh-my-God-Billy-Porter!) and the jewelry… Although all those things I am never gonna have the chance to wear, one thing that I could is this stunning makeup worn by the gorgeous Gemma Chan. It is a simple, elegant cat eye with a dash of green on it. It looks stunning.

Next night out occasion I am definitely try that makeup!

My Favorite Tinted SunScreen

My Favorite Tinted SunScreen

I am talking about the Photoderm M 50+, a Tinted Protective Cream by Bioderma. I have been wearing this as my facial sunscreen and my daily foundation (since it is tinted) for over a year. And ladies, I love this product. And I do because, besides its protection against the sun, it makes my skin looks beautiful, rested, even and glowing. It looks like I am just wearing my natural healthy skin and nothing else. I feel that I don’t need anything extra applied. Not even a blush. Although I do apply a toner and a moisturizer underneath. And when I am in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, I do apply another sunscreen, for extra protection. And a little makeup: like my go-to grey eyeliner from Sephora and a lip stain from Revlon. Cause you never know who you are going to come across…

And this is me, before my early morning walk, almost ready to with no makeup, just the Photoderm M. Since it is water resistant, it stays even when I sweat a lot.

What Bioderma says about Photoderm M 50+:

  • Indications: Skin subject to hyperpigmentation. Suitable for pregnant women.
  • Benefits: Minimizes the risk of pigmentation during sun exposure with an unique filter system that guarantees a very high UVA/UVB protection and reinforced protection against visible radiation. This action is complemented by a genuine internal biological protection: the exclusive Cellular Bioprotectionโ„ข patent which activates the skinโ€™s natural defences, protects cells and combats premature skin ageing.  Reduces the appearance of existent sun marks. Evens complexion and provides natural coverage.
  • Plus: SPF 50+ UVA 38, water resistant, paraben-free, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, photostable.

As I said, I love this product and highly recommend at least a try to see if it works wonders for you too as it does for me.

You can check Bioderma’s Photoderm M in their website here.

A Moving Meditation

A Moving Meditation

I am still pretty new to Kundalini yoga, one of the things I am currently passionate about. I have been practicing it regularly for the past 4 months and obviously that I don’t know everything about it yet but I am very keen to explore it and experience it all. And I am because it does work for me in so many levels… It is really amazing! I will talk more about Kundalini yoga in another post, but for today I wanna share with you guys one of my last Kundalini findings that brought me such joy that I cannot keep it to myself. It is this moving meditation called Celestial Communication. And I think it is perfect to put you in the best mood for the New Year’s Eve. And yes, anyone can give it a try.

Also, it is gonna be great for those who always want and even try to meditate but standing quiet and still is not their cup of tea. And for those who are meditators, just try it anyways cause it really worths.

Anyways, Celestial Communication is a meditation that unifies your body, mind and spirit. It uplifts your soul, gives you energy and joy, enhances creativity, sets you in the prosperity vibe among other things.

This meditation is considered a moving one because it is done with a free choreography using arms and hands to the sound of uplifting spiritual songs or mantras. There is not just one choreography possible, but many. It is up to the teacher or practitioner to do their own. It is also up to them to choose the mantras or songs or even the mudras. Having said that, I loved the choreography and the song from the video below. And for those who never ever heard of the Celestial Communication before, this is a great introduction that I highly recommend.

You can do this meditation for as little as 3 minutes (as performed in the video) to begin with or as long as 11 or 31 minutes even. It is up to you. It is also good to point that your lower body doesn’t move during the meditation, just your upper body. It is important to breathe fully, inhaling deeply and exhaling completely. Keep your eyes opened and you may sing along or just enjoy the music. Also, if you are following the lead from a teacher or a video, you mirror the teacher’s image. Just as an example: if the instructor is bending to his/her left side you do it for your right one. Got it? If not, just pay attention on how the instructor and the people facing her are doing. You will get it.

Enjoy it!

Sat Nam.

How To Find The Perfect Shades Of Colors For Your Skin Undertone

How To Find The Perfect Shades Of Colors For Your Skin Undertone

Yep, it is your skin undertone that will dictate which shades of colors will complement your skin. And by complement your skin I mean that shade of color that will make you look your very best, that will uplift you, that will enhance your best features and that will make you glow even with no makeup on or sans a nice healthy tan to back you up.

And yes, you read it right: I said shades of color and not color, because for each 12 seasons (yes, you read it right again!) there will be different shades of blue, green, yellow, red, purple, pink, orange, gray etc that will be perfect for each. In another words, if you want to find the right colors for your skin you will need to think about which shades of colors are your best friends.

I am not gonna explain about each season here because to know which one you belong to you will need to do a draping test and only with this test you will know for sure which season you are in. There is no other way to know. But here I am gonna focus on a simplified way, without any need for a seasonal knowledge to figure out which shades of each color suits you the best. Actually, this is my favorite way to figure color out anyways. Because when you take the test you get your color palette with just a few shades of colors (around 55) and those are not your only options. And the only way to know about the other shades that suit you is by doing this test I am gonna teach you.

First, you will need a natural light from a window or a door or from being outdoors. And a mirror. It is a good idea to have no distractions in your background or simply choose a gray one. Make sure you have no make up on. Then get the piece of clothing with the particular shade of color and place it right below your chin. Then pay attention to the effects that this shade of color causes in your face such as:

  • The white part in your eyes looks sparkling whiter.
  • So your teeth. (smile to check this out)
  • Your skin looks healthier.
  • If you have dark circles or bags under your eyes they will look smoother, suddenly.
  • Even without makeup you look refreshed, glowing, your best.
  • The wrinkles might look smoother.

If you got those effects when testing a shade of color, then yes, this is a friendly one. If by any chance the results you get when you test that shade of color is:

  • Unhealthy, opaque or dull looking skin.
  • Opaque eyes.
  • More than usual yellow smile.
  • Wrinkles look more visible.

Then that shade of color is not your bff.

By the way, your friendly shades of colors are your best bet to wear near your face in tops, scarves, coats etc. When you wear them near your face they will do their magic. If you like a shade of color that doesn’t belong to your friendly palette you can wear it in a place away from your face as a bag, a shoe, a skirt or pants, for example with no side effects.

If you have a tan, you can do the test and take a note that this shade of color is great for you with a tan and when you no longer have a tan, retest it to confirm if it is a good shade of color for you. I am saying it because sometimes makeup and a tan can help a shade of color be your friend, but without them, not so much. And here we are trying to establish which shades of colors are the very best for you under any circumstances. Although, of course that if a shade of color looks good on you wearing makeup or a tan and you do intend to wear that shade of color with one or the other, than that color will be a good friend of yours then.

Got it?

Another way to know if a shade of color is your best friend: take a mental note to the compliments you get every time you wear a particular shade of color. That can help too.

If you still want to know… the 12 seasons are: True Spring, Light Spring, Bright Spring, True Summer, Light Summer, Soft Summer, True Autumn, Soft Autumn, Deep Autumn, True Winter, Deep Winter and Bright Winter. Some of those fell under the warm undertones, some under the cool undertones and some others under neutral undertones. The easiest way to know whether you are warm, cool or neutral just do the test with silver, yellow gold and see which one looks best on you. If it is gold, then warm you are. If it is silver, then cool you are. If you look good with both, then you are neutral.

If you are not so sure about the outcome of the shades of colors you can always invite a dear friend that can help you with that.