Babor is a very unique skin and body brand which is all encompassing with precision science to ensure top quality results. You wouldn’t expect anything less from German standards. Having had only minimal experience with the Babor brand due to the high price tags, I was ecstatic to find that at the Babor Reversive launch earlier this year that we received their flagship product in a sample size which is soon to be celebrating it’s 60th anniversary, this product is simply called HY-ÖL, which I pronounce “High Oil” and I am not 100% sure if its correct but that’s what I’ve been calling it. Fast forward to later this year and myself and some other beauty bloggers received a private product preview of all the products in the Babor range and this HY-ÖL has really caught my attention.
HY-ÖL is the flagship product of Babor as it was their ‘first born’, or should I say ‘first launched’ product launched onto the market which is still manufactured today and their ultimate best selling product with up to 15 million litres of product being sold every year. That’s a huge amount of HY-ÖL floating around!!
Anyway, cleansing your face with HY-ÖL makes cleansing something special with a style of its own. The cleansing system is a two step system; first step involves gently rubbing the Hy-Ol on your face which draws makeup off the skin, this is gentle on your skin and it acts like a dirt magnet and you literally feel your skin can breathe again, the second step is moistening your fingers with cool water and the Babor Phytoactive (prescribed to your skin need) into a milky cleanser and then rinse your face. It leaves your skin feeling conditioned and fresh. I never thought cleansing could be so therapeutic, but its an incredibly calming thing to do in the evenings before bed time.
According to the Babor South Africa website the application is as follows:
Mornings and evenings, gently massage 2 pumps of HY-ÖL® over the face, neck and décolleté. Immediately apply 1 pump of Phytoactive on top and blend together. Add cool water, massage until a milky emulsion forms then rinse off with plenty of cool water.
My skin is not conditioned to the Babor range and I did experience a mild breakout when using HY-ÖL for the first week but shortly afterwards it really started to become something I wanted to use each and every day. This HY-ÖL will set you back approximately R422 for 50ml but its definitely an investment worth making (it will also last you a while) and the CPhytoactive prices vary, for my combination skin I have been using and loving the Phytoactive Combination, which retails for R341.
So the total cost would be approximately R800 for my cleansing but as I said previously, it lasts for ages as the pumps are calculated to last.
Thank you Babor for educating me on your luxurious products, for me its easy to see why they are the staple of many beautiful faces around the world.
Disclaimer: The Hy-Öl was given to me to try out but I purchased the Phytoactive Combination to ensure that my skin needs were met. This has not altered my view of the product in anyway.
So the makeup application rule goes as follows:
Either make your eyes or your lips the focus point of your face. Not both at the same time. However, Samer Khouzami or Scott Barnes are makeup artists who know how to bring those two features together in the most cohesive and beautifully blended way.
This post is about the eyes. Now be warned, for most people who don’t use a lot of liner, don’t try this look if you’re not a heavy makeup user, or as your first day time experiment. I do this look often, but if you’re a minimalist, wait for an evening event, or practice on a weekend.
Right. Let’s start….
- Start with foundation.
- I contour the top of my forehead and my chin to ‘shorten’ my face as I have a long face.
- Define the cheekbones and I didn’t contour my nose on the side, but rather on the top. This is where the sun would naturally ‘tan’ your face. Gives it a less harsh contoured look.
- Blend out.
- Blend Blend Blend.
- Blend out.
- I applied my Kryolan foundation. To make a look ‘flawless’, brush your moisturised skin with some makeup powder, and then apply your foundation. This will make it stick and give it a more velvety look.
- After you’re done with the foundation, contouring and blending process. Set with the Derma Color Fixing Powder from Kryolan.
- Time to highlight the brow bone. Use a light shimmer or matt light color to do this.
- Highlight the inner corner of your eyes.
- With a round edge brush, simply add a warm brown shade in the crease of your eye. It must not look extremely contrasting, but rather make the color as ‘natural’ as possible.
- Move the brush from the inner crease corner out past your eye.
- Carry on with the crease color down under your bottom lash line.
- Time to line the eyes, I love to use the Kryolan paint pot with a tapered eye liner brush. Make sure its clean, so that it’ll make gliding a lot easier.
- Slightly pull your eyelid towards your hairline and start with the lining from the inner corner of your eye and with a steady hand, draw the line, going well past your eye. This takes practice, to make it look right. The trick is to have a light hand, more so than a steady one. Let your lashes guide you.
- At the end, don’t stop, pull the brush up and out. This will give it that ‘feathered’ look.
- Top lash line done.
- Now line your inner water line
- And apply liner under the lash line too, Starting from the inner corner out over connecting to the outer corner.
- Fill in between your lashes if need be to avoid empty spaces.
- Start with mascara, first on the top before applying it the conventional way from the inside. I first do this as it adds volume. I also move the brush around from all angles, ensuring that each lash is coated.
- Time for brow shaping, I like to brush my eyebrows before I shape them, which is what any makeup artist should do.
- Using a matt dark brown eye shadow, begin from the outer half of the brow and extend the brow line by using a tapered brush. I may have black hair, but I use a dark brown, as this doesn’t make the brows look too harsh or tattooed on.
- Now draw a line underneath the inner brow line.
- Blend that line upwards and make a neat brow shape.
- My next step is the lips, choose a subtle color, you can either use a lipstick, gloss or balm. As long as it has a slight shine to it. I believe a slight shine on the lips finishes the makeup look. You can have a full face of makeup, but if your lips are dry or untouched by some product, it throws the whole face off and comes off across as unfinished.
- Kryolan lipgloss.
- Topped with a bit of MAC lipstick.
- Start with the blush.
- You don’t have to make a funny fish face to apply your blush, because that it not how you look naturally. Throughout most of the day, you may have a slight smile, or serious face. That’s all you need. Sometimes if you ‘fish face’, you can distort the look once you relax your facial muscles.
- Start from the apple of the cheek up towards your ear.
- Lashes applied
There you have it.
This whole process probably takes me about half an hour, but I have done it in 20. BUT! If this is your first time and you’re not used to making long cat eye lining looks, I recommend you to practice!
Another tip to remember is not to use those normal liquid eye liners for this look. The liquid causes mistakes to happen quickly, opt for the paint pots and a brush. Its paste consistency works far better. There is more control with it. I only use liquid eye liner to cover the eyelash glue once its dry.
If you’re applying makeup on a client, make sure to smooth out the foundation to the ears and down the jaw to the neck line and set with powder. Take a photo, with a flash and without to see if some ‘blush’ is needed on those areas. You don’t want it to look like a mask.
Remember that you are working with your or someones face, so you are seeing the gradual change, but a photo shows you the instant end product. So take photos! Take selfies and judge it from there.
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I recently had a first time experience in my personal skin care regime. I finally got my butt to Pulse Dermatology & Laser clinic in Durbanville. I had intitally been booked in for a lunchtime lift but after a very pain-free consultation with the wonderful Amy Bowie we decided that I did not need a lunch time lift as this is not a concern of mine (while age is still on my side) and we changed my treatment to a Mesoestetic peel customised for my oily and blackhead prone skin followed by some LED light therapy to make sure I was able to attend a very important business meeting afterwards – bare faced.
Well, let me tell you this was certainly an experience and I did attend my meeting and I did score a new client so I must of looked half decent, sans makeup post peel. I think that is safe to say that its functional skincare and easily enough to attain even for the busiest of the busy.
The Mesoestetic peel was so gentle I hardly felt a tickle and ever since my skin has been radiant, following this is when I had my LED Light Therapy to reduce redness and speed up the healing process of the skin post peel. I had a slight bit of redness on my nose afterwards but the rest of my face was as it is normally.
Let’s start off with what exactly is LED Light Therapy?
- LED stands for: Light-emitting diode
- Also known as: photodynamic therapy or PDT
- It is used for a variety of skin treatments including but not limited to acne, skin healing and anti-ageing
- The technology has been around and in use in salons for about 30 years
- It is completely non-invasive
- It is pain free
- Its quite relaxing actually
After my peel was completed, I lay on the therapy bed and had my eyes covered with goggles and the lights were brought over my face. When the machine was switched on it seemed incredibly bright – but it is something that I easily got used to. the light cannot damage your eyes at all. If you have a tendency to feel claustrophobic then it might trigger this but I was really 100% fine and you can even move the lights yourself if you are battling with it.
The LED light therapy results in increased cellular activity this results in soothing and calming on the skin. It was incredibly calming to my normally quite red skin after a peel and this is because the light stimulates skin renewal and promotes collagen, elastin production and oxygenation for up 180 days after the treatment. It further treats the skin on an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial level.
Would I do it again? Most definitely! After my session at pulse, including my peel my skin feels brand new! Unfortunately I completely blanked out and forgot to take photos, but next time I sure will.
There are additional skin concerns that you can treat with the LED light therapy at Pulse, as their website elaborates:
Blemished and oily skin, recent acne scars
Redness and flushing
Skin texture and firmness
Fine lines and wrinkles
Dark under eye circles
Restores youth to mature skin
Cellular rejuvenation, collagen and ATP production
Anti-inflammatory, Calms red capillaries & Rosacea
Calms skin inflamed by blemishes
Intercellular communication, reduces swelling, calms irritation
Calming and soothing
Alleviates acne and oily skin
Increases cellular activity
Lymphatic system, muscle toning, anti-aging
If you have any queries on what treatment would be best to suit your skin concern, I’d suggest making an appointment to meet with Amy at Pulse on 021 914 0447 and she will be able to help you achieve your skin goals and possibly make your skin dreams come true. Thanks for helping with mine Pulse!