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Dianna Bourassa

Age: 29

Vocation: Research Technician and Molecular Biology Graduate Student

What is in your purse?  My Clinique Pore Minimizer T-zone Shine Control is always in my purse and really helps with the shine on my nose. I also keep my EDM retractable kabuki handy for a little mid-day buffing which will also help decrease my shine without adding more foundation. Other than those two must have items I only carry whatever lipcolor I’m wearing that day for touchups.

Guilty Pleasure:  I love to watch almost anything on the Food Network. The only thing I whip up in the kitchen is usually a bowl of cereal and I just hate cooking, but I just love to watch other people talk about food.

Skin color, type and any special skin concerns:
I have fair skin that’s terribly prone to adult acne which has led me to some discoloration. Also I get red blotches on my cheeks with large pores which is also where the acne strikes the worst. It can be very frustrating. I also have fine lines under my eyes and some creepiness on my eyelids which makes applying pencil liners a challenge. On the bright side, other than my cheeks, I have tiny pores and pretty good skin.  

Beauty inspiration: Some of the over the top (for me) looks really inspire me to not be so frightened of color. I really want to go crazy with my shadows but am so afraid to do it.

Top 3 skincare products:
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Redness Soothing Facial Cleanser –  I actually use this when I’m in the shower to wash my face after I’ve been to the gym. It smells good and doesn’t cause me to break out.
2. Olay Complete SPF15 for Combination/Oily Skin – Honestly, this is the only moisturizer I have ever tried. I like the way it feels and it too doesn’t lead to breakouts so I haven’t branched out yet to try anything else.
3. Everyday Minerals Matte Foundation – Now I know what you’re thinking. This isn’t a skincare product. Well, for me it is. When I gave this mineral foundation a try I couldn’t believe how much better it was than the other stuff I was using. It keeps my skin looking great all day!

Top 3 tools of the trade:

1. EDM Flat Top Brush – While I use the regular kabuki for face powders, the flat top is just perfect for foundation. It make smooth, even application a breeze.
2. MAC 219 Pencil Brush – This brush is as expected great for lining but I also use it for my outer corner and crease colors. It really helps me keep the color where I want it better than the larger dome brushes.
3. Eyelash Curler- This is a must have item for me. I have to heat it up with a blow drier to get my lashes to curl but it really opens up my eyes and makes them look great.

Best beauty secret/tip:  Leave-in conditioner on fine curly hair keeps curls looking great without the crunch factor. Just remember the less you mess with it the better. Frizz is just a touch away.

Three current beauty products you’d like to buy:  
1. I really want the Sephora Favorites Blink, Winks & Brows Eye Deluxe Sample Kit. There are so many items in it that I have been dying to test out.

2. A nighttime eye treatment cream. I’ve been doing a lot of research but I still haven’t made a decision.

3. The Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol II. I absolutely love the color payoff from the UD shadows. I also prefer to have less quantity of shadow in more different colors. If I come across a color I love then I’ll buy the larger container.

It’s nice to know you Diana! Warming up your eyelash curler before using it is a great tip, thank you!
Switching to colorful eyeshadows can be pretty intimidating – you need to experiment a lot first!
Any of you ladies frightened with color?

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