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Put To The Test: Elizabeth Arden’s New Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation Review

We tried Elizabeth Arden’s innovative new skin caring foundation for a month. Find out what we thought!

New year, new foundation! It’s about the time of year when we shuffle up our beauty routine and search out some new options. So when we began hearing word of a buzzed-about new makeup item that comes with some seriously appealing features, our interest was piqued.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation, $69, has been gaining hype from those with early access (it goes on sale everywhere from Feb 1) for it’s all-rounder appeal and fresh, modern formulation. It has all the sought-after ingredients we usually look for in our skincare, but in a win for time-saving, it’s in the foundation instead.

While it’s a big ask to create a foundation that suits everyone, for every situation, Elizabeth Arden has given it a good go. It’s lightweight, but can be built up with a natural ‘real skin’ finish. It’s said to be able to withstand 24-hours of wear (but don’t sleep in your makeup!) and is loaded with heavy-hitting, complexion-loving ingredients like hydrating Hyaluronic Acid, brightening Vitamin C and Vitamin E to ward off the environmental challenges that tax our skin. 

Not to mention it comes in an impressive 40 shades with a range of warm, cool and neutral undertones, which makes it an accessible option.

Also new is the foundation’s BFF, Flawless Start Hydrating Serum Primer, $64, which like the name implies, is meant to care for your skin like a serum but also offers the ideal glowy and lush base for foundation. It’s hard to find seriously hydrating primers that sink in well and work for dry and oily skin, so this is a newsworthy find. It has new technology that means droplets of oil are suspended in a hydrating gel, but it only feels fresh, rather than slippery on skin. 

We had some of the team and friends of MiNDFOOD try the foundation and primer for a month over the recent summer period to see how it withstood some active days and balmy nights! 

The skincare aficionado – Phoebe Watt

As I’ve moved on from my twenties and begun settling comfortably into my thirties, my once serious (and seriously expensive) obsession with makeup has evolved into an even more serious (and seriously, seriously expensive!) interest in skincare. Whether it’s that the investment has paid off, or what they say about confidence coming with age is true, I’m far less likely to reach for a full-coverage foundation today than I was 10 years ago, when a mask-like complexion was the goal. 

Of course, redness, hyperpigmentation and hormonal blemishes are still something I hate to see, which is why I’ve fallen hard for Elizabeth Arden’s new Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation – an absolute weapon at evening out my skin tone this summer with its buildable formula that offers impressive coverage without feeling remotely heavy or drying. 

In fact, pumped full of everyone’s favourite hydrating skincare hero, hyaluronic acid, I’d credit the formula with keeping my skin feeling supple and the rest of my makeup firmly in place on days when less high-performing foundations wouldn’t have stood a chance. My advice, if skin is your thing? Pair with Elizabeth Arden’s Flawless Start Hydrating Serum Primer. The two new launches have been designed to work better together and I’ll be repeat purchasing both.

The low-fuss fan – Ruawai Te Rata

I prefer a natural no-fuss look that blends in well with my normal skin type. This foundation was perfect! It felt light to apply, especially after using the serum primer and it was easy to blend in using my fingers. I wore it to work where I wear no makeup half the time and I felt it gave me more confidence on those days where I woke up feeling a little tired. I liked the consistency a lot but felt it had a light coverage. If I was going out to a special occasion, I would feel I’d need another layer of powder or something else over top. 

The busy mum – Megan Bedford

As there are so many shade options I found it a little overwhelming to choose the right one online without the help of counter staff (as MiNDFOOD’s beauty editor I was lucky enough to try it before it went on sale!) so I used findation.com to match a shade closest to another product I already own, which was not too far off. What I liked most was it’s incredibly modern finish – what I would call a ‘natural satin’ finish that really matches the dimension and texture of real skin, It also stretched and moved with my face, rather than gathering in lines or creases or looking shiny and feeling comfortable even after hours. 

For work I wear a full face but on days at home with my family I wear very little, so it was useful the way I could get great coverage particularly where I have areas of redness, by slowly building up with a beauty blender. However it’s also fluid enough to quickly apply in a more sheer manner with my fingers on days I want to let my real skin-tone show, so I look fresh, rather than overdone. In the summer humidity it didn’t disappear either. 

The time-poor multi-tasker – Ashley Wallace 

My skin in its natural state is far from flawless, but I was struck by how well this foundation hid any imperfections without heavy coverage. I love anything that reduces the number of steps needed in my morning routine, which is another reason I’ve loved using the combination of the foundation and the primer. With the primer’s hydrating, conditioning ingredients, and the foundation’s vitamin C and E, my skin was nourished without the need for extra serums or moisturisers. I also loved the gel texture of the primer, it was perfect for hot summer days.

The full-coverage fan – Kathryn Chung

I’ve been searching for a full-coverage foundation that doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin for a while now and has ticked all the boxes! It was easy to apply with a makeup sponge and when paired with the serum, it offered great coverage while still looking and feeling soft and natural on my skin. The shade was perfect and matched really well with my skin tone. I wore it during some hot summer days and was impressed that it lasted all day without ever looking shiny.

The glow-getter – Lillian McHugh 

I am definitely less-is-more when it comes to make up and foundation, and strive for a dewy-glow, rather than caked on heavy coverage. The primer was an absolute godsend, saving my skin this summer. Leaving my skin feeling hydrated and plump, combating air conditioning and hot winds alike. The foundation sat perfectly on top of the primer, rather than disappearing into the gel, creating a smooth base with just enough coverage and hydration to last all day.

Try Now: Visit an Elizabeth Arden counter to find your perfect match of Elizabeth Arden Flawless Finish Skincaring Foundation or visit www.elizabetharden.co.nz.

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How to overcome a fear of needles

Getting a shot is a fearful task for many people, whether it’s the sight of blood or the injection itself that makes their stomach tie into knots. But with the pandemic only likely to end with widespread vaccinations, getting a shot is also a necessary task.

Psychotherapist Enno Maass explains that people who fear seeing blood and injuries will “often quickly fall into unconscious”, while those who have an isolated fear of getting a shot show typical anxiety symptoms such as tension, shaking and negative thoughts beforehand.

To know how to overcome these fears, it’s important to first understand what’s behind them.

People who pass out often experience a strong increase in blood pressure and heart rate right before the needle is inserted, then suddenly the muscles relax and blood pressure rapidly falls. This leaves the brain without enough blood, and the person passes out.

For this phobia, the attacks of unconsciousness often lead to a fear of being embarrassed or ashamed by the situation, says Maass. It can help to talk confidentially with a doctor about these fears before.

Also, it might help to know that even people who don’t have any particular nervousness when donating blood will sometimes fall into unconsciousness – it’s really no reason to feel a sense of shame.

A more practical solution is to use applied tension before, during and after getting a shot. It involves rhythmically pumping the muscles of the arm that’s not being injected and the legs, says Maass. This prevents blood pressure from falling too rapidly.

People who fear the injection itself often feel a diffuse sense of uneasiness. Behind it could be fears of being injured by the jab, for example on the bones, or air being injected by mistake. “This often shows up during discussions to get to the bottom of the feeling of anxiety,” says Maass. Again, talking to the doctor can help here.

The doctor can also explain to the patient how the injection works and what doctors look for, and let him or her inspect the needle.

Health workers in general play a crucial role in administering shots.

They should be gentle with people who have such fears and gently explain how things go. It can also be helpful when they make it clear that they have a lot of experience and composure. “One should pick up the patient and take their fears seriously,” according to Maass.

Even more so for older people in care facilities who may no longer be able to grasp the situation as well: “The stronger the basis of trust, and the more caring the preliminary talks, the more willing someone is to trust in the situation and overcome fears,” says Maass.

Distraction helps only in certain cases. For children who perhaps don’t have any rational fears except for possible pain, it can sometimes work, says Maass. Adults aren’t as easy to distract.

Anyone who refuses outright to get a shot and aren’t helped by discussions with their doctor should consider going to a psychotherapist. It’s a serious issue, as fears of getting a shot can lead to real consequences when someone doesn’t go to a preventative check-up, let’s their blood be drawn or avoids the dentist.