Makeup foundations come in almost every shade to help women across the globe find the right match to help them even out their skin tones and even cover up minimal blemishes. Of course, with such an important task it is only best for foundations to come in various forms to help get the job done.
Amongst the most popular types are:
Liquid foundation -this type of foundation, as the name suggests has more movement and is more ‘runny’ or ‘wet’ than the other foundation types; not too ‘runny’ as the formula is actually thick enough to be applied properly. This is because they’re largely oil or water based and does a good job at providing good coverage as well as helping to moisturize the skin. This type of foundation is best matched all skin types especially dry.
Stick – this foundation type is largely used in the theatre or for camera production since it does an excellent job at covering blemishes or dark circles. It’s heavy consistency may prove to be too much for everyday use, but would nonetheless be most suited for women with oily skin because as it dries it will quickly blend in. However, for women with dry or combination skin there is a risk that this foundation type will cause the skin to look even drier.
Powder – this foundation is often used as a fixer upper and can be used to make touch ups. As the name hints, there is no moisture provided by this foundation and is best suited for the minimalist woman who has oily skin. The powder would soak up some of the oil on the skin. Remember, this foundation comes in loose and pressed forms.
Pressed powder Loose powder
Cream – This foundation type is obviously on the creamy side, and can provide moisture and great coverage for blemishes, dark circles or even minor scars due to its thick, rich and slightly oily consistency. Women with dry skin can count on cream foundations to give the skin the moisture it needs, concealing power and an overall glossed and shine finish.
You can come into any Fontana Pharmacy near you and have a consultation with any of our beauticians to help you find the perfect shade and foundation type for your unique skin type. Have you tried any of these foundations before? Which works best for your skin? Comment below and let’s start a conversation.
Oh Yes! Leave-in-conditioners; they really make the world go round. It can be used to moisturise your hair, help fight frizz, act as a styler and the list goes on. Local brand, EG Wellness Brands went to work in the lab to come up with a leave in that would serve up some serious moisture. True coconut & olive oil leave in conditioner was made to protect and repair dry, brittle and damaged hair.
What better way to get honest feedback but directly from the horses mouth, right? I spoke to my friend Tracy, who is seemingly addicted to this stuff and has already gone through THREE bottles! It must be good because Tracy is a natural hair enthusiast and only goes after credible products; so if she went for this THREE times, well it must be good.
“When I was about to buy it at Fontana I was hoping that it would actually work for my type 4 hair and that it would live up to the hype. It actually smells nice; like mint. When I was applying it, it felt tingly on my scalp which I really liked; it felt like if I had put some peppermint oil on my scalp.”
FUN FACT! The leave-in contains peppermint oil which will leave the scalp or any part of the body feeling cool and refreshed. It promotes hair growth because of its ability to stimulate blood circulation.
“I got great slip when I’d apply it to my wet or dry hair and it feels so moisturised, even days after I felt the moisture still there. The formula isn’t oily, ‘wetty’ or greasy either; it’s thick and rich. I love to use it to detangle my hair. When I put it in my hair was instantly softer. The day after application it felt SO moisturised and soft. It stayed on my hair and didn’t leave it feeling weighed down. I grew from ‘in-like’ to ‘in love’ because of all these things PLUS I didn’t have to apply it everyday, unless I felt the need to. I’d keep buying it and would recommend it to others because I believe it’s moisturising and a very good product.”
You can stop into a Fontana Pharmacy near you and snag yourself this early Christmas present.
Ahh Halloween … For some, Halloween is a time to stay in, do nothing, dress up, go to costume themed parties, or simply binge watch scary movies online, eat candy and not feel guilty.
There are some people who’ll go all out to commit to their Halloween costume; and there are others who didn’t want to spend the extra cash to buy an outfit, but made extra special care to represent and go all out in with their Halloween themed makeup.
Much like the squiggly brow trend, women and makeup artists have been out here slaying the Halloween themed face art ! It’s so intriguing to look at, and process such masterpieces. I can’t even draw a straight line with a ruler or freehand a circle much less to be able to apply such precision and incorporate such fine detail on the human face ! Not even paper!
For the first time in a long while I’m at a loss for words. Let’s just bask in the awesomeness that is this pixel inspired Halloween look.
Like seriously, where’d this inspiration come from ? I’m amazed!
Wow, just looking at this makes me feel like I’m an uncreative lump, but I just can’t look away. It’s so beautiful!
Is there a YouTube tutorial for this ? Haha. I probably can’t execute something as detailed as this anyway. Why’d I even ask?
It’s gonna be a starry night because she just brought the galaxy to planet earth, and we’re here for it !
Talk about turning drab into fab. And a touch of colour and imagination really carries this conventional skull look past the boundaries.
My spidey senses are tingling and I’m pretty sure Spider-Man is proud wherever he is.
Ever since the premier of IT – the evil clown inspired horror film, many makeup artists have invested some serious time to recreate the eerie clown that is Pennywise, or have pushed past limits to produce their own creative spin on it.
What do you think of these Halloween themed makeup looks? Comment below and start the conversation.
Women apply makeup for a variety of reasons. We apply it to feel more confident, enhance our beauty, cover blemishes, or practice the craft among several other reasons. But what happens when our execution isn’t as flawless as we think? We’d go about our day only to pass by a mirror and realise it wasn’t as on point as we’d thought.
Five of our beauticians here at Fontana Pharmacy shared some of their most embarrassing makeup mishaps.
“Sometimes I’d be smiling, and smiling with customers like everything is okay, and there’s lipstick on my teeth! It’s mostly with glosses and red lipstick.”
“I did my makeup once in very bright light, and of course I thought it was perfectly matched. I felt so confident in myself. I sometimes feel like I don’t need to look in another light to confirm if the colour is okay, and that’s a very bad thing. So I did my face and left to go on the road, and while I was on the road there was even a case where someone said to me ‘so how yuh bleach yuh face and not your neck?’. When I actually stopped to look in a mirror, there was this horrible line of demarkation by my jawline (demarkation comes from your foundation being too bright). My entire foundation application was so light it looked like I was bleaching. That was a very horrible experience.”
“Whenever I’d have my eyelashes on, walking like I’m cute then someone turns to me and says ‘oh your eyelash is lifting off’. LOL. That is embarrassing!”
“When I just started to use creams to contour, I didn’t blend it well. My boyfriend said it looked like I had a beard. I went on the road thinking my makeup was on fleek and on point. I’d noticed that some girls were looking at me and when I observed it … I realized it [my contour] was very harsh. I tried it recently and now it’s hot because I’m more experienced in makeup. Using a sponge won’t work with this, the brush is better.”
“My cream foundation shifted ! It legit moved ! It just looked horrible. There were little spots of foundation all over my face and that’s not how I left the house. The time it took for me to leave the house and get to work it moved. I looked in the mirror, and I could see my actual skin at the crease/corner of my nose. There was no foundation at the corner of my nose ! I never wore it ever again. The palette is still there.”
Have you ever experienced a makeup mishap? Comment down below and join the conversation.
Dry hair … It’s our biggest nightmare and has the ability to ruin any colour treatment, wash and go, twist out or bantu knot out.
Can you imagine a wash and go with just the right amount of volume but it’s dull, and looks and feels dry? The root of the problem? Your roots; more specifically your scalp.
Dry hair is usually brought on by a dry scalp that does not produce enough natural oils (sebum) to moisturise the scalp and by extension the hair shaft. In other cases of dry hair, enough sebum is not produced to coat the entire hair shaft which lends to breakage since parts of the hair are drier than others.
The most obvious and common solution to this problem is to simply add moisture to help your hair. Products such as conditioners, hair masques, hair lotions, leave-in conditioners, moisturisers and oils were designed to do just that, help provide and lock in moisture.
One product worth taking note of is Jamaica-made Crème de la Crème Moisturiser by Ettenio. It was made to combat dry and damaged hair by infusing some of the best moisturising agents nature has to offer. The all natural moisturiser contains ingredients such as distilled water, marshmallow, coconut milk, Jamaican black castor oil, aloe vera juice, honey, shea butter and many others. Having been made from organic ingredients, its smell is subtle and not heavily fragranced.
The formula is heavy, thick, and creamy; very similar to a body cream. Such a consistency lends to a lot of added moisture because it has its own ability to moisturise, and having been infused with natural oils, it has it’s own sealing property.
In the previous blog post, you would have noted that I’d cut my hair off because I didn’t like how dry it looked and felt. Even with short hair, my dry hair problem had not gone away. I picked up this product at Fontana Pharmacy to be my moisturiser, but as I read more into the product description I realised it could be a styling product for coils and braid outs etc.
In the picture below, I’ve only used Ettenio’s Crème de la Crème and Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Here are the results after I stretched my roots to add volume.
I spritzed my hair with water, raked in some of the product, followed by castor oil. I then smooth the product into a very small section of my hair using my fingertip and twist the end around my index finger to form the coil. When air dried, my hair was soon soft and was visibly moisturised.
If you’re tired of dry hair, try combining Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Ettenio’s Crème de la Crème Moisturiser to style and ensure your hair’s health. Both products were made in Jamaica and are available at any Fontana Pharmacy near you.
Do you ever just want thick, full, long, healthy hair in the quickest and fastest way?
I’m always looking for a conditioner or styling product to help strengthen and grow my hair since I’m way too lazy to do a protein treatment – even if it’s every 6 weeks. While at Fontana Pharmacy, I crossed the OGX Biotin and Collagen Conditioner and after reading the label, I became really intrigued. It promises to infuse nutrients into every strand and create an appearance of thicker, fuller, healthier looking hair. I bought a bottle for myself and here’s why it should be a staple product.
- The ingredients. This conditioner has an exclusive blend with vitamin B7 biotin, collagen, and hydrolysed wheat protein. All these cook up to make the perfect agent to grow, strengthen and thicken hair. It can be used to strengthen hair after bleaching, colouring, flat ironing/heat styling, and can be definitely be used for relaxed hair on wash days.
- Very moisturising. It feels very moisturising and makes the hair feel soft whilst its still in and conditioning the strands. Even when I washed it out, my hair felt like a freshly washed blanket; so smooth, soft and fluffy.
- It has slip. The consistency of this product makes it great for detangling.
- Smells great. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact fragrance but I promise you, it smells SOOOO YUMMY and the scent lingers even 2 days after.If you’re battling dry, limp, or brittle hair I encourage you to stop in the nearest Fontana Pharmacy to pick up and take a nice whiff of the OGX Biotin and Collagen Conditioner. Your hair will definitely love you for it.
I had been struggling to find products to moisturize my hair for a long while. It bothered me so much I resorted to cutting it off.
(Yeah. Dramatic. I Know).
I’d been using some of the best products on the market, I would watch YouTube videos and follow the girls’ regime to the T, I’d even try my best to muster up the strength to deep condition each week … and as soon as my hair would air dry, it would feel soft for a few hours then it would look visibly dry and coarse, at least in my opinion.
After I had summized that my bleached ends were to blame, I’d cut even more hair off. THEN the very next day it hit me like a tonne of bricks … CASTOR OIL!!
I had given many many oils a try; from the infamous coconut oil, olive, argan, avocado, jojoba … and nothing. My hair would still look and feel dry.
I decided to switch up my regime and give castor oil a try again since I had stopped a while back. I thought it was a bit too heavy and ‘stink’ for my liking, but it always made my curls pop and have hold and shine.
I went through the hair aisle at Fontana, making sure to go after a Jamaican brand of castor oil so I can get a good quality product; nothing imported. I took my time reading the labels and checking for consistency, and I settled for Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Castor Oil.
This product makes my hair soft and SHINNY !! Alas, I’ve found a holy grail product to add to my hair product stash.
I put a little oil on my fingertip and massage the oil on to my freshly washed scalp. I then section off my hair, distribute and rake Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie into my hair, followed by Eco Styler’s Coconut Oil Gel, then I seal everything with some castor oil. Lastly, I’d give my hair a nice shake to help my curls naturally clump together. I had been doing this process for some time without the castor and my hair would still get dry and frizzy.
I’m absolutely in love with this product and I will DEFINITELY continue to buy.
What was especially appealing to me and this brand was the packaging. It didn’t feel cheap and it wasn’t fading. As for the smell, it has an odour which should tell you that it’s very natural as castor oil does have an acquired stench to it. However, once the hair dries and a couple hours pass the oil will work into your hair and smell like any other hair product and not necessarily castor oil.
If you have dry, dull hair and you’re out of ideas, go into Fontana Pharmacy and pick up Kirby’s 100% Pure Jamaican Castor Oil. I promise you WILL NOT regret it !
I know … it sounds like the makings of cake batter or some thick formula. But applying translucent powder as a base/primer for foundation has become a viral sensation.
It’s a technique used to primarily tackle oily skin, close pores, last up to hours and give an overall flawless finish. If you have naturally dry skin, this technique wouldn’t be for you since you wouldn’t have excess oils that’d need to be soaked up.
You’d begin the process by applying your moisturizer first, and then as I mentioned before, you’d follow up with a translucent powder, then foundation.
After applying the powder, it should remain untouched for a quick minute so that it has the opportunity to soak up the excess oils, especially in the T-zone areas where oil tends to accumulate.
Makeup gurus warn to use a translucent powder as opposed to a setting powder because translucent powders are much lighter. But watch out, this makeup process can be a little messy for that same reason; translucent powder is fine and loose — sorta like baby powder, which is actually another trend.
Now that we understand the general process, here’s where the controversy comes in.
It seems to be split down the middle. Some MUA’s have commented that during the process their skin felt good, while others have reported that at the very beginning of the process their skin felt dry, tight and cracked, and didn’t make them want to continue the process. Possibly this would be the sentiment of a person with combination skin (both dry and oily). Applying a raw powder to a patches of skin that are drier than others may result in uneven coverage and distribution of the foundation and would cause some parts of the face to feel drier than others.
On the other hand, some makeup gurus mentioned that this process helps other products such as highlighters become more pigmented, while others say applying translucent powder first soaks up too much of the foundation so it takes longer to cover the face.
Lastly, some MUA’s claimed that their pores were visibly smaller, and that the process helped covers blemishes fairly well. Other MUA’s however, have said that the process made their face look textured, their pores looked caked/clogged and that photos taken with flash will highlight the powder, making the face appear ghostly white.
Fontana Pharmacy’s beautician Keneisha Bryan says this makeup technique wouldn’t be ideal for the on the go woman who may only have time for a quick face powder pat coupled lipstick or lipgloss, and needs to be out the door to conquer the world. It also wouldn’t be a good fit for women who are minimalistic and would cringe at having to apply a lot of product, nor is it the makeup technique to use for night functions.
Have you given this technique a try? What do you think about it? Comment below and start a conversation with us.
Co-wash! Co-wash! Co-wash!
The As I Am light, no-suds, cleansing cream formula, also known as the As I Am Coconut CoWash is designed to remove product residue and preserve your hair’s moisture.
Cowashing is the best go-to regime for naturals who need to save time. It produces the after effects of shampooing and deep conditioning combined, giving you a 2 in 1 in half the time; visibly clean and moisturised.
It smells like a tropical coconut explosion; gentle yet prominent. It’ll hold on to your strands even when you’ve rinsed it out and have begun to put in your styling products. It’s consistency offers so much slip because it’s a balance between ‘watery’ and creamy. It literally melts away the tangles in your hair.
I’m pretty sure this isn’t the first place you’ve heard about products melting away tangles but this one actually does. For extra stubborn tangles, work a generous amount of the product into soaking wet hair, cover it with a shower cap, and you can either sit under a hooded drier or allow your body’s heat to create a steam reaction in your hair.
Carry about doing your chores or watch some TV, and after 15 minutes the product would have not only moisturised your hair but it would have loosened up your tangles. Comb through with your wide tooth comb in sections to detangle, give your scalp a nice, massaging scrub and then rinse the product out. Be sure to comb the product throughout the hair and massage your scalp in a downward direction so you don’t cause tangles.
The product is said to be gentle enough for use everyday and has the ingredients and moisturising benefits to provide the hair with the right conditions to grow.
If you’re always on the go or you’re looking for a cleansing product to give you clean, moisturised hair, visit a Fontana Pharmacy near you or visit fontanapharmacy.com to snag yourself the As I Am Coconut Cowash. You won’t regret it !
Perhaps the first thing that jumps out at you in the title is the word ‘gel’. I know. I thought the same – why would I put gel on my skin? But don’t let that sway you, it’s applied just like lotion; massage into the skin where needed. Irie Rock’s Moisturizing Tea Tree Aloe Gel was developed to be a lightweight alternative to lotion that’ll better the skin and hair.
I’ll cut the jibber-jabber a give you the rundown of this product because, well … who likes reading through thick paragraphs anyway?
Here’s the deal.
- It’s lightweight. Sometimes lotions and oils have a tendency to make the skin feel like it’s suffocating underneath a heavy, tacky, heat-attracting trap. #CRINGE!
This product on the other hand, absorbs into the skin and pores without leaving the skin feeling tight or trapped by an invisible film.
- It’s moisturising. I’m not sure what else to say other than it makes the skin feel supple and hydrated enough to withstand Jamaica’s heat!
- It’s long lasting. Don’t worry about it melting away in all the heat. It melts away on the skin upon application, and by the end of the day it feels pretty non-existent but your skin feels so moisturised at the same time.
- It’s relatively odourless. Sometimes lotions can be overbearing with the scents. This product will go easy on the sinuses and is ideal for men and women who want moisture without the powerful smells of some lotions.
- It’s pocket friendly. Well that speaks for itself. Fontana Pharmacy’s got you the price hook up so your skin can glow within budget.
- It’s soothing. When you first put it on there’s a cool sensation that flushes across the area of application.
- All natural ingredients. Water is the most hydrating and moisturising agent. This product’s main ingredients are water, tea tree oil, and aloe vera. They combine to fight against eczema, sunburns and extra oily skin.
- It’s local. It’s manufactured right here in sunny isle Jamaica, so no need to worry about imported fake or watered down ingredients because it’s all at our fingertips in galore.
Are you looking for moisture without the weight? Stop in to the nearest Fontana Pharmacy and get yourself Irie Rock’s Moisturizing Tea Tree Aloe Gel.