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10 Things I Know

17 Sep

Beauty bloggers are often asked about our favorite products, tips & tricks. Makes sense. We get a lot of intel. But truth be told, a product has to be really great in order to stand out amongst the slew of competition. Especially skincare. No matter what it says on the box or in the commercial, you don’t generally see results (if you see them at all) until at least a month of consistent use. Which is where the blogger issue can come into play. When testing out so many formulas, it’s rare we have flexibility to use only one product at a time, as directed. Keep this in mind when reading beauty blog reviews.

Makeup, fragrance, hair tools, and bath products are a whole different ball game. One and done. You can tell in seconds if they’re a keeper.

So having stated all of the above, I do have some beauty product-related knowledge. Whatever isn’t news to you, just chalk up as a reminder. Here are 11 things I know for sure…

  1. Lips will never look better chapped. Dry lips don’t look healthy. Grab a natural lip scrub, leave it on for 5 minutes. Massage in circles before rinsing off. Then follow it up with a rich lip balm or treatment. I love the Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub and Agave Lip Mask from BITE Beauty.

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 3.53.22 PMIf you really are anti-scrub, try this: Smile with your lips together, then place tape over them. Smooth the tape over your lips for a minute or so. Then rip it off. Once you see what’s on the tape, you might want to grab that scrub!

 

2. Before you hop on the lip filler bandwagon, try a plumping gloss. I’m partial to Buxom’s Full-On Plumping Polish or Cream but almost every brand makes one now. The good ones really work and make your lips fuller and smoother with continued use. If you’re looking to rectify lip lines, hold off on injections until you try products like Dr. Macrene’s 37 Actives High Performance Anti-Aging and Filler Lip Treatment, Embryolisse’s Re-Densifying Eye & Lip Contour Cream, or Meaningful Beauty’s Remodeling Lip Serum.

 

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 4.16.02 PM3. If you want to combat under eye puffiness, stick to serum. Creams can work for dark circles, but if you really want to dilute those bags, you only stand a chance with a serum like SkinMedica’s Uplifting Eye Serum or the Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum by Dr. Dennis Gross. Ice cubes don’t hurt either.

 

4. Also for those battling eye puffiness (as I clearly am) or discoloration, I’ve tried all the methods of concealer. Hands down, the upside down triangle trick works best. Message me or google it if you aren’t familiar, but it basically consists of using your concealer to draw an upside down triangle beneath your eye – filling it in, then blending it into your skin and additional face make as needed. Trust me, it works far better than the other hacks you’ll hear about. New must-try fave: Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Away Concealer!

 

5. Floss. Just do it. I never used to. But in an age of kale, seaweed salad, and celery sandwiches – using dental floss is necessary. I always feel a sense of accomplishment getting that celery string out, too. It’s the little things in life… amiright?

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6. For any of us who over-plucked in the 90s or weren’t blessed with long luscious lashes, there are products out there that work. You can definitely grow longer eyelashes and fuller eyebrows with OTC products. GradeLash is really popular lately, but NeuBrow and NeuLash have consistently worked wonders for both my lashes and sparse brow zones.

 

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 8.18.51 PM7. Matte works better on youth. It just does. Matte lipstick. Matte foundation. Matte powder. All of it. As much as I’d love to pull off a deep red matte lip, it just makes me look older than I am. Same with face makeup. If you must go with a matte foundation, try adding a dewy highlighter or pearly sheen to your cheekbones. And on that note, glitter is generally for youth, too. If you want some sparkle, go for a finely milled shimmer, pearlized or holographic sheen. Think Hourglass vs. Stila.

8. Play with primers. They make a difference. I love Urban Decay eye primers. As for foundation primers, try one from your favorite brand of foundation. Let it set for a minute or two before applying makeup. Your lids and face will become a much smoother canvas. They also help keep makeup on longer.

Screen Shot 2018-09-16 at 9.43.55 PM9. You know you need to wear SPF (natural is better) and to wash your face every night. Skincare 101. And I won’t bore you with my favorite cleansers or makeup removers. But I will say that Micellar waters are effective. I’m always surprised how much makeup didn’t come off from washing alone. After you wash and pat dry your face, saturate a cotton round with Micellar water (I like IT Cosmetics Miracle Water 3-in-1 Tonic) and swipe it over your skin. You’ll see what washing left behind.

 

10. Do you still get those awful cystic chin pimples? I do. And my instinct has always been to douse them in hot water or hit a steam room when I can. Wrong. Turns out heat only exacerbates already-irritated skin. Leave the pimple alone. Do not try to pop it. If you absolutely have to do something, dab it with cool water or a covered ice cube to help decrease swelling.

 

Well those are my top 10. Let me know if they helped at all. Or if you have any specific questions, send ’em my way. Maybe I know more than 10 things. ; )

 

xo

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Tatcha Labor Day Sale!

31 Aug

As with the long Labor Day weekend comes the sales. And as much as I’d like to stand on my high horse about how these types of weekends aren’t about consumerism, I won’t. Mainly because it’d be hypocritical. I LOVE a great sale!

So I’m sharing a brand with you that rarely goes on sale – and that’ll be that.

Tatcha. Love this skincare brand! If you don’t know it and dream of “geisha pure skin,” check it out on Tatcha.com or at Sephora. Personally, I can’t get enough of their tinted illuminating eye treatment for masking tired eyes.

Tatcha has taken some of their most popular products and is offering them in 3 complementing duos at big price reductions on their websiteAugust 30th thru September 2nd. See below!

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Westlake Staycation

27 Aug

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Sometimes a girl needs a little staycation. Something with a spa. Somewhere not too-too far. Relaxing. Indulgent.

I had the perfect staycation this month at the Four Seasons Westlake Village. A gorgeous property that truthfully seems a little out of sorts in this particular location… but with a golf course could easily become a destination spot.

Less than an hour from West Hollywood, I highly recommend making the drive for a quick overnight. The deep marble 2-person tub alone is worth the trip. Just BYO bubble bath. Or request their intoxicating what-I-can-only-guess-is lemongrass-scented bath cubes.

Make sure to visit the pool, too. Once you make your way through the spa maze, it’s well worth reserving a cabana if you can swing it. Lovely spacious patios surround the pool, fully equipped with daybed, chaise lounges, television, ceiling fan & storage space. You can easily make a day of it out there.

I however had a spa and salon to visit. If you book a treatment, make sure to leave time to experience the spa amenities. Especially the sauna. It’s huge. Two rooms! I actually wasn’t counting the minutes ‘til I could bolt for the steam room. If you’re concerned about losing tone or firmness in your face, treat yourself to the Swift Lift Firming Facial. It’s as effective as it is relaxing—and they’ll do extractions if you want. Yes please.

The hotel is also home to the award-winning California Health & Longevity Institute — a facility with onsite doctors and specialists to help guests achieve individual wellness and total body rejuvenation.  

Recently taken over by the Four Seasons, the new Rhythm & Hair salon is modern beauty convenience at its best. Grab a cut, blowout, manicure… it’s all at your fingertips. Heh heh, punny. The stylists use some of my favorite Oribe products, and there’s even a special barber-esque area just for men.

Before I knew it, it was time to return to the real world. Perhaps the time I plan a staycation, I’ll plan to stay a little longer.

For more info, go to https://www.fourseasons.com/westlakevillage/

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Los Angeles Jouer Pop-Up

23 Aug

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Attention all makeup lovers & Jouer junkies!

Beginning tomorrow, August 24th, the first-ever Jouer Rose Gold Pop-Up will open its doors in Los Angeles for 3 days. The first 25 customers to shop will receive a free gift.

Aside from makeup, all guests will have the opportunity to grab exclusive Jouer merch – like tees, sweats, pins, and the coveted signature tote bag recently given to top influencers. I apparently was not one of them. ; ) Monogramming services will be on hands as well, plus a 1-hour meet & greet with JadeWadey180 at noon on Saturday.

 

  • WhatJouer Rose Gold Pop-Up
  • When: August 24th – 26th | 10am-7pm 
  • Where: 8457 Melrose Place | Los Angeles, CA
  • Why: To celebrate Jouer’s brand new Rose Gold Collection

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LAUNCH ALERT: Charlotte Tilbury Complexion Collection

22 Aug

LAUNCH ALERT! Charlotte Tilbury’s long-awaited Complexion Collection debuts tomorrow on CharlotteTilbury.com  and will be available in stores worldwide on September 6th. 

As a big fan of her skincare products, I’m counting the minutes to see what Charlotte does for color correction. She’s launching with two products – a concealer stick and a loose powder. Product details below.

For VIP Pre-Sale shopping, click HERE.

MAGIC AWAY LIQUID CONCEALER
Magic Away is Charlotte’s attempt at the holy grail of concealers. Available in 16 shades, this miracle stick covers skin imperfections like dark circles, pigmentation, redness & blemishes in one swipe.

This concealer is full-coverage, lasts up to 15 hours, is water resistant, and created with Elastic Second Skin Texture to mimic the look of a fresh, new complexion.

Charlotte’s Tips for Application:

  • Use the Magic Miracle Precision beauty blender applicator to blend Magic Away on top of your Magic Foundation or Light Wonder to help reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness and pigmentation.
  • Apply more to any areas which need more coverage.
  • To brighten the under-eye area, use a lighter shade of Magic Away. Tap on gently with your ring finger.

 

CHARLOTTE’S GENIUS MAGIC POWDER

A light-diffusing loose powder that blurs imperfections on the face and underneath eyes. It visibly reduces dark shadows and helps boost radiance. Lastly, Genius Magic Powder is said to help mattify and give skin a smoother appearance.

Available in three shades: light, medium & dark.

Charlotte’s Tips for Application:

  • Apply Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder on top of Magic Foundation or Light Wonder using the Powder & Sculpt brush to mattify and smooth skin’s appearance.
  • To visibly reduce dark eye circles, use the Blender brush and tap off any excess product before applying.

 

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