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6 Easy Seasonal Skincare Tips

9 Mar

As we get into these days of transitional weather (not quite winter, not quite spring), it’s helpful to change our skincare up a bit. The colder the air, the more moisture skin requires – even when the sun’s out. Ever put lotion on your legs before a day of spring skiing? You get out of your ski clothes later to find dry and scaly legs. Altitude plays a part, but colder weather can wreak havoc on our skin because it causes moisture to evaporate quicker.

Here are 6 super easy tips to get you through this transitional season.

1. Look at the labels of your skincare and body care. We want ingredients that hold onto water and lock in moisture – like Hyaluronic Acid (HA), Vitamin E, Coconut, Sunflower and Jojoba oils.

2. Try applying a replenishing serum onto a cleansed face (before cream) in the morning to feed skin antioxidants and HA for the day – like CeraVe Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid Face Serum. This one is great for anyone with sensitive skin, which is almost all of us. During these transitional months, even the most “normal” skin can react more sensitively to the environment.  

 

3. Swap your oil-free facial lotion for more a potent cream and apply it over serum. Disclaimer: I love almost every product by Supergoop. Give me a minute and I’ll make you a brand-convert. The Superscreen Daily Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 40 is one of my favorites. It protects against the sun and blue light. Plus, it’s considered a clean beauty brand at Sephora. If you don’t love layering, mix your foundation and moisturizer, then blend them onto your face simultaneously. Or just try a good CC cream.

4. For dry hands and feet, look for ingredients that seal in moisture like Shea butter or even petroleum jelly. Thicker creams tend to form more of a protective barrier than thinner lotions. For dry cracked skin, slather some on and sleep with mittens or socks to create an overnight mask – like the Triple Cream Eczema Care & Severe Dry Skin.

 

5. Some people swear the secret to glowing skin is applying pure oils right out of the shower. The truth is, oils like Jojoba act as an excellent sealant but aren’t effective on their own. Skin needs nutrients first and then oil to lock it all in, so to speak. Usually I add a few drops of Jojoba oil to my body cream. But when I’m in a hurry (90% of the time), I opt for a formula with effective ingredients AND the oil to absorb them, like Gold Bond Restoring Lotion. This brand doesn’t get nearly enough love IMO. Big fan!

6. I won’t suggest a lip balm or mask, because I think they’re important (especially if you wear lipstick!) year-round. But my face sometimes feels oily when I’m using thicker creams – even though none of the above clog pores – so I tend to do quick at-home masks more often. Recently I tried a Purifying Peel-Off Charcoal Mask by Merle Norman that did wonders for my pores. Also, peel off masks are way more fun (or “satisfying” as my niece would say!) to take off.

xo

 

 

Easy, Giftable Beauty Ideas

12 Dec

Although I’m more than happy to accept beauty gifts all year long, December is the more acknowledged month for gift giving. What follows is a list of thoughtful, sure-shot suggestions for the beauty lover and self-care supporter in your life.

MAKEUP

Pat McGrath Labs Mini LUST Gloss Trio: You can’t go wrong with these super wearable (warm or cool) glosses from the queen of color. No one delivers rich, blendable color formulas like Ms. McGrath! She defines makeup artistry. Even her packaging is gift-worthy.

If you’re shopping for an eye palette, her Blitz Astral Quad Eyeshadow in Iconic Illumination has big color payoff that doesn’t read like finger paint. It’s a covetable compact quadrant of warm gold and bronze hues with the perfect pop of fierce bordeaux.

If the site is sold out, most Sephoras are now carrying the brand.

 

LIP CARE

Laneige formulas simply make me happy. The Kiss Me All Day holiday collection comes with 3 full-sized glowing lip balms. Packed with Murumuru and Shea butters, each fruit-flavored tube keeps lips soft and hydrated all day long. There’s even a hint of tint in the Berry and Peach.

For someone suffering from dry, cracked lips, the Kiss Me at Midnight holiday collection is gift perfection! Laneige basically pioneered Lip Sleeping Masks and from the many others I’ve tried, none compare to their vitamin-enriched, protective formula. I believe the sites are sold out of this collection (complete with full-sized original Berry flavor + 2 new travel-sized Mint Choco and Sweet Candy limited editions), but I’ve seen them inside Sephora stores recently.

 

NATURAL SKINCARE

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Anyone who appreciates natural skincare will fall in love with the Lavido Age Away Replenishing Cream. Lavido is an Israeli brand that’s actually new to me and I can’t get enough of their formulas. This age-delaying cream boasts Summer Snowflake (something else new to me!), Hyaluronic Acid, and Grapefruit Seed oil. Simply massage it into freshly-washed, slightly damp skin until it absorbs.

 

CBD-INFUSED SKINCARE

With all the CBD lines sprouting up lately (see what I did there?), I have to include a few of my favorites. Because some are seriously overrated!

Well makes a truly unique CBD Face & Body Mask that feels so good on dry and sensitive skin. It’s made with Kaolin Clay, Argan and Avocado oils. You leave it on for like 10 minutes and then just rub it in. No messy mask removal!

I’m a little obsessed (sure that makes sense!) with the Well CBD Body Cream. It is well-priced luxe hydration without the greasy feel and it smells like sweet, spa-vacation Lemon Grass. Aside from the 300mg of CBD, it delivers big skin conditioning benefits from Vitamin E, Shea, Avocado and Coconut oils.

If you want to help protect your person’s face from common offenders like blue light, infrared and UV rays, grab some CBD Blue Light Defense SPF 30 by Dermaquest. It lightly hydrates while protecting collagen and shielding skin. This brand has a bunch of wonderful solution-specific formulas, with and without CBD. All definitely worth checking out!

 

TOOLS

The PMD Clean Pro is next-level facial cleansing, with one side for cleansing and the other for applying serums using heat therapy. It breaks down the dirt and oil in pores at 7,000 vibrations per minute while apparently operating at the perfect frequency to lift, firm, and tone skin. This might not seem like an obvious gift, but someone who is serious about facial care will love it! Blame me if they don’t. 

Lastly is a super luxe brush collection from IT Cosmetics. Your Brush Magic! is a limited-edition 5-brush set for makeup application. It comes complete with specific face and eye brushes that are travel-ready in a soft pouch and clean lucite carrying case. Give them the perfect excuse to toss those old brushes and start the New Year with new plush ones!

 

Happy Gifting Season!

xo

 

 

 

 

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

2 Dec

Pat McGrathI’ll make this quick. It’s Cyber Monday and there are some good beauty deals to be found! I’m even using Rakuten to get cash back on my purchases. It’s super simple. Just search the Rakuten site for the shop you want and click it to activate your discount. Some stores are offering up to 15% back!

Here’s a quick rundown of my favorite beauty deals for today only…

  • LORAC Cosmetics – 50% off sitewide! Yes, f’real! Code: CYBER50
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty – 20% off sitewide + free shipping. I’m in!
  • Laura Mercier – A very rare 25% off sitewide … except my favorite perfume for some reason!
  • Buxom Cosmetics – 25% off sitewide + free shipping! Best. Glosses. Anywhere! Code: CYBER25
  • Tarte Cosmetics – Up to 60% off on super deals + 25% off everything else. Hello, Salt Lyfe! Code: CYBER
  • Too Faced – 30% off sitewide. Check out their Natural Nudes lipsticks with coconut butter! Better Than Sex mascara for $18? Always. Code: PINK30
  • Pat McGrath Labs –$10 (Yes, $10!) LuxeTrance Lipsticks! All hail the queen! 25-20% off sitewide + free shipping! No code needed.
  • Armani Beauty – 20% off sitewide. Luminous Silk Foundation? Nothing better. Code: CYBER20
  • Laneige – 30% off sitewide. The Lip Mask trailblazer!
  • NARS – Up to 30% off sitewide. Head to the site to find your discount.
  • Voluspa – 25% off sitewide. I’ve mentioned the Milk Rose candles before. And now I’m noticing a lotion, too. This girl’s accepting gifts!

Happy shopping, all. Save today… and give back tomorrow! #givingtuesday

xo

LORAC Sale on Now

22 Oct

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I don’t normally post Friends & Family Sales but this is a good one! And by good, I mean great discount! The LORAC Friends & Family Sale is on now – and runs through October 28th. For those who don’t know, LORAC is the brainchild of longtime Hollywood makeup artist Carol (spelled backwards = lorac) Shaw.

Get 40% OFF sitewide! Awesome, right? Just use code FAMILY at checkout. Exceptions include sale items and the Rachel Zoe collection. But still plenty of deals to be scooped up. Get free US shipping on purchases over $25.

Suggested products: Pro Palette 4 (shown above), LUX Diamond Crème Eye Shadow, Front of the line PRO Liquid Eyeliner, Alter Ego Diamonds and Pearls Lip Gloss Set 6 Carats

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You’re welcome.

xo

Moitié: 10-Day lashes in Los Angeles

24 Jul

IMG_2811A new lash just arrived in Los Angeles. Sitting somewhere between fake eyelashes and lash extensions is Moitié. Pronounced moy-tee-ā, the brand was created by computer engineer Sima Mosbacher and offers DIY lashes that stay on up to 10 days. Lil’ bit of trivia: At age 20, Sima became the youngest female commercial pilot in the world! 

A big fan of salon lashes, Sima loved the ease of being makeup-ready each morning. But ultimately, she would suffer the drawbacks of brittle natural lashes and breakage as a result. So she created a gentler option where the lashes adhere to your natural lashes vs. your lash line.

IMG_2792Go online and check out the different options for ordering a DIY kit. Or if you’re in Los Angeles, stop by her kiosks at The Grove (just outside Nordstrom) or The Americana. I recommend having the techs on-site apply them for you. But for those with a steadier hand than me, the kits are there and ready to take home and apply at leisure. Kits come adorably packed in pink with everything from application tongs to remover glue.

I went for the natural look, and liked them at night. But during the day they were still a bit extra for me. I lasted 3 days before having to remove them. That said, I cannot personally confirm that they last a full 10 days. If you don’t wash with an oil cleanser or makeup remover, I can see them going the distance though. NOTE: When using the lash remover, make sure to ONLY apply it to your lashes and not your lash line. #Lessonlearned 

IMG_2719Oh, they’re also waterproof — A great summer savior for those who hate waterproof mascara! If you stop by a kiosk, drop me a line and let me know how it went. Even better, share a before & after!

xo

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