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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

GTL: Keri Russell

28 Jan

Keri Russell - SAG 2019I loved the ease and wearability of Keri Russell‘s makeup at the SAG Awards last night in Los Angeles. Makeup artist Tamah Krinsky says the inspiration was “Modern day Grace Kelly… Classic with a little edge.”

The look was fresh and dewy skin with natural lips and a pop of color on her eyes. Easily replicable!

Below is a breakdown of the Lâncome products Krinsky used on Russell. GET THE LOOK…

SKIN: Russell’s skin was prepped with Absolue Precious Oil, then followed with Absolue Revitalizing & Brightening Rich Cream and Visionnaire Yeux. Finally a light layer of Prep & Hydrate Primer was applied to prime her skin for makeup.

FACE: Lancôme Skin Feels Good in 025 Soft Beige was applied with a soft brush and finger-tapped in to keep the look sheer. Blush Subtil in Cedar Rose was dabbed on the apples of her cheeks.

 

EYES: Brow Define Pencil in 06 Brown was used to lightly fill gabs in her brows. (Celebrities: Just like us!) The beautiful lavender and plum hues came from the Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 300 Amethyst Glam. To soften to look, the base color from the Color Design 5 Pan Eyeshadow Palette in 500 Jade Fever was applied along her brow bone and in the crease of her eyes. Two coats of both Monsieur Big Waterproof Mascara and Definicils Mascara in Deep Black were applied on her top and bottom lashes. 

 

LIPS: Russell’s look was topped on with a few coats of L’Absolu Lacquer Gloss in 236 Pour Toujours. Simply beautiful!

 

xo

Jouer Sample Sale

24 Jan

ATTENTION: Beauty lovers in the valley… and beyond! Jouer has a huge sample sale going on now in Chatsworth. Stop by and save big on makeup & skincare. Details below!

Quick Remedies for Common Skin Problems

3 Dec

Screen Shot 2018-12-02 at 10.10.22 PMNo one tells you when you’re 12 that you’ll still be getting zits at 40. And if it’s possible, they get even bigger with age. Yay hormones!

Our skin can experience a number of reactions this time of year from dietary changes, weather, more sugar intake, holiday stress… or just because it knows you have a big event and wants to fuck with you.

The good news is that we’ve got options. According to Dr. Manish Shah, M.D., there are safe (quick!) ways to treat common skin problems at home – or in the doctor’s office.

Hopefully you won’t need to use any of these, but just in case you’re human…

 

PROBLEM: Cold Sore

In-Office: A very diluted cortisone injection can bring cold sore inflammation down quickly. If you prefer a pill to a shot, ask your doctor for a Valtrex, Famvir, or Acylovir prescription.

At-Home: Try not to touch it. Obvs.Pick up an OTC medication like Abreva. Or try old-school remedies like using Visine or cold compress to minimize redness.

 

PROBLEM: Allergic Reaction

In-Office: If you’ve never experienced this kind of allergic reaction, contact your allergist or dermatologist immediately.

At-Home:

  • If you’ve had this reaction before, know what caused it and know it won’t affect you any other way – use a topical hydrocortisone cream twice a day, plus take Allegra, Claritin or Zyrtec. All are longer acting and less sedating than Benadryl.
  • Try a whole-milk compress for 10 minutes twice a day. I’ve also found that dabbing milk-soaked cotton on areas after waxing minimizes redness and irritation.
  • If the allergic reaction occurs on the same day as your event, cover it up by color balancing the redness. The opposite of red is green, so apply green tinted concealer on the red area. The combination will create a flesh-toned hue.

 

PROBLEM: Cystic Acne Breakout

In-Office: Cystic acne can be treated with cortisone or “steroid” shots by gently injecting a very diluted quantity of a “glucocorticoid” steroid into an inflamed cyst. “Within one or two days of injection into a cyst, the steroid will shrink the inflammation producing relief of pain and almost immediate cosmetic improvement,” says Dr. Shah

At-Home: Do not try to lance or cut into a cyst yourself. You don’t know where the root of the clog is or how deep it resides. You’ll only prolong healing and increase the chances of being left with a scar or dent. Here are a few safer options to try:

  • Aspirin Mask. Crush up an aspirin tablet and mix it with water to make a paste. Apply it directly to a cystic pimple and leave on as long as convenient. Aspirin is a cousin to salicylic acid and can help calm inflammation and pain.
  • Try Hydrocortisone Cream or High-Quality Retinoid. Find a triple-threat product containing hydrocortisone cream. Benzoyl peroxide lowers levels of acne-causing bacteria, hydrocortisone cream reduces inflammation, and salicylic acid removes excess oil to dry out a pimple.
  • Put some ice on It. Applying ice can work wonders when it comes to decreasing swelling, redness, pain, or even itchiness associated with cystic acne.

 

PROBLEM: Puffy Eyes

At-Home: Eye puffiness can be improved by applying something cool, like a cold compress, chilled cucumber slices or tea bags for 5-10 minutes to help constrict blood and lymph vessels. I’ve had good results using a good refrigerated eye serum. Reducing salt intake and alcohol also helps.

 

PROBLEM: Sunburn

At-Home: 

  • Take a cool bath or shower. Set the water to a cool temperature that’s just below lukewarm and relax for 10-20 minutes. The temperature will ease the pain, and the water will lessen irritation. Avoid using soap, bath oils, salts or other detergents because they might irritate your sunburn and possibly make it even worse.
  • If you have blisters forming on your skin, take a bath instead of showering. The pressure from the shower might pop your blisters. When you get out, don’t rub your skin dry with a towel. Instead, let yourself air dry, or lightly pat dry with a towel. Apply cold compresses to your skin.
  • Apply aloe vera. Using the pads of your fingers, gently apply the aloe to your sunburn. Don’t rub it in like you might with a regular lotion. Leave it a bit wet on top of the burn to help prevent the skin from drying out and becoming more irritated. Reapply as often as necessary. You can also opt to treat inflammation with cortisone cream. Cortisone creams contain a small dose of steroids that can work to reduce sunburn inflammation.

 

PROBLEM: Too much filler

In-Office: As a rule, you should get fillers no sooner than 1 month before a big event to allow time for healing and touch ups – and make sure you only go to a Board-Certified specialist. If results aren’t what you desired, Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane are the easiest to reverse. An enzyme called Hyaluronidase can be injected to partially or completely dissolve initial Restylane, Juvederm and Perlane injections. Voila! Problems solved. 

 

If you’ve got any good at-home remedies, please share them in the comments.

xo