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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

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!