Tag: Beauty

Dior in my heart

Today’s agenda included a visit to one of my favorite people from Dior at her counter where we went out to lunch and caught up on life.

It always feels nostalgic for me to be next to a Dior counter as I spent a bulk of my transition from teen to early adulthood behind the counter. Memories of clients and coworkers that motivated me to work hard for them has led me to maintain connections with those who impacted my professional development. I will always be grateful for the opportunities I was given thanks to my ambition combined with the wise inspiration of Mr. Dior’s whimsical imagination reincarnated through the powerful people I came to know as mentors and friends.

Earlier today there was a young girl working behind the Dior counter who stared at me wide eyed and smiling. It felt strange to me as images of my first days at Dior are still fresh in my mind. She questioned me on how I became so successful at Dior and what I’ve done to earn respect at a young age from the communications world and cosmetics industry. I told her ‘you are as successful as your last impression’ and that is the best advice I can offer.

In my daily life, impressions matter tremendously as some working relationships are strictly via email as I work with PR executives from all over the US and internationally. I think about that last email, phone call, text I make often and re-think what the messages I put out will bring back in return.I can only hope the impressions I make will continue leading me to even greater success.

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Here are a few beautiful things spotted at the luxury beauty counter that will always have a piece of my heart.

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Eating my way to glowing skin

Rewind to a few years ago I was totally obsessed with eating healthy food and in fact my parents although they love to cook a good Filipino meal are health conscious and eat minimal rice and meat in their daily nutrition intake. Fish, fruits, low sodium, sugar free and vegetables were an expected sight to see in my childhood kitchen but unfortunately my current diet has been lacking in healthy options. Bringing back colorful foods into my food has made me feel like myself again. 

Most people would rate losing weight or physical appearance a top priority to eat healthy but my personal reason is glowing skin. 

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Eating vibrant food via citrus, greens, and colorful plants are a quick way to brighten up the complexion. Investing in a serious skin care regime can of course boost skin’s overall appearance but drowning your digestive system with not so skin friendly food can result in dull, lifeless skin and problematic makeup application. Slowly I’ve reverted back to my healthy food ways and now at peace with taking care of my skin from the inside out. 

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At the moment I can’t stop eating grapefruit, organic greens and Annie’s Lemon and Chive salad dressing. Yum! Obviously, I will always have my morning coffee but I’ve downsized from a venti or grande coffee to a tall. Still not fab but I balance it out with the ridiculous amount of water I drink. 

What’s your go-to healthy food meal? 

 

 

Lipstick Memories

As I drank my morning coffee fix from Starbucks earlier today, it reminded me of a memory as a young girl in elementary school hoping desperately to wear lipstick and leave my imprint on a coffee mug just like my mom. She would wear a dusty rose creamy lipstick and that faint pout stamped across the top of her pale ivory mug was like a true statement of glamour I thought as I nibbled at my buttery grilled cheese sitting next to her. My earliest memories of makeup fixation happened so young and now my little princess looks at me the same way I looked at my mom as she swiped across a generous swatch of lipstick across her mouth.

Today, my mom still favors a pinky rose lip; the classic hue brings me back to childhood every time! Here is today’s lip combo with my Grande White Mocha: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in All the Way & Le Metier De Beaute Lip Crème Lip Gloss in Papaya Crème. I went with the dewy theme and paired the vibrant orange glossy lip with glowing skin and iridescent green eye shadows.

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What I’m wearing: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Crown Brush Limited Edition Hautelook eye shadow palette, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base lift concealer in Medium, Chanel Kohl Noir eyeliner pencil, Cargo Cosmetics eye shadow from Vintage Escapes Palette in Chestnut for my eyebrows, Dior Lash Maximizer, Eyeko Black Magic Mascara, Dior Forever Foundation in 030 Medium Beige, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder foundation as my contour, Vapour Organic Beauty Multi-Use Blush Stain in Crave, Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal.

What’s your first lipstick memory?

La Femme: Holy Grail Blush

Rebellious would not be the first word I would use to describe myself but the occasional against the grain makeup choice counts right?

I recently purchased a few La Femme Blushes from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website and have been completely impressed with the high color payoff. At $2.79 each they are a total value especially for makeup artists who want versatile shades that actually show up on deep skin tones to include in a professional kit. The blushes were purchased depotted (just the pans) which is perfect since I love to condense my kit with Z Palettes; the best space savers!

A few days ago, I was experimenting and decided to wear the La Femme blushes in shades Sienna and Bordeaux as my eyeshadow. To my delight, the colors looked just as warm and autumn like on my eyes as it did when I imagined the shades in my head. Since it is still quite hot in SoCal, the eye look helped me crave the breezy fall pumpkin spice latte worthy weather that has yet to occur.

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Here’s what I used:

Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick, La Femme blush in shade Indian Rose on my cheeks, Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15, VMV Hypoallergenics Ooh La Lash Mascara, Eyeshadows from Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Palette in Black Crow and Chestnut for my eyebrows, Sienna and Bordeaux La Femme blushes on my eyelids, Duo darktone eyelash adhesive & Ardell Demi Wispies false lashes.

If you are thinking of updating either your personal or professional makeup kit, La Femme blush refills are available in almost 50 shades from the Camera Ready Cosmetics website. I’ve got my eyes on shades Frambossia, Mulberry and Cinnabar for next time! They have quick delivery, ship internationally and a really large selection of affordable makeup artist essentials.

I love a good blush, don’t you?

Jo Malone serving up romantic, elegance in full effect

Working in retail for many years, I’ve developed a strong eye for merchandising and recently stumbled upon some incredible window displays. It may sound strange but sometimes on my day off, I like to snap pictures and peak into a few boutiques that catch my eye for the purpose of capturing some new inspiration. Here is a pic that shows off a recent window from one store that makes me smile: Jo Malone.

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While Jo Malone always looks luxurious, this delicate interpretation celebrating their new fragrance, Peony & Blush Suede is totally feminine with the pale cream and soft pinks against the contemporary black table. Pretty, chic and glamorous, what a combination!

Current relationship status: in love with false lashes

False lashes and I have been in a love/hate relationship for the past eight years.

From age 18-22 I had a major romance with false eye lases as I’ve always been a fan of over the top glamorous makeup; most likely from my pageant days and adoration for luxury beauty ads. On minimal makeup days, I loved to pair my huge false lashes with no foundation and a bold colorful lip. Even during my pregnancy, false eyelashes made me feel just a little bit more fabulous than I felt on exhausting days juggling school and work.

Experimenting with different lengths was especially fun when working behind the makeup counter but I gradually grew bored with the chore of applying them every morning.

Since then, I occasionally rocked a pair of lashes but luckily my natural lashes were easily boosted with my what seems like a lifelong supply of Dior Lash Maximizer and Mascaras from working with the legendary mascara brand for so many years.

Lately I’ve succumb to some frequent lash cravings. Yes, lash cravings! Going a little bit crazy on rebuilding my false lash stash with some amazing brands: Ardell, Japonesque, Eyelure and a new discovery True or False Lashes.

Today I’m feeling the false lash love, let’s see about tomorrow.

My current stash excluding a few pairs on top of my vanity:

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5 step makeup transformation for extra tired mornings

Being guilty of living off caffeine, it is always exciting to discover new methods of hiding sleepy eyes and dull skin. Luckily, I have mastered makeup techniques over the years and would like to share my favorite beauty secrets with my Saturday morning makeup transformation that happened just yesterday.

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I woke up with major puffy eyes, dry skin and overall not a good look; possibly a result of my lack of sleep and slight emotional breakdown from a stressful week of motherhood and life. If you follow me on instagram there are multiple snapshots of my extensive 7-10 product nightly skincare ritual but this unfortunately did not happen the night prior. So I sat down in my bathroom and began a bit of artist magic to get my face into presentable shape before work.

  1. First, begin with products that will suit your biggest concerns. Using the right texture is everything when it comes to looking pulled together after a poor night’s sleep. Strategic highlight and shadow contouring is your ultimate best friend in the morning for recovering a tired face. For the most part, stick with matte textures all over except on a few distinct areas to conceal any morning after distressed skin.
  2. De-puff by pressing an eye cream along the curved bone under the eyes. Don’t apply any cream close to the lash line as the product will move on its own with your natural facial muscles. Across the lid prime with a lasting eye shadow base and use a matte dark eye shadow across the entire lower lid to recede the puffiness. Blend the top of the dark shadow with a medium matte shade to create an easy eye look. Use shimmering shades only in the inner corner of the eyes unless you want to emphasize sleepy, puffy lids.
  3. Fill in your brows! Those blessed with full eyebrows should still give the hairs a good brush and set with a brow gel. As the brows create structure to the face it can absolutely provide an instant lifting effect when shaping into the right arch. Sparse brows can easily be fixed with a little bit of matte eye shadow, an angle brush or a fine brow pencil.
  4.  Prepare skin with a good moisturizer and apply a long wearing foundation to even the complexion. Layer a color corrector and concealer under the eyes and set with a fine loose powder to keep the product from moving around and if you love a good contour like I do, shade the face with either a darker foundation shade or matte bronzer in the hollows of cheeks, on the temples and under the jaw line.  Highlight the skin with an iridescent product at the high point of the cheeks to add a faux glow. This illusion is a simple step but makes a huge impact on the overall makeup look.
  5. (totally optional) Apply false lashes. Enhancing the length and thickness of lashes can be a great choice for making eyes look bigger and more awake. Choose lashes that aren’t too overwhelming for your eye shape. Since my work environment is creative, a pair of wispy strip lashes are appropriate but if you work in a more constrained atmosphere, than half lashes or a few individual lashes may be a better fit.

What I used:

Skincare: Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Gentle Purifying Foam, Lush Cosmetics Breath of Fresh Air toning water, One Love Organics Morning Glory Brightening Complexion Booster, Dior Hydralife Protective Cream SPF 15, VBeaute Eye Never Nourishing DNA Repair Eye Crème

Complexion: Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in G40, Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach, Illamasqua Skin Base Lift concealer in Medium 1, Sleek Makeup Cream to Powder Foundation in Hot Chocolate (contour), La Femme Blush in Hibiscus, Koh Gen Doh UV Powder, Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal

Eyes: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden, Cargo Limited Edition Vintage Escapes Eye Shadow Palette ( Shades Chestnut and Hot Cocoa on the lids/ Chestnut and Black Crow in the brows), Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black, Ardell Demi Wispies

Lips: Treat Beauty Soft Candy Pink Buttercream Old Fashioned Jumbo Lip Balm, Cle De Peau Extra Rich Lipstick

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Hello Stranger

I’ve decided to start using a personal blog again partly to relieve stress and also because I miss it.  I wiped clean my old posts and want to start fresh.

Hello this is me:

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When I was about 9 years old I vividly remember secretly deciding my career path. Of course I kept it to myself for many years but I just knew I would grow up to be Linda Wells, the Editor in Chief of Allure magazine, pouring my insights on the beauty world I’ve drooled over since I can remember. In my preteen years I snuck into my mom’s bedroom vanity and religiously read her monthly issues of Allure and Marie Claire fantasizing my future self being surrounded by luxury fragrances, makeup and pampering myself in high end spas.

Early on I recognized my skill for writing and creativity and pursued every opportunity to feed my passions for beauty, writing, and later on educating others on my skincare and makeup knowledge. To put my way through earning my Bachelor’s in Communications I worked part time at a Christian Dior Beauty counter, and with an unexpected chance of luck, I met my first mentor who taught me to multitask and pursue what was in my heart no matter what others thought. Strangely enough her name was Linda, well actually Lynda with a ‘y,’ and she connected with me on more than a working relationship. She was kind, supportive and nurtured my early entrepreneurial ideas. Part time turned into Counter Manager and then an upgrade to a higher volume Counter Manager role all in the scope of Dior’s whirlwind circle of fellow passionate people who craved the luxury beauty products as much as I did. In my last of the nearly six years at Dior I actively pursued steps to become an Account Coordinator but unfortunately the stars were not in line for me and it led me to leave to pursue a role in a flagship style boutique where I sacrificed less money and no title with the hopes of turning my natural drive into someday being a beauty educator. Over the years I’ve started multiple blogs, contributed to notable websites, painted the faces of some incredible clients and shared my love for skincare on countless canvases.

Sorry, long post but there’s more!

There is a memory of my daughter at 3 years old asking me what she should write down on her preschool classwork when the teacher asked what her mommy does for a living. “’Beauty writer, makeup artist, skincare educator, retail sales specialist, wife and mommy’  probably won’t fit on one line Tessa, but write anything you want because what really counted was that you know mommy was a hard worker who was following her dreams.’”

Perhaps it was the fact that I got married and became a mother at the young age of 21 that pushed me to gain strength in telling others what I really wanted in life.  I mustered up some brave energy somewhere to really focus on displaying my whole self; letting people into my mind (and into my makeup bag, bathroom vanity, and more) through my writing on Examiner.com where I can proudly say have built an international following and work closely with Public Relations Executives representing over 55 beauty brands. Some may say that would fulfill their passion but there is still a frustrating limbo I face daily. Readers, beauty big names and people across the globe who I never met or some briefly met, praise my work on the daily but here I am working part time at a boutique to sustain a steady cash flow, doing freelance makeup work, writing 24/7 and I’m not quite living the glam life I thought I would have from my 9 year old memory.

There is nothing I would trade for the sacrifices I’ve made in lieu of first and foremost being the best wife and mom I can be but there is always ‘Rochelle,’ the hustler hidden in all of life’s stresses. Would I have ended up in New York trying to intern with 100 girls wanting the same things? Maybe; but I know in my heart there’s a path for me that no one else will have.

Some days I surprise myself on where I find energy and organic ideas but writing and beauty have always been calming and slightly therapeutic for me. So now, I am 1000% putting it out in the universe. There is no one job title for me but my talents are far beyond the average 26 year old. Writing professionally outside of the comfort of my personal computer and letting the world in on my inspired thoughts will happen for me. For all those who have believed in me along the way, thank you for feeding my passion.

Linda Wells if you are out there, I still love you and would kill to see my name listed on the Allure masthead. Just saying.