Tag: makeup

Holding on to my 26 year old skin

Some beauty guru’s say the chase of a limited edition makeup palette is what gets them excited but for me, trying out new skincare products is just as thrilling.

In the last year, my skincare routine has changed frequently because I’m fortunate to have some generous PR packages sent my way as an industry insider. Thank you by the way to all my incredible PR contacts, you keep me smiling! I’m always grateful for that lovely perk.

Discovering advanced technologies and organic blends of effective anti-aging, skin clearing, texture smoothing, pore refining, luminosity boosting items are often much more intriguing than a bold lip color. The feeling of waking up w baby soft skin from the night before’s skincare detox always keeps me in love with the beauty industry. Plus, night is my usual time I set aside for writing and winding down from the day’s hustle; a good face mask is my go-to cure for a relaxing moment to myself.

These are a few of my current skincare favorites; not everything I’m using but my most used products of the moment.

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(Not in any particular order)

  1. Dior One Essential Serum has been a part of my skincare regime for nearly 4 years and I can always tell when I skipped a day of applying this miracle treatment. It’s worth the price tag and can be used with any brand making it perfect for my lifestyle. (photographed is the little sample size since it was taken on a weekend trip away from home but I have the bigger version in my bathroom)
  2. Caudalie Enzymatic Peel Mask is a tingling treat as it stimulates exfoliation and provides instant skin clarity. I have been using this religiously 1-2x a week for a few weeks and my skin is loving it.
  3. Jurlique Herbal Recovery Night Mist is a product I use anytime of day. The fine mist feels completely refreshing and doesn’t sit on the skin as water beads, it absorbs quickly and smells divine.
  4. Muji Cleansing Oil is a product I picked up as an impulse add on during a trip to the store in Downtowm San Jose in a trial size and I’m absolutely obsessed! The oil feels luxurious without a ridiculous price and removes makeup completely. I will most definitely be purchasing the full size version once mine runs out.
  5. One Love Organics Morning Glory is a lightweight oil that moisturizes and protects skin from free radicals while offering on contact comfort. I have used this on myself and also makeup clients and I cannot praise it enough for imparting a naturally dewy glow. Love, love love this! ( One Love Organics sells ‘discovery’ sizes and full size options, the one in the photo is the discovery size)
  6. Laura Geller Beauty Lip Strip is my new best friend. Being a lipstick monster, my poor lips go through periods of extreme dryness making this the idea treat for flaking and dry patches.
  7. Earth Tu Face Palmarosa + Aloe cleanser creates just the right amount of purifying without stripping my skin of any moisture. It’s made by San Francisco herbalists which makes it that much more unique than any other foaming wash I’ve tried.
  8. Caudalie Cleansing Water is always at my bedside with a jar of cotton pads for nights when I’m feeling to tired to be by the sink. It removes makeup quite easily and doesn’t leave a sticky residue. I’m pretty sure the packaging available in stores now comes in a green bottle; I have the older version at home.

Have you tried any of my skincare favorites?

Perpetual sweet tooth by nature

Eating habits are a direct reflection of the skin’s physical appearance.

Frequently rotating skincare and makeup is part of my lifestyle as an expert in all things beauty. However, this constant introduction of new ingredients can cause unpleasant reactions including breakouts, redness and overall skin stress. Although greens and an abundance of water are staples in my daily nutrient intake, I have a counter productive attraction to sweets.

While I’m working on limiting sugar consumption, keeping a photo diary is quite helpful in suppressing my random sweet tooth cravings. Looking back at the week’s photos displays a visual showing improved skin vitality on days that don’t include a hefty dessert.

Here is a taste of my bipolar eating habits from the last two weeks:

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If the saying ‘You are what you eat’ is true than I must be an sweet vanilla, arugula, tomato, and spinach explosion. Right?

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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