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Sweet, Romantic Beauty

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share some recent romantic beauty work!

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Skin prep is everything. This is a shot of some current favorites including Weleda Skincare, Cover FX, Josie Maran & Caudalie. I prefer to use natural or more ‘clean’ beauty primers and skincare as they are not overly pumped up with silicone or irritating fragrances. You know how I feel about my natural, organic and vegan friendly beauty products!

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This bride loved a good shine on the eyes but wanted to look refined, sophisticated and polished for her wedding day. I used Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector across the eye lids, a light wash of Chantecaille blush through the crease to giver her eyes subtle definition and of course a fine strip of eye lashes. The skin is looking gorgeous with a blend of Marula Oil and Mehron’s Celebre Pro Foundation for the perfect balance of comfort.

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I had the pleasure of doing DJ Gina Turner‘s makeup and we were loving a clean makeup look with sleek hair inspired by a couple mutual beauty inspirations. Her hair was prepped with Big Fat Hair Amplifying Mist  and a low heat hair straightener to get her hair looking extra smooth. I finished her hair off with a quick application of Morrocanoil for that healthy high shine. On the eyes I used a few Make Up For Ever matte Artist Eye Shadows, Inglot Gel Eyeliner and a generous coat of L’Oreal Voluminous for the perfect ‘day glam’ eye. On the skin, I mixed RCMA foundation and Gina’s own Mac BB Creme for an ultra sheer look and added YSL Touche Eclat lightly to illuminate the eye contour. Her skin was finished off with a small amount of Graftobian Pro Loose Powder, Make Up Forever Blush, Cover FX Matte Bronzer. On the lips is a Dior Lip Pencil, Dior Addict Lipstick mixed with a touch of Josie Maran Infinity Cream.

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This beauty was attending an engagement party and is a minimal makeup wearer. I mixed Pure Marula Oil with Mehron Celebre HD Foundation to perfect the skin and used a touch of Jane Iredale Mineral powder to softly define the cheeks. On her eyes is Make Up For Ever Eye Shadows and on the lips is Laura Gellar.

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This bride wanted to keep a natural makeup look for her engagement party as she opts for a signature winged eyeliner and low maintenance makeup in her daily life. I used a pair of lashes from Frends Beauty and Inglot Gel Eyeliner with a few warm eye shadows to accentuate her eye shape. On the lips is my new favorite nude lip liner – OCC Makeup ‘Trick’ Lip Pencil and a mix of 3 lipsticks from a custom palette I made. For the bare skin look I used Urban Decay Vitamin B6 Facial mist, Mehron Celebre Foundation and Cover FX Cream Concealer set with Graftobian Pro Loose Setting Powder. I loved the total look and love the traditional clothing paired with this more modern makeup look.

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I wish I had taken a few beauty close ups but here is a photo of my beautiful client on her wedding day with her daughter. The photos she sent me were so amazing – look at this location! I did a glam smokey eye on the bride with sculpted cheek bones and a creamy neutral rose lipstick. I styled her hair with a NUME Reverse Curling wand and set the hair with a generous few sprays of Dry Bar Triple Sec spray. Her daughter’s hair was a bit more bohemian with a braided overlapping half up style and romantic waves for her long, thick hair. Her makeup was pretty minimal as she had a gorgeous baby face so I groomed her brows a bit, gave her a good coat of mascara and liquid liner and added just a wash of color to her cheeks and lips with Becca Beach Tint.

The highly requested ‘No Makeup Makeup Look’

I’ve added a few excellent pro makeup items to my kit thanks to some awesome PR contacts as well as my own investment in new high-def complexion tools/ products. The number one request on clients especially for bridal events is flawless skin and a polished, no makeup-makeup complexion which is hard to achieve but so timeless.

Aside from proper skin prep, the ‘no makeup-makeup’ look revolves around skin that looks like skin and camouflaging imperfections without pounds of makeup. Ahem ‘cake face.’ So I typically choose multiple complexion mediums from color corrector, foundations, concealers and loose powders but I use minimal product and close attention to detail when it comes to blending. Blending is Key!

To book me for your next special event, wedding, photoshoot, etc. please email me for any inquiries: rochelle.cadiz@gmail.com and please follow me on instagram @rochelledelossantos for my daily beauty posts. *** Check my instagram to enter my Clarisonic Opal Giveaway- details in the previous blog post.

Now here’s a peek at some new additions to my pro kit:

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RCMA Foundation is used on Movie, TV, Film, etc and has been noted as a must have for pro makeup artists internationally! High pigmentation packed into a lightweight texture idea for long wear. The RCMA makeup line is completely mineral oil free and made in small batches by true makeup artisans who are all about quality ingredients.

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Mehron Makeup HD Celebre Pro Highlight and Contour Palette is a dream to blend. Incredible flexible coverage with a gorgeous color selection. It is often used for editorial work and the Mehron brand is ALWAYS a staple at New York Fashion Week. The result? Amazing skin on camera and in real life.

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As if I wasn’t already obsessed with a polished, fresh complexion I got this incredible ‘My Scultped Face’ Palette from IT Cosmetics which I’ve been using for both face and eyes on pretty much everyone in my chair. It has a fine texture that looks more like skin than obvious shading and illuminating.

&& of course some new tools I cannot live without:

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A few of my brushes were stolen last month along with my iPhone 5 but I bought these new ones at IMATS to add to my collection (& upgraded to an iPhone 6). I’m pretty impressed with these brushes from Crown Brush and Morphe – great value for money tools.

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This week I was sent this care package from Beautyblender. How cute is the Micro.Mini Beautyblender? I will be testing these out soon. Also find the limited edition Red.Carpet Beautyblender now at Sephora! If your makeup artist does not have the original Beautyblender in their kit, run away! Just kidding but seriously it makes a complete difference in blending the skin will look airbrushed and seamless with these pro makeup staples.

Good Morning Beautiful Skin

Without a doubt, the number one question clients ask me is what foundation I use because they often comment that my skin is so clear. My immediate answer is that I do have a top rotation of foundations that I love (planning on doing a foundation favorites post soon) depending on where I’m going, how long my day is and what look I’m going for but truthfully it’s not my foundation but my obsession with skincare that keeps my complexion looking fresh.

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In the morning, my skin care philosophy revolves around two major thoughts: instant hydration and longterm protection. Even with a bare minimum timeframe to get ready, I always prep skin with a few trusty products. Work mornings I wake up first and bring my daughter to school which means a micellular water followed by a face mist for a fast and efficient cleansing routine. The cleansing water instantly removes residual dead skin and impurities that may appear (summer skin means night sweat and constantly changing skin texture) and a face mist helps with antibacterial and re-hydrating purposes. Once I take her to school, I start getting ready by applying a serum, moisturizer, eye cream and a straight sun protection shield.

My current morning skin care favorites:

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I purchased Le Couvent des Minimes 3 In 1 Micellar Water with 3 Beneficial Roses on an impulse ‘add to cart’ click when shopping on beauty.com and enjoyed it so much that there is a second bottle in my makeup kit for use on clients. It’s no secret I have a rose obsession and this one has a mild aroma of rose petals while leaving the skin comfortably purified.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir was a product I used to see pop up all over professional makeup artist recommendations in different beauty magazines but was never compelled to try it. The invigorating mint and signature organic grape water blend perfectly to wake up the skin on tired mornings. It can also be used to refresh makeup mid-day but I mainly use it to perk up my skin before applying any treatment products.

Chantecaille Stress Repair Eye Concentrate Tired eyes are always a struggle as a mom and working professional. This creamy eye concentrate has a lovely texture and is infused with anti-puffiness, wrinkle fighting and dark circle relief via caffeine and plant stem cells. Yes, please.

I recently fell in love with ORGO skincare all over again from initially trying it out last year. As with anything in my beauty stash I don’t always use the products as intended. The 7 days a week treatment set is a rotation of serums you are basically supposed to change daily in order to introduce new nutrients to the skin. Currently, I’ve been using the ‘Friday’ Oxygen Infusion Serum every morning instead of every Friday and it’s keeping my skin looking youthful and hydrated.

Chantecaille Rose De Mai Creme A new product launch, the Chantecaille Rose De Mai Creme has the perfect melt into the skin cooling feel that skin craves during summer season. It contains naturally antibacterial and vitamin C from the Rose De Mai flower, probiotics for environmental protection and plant stem cells to fight aging.

Chantecaille Ultra Sun Protection SPF 50 Primer There is no doubt driving all over Socal exposes my skin to the sun on the daily and my belief in a straight sunscreen over moisturizer is always an essential every morning. The broad spectrum SPF 50 protects skin from UVA and UVB rays and the unique texture and finish of this product leaves skin looking healthy, smooth and plump without an ashy white sunscreen residue.

This entire routine literally takes five minutes and makes a major point of difference when applying makeup. Applying foundation on top of any skin type without a proper skin prep can lead to makeup meltdown, products clinging to dry spots and a not so flawless longevity throughout the day. No makeup primer or foundation in the world can magically make change the appearance of poor skincare habits.

If time permits, a face mask is always a morning treat which I leave on 10-45 minutes while completing other tasks – cleaning, styling my hair, nail polish change, mom/ wife duties – the usual.

My favorite Morning face masks stimulate the skin by increasing clarity, hydration level and circulation. Currently, the Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask (which I reviewed in a previous post) and Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream Mask are what I reach for when I have some extra pampering minutes. Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask is amazing for mornings when skin may feel puffy or appear dull. It instantly increases blood flow leaving skin with a youthful glow. Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Moisturizing Cream Mask has a gorgeous aromatherapy quality to calm the senses and provides a major surge of hydration.

Stay tuned for a “Good Night Beautiful Skin” post revealing my night time best skin care practices.

3 Skin Loving Products for a Flawless Summer Complexion

For a working professional in the beauty industry in both the editorial media and makeup artisty sectors, a bad skin day is totally unfavorable.

After spending time away from home in Palm Springs for a much needed mini-vacation with family and a recent windy night at the beach, my skin is understandably feeling out of sync. 105 degree heat and gusty dry air are a couple rare factors that bring my normally fresh skin into a not so pleasant appearances. Currently, my complexion has been suffering from dehydration and a couple small breakouts.

I’ve fallen in love with two life-changing face masks that literally improve the skin’s appearance overnight: Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask and Elemis Lavender Herbal Face Mask.
When used once or twice a week, these two powerful products reverse the signs of problematic skin without any type of irritation.

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Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Face Mask is a rather new discovery in my skincare arsenal. Made with a happy skin formula of potent antioxidants and organic ingredients it is a perfect addition to my beauty routine. It purifies and refines the skin’s texture while offering a youthful, refreshed comfortably firm look that brings instant gratification especially after a bad skin day. Apply all over clean skin, let the mask work it’s magic for 30-45 minutes and rinse off! The post face mask result is a noticeably healthy glow to the complexion.

Elemis Lavender Herbal Face Mask is a great treat for skin needing a quick turnaround from breakouts, oily spells and other unmentionable clogged pore problems. The spa-like aromas of rosemary, lavender and thyme essential oils make for an enjoyable at home facial via a creamy supple face mask. For sensitive noses, I do have to mention the natural scent is a bit intense during the first application but the results are worth enduring the vibrant lavender sensorial experience.

As far as physical coverage, the foundation I reach for when my skin needs some extra love is Becca Cosmetics Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme. The formula is the idea texture and pigmented beautifully to camouflage skin without a heavy feeling heavy. Testing out foundations is something I often do to update my own beauty routine for myself and also my kit for personal clients. What I love most about this particular Becca Cosmetics Foundation is that the color range is flexible and the fluid creates a gorgeous canvas that makes for a flawless skin every time.

What is your go-to product arsenal for problem skin?

Cheers to happy skin, Enter REN Skincare

Two things that put a smile on my face is a great chat with passionate people and a pair of charming British accents. Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a desk side chat with Daksha Chikhal and David Delport from REN Skincare. Since I’ve always had a fascination with the UK’s incredible blogging culture, REN skincare has been a brand in my radar of products to try thanks to Caroline Hirons. (If you love skincare, she is the queen of breaking down skincare regimens and you must check out her blog! )

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Focusing on a philosophy of merging pure ingredients with the expertise of an in house biochemist and cosmetologist, REN Skincare stands out as  brand truly serving immediate benefits and complexity of results.

Pioneering the trend for using clean face and body treatments the brand offers a complete range of products with natural essential oils, floral waters, Acidic regenerating acids and Bio Extracts made for all skin concerns including anti-aging, blemish control, radiance boosting, detoxifying and various targeted products to suit both men and women. For the daily makeup wearers, there is the Rosa Centifolia™ colletion of maximum efficacy cleansing products that purify the skin from 100% natural Rose Extract Complex in every desired texture: a hot cloth cleanser (which I’m so excited to try!), a traditional cleansing gel, cleansing foam, 3-1 Cleansing Water, Express Makeup Remover, Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser and No. 1 Cleansing Balm. A firm believer in clarified skin = more youthful skin, a complete selection of daily cleansers is a plus in my book.

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Most impressive is a quite unique approach to treating skin while still using naturally derived ingredients. A new launch coming September 2014, the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is a high potency water activated Vitamin C treatment that refines the skin’s overall appearance immediately. It’s an absolute essential for a Socal woman like me who lives up and down the 405 freeway. the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial reduces the effects of environmental ‘urban grey’ cast on the skin and minimizes signs of sun damage and fine lines and other unfortunate skin imperfections that come with aging.

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Find REN Skincare at Sephora, Space NK and RENskincare.com.

A full review on the 1 Minute Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial coming soon!

*** All photos are original photos taken on my iPhone 5