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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.

photo“classic Rochelle” bold lip, glowing skin & a well groomed brows.

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?

Reviving Skin From Sick Symptoms

Peaceful mornings last week to calm my sick throat and headaches consisted of Lipton noodle soup, a soy latte and of course a face mask.

My current favorites from the previous week are Dior Capture Totale One Essential Ultra Detox Treatment Mask for its cooling gel texture and hydrating anti inflammatory/ anti aging properties & Caudalie Vinoperfect Enzymatic Peel Mask for the amazing skin renewing radiance that my dull skin needs when suffering from a cold. A face mask is the best way to introduce a surge of skin boosting ingredients in a short time frame. Whenever my energy level is low or when my face needs a refresher I pick up a face mask and dedicate 5 to 15 minutes of me-time before going on with my day.

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There’s always time even just for a few minutes to maintain healthy skin habits!

October Beauty Favorites

Considering the last month passed me by with a quickness, from a ridiculous schedule of writing, work and makeup bookings, I managed to test and fall in love with many new and old beauty favorites. Currently my voice feels completely raspy and while I feel like recuperating after a night of discomfort from cough attacks and a stuffy nose I’ve chosen to work on some writing from my new Mac Book Air thanks to my husband.

Cheers to the beauty products that captured my love recently:

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  1. Carol’s Daughter Manoi Oil: Applying this smoothing hair oil gets me a compliment literally every time I wear it. Having really dark black hair (yes that is possible) that is naturally really deep in tone makes it difficult to add dimension in between hair cuts. Adding a boost of shine always makes me love this delicious hair treat.
  2. Jurlique Fruit Enzyme Exfoliator: Intentionally, I decided to use up all of the physical exfoliators in my stash before using this one solely as my clear skin fix for the past month and I can’t say enough about what a difference this stimulating product does. Twice a week, place a thin layer of this tingly lightweight fluid over the entire face for a few minutes and reveal a totally refreshed, bright, smooth skin perfect for the dull skin weather that comes around when the seasons change. Those sensitive to abrasive scrubs will love this bead-free formula made of organic ingredients!
  3. Lush Oatfix Fresh Face Mask: I recently ran out of a clay mask that was a favorite and thought I would give the Oatfix mask a try as a purifying skin treat. At first application the scent drew me in as it literally smells like a bowl of breakfast with the banana and fresh oatmeal base. Who doesn’t love a lovely scent of sweet banana?
  4. Kure Bazaar Nail Polish: Let’s face it the French have an edge on many things including the amazing nail lacquers from Kure Bazaar. Opaque, full coverage application in just one swipe is what keeps me coming back to this beautiful formula made of natural and organic ingredients. Try it once, and you’ll know what I’m talking about!
  5. Inglot Matte Eyeshadow: Matte eyeshadows and I have a bit of a love hate relationship as I love the idea of them but never are drawn to purchasing matte eye shadows when I shop. I knew when I was in Newport Fashion Island that Inglot was one of the shops I really needed to explore since they have a pretty large selection of high pigmented shadows including mattes. I picked up a matte Navy and have my eye on a couple greens and warm browns for next time.
  6. Eyemimo False Eyelashes: On a fluke browse through Instagram, I saw a post for the Eyemimo Cosmetics Eyelash sample sale and since I’ve been obsessed with eyelashes this season I decided to order a couple pairs since they were only $1.50. I liked them so much that I placed a second order while the sale was still going on since the quality and look of the lashes were quite impressive.
  7. Dior Forever Foundation: This was the first foundation from Dior I was hooked on when I started working for the brand several years ago. The texture is really breathable with a medium to full coverage finish and most importantly the refined effect it provides lasts well, forever! Since my days are usually quite long it is a total plus to have a long wearing formula that feels weightless.

Rochelle at your service

I recently joined thumbtack, a website that helps to advertise local services. If you or someone you know are in need of a makeup artist for upcoming special occasions, wedding, photo, fashion or print I have over eight years of professional experience and would love to treat new clients to a little makeup magic. My November makeup calender is filling up quickly, inquire about service pricing in the following link.  I am based in between Orange County and Los Angeles. My services include makeup application, makeup lessons and I’m always up for a little beauty chat! My pro kit includes luxury products from Dior, Chantecaille, Cover FX, Illamasqua, Urban Decay, Cargo Cosmetics, Le Metier De Beaute s as well as organic beauty from Dr. Hauschka, Caudalie and Vapour Organic Beauty. Book me for you next event!

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& here’s one of my favorite MOTD from last week’s work grind. I’m wearing Dior Rouge #786 on my lips, Ardell Wispies False Lashes, Dior Forever Foundation, Cover FX Bronzer, Chantecaille on my eyes and cheeks, Bobbi Brown Color Corrector in Peach under my eyes, Koh Gen Do UV Powder, Kardashian Beauty Navy eyeliner on the bottom lash line & Dior Liquid Liner on the upper lash line.

Preschool Fashion & Beauty

Earlier today I was happily asleep but got an urgent wake up from Tessa. She reminded me that I promised her to make scrambled eggs for breakfast last night and to fix her hair with her bangs swept to the side. It occurred to me that I have trained her well and she has become a fashionista or as she likes to call herself “style lady.’ (Her made up super hero who wears sparkly shoes and big accessories.) Last week it was a blue fur vest and a pink flower ring. This week the winner is two little green bows and her hello kitty necklace. She always keeps me wondering what’s next.
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Here she is with her favorite sparkly boots and ballet flats with a few of her favorite accessories.

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I get asked frequently about what I used on her for hair and bath products since I lean toward eco-friendly and organic ingredients when it comes to my personal care so I thought I would mention 3 products that she and I both love on the daily.

  1. Bayberry Organic Leave-In Detangler: Although Tessa was blessed with my fine hair it can get a bit knotted and tangled overnight during sleep. I’m not a fan of strong smelling hair products or alcohol heavy ingredient lists especially for my daughter. This spray Detangler is perfect for a quick morning when there’s minimal time to get out the door; it’s made without Sulfates, Parabens, Phthalates, Artificial Fragrances or Artificial Dyes which gives it my personal mommy stamp of approval. There’s a lovely blend of organic oils and plant based ingredients that I feel confident in using on my little girl.
  2. J R Watkins Body Butter: This time of year especially, dry patches and itchy skin happen on repeat which means her regular lotion doesn’t cut it for the coming months. This body butter comes in many scents (the current one she’s using is Coconut Milk & Honey) that are not too strong. Since this is a rich creamy texture, a very small amount is needed to work its magic and its made with 98.9% natural ingredients including cocoa butter, coconut oil, Shea butter and aloe.
  3. Burt’s Bee’s Baby Bee Shampoo and Wash: I usually pick up the fragrance free version of this mild bath product. Instead of moisture stripping sulfates that can be very irritating on little bodies, this is made with gentle plant based foaming agents that leave her skin feeling soft. It’s sold in different sizes from travel to the jumbo size with a pump making it a pretty convenient choice for mom’s looking for a versatile bath care option.

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?