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It’s Giveaway Time: Clarisonic Opal

If there’s one thing I love more than makeup, it’s great skincare! Read my review of Clarisonic Opal for Examiner.com by clicking here. It’s been my product obsession for a good couple months &&& yes as the title of this post suggests, I have an exciting giveaway on my Instagram @rochelledelossantos .

Here are the official rules for my Giveaway:

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RULES: Get on Instagram, 1⃣Follow @rochelledelossantos , like the image above on my Instagram & tag 2 beauty loving friends. 2⃣ Post a selfie, list your top 3 go to spring eye essentials (can be makeup or skincare). In the caption use the hashtag #rochelleDlovesOpal and tag me @rochelledelossantos 3⃣ Contest begins now and will end 2/28/15. All entries must complete all listed rules to be considered and must have a US address. Winner will be announced Monday 3/2/15 . I must be able to view your Instagram entry / no private posts!

Good Luck!!!

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.

Love is in the air

I recently had the pleasure of doing makeup for Louraine, a beautiful bride who celebrated her wedding with longtime love Chris at Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Being a Socal native, it was surprising I had never seen this unique Hotel with a serene view of the famous Queen Mary and Long Beach Harbor. Thankfully, the temperatures dropped from the 100 degree heat wave in the weeks prior allowing the quiet summer sky look over the day so everyone in attendance could enjoy the peaceful atmosphere. Louraine found my makeup services on Thumbtack and we immediately clicked with her joyful laugh and sincere personality. She sent me a few first images from her photographer, Jose Maestas which all look gorgeous and I had to share.

Adding final touches before photos plus a great shot of my beauty arsenal.

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography

I brought out Louraine’s beautiful eyes and kept the skin glowing, fresh & flawless.

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography
Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography

Pictured below all makeup by me on sisters and Mother of the Bride.

Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography
Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography
Makeup by Rochelle Delossantos
Jose Maestas Photography

& a beautiful shot of the bride with her best friend. I created a bold purple lip, soft contour and big lashes for her.

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Have an upcoming wedding? Please email me rochelle.cadiz@gmail.com or click the “book me’ tab on the menu above to inquire about my makeup services. Email info@josemphoto.com or visit www.josemphoto.com to inquire about Jose’s photography services.

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

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!

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?