Tag: skincare

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:

@rochelledelossantos
                @rochelledelossantos

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!!!

September already??

Since August is my favorite month, I’m going to pretend it’s not September and rewind with some beautiful memories via a photo heavy post. More details to come!

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Me discovering the perfect lighting at The Grove in LA.

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Post a beautiful blowout with celebrity hair stylist Nicholas Cole.

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Celebrating summer with the skincare queen of Beverly Hills Sonya Dakar. (& my lovely sister)

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Previewing the new Beautyblender Sur.Face Pro in LA.

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Getting a fresh cut with Bastian, Owner of Bastian Salon in Artesia.

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Chatting with Brett Gallagher, Cover FX Senior Education Manager & Vic Casale, Chief Innovation Officer of Cover FX in West Hollywood.

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Discovering the amazing Cover FX Mattifying Anti Blemish BB Gel.

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 Hanging out in the Make Up Forever Pro Loft in LA.

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 Gifting myself with a gorgeous Smashbox palette for my birthday.

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 Makeup swatch marathon with my mini me.

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.

Eyelashes, Sunnies and Icons

One of the highlights of June was attending a beauty editor and beauty blogger press event featuring a few of my favorite things: eyelashes, great sunglasses and a lighthearted chat with two incredible beauty industry leaders.

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Allergan and LATISSE® hosted an event at Warby Parker at The Standard Hotel in Hollywood where I had the pleasure of meeting Celebrity Makeup Artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen and top dermatologist Dr Jessica Wu. It was a joy to meet these two powerful ladies who of course were gorgeous, eloquent speakers and so sweet. Listening to Brigitte talk about her legendary career painting faces for iconic Vogue magazine covers, high fashion editorials and working side by side with the most respected designers was an unreal experience. Her persona is genuine and her energy is inspiring! Dr. Jessica Wu was a sweet surprise as she speaks with such passion about her journey building her education and high profile following at her Brentwood office.

Latisse is the premium solution to obtaining full, healthy lashes without the damaging aftermath that lash extensions and false eyelash strips cause. Boosting a youthful appearance with the benefits of increased lash density, volume and length can be achieved through Latisse and I cannot wait to give it a try! More to come on my Latisse journey coming soon.

Here is a quick photo diary from the event.

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Legendary Makeup Artist Brigitte Reiss-Andersen and I after we chatted about the controversy behind ‘Instagram Eyebrows’ and her favorite memories working behind the scenes with Mr Yves Saint Laurent.

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Dr. Jessica Wu speaking to her personal experience of working on the 1st clinical trials of Latisse and her tips on navigating modern anti-aging.

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Visit the Latisse Website for further info on how to get beautiful lashes in just a few weeks! For a pair of new sunnies, shop the Warby Parker at The Standard Hotel and follow @brigittemakeup and @jessicawu on Instagram for daily beauty inspiration. Also, a quick thank you to Jamie from Lippe Taylor PR for the gracious invitation.

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

Cheers to New Adventures

‘You cannot achieve your dreams by keeping them to yourself,’ is advice that a professional mentor told me years ago and in the last six weeks, that advice brought me closer to a tangible reality I’ve been waiting so patiently for.

Always trust in yourself that whatever you desire in life can be made truth. Believe in the goals you set and without hesitation: say it out loud, tell someone who will help you succeed and ignore the No’s that come in your direction. The more you fight for what you want, there is confidence that breeds positive outcomes.

There’s no doubt this new year has been one of the most eventful and exciting weeks in a long time however at the same time I’ve struggled with catching a cold from my daughter or my husband and its been a crazy circle of everyone getting sick . Thankfully it was nothing serious and I’m ready to stay connected and post more frequently to keep my website up to date.

I have some new photos and great stories to share of inspiring encounters and full circle experiences that have brought some joyful moments in my life but for now: Hello and thank you to my loyal/new subscribers who have been visiting my site and supporting my craft.

 

Acrylic Storage to the Rescue

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In the spirit of fresh starts via welcoming 2014, I have decided to set mental goals for both personal and professional undertakings including organizing my ridiculous beauty collection. As generous press samples come my way I often get a bit overzealous and use products once they arrive at my doorstep but forget I have them and end up with a pile of once or twice used lipsticks and such. As one can imagine, with weekly new arrivals my collection could win in a head to head battle against my daughter’s Disney princess memorabilia.

Since purchasing my first Muji case over 3 months ago, I’ve been eyeing the website to buy more acrylic storage. If someone representing Muji is somehow reading my blog, Please open a boutique near me! I know they just opened a shop in Hollywood but the traffic alone makes online shopping a more attractive option. Just yesterday, Fedex delivered the 5 drawer acrylic unit that I stacked on top of my 3 drawer unit and I am in love all over again!

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The ease of seeing products lined up and in an easy access counter top place is a world of difference between opening multiple train cases. Acrylic storage makes such a difference for someone with a beauty collection as large as mine for easy compartmental organization and visibility; it is a total priority in my book.

Also a great find is a clear 6 compartment open unit that I found at Target over the last few days. It was labeled “medicine cabinet organizer” or something to that nature in the home/bathroom section. I purchased one for under $8 on Friday with the intention of cleaning up my bedside makeup removal station and liked it so much I went back on Saturday to purchase another one! I now have one that holds cotton, a cleansing water from Dr. Brandt that I am testing out, Ahava’s Eye Makeup Remover, Creme Abricot cuticle treatment from Dior, Muji Cotton and a few other tidbits next to my bed and one that I placed on top of my Muji Cases on my bathroom vanity with complexion, lip balms & eye makeup products.

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Next on my organizing agenda is to save for 2 more Z Palettes & 1 more Vueset!

Multitasking to the extreme

Happy New Year!

This morning I woke up & watched my 4 year old princess carefully choose her outfit that included studded ankle boots, a patchwork design dress with navy blue leggings then listened to her creative story about how she will get ready for her ice skating birthday party this month. I took her to preschool and my working morning began.

I just spent the last 2 hours confirming product samples and sending article links to a long list of some great PR contacts. A plus to that is I did it all in my CSUF Alumni sweatshirt, no makeup and a top knot while I brainstormed some new article ideas for Examiner.com. I have about 20 minutes to now glam myself up for work while I reply to some makeup client inquiries via phone.

Complicated? A little bit but at least 2014 is looking productive!

How are you starting your Thursday Morning?

 

Goodbye 2013

December in my eyes was a reminder that I can breathe life I to more projects than I thought was possible because my talent and passion for what I do is greater than what some may see.

20131229-211822.jpg>>> Some of my fave December MOTDs!

Looking into my day, it is a constant from rise to sleep hustle of writing, booking clients, continuing professional relationships with the right people and proving myself over and over and over and over… and over to the same handful of people while gaining more Rochelle believers.  I have dreamed of being a luxury beauty educator for a longgggggg time. I know that in this constantly evolving industry being proficient as a makeup artist or skincare lover is not enough so I have programmed myself to chase this goal by becoming an innovator in the idea of what a beauty expert means.

In 2013 my life has become a multi-channel machine. In real life I have makeup clients searching for my work on social media while international beauty executives read my writing via a link passed on by Public Relations Firms that I have never met in person. The internet brings cross country and international fans following me for up to date articles featuring trending, new and pro makeup finds.

This year, I met innovative brand founder of British brand Illamasqua (more on that in a post coming soon) thanks to a PR contact, surpassed my personal goal of branding my own website with consistent traffic and decided to voice my personal goals to professional contacts in the hope of turning my lifelong dream into a reality. There is always uncertainty and hope that comes with a new year which always makes life interesting, right?

Goodbye 2013. Happy New Year Followers and friends!