Posts Tagged ‘skincare’

Feeling Dull, Doll?

Has your makeup been looking dull lately?  Or perhaps your skin itself isn’t giving you life?  Here are a couple quick things you can do to give yourself a boost.

Exfoliate Your Skin

Dry, textured makeup is often the result of uneven skin.  Everyone–oily to dry (especially dry)–can benefit from exfoliation 1-3 times a week. For best results–

  • Take care not to use anything with crushed seeds/pits, which have jagged edges to potentially damage the skin.
  • Do not use hot water, which can break capillaries and cause long term redness.
  • Do not scrub hard.  The particles or chemicals will do their job without you having to jam them into your skin.  If you are too rough, you’ll wind up with broken capillaries and long term redness.

Double Moisturize

Put on your moisturizer and touch your face in 5-10 minutes.  Does it feel soft and supple?  Or does it feel dry, like you put nothing on?  If it is the latter, you might benefit from some double moisturization.

  • Applying a serum underneath your regular moisturizer will add moisture benefits as well as adding to the vitamins and protectants going into your skin.
  • Not everyone is a serum person, especially due to the additional expense.  If a serum is not feasible in your life at the moment, apply a second dose of your moisturizer within 5-10 minutes or so of the first round.
  • You might follow the Korean way of moisturizing and apply one layer of moisture lotion followed by a layer of a more emollient cream.  This mimics the way your skin protects itself naturally.
  • Oily skin, please remember that oil isn’t water.  You can be slick and still be thirsty.  In fact, thirsty skin will overproduce oil to overcompensate, leading to more issues.  Give your skin a drink.

Fake It Until You Make It, Baby

Choose a primer with a glow.  Even if you aren’t wearing makeup for the day, a primer with radiance is going to add that extra boost of freshness and give your face a healthy look.  Most of the quality primers also contain extra skin ingredients and environmental protection, so you will also be playing the long game on having radiant skin.

Adding even one of these steps will help pep up unenthusiastic skin.  Adding two or all three will next-level your look.  Remember:  happy, hydrated skin will make all of your makeup appear fresher.



Uh-oh, Rodan + Fields: Busted!

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Never doubt for a minute this is how your Instagram beauty sausage is made. Morphe, Colourpop, Rodan + Fields, Gerard Cosmetics, and so much more–your big name faves who can’t rave enough about lines whose only consistence is inconsistence (at best) have had their words bought for them. Be a wary consumer.


Buzz-off, Buzz-word: “Strobing”

Don’t fall into the whole “strobing” clickbait trap. Strobing–which is just a fancy new word for “highlighting”–is what we were doing before contouring was a fad (and what some of us were doing while the rest of them were painting brown Instagram/Kardashian lines on their faces) and it is FAR from a new trend. It has been around for years and years, and it has been on-trend consistently since the 90s broke out of the mattes and into dewier skins. It might have a catchy new name for the beauty editors, but it is nothing new to your friendly, neighborhood makeup artists.

NUDE Skincare Update

So, 7 days into my NUDE Skincare​ Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash test (basically three applications) and I’m sold. While it has not yet miraculously gotten rid of the rather stubborn blackheads on my nose and on my chin (oops–TMI!), it IS delivering in evening out the texture and boosting the radiance of my skin. My makeup looks prettier, too. The rule of thumb is to give new skincare 4-6 weeks to do its thing, but I’m already pretty pleased. It makes me eager to try more of the line. I need to find someone willing to finance my road testing!

Product Review & Road Testing Results

I’ve gotten the opportunity to try the NUDE Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash (jeez, say that 5 times fast). The first attempt has been an interesting experience…sort of like Alka Seltzer for the face. We’ll see if it is just an expensive gimmick or if it truly goes the distance as far as the results go. Those of you who have sat in my chair know how much I carry on about exfoliating the skin.

Speaking of things I’ve been testing, I’ve been impressed with the new Urban Decay Cosmetics Revolution High-Color lip gloss. The applicator doesn’t do it any favors (tends to push around the color thinly), and it does not look as wet and glossy as it appears in the photos (hardly any do these days), but I can tell you that when they say it stays in the lines, it really, truly does. I avoid dark lip glosses because they all seem to want to run up my nose, but so far I’ve tried two of these and they absolutely stay right where you put them. They also have a nice color payoff–not as sheer as a regular gloss, but not as full coverage as your typical lipstick. For the first time ever, I can actually buy a dark lip gloss!

Product Goodbye and Hello

Bad news: YSL has discontinued Beauty Sleep! I know, I know…let’s all have a moment to mourn the loss of this miracle in a tube.

Good news: Nars has its own little miracle to replace Beauty Sleep in your life (and it is only $39, compared to Beauty Sleep’s $75). It is called Aqua Gel Luminous Mask and it does a beautiful job of faking a full night’s sleep for your skin. You’ll wake up radiant and hydrated.

Additional good news: Although YSL has made us sad getting rid of the aforementioned product, they came out with Pop Water Glossy Stains. These are less sheer, more glossy, and more hydrating than the regular Glossy Stain. If you were one of the people who wished Glossy Stain had a little more “oomph,” then you need to get yourself to the YSL counter ASAP. I’ve been wearing it this week and it has given me that fresh Magazine Lip look. You know the one I’m talking about!

Crisis Averted

Washing my face this morning, I was appalled by the awful texture of my skin. It was surprisingly rough, though it had felt fairly smooth when I had cleansed the night before. My mind raced. Did I forget moisturizer? Was it bad moisturizer? Was the damage irreversible?

Rinsing away the cleanser and reaching for the exfoliant, I opened my eyes.  In the mirror, I saw a few of my (very long) hairs had escaped my ponytail and had gotten swept up in my washing. The terrifying texture I felt was my own hair under my finger tips.

So…yeah. That happened.