Skin first. Makeup second. I have so many fun cosmetic finds I am anxious to share, but first, let’s talk skin. If your skin is hydrated and healthy, your makeup will go on flawlessly. Skin care is essentially your foundation. I struggled with dryness all winter, which made applying makeup, (which I typically love doing), a pain in the tush. After loads of research and testing out bundles of products, I have perfected my skincare regime. Today I am sharing the products and rituals that will get your skin glowing, and perfectly primed for make-up.
~Exfoliate. Skin exfoliating removes the old cells and debris, revealing the fresher skin below. Without proper exfoliation, dead skin cells can get trapped and build up on the skin’s surface. This can lead to clogged pores, dark spots, roughness, dullness, dryness, and more gross stuff. I believe my dryness issue steamed from not exfoliating regularly. Without removing that top layer of icky skin, the hydrating serums and masks I was using were unable to properly penetrate. The hydrated new and improved me use’s Dermalogica’s gentle cream exfoliant 2-3 times a week. 4-5 days a week I use Dr. Dennis Gross’s extra strength peel pads. I can’t recommend these bad boys enough. So quick and easy, and your skin looks refreshed and radiant immediately after. I also remain dedicated to shaving my face once a week. Game changer. Even if a little peach fuzz does not bother you; a gentle shave will leave your skin exfoliated, silky smooth, and perfectly prepped for makeup. I have tried many different razors, and my favorite is Forever 21’s eyebrow razors. They are gentle yet effective, and $2.90 for a pack of two. Have no fear, it is a misconception that the hair will grow back thicker or faster. Shaving does not change the number of hair follicles in the skin or rate of hair growth. For more scoop on shaving, check out my past post, Weird Beauty Hacks that Work. This is a topic I am very passionate about people!
Now that we are polished and prepped, let’s talk moisturizers. The options of fabulous brands are endless, and this girl does not limit herself to just one. I believe a little variety is good for the skin. Brand new to me is a product I recently discovered Brevena. Brevena’s proprietary ingredient, Macro B Complex, is proven to provide long-lasting hydration resulting in visibly plumped fine lines while boosting firmness. I use the daily hydration moisturizer, and love that it is lightweight and leaves my skin silky smooth. A couple times a week I use the Restore&Hydrate Overnight Cream. After a couple weeks of using this cream regularly, my skin felt smoother and better hydrated. Brevena is the only skin care to combine the scientific power of Macro B Complex with nature’s purest vitamins and minerals.
Another line I am a huge fan of is Image Skincare, a clinical skincare brand powered by safe, proven ingredients and smart botanicals. They offer a collection of lines to cater to your skin’s specific needs. On their website you can take a quiz, (it’s pretty fun), to determine which products are best for you. I love the Vital C hydrating line for collagen boosting production, and help against free radicals and damage caused by UV radiation. A couple times a week I use the AGELESS total overnight retinol mask. Any dermatologist will tell you retinol is the gold-standard ingredient in skin care. Prior to discovering this amazing mask I was not using retinol…I was skeptical that it would cause dryness and sensitivity. My skin felt hydrated and firmer after the first night using this breakthrough treatment masque. You can also score my favorite lip balm from Image Skincare. The balancing lip enhancement complex is fabulously hydrating, and not at all sticky. I usually purchase two at a time!
Moving along to another great passion of mine…eye masks! I love everything about sheet masks…except getting them in the right spot…and keeping them in that spot! Modern day problems. Thankfully I discovered VIIcode oxygen eye masks, and the positioning drama is over. Every other eye mask I have tried slides around, but these babies peel and stick right on…and don’t budge! With natural potent antioxidants, skin is left refreshed and invigorated. These are the first eye masks that are safe to leave on for up to 8 hours. I recently popped them on before a road trip…because why not?
Soft luscious lips are every beauty gals dream. Just as skincare is the foundation for makeup, lips must be properly hydrated before applying lipstick. Laneige lip sleeping mask is the answer to a perfectly kissable pout. The softening balm texture glides on silky smooth, and smells and tastes delightful. A generous layer of this soothing mask at bedtime reduces flakiness so you wake up to supple lips that are primed for your favorite fabulous lipstick. I love this product too much to limit its use to strictly bedtime…I use it all the time.
One can never have enough fabulous moisturizers. I adore the award winning Lala Retro Whipped Moisturizer by Drunk Elephant. This all-purpose rescue cream, whipped into an airy blend of six rare African oils, recovers and locks in intense moisture for hours after application. It goes on so nicely, and I just love the clean mess-free packaging. Drunk Elephant is cruelty-free and committed to using only ingredients that will directly benefit the skin’s health.
Last but not least on the list…lashes! Come hither lengthy lashes are a key component in the pursuit of glam. Just like our skin and lips, it’s important to properly care for your precious lashes. I have been using Monat Eye Wonder Lash&Brow enhancing serum a few times a week for the past few months, and I see visible improvement in my lashes length and strength. Adding just about 15 seconds to your beauty regime, apply one easy swipe along the lash line, and you’ll be on your way to flutter-worthy lashes. Monat offers a full line of naturally based anti aging hair care products. One of my best girlfriend’s is a rockstar Monat representative, and a certified healthy hair care whiz. Find her at Hair Tonics by Ginny, she will happily hook you up!
I am signing off with a fourth grade throwback…who remembers Glamour Shots?!
“May your day be as flawless as your skin.”