Simple Makeup Routine!

 

 

 

Simple Makeup Products

How are you enjoying this Thursday readers?

I wanted to share a quick post about my simple makeup routine.  As much as I love applying makeup, sometimes I get a bit lazy or don’t have enough time in the morning.  So for those days when I prefer to get a little extra sleep, here’s my fast and simple way to look put-together.

*Note: This doesn’t include my skincare routine which will be in a different post.

Products I Use

Foundation:  One of my favorite foundations is Smashbox Liquid Halo HD Foundation SPF 15.  It feels light, provides full coverage without looking cakey and is a perfect match for my skin.

Concealer: I use Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Vanilla to cover up any under-eye discolorations and it provides a little bit of a brightening effect since it’s a light color; it’s also great at concealing redness.  It’s not as hydrating as it claims but that’s nothing an eye cream can’t fix.

Blush:  If you follow my Instagram, you’ll see I purchased the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Dim Infusion and I can’t say enough about it.  It’s a subdued coral color that applies and blends effortlessly, provides a nice glow and looks natural.

Mascara:  I purchased Blinc Mascara awhile ago and I like it to achieve a natural look.  This mascara forms little tubes around lashes that lengthen and unlike other mascaras, I don’t have little black flakes underneath my eye at the end of the day.  One thing this doesn’t do though is provide volume.

Lips: I recently found this lipstick-it was forgotten for a bit in one of my purses-and it’s so natural looking on me.  The best part is how moisturizing the formula is which is nice in this cooler weather.   Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Angelic Nude.

Here’s my finished look. 🙂

Simple Makeup Look

What are your simple makeup must-haves?  Share below!

Stephanie

Winter Skin Tips!

Good morning readers!

Here in SoCal we’ve experienced a drop in temperature, albeit I’m sure everyone else probably laughs at our concept of ‘cold.’  🙂  Regardless of where you’re located, you may have noticed a change in your skin. Combination skin may start to feel more dry and dry skin may have a lot of flaky patches scattered throughout.  Here’s a few tips that will help winter skin woes.

Sun Protection!

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, then you know SPF is an absolute must- rain, shine or snow. Winter doesn’t eliminate the sun’s harmful rays.  In fact, even participating in snow activities can produce severe skin damage because snow reflects UV rays.  Use an SPF of at least 30 and if you need help deciding which sunscreen is best for you click here.  Don’t forget lips need SPF too!

Moisturize!

All skin types can benefit from a moisturizer.  Skin has a higher propensity to loose more water during colder months causing the skin to become dry.  Switching to cream based cleansers and heavier moisturizers with argan or shea butter can be great remedies for dry skin.  Humectants such as glycerin or hyaluronic acid are also great in that they attract and retain moisture levels within the skin.

Diet!

Studies have shown a connection between dry skin and essential fatty acids (EFAs). Incorporating good sources of EFAs, such as salmon, avocado or almonds can help.  (Click here for more information on EFAs).  However, ALWAYS consult a medical professional and/or registered dietitian before implementing any changes in your diet to verify there are no contraindications with certain medical conditions or medications.

Avoid Hot Showers!

Although a long, hot shower may sound like the perfect solution to end (or start) a day, hot water can damage the skin barrier.  A damaged skin barrier is more susceptible to increased sensitivity, inflammation, dryness and an aged appearance.  Keep showers short and warm.

Exfoliate!  

Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells that can accumulate on the skin, causing a dull and flaky appearance.  Scrubs with jojoba beads are a good at home option while chemical peels containing lactic acid are excellent professional treatments;sensitive skin may benefit from gentle enzyme peels. However, if your skin is cracked, hold off on exfoliating as you can further aggravate your skin.  Focus on hydrating and repairing the skin barrier and consult a dermatologist and/or esthetician for further guidance.

How do you switch up your skincare routine when colder weather sets in? 

Stephanie

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Reader Question: The Truth About Those Chemicals in Your Makeup

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One of my good friends asked me if she should toss out all of her makeup items in lieu for a more natural and chemical free line.  I could tell she was very concerned about this and I know this is probably a question many people have.  Here is what I told her.

When we think of a chemical, we tend to associate the word with harsh acids that can lead to burns, redness, irritation, etc.  But, what is it really?

By definition, a chemical compound is basically two or more atoms of different elements united chemically.  The simplest way to illustrate this is by using water as an example.  Two atoms of Hydrogen are joined with one Oxygen atom giving you water (H2O) and (gasp!) a chemical compound.  So yes, water is a chemical.  You can see why it irks me when I hear makeup or skincare companies touting their products as ‘chemical’ free.  If that were the case, then they would be selling you nothing. In any case, most companies are phasing or have phased out controversial ingredients such as parabens and phthalates but that is a whole different story.

Second, the molecular structure of a product has a lot to do with how it works on your skin.  Makeup products typically have a large molecular structure which means they just ‘sit’ on the skin.  The molecule is too big to penetrate through all the layers of your skin and make its way into your bloodstream, and at the end of the day, you wash it off.

Bottom line, after I presented my view, I told my friend that it is ultimately up to her to decide what she feels is best for her.  I did tell her to keep in mind that most ‘organic’ products have a shorter shelf-life due to minimal, natural or no preservatives and to always conduct a patch test before trying out a product.  Just because something is ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it can’t cause a reaction/problem.

I hope you found this post informative and helpful and as always, if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email.

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Have a great Thursday and thanks for reading,

Stephanie