Heading into my late 20’s, I started to prioritize skincare more than ever. I look back at my teens & early 20’s and cringe at how I treated my skin – i.e. no sunscreen, not drinking enough water, sleeping with makeup on…I can go on for days. I’ve started to notice & appreciate other women with gorgeous skin, and often ask what their skincare regimen is.
A couple of weekends ago at a family wedding, I was seated with one of my cousins at the dinner table. She’s in her late 40’s and has phenomenal skin. I asked her to share her skincare secrets – in addition to the usual ones (stay out of the sun, exfoliate, sunscreen it up, etc.), she mentioned that she has been using a Greek yogurt mask on her face 3X a week for 20+ years! She had me convinced that I needed to give it a try.
It’s always good to switch up your beauty routine, especially when it comes to hair product. Your hair tends to adjust to the products you use frequently, and over time, you don’t maintain consistent results. I’ve been using Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner for years now, so when Function of Beauty asked me to try their customized shampoo & conditioner, I didn’t have to think twice.
Did you catch that? It’s customized shampoo and conditioner, for your hair. Just. For. You. As technology improves, customization will be key. From skincare, apparel, fragrance to hair care, everything will be customized based on your needs. Function of Beauty is one of the first to attempt this, and truth be told, I’m quite impressed with their product.
This is the time of year when I wish I was tanner than I actually am. It’s too soon to have any color because we’re just starting to get some sunshine, but it feels like summer so I feel like I should have a little somethin’ somethin’. If my face is a little tan, my makeup looks better, and I get that “dewy” look everyone strives for.
I made my usual bi-monthly (or monthly really – who am I kidding) Sephora trip a few weeks back, and decided to give Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads a shot. I’ve heard from friends that they work well, and they get stellar reviews so…what did I have to lose?
I’ve been trying to grow my hair out, so I haven’t had a hair cut since October. OCTOBER. My ends feel like the end of a broomstick. I know they say it’s best for hair growth when you get a cut every 6 weeks or so, but I refused to do it in fear that my hair just wouldn’t grow. I’m finally comfortable enough with the length where I’m willing to go in and get a fresh style, because this 6 month old hair cut has run its course. Here are some looks I’m loving lately. Which one should I go with?
It took time to get my skincare routine down this winter, and after a lot of trial and error, I’ve discovered a few products that I absolutely love. My skin is on the drier side, so my main challenge is finding products that are hydrating and also contain the important ingredients I need. I’ve narrowed it down to 7 products that I use on a daily basis (I know, it seems excessive but trust me, it’s really not that bad!).
Every season I switch up my moisturizer to ensure I’m getting the necessary hydration & protection I need with the changes in weather. Finding a new moisturizer can be tricky – there are endless options, prices vary greatly, and you never know which one is best for your skin type. We’ve lucked out with the weather as of late, but cold weather is on the horizon…that means it’s time to prep and make sure you’re taking care of your skin during the colder months. I’ve put together a top 5 list for each skin type to help you shop for winter moisturizers (& included ones with SPF as well to serve as a reminder that this should be a part of your skincare routine too!).
Every month, I find there are patterns in the beauty products I purchase. There are months where I need to expand my lipstick collection with new & exciting colors for the season, others where I need to restock on some of my key beauty products (concealer, bronzer, etc.). This month, I was all about skincare (and I squeezed in one of my go-to hair products as well).
Now that I’m in my late twenties, I’ve been more cognizant of what I’m putting on my skin (better late than never, right?). Between packing on sunscreen, investing more in serums and moisturizers, I’m also doing a fair amount of research on different skin regimens and products. My most recent experiment was around the concept of “misting”. I’ve read numerous articles that reference makeup artists keeping facial mists in their kits, so I wanted to see what all the hype was about.
New season means new colors in the beauty department. Transitioning to colder weather is never fun, but spicing up your nails with the latest and greatest colors of the season makes things so much more bearable. Let’s face it, our tans are slowly fading, and it’s time to take advantage of the paleness with darker & edgier colors. When my nails look good, I feel so much more put together. These 5 fabulous colors will elevate any outfit and get you prepped for fall. It’s time to own the colder weather, it’s here to stay…for awhile (a LONG while).
Prior to leaving for Greece, I went for a quick Sephora run to make sure I was stocked up for the trip. This last run was a combination of new products and refills of my all time favorites. I also was pleasantly surprised to learn that I am now officially a VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) at Sephora, which means I get special perks…and also a reminder that I spend WAY too much money on cosmetics. Oh well, at least I’m getting some recognition for it, right?
1. Too Faced, Soleil Matte Bronzer (Chocolate): I’ve been using this bronzer for almost 2 years now, and I have NO desire to switch things up because this stuff is amazing. Not only does it smell delicious (cocoa powder is one of the ingredients), but it provides the perfect tint to my skin without adding shimmer. I use it to contour, putting it underneath my check bones, on my jaw line, and on the outline of my forehead. It also lasts for months, which is always a plus.
2 & 3. Sephora Collection, Jumbo Pencil for Shadow & Liner (Dark Brown Matte & Kaki): Another product I’ve been using for a couple of years is Sephora’s multi-purpose jumbo pencil. This can be used as both an eyeshadow or eyeliner. The Dark Brown Matte is what I wear daily – I have dark features so I find that brown eyeliner still serves the purpose of bringing my eyes out, but also softens my face. I decided that since I love this pencil so much, I’d try a new color for a change, which is were the Kaki comes into play. A beautiful hazel green with shimmer, the Kaki is perfect for a night out, especially if you don’t want to go too crazy on the eye makeup but still have some sparkle. These pencils are waterproof so they won’t smudge, but I’m able to wash it off with my daily cleanser (makeup remover is not necessary – HUGE plus for me).
4. Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray: I love how my curls look after a day of swimming in the sea, but unfortunately, I’m only able to naturally have this look a couple weeks out of the year when I’m on vacation. Luckily, Bumble & Bumble’s surf spray allows this look to be achievable all year round. In fact, this spray is even better than the real thing because it provides added moisture that salt water does not. I bought a travel size version to bring to Greece – perfect beach bag addition.
5. Elizabeth & James, Nirvana Black: One thing I love about Sephora is their section of rollerball perfumes. Buying a new fragrance can be an investment, so it’s nice to have the option of spending just $20-30 to give a fragrance a test run before you buy a full-size bottle. I’ve been wanting to give Elizabeth & James Nirvana a try, and I decided to go with Nirvana Black as I’m a huge fan of more masculine fragrances. This one reminds me a bit of Tom Ford’s Black Orchid, but it’s a little sweeter. It’s a mixture of sandalwood, vanilla and violet. There are a lot of layers to it which I appreciate; my only complaint thus far is that the smell doesn’t last long. I’m still undecided on whether or not I’m going to pull the trigger on the larger size.