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Skin care tips you didn’t know

April 30, 2016

My girlfriend Tina crakes me up, she is a total skin care maniac. Literally she must spend an hour a day on cleansing her face. At lunch one day, I had mentioned she should write me a blog post, and she loved the idea .… here are Tina’s top 5 skin care tips.

In Tina’s dramatic words, “ Ever since the age of 25, I’ve feared aging. Instead of celebrating my birthday, I dreaded it because it meant I was getting old. I probably fear wrinkles and skin sagging more than I even fear death. I know it sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Up until then, I spent a good portion of my paychecks buying expensive make-up. I grew up with a mother who always emphasized the more you paid for cosmetics, the better the quality of it is. To this day, I still don’t know if the cosmetics sold at the fancy counters are better than what you find at a drugstore but the idea was already ingrained in me. One thing I learned through time though, is that it doesn’t matter how expensive your make up is or how much of it you wear if you don’t have great skin.”

I must confess that I used to be a basic three step skin care system sort of girl. Meaning I would use a cleanser, a toner, and then a moisturizer and then call it good. Not only that, for years I used the same products. Then the last 5 years, I learned to expand my horizons more; I read up on products and beauty regimens, and talked to more specialists that could educate me. Here are a few things I learned through time that I found helpful for taking care of my skin.

1. Your Clarisonic IS NOT an exfoliator. I used to think I didn’t need to exfoliate when I used my Clarisonic. After all, the Clarisonic feels like its an electric toothbrush for your face already and why would you want to put anything else abrasive on your face and overdo it? First of all, if the brush feels rough on your face, it’s probably not the right one for you. I recently discovered that the Radiance brush was the right fit for me because even the Sensitive brush was too abrasive feeling on the lowest vibration setting for me. Second of all, the Clarisonic brush is meant to remove dirt, make up, and oil off of your face. It doesn’t remove dead skin cells. That is what exfoliators are for and you should still exfoliate 2-3 times a week.
2. Pat your moisturizer on. When you rub your moisturizer on your face, it is causing friction. When you pat your moisturizer on, you are allowing the skin to absorb the moisturizer instead of just having it rubbed all over the surface.

washing face

3. Take care of your neck like it is your face. Your neck shows the signs of aging just like your face does, so don’t neglect it. Either use the same moisturizing routine or buy a specific moisturizer for your neck. Several skin care lines make specialized anti-wrinkle firming creams for your neck. Every brand these days makes a neck cream, choose you favorite. Estee LauderClarins, Dr. Dennis Gross, Strivectic, 3 Lab, Philosophy, etc.

4. Hydrate before Retinol. If you are using a retinol product that is not in your moisturizer already, you should hydrate your face beforehand. If your face is dry and you put your retinol product on, it won’t absorb into your skin as well. Something I use that I know won’t interact with my retinol product is Josie Maran argan oil. You can use coconut oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, or a moisturizer that doesn’t have some sort of acid already in it. You can also use a serum that doesn’t have any products that might react with your retinol. If you are curious about interactions between your products, you could always ask your dermatologist or aesthetician. (Retinol is The term describes vitamin A derivatives that unclog pores, boost collagen to reduce fine lines, and speed cell turnover to even out discoloration and smooth the skin—sometimes in as little as four weeks. The first retinoid—tretinoin—was FDA approved (under the brand name Retin-A) almost 40 years ago as a prescription acne treatment. Dermatologists soon noticed that patients on Retin-A experienced not just clearer but softer, brighter, less-lined skin)

5. Refrigerate Your Products. You know how people have special refrigerators for their wine bottles? I have always thought that when I design my bathroom for my house one day, I would make sure there was a space for a very sleek small refrigerator I could put some of my products in. A lot of your skin care products, especially if they are more on the “all natural” side, should be kept in a dark cool place anyway. However, there are products I use that I like chilled because they feel better and work better when I apply them cold. For example, I use Clarins Eye Contour Gel in the morning to reduce eye puffiness. I have found using it cold helps to reduce the puffiness more because the cold gel helps to constrict your blood vessels. I also put my face sheet masks in the refrigerator and it becomes an awesome method to cool your self down on a hot summer day. Just make sure you’re not putting any products that might separate in the fridge though.

This leads me to my last tip …

6. Ice your face. I got married a couple of years ago and 2 weeks before my wedding I got a facial. Before I left, my esthetician told me to put ice in a bag or a towel and then apply it to different parts of my face for 5 minutes at a time. The cold constricts your blood vessels to reduce puffiness and redness. So the night before my wedding and the day of, I would rotate the ice on a different part of my face for 30 seconds-1 minute for about 5 minutes. For example, I would put it on one cheek for 30 seconds, then up to my forehead for a minute, etc and continue this for 5 minutes total. Then I would give my face a break for 5 minutes and then repeated the process a couple more times. It really did make my face less puffy and no redness at all. In addition, it helped me to stay pretty “cool” and collected before a stressful situation.


Hopefully some of these tips are helpful and new. If they are not new to you, congratulations, you know more about skin care than a great amount of people out there. More tips to come in the future. Remember, your skin is the biggest organ on your body. Make sure you take care of it. (Tina your awesome! Thanks for all your skin guru knowledge)

Beauty Stuff

Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream

April 11, 2016

Thanks Clarins for sending me some of the latest and greatest products to try!  I am going to be giving you the gossip on Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream that I used then photographed in my home.  I would say this new line of products was created for a younger demographic. If you’re the type that goes out on school nights, is willing to have that 2nd cocktail, regularly works on 6 hours of sleep, and is under the age of 35, then Clarins Muti-active day cream ($53) & Clarins multi-active night cream ($56) is totally up your ally. My face the next morning after trying the  Clarins multi-active night cream was noticeably soft. Truth be told, I was surprised I could tell a difference after just the first day.

I only wish Clarins would have introduced a product like this 10 years ago – it’s impressive how it targets early wrinkles. This cream has Myrothamnus extract, which visibly smoothes, tones and de-stresses. Having lotion that helps your face look less stressed is a great thing. Overall, I am enjoying Clarins Multi-Active day and night cream and would recommend trying it – great for you or as gift.  Below is how the lotions are stored in my bathroom drawer  (I am loving my new metal drawer organizers).


Beauty Stuff, Hair

Beachwaver Pro Curling Iron

October 19, 2015

Photo shoot after photo shoot I watch hair and make up artists (MUA’s) creating the beach waved look. The secret to creating the beach wave is curling pieces of your hair in both left to right and right to left directions. Now I have attempted to try this several times at home, but when I try to curl pieces going to the left, it comes out jacked. Twisting my wrist both ways was too difficult for me.

So when I was contacted to demo the Beachwaver Pro curling iron, I was so excited to try it out. How cool would it be to create the messy beach wave type of curl, by myself, with a rotating curling iron!



While on lunch one day I had my MUA friend, Jamyrlyn Mallory, curl one side of my hair while I curled the other. Why? I wanted to see if I could tell the difference from me curling it myself verses the professional. Not to mention I had photographers Ben Sandall and Mark Stone snap my before and after pictures – perks of working on set in a studio. The end result was great, but it only proved that I needed help. The after photo I am holding post it notes so you could tell which side I curled myself. The left side was done by a professional and the right side was curled with the Beachwaver Pro curling iron.


At $199, the Beachwaver Pro is pricey, but you are paying to create a profession look by yourself, whenever you want. I have really enjoyed using this curling iron. I am into having my hair wavy and a bit messier, and the Beachwaver Pro helps create that look. I am unable to create this look myself with any other curling iron on the market. Sarah Pomtempa is the genuis behind the best curling iron for dummies I have ever worked with. Here’s how it works in detail via you-tube, which you need to watch to see it work it’s magic!

Jamyrlyn also insisted spraying Kevin Murphy sea salt spray on my hair. This currently Ja’s favorite salt spray, so I thought it was worth sharing.


Beauty Stuff, Makeup

Charlotte Tilbury new at Nordstrom

July 30, 2015


Charlotte Tilbury new at Nordstrom


Charlotte Tilbury new at Nordstrom! I was lucky enough to get invited to Nordstrom’s opening of the Charlotte Tilbury counter. Even better the Charlotte Tilbury team sent me a lovely eye shadow palette and a sample size of magic eye cream. Since I don’t wear eyeshadow I passed off the eyeshadow palette to my friend  MUA Mellisa Korn. Here is what Mellisa had to say about the brand  “At first glance someone might dismiss this colorful palette as too bold. Deep teals and greens don’t tend to be the first eye shadow shades that come to mind for most people, however, there’s a reason Charlotte Tilbury has the cult following she does. These shades are gorgeous and insanely flattering worn alone or together. The formulas manage to be both sheer and impactful, a feat not easily mastered. A little decadent for the price, but if your looking for a sophisticated way to wear color, it’s well worth the investment.”

Special thanks to photographer Julia Domrose for snapping these before and after pictures of Mellisa doing my makeup using the gifted eyeshadow palette in color combo The Rebel ($52).


With all that said I wanted to try the brand with the products I would actually use on a daily basis. Since my eyelashes extensions cover my eyes being made up I purchased a cream blush Beach Stick in Las Salinas ($45), and Light Wonder skin foundation ($55).  The counter girl could of sold me tons more, but Charlotte Tilbury is not cheap. So what’s the verdict? I use my Beach Stick and foundation a lot. The products feel light on my face and the cream blush stays on pretty well through out the day. Pricey in my opinion but in this case total worth it.
outfit-Crop top:Free People/skirt: Topshop/sandals:Steven Madden

Thanks again Mellisa for doing my makeup!

Beauty Stuff

Eyelash Extensions

May 16, 2015

This post goes out to every girl who has fallen victim to bad eyelash extensions or heard horror stories from eyelash hell. As someone who has been wearing eyelash extensions for almost two years, I have a few tips on how to ensure that your new lashes are pain-free and gorgeous… or should I say, easy on the eyes.

I’ll say upfront that beauty comes at a price; eyelash extensions take a good amount time and money, plus they require upkeep. Applying a full-set will take about two hours and cost anywhere from $150 to $300 (depending on what part of the country you live in). Once you have a full-set you will need to get your eyelashes filled every 3 to 4 weeks.

So how does this whole lash extension thing work, anyway? For a full-set, the stylist will glue an extension onto each individual lash (you can see why the process is so costly and time consuming). If applied correctly, the extensions will not hurt or permanently damage your eyes or lashes.

Given the sensitive nature of eyelashes it is important to care for your new extensions like the luscious little lashes they are. Here are a few things to keep in mind while getting the extensions and how to care for them afterward:


1. Make sure that your eyelash tech is trained and has a couple years experience. I’ve had techs attach an extension to multiple eyelashes and this is a major DON’T in the eyelash extension world. Not only can it be painful, but it can permanently damage your eyelashes.
2. Eyelash extensions are great for many reasons, but perhaps the best of them all is that mascara is no longer a daily must-have. If you do wish to apply mascara, only do so at the tip of the extensions and with a light hand. Trust me—you don’t need much to make those lashes pop.
3. Always take your eye makeup off properly to prevent damage to your eyelash pore.
4. Avoid waterproof mascara because it can be difficult to take off and may remove the extensions.
5. Don’t rub or tug your eyelashes if you want your natural lashes to stay healthy. When applied properly, an extension shouldn’t bother you, but this isn’t a perfect world, so if an extension is bothering you, make a pit stop at your salon.
5. Don’t let your new lashes near water for the first 24 hours, as the water will weaken the adhesive and cause the lashes to fall out prematurely.(it really depends on the type of glue the eyelash tech is using)
With that said, I love my eyelash extensions! Being that I don’t wear eye makeup daily, they look awesome and work great for me. The most important thing I can share with you is what to expect when you decide to take your eyelash extensions off. The transition back to au-natural lashes is not fun. In my experience, my eyelashes were short stubs, and it took a good three months to for my lashes to grow back to their regular length. While they were growing out, I got pretty crafty at putting fake eyelash strips on.

No need to be afraid of the eyelash extension rumors that float around the interweb, just be smart about where to get your extensions done, how much they cost and be prepared to give them the proper TLC they need. If you see someone with great looking lashes ask them where they were done. I found my girl from a referral, and would suggest looking up reviews from Yelp if your a 1st timer!

Beauty Stuff

Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum

April 7, 2015

In my quest to try a new foundation I stumbled upon Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum. It grabbed my attention for it’s anti-aging treatment, and being SPF 30. I have heard awesome things about the Perricone MD skin care line but have never spent the money on trying the product line as a whole. I was skeptical about trying Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum because it only came in one color. With a price-point of $55, I thought it was worth trying.
Perricone MD -no Foundation foundation serum
So what’s my verdict on this new foundation? I like it… but I don’t love it. I like that it is very moisturizing, SPF 30, and really melts into my skin. It has a lot more coverage than the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer I am using, but sometimes the coverage makes my skin look too perfect. That would be my only complaint, too much coverage. I like it enough to keep it but not enough to rebuy it. This product is meant for older skin, so if you are a 20 something Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum may not be ideal for your skin. Below are other Perricone MD makeup products that look cool.

Beauty Stuff

Dr. Lancer Skincare

February 2, 2015

Dr. Lancer is rad. I had a 35-minute conversation with him about skin, his practice, nutrition and his Lancer Skincare line. The only thing I can say is I am now part of his fan club and truly understand why people from all over the world see him. He is honest, and his ultimate goal is to help your skin look beautiful.

Dr. Lancer opened shop in 1980, and currently see’s between 75-100 patients a day. His private practice includes him, 6 medical nurses, 3 aestheticians, 4 front desk receptionists, and 2 back office administrators. Besides having countless celebrity clients, Dr. Lancer’s skin care line became a commercial success when Oprah gave his product to her audience in 2012. As you can guess, the product line sold out within four hours of the television show airing. Since then, the product line is on its third generation of technology.
The good doctor has a general approach he swears by:Polish (scrub), Cleanse (wash) then Nourish (lotion). These 3 simple steps, regardless if you choose his product line, are steps we all should follow for better skin. The Method line comes in three varieties: anti-aging, sensitive, and blemish control. What I like about Dr. Lancer is his quest for making skin care easy and easy to understand.

After using the Lancer Skincare, my skin feels softer and looks brighter. The Method Starter Set along with the Younger & Lift serum was gifted for me to try. I am really particular on how face lotion smells and feels. For me, the Nourish lotion is light and absorbs quickly into my skin. I am truly enjoying the products line a lot. Now, whether I can afford the Younger & Lift serum when I run out is a different story!

One thing Dr. Lancer did emphasis was the importance of good nutrition. If after using his products daily your skin is still off, your diet is likely the culprit. He suggested cutting out refined sugars (things out of a box), and have your diet consist of 40% protein, 40% fats (olive oil/ grape seed oil) and 20% carbohydrates. He also mentioned patients that do juices cleanse and drink too much juice complain about their skin health. Cutting out diary was also a recommendation because dairy is toxic to skin-cell metabolism.
I think what I love most about Dr. Lancer is he is living proof of aging well. Look at him, in his early 60’s his skin looks better than any other doctor I have known! He is slender, works all day long because he loves it and not because he didn’t plan for retirement. When I mentioned that his products were not attainable to the average since they are costly he responded: “How much are you willing to spend for great looking skin? Are you willing to give up your daily Starbucks coffee? “. So basically after being told by Dr. Lancer, I want his whole product line! I’m also totally on board with giving up my $3 latte every morning for beautiful skin – green tea is better for my skin anyway.


Crazy for Concealer

April 30, 2014

The older I get, the younger I want to look. I love all makeup up as much as the next girl, but I focus on my eyes. My desire is to always look bright-eyed. Hence, I am crazy for concealers. I own 4 different brands at the moment and I have placed them all over my world…. two in my home makeup bag, one in my purse, and the other in my gym bag. After doing some Internet shopping on concealers recently, I decided to bite the bullet and try Cle’de Peau Beaute’ Concealer… and even with the $70 tag, its worth the money.. It conceals without looking dry, is easy to apply, and the beige color is a perfect match to my skin tone. Honestly, I love the Cle’de Peau Beaute’ Concealer so much that for my next foundation, I will shop the same brand. Since I have tried my fair share of concealers over the years, I’ve listed my favorites below.

1/Benefit Boi-ing $20 2/ Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer $42 (you can also buy this in a smaller size for $28)3/ Cle’de Peau Beaute’ $70

Beauty Stuff, Makeup

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

January 27, 2014

You need to try Revlon® Just Bitten Kissable™ Balm Stain. I absolutely love this product. It is a sheer lip balm that gives off enough color without feeling goopy or sticking like lipgloss.  It’s moisturizing verses drying…. and most importantly it is affordable to try at $8.99. This is a stain that will last 3-5 hours not the whole day. I like using it as a base before I put on lipstick on so it stays on longer. When worn alone it is sheer enough not to look overly dramatic. A must try!  I ordered mine at  and they were buy one get one half-off.


pictures were taken from the blog Makeup Geek


Color Palettes

August 19, 2013

Color palettes can be so inspiring, especially when done like this. I found this image below at Color Collective.  This blog is beautiful and will easily become one of your favorites.

In all honestly, I pulled this picture out because it made me want to wear lipstick. It has been a minute since I have worn colorful lipstick and I have so many colors to chose from. I say if you feel comfortable wearing a bold lip…do it….it’s so pretty on.