Monday, July 22, 2013

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

The Perfect Foundation



I was introduced to this foundation a couple years ago by a girlfriend who had a makeup artist use this on her in a photo shoot. She said her skin looked the best it had ever looked in pictures. Of course I had to buy it - immediately!! Boy was she right! This stuff is amazing, perfect, incredible, the foundation dreams are made of.....you get the idea.

It covers every little flaw and wrinkle - yet NEVER looks cakey. I have sun spots and weird dark areas from my pregnancy and this makes my skin look perfectly even and literally flawless. I need only the smallest amount of concealer after. It never ever ever breaks me out or makes me look oily - don't let the luminous title scare you!

I always use my beauty blender sponge to apply so I get a light application.

As far as color goes - personally I have olive undertones and use 4.5 in the dead winter, 5.5 if I have used self tanner, or 6.5 in the summer. I keep those 3 bottles in stock and I swear they last forever!

Go ahead and hurry and order here so you can get tons of compliments on your perfect skin. You are soooo welcome - trust me its amazzzzzzzzing.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Wedding Day Hair Products

secrets to lasting style on your big day 

Whether you're getting your hair professionally done or doing it yourself - these products are a MUST to use on your wedding day! 

No matter what type of hair you have - this is not the day to use silky leave in conditioners and shine products. How can that be you say?! You want TEXTURE and GRIP! You do not want silky or "slippery" hair. I have so many friends that say their hair doesn't hold curl or style, so they don't even attempt it! It's because they are not using the right products! Curl will not hold if you're using a ton of smoothing and shine products - it just won't. If you have frizzy/curly hair I would recommend using these products and taking the extra time on this day to use a big round brush and blow dry it section by section instead of slathering on the smoothing products.

If you are getting your hair professionally done, they usually will not be washing and drying it for you. You will probably show up with it washed and blow dried, and they will take it from there. These are the products you need to use before and after you blow dry so all that money you are paying your stylist is worth it! 

I used these EXACT products on my wedding day (I actually use them anytime I go out or take the time to style my hair) and my hair lasted all day and night. 

I get all of these products at Target or CVS


1. Shampoo and Condition with Tigi Bed Head Superstar

2. Apply Tigi Bed Head Superstar Queen For A Day Thickening Spray to your roots 

3. Spray Tigi Bed Head Superstar Volumizing Leave-In Conditioner all over like you normally would a leave in conditioner 

4. Rub a teeny tiny pea sized amount of Tigi Bed Head Small Talk into the palms of your hands and apply all over hair

5. Comb through so all products are evenly dispersed 

6. Blow dry as usual

7. Spray a light coat of L'Oreal Elnett Hairspray all over hair. Flip head upside down and do a light coat underneath as well. Wait a minute for it to dry, then brush through. (This is my secret to really making sure your curls last - I do this religiously every time I curl my hair) 

You may have some big poofy hair at this point - and that's a good thing! The styling tools you or your stylist choose will do all the smoothing and shining you will need! They may even spray some kind of heat protectant spray - and that is totally fine. The grip and texture you have added to your hair with these products will be the reason your hair holds curl and style the entire night. 

Remember - don't overdo it with the products! You don't want to weigh your hair down! I never saturate my hair and I'm constantly making sure it's even and not concentrated in certain areas. 

Good luck and here's to gorgeous hair on your big day!! XOXO

Being styled @ 10am
Photos at 6pm
Hair going strong @ 11pm

Monday, July 8, 2013

Skin Series Part 1

Oily, Acne Prone, Aging 


This is the first of a few different skin types I want to cover. The first being my skin type! I have battled with oiliness and bouts of acne since - well forever! Now, I have the added joy of having to worry about fine lines and sun damage. Ugh! I FINALLY have my exact skin care routine down to a science.

I rarely ever break out now. I may get one or two pimples every other month or so (and of course only when I have a big event to go to). My oiliness is really not even an issue anymore, and I've actually come to embrace my "glow" now that I'm not a complete oil pit. I'm still working on fading some sun spots, but I think for my age (28) I have very few wrinkles (for how much time I've spent in the sun). Don't get me wrong I definitely have some fine lines here and there - but the products I use really have helped keep them at bay.

I have spent thousands of dollars, gone through countless bottles of crap, tons of useless dermatologist appointments, and now have found the perfect combination of products that keep my skin and I happy! 

Here ya go!



Here is my exact routine:

AM:

Step 1: Wash face with Proactiv Plus Skin Smoothing Exfoliator (Yes, I have no shame - I use Proactiv and I LOVE this facewash soooo much. I think it's the main thing that keeps me from breaking out - make sure it's the Plus)

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round (this is antibacterial and calming)

FOR STEP 3 ALTERNATE DAYS

Step 3: One day apply a small amount of Proactiv Plus Pore Targeting Treatment all over face. (Seriously - a little goes a long way so just do a couple small pumps. This does not irritate or dry out my skin whatsoever. I have never had any luck with Proactiv in the past - but their new Plus line is amazing - very gentle and I NEVER breakout anymore. I'm beyond thankful to have found this!)

Step 3: The other day I apply a few drops of Skinceuticals Phloretin CF all over my face and neck. I even put it under my eyes. (This stuff is like liquid gold - seriously it costs $185. The great thing is that once it's absorbed it stays on your skin for 72 hours. This is why I don't use it every day. Sometimes I go 2 days without using it. There is no need to use it every day! This is my anti aging weapon - it's basically a super concentrated antioxidant with anti-cancer, anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.) Read more here!

Step 4: Depending on whether or not I want a tinted or non tinted moisturizer that day - I either use Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 or Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 40.  Both never break me out and I love the texture of both and how they absorb. Love the slight glow my skin gets from the Aveeno and it gives me just enough coverage for daytime. I use the medium for summer and it matches my skin perfectly. The Josie Maran is nice and light - it absorbs really fast, the Argan oil is so nice and quenching, and it will NOT break you out! 

PM:

Step 1: Wash with Proactiv Plus Skin Smoothing Exfoliator.

Step 2: Tone with Mario Bedescu Special Cucumber Lotion on a cotton round.

Step 3: Use a Bliss That's Incredi-Peel wipe all over face. Wait 3 minutes until Step 4. (You can read my post I did on these to get a full description - click here.) 

Step 4. Moisturize with Murad Pore & Line Minimizing Hydrator. (I'm so in love with this moisturizer - I will use it forever and ever! It's so light and absorbs so quickly - yet it's super moisturizing. I also use this alone under my makeup if i'm going out for the night. If I'm doing full blown makeup I skip all the other serums and what not and just opt for this moisturizer only.) 

Step 5: Apply La Mer The Eye Balm Intense all over eye area. (This is ridiculously expensive and any eye cream you choose will be just fine! I splurged on this a year ago and it never runs out! I must say it is pretty fabulous though.)

Thanks for reading! I know it's a lot of steps, but this regimen truly works. XOXO
 
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