Scenario 2- Me: “I am going NATURAL. I can DIY everything!!!!” Result: 100 dollar Whole Foods Shopping Spree Extravaganza later, my face looks like a SCIENCE EXPERIMENT! I learn that I am allergic to DIY projects (along with coconut and almond.)
Scenario 3: Me: Step into Sephora and buy everything the employees recommend. I learn a valuable lesson in not giving in to pushy salespeople and that I have little to no results, with lingering fine lines and blemishes from products working against each other.
Scenario 4: I discover RODAN + FIELDS and miracle of miracles, I feel like a NEW WOMAN!Finally, after being introduced to the line by a friend that sells it, I have found a regimen that works for me. My main issues are my forehead expression lines and the fine lines under my eyes. I do have blemishes from time to time ( Nothing compared to NEVER DO IT YOURSELF AGAINmageddon), but normally that is hormonal. Any blemishes I had suffered from were cleared up by the these amazing products. So after a consult with my friend, this is what I use:REDEFINE Regimen for the Appearance of Lines, Pores and Loss of Firmness-
Includes a Daily Cleansing Mask – Twice a Day
Pore Minimizing Toner- Twice a Day
AM Triple Defense Treatment- During the Day
PM Overnight Restoration Cream- At Night
Along with this regimen I use:
AMP MD System– This consists of an amazing little tool called the Micro- Exfoliating Needle Roller that I use at night to ROLL my LINES away. I follow it with a night renewing capsule. I really believe this is the MIRACLE worker that has transformed my skin. My lines have started to diminish and my skin looks so much healthier.
Microdermabrasion Paste– An exfoliating paste that I use twice a week. My skin tone and texture have improved drastically. Blackheads are gone and the dry skin that I once suffered from around my nose is gone.
I am OBSESSED with these products. They are definitely on the pricier side, but completely WORTH the investment, especially at my age. Over time your skin changes and the products you once used may not have the same effect anymore. I feel so much more confident in my skin these days that for one month shy of turning 32, people have said I could pass for my mid- twenties. Plain and simple, this line WORKS!!! If you are interested, my friend is a consultant …so just let me know 🙂
During my 20’s, CERAVE really worked for me. I love their hydrating cleanser and moisturizer creams. You can find those at the drugstore.
Sunless Tanning: Every once in a while I like to treat myself to a spray tan, especially for special occasions! Laying in beds is SOOOOO unhealthy ladies. That goes for guys too. Why even risk it when there are better alternatives? I have found one of the BEST spray tan artists out there at Gotham Glow right here in NYC. The owner Tamar is AMAZING and she actually crafted the FDA approved all natural, odorless solution. Every tan I have had looks completely natural, like I just walked off a beach in the Caribbean. NO orange here. This coming from the fair- skinned blonde from Buffalo. 🙂 NATURAL!
Body Moisturizers: I love The Body Shop. My favorite every day moisturizer is their Shea Butter Body Whip Lotion. The fragrance is so fresh plus I never have dry skin anymore. If I happen to be wearing a skirt or anything that shows off my legs, I also use their Coconut Milk Body lotion. It leaves my legs looking silky with a fresh coconut scent that I always get compliments on. Even with my allergy to coconut, this never causes breakouts or rashes that others have left behind. Normally the store always has sales, so you can leave with multiple bottles for less! 🙂
Face: Foundation- Givenchy Photo’Perfexion- I really haven’t found another that I like as much that doesn’t result in breakouts. I wear #4 Perfect Vanilla. This formula never feels cakey and does a pretty good job concealing and smoothing out my skin. I don’t wear foundation every day ( especially since my skin has cleared up)…only for special occasions.
Concealer: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer- I do use concealer every day to even out the tone under my eyes and around my nose. I use Vanilla. This creamy formula is very light and conceals without sitting in my lines.
Bronzer- NARS Laguna
Brows: I cannot say this enough. Filling in your brows will give your face so much LIFE! When I look at photos before I discovered how to use brow pencils and gel, it literally looks like my brows did not exist. Check out this post back in April. When I finally put up a Lost and Found ad, Anastasia Brow Whiz came to the rescue and helped me find them. I love DARK brows. Naturally, I haven’t been blessed with full bushy brows, so Beverly Hills Anastasia makes it happen.
Brow Wiz- Dark Brown- Brow Precision at its best.
Tinted Brow Gel- Expresso ( This helps give them volume. Trust me..it works.)
Eyes: Urban Decay Naked Palettes- They are all amazing. My absolute favorite shades to work with are Smog, Roasted, Buzz and Liar. These palettes are amazing. Do yourselves a favor and splurge on them. They last a long time. I read somewhere recently that they were selling knockoffs downtown somewhere. DO NOT buy them. I heard it had some sort of rodent poo in them. EWW. Can you imagine?? Pizza rat may have taken a dump in your eyeshadow!!
Mascara: DIOR Extase in Black- Lengthens and volumizes without clumping. I haven’t found one that I like better. Been using this for 5 years.
Lips: As you can see in most of my posts, I love a pop of color on my lips. My number one favorite red is Nars Dragon Girl. This color looks amazing against my fair skin. It has a bit of a
blue-ish undertone where as orangey reds don’t really work on me. I also have a few other pencils from this line. My favorite pink for a more neutral day is Urban Decay’s Native. It is a pretty pale pink creamy lipstick.
Well that is all I can think of for today. Stay tuned to the blog this week for details on the outfit I am wearing in the photo. xoxo