Posts Tagged ‘do it yourself’

DAILY LIP LOVE

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I have become a broken record with my clients. Unless you suffer from severe cracked lips (which are a whole other thing entirely that your doctor can help you with), there is no excuse for them to sit in my chair with chapped lips! I always quote Oprah… when you know better, you do better. So let me let you in on the best thing you can do twice a day to have soft and smooth lips all year long. When you brush your teeth, brush your lips! Every single time (hopefully that means twice a day!). Right before you normally would spit, bring the toothbrush outside of your mouth, close it and run the brush back and forth over them. Then spit. That’s it! I promise you, if you make this part of your routine, you won’t remember what it was like for them to be anything but smooth!

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This is especially a must when you’re rocking a lip stain or liquid lipstick!

DIY ANTI-ACNE ANTI-SCARRING MASK

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Here’s what you need to know. Manuka honey is created by bees who feed on the nectar of the Manuka flower, found in New Zealand. The ingestible and topical qualities and benefits have been renowned for many years. My friends and I can not stop talking about it. I did a personal experiment for two weeks, using this mask every other night, and can’t begin to tell you about the transformation in my skin. I don’t have a single blemish, I no longer have a dry chapped chin and my skin is mega-moisturized and plump. Almost like my fine lines shrunk! It’s almost weird. I might start doing it every night to see what miracles happen then! Anyway, I’m dying for you guys to try it and tell me if you have the same findings too. I’ve read about crash victims using it and healing everything with no scars too. Here’s how, just make sure you test a small area of your skin first to make sure you’re not allergic:

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  • A Jar of Manuka Honey — Make sure it’s 100% raw with a Bio Active 12+ or higher and it’s cold-pressed, which makes it anti-bacterial. I love this one used on Chloe below as well as this one.
  • A Muslin Cloth (or wash cloth) — this three-pack is my favorite. I’m going to do a tutorial dedicated specifically to why you have to switch from splashing your face to using a muslin cloth to wipe it clean. It gently exfoliates while it wipes and will change the texture of your skin for the better.

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If you’re not a DIY kind of gal, start looking for products with Manuka Honey in them, if only for the intense moisture it provides! There’s this Manuka Mask Single ($4), this face mask and this moisturizer.

**Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and skincare is not one-size-fits-all. As with all products that you put on your skin, be your own advocate, talk to your dermatologist, do a patch test and decide for yourself what is right for you.

AMP UP YOUR SHEET MASK

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

Last year I shared my MultiMasking 101 Tutorial with you and today I want to show you how to get even more out of both of your serum and your sheet masks. Both are incredibly powerful skincare tools on their own, but paired together the right way and you will be emailing me about how plump and radiant your skin is! There really is nothing like it unless you spend an hour getting a facial at the spa. So the next time you have a first date or a big event where you really want to shine, spend ten minutes spoiling your skin and bringing it back to life with this technique. After five minutes wearing a sheet mask, lift it up and apply a face serum, then re-cover your face with the sheet and let it double-penetrate for another five minutes. The power of the two  together at the right moment is pure magic. Here’s how:

FAVORITE SHEET MASKS:

FAVORITE SERUMS:

  • Peptide — I personally use this Hydropeptide Serum ($$$) twice a day, every day. I don’t use it on my clients because I don’t see them regularly enough for it to work its magic.
  • Anti-Aging — I love this one ($$) because it has retinol in it.
  • Anti-Acne — This one ($) really tackles unhappy skin, calms it down and clears it up.

STEPS:

  1. Open up the sheet mask and lay it over your face as demonstrated above.
  2. Rest for 5 minutes and let it do its job.
  3. Lift the sheet and fold it gently across the top half of your forehead.
  4. Pump your favorite serum onto your fingers and rub them together with your other hand.
  5. Apply the serum all over the face and neck in a gentle patting motion.
  6. Unfold the sheet from your forehead and cover your face again.
  7. Rest for another 5 minutes then remove the sheet. Pat any excess serum into the skin.

Oh and this is the Joan Crawford Needlepoint Pillow!

DIY CREAM BLUSH

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

I go back and forth between powder blush and cream blush all the time on my clients (and myself). But if I had to choose, I love the fresh-faced look that only a cream blush can give. Powder blush always looks well, like powder that sits on top of the skin. It’s super pretty, don’t get me wrong! But let’s be honest: no one will believe it’s an actual flush. You just look like you love wearing makeup, hence the term “looking made up”. Which is our divine right! But when you want to use makeup to strategically enhance, define, accentuate and look more awake, you have to use different techniques and different products. In this case, we want to mimic that “in love” glow, so we would switch to a cream blush and stipple into the skin. But if you don’t have one handy, convert your powder blush into one with today’s tutorial! Here’s how:

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STEPS:

  1. Dip your finger into the moisturizer to grab a pea-sized amount.
  2. Swirl it in the palm of your hand. This thins it out and warms it up with your body’s temperature so it will melt together better.
  3. Slide the Q-tip across the powder blush with a little pressure to pick up a small amount of product.
  4. Now roll the Q-tip into the thinned-out cream in the palm of your hand.
  5. Swirl your magic solution around with your finger until it’s all mixed together.
  6. Dab the blush brush into the solution to load it up.
  7. Fake smile in the mirror to find the apples of the cheek and start on the top half as you stipple the brush from there along the top of your cheekbones. Some of my clients love to keep it concentrated on the apples only while others like to do a high corner flush, more towards the temples. Basically, if your face is very angular or bony, stick to the apples to add fullness. If your face is rounder or you’re a little heavier right now, suck in your cheekbones and concentrate the blush there (and follow the hollow with a bronzing powder to contour and thin them out!).