Posts Tagged ‘face’

MICELLAR WATER

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

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

My hubby is French and every time we spend time at his friends’ homes in Paris, I talk to the women about their gorgeous skin. When it comes to makeup, we mostly use the same products. But none of them believe in “washing their faces.” No face wash, no splashing with water until it’s squeaky clean. That seems really weird and foreign to them. While to us, it seems crazy not to wash our face! Instead, they all use micellar water (or eau micellaire as they call it). Their mothers used it. Their grandmothers used it. It goes way back. So here’s the deal: “micelles” are minuscule little oil molecules suspended in water and they attract oil and dirt like a magnet and pull them to the cotton ball. Have you ever noticed in the bath tub that when oil molecules floating in the water approach other oil molecules floating that they join together and become a bigger oil mass? That’s the power oil always has on other oil. Yet it leaves behind the hydrating soft water from the solution so it doesn’t strip your skin like face wash does. Making it a lifesaver for sensitive and acne-prone skin. I switched to it in January (I still can’t believe I haven’t washed my face in five months!) and my skin is so much calmer, clearer and more balanced. My skin is actually cleaner than using a face wash. If you don’t believe me, wash your face, exfoliate it and then wipe a cotton pad soaked in micellar water and inspect it afterward. You’ll die at what it picked up that the face wash and scrub left behind! It’s wild that something moisturizing is also so powerful at cleansing.

FAVORITE MICELLAR WATERS:

STEPS:

  1. Pour/squeeze a small amount on the cotton square. You don’t need to douse it, just enough to wet half of the surface is fine.
  2. Start wiping it all over. I typically start with a cheek then my forehead.
  3. Continue across your lips if you need to remove lipstick and your eyes if you’re wearing eye makeup.
  4. Wipe your nose and the sides of it.
  5. Finish with the other cheek and your neck.

Because eye makeup has progressed through the years and most are longwear or waterproof formulas now, you might have to go back with a stronger eye makeup remover. I use coconut oil to remove mine (revisit this tutorial) but you can also use these serious eye makeup remover wipes.

When I’m showering, I remove my eye makeup with coconut oil before I get in the shower, then I wash everything BUT my face in the shower and use micellar water when I get out.

KITCHEN BEAUTICIAN MODERN EDITION

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

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

Today we’re combining a modern mask with something from your kitchen! This magical concoction was actually taught to me by my facialist Yonat Zilberg and I’ve been thankful ever since! Not that regular masks aren’t good on their own, but I’m a multi-tasker whose time is limited, so the more results I can get, the happier I am.

Here are some of the benefits of adding baking soda to your mask:

  • It turns your face mask into an acne-fighting superhero because it is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic that heals underlying fungal infections.
  • It also helps tackle blackheads by softening the hard skin around them.
  • It makes your mask “rise” or grow in size, so you get more uses from it.
  • It’s an anti-inflammatory and helps calm everything down.

TOOLS:

  • Your Favorite Mask: My facialist has me hooked on Biologique Recherche Masque Vivant (it’s a little stinky but a life changer for me). I also love Murad’s Clarifying Mask.
  • Baking Soda
  • A Small Spoon
  • A Muslin Cloth: You can certainly use a washcloth, but one day invest in a set of muslin cloths as a grown-up gift to yourself and your skin. They’re the perfect combination of delicate and strength.

STEPS:

  1. Measure out about a teaspoon of baking soda.
  2. Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of the mask into the palm of your hand.
  3. Add the baking soda to the mask.
  4. Start mixing it together with your fingertips.
  5. Finish swirling it around until most of the baking soda is absorbed and it rises in size.
  6. Spread it evenly all over your face. You can also include your neck and chest. Wait 5 minutes (however long it takes to fully dry).
  7. Wet the muslin cloth with cool water and wipe the mask off gently until it’s fully gone. Follow with your favorite moisturizer.

My facialist believes we should do a mask every day so I try my best but average 5 days a week. I add baking soda to it once a week.  I actually do it first thing in the morning while I’m oil pulling, feeding the dogs and checking my email. I was a little taken aback when she suggested daily but it hasn’t been that hard to become a ritual and my skin has never looked better or received more compliments, which is new for me because I used to suffer from large pores, overactive sebaceous glands that no matter how often I had extractions, my blackheads filled back up in a week. Now they’re gone. For real. It’s really cool for me!

I understand baking soda is a controversial item for some of you and I encourage you to research the hundreds and hundreds of baking soda face mask recipes on natural blogs then of course with any beauty advice, decide for yourself what feels right for you. If it’s not right for you, it’s totally ok with us! We just love to share things that have been passed down and have worked for us. Skincare is not a one-size-fits-all subject, so be your own advocate.

FOUNDATION SECRET

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

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

It’s easy to want to paint foundation on with a flat foundation brush like we would a canvas on an easel. But when we do that, the foundation just sits on top of the skin instead of becoming one with it. Then it comes off on our phones (the worst!) or friends’ shirts when we hug them when it doesn’t have to be that way. If you switch tools and techniques, you’ll be much happier with the results. Change #1: switch from a typical foundation brush to a fluffy foundation brush. Change #2: instead of painting it on with a heavy hand, swirl it on with a light touch, building in layers. You want the pressure to be super light, as if you were an archaeologist dusting off an artifact. This ensures that you applying the thinnest layer possible as you go. Then if the area needs more coverage, you go back over it a few times until it’s covered. You’ll be surprised how many areas that you won’t have to go back over! And you won’t look like you’re wearing a mask. Here’s how:

FAVORITE FLUFFY BRUSHES:

FAVORITE FOUNDATIONS:

  • I splurged a little with this foundation that has the perfect balance of coverage and lasting power, and has the best range of shades of any foundations out there.
  • I also really love this oil-free  long-wear one for its budget-friendly price and gorgeous finish.

STEPS:

  1. Pump a few drops of foundation onto the palm of your hand or a glass palette.
  2. Dip the fluffy brush into the product and pull it across to thin it out as I demonstrated above.
  3. Start lightly swirly across your cheek. Don’t stroke hard! Lightly build!
  4. Continue along your forehead.
  5. Don’t forget your chin and neck!
  6. Go back over any areas that need more coverage.

Then spot conceal any problem areas with concealer and finish with a dusting of powder.

MOISTURE BARRIER

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

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

Every winter we get tons of requests asking how to battle dry skin. With our heaters blasting and the drier climate, our faces really takes a beating. We pile on the night cream, wake up in the middle of the night only to touch our skin and gasp because all of the moisturizer is gone! We wonder where it went… was half absorbed and the other half evaporated from the heater?? Don’t give up just yet. There is a way to “seal” your night cream and create a moisture barrier so it lasts all night; you just need to lock it in with a face balm. I have acne-prone skin so was a little hesitant to try face balms a few years ago but was so desperate to find something for the dry patches each winter that I took the plunge when a client actually recommended them to me… and was happily surprised when I didn’t break out and the dry patch on my chin healed. Here’s how:

FAVES:

  1. Egyptian Magic
  2. Liz Earle Superbalm
  3. Weleda Everon Face Balm
  4. Rodial Stem Cell Super-Food Glam Balm

STEPS:

  1. Apply your night cream all over your face and neck as you usually do. Rub it all the way in and don’t forget your neck, please!
  2. Rub a quarter-sized amount of face balm in between your fingers to warm it up.
  3. Gently pat the balm on top to create a moisture barrier and seal in your night cream.
  4. Touch your face when you wake up and notice it’s still moisturized and happy!