Posts Tagged ‘skin’

His/Hers

Post by Sarah St. Lifer, Graphic Design by Norah Curlee

Gone are the days where stealing kisses and his over-sized sweatshirt mark the extent of your thievery; it’s time to raid his stash. Look, we’re not asking you to take up a sudden interest in golf or put on a tie; just hear us out. While we love girly frills, pink packaging, and an over-abundance of floral essence; sometimes you just want a product that cuts to the chase and gets the job done…and done well. Enter a slew of hidden gems that you won’t find in our “section” of the store. Whether you sift through his medicine cabinet or decide to go bro-centric on your next shopping trip, we’ve mapped out some of our favorite “boys only” bits that are definitely worth adding to your arsenal.

 

1. NO7 MEN’S ENERGIZING HAIR AND BODY WASH: Ever wonder how guys can pull off a 5 minute shower? It’s because of products like this…and If you’re a pixie haired-pretty, this one’s got you covered from head to toe. Formulated as a shampoo, conditioner and body wash; this bad boy is a multi-tasker! So, if you haven’t the time to wash, rinse, and condition; this is a great way to streamline your shower time.

2.  ACQUA DI PARMA EAU DE COLONE: Ok, technically this fragrance is unisex (sharing is caring), but Acqua di Parma definitely deserves an honorable mention. The classic cologne is a perfect blend of Sicilian citrus fruits, lavender and rosemary — a season-less scent that’s a nice change of pace from the usual sticky sweet spritzes.

3.  CLINIQUE’S M PROTECT SPF 21 DAILY HYDRATION: Think about it: not only does a man’s face have to endure the same conditions as a woman’s (harsh sun, blistering cold winds, cheek kisses), but also the added element of regular shaves. Because of that, a lot of moisturizers for men are great for those with sensitive skin — plus, added SPF is something we can all get on board with.

4. TOM FORD NEROLI PORTOFINO BATH SOAP: Just because you are venturing into the men’s side of the spectrum doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice luxury. Many thanks to you, Tom Ford. Leave it to the designer to create a bath soap that is not only practical, but down-right sensual. You definitely won’t oppose the deep amber undertones when it comes time to suds up!

5.  KEIHL’S EYE ALERT: Though you and your beau may take your coffee differently, you both can agree on one thing: caffeine is key. So, snag this energizing eye treatment that features vitamins and caffeine — a.k.a. essential ingredients that will do you a solid by reducing puffiness and dark circles.

6. SHAVEWORKS COOL FIX: Razor burn, bumps, ingrown hairs, redness…all problems that both sexes have to put up with. This soothing blue gel can alleviate all your shaving and waxing woes. And if its gentle enough for the face, then its gentle enough for your…ahem…bikini line.

7.  GILLETTE MACH 3 TURBO: When it comes to razors, the men’s offering sets the bar. If something is designed to closely shave the complicated curves of the face, imagine what it can do for your stems! This one has a pivoting blade to help you get those stubborn spots like ankles and behind the knee. Well played, Gillette.

Ever swipe anything from your man’s stash? Have a favorite product from the boys section? We want to know in the comments!

 

COMPLEXION PERFECTION

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

A lot of us have uneven skin tones and I’m here to tell you it’s not that big of a deal. Really! It’s so easy to correct so please don’t stress! It’s a rare thing that someone’s skin shade is the same from her forehead to her neck… most of the time our foreheads or our lower cheeks and chin are darker than the rest of our face. Here’s how to even everything out in a way that still highlights our eyes.

TOOLS:

  • Cream Foundation — I love a cream foundation stick but you can also use a cream foundation palette or even a cream concealer, just make sure to only go a half shade lighter than your true foundation shade. I used Shu Uemura Nobara Cream Cover Stick on Bria Murphy above and I also love the color range from Bobbi Brown Foundation Sticks (warm/cool, olive/fair/beige/almond/espresso…. you name it). The important factor is that you pick a shade that is a half shade lighter than your real shade. I say “a half” knowing that you’re thinking “how do I know what shade is a half shade lighter?” and bear with me… I say that because most shades are about a half shade variance between shades! So just go to the color in your favorite brand that is one level lower than your foundation and you’ll be fine. Or play with what you have in your makeup drawer and test shades on your neck.
  • Liquid Foundation — Pick one that is your true shade. To help, revisit my Foundation Shade Finder Tutorial and Undertones Tutorial. I used Bobbi Brown Luminous Moisturizing Foundation above because again its shade range truly matches everyone. I’m also obsessed with Covergirl TruBlend Liquid Foundation because it’s water-based so it really blends into your skin instead of sitting on top of the skin like silicone-based foundations.

STEPS:

  1. With the foundation stick, draw a figure eight (8) on its side around the eyes like a Zorro mask. Then blend inwards to fill in the whole area (including your lids) using your fingers.
  2. Next sweep the liquid foundation on the rest of your face (not the area you just did) and don’t forget your neck. We used a Beauty Blender (slightly dampened first) but you can also use a foundation brush.
  3. This step is key: blend the edges of the two areas with a buffing brush. Swirl the brush in circles so half of the time it’s blending the liquid foundation up into the cream foundation and the other time it’s blending the cream foundation down into the liquid foundation. It sounds trickier than it is. You can totally get it right, I’m not worried in the slightest!

Holiday Haul

POST + GRAPHIC DESIGN BY NORAH CURLEE

With the weather changing and holiday music starting to croon everywhere you go, we beauty/style junkies know one thing: the limited editions are coming. Companies and beauty brands bust out the big guns releasing holiday value sets, new product releases, palettes, limited time quantities… and just the cutest packaging you’ve ever seen. These little bundles of joy are coveted and limited so if you like it…GET IT (while you can). If you find yourself in the spirit of self-less giving (we know, its hard with some of these goodies), they make amazing gifts for any fellow beauty babes in your life.

LUXE LIST: Often times these holiday sets give you more bang for you buck. This is especially handy when buying pricier brands that you maybe wouldn’t have tried. We love this YSL Love and Laquer Reds Set, which has your tips, lips and lashes covered for holiday party-going. While you’re in luxury mode, check out famed photographer Guy Bourdin’s holiday collection for NARS. Our favorite is the Limited Edition Promiscuous Lip Pencil Coffret:  5 shades (four matte, one gloss) + a killer makeup bag. You’ll have your pick of eye shadow palettes, but we are loving this Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood beauty. You get shimmer and matte shades for hundreds of holiday eye-look possibilities!

PAMPER SESH: Skincare brands definitely join in on the fun of holiday bundling and we suggest taking full advantage of their generosity! Like this Ole Henriksen Glow from Head to Toe Blockbuster Set which is packed full of their most popular must-haves. Let’s not forget about certain aromas that only appear once a year (you know all the sugary, spicy, bakery scents). Origins aim to please with their Best of Ginger Set which smells like an oven full of gingerbread men. Only this will make your skin soft, calorie free! We love sets that come with multiple scents to try! This Philosophy Limited Edition Hand Cream set has Homemade Honey Buns, Cranberry Medley, and Spiced Gingerbread Cookie…triple the luxe.

TRENDY TIPS: Nail fanatics will flip over some of the collections this year. You can always count on Essie to bring it on the shade front a la this holiday set. If “the more the merrier” is your motto for your varnish collection then check out newly launched Formula X for Sephora: The Twenty Two set. Twenty-two polish pretties to paint, paint and re-paint. The ELF Party Nail Cube is a budget beauty buy packed with 14 shades of jeweled toned lacquer love (other shades available). Deborah Lippmann has you covered on the glitter front this year with this Starlight Glitter Nail Lacquer Set. Shine on!

WINTER ESSENTIALS: Did someone say ’tis the season? We love us some seasonal goodies! Amp up your winter stash with Birchbox’s Limited Edition Snow Day set. When the weather outside is frightful, this box has fun goodies like comfy socks, hot chocolate and hand cream to warm up your day. Cozy up your pad with this Christmas Home Collection from Jo Malone. Three of their signature scents in candle, room spray and diffuser form. Yes please. Speaking of comfy, how amazing are these Dyptique holiday candles? With limited time only scents like indian incenseorange chai and pine bark…we think its time to stock up.

STOCKING STUFFERS: Our favorite category: the extras. Cute mini gifts perfect not just for stockings, but to have on hand for last minute swaps! So many budget friendly beauties to choose from and there is one for every scenario. Here are a few we just HAD to share. (clockwise) Body Shop’s Cranberry Joy Gift Cube,Jouer Poutin’ on the GlitzBumble and Bumble Polished Two-StepLush’s Christmas KissesCaudalie Stocking Stuffer Set

FOUNDATION BRUSH MASTER CLASS

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

Did you know that the brush that you choose to apply foundation with has a major effect on the coverage? You can take the same foundation, apply it with three different brushes and get three completely different results. When I work on my clients’ faces, I consider many things… is the event in the daytime with natural light or nighttime with flash bulbs, is it indoors with icky cafeteria lighting or outdoors with direct sunlight? Do they have sun damage or redness that needs extra coverage? The answers to these questions determine the foundation and the foundation brush to use. Here’s a quick guide!  (more…)