Posts Tagged ‘skin’

THE NEW FACE TECHNOLOGY

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

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

Because makeup looks much better on a smooth and clear surface, I spend a lot of time researching anything and everything that I can get my hands on in the world of skincare. And I mean everything! After trying it all, the biggest advances I’ve found so far are these. Why? Because how many times have you had an amazing facial and wished you could do the same at home? When you do something weekly instead of monthly in the case of microdermabrasion, or nightly instead of monthly in the case of blue or red LED light therapy, the results are exponentially bigger! Not to mention the money you save. Let’s walk through each one:

AT-HOME MICRODERMABRASION

  • This handheld device ($138, used on Rachel above) is my favorite because it comes with four interchangeable diamond tips (delicate, standard, firm and bold) that really tackle fine lines and wrinkles and exfoliate off dead skin cells. I’ve also heard good things about this one ($199) but haven’t personally tried it.
  • To use it, gently pull the skin so it’s taut then trace the device over it in lines and patterns illustrated in the booklet.
  • I use mine once a week and can really see the cell turnover and feel the baby soft skin.
  • I notice my serums and creams absorb better when the skin has been exfoliated.
  • If you aren’t ready to invest in the real thing yet, try this at-home system ($15.99) that really helps boost circulation while it exfoliates.
  • If you aren’t feeling handhelds and want a really powerful microscrub that won’t damage your skin, this one ($$) and this one ($) are my favorites.

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ANTI-ACNE LED LIGHTS

  • Since LED lights have been used on skin (blue lights for anti-acne and red lights for anti-aging) for over a decade now, there have been enough studies done that show they really do work. Earlier this year I created tutorials on blue-light handhelds and red-light handhelds, and now I’m excited to share my latest discovery, LED masks! So you don’t have to hold something up to your skin. I’ve had both kind of facials, one where the facialist placed a red light mask over my face and left the room for 20 minutes and another where she traced a red light handheld all over my skin for twenty minutes. Both times I left with amazing results!
  • I used this anti-acne light therapy mask ($29.99) on Rachel above because it’s affordable (comes with a 30-use cartridge) and I love there’s a slit for your eyes to stay open and stay connected on your phone the whole time! If acne isn’t an issue for you but you want to fight fine lines and wrinkles, try the anti-aging light therapy mask ($29.99). This one doesn’t have the eye slit so that you can use that time to disconnect from the world instead.
  • Either with a handheld LED device or a mask, trace it over skin or wear it until they automatically shut off.
  • I’ve used my anti-acne mask nightly for 30 days to give it a fair chance and my skin started clearing up after 3 days! I feel like it really calmed everything down so much. Now I wear it every other night or so but it’s up to you!
  • Before you ask about the lips sticker above, I put it there (it came with lots of fun stickers to decorate it with) but you don’t have to!

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BEAUTY POWDER

  • Remember our series with Dr. Jessica Wu about how much what we eat affects our skin, hair and nails? It’s half of the battle! But unfortunately I have the taste buds of a six year old (don’t ask!) and don’t like a lot of vegetables and can always taste them when I try to disguise them in juices! So beauty powders are a must for me and have come a long way.
  • This iconic one ($$$) shown above is my personal favorite because it has peptides, collagen, hyaluronic acid and lipids in it that are proven to make hair shinier, nails stronger and skin more hydrated. I noticed a difference in my skin in three weeks when people started complimenting me how glowy it was. This is a more budget-friendly option ($) but I can’t vouch for the results (let me know if you try it and see a difference).
  • I mix the powder with 4-8 ounces of Whole 5 Puree anti-oxidant juice but you can use whichever is your favorite.
  • I drink a glass daily and actually look forward to it!

STROBING 101

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

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

You might have noticed that the beauty world has become obsessed with Strobing! It’s hot right now, even though it’s actually been around for ages. Basically strobing is just highlighting areas that you want the light to hit and reflect off of, bringing those features forward and stealing all of the attention. Typically we pair highlighting with contouring (revisit my Highlight & Contour Tutorial for more) but it’s quite beautiful on its own. Especially in the Summer months when we let our skin glow and come alive. So let’s take a moment to walk through how I like to do it!

TOOLS:

STEPS:

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Using your finger with a cream/fluid or directly from the stick, swipe it:

  1. just along the top of your cheekbones,
  2. above your browbones (the brow frames the eye, so it’s a great place to draw attention to),
  3. down the center of the nose in a straight line (this just reinforces that your nose isn’t flat and protrudes away from your face like your cheekbones and browbones do),
  4. just above your cupid’s bow (this adds dimension to make your upper lip look like it is slightly fuller and protrudes more),
  5. just below your bottom lip (your bringing the area that is receding in between your bottom lip and your chin forward).

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Then blend and buff it in with the brush or the sponge! And tag us on Instagram or comment below with your favorite strobing products!

GET READY FOR SUMMER!

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

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

Summer is upon us and I don’t know about you, but my body could use a little color! I’ve always been green with envy of my friends whose skin is as fair as snow and my other friends who have gorgeous dark or caramel-y skin. I on the other hand, fall somewhere in the middle. My skin tans, but I don’t want it to because it’s aging and I don’t have time to lay out anyway. But I need all of the help I can get in a bikini and personally feel more comfortable in shorts if I’m a little tanner (and in my mind, it helps hide my cellulite too!). So these are my favorites in three categories: Gradual Tanners, Instant Tanners and Self Tanners.

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GRADUAL TAN: This option is my personal preference because I find it looks the most real. But it takes at least a few days and looks the best after a week of daily application, so this option needs time. If you have it, it’s also great because I don’t find it streaks like self-tanners and instant tanners can. And it doesn’t leave you with a funky smell like some self tanners can. Our favorites are:

INSTANT TAN: I use this option on my clients to give them an instant tan or glow for the red carpet or magazine covers. I personally use it when I go out in a mini skirt and want my legs to feel sexy. I use the waterproof one when I’m at a pool party. These are our favorites:

SELF TAN: Self tanners are for the dedicated and devoted. I am not one of them because I’m lazy about prepping and have found gradual tanners work better with my personality type. But these are the ones that I’ve find score the highest in my testing criteria (not orange-y, not too stinky, not streaky):

  • Kate Somerville Tanning Towlettes — I love these because they’re really easy to use and you can control the evenness because it’s so thin in consistency and conveniently on a towlette that you literally only have to wipe all over. Genius.
  • Kiehl’s Since 1951 Self-Tanning Lotion For Face and Body — This one is awesome because it absorbs quickly, smells nice, can also be used on the face and isn’t greasy.
  • Clarins Self Tanning Milk — This is an all-time favorite and a bestseller because it is milk-like in consistency so it applies evenly. It’s also hydrating and has SPF 6 in case you’re wearing it outdoors. I’ve personally never applied it to my face but I have some friends who do and love it.

 

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.