Dewy Skin – Even in the Winter

I absolutely love dewy skin. No matter what season it is I want that natural glow. I love my skin to be youthful and have a bounce that only comes with healthy skin. Below I am going to outline my favorite products that always give me a beautiful glow, even in the winter. 


Before I get into the details I will tell you a bit about my skin. I would say that my skin is fairly normal, although I do experience dehydration all year around. When choosing masks I usually opt for the most hydrating or calming. In the winter I do experience more dryness than usual, which can sometimes make it more difficult to achieve the glow. Stay tuned for another post about some of my skin concerns that include irritation and break outs.

Let’s get glowing!

1. Prep – I always use my be all end all the Josie Maran Argan Oil (are you sick of hearing about this oil yet??) and I follow it up with Amore Pacific Future Response Age Defense Cream. It is very hydrating and smooths out my face making for a great canvas.

2. Foundation – I love Becca Aqua Luminous foundation mixed with Becca Opal Liquid Highlighter. By adding a drop or two of the liquid highlighter I can achieve an all over glow.

3. Set – I set only in the areas that are needed (mostly my under eye) with the Laura Mercier Universal Setting Powder. This goes on smooth and never leaves flash back in my photos.

4. Bronze & Highlight – I love, love, love the Profusion Bronzer from Makeup Forever. It is just the right color for all year-round bronze. It gives just the right amount of “sun kissed” to my skin. I am a huge fan of all things Anastasia Beverly Hills including her highlighter in So Hollywood. She has multiple highlighters, but this one gives me a Bronzy glow, so I tip off my bronzer with this.


This is really my everyday routine. To finish off my look, and take it up a notch, I use Sephora Collection Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, the Guerlain La Petite Noire mascara, and my current obsession from Buxom the Power Plump Lip Balm – The Big O. Last, but certainly not least, the Tatcha Dewy Skin Mist to finish the look.

These are just a few of my all time favorite products! What are some of your favorite dewy skin and glowing makeup products? Some of my favorite products have been from recommendations and I need to keep this glow glowing!


Fall & Winter Skincare – Updating Your Routine

I know this is coming a little late in the season, we may already be closer to winter than summer, but my denial that my favorite season is gone has been keeping me from finishing this post!  

It’s no secret I am a summer girl. I love the long nights, cold white wines, and of course the hot weather. In the summer my go to skin care item is always SPF. Those hot, sunny days call for protection, protection, protection. But what happens when the days become shorter and the air becomes cooler? What do I always do to transition my skin care routine by season? Keep reading!

Below I am going outline my fall/winter routine step by step and give you some insights into my favorite skin care products and brands.


1. CLEANSE – No matter the season we always need to cleanse. I will always recommend a double cleanse – using one cleanser to clean away dirt and makeup and another to cleanse your skin below. My first step in double cleansing is always an oil cleanser. I have always been obsessed with Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil. This oil cleanses deeply without drying out the skin. I know a lot of you may be nervous about using an oil cleanser because it might leave your skin feeling oily, but the Shu Uemura does not leave any residue. Use my code MINAXSHU for a discount site wide and free shipping with a $50 purchase

2. CLEANSE PT.2 – I can’t forget the tool I cannot live without – my Clarisonic. Nothing gets my skin as deeply clean as this. Use code Mina15 for a discount site wide and free shipping over $50 as well!

3. EXFOLIATE – Honestly exfoliating is necessary in any season, but for the colder months when my skin may be drier than normal I love the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate. If you haven’t tried this yet you must! Most days I am exhausted at the end of the day and I don’t want to spend too much time on my skin so I love that Exfolikate is a 2 minute exfoliator. It is made with papya, pineapple, and pumpkin enzymes which leave the skin with a beautiful glow.

4. MASK– After being out all day in a colder temperature (and lots of rain in Vancouver!) I love giving my skin something to soothe and calm. Ren’s Evercalm Ultra Comforting Resue Mask is the perfect combination of Beta-Glucan and White Mushroom Extract which both calm redness and support the skin’s natural immune system to fight winter weather irritation.

TIP: I love this on a long flight too to prevent jet lag to my skin!

5. OIL – Last but certainly not least my holy grail skin product – Josie Maran Argan Oil. No matter the season or time of day I love, love, love this product. It leaves my skin refreshed, hydrated, and glowing. Use alone or under makeup.

That’s it guys! These are the few products I either love all seasons, or add in for these cooler months. If you need me I will be looking at photos of beaches, drinking a nice cold glass of wine, and impatiently waiting for summer to come back.


Being a Tourist in My Own City – Sea to Sky Gondola

Vancouver has been my home since moving from Iran when I was 6 years old. It sees hundreds of thousands of tourists every year, so I thought I would share one of my new favorite places in this beautiful coastal city.

Sea – to – Sky Gondola

This is one of the most exciting things to do with an afternoon in Vancouver. First of all the drive up to the gondola from downtown Vancouver is beautiful on it’s own. The Sea to Sky highway travels along the water at an altitude high enough to create spectacular views of not only the water but the mountains as well. Once there you jump into a gondola big enough to fit 8 people with padded seats and floor to ceiling glass walls for maximum views.

The ride up is a total of about 10 minutes and it is breath taking. I was lucky enough to recently go on a clear, sunny day and I was completely blown away. Once you get to the top there are other things you can do like walking trails, viewing platforms, and the Sky Pilot Suspension bridge. I’m actually very scared of heights so this was a great way to overcome that. The view makes you completely forget about everything else. 


Have you ever been on the gondola? What are some of your favorite Vancouver attractions I need to check out? I want to be more of a tourist in this beautiful city and experience all of the amazing places it has to offer!

It’s hard to take a selfie when you’re being blinded by the sun lol.


What’s in my bag?

I have always loved the blogs & Youtube channels that feature a story on what’s inside their handbag. I’m constantly curious to see what your must have/go to products are. I’ve put together a quick list of my top essentials that always live in my bag- no matter what bag I carry!

Saje Pocket Pharmacy- Never leave home without this. It includes everything you could need to help you get through a tough day. I highly recommend you picking one up. My favorite one out of this is the Peppermint Halo.
Laura Mercier Vanilla Fragrance- I fell in love with their fragrances a long time ago and this is always my go to scent. I LOVE the smell of vanilla! So if you have any suggestions, please let me know 🙂
Kat Von D Compact- I love to use this for a quick touch up after a long day. Hands down one of my favorite powders on the market. Comparable to the Armani Luminous Silk compact powder.
YSL Wallet- Never go anywhere without my Wallet. I love an all black wallet and instantly fell in love with this when I saw it, so I had to get it!

Now lets move on to lips… what are my go to products?
Buxom Cosmetics Lip Balm & Plump Liner- The big O lip balm is hands down my favorite lip balm to date. It’s hydrating but adds a tint to your lips. The tone almost self adjusts to your lip tone and will look different on everyone. It’s also very cooling on the lips!!!! Lastly, the plump liner…Cannot live without this. I have them in all colors, thanks to Buxom Cosmetics. I use it to line and fill my lips. Long lasting, pigmented and comfortable to wear.

PS. One last thing that I always have in my bag. My hand lotion!! I cannot go anywhere without my hand lotion. It is a necessity. I only love the Glysomed hand cream. If you know me, you know how much and how often I use my lotion. #addictedtohandlotion

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