Beauty

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.

 

Let’s Cleanse

Let’s talk brush cleaner. I’m always looking for a great cleanser that will thoroughly clean out ALL of my brushes.  I’ve tried all sorts of cleansers and have fallen in love with one only, Cinema Secrets. If you haven’t tried that, do it now and you’ll thank me later.  I was however searching for a new solid cleanser and came across Ativo Natural Skincare . They have one of the BEST solid cleansers out there. 

Now you might already have your favorite, but I encourage you to check out their site or Instagram page to see all of the amazing products they have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this cleanser for a few great reasons;

  • They added Argan and Apricot oil….. YASS!
  • Vegan & Organic
  • Conditions my brushes– I spend a lot of $$ on my brushes and like to take care of them. 
  • VANCOUVER based brand. I am ALL about supporting local brands.

Check out their page and if you want one for yourself, use the code MINALOVE to receive $5 off their product. 

Fall Has Arrived And So Has The Bold Lip

 

Fall is officially here and while I am a die-hard summer girl, I do love changing up my makeup game for fall. One of my favorite looks for both myself and my clients, is a neutral eye and bold lip. Studies have been done into colors and lipstick, particularly red. Bold colors are said to make people feel more alert which means a bold lip is a great idea when you are speaking in front of a group of people or have a big presentation at work!

 

 

I am wearing Buxom Plump Liner in Mystery. This is my go to lipstick. It is a lip liner and lipstick all in one. Matte, long wearing, and comfortable on my lips. They come in a variety of shades and it will be a staple for all my fall makeup looks. Tell me your favorite fall lip colors and brands in the comments below!

 

Additional product details:

  • Bare Minerals Bare Pro Foundation
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Jet Liner and Brow Wiz
  • Makeup Forever Pro Fusion
  • Fenty Beauty Highlighter Hustla Baby and Mean Money

 

 

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