Four Favorites: Makeup Wipes
Makeup removing wipes can be a fast and effective way to clean your face. Great for travel, gym bag or just laziness – these wipes remove dirt, oil and makeup in a few swipes.
We have all been there… Too tired/lazy/champagne-induced to wash our face before bed. The nighttime hours are when your skin does the majority of it’s repair work. If you sleep with your makeup on, your skin can’t breathe and you will be missing out on allowing it to benefit from that crucial beauty sleep.
Makeup wipes cleanse, tone and moisturize in seconds. Just make sure you are using them properly. Instead of quickly rubbing the towelette all over the face – let the wipe soak on the face for a couple seconds. This allows the formula to start breaking-down makeup and impurities. Concentrate particularly on the eye area to avoid too much rubbing later. Gently rub the wipe, back and forth on the face. It will do the job of taking the makeup off for you.
A good facial wipe should have just the right amount of saturation – not too wet or too dry. It should also leave the skin feeling clean, fresh, soft and hydrated.
Here are my current four favorites:
Bioderma ~ Crealine H20 Wipes: around $18.00 (purchased in Paris..sorry)
*** Great for sensitive skin and eye area – these never make the eyes sting and take off everything with ease while toning the skin.
Josie Maran ~ Bear Naked Wipes: $12.00
*** Super hydrating and smell delicious.
MAC ~ Wipes: $20.00
*** These are amazing at taking everything off your face – however, I always wash my face after as the formula is a bit strong.
Aveeno ~ Ultra-Calming Makeup Removing Wipes: $6.99
*** The perfect wipe. Soothing, no stinging, face feels clean and fresh. Cost-Effective.
Tried & Tested: They’re Real! Benefit Mascara
Currently loving, Benefit’s new mascara, They’re Real!
Although the formula is nice, wet and smudge-proof, the reverence goes to the brush. This amazing rubber brush coats each lash beautifully, however, the tip of the brush is where the real magic happens.
Similiar to Givenchy Phenomen’eyes mascara, the round sphere of bristles at the top of the brush adds precision and definition. Every lash, even the tiniest hairs are coated, lengthened and plumped.
The formula and rubberized brush is similar to Cover Girl’s Lash Blast mascara, but the technology of Benefit’s brush is in a league of it’s own.
TIP: When the mascara bottle has dried-up, separate the brush and clean it. Dip it into your favorite formula or drugstore mascara.
SALE ALERT: Vince – Waxed Cotton Trenchcoat
A trenchcoat can be worn all-year-round and never go out of style. Popular for centuries, this classic coat continues to evolve in both style and design.
This Waxed Cotton Trenchcoat by Vince is simple and clean. Typical in trenchcoat design, the cuff straps on the raglan sleeves add detail as well as protection from wind and rain. The double-breasted silhouette remains classic as well as the belt that cinches at the waist. This trench is made of waxed cotton that will ensure durability on cold and wet days.
Saks Fifth Avenue online sale is compiled of fantastic spring and summer items. This Vince Trenchcoat is on sale for $197.99 from $495.00. Get it while it lasts!
Simple Sponge: Konjac Sponge
Konjac is a natural food source that has been used in Japanese cuisine for over 1500 years. Ninety seven percent of Konjac is water and three percent is a dietary fiber. Rich in vitamins and minerals, the Japanese have been using Konjac sponges as beauty treatments for centuries.
The unique net like structure of the Konjac sponge, gently massages and stimulates blood flow and new growth of skin cells. A naturally moisture-rich plant fibre in the sponge balances the acidity of the skin and leaves it extremely clean and refreshed with no need for additional cleansers or soap.
Available in diferent ranges, according to skin type, the Konjac sponge can be infused with clays and charcoal for added benefits. Pink clay has been used for tired, devitalized skin, green clay for normal to oily skin and red clay for dry and sensitive skin. Also, available in bamboo charcoal for very oily or acne-prone skin.
To use, gently massage sponge over the face and body in a circular motion. A cleansing solution can be added, but is not necessary. If added, the smallest amount is needed as the sponge will create an immense lather. Splash with warm water to reveal squeaky clean and refreshed skin.
Each sponge lasts for around one to three months and can be found at any health-food stores. Can be used on the most delicate, sensitive skin and is even recommended for newborn babies. The Konjac sponge is simple yet effective and works on every skintype.
Weekend Ensemble: Adidas by Stella McCartney
This Father’s Day Weekend, golf is on the menu.
In 2004, Stella McCartney launched a joint-venture with Adidas. The line of sports performance-wear is uber-stylish, comfortable and my pick for sports attire.
This black polo dress from Adidas by Stella McCartney is my go-to outfit. Simple and easy, this dress can be worn on any golf course. Long enough for strict courses but stylish enough for any occasion. The Vauhti Golf Shoe is classic and clean. With a removable kiltie, this shoe feels like a sneaker but performs like a golf-shoe. Of course one must accessorize any outfit. Paired with a matching sun visor and retro golf glove, I am ready to hit the greens. FORE!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Energy-Boosting Moisturizer: Origins VitaZing SPF 15
Origins VitaZing SPF 15 is a tint-release lotion that adapts to all skintones. With it’s vitamin-rich Mangosteen energy-complex, a natural anti-oxidant, this moisturizer provides a bright, vibrant, even complexion.
VitaZing empties from the tube a white color with tiny spheres filled with pigment. The texture and feel of this product is similar to that of a tinted moisturizer.
As massaged into the skin, these particles magically adapt to the skin and provide a soft, glowing coverage. The skin is instantly illuminated and feels fresh and healthy.
These products are great in the summertime. It’s multi-tasking abilities, hydrate, energize, protect and cover, simplify any makeup routine.