13 Best of 2013

I know it’s been quite a while since last my last post here on OBbeauty, but hey at least I’m back, and I’m back for good. To kick off 2014, I thought I’d share my top 13 beauty products of 2013 with you guys! Some of these are new, some are old goodies but all have been absolute essentials to my beauty routine this past year.

Maybelline The Falsies Mascara1. Maybelline The Falsies Mascara in Waterproof – This is hands down the best mascara I have ever tried. It’s long lasting and waterproof, which means it holds a lash curl like nobody’s business. Additionally, it provides just the right combination of length, volume and separation to make your lashes  look twice their size. Although the formula is a little wet at first, after a few days of use it thickens up and is easier to both apply and plump the lashes up.

Benefit Watts Up2. Benefit Watt’s Up - To be honest, at first I wasn’t sure if I would like this product. It has impractical, bulky packaging, and cream products have the tendency to fade on me, however this highlighter came out on top once I had acquired the right method of application. The trick with Watt’s Up is to use your finger to apply a very small, sheer amount on the high points of the face: cheekbones, browbone, cupid’s bow etc, creating a beautiful luminosity. Using a brush or putting the bullet directly onto the skin leaves your face looking too sheeny and oily, however controlled application imparts quite a natural glow. The champagne color is neither too pink or gold, perfect for everyday.

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3. NARS Laguna Bronzer - This is one of the most hyped products in the beauty bubble, yet deserves every bit of praise. I always thought Laguna would be much too light for me, however I got talked into purchasing it at Nars’ infamous Bleeker St. store, and ever since I haven’t been able to put it down. People always categorize bronzers into “contour” and “bronze up” shades, however this one manages to fit into both. It has a slight shimmer, making it perfect to create a bronzed, tan effect for the summer, or paler days in the dead of winter, however the shimmer is subtle enough to make it a very natural contour. The shade is also perfection, as it’s neither too orange or too red, like Casino can be.

4. Tarte Blush in Exposed - As you can see, this one has been so loved it’s near death. This was in fact the very first blush I ever purchased, and despite short-lived love affairs with various other blushes along the way, I still find myself going back to Exposed time and time again. Whenever I travel I have to throw it in my bag too – it just goes with everything. The plummy tone really imitates my natural flush, and is perfect to accompany bold lippies in the fall and winter. The only con about this blush is that its super soft, and the moment I hit pan it broke into several large pieces. I can assure you I was not amused.

Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder 6. Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder - Travel friendly, sheer, mattifying, and not messy in the least bit. A light dusting of this powder all over the T-zone and under the eyes and your makeup is fortified from sweat, oil and that general disappearing act makeup tends to perform by the end of the day. This was especially essential during the intolerably hot summer I endured in New York City this past year, in addition to those fall days when I would rather carefully select which parts of my face would exude glow than just all over.  Although I equally love my MUFE HD Powder and my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (review coming soon), this takes the cake as most compact and easy to slip into the purse.

13 Best of 2013 eye swatch7. MAC Eyeshadow Quad - Okay, so this is sort of cheating, but MAC eyeshadows have seriously dominated my 2013 eye looks and I couldn’t choose just one to sum up the entire year! These four have definitely been my most worn shades: All That Glitters (upper left), Ricepaper (upper right), Woodwinked (lower left), and Soba (lower right). All That Glitters is a pinky golden shade that is absolutely stellar all over the lid when I have a tan – other seasons it pulls pink to the extreme that I look a bit sickly. Definitely was my go-to shade this summer! Ricepaper is a sheer champagne with a yellow undertone, perfect for either a subtle highlight or for an all-over lid color. I love Ricepaper for a casual everyday look as it has a definitely sheen, but isn’t shimmery at all, and contrasts great with sharp black eyeliner. Woodwinked is a shimmery golden bronze that almost changes color in different lighting. In the top picture, it appears as a darkened copper, however in different lighting in the other picture, it is a light golden shade. Because of this quality, it makes a perfect one-shade eye look! Finally is Soba, a camel brown with gold shimmer running through it ideal for darkening the corner of the eye or sweeping under the lower lashline for additional definition.

L'Oreal Infallible Eyeshadow in 999 Eternal Black 8. L’Oreal Infallible 24-HR Eye Shadow in Eternal Black - This fantastic black shadow was my go-to smoky eye product for 2013 for sure. I already knew I loved these shadows with previous ventures in other colors (review here), but this pigmented black has just the right amount of drama and versatility that has made it a 2013 standout. It’s brilliant silver glitter particles makes it pop when patted on top of the lid, while it can be smudged out to achieve a lived-in, smoky effect for a night out.

9. Stila Stay-All-Day Waterproof Eyeliner - This favorite isn’t pictured here because I actually have to run out and grab a new one, but it has been a holy grail eyeliner of mine since high school. I’ve tried a myriad of liquid liners, but none of them are as pigmented, long-lasting, and easy to use as this one. For more info, my full review can be found here

Bobbi Brown Corrector Light Bisque10. Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque - Yet another holy grail product. This pinky-peach toned corrector counteracts blue undereye circles and give tired eyes a lift in the morning. Layered under concealer, I can completely eliminate all the discoloration and fatigue under my eyes. The product is best applied with fingers as the natural heat from your finger will warm up the product, allowing it to blend seamlessly into your skin. I have loved this corrector for years, and this is in fact my third pot of it!

 

13 Best of 2013 lip swatch11. NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl (left) - After purchasing this magenta infused red this summer, I have sworn off all other reds and haven’t looked back. This pencil is a breeze to apply and while it’s finish is quite matte, it isn’t drying on the lips and lasts for ages. Additionally, it’s blue undertones whiten your teeth and juxtaposes nicely with my yellow skin.

12. Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon (middle) - This shade was the most surprising favorite of the past year. My own mother actually picked out this color for me, as she was sick of me sporting bright lips all the time, and I’ve found it to suit my skintone perfectly. It has a slight bit of shimmer running through it, as obvious in the swatch above, but looks incredibly natural on the lips. Just one mirror-less swipe of this twistable crayon instantly livens my face, especially in the winter when my lips seem to lose the little pigment they have at all. I would recommend these chubby sticks to anyone without a doubt, the shade range is great and they are moisturizing enough to not need an extra balm before!

13. MAC Lipstick in Crosswires (right) - Crosswires is a cremesheen formula with a shade that’s a step up from a my-lips-but-better. The color is perfect: a lively coral-pink but not bright enough to attract too much attention. It brightens my face and adds needed pigmentation to my lips in a subtle, polished way. Even better, the cremesheen formula is long-wearing and moisturizing on the lips, making it ideal for long work days. When I don’t feel like putting the maintenance into a bold lip but still want to look put together, Crosswires has my back.

Hope you enjoyed my 2013 favorites! What were your most used products from last year?

How to: Gel Eyeliner Cat-Eye

how to gel eyeliner 1If you know me in person or have previously read my blog, you may know I’m a sucker for a great cat-eye. Not only are simple black flicks remarkably good at reminding people that yes asians do have eyes, but are also a simple way to sex up a plain, barely-there makeup face. Paired with either a neutral shadow and lip or a bold smoky eye and red hot lip, cat-eyes are versatile and timeless – a style every girl should be able to whip out of their back pocket.

For you beauty newbies who are intimidated by the infamous cat-eye, I’ve broken down the process into 4 steps using gel eyeliner.  Although I prefer liquid eyeliner, specifically Stila’s Stay-All-Day Waterproof Liquid Liner, it can be a bit tricky to use for first-timers, and definitely requires practice. Gel eyeliner, however, is super easy to use as a fine tipped brush allows for both control and precision when applying. My brush of choice is a small angled synthetic brush, such as the Sigma Small Angle E65 shown above. Classic pointed eyeliner brushes work too, however I find angled ones apply the line thicker and more quickly in addition to simplifying the creation of the flick! My staple gel liner is MAC’s trusty Fluidline in Blacktrack – it’s richly pigmented, doesn’t dry out (I’ve had mine for years) and has a smooth creamy texture that glides onto the lid.

*note that these steps are designated for after eyeshadow completion!

how to gel eyeliner 2Step 1: Start by creating a base line. Drag your brush from the inner corner of your eye towards the outer corner in a straight line. It’s okay if the line doesn’t hug your lashline near the outer corner – the overall finished line should be thinner near the inner corner and thicker near the outer corner. The bottom of the line can be jagged (we’ll fill this in later) but be sure to make the top of the line as smooth as possible.

how to gel eyeliner 3Step 2: Draw the flick! Extend a line from your lower lashline towards the end of your brow. The line should be angled as if it is a continuation of the lower lash line. Making sure the two “flicks” are at the same angle on both eyes can be tricky, so be sure to keep cotton swabs close by in case you have to adjust the flick or redo it completely.

how to gel eyeliner 4Step 3: Connect the line you drew across the lid to the flick! This can be accomplished easily with the angled brush by positioning the sharp angled tip of the bristles at the edge of the flick and sliding it towards line #1. Make sure the transition is smooth and smudge-free and try to keep the overall curve of the eyeliner as close to the natural curve of your eye as possible.

Step 4: Fill in the small gap between your horizontal line and your lashline. One of the most important parts of wearing eyeliner is to keep it close to the lashes! Finish with mascara and your eye is complete!

Now you are ready to rock your cat-eye look! This type of eyeliner is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a classic Olivia look. I love wearing it with neutral eyeshadow so the crispness of the black is accentuated. How do you like to wear gel eyeliner?

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: A Review

NARS concealer 1This product has experienced a lot of hype in the beauty community, from blogs to youtube to word of mouth. I was pretty hesitant to try it; I desperately wanted to but was faced with the reality that I was quite content with the amazing Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer - did I really need another concealer. Yes. Oh yes. After two of my suitemates brought this puppy home and let me play with it, I couldn’t help but scurry down to the Meatpacking Sephora and pick one up for myself.

The packaging is a bit unusual for a concealer: it is basically in a lip gloss tube, complete with a doe foot applicator. I’m slightly worried that by the time I get to the end of this product, there will be some at the bottom of the tube I won’t be able to get out, but since you only need a teeny amount at a time, it’s not a major concern at the moment. Like a true NARS product, the packaging is classy and simple, with their trademark black texture incorporated onto the top of the tube. I quite like the sleek and travel-friendly container, and it’s easy to find in a makeup bag.

I decided to go with the shade Ginger, which is described as having a “golden undertone for medium complexions.” It matches my face perfectly, and though it’s a bit dark for under my eyes, in combination with my Bobbi Brown Corrector (which is a bit light for me), it works out perfectly.

To apply, I dot the product onto my brow bones, a couple dots under the eyes, around the mouth and on any blemishes. I then blend with my ring finger under my eyes, and with a brush on the rest of the face. It’s liquidy texture is a dream to blend, especially because of its high pigmentation. The finish it produces on the skin is definitely “radiant” and glowy yet still natural. I find that it creases a small amount under the eyes, but when set with a powder, lasts the whole day!

This concealer can be found at Sephora or any NARS stores or counters for $28, pretty standard for a higher end product. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a long lasting concealer, and I mean anyone. The product comes in 10 shades, ranging from ivory to a deep ebony.

What’s your favorite concealer?

Waterproof, Beach Ready Makeup

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I’m finally home! And you know what that means – it’s beach time. Since my town is located right on the beach, going there is rather low-key event, not a 6-hour-beachathon complete with coolers and chairs etc. My friends and I will stop by the beach for about 3-4 hours, then maybe go somewhere else in town to grab a bite to eat or stop at our next location sans shower. Translation? I need to look presentable going to and from the beach and waterproof makeup is a must!

Enter my waterproof must-haves. For a base I smeared on some Neutrogena Healthy Glow Sheers Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in Medium to Tan 40. This is great for a beach “foundation” as it not only provides an SPF of 30, but a thin tint to even out your skin tone without seeming like you tried to hard. Next up is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circle Concealer in Medium. While I don’t feature this product on my blog very often, I do think it’s a great concealer. Does it work miracles like Bobbi Brown or NARS? No. But it’s great to throw on before heading to the gym or to the beach, times when I feel like using an expensive product will be a waste!  For my eyes I kept the look as simple and waterproof as possible. I used the MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study across the lids and the Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in 13 (Black) to create a subtle cat eye to define the eye. With the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Pencil in OL Black in the upper waterline and L’Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara on my lashes the eyes were done! All of these products are completely waterproof and won’t budge even after swimming – in fact, the MUFE Aqua line was created specifically for synchronized swimmers.

While I prefer using powder to fill in the brows, I knew it would be gone in an instant with the sweat and salt in the air. So, I opted for a waxier formula that would really cling to my brow hairs and last longer. Reverting back to my old routine from freshman year of college, I used NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil in Charcoal and Benefit’s Instant Brow Pencil in Medium in the middle sections of the brow.

On the cheeks and lips I wanted to use a product that would stain and provide lasting color. I dug up Benefit Cha Cha Tint from the archives of my collection to add the perfectly natural coral flush. This product is tricky – if you dot it on the cheek as directed by Benefit, you’re left with three faint dots that remain no matter how hard you blend. I apply it by swiping some product onto my finger from the brush, then swirling my finger onto the cheek. The circular motion prevents the product from settling on the skin at first contact and eliminates the possibility for an uneven stain. For my lips, I apply the products right onto the lip from the brush and blend with a finger.

The finishing touch was a spritz of Urban Decay’s All Nighter Spray, which I reviewed here, and I was off to the beach! This makeup lasted me all day, even after trips into the water and to the gym!

Do you wear makeup to the beach? Let me know!

10 Tips for Clear Skin Part 2

picstitch (5)Hi guys! I’m back with part 2 of my “10 Tips for Clear Skin.” My first 5 tips can be found here, and here is my second installment:

6.  Wash your face every night with no exception: This may seem self-explanatory, but many, many women do not abide by this rule! Think about all the pollutants and bacteria your skin is exposed to throughout the course of your day – do you really want that sinking into your pores over the night?  Hell no. When you’re tired it may seem tedious to take off all your makeup and give the face a thorough washing but believe me, your skin will thank you and reciprocate by being clear and radiant!

7. Invest in quality skincare products: I know sometimes my friends (and my mother) cringe when they discover how expensive my skincare products can be, but it’s important to remember – this is your face! How you treat your face at a young age will significantly affect how you will age and look in 40 years time. You should invest just as much money in skincare as you would with makeup, clothes or accessories. Also, as always, high prices mean high quality

8. Don’t touch your face!: This also seems self-explanatory but is often overlooked. The more you touch your skin, the more breakout-producing bacteria and oils your skin is exposed to. This goes for hair too! Having oily hair touching the perimeter of your face all the time, and especially the forehead for bangs, causes breakouts as well.

9. Be patient: As a member of the Millennial generation, I want results and I want them now. But with skin and skincare products, results take time, especially for serious breakouts. It can take your skin days or even weeks to adjust to a new product or routing and begin clearing up. So if you don’t see clear skin immediately, just wait!

10. Eat healthy!!!! This is one of the most crucial tips of this post! While it is important to treat skin from the outside, it is also essential to treat it from the inside as well! Avoid overly salty or sugary foods that will make you break out and stick to healthy options like fruits and veggies. Lay off the soda and drink lots and lots of water to stay hydrated – remember it’s all about the moisture!

Following these 10 guidelines will help you detox and clarify the skin, with less breakouts and increased radiance. Of course, these tips won’t necessarily help hormonal breakouts or serious acne that requires a dermatologist or medication, but for normal, pesky zits, blackheads and pimples these tips should help – I know they do for me!

What are your best tips for clear skin?

How to Depot a MAC Eyeshadow

how to depot mac eyeshadow 1As you may (or may not) know, an individual MAC eyeshadow come in a cute little plastic container. As you also may know, MAC makes palettes that can fit 2, 4, or 15 shadows, making your shadow collection travel friendly and space efficient. While you can buy the eyeshadows in a “pan” form that easily fit into the palettes, what if you have ones in containers that you’d like to put in palettes? Easy peasy.  All you need is a MAC eyeshadow, a kitchen knife, piece of parchment paper (optional) and a flat iron.

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If you look at the front of the eyeshadow, you’ll see a small little space where the top clasps onto the bottom part. Take the knife and wedge it between there and lift up slightly. The top will just pop out with the pan inside it.

how to depot mac eyeshadow 3Turn on your flat iron as high as it can go, and place the pan & plastic on top. The parchment paper is not necessary (I’ve depotted pans without it) but is a bit of a precaution so that the plastic doesn’t melt all over your iron. Wait for about 30-60 seconds, depending on how hot your iron is.

how to depot mac eyeshadow 4You’ll know when the plastic is ready when the center most part on the bottom is soft and shiny. Then, take your knife or a pen or something and press hard into the center. The pan should pop out easily. If not, put the plastic back on the iron and check back in about 10 seconds! As you can see, the glue should have melted and some will be on the back of the pan.

how to depot mac eyeshadow 5To get the sticker off of the back of the container, put it onto the iron. After about 30 seconds, the glue should be melted, and you can remove the label with tweezers.

how to depot mac eyeshadow 6Put the label onto the back of the eyeshadow pan and voila! All done!

If you have a magnet, attach it to the back of the pan so it will stay easily in the magnetic palette. If not, no biggie, just stick a piece of double stick tape on the back!

The final result:

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How do you depot shadows? Do you prefer them in a palette or on their own in single containers?

Summer 2013 Favorites

Summer 2013 Favorites 1Hi guys, I know it’s been a solid month since my last few posts, so I thought I’d give a round up of some of the products I’ve been loving lately and throughout the summer as a whole.

First up is the YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation in B50. I previously reviewed this incredible foundation here, but have since purchased it in my summer shade. I love the radiance this liquid formula gives to the face without heavy coverage or a cakey feeling. It’s also incredibly buildable so it can be worn on a variety of occasions – sheer for everyday, heavier at night. This shade, B50 is perfect for my summer skintone! They recently added an SPF of 19 to the formula, which I actually don’t like because I wear SPF underneath it anyway, but it’s great if you don’t and want extra sun protection.

Next is Laura Mercier Pressed Setting Powder. I picked this up because things got super hot and humid in NYC about a month ago, and you couldn’t step outside without instantly becoming drenched in sweat. Sexy, right? I normally use MUFE HD Powder but it just wasn’t cutting it, I needed something more mattifying. This did just that. Although it looks white in the pan it’s actually translucent on the skin and removes all shine. I definitely won’t be using this much in the winter when my skin is dry, but for hot weather, or girls with oily skin, this is great.

Summer 2013 Favorites 2I was very lucky enough to snag this very limited edition Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in #539 Iridescent Leather from Saks in the very beginning of the summer. This was released initially in 2008 in the Dandy Lady Collection but was brought back in select Saks for a very short period of time. It features 5 gorgeous neutral shades that range from a deep rich brown to a white-gold highlight shade. These have become my default eyeshadows to use since they illuminate the eye but in a classy way – they have shimmer and a couple shades skirt on the line between shimmer and glitter, but still maintain the sophistication of Dior. I usually pack the pale pink or light gold shade all over the lid, taupe on the outer corner, dark brown beneath the lower lashline, and the center shade in the inner corner of my eyes. Gorgeous. This palette is no longer available in Saks but a few still remain on Amazon if you’d like to purchase one!

MAC crosswiresLast but not least is MAC Lipstick in Crosswires. This has easily become my “lips but better” shade and my most worn lipstick this summer. The color is perfect: a lively coral-pink but not bright enough to attract too much attention. It brightens my face and adds needed pigmentation to my lips in a subtle, polished way. Even better, the cremesheen formula is long-wearing and moisturizing on the lips, making it ideal for long work days. When I don’t feel like putting the maintenance into a bold lip but still want to look put together, Crosswires has my back.

What have been your favorites this summer?

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl: A Review

NARS velvet matte lip pencil dragon girl 1This is one of those cult classic products that you just can’t help but pay attention to, especially if you are a lip product fiend like I am. This lip crayon is smooth and velvety, like the name claims, and is way easier to apply than a lip liner, lipstick, lip lacquer etc., which makes it great for noobies or for a last minute makeup look. NARS makes these pencils in a variety of formulas: glossy, satin, and matte, however I find the matte ones the longest wearing, and the most transfer-resistant.

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Dragon Girl is a magenta-toned fuchsia-toned red (as opposed to Red Square which is more orange-red) that lasts for hours on end without drying. Yes, not even drying on my dehydrated, lip-balm addicted lips.  To apply, revert back to your coloring book days and literally draw onto your lips. The formula is creamy and smooth and glides onto the lips without tugging. I usually line my lips first then fill in the lines! Once completely filled in, your lips are all set for eating, drinking, and many many hours of red-lipped enjoyment.

 

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As you can see, the matte finish is very striking and modern, especially against dewy summer skin! (left) Sometimes I like to throw on a red gloss on top to add some extra sheen, like the YSL Sheer Candy in Cherry (right). Overall I’m completely obsessed with this product. I love how easy it is to use, and how long it lasts. I can wear this confidently out to dinner or out at night without worrying about it fading too much or looking awkward. It also removes easily with makeup remover which is a huge plus – I hate when you still have remnants of last night’s lip liner on when you wake up the next morning! Even better, because it is blue-toned, it makes your teeth look incredibly white and really brightens the face. No doubt that this product has become my go-to red lip.

Dragon Girl is available for $25 at Sephora or NARS stores/counters. It is a great price for what you get, as you don’t need top sharpen it overly frequently or reapply it. Something to note however, is that you need a jumbo sharpener to accommodate the size. I picked up a cheap Sephora brand sharpener that works great.

What is your favorite red lip?

 

10 Tips for Clear Skin Part 1

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I never realized how much stress and anxiety my skin caused me until it went completely clear. To set the record straight, I am lucky enough to never have suffered from serious acne, but I had some bouts in my teenage years when a gigantic zit would rear its head in the most undesirable place possible, like smack dab in between the brows. Cute, right? Random red bumps also had a habit of appearing randomly along my chin and sometimes cheeks that were incredibly irritating to me. It seemed like no matter what I did, my skin was never perfectly clear. Fast forward a couple years and subtract a hefty wad of cash from my wallet and I finally have achieved clear skin. Now, I know not everyone has the same skin as me, and may have serious skin issues that require medication like Acutane, but here are the first set of tips that I’ve discovered along my skincare journey.

1.       Know what type of skin you have – Knowing if you have oily skin versus dry versus combination etc. is crucial at obtaining results. It will not only determine your tactics for clearing up the skin, but also what skincare and makeup products you should use as well. For example, if you have oily skin you will want to stay away from “dewy” foundation and stick to mattifying powders and foundations. Additionally, you would want to use gel-like textured moisturizers versus heavy creams.

2.       Stay away from mineral oil! – Mineral oil is a substance used in a lot of drugstore brand skincare since it is quite inexpensive. It’s similar to petroleum jelly in that it sits on top of the skin, without penetrating deep down into the pores. As a result, it clogs your pores and cause break outs instead of providing moisture, especially with sensitive skin. Aveeno is a great brand to use if you’re not trying to break the bank because of its drugstore prices and lack of mineral oil.

3.       It’s all about the moisture – At my young age (under 25), there’s really no need for anti-aging products. But, it’s incredibly important to keep the skin moisturized at all times. This will prevent dry patches on the face and with the right products, control your natural oils if you are an oily gal.

4.       Sunscreen! – Sun protection is an aspect of skincare that most people, especially young people, tend to overlook. Why apply yet another product when you won’t be out tanning? What you may not know is that the #1 cause of aging is sun damage! Additionally, harsh sun exposure can cause your skin to go all red and bumpy (I know from personal experience), and wearing an SPF of at least 15 at all times can easily prevent this.

5.       Stick to a routine - Skin is fussier than one might imagine, and in general, it doesn’t appreciate being a little experimental hamster. Once you find a skincare routine that works for you, stick to it! Constantly changing products will only fluster your skin, leaving it confused and broken out.

That’s it for part 1 ladies, hope you learned a few things. Part 2 will be up early next week!

Moroccan Oil: A Review

moroccan oilLadies, this is the cure. The cure for soft, shiny, moisturized hair that is. This Moroccan Oil Treatment is hands down, my holy grail hair product. I dabbled in hair masks, especially the Macadamia one, which I admit I still have a secret obsession with, but got frustrated quickly because you can’t use a hair mask everyday, and it adds significant time onto your shower routine. My beloved hairdresser, Heidi, uses Moroccan Oil products in her salon and after eyeing them for weeks, I decided to pick the most basic one up: the original oil.

This oil is fantastic for everyday use – I smooth one full pump throughout the entirety of my  damp hair after every wash before I blow dry it, and let me tell you, the results are insane in the membrane. My locks have become incredibly smooth and soft thanks to this little guy, and give off a healthy, natural shine. Despite the daily heat I apply on my hair via blow dryer/flat iron, I can truly tell that it has become more healthy. The way I like to think about it, Moroccan Oil is an Estee Lauder ANR, but for the hair, repairing the damage done by hot tools or the harsh environment and repairing the hair cuticle and cells with argan oil and proteins.

This product can be a bit tricky to track down if you aren’t near a salon that carries the brand, but usually Amazon carries the line. I bought it for around $30 I believe, but I would say it’s definitely worth every penny. I also believe it will last a long time, as I have used it every day for the past two months and have barely made a dent in the bottle!

Has anyone tried the Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment? I heard that was similar and I would love to know how they compare. Hmmm perhaps that will be my next hair-care purchase….