Personal Life

Step-by Step: At Home Facials!

I just gave myself the best at home facial. I’ve been working like crazy lately and although a big part of my job is to teach people to take care of their skin, the past couple weeks I’ve been so exhausted that I fell behind. Buying a ridiculously overpriced mirror that flips to a 10x magnification, I’ve kind of been dying to see my skin up close and personal! There are so many different types of facials you can do in the comfort of your home, but tonight I wanted to focus on 2 things- blackheads and detoxing. Here’s exactly what I used tonight:

1) First I removed makeup with a cleansing oil (MAC Cleanse Off).

2) I used my Clarisonic with Dior’s Purifying Cleansing Milk to retain my skin’s moisture while battling dirt and oil.

3) To exfoliate inside my pores I used a classic- Clinique Clarifying Lotion #4 on Shishedo cotton.

4) Another classic! Biore Strips (although they really didn’t do anything impressive)

5) I spent a good 25 minutes with my extractor and cotton soaked in the Clinique Toner from before leaving my face pretty red but blackhead-free! Because I was already feeling pampered, I used this opportunity to clean up my brows!

6) I applied Dior One Essential Serum to my face, neck and decollete. One Essential is an amazing product that boosts all your other skincare while detoxifying your skin from the environmental damage we encounter on a daily basis.

7) Since I did this facial at night, I chose one of my very favorite skincare products I own- Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair. It’s a great detox that has given a noticeable improvement in my skin within the first week of using it.

8) Some nights I wash my face and use only Advanced Night Repair as it is very moisturizing, but tonight I opted for maximum moisture and followed with Creme de La Mer ‘The Moisturizing Lotion’

9) Since I have been sick all week my nose was chapped and horrible looking. I have tried everything I could think of and nothing was making a big difference until a coworker recommended pure Shea Butter from L’Occitane. I rubbed it on my nose, lips and under my eyebrows where they were red from tweezing.

10) After everything I did, I decided to take care of my hair while I was at it and used an incredible product from Phyto called ‘The Elixer’. The elixer is a once-a-week treatment that purifies your scalp (imagine a clarisonic for your scalp pores) which is often neglected by us all. I’m sleeping with the treatment on and I’ll shampoo it out in the morning.

All in all it’s pretty late in bed right now but I feel marvelous and can’t wait to see my skin in the morning!

Time for Beauty Sleep- Goodnight!

Beauty Stylist Promotion!

Ever since my start at Nordstrom at the beginning of the year I have been ridiculously happy with my job. I have always ran my freelance makeup artistry on the side no matter what career I have had but I was never truly fulfilled until I started doing makeup every day and getting paid to do so. There are several reasons why I love what I do. The fun atmosphere, the competitive nature, the feeling of being valued somewhere, the recognition, I could go on and on. The most important thing though, has always been the clients I meet on a daily basis. The ones that are travelling and stopping through and the ones that come back again and again to work with me. I have been working for what I believe to be one of the very best makeup lines in the world since the first week of February. Even though I’m in love with all of their products I still love other lines as well and always gave my clients a totally unbiased opinion of what they needed. When people ask me what my favorite makeup product is I know they are trusting me to tell them the truth and not push something at them that isn’t right or easy enough to use. This has been my philosophy since day one. My kit is full of different product lines because the simple truth is that there is no one line that is best for everyone. This philosophy has unexpectedly taken me to the next level with my career and I have now been placed in a position that I’m a bit intimidated by but that I know I will be great at. I am so happy to say that I am now a Nordstrom Beauty Stylist!

So what is a Beauty Stylist and how is it different than what I have been doing? At every Nordstrom store there are now individuals like myself that are not paid to push certain lines. Rather we are paid to be the expert across all lines and act as a personal stylist to evaluate the clients’ needs and send the proper products home with them. I pride myself on constantly maintaining a student mentality with every line we carry and  do my best to learn the pro’s and con’s of each product. If you’ve worked with me before you know how much of a skincare freak I am. Great makeup has to start with great skin. I wish I could help every woman I know to look better and feel more confident with her skin and makeup.

I officially start later this week and will be doing my best to make my business appointment based. If you or anyone you know in the St. Louis, MO area want some help in the makeup/skincare department or you’re a makeup junkie and you want to do an appointment for me to show you my current favorites and new collections feel free to contact me via text at (312-285-5907) or email me at makeupishaute@gmail.com.

This is just the next stop for me down a hopefully long and awesome road. Bring on the adventure!

xx Megan

Me and my clients turned friends Mandi and Julie.