Skincare Artist

The HOLY GRAIL for Dry Feet!!! (WARNING: GRAPHIC)

I seem to have this habit of completely embarrassing myself for the sake of education and entertainment. I’m not going to lie- I hate my feet. My mom has the most beautiful feet. She has never had dry, cracked heels or feet that look ashy in sandals 10 minutes after putting on foot cream. My dad on the other hand has pretty rough feet so thanks genetics! It started when I got to college. So much walking around campus in flip-flops and birkenstocks made my feet really flatten and become rougher.

I got pedicures often but it seemed a few days later my heels would be dry. Not horrible, just certainly not anything anyone would admire. This has continued the past decade and being a makeup artist and doing various retail jobs throughout the years and now as a trainer for a major skincare brand I live on my feet. I no longer have arches so heels have become impossible to wear. I live in my Paul Green boots (seriously, almost every day for the last 2.5 years).

I have done the following (if you’re reading this you probably have too):

Pedicures

Diamond files

Paint stripping sponges from Home Depot

Pumice stones

Ped-Egg

Heel Balms

Glycolic acid foot creams

Razor shavers they use at home depot

Amope Pedi Perfect 

Listen, these things work but you have to use them EVERY DAY. I don’t have time for that!!

My stepmom was excited about this thing called Baby Foot and said “I HAVE YOU SEND YOU SOME!”. I was intrigued but at the same time very skeptical. I received my packages of Baby Foot about a week and a half ago. The results are ASTONISHING. Don’t scroll down if you’re easily grossed out.

Received package:

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I took pics of the application but somehow lost them. It’s a pre-filled boot placed on your feet, best with socks over it. I wore them for an hour. Try not to walk in them, you will probably slip and fall.

Wait 3-5 days…

AHHHH

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There’s a foot.. under my foot…

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after 5 minutes of gently pulling. No pain. If it doesn’t come off easily, just wait. It will shed naturally.

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The thin skin is the hardest to remove. The tops of my feet weren’t ready when this pic was taken.

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SICK. (PSA- My feel never looked this bad before, it’s the peel thats making them look gnarly)

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3 days later… Tops of feet are peeling still. I used multiple scrubs like Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Body & Caudalie Crushed Cabernet Scrub. Neither worked 100% yet.

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Will not be shoe shopping any time soon…

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YES! BABY FEET ARE ALMOST HERE!

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Just a few more days and scrubs…

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Hello feet of my dreams !!

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If you have suffered from rough, dry feet this is an absolute MUST BUY! They are around $20 on Amazon which is less than 1 pedicure. Here’s the link to purchase: I WANT BABY FOOT! or http://amzn.to/1JF4bJs

XX MDMA

Are you REALLY getting sun protection?

#BEACH #DAYOFF

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Summer is here! Well, “summer” is always here in Los Angeles, at least for a transplant like myself. The sun/weather is the best part of living in Southern California. It’s almost always a beautiful day outside, and there’s always a reason to be outside in it! Unfortunately 80% of the signs of aging (dull skin, uneven tone, wrinkles, etc…) are caused by free-radical damage. The sun is one of the biggest free-radicals you can expose yourself to and luckily for that we have sunscreen… or do we?

Ask yourself- Where do you get your sunscreen protection from?

A. Your moisturizer

B. Your Foundation/Makeup

C. You physically put it on by itself daily

No matter which answer you chose, you aren’t getting the protection you think you are. An SPF 50 lasts on average less than 2 HOURS. That is if you are applying the standard 1/4 teaspoon amount on your face. If you aren’t (don’t worry none of us are) cut that time down dramatically. Now imagine you’re using an SPF 15, 20, or 30, and less than 1/4 teaspoon. We are talking minutes of protection. Once it’s gone it’s gone and the sun is free to do whatever it likes while we remain with our pores clogged with white tinted goop.

So what the hell are we supposed to do?! This post isn’t to make you feel bad or use scare tactics but rather an eye opener to stop the sunscreen myths. I always tell my clients, “When you’re on vacation at the beach do you just put sunscreen on in the hotel or do you take it with you to reapply?” Most always say they reapply. There isn’t a magical sunscreen that is for the face that doesn’t need to be reapplied.

Sunscreen in your moisturizer/makeup/physically applied is great. For most people it will get you to work protected from the sun on your commute. What about us Californians who can’t avoid it? What about UVA/UVB light. Office light ages you just like the sun. How are we supposed to reapply sunscreen?

Here are a few sunscreen saviors that I am totally obsessed with and so thankful for! The first three I love because they are non-aerosol and you can pour the product into travel sized spray bottles and keep one in the glove box, and one in your handbag. The others are face and body. Either way, I hope you are a little more aware of how sunscreen works and how it needs to be reapplied. Now get out there and get your tan on!

See below:

Supergoop! SPF 50 Makeup Setting Spray

Coola SPF 30 Makeup Setting Spray

Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 50 For Face/Body

Travel bottles (originally for perfume but I like them for sunscreen!)

 

Going back to the makeup thing, it’s not like you will be reapplying your foundation every hour so here are some simple sunscreen powders to carry in your touch-up bag.

Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging SPF 45 Powder

Arcona SPF 30 Translucent Mineral Sunscreen Powder  (all natural)

arconamineralsunscreen

These next two are aerosol and I like to use them mostly from the neck down although you can use on the face. Sometimes they make my eyes water.

Sun Bum Continuous Spray Sunscreen, SPF 30

Supergoop! SPF 50 Antioxidant-Infused Sunscreen Mist with Vitamin C

 

How to Shop for “The Best” Eye Cream

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when I’m in stores is asking “what is the best _______?”.

Regardless of what you’re looking for say foundation, toner, mascara, shampoo… there is no such thing as “the best”.

With makeup, a multitude of questions arise when someone asks me what the best thing is. My brain goes into “guess-who mode” as I like to call it and as I ask clients questions such as “What kind of skin do you have? How much coverage do you like? Do you want to use fingers or a brush? What kind of finish do you like?” my brain narrows down to the perfect product for them. This kind of thing can only happen when you have a brain saturated in every cosmetic brand and product the way that mine is.

Skincare is a lot more simple and you can use a similar “Guess-Who” method when trying to pinpoint what the perfect product will be for you. The problem with just asking someone is that you never know their experience. A lot of times someone will recommend the brand they work for because it’s the only one they are trained in, other times you’ll go to a store where there are a lot of brands and find someone that will recommend the last product they were trained in because it’s too much to remember for them. The point of this blog entry is to teach you to narrow down what it is you’re looking for so that you can be your own stylist, then of course read reviews or ask for help deciding between a few products.

Eye Cream is a product that people constantly buy different ones of each time because it didn’t do what they wanted. If you can learn to identify what it is you want, you can quit wasting so much money and be happy with your purchase.

Let’s talk about the different types of problems around the eyes:

1. Puffiness:

Ah, Puffiness. Those awesome little camelsack’s under our eyes. The good thing about puffiness is that it’s the easiest to fix, not to mention the cheapest! Puffiness is just fluid that accumulates under our eyes and can go away without the use of a magic wand.

Ingredients:

1. Caffeine

2. Peptides

3. Cucumber and Aloe

4. Hydrocortisone

5. Anything Cold or Cooling!

A. MAC Fast Response Eye Cream $31

This is an old’y but a good’y. Packed with caffeine and a nice velvety texture. MAC Fast Response Eye Cream is the perfect kit essential for a quick “cup of coffee for the eyes” although it lacks in the hydration and anti-aging department.

B. Clarins Eye Contour Gel $37

An affordable option for an eye cream when puffiness is ruining your morning. Claris uses wild rose to visibly depuff after just a few minutes. Provides a nice cooling effect and makeup base. Nice essential to use as needed but would recommend another eye cream with it that will provide more hydration and anti-aging.

C. Caudalie Vinexpert Eye & Lip Serum $75

This natural yet supercharged formula is one of the fastest de-puffers I’ve ever used on clients. It’s a quintessential part of my kit for red carpet makeup and can be used day & night alone or under another eye cream to not only send your bags on vacation, but eliminate deep wrinkles and dark circles as well with a blend of Vine Resveratrol, Peptides and Matrixyl.

2. Dark Circles.

There are two types of dark circles- the blue/green discs you get under your eyes from lifestyle (lack of sleep, too much computer use, etc) or the hereditary dark circles (seen a lot in darker pigmented skin such as Indian and African American).

If you have lifestyle dark circles there’s a ton of great eye creams for that. Anything that promotes blood stimulation will reduce the dark circles. The good news is that you can do some at-home remedies as well that don’t cost a thing!

If you have hereditary dark circles you’ll spend thousands of dollars and never find an eye cream that works for you. You’ll need some special treatment such as eye creams that work against excess melanin.

Key Brightening Ingredients to Shop for:

1. Niacinamide

2. Licorice

3. Vitamin C

4. Viniferine

A. Kate Somerville Cytocell Eye Cream $75:

Kate Somerville has always been one of my favorite skincare brands. Packed with peptide P-199 this concentrated treatment helps with dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness, achieving a younger, more radiant appearance result (Sephora.com).

B. Caudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream $99:

The Premier Cru eye cream from Caudalie is a great choice whether you are puffy, wrinkly or dark under the eye. This formula has different ingredients to target every sign but where it shines the most is in the brightening department. Not only does it fade lifestyle AND hereditary dark circles (using patented ingredient Viniferine clinically proven to be 62x more effective than vitamin c), it has a mineral pigment in it that gives you an instant brightening effect under the eyes. This is what I’ve been personally using and am completely obsessed with.

C. Creme De La Mer Eye Concentrate $185:

Regardless of whether or not the price is justified, the instant and long term brightening benefits of the Creme de la Mer Eye Concentrate can’t be disputed. It’s been a long time favorite of mine for dark circles and fine lines and the applicator wand feels super luxury in the morning.

3. Crow’s Feet.

Do you have wrinkles all the time around the eyes or just when you smile. People complain that they have lines when they smile… no kidding? Your skin has to go somewhere when your muscles move. Have you seen someone smile and their face doesn’t move at all? I saw a Bette Midler poster last year and she was smiling huge yet her eyes had no wrinkles around them at all and it was the scariest looking thing I’d seen in a while. I wish I had a picture of it. Hopefully it was just bad photoshop.. I digress. The point is- if you have wrinkles when you’re not smiling or expressing, an eye cream can fix that. If you want to be frozen, a temporary face tightening product or a needle filled with Botox can fix that.

This is the most complicated category to shop for, because everything is literally anti-wrinkle. If there are anti-oxidants in the product it is anti-wrinkle. What I’m going to post are not “anti-aging” eye creams, but *corrective-aging* eye creams that actually do something to take away the lines.

Key Ingredients to look for when shopping:

1. Retinol (only use these products at night)

2. Vitamin C

3. Peptides

4. Vine Resveratrol Oleyl (not to be confused with regular resveratrol)

A. Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Eye & Lip Cream $49:

Sometimes it’s not just a certain ingredient but a blend of ingredients that make a product awesome. The C15 eye cream is a great choice not only because of it’s clean bill of health ingredient list, but the fact it is 15% Vitamin C Ester from non-gmo corn vs. citrus. This little cream quickly diminishes fine lines before they become deep wrinkles and according to my friend Dena, makes her boyfriend feel uncomfortable because he’s getting too pretty. On top of the correction aspect, C15 has patented grape seed polyphenols, the strongest anti-oxidant in nature to keep 100% of wrinkles and signs of aging away. Remarkable at a remarkable price.

B. Shiseido Bio-Performance Eye Cream $60

 

My beloved steam-roller. Bio-performance eye cream is so good that it makes me wonder why some other brands even try. Nightly use of this cream eliminates years of aging with a blend of yeast, rosemary and Vitamin A. The instructions say this can be used daily and nightly, but because of the Vitamin A (retinoid) I’m going to recommend this one at night with a less intense eye cream during the day.

C. Cle de Peau Eye Contour Balm $140

The price point is shocking but when you want crows feet to go away quickly look no further than the Eye Contour Balm from Cle De Peau. The pure retinol exfoliates wrinkles away while a blend of anti-oxidants help keep them at bay.

Best Eye Creams I’ve personally used for all concerns:

1. Premier Cru Eye $99

Brightening, Firming, Preventative. Unique blend of Viniferine, Vine Resveratrol and Grape seed polyphenols which dominate in the brightening, firming and prevention categories. Recyclable, eco-conscious packaging.

2. Shiseido Future Solutions LX Eye & Lip $130

Uses Shiseido technology to identify problems and fix them. Sounds crazy but it works. This is one that is a word-of-mouth product that I have seen many clients buy continually because of how well it works. Use on eyes and lips.

3. Armani Crema Nera Eye Cream $170

This eye cream is literally so good you can feel it working, watch it working and keep it in your purse to touch up over your makeup (there’s even a little mirror on it). One of my all-time favorites.

4. Cle De Peau Eye Cream $250

Instant results + long term results = empty wallet. You feel really rich and classy putting this on (pinky in the air happens naturally during application), which might make the results seem better than they are but hey, I’m not complaining. This is the rare blend of absurdly overpriced product and beautiful, long lasting results.

What are your favorite eye creams and what kind of results have you gotten with them?