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3 Exfoliators For Oily Skin

Exfoliating is one of those steps in any skincare routine that doesn’t have an exact how and when. For most of us, it’s a given that we wash our face at night, that we moisturize morning and night and that serum is one of those non-negotiable steps over the age of 30. But ask anyone how often and when to use our exfoliators, and we guarantee you’ll have everyone singing a different tune.

The thing is, exfoliating doesn’t really have any rules, other than we should all be doing it—and with the right product. There are peels, pads, serums, and scrubs out there at our disposal, but sometimes knowing which to get it half the battle. For those with oily skin, it all boils down to the right ingredients.

Those with larger pores and excess oil know that exfoliating can sometimes be the difference between having to carry blotting powder or not. Formulas that are gentle will help to slough off the dead skin while deep cleaning pores which then leads to less oil. Look for ingredients like clay, charcoal, and crushed pearls, but steer clear of scrubs with crushed fruit pits—those will only cause microscopic tears in the skin which only leads to more breakouts.

Fresh Umbrian Clay Mattifying Face Exfoliant, $33, available at Sephora; Lush Dark Angels, $12.95, available at Lush; Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder, $65, available at Tatcha

Stella McCartney Releases POP for the Millennials

Over the past week, Stella McCartney’s camp slowly revealed the faces of her new fragrance campaign. Grimes was the first to hit the stands, followed by Lourdes Leon (aka Madonna’s daughter), and then Amanda Stenberg and Kenya Kinski-Jones. The girl gang represent friendship and independence which, according to the brand, is what POP encapsulates. They also represent a diversity seldom found in beauty campaigns, one we can get behind.

According to McCartney, “POP is a spirit. It’s about capturing and celebrating that very special and exciting time when you are finding yourself and coming into your own. It’s about freedom, and starting your life away from judgments or labels”. Though the fragrance is geared for the modern millennial, with notes of sandalwood and tuberose it’s bound to be scooped up by every modern woman—period.

POP is available at Stella McCartney boutiques starting March 24 and everywhere else in July.

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5 Liquid Bronzers to Try Now

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It used to be that bronzers came in one formula only—powder.While we still love powder bronzers, the new crop of liquid ones are slowly taking over the number one spot. Previously, liquid bronzers came in gel formulas which didn’t blend well with foundation and didn’t work for every skin tone.

Now, brands are leaning towards creamy formulas that blend in under, over, or with foundations for completely natural glows. These versions are smooth and glowing, not sticky and streaky like their predecessors, and can even be worn alone on the skin.

Urban Decay Bronzing Beauty Balm, $34, available at Sephora; Benefit Cosmetics Dew The Hoola, $28, available at Sephora; Stila Aqua Glow, $32, available at Stila; Giorgio ArmaniMaestro Liquid Summer, $64, available at Nordstrom; Becca Bronzing Skin Perfector, $36, available at Sephora

This story originally ran on www.beautycon.com.

Look More Awake With 3 Key Products

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The key to looking like you faked a full nights sleep (and then some) is to start with glowing, clean skin. But, getting a natural glow to your skin everyday (especially in the dead of winter) can be harder than it seems. Piling too much makeup on dry skin can only make it look duller, and finding the right combination of products to achieve your desired affect can sometimes be more work than it’s worth.

I’ve perfected a combo of natural, easy to use products that blend together seamlessly and layer to perfection. By wearing less makeup and focusing on shimmering and illuminating products, you’ll look brighter, more awake, and glowy.

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I start with an illuminating day moisturizer. I love the Eucerin Even Brighter Day Cream because it’s thick, soaks into the skin quickly and gives a natural, non-greasy glow. Next, I apply foundation and concealer where I need it. My favorites for the winter are Le Metier de Beaute Classic Foundation and Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer. I apply both with a dense brush (that I’ll reuse in a second) and then press my fingers into my skin once I’m done. The warmth from your hands will help the foundation melt into your skin.

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I then apply a water-based liquid illuminator to the apples of my cheeks, up to the top of my cheekbones. Look for pale shades if you’re fair skinned, and darker if your skin is darker. Make sure to apply this to the high planes of your cheekbones and face (that is, the areas on your face that the sun would hit first if it was directly above you. I start with the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose, just above my temples (right where your forehead curves), and right above my cupids bow.

I used So Susan Water-Based Pure Luminizer.

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Next I apply a cream blush to the outer apples of my cheeks. I love the Stila Convertible Color in Gerbera because it’s natural while still being fresh. I apply it with a dense synthetic brush (Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush) instead of my fingers because the brush will blend it more naturally.

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Next I apply a translucent setting powder to lock everything in and prep my skin for bronzer. It’s really important to have a powder layer for any pigmented powder you apply to your skin such as blush, powder foundation, or bronzer. If you apply these directly to moist skin right after you’ve applied your foundation and concealer, it will cause the product to stick and not blend naturally. I favor the Becca Blotting Powder Perfector with a kabuki brush (Hourglass makes a great one).

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After you’ve applied setting powder, dip your fluffy brush into a bronzer. I like a matte bronzer (like M.A.C’s Matte Bronze) as it will give your skin the desired affect without making you look greasy. I start on the apples of my cheeks and apply the bronzer up and around my eye/eyebrow in a ‘C’ shape. I then drag the brush down my the bridge of my nose and along my jaw bone from my chin outwards.

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Once bronzer is done, I reapply blush, this time using a powdered blush over where the cream blush is. Adding multiple layers will give dimension to your skin, just adding to the glow factor.

I used Bodyography Oxyplex Sheer Cheek Colour in Mystique with a Mally Blush Brush.

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Lastly, I like to layer a sheer, bright lip pencil underneath a bright, creamy lipgloss. Layer will ensure that it lasts longer and will again create dimension, this time on your lips. If you have thinner lips, apply a nude lipliner slightly over your natural lip line first.

I used Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush layered underneath Lorac Haute Lipgloss.

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Even with barely any eye makeup on (I’ve just curled my lashes and applied mascara), the finished look is awake, glowing, and fresh for any time of the year. The skin looks moist, smooth, and even.

Photographed by Taylor Barringer on January 3, 2013 in Berlin, Germany. 

My Obsession With Lip Balm

[This post was originally published on Beyond The Row.com. Photos by Tiffanie Graham for Beyond The Row. Words by me.]

My obsession with lip balm started early. I’ll never forget grade school when all of my classmates would volunteer to apply Bonnie Bell Lip Smackers to my cupid’s bow—a completely foreign thing to the Midwest Scandinavians I went to school with. Literal fights broke out over who would get the honors some days.

I spent my early years in Los Angeles in the 1980s when frosted lipstick and zinc was in every woman’s handbag. Especially the women in my life, who all worked in fashion, music, or beauty; my aforementioned lips were a huge hit with them as well. They frequently put red lipstick on me, urging me to pose for the camera. Photos from that time period are littered with crimped hair, perfectly coiffed outfits, and of course, red lips.

But then, as I grew older, and my attention strayed from what normal girls desired (popularity, fitting in, and boys), my beauty routine shifted. I was into books and art, and really nerdy stuff like science projects. I wanted to blend in—something hard for someone with my looks and outgoing, opinionated personality. And so, I adapted a simpler approach to how I looked. Carmex was my staple.

After high school, I started working as a makeup artist and was forced to sport unnatural colors. Black, bruised red, bright pink, and even blue and green. I covered my face with so much makeup, I was unrecognizable to even myself. But, it was Los Angeles and it was normal amongst the crowd I hung out with where shaving your eyebrows and painting them on was normal and not wearing makeup meant you were hungover or sick.

As I grew older, my skin’s appearance becomes more important to me. My idols shifted from Gwen Stefani’s rocker look to Alexa Chung’s natural beauty. Now that I work in fashion, I’m much more interested in that holistic approach to beauty like the French fashion posse always snapped up in street style photos. Now, my number one staple is a lip balm. It’s important that my lips don’t look dry and parched, but rather healthy and soft.

At any given time, my bag is plum full of balms. My bedside table is littered with them too. They are the one thing I cannot leave my house without. If I forget my wallet, no big deal, I’ll make due, but not having something to slather on my lips every fifteen minutes puts a serious damper on my day. In fact, I’ve almost gotten rid of nearly all my lipsticks, save for a tube or two of bright, cherry red.

5 Affordable Products For Healthy, Shiny Hair

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When it comes to keeping your hair healthy and shiny, sometimes less really is more. Cutting back on the amount of product overload you do to your hair is one thing, but cutting back on the price of products is another. Some of the best choice for your strands can be found at a lower price point than their luxury counterparts. The best part? Some of your favorite affordable products are owned by the same companies that serve up double digit products.

Le Petite Marseillais Huile Elixer is a pre-shampoo oil treatment used to help repair your hair. L’Oreal’s Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Shampoo works for just about every hair type to add shine and strength to strands, while Lush’s Karma Karma Komba is a bar shampoo that helps to clarify and balance the roots. Dove recently released their Advanced Hair Series line, which boasts a dry oil conditioner that works to moisturize ends to help repair them. A French classic, Klorane’s Desert Date treatment works as a daily conditioner and a mask (if left on for 5 minutes).

These five products prove that a heft price tag isn’t needed

 

The 5 Best Makeup Remover/Cleansers

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When it comes to choosing the right skincare products, sometimes less really is more. Nowhere does this ring more true than when considering the makeup remover vs. cleanser debate. While there are miracle products out there that promise to do it all, finding an all-in-one cleanser can prove challenging, especially since many products focus on treating skin once your makeup has been removed.

Luckily there are brands out there that aim to bring skincare back to the basics with cleansers that really do do-it-all.

Korres Milk Proteins Foaming Facial Cleanser and Aveeno Positvely Radient Brightening Cleanser both foam to remove makeup (even the toughest waterproof mascara), while Lush Ultrabland and Eve Lom Cleanser use more of a balm formula to remove makeup and cleanse the skin. The iconic Bioderma is a cleansing water that not only removes makeup (which it’s most commonly used for), but it also cleanses the skin too.

 

A Rose By Any Other Name

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When it comes to Ben Gorham, founder of fragrance house Byredo, no detail is overlooked. It’s Gorham’s attention to them in fact, that has earned him a spot amongst the fragrance and fashion elite.

It’s not surprising then, that his new rose-infused fragrance would pay homage to the nurses of the front line during WW2, who are often immortalized in traditional tattoo flash and design. One look at Gorham might explain that detail. And yet, Rose of No Man’s Land takes it one step further, teaming up with model Freja Beha Erichsen and Doctors Without Borders. With notes of rose petal, spicy pink pepper, red fruit, and white amber, Rose of No Man’s Land is already promising to join the ranks of Byredo’s other wildly popular must-haves.

This post originally ran in Luelle

 

Getting Even: The Right Serum For You

[This story originally ran on Beyond The Row.com. Photographed by Tyler Joe for Beyond The Row. Art and Creative Direction by me. Words by me.]

Serums are one of those products that plague even the savviest of beauty addicts when it comes to whether or not they’re necessary. The line seems to be cleanly drawn down the middle between those for it, and those unsure about it’s importance.

Either way, there’s no denying serums’ significance. Toted as a concentrated version of the ingredients found in moisturizers, serum does everything—brighten, even, tighten, prevent, and moisturize.  Applying serum is the step after cleansing, before moisturizing when your skin can absorb the ingredients at the optimum level.

Here are 14 new serums that are breaking barriers in ingredients delivery. From a spot specific serum revered for fading acne scars, to a skin tone evening serum fit for any skin hue, these ailment specific formulas are sure to take the guesswork out of choosing the best for your skin needs.

 

 

Bottega Venetta Ties The Knot With a New Fragrance

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Leonardo da Vinci once proclaimed that “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”. Nowhere does this hold so true than at famed Italian house Bottega Veneta, where the iconic Knot clutch has long been a symbol of the brand, the ultimate in simple sophistication. This year — 13 years after the the clutch hit the shelves and just three years after their eponymous first fragrance was released — the brand once again taps the knot for inspiration with the launch of their sophomore fragrance of the same name.

Where Bottega Veneta was warm and peppery, The Knot promises to take wearers on an olfactory journey of citrusy fruits and robust florals. Limette, clementine, orange flower, and mandarin mingle against lavender, rose, Tonka beans, and  peony to give a distinctly Italian feel, reminiscent of the coasts — creative director Tomas Maier’s inspiration. The Knot is housed in a bottle reminiscent of Bottega Veneta and topped with a gold knotted cap designed to look like the basket woven leather the brand is known for.

Knot EDP by Bottega Veneta, available at Harrods.com.

[See the original story at Luelle Mag]