As a working makeup artist, I ALWAYS begin every makeup application with two things: moisturizer and lip balm. Great makeup begins with great skincare. This is why I couldn’t have been happier to learn that Pacificacame out with a new line of 100% vegan lip balms. As far as lip balms are concerned, there usually isn’t much variety, but these new flavored balms change the game. Their new line-up is exclusive to Ulta, and includes seven lip balms: Persian Cherry, Hawaiian Banana, Bali Coconut, Cuban Mango, Rainbow Watermelon, Indian Chi, and Summer Kale, as well as a Candied Lemon & Sugar lip scrub. The fact that the collection includes a scrub made my heart smile! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had a client that really needed a good scrubbing.
Pacifica was awesome enough to send me over the collection to test out, and I have to say that I’m in love! You already know that the first one I had to try was Summer Kale – you can’t put some kale lip balm in front of me and not expect me pounce. It has a very earthy, natural scent to it that I really like, it totally brought out my inner hipster. Surprisingly though, my favorite one is the Bali Coconut; I’m usually not a huge fan of coconut fragrance, but this one is so yummy. A lot of the others have a refreshing fruity aroma, so there’s truly something for everyone. A far departure from many of the cherry cough syrup scented balms that we have become accustomed to.
Almond and jojoba oils ensure that these balms are super hydrating, and absorb right into your lips for all-day moisture. Since I use lip balm before lipstick, having a colorless formula that leaves the lips supple, while also remaining completely matte is a win for me!
I was just minding my own business while picking up a few items at Ricky’s New York City, when a random item caught my eye. Out if nowhere I saw Placenta Eye Patches in the Korean skincare section, and would have never forgiven myself had I not picked them up. I had to do it, so I purchased the $4.90 eye patch set, and went skipping out the door. Oh, how I love the Koreans so! I couldn’t help but to say to myself, “who’s placenta is this” and “are there girls out there selling their placentas for extra cash when times are rough?” I needed answers.
After doing a little gumshoe work, I learned that they aren’t human placentas. How disappointing. In my own morbid way, I wanted to see what it felt like to place the reminisce of someone’s after-birth on my fine lines. I guess I’ll never know now…pitty. These placentas come from plants. Maybe the New York City school system failed me here, but I had no clue that plants had placentas!
The package said to begin with a clean face, so I used my favorite micelle solution and a pillow puff to remove all the dirt from my face. I then placed a placenta under each eye, to let it sit for recommended 30 minutes. The patches legit felt like jello! They have a sweet, perfumey fragrance, which caused me to worry about my skin feeling irritated, but surprisingly not even a slight tingle. I will say that I felt a cool sensation underneath my eyes – that I quite enjoyed!
After the half hour was complete, I peeled the patches off, and gently tapped the remnants into my skin. Overall, the placenta patches left my under eyes feeling soft and refreshed. I’m so doing this again.
With so many new items constantly popping up on the beauty shelves, it’s really easy to feel like a complete idiot when looking at a product that you’ve never heard of. The product of the moment is micellar water/micelle solution. I honestly didn’t get this product either when I first laid eyes on it, so I did some investigating. My first question was is there a difference between micellar water and micelle solution, and the answer is hell no. What a brand calls it just depends on how bougie they want to sound, some brands even call it micellar cleanser – but it’s all the same thing.
Micellar water is a hydrating alternative to tradition makeup removers and face wipes, that uses micelles as its active ingredient. I know what you’re thinking…WTF is a micelle? Micelles are tiny oil molecules that attract and absorb dirt and oil; they are able to remove impurities from the face without drying out your skin. All you need to do is soak a cotton pad (I prefer cotton pillow squares myself), and wipe away makeup and dirt – no rinsing required. Pretty cool, right?
Not only can micellar water be used as a makeup remover, you can also use it as a daily cleanser. It’s perfect for washing your face at the gym after a sweaty workout, or anytime you want a quick refresh when your skin feels gross. I low key found another use for it while in a crunch on set – it cleaned TF out of my makeup brushes! One of favorites is byBioderma, but drug store options are available from brands such asGarnier.
One of the most seemingly strange makeup trends to surface, is mixing oil with foundation. To all the oily gals, I know this may sound gross, but trust me – it’s a thing! Several of my clients have been asking me about this, because they are seeing it everywhere as a part of makeup routines online. Instagram, You Tube, and Facebook have been swarming with countless videos of makeup enthusiasts using this tactic. Video after video show girls (and guys) with their trustee oil filled droppers, lubing up their foundation. Why would anyone do this? There are 2 good reasons why, and here they go:
The most obvious reason for implementing this makeup trick is to add some much needed moisture to parched skin. When applying foundation on dry skin, the product can build up in the patchy areas, leaving a very uneven finish. Adding oil to foundation is also a way to temporarily “plump up” fine lines for a more youthful look. The oil moisturizes the skin, and gives it a healthy glow for a smoother appearance.
While most would say that mixing oil into foundation sounds like it would clog pores and lead to breakouts, what most people don’t know is that a high percentage of foundations already contain oil. Mixing in a little oil to your cream or liquid foundation changes the texture of formula, and actually helps it spread easier. Adding 1-2 drops of oil to your base, allows you to effortlessly blend it out to achieve a skin-like finish.
Clearly this trick isn’t for everybody, but it’s worth giving a shot. Just make sure that you use a carrier oil (such as coconut oil or almond oil). One of my faves is the coconut oil by Measurable Difference.
Oily skin can be a real problem for some people; I’ve seen women walk around with face blotting tissues and powdering their skin into oblivion in order to avoid an oily face. All though oily skin is annoying, there are several simple ways to win the battle of the grease. Here are a few of my faves:
1. Mattifying primer – A really easy and effective way to stay oil free is to use a mattifying primer. You can wear it alone, or you use it as a base before you apply your makeup. If you’re super oily this is a really great option for you, because since it’s clear and can be applied on top of your makeup to absorb access oils. My favorite is Shine Killer from NYX.
2. Finishing spray – I use finishing spray on my brides and clients going to events, because it keeps your makeup looking fresh all day. The spray sets your makeup and gives your skin a lasting matte finish. My favorite is Ultra Matte from FACE atelier.
3. Mik of Magnesia – Yes you heard me right – Milk of Magnesia…the laxative! This trick is a little unorthodox but boy does it do the trick! It’s an oldie but goodie because it always has, and still does work. Before makeup companies started making all of these shine control products, Makeup Artists had to use whatever they could to keep their clients from looking greasy; and MOM was an industry staple. It has to be worn underneath makeup because it dries ashy, but once makeup it applied over it, it looks totally normal.
I was lucky enough to be chosen to do hair and makeup for an editorial with our very own 2015 Miss America, Kira Kazantsev for a feature in the NY Post. In addition to being beautiful and talented (did you see her singing and doing percussion with those red cups) she’s also smart and funny, so we had a blast together. Kira’s shoot was Thanksgiving themed so we decided to keep the makeup and hair very holiday looking. The photos turned out great, and I’ll give you the goods on what I used to create it.
I started off with my favorite foundation on the planet, FACE atelier Ultra Foundation Pro – it’s amazeballs. FACE atelier foundation sits on top of the skin so it doesn’t crease and has such a natural finish. I followed up with another product I’m obsessed with by Veil Cosmetics called Complexion Fix. It comes in pen form and color corrects dark circles beautifully. I set the skin with FACE atelier pressed powder and her complexion looked absolutely flawless.
Courtesy of the NY Post
I’ve loved Urban Decay’s Naked palette ever since inception and still own it, but ever since Maybelline made a great dupe and came out with their lovely (and economical) rendition of the palette called the Nudes, it’s been my go to. I only used shadows from the Nudes palette to create Kira’s subtle smoky eye. The one down side of this palette is that the colors do not have names like the Naked palette so I can’t tell you exactly which ones I used, but what do you want for 10 bucks.
We lined her top lid and waterline with a black eyeliner from Gorgeous cosmetics and finished off the look with a strip of falsies.
I love me some NARS multiple sticks, and couldn’t resist using Portofino on the apples of Kira’s cheeks. The coral color has a little sparkle in it so it adds color while also giving a nice glow.
I used amika Perk Up dry shampoo to absorb and excess oils and create volume at the crown. Next I sprayed amika’s Touchable Hairspray to the hair and brushed it through to distribute the product evenly. Then I used a 1” curling iron and curled all of the hair going back, strectching each curl before they cool to loosen them up. Finally I brushed through all the curls to break them up and applied a little finishing crème.