Thursday, December 27, 2018

Kick Start Your New Year’s Beauty Routine with these Game-Changing Resolutions:

Happy New Year! If you are like me, you are vowing to start the new year off with a bucket list of resolutions, determined that this year you will actually stick to them no matter what.  The new year is the perfect time to get rid of makeup and skincare products that didn’t work, cosmetics that weren’t the right color, products made your skin worse, or those that are old and dusty, or dried out.  Getting into a proper routine of skincare that works for your skin type actually improves its texture and appearance , prevents fine lines and wrinkles and repairs an uneven skin tone. If your skin looks and behaves in a healthy way you will need far fewer cosmetic products to fake a glow. There are so many products and information that it is overwhelming and it can be hard to figure which products to use, and why.  I’ve broken it down into a easy to follow list with the what’s and why’s, to get you - and me - started on the right track.  Amazing skin is just a few weeks away! 

Cleanser: it goes without saying that really removing all makeup, pollution, and products from our faces creates a better skin surface to properly absorb treatment products.  Look for a cleanser that hydrates the skin while removing makeup and pollutants, so that your skin is not stripped of it’s natural protective oils.  I like FARMACY Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm which is gentle but thorough, leaving my skin clean, hydrated, and smooth. 

Serum:  Serums are concentrated formulas that boost the efficacy of moisturizers.  Some protect with antioxidants, and some contain alpha-hydroxy or beta-hydroxy acids to refine skin’s texture.  There are formulas for day and for night, and are an essential step in prepping skin when worn under a moisturizer.  For day, I like Ole Henriksen Truth Serum with Vitamin C + Collagen which brightens and hydrates.  For night I use Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, which contains 12% AHA/BHA (alpha-hydroxy and beta-hydroxy acids) which smooth skin, leaving it more radiant. 

Vitamin C: Antioxidants like vitamin C protect skin from by helping to limit free radicals from sun, dust and pollution which damage it by breaking down the skin’s collagen leading to wrinkles and an uneven texture and tone.  I like Sunday Riley C.E.O.  C.+antiOXIDANT + Repair Moisturizer which contains an advanced form of vitamin C to repair and protect skin from environmental damage. 

Hyaluronic Acid:  Plump skin is more youthful and resilient to wrinkles and fine lines, so maintaining the moisture level of the skin is crucial.  I have been using hyaluronic-infused products for two years and I have seen a big improvement in the fullness and “bounce” of my skin.  Hyaluronic acid also contains antioxidants which protect the skin so using it is a no-brainer game-changer. Peter Thomas Roth Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream contains 30% hyaluronic acid which improves skin’s texture, firmness, and elasticity, all of which gives skin a youthful look and feel.

Treatment Masks:  Twice-weekly treatment masks can target all sorts of skin issues from dryness, to acne, rosacea, to uneven tone and texture.  Look for masks that boost hydration, clarify skin, or treat breakouts. Bonus - ten minutes with a face mask in the evening is indulgent and makes me feel pampered, and my skin absorbs serums and moisturizers beautifully overnight, resulting in amazing skin the next day.  I love Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask with beta-hydroxy acid which evens skin-tone, reduces the size of pores, and leaves a my skin with a smooth texture.  

Sunscreen: UVA and UVB rays penetrate and damage skin leaving behind discoloration and broken-down collagen, accelerating the aging process of wrinkles, and fine lines.  Using a broad-spectrum sunscreen, even on cloudy winter days, is crucial. I love NEOGEN Dermalogy Day-Light Protection Sunscreen SPF 50 which hydrates with natural extracts, and goes on more like a moisturizer than a sunscreen.  It doesn't interfere with my makeup products that I use over top of it, and it never leaves a tell-tale residue or sheen behind.

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Wishing you all a very happy, healthy, beautiful new year! Stick to your resolutions and make it your best year yet! 
                                                                 XOXO Shelley

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Sunday, December 23, 2018

Winter Escape - Warm-Weather Vacation Mode

The holidays are finally here and I’m loving every single second of it, from the decorations, to family time, to holiday parties, catching up with friends, and of course, vacation days.  But all of this celebrating can leaves us feeling more than a little stressed out and a lot less festive.  Sometimes a girl just has to get away! So of a warm-weather vacation is in the cards, get packing! Or start dreaming about that mid-winter get-away to help you though the cold months ahead. Be inspired by the new collections to plan your vacation wardrobe.

The new Resort and Spring 2019 collections will soon hit the stores, and next year’s trends are ultra feminine, featuring lots of white, statement jewelry, loose and flowing dresses, and seventies glam style swimwear.  Look for ruffled white blouses, eyelet, and white wide-leg jeans.  Boho maxis have been a staple for years now, and the new dresses are more luxurious, silky, and flowing, in deeper tones.  Look for deep oranges, gem tones, and sophisticated florals.  Swimsuits are glamorous in 2019, with seventies details like halter necks, ties, and high cut legs.  

It has been quite a year! Thank you for all your views of Face This: A Model’s Secrets! I wish you all very happy holidays and an amazing new year! 
                                                         XOXO Shelley

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Rescue The Perfect Pout: Banish Dry, Chapped Lips

Are your lips crying out for mercy from winter weather, faced heating, and wind?  No need to suffer another day of painful, cracked, dried out lips.  There are amazing products that can treat, heal, plump, and protect your lips from everything winter throws at them, so don’t wait another minute.  Start tonight and your lips will be luscious in twenty four hours, so that amazing deep berry lip color you got especially for all the holiday parties will go on like a dream.  For my lips the Holy Grail lip treatment product is Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask which I use every night at bedtime without fail.  This leave-on mask softens and plumps like nothing else thanks to hyaluronic acid,  moisturizes with minerals that leave my lips soft and supple, and smells deliciously of mixed berries.  I love it so much that I saved a small sample version from Sephora and keep it filled up to take with my in my handbag.   Bonus: it comes with a cute little spatula to scoop out just the right amount.

Exfoliating with treatments like Kopari Coconut Lip Scrub, and Too Faced Peach Lip Scrub, can help remove dead skin, revealing softer lips that are ready for hydrating products, balms, oils, and color.  Use two to three times per week and you will quickly see an improvement.  Healthy lips don’t crack or dry out as quickly, and the better condition your lips are in, the better your lip color will look, especially if you love matte lip products.  I love using the Refresh and Prep Lip Scrubber brush from Sephora with lip balms or oils, to exfoliate and slough off dead skin, and to improve circulation for a rosy pink glow  - goodby chapped lips! Just be sure to follow up with an ultra-hydrating balm after using it to lock in moisture. While on the go, I love the tinted Agave Lip Masks from Bite Beauty for a wash of color that livens up my winter complexion without having to use a strong lip color which I will probably lick off in minutes. I also like Winky Lux Matcha Lip Balm containing oils that hydrate and protect, and give me a hint of delicious matcha flavor at the same time.  

Start tonight and you won’t need to run away from the mistletoe at the holiday party! 
                                                  Hugs and kisses, Shelley XOXO

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