Today we had the BEST time chatting with Julie Wright on Good Morning Washington! We talked about exciting new skincare to address under eye circles, acne, and awesome concealers to address these issue and pigmentation as well!
Please check out the show here! CLICK ME!!!
Here are the amazing products that I included:
Eye Cream/ Gel - Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Treatment - This lightweight gel is amazing at decreasing puffiness and dark circles. Make sure that you are keeping the application to the size of a grain of rice, and gently patting it on the bony area under the eye (NO CLOSER!). Microcirculation will draw the moisture where it needs to go - putting eye treatments any closer to the lower lash line can INCREASE puffiness, dark circles, and even lead to small, white deposits from the products.
Under Eye Concealer - Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer - Smooth, lightweight - this concealer really looks like SKIN - and that's what you want. You can either match your skin or go 1/2 shade lighter to brighten. Amazing Concealer has a wide range of shades - there is something for everyone!
Acne - Skin Treatments!
1. JJ Young Pore Bubble Mask - One of the coolest products I have used. You have seen technology like this in Bliss' Triple Oxygen Mask (and others like it), but this takes it to a new level with the amount of bubble, the addition of charcoal for cleansing, and the granules that smooth the skin. I love this product and can't wait to try more of their goodies!!
2.Nia Skincare Sunday Detox Mask - This peel off mud mask is amazing - I have seen similar products from K Beauty vendors - but this has the exciting addition of FRUIT EXTRACTS to add an awesome punch to the party! It's a mud mask on steroids.
3. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel - Yes, I know that I bang the drum on this one a bit much - but when you have perfection like this, why not shout it from the rooftops. I test products DAILY - I am constantly trying new products and finding gems - but I JUST CAN'T QUIT YOU, Dr. Dennis Gross. These will make your skin like new. LIKE NEW.
4. Beauty Pie Fruitzyme Fice Minute Facial - I didn't get to talk about this - and we need to talk about it - if you haven't signed up for Beauty Pie, then you are missing out. I am working on a segment to include the majesty that is Beauty Pie - but that is for another day. This is a great mask that exfoliates in multiple ways - fruit enzymes, a cocktail of acids, and physical exfoliation. An excellent tool to have in your skincare arsenal.
Concealer: The BEST concealer for acne (and tattoos, spider veins, etc) is Dermablend. You will find many who say they can conceal - but in the consumer realm - this is the holy grail (in the pro realm there are other choices, but that, is for another day). Dermablend makes it easy and accessible to conceal and KEEP THAT CONCEALER ON - why conceal if it's just going to rub off? Worry not, you are in the best hands with these concealers. I used the Quick Fix Concealer Stick - which is PERFECT for Acne.
Remember - with a breakout you want to apply with a clean brush, or disposable sponge (to keep the bacteria at bay), you can conceal the breakout - but you may seen the topography of the spots - so make sure you are hitting the zit from all angles and you can cancel out the irritation until it can heal!
Pigmentation - With pigmentation you want to make sure that you are using a product that is long wearing, possibly water resistant, and a good skin match. Decide what you are going to match - the lighter area, the deeper area - your neck - you choose. Pigment density is key here - and what that means is that you want a pigment heavy product to cover without being cakey looking. My favorite new product is the Foundation by Westmore Beauty. The Westmore family are Hollywood makeup royalty - they invented the Film Makeup department, created the first false eyelashes, I could go on and on. I was lucky enough to try this foundation (which also doubles as a concealer (hello, pigment density) and I was AMAZED. The finish is beautiful - it makes your skin look absolutely flawless. It comes with a brush as well! Check it out and let me know what you think!
I have some very cool ideas and products that I hope to be sharing with you soon - but if you have questions please ask away!
The first day of Winter is here and it's time to pamper ourselves thorough the cold winter months! Today on WJLA I discussed how to make homemade beauty treats like hair masks and face & body scrubs - which are great for everyone and perfect gifts! I will also be highlighting some great last minute gifts you can pick up for anyone left on your gift list!
DIY Beauty Ideas!
There is nothing better - and easier - than making awesome beauty treats with ingredients you have on hand - here are some great (and EASY) recipes to make fantastic beauty treats at home for yourself or to share!
Coffee Body Scrub:
It’s been tried and tested, and while it’s hard to completely eliminate cellulite, this body scrub works particularly well. The properties in coffee have been found to help diminish the look of cellulite and the added benefit of coconut oil in the recipe will keep your skin moisturized and silly smooth.
1 cup coffee grounds
1/2 cup white or brown sugar
1 cup coconut oil
Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly. After you’ve washed your body, massage the scrub into wet skin for about 60 seconds per area, where you’re targeting cellulite, then rinse with warm water. Pro Tip: Use a tub stopper in your shower while using this scrub, as you’ll need to remove it from your shower and get rid of the waste in a regular garbage can as opposed to your shower drain, which can become clogged.
We all need a good exfoliator, so why not choose one with natural properties to buff all those pesky lines and dry skin? A coffee scrub will help to eliminate dead skin while working with your body’s natural renewal process to produce new skin cells, which creates the glowing effect everyone wants.
Coffee Face Scrub:
3 tablespoons coffee grounds
1 tablespoon natural oil of your choice: Olive, grape seed, coconut, or almond
1 tablespoon brown sugar
Mix all dry ingredients, then add oil. Based on the kind of scrub consistency you want, add more or less brown sugar. Massage onto your face in gentle, circular motions, then rinse with warm water.
Read more: http://stylecaster.com/beauty/diy-scrub-coffee/#ixzz51r32Pooz
Moisturizing Hair Masks:
1 whole egg (make sure you use the yolk!)
1/2 cup Olive Oil
Directions: Blend together and massage into hair. Cover hair in a plastic cap and let work for 20 minutes. Rinse well and enjoy your silky locks.
1 cup Whole Milk
2 Tbs Honey
Directions: Blend together and massage into hair. Cover hair in a plastic cap and let work for 20 minutes. Rinse well and enjoy your silky locks.
1/2 Cup Pumpkin
2 Tbs Honey
If you still have canned pumpkin lurking in your cabinets from Thanksgiving, this might be the most beneficial way to use it up! Mix the vitamin-rich ingredient with moisturizing honey, slather it on your hair, then toss on a shower cap to keep it in place for about 15 minutes before you rinse.
Get that Summertime Glow on the Go!
I am a huge fan of sunless tanning and St. Tropez make the best products available. For a quick on the go glow I love the One Night Only line which features a body gloss and airbrush tans. I LOVE their 3-in-1 Sculpting Bronzing Powder - it is fantastic for the face and the body!
Last Minute Holiday Gifts!
Some of my favorite holiday gifts can be found at two places: Sephora and Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's for making me look like a culinary pro, and Sephora for pretty much being my retail spirit animal. I often take my private clients to Sephora so I can tailor their beauty bag with some of the best skincare and color brands available - last weekend I was perched in their Georgetown store for 2 hours with two clients, cherry picking the best of their incredible offerings!
Their gift sets are THE BEST. I frequently them pick up just so I can try new products out before I stock them in my kit or recommend them to clients. Additionally, you can use the gift sets to make amazing gift bags and baskets. Here are some of my favorites - and you can still get them in stores!!
Sephora Favorites Fragrance Sampler - 17 generous samples to find what you love the most - one gift certificate to get a FULL SIZE bottle of that fragrance. WOW. BARGAIN!!! This is LIMITED EDITION - get it now!! Available for both Men's and Women's Fragrances.
Sunday Riley - OK - you should get this set if you want amazing skin - and you should GIVE this gift set to EVERYONE. Great for men and women - this is a MUST HAVE.
This palette is not only adorable - but a fantastic value - Go get it!! These won't last!!
Here is a blush palette that will take you through the entire year - AMAZING!!
Need amazing lips and cheeks and you want it fast? Here you go. I love these!
Ok - I tried to cherry pick some amazing gifts - but if you just go to this link - they ALL have my approval as fantastic gifts - and I hope you post lots of photos of these bad boys all over your trees!!
Want to see the full show! Check it out here!!
Have a Question? Ask a Question - I am always available to help!! xxx
A HUGE thank you to WJLA, Sephora and St. Tropez for their incredible support xxx
I had an amazing time this morning on Good Morning Washington with one of my favorite people: VJ! We are able to talk about the importance of taking care of your styling tools and I wanted to share my tips (and my favorite tools and products) with you!
1. Why is important to clean your tools?
Styling tools, brushes, makeup brushes - all of these personal care tools are an investment - both in the tool and in yourself. If you make the financial investment you are clearly looking to put your best foot forward - so take the time to take care of your tools - with just a monthly clean you can add years to the life of your tools!
2. How do I clean my tools?
For blowdryers - take an old tooth brush and brush away the dust, dirt, and hair that can accumulate at the back of the dryer (air intake). If you have a dryer like mine (I own both a T3 and a DryBar Buttercup (LOVE this dryer (BUY ME HERE) you can remove the intake cover and use a soft, damp cloth to wipe away any debris.
For Flat Irons - I also use the DryBar flat irons (I have two - yes they are that good (BUY ME HERE) - you want to make sure you are taking care of the delicate iron plates and don't put anything abrasive on them. If you have residue from styling products, gently use a damp clean cloth to wipe away any dirt. If you have stubborn residue use a small cotton bud soaked in 70% alcohol to soften and remove the residue.
For Curling Irons - Use a soft, damp cloth to remove any residue - also remove any shed hairs trapped in any part of the iron. I love these two irons (I have them both and I LOVE them!) Wrap Party Iron and Three Day Bender Iron
For Straightening Brushes - If you have curly hair and you lust after flawless, blown out locks - then get ye one of these stat! I LOVE my Amika straightening brush (I bought mine HERE). These are also a snap to clean: remove any extra hair trapped in the brush and take a cotton bud soaked in alcohol to remove any dirt and residue.
Taking care of your tools is the first step towards a great hair day - products are the second step! Here are some of my favorite products!
Amika makes AMAZING products - and I am in LOVE with the following:
1. Silken Up Dry Conditioner - A curly girls' best friend
2. Perk Up Dry Shampoo - A classic.
3. Bombshell Blowout Spray - This stuff is AMAZING - I used it on my dry hair and then styled (after I had let it dry) and I had incredible "Dynasty" style full blown out waves. It was epic.
Also - pro-tip - their Dry Shampoo and Conditioner spray CLEAR - if you have dark hair this is a BIG win for you. All their products smell DELICIOUS.
I also am in love with their Nourishing Mask, Heat Defense Serum, and frankly their use of Sea Buckthorn - one of my hero and favorite ingredients- makes them a winner across the board in my book. Go peruse their site and tell me what goodies you come away with!
DryBar- the majority of my hot tools are from DryBar and the reason why is that they are SUPER easy to use - which is key when you are a Makeup Artist first, and a Hair Stylist second. Truth time! I have many of their styling sprays in my kit as well as they usually bundle their tools with sprays - so they are GREAT for Holiday Gift Giving!!! Als0 - all their products smell like magic and snickerdoodle cookies - so there is that. Here are some of my favorite products:
1. Triple Sec - The classic - you spray before styling - you spray after styling - this does it all.
2. The Sheriff - If you want serious hair, you need a serious spray. This is that spray.
3. Sparkling Soda - Everyone needs a shine spray. EVERYONE. Don't fight it - just buy it.
4. The Chaser - A great smoothing and shine cream I cocktail with other products - awesome fo controlling flyaways, bandaging split ends, and just making hair look beautifully finished.
Here is the video for you to check out!
I had such a great time on Good Morning Washington this morning talking about cleaning up your beauty act! Here are the details so you can clean up your beauty act at home!
Check out the video HERE!!
1. Cosmetics - the down and dirty:
Most cosmetics have an expiration date - you just may not have noticed it! Check the bottom of the packing to see if there is a small container image with a number and an "m" next to it - the number refers to the number of months the product is good for once you open it.
If you have products that are creamy and come into contact with your hands - use it up! These products are most easily contaminated and have a higher rate of bacterial growth.
Here is a great article from Good Housekeeping to help you see what you need to get rid of!
2. Get out of the bathroom!
Start a new tradition of keeping your cosmetics and skin care OUT of the bathroom. The hot, humid environment is no friend to your precious products. Set up a vanity on the top of a chest of drawers or get yourself a proper vanity! This will allow you to get the most out of your beauty products - they will last longer, look better, and be fresher.
3. Get it Clean!
Have you ever bought a brush or a sponge and used it, and loved it, and never washed it?? NOOOOOOOOO.
We need to wash our makeup applicators on a weekly (for sponges and foundation brushes every few days) basis (I'll let you get away with twice a month, but you better wash them!!!).
To best wash your brushes do the following:
1. Rinse the bristles in warm water and use a mild baby shampoo or my favorite brush soap to lather up and loosen makeup debris.
2. Rinse the bristles until the water runs clear.
3. Gently squeeze any extra liquid from the bristles.
4. Lay flat to dry!
For Sponges - gently work the soap into the sponge and squeeze the sponge to allow the lather to lift the dirt to the surface. Rinse the sponge until the water runs clear.
Keep your brushes and sponges in a dedicated holder so that they stay clean - your makeup - and more importantly - your SKIN - will thank you!
I love to keep both my Pro Kit, and Personal Kit well organized - it helps you get your makeup done quickly and everything is in its' right place! Here are my favorite organizational products:
1. Muji - Go HERE and thank me later (seriously - email me HERE so I know what you got!!) x
2. Vueset - Go HERE for incredible organizational cases.
Let me know if you have any questions!! Email me HERE!!
I has so much fun yesterday on Good Morning Washington with Julie Wright and my handsome model Mike showing how you can quickly and easily cover tattoos, scars, birth marks, spider veins, vitiligo, and more! Check out the video here and check out Dermablend (Click the Link!) for all the products and brushes I used!!
Check out my latest segment on brightening and concealing your under eye area!
Julie Wright and Megan DeMagnus on set at Good Morning Washington
This morning we had the best time on WJLA discussing the steps to achieving a beautiful bronze sunless glow! Here is the video, the steps I outlined, and the products I used!
Please message me if you have questions! Get your glow on!
Skin Prep Steps:
24 hours prior to applying sunless tanner, exfoliate your face and body, paying special attention to rough spots like hands, wrists, ankles, knees, elbows, and feet.
I like to use a salt or sugar scrub on these areas to get them super soft. Then layer your favorite moisturizer all over so your skin is ready to take on the tanner smoothly!
For your face I recommend using a gentle exfoliator like Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads. If you have very sensitive skin - they have a version that is made for you too!
I also love Clarins Gentle Peeling Cream! Find it HERE.
My favorite Self Tanners that I featured on air today:
TANNING MITT: Buy Here!
St. Tropez Tan
1. Classic Bronzing Mousse - AMAZING - Hands Down Favorite
2. Gradual Tan In Shower Lotion - I love this stuff
3. Gradual Tan Face and Body Moisturizers
4. Luxe Body and Face Oil (Face Here)- Can we say AWESOME?
How much do I love these products! You can add the drops to your favorite treatments and moisturizers to create a customized tanning experience!! LOVE!!!!
Here is the Tan-Luxe Store - AMAZING!!
Lastly - Don't forget Super Model Body by Charlotte Tilbury! It firms, it smoothes, it glosses!
I had so much fun today on air with Eileen Whelan and my gorgeous model Anna talking about glam glittery looks for New Years' Eve! Link to video about and here is a list of the products I recommend!
Temptu Airpod System - Everything you need to get started!! temptu.com/temptu-air-starter-set.html
Pat McGrath Metalmorphosis Set - This set is incredible - get it before it sells out! http://www.sephora.com/metalmorphosis-005-kit-P414605
St. Tropez Self Tan Luxe Oil for Face and for Body - These smell amazing and give you a natural, golden glow that lasts up to ten days!! Your skin will feel like butter - AMAZING. Body Oil: http://www.sephora.com/self-tan-luxe-dry-oil-P385518?skuId=1607639&icid2=products%20grid:p385518
Face Oil: http://www.sephora.com/self-tan-luxe-facial-oil-P394689?skuId=1704105&icid2=products%20grid:p394689
SKINCARE!! The first step is the most important!!
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads - These are a MUST HAVE product - they will change the way your skin looks and feels immediately. http://www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-universal-daily-peel-P377533?skuId=1450964&icid2=products%20grid:p377533www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-universal-daily-peel-P377533?skuId=1450964&icid2=products%20grid:p377533
Twinmedix Vitamin C - perfect to prep your face before makeup! https://www.twinmedix.com/product/proessentials-c10-2/www.twinmedix.com/product/proessentials-c10-2/
Have a question? Ask me!! Email Me HERE
Check out how to avoid a root emergency with fast fixes from Good Morning Washington!! You can order Color Wow Root Cover Up at www.colorwowhair.com - HUGE Thank you to Color Wow, Good Morning Washington, and DC Refined! Happy Friday!!
I am so excited to share my contribution to Healthy Living Made Simple Magazine! Check it out to read tips on great Health and Beauty gifts for the holidays!
Click here! healthylivingmadesimple.com/practically-perfect/