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My sweet husband is often entertained by my passion for hair and skin care, or as he jokingly calls it “lady stuff.” The joke being the absurdity of gender binary concepts. Anyways, his question to my last post about Oribe was what products does he need if he indeed rocks his face off with Oribe (which it does btw, and with Bumble & Bumble too). So I’ve got answers because I’m sure he’s not the only one wondering what products to use after an all-nighter, spring break partying, too much sun, not enough water type situation.

First thing first, identify the primary issue resulting from rocking your face off. Is it dry skin, dull skin, oily/breaking out skin, or irritated redness thats putting damper on your face’s aesthetic swag? Start things off by washing your face. I know this sounds like no-brainer but really, many people don’t do this regularly and wonder why their skin is aging prematurely or looking dull. An amazing everyday face wash that has won tons of awards and is not even very expensive ($22 dollars and comes with the cloths). This is Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanser. Its the bee’s knees, also has an exfoliating component, and great for every type of skin. That leads me to the next step. For each of skin concern  other than irritated skin, using a gentle exfoliant is alway a good idea. If you already use something like The Hot Cloth Cleanser and your skin is experiencing red and irritation from rocking it off too much, skip exfoliating for now and go straight to the next steps.

Exfol-ee- what??  Exfoliating is the process of removing dead skin cells; enabling skin turnover for new, healthy skin growth. Its important step to maintain healthy skin and should be incorporated in a regular skin care regiment.

Some people exfoliate hard core with a strong product 1-2 times a week. I prefer daily gently exfoliation, especially for sensitive skin. My go-to product for that is hands down Dermalogica’s Microfoliant. Its made of crushed up rice and it feels powdery and bit grainy- not the sand-like texture you will often find in harsher exfoliants. This product is neat because you pour a little bit in your hand and add a touch of water to it making it kinda pasty and gently (GENTLY) rub in small circles all around your face and then rinse. I’ve heard obsession over the Clairsonic tool (that contraption with the giant spinning brush) but it costs a zillion dollars and I think it can be too much for sensitive skin. Another nice exfoliant is Avanti’s ” Brighten-up”. It has enzymes in it that promotes cell regrowth. Its not a daily product, more like every other day depending on how dry or dull your skin is feeling. One tip- when exfoliating or washing your face, always do so very gently. Envision your skin as a piece of silk as your washing and exfoliating.

After this step, put back in your skin what has been taken out- namely moisture and suppleness. For significant dryness and skin irritation issues, go with a moisturizing mask. Most masks you’ll find on the market will do the trick so there’s no need to spend a billion dollars on a La Mer product or something similar. Pick one that doesn’t have parabens (industrial preservatives added to skin products) and is non comedogenic (meaning no oily compounds that ultimately make skin thirstier, creating acne), and products that are hypo-allergenic. When picking a mask or other skin care product look for natural ingredients like macadamia, grape seed oil and avocado. You can increase their potent power when you combine them with Cynergy TK, Phytessence Wakame or Coenzyme Q10

I could write an entire post on face masks but for now I’ll give you some product recommendations that restore moisture. There are many others that do great things like detoxing the skin, pore cleansing, firming, brightening, etc. Moisturizing masks will be most helpful for dehydrated and dull skin.

The first mask I recommend is Caudalie’s Moisturizing Cream Mask. Given my entire post written about the Caudalie line, I’m sure you’re surprised this is my first recommendation. The natural ingredients and antioxidants in it plus the lack of all those nasty substances listed above creates an amazing product. Another great moisturzing mask is made by a company called Fresh and the product is called the Rose Face Mask. It contains natural ingredients like rose water, aloe, protecting green tea, soothing cucumber extract. Rose petals actually create a natural moisturizing component that is perfect for skin reparation. Think about that fact the next time your significant other comes home with a dozen roses!! Each jar of The Rose Face Mask is infused with 50 percent pure rosewater and an average of two-and-a-half roses per jar. Wow, honey, only a dozen…my mask does way better than that 🙂

One more is Peter Thomas Roths Cucumber Gel Mask which is super gentle, hydrating, and soothing irritated skin. A good pick for after sun repair. It has a plethora of natural ingredients and  botanical extracts of cucumber, papaya, chamomile, pineapple, sugar maple, sugarcane, orange, lemon, bilberry, and aloe. Party hard and eat your fruits and veggies through your face.

Naturally following the mask, do your every day skincare  steps- toning, moisturizer. Add a serum in between toning and moisturizing if you are so inclined and feel the need for the extra hydration. My favorites are Dermalogica’s Hydrating Booster, and Caudalie’s  Vinosource S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum and their Vinexpert Radiance Serum.

Top it off with a toner and great moisturizer and your skin will forgive you for last night’s shenanigans. I’ve seen eyes rolled over the toning step but it helps my sensitive skin. As odd as it sounds, Bumble & Bumble (hair care line) has a product called Tonic Lotion that is used for your hair post shower. It has Tea Tree Oil in it and can double as a Face Toner. Easy. If you don’t already moisturize on a regular basis, smack yourself in the face (because you are anyways), then pick out one that meets your skin care needs and budget. There are quite a few amazing drug store moisturizers that are really inexpensive. Some of the best drug store brands are CeraVe, Cetaphil, Aveeno, and Neutrogena. Choose one that has an SPF in it of at least 20 for daily use. I happen to love Dermalogica’s Smoothing Cream but it doesn’t have SPF so usually I Dr. Jart’s BB cream with 20 SPF and skip foundation. Better skin care equals less makeup!

Rock your face off and then put it back on before the next day’s board meeting (or whatever it is you wanna look awake for). Your skin and wallet will thank you now in 20 years when you really don’t care about raging all night and aren’t considering dropping crazy money on botox or zillion dollar anti-aging creams.

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Hair Care Line- What’s Rockin’ My Face Off Right Now

Behold the Beauty of Oribe

As we know there is an incredible amount of great products and product lines out there. However, its  beyond difficult to pinpoint one line that just is phenomenal and diverse. I mean anyone with any type of hair need, texture, etc. could use almost every product and have a happy result. Well Oribe (pronounced Or-eh-bay) has overtaken the realm of hair products. Oribe’s dry texturizing spray is addicting; I mean we might just buy stock. Its part dry shampoo, part volumizer, part smell-good deliciousness, and a heat protectant all in one. I’ve been a long time fan of Bumble & Bumble’s Does It All spray since it does it all. Oribe’s does more. It can make hair thats dirty, flat, or unmanageable into a sexed-up , messy-hot style or refined, polished coif. You pick.

Another favorite is their…(and I can’t believe I’m saying this) Superfine Hairspray. I am NOT a hairspray person. In fact, helmet head is a severe phobia and gives me flashbacks to the early 90s and all of the waterfall bangs that shouldn’t have happened. This hairspray is a game changer. It has a light but significant hold and doesn’t create that crunchy feeling ewwwww. Since I cut 12 inches off my hair (yes, 12) I have found that with these two products from Oribe I can do just about anything with my A-line bob. Straight, wavy, messy, whatever- it can happen with these produbts. I would love to own every Oribe product that ever existed but be cautious: These babies aren’t cheap. The full size dry texturizing spray runs for $42 and most of their products price points are around $50. Being broke never looked so good!!

I suggest buying their purse size set of sprays to try out. There’s four in the set including a Hair Refresher spray (read: post bar hair), and an anti-humidity spray. They also have smaller sizes in many of their products and I bet if you’re super nice to your hairstylist (given your salon is an Oribe salon) I bet he/she will give you some samples to take home.

I hope you find your hairspiration with a lil’ Oribe!

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Skin Care Line Highlights: Caudalie

Everyone know that Spring is time to press the re-start button- out with the old in the new. This means only one thing- new skincare to try! If you aren’t already a subscriber to Birchbox, then I highly suggest you get on that train. Its $10 a month to get samples and travel sizes of the latest and greatest skincare/makeup/you name it. I’ve found quite a few new favorites simply by playing with the birchbox each month. Lately the best samples have been from a French skin care line called Caudalie.

Caudalie VinoSource Moisturizer and Body Creme

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Caudalie has quickly become one of my favorite skin care lines because each product is rich in natural ingredients and free of parabens. Caudalie epitomizes French traditions in skin care; focusing on the long term health results rather than a quick fix. Their products contain a variety of active ingredients that purge the skin from impurities. I particularly like the Vinosource line which contains nourishing ingredients such as grape water and polyphenols. It is also great for very sensitive skin.

 

The Caudalie body butter is definitely a luxury (runs about $34) but I’ve never found a product so helpful after a long day at the beach. I would pass on Caudalie’s  Beauty Elixir- basically a $50 fancy toner with a funky smell. Not that great.

However, the SOS VINOSOURCE S.O.S THIRST-QUENCHING SERUM is also pretty amazing. It moisturizes without feeling greasy and can be easily topped off with the Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet. This moisturizer is perfect for people who don’t like the feeling of a moisturizer but want the benefits. Its lightweight and fast absorbing and leaves skin feeling fresh  and hydrated. I like a heavier moisturizer at night but fine this one to be great for day time if used with a SPF product.

Lightweight Moisturizing Serum
Lightweight Moisturizing Serum
Great Day Time Moisturizer
Great Day Time Moisturizer

I’m also a fan of their lip conditioner. Its kind of the boss when it comes to chap stick and keeps lips hydrated for much longer than any other product I’ve tried. Try it out in Caudalie’s 2014 Favorites Kit. The kit contains the lip conditioner and a variety of other products that will keep your skin healthy.

Definitely on my wish list!
Definitely on my wish list!

Overall Caudalie is the bees knees when it comes to skin care. Beware though because this line is not cheap! The high prices are somewhat justifiable but I would try to use samples of the products before purchasing to be sure its the product for you. This line is wonderful for people like me who have very sensitive skin and cannot tolerate harsh perfumes or irritants in skin products. The company is also very dedicated to the environment and ethical manufacturing procedures. They do not test on animals, use any type of animal derived raw material, and donate a proceed of their profits to charitable organizations.

 

Poly-what?? Grape water…??

Here is a list and information about the active and natural ingredients Caudalie is known for.

Grape-seed Polyphenols:

Claimed to be the most powerful anti-oxidant in the plant world

Resveratrol: These come from grapevine stalks and have anti-aging properties

Viniferine: Comes from grapevine sap and proven to be
the most effective natural molecule against dark spots and aids in evening out skin tone.

I hope your skin is graced by a Caudalie product this Spring!!

Feminism & Fashion: Controversy Unraveled

Fashion and feminism, to many, are like oil and water. How does one reconcile the desire to look good with a mindset that wants women to be judged by more than simply their appearance? The tension is rooted in more than just contradictory mindsets. There are also the fashion industry facts of body policing, of white-washing the runways, of the over-sexualization of the female form. The list goes on and oN.

Miuccia Prada, head designer of (you guessed it) Prada and Miu Miu, has recently admitted to Newsweek that her commitment to feminism was almost enough to dissuade her from entering the fashion industry. She told the magazine, “I was a feminist in the ’60s and can you imagine? The worst I could have done was to be in fashion. It was the most uncomfortable position.” Only later did Miuccia realize that the fashion industry could be a space for feminist thought and action. She calls her job “an open door to any kind of field. It’s a way of investigating all the different universes: architecture, art, film.” She also rejects the notion that fashion has to make its wearer beautiful or appealing: “I always say sexy dressing is fantastic if it’s a choice … If you want to go out naked, I like it. But if you do it because you want to get a rich husband, no, I hate it.” Her style is hers alone. No one else’s.

As a feminist who is obsessed with fashion, I admire Miuccia’s words. Fashion is meant as a tool of regulation: they, the fashion elite, are going to tell you, the consumer, what to buy, how to wear it, who to be. But (and this is a big but) there is always room for subversion. Fashion can be a tool of gender play, taking on traditionally masculine or feminine clothing and flipping the expectations that go along with it upside down. It’s also an industry that is chock full of powerful women. A glance at the Editors-in-Chief of the top magazines or the head designers reveals countless ladies in positions of power. By devaluing the traditionally feminine-associated enterprise of adornment, society gets to devalue women. Again. Enough is enough, man.