I swear the older I get, the more likely I am to wake up with red, puffy eyes. I just LOOK at a glass of wine before bed and it’s over for me. If you suffer from the same affliction, here’s how to combat this very real, very important problem. First get some Visine – a whiter eye will make you look immediately more awake. (Eliminating dark circles is pointless, if your eyes are bloodshot.) Then, tackle your undereyes with one of the following: Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Combat Red, Puffy Eyes”
I just got back from some whirlwind travel cross-country travel. Five days in Chicago, flying back to San Francisco on Saturday AM, leaving Sunday AM for New York City for 5 days, then flying directly to Michigan for a wedding Friday, before going BACK to San Francisco on Sunday. Ugh, I’m exhausted just talking about it, and honestly that part of the story is boring. The interesting part, which inspired this post, and the question you’re probably already asking, is: BUT WHAT MAKEUP DID YOU BRING? It’s the important question, after all. When you are packing for long trips, you become very aware of every single item that you pack, including your makeup bag. Makeup not only takes up a lot of space, but it can get heavy – and both those things are annoying when you’re traveling. To avoid it, take a peek inside my finely tuned makeup bag, crafted over years and years of time on the road… Continue reading “Build Your Perfect Travel Makeup Bag”
Do you ever try to put makeup on in the morning but are thwarted by pieces of dry flaky skin no matter how much you moisturize? Uh, yeah, me neither… but if you DO (not us), the buck stops here. Time to bring out the big guns and get rid of that dry skin fast (picking at it with your fingernail is not the answer). I have two secrets:
1) Scotch Tape: Sounds like crazy talk, but a little piece will spot treat, and remove a piece of stubborn dry skin immediately. No irritation to your face.
2) Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peel:- Best for when your whole face needs a pick me up. These little babies make your skin instantly smooth and flawless. Use all over your face to exfoliate and smooth in two steps. Tip: Cut each of the little pads (one each of the two steps) in half to double how long they last. Use one half, and put the other unused half back in the packet, fold the top, and seal with a binder clip to keep them fresh.
1) Summer dresses from Reformation. I could happily buy every dress they make. Mine is sold out in blue, but it does come in four other equally exciting colors. Find me on insta for more style pics: @thechampagnechic Continue reading “Five Things I Can’t Live Without Right Now”
Ever just wake up in the morning and for whatever reason your skin looks dull or flat? Like you drank too much, but you didn’t? (Or maybe you did, I don’t know what you’ve been up to!) I’ve found the short-term cure: L’Oreal’s Cell Renewal Rosy Tone Mask. I love this product because it takes only five minutes and results are immediate. You apply, leave it for 5 minutes (while you sip your coffee), then gently rub it into your skin briefly to exfoliate, before rinsing off. I like to rinse the mask off with a damp towel rather than my fingers for better exfoliation. Voila! Instantly perkier morning skin. I’m not sure about any “renewing cells”, but my skin is rosier and brighter looking, which is all I can really ask for. You can pick it up at any drugstore including Amazon and Target.
Tip: Make sure you get the “mask” and not the “cream”, they are different, but look the same.
I’m starting a new section of my blog called “Tuesday Tips”. I hope to give you simple ways to glam up your life, make your beauty routine easier or elevate your style. For my debut post, I’m highlighting something that’s always close to my heart no matter my age: RIBBONS. Not only are they so versatile, ribbons of all fabrics and colors are cheap and easy to come by (any fabric store and even Target has ribbon). So you can get saturated velvets for fall and bright cottons for spring. If I’m at a craft store, I like to buy 1-2 yards (about $1) and then cut it at home. Cut the ends on a diagonal for more polish, or leave them straight and frayed for more edge. Bonus: Ribbons also make great headbands or chokers! Continue reading “Tuesday Tip: Ribbons”
A girl can’t be expected to settle down with just one foundation! I personally need a different formula based on season, event, temperature, day of the week… why limit yourself? It’s your FACE. If my skin is super dry, the last thing I want to do is shellac a heavy layer of makeup over it. And if it’s broken out, I need more coverage. Each foundation in my repertoire is a little bit different and has a different beauty perk. No matter your skin type, coverage preference, or whether you prefer matte or dewy, I’ve got you “covered” with my favorites, reviewed here.
Before we go on: Remember to get a winter foundation and a summer foundation. You don’t want a pale foundation covering your sun-kissed skin, and the reverse is true in the winter. Nobody likes a dark foundation line on your chin.
Best for “No Makeup” Look: Chanel // Offers light coverage, but even-toned, glowing skin (almost dewy if it’s weren’t matte). The formula is velvety and soft to the touch, and feels as light on your skin. A great option for those “I just look like this” days or those who prefer low maintenance makeup but still need some coverage. My go-to in summer. Continue reading “Best Foundations for All Skin Types”