For all of my US readers and friends, I hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving and are enjoying the long weekend with family and loved ones! In case you all need to take a break mid-Thanksgiving feast or need some shopping inspiration, here’s a beauty post just in time for the fall and winter seasons 🙂
This week, I’m rounding up all of my favorite exfoliators that truly deliver and sharing why each one has been a consistent winner in my book. As someone who suffers from combination skin, finding a good exfoliator is rather difficult. A product that won’t exacerbate dryness while effectively fighting acne and skin congestion is a godsend, if not a holy grail. Over time, I have tested countless masks that promise the same amazing results, yet time and time again, many fall short – except for these five amazing products.
This season, I had the pleasure of joining Maybelline at NYFW SS17 for backstage access and fashion week festivities, and if you’ve been following along my posts every day this week, you already know it was a truly amazing experience. What I loved about Maybelline’s approach was that with every look created, the emphasis was always on pure and weightless skin, my ultimate goal when it comes to skincare and beauty regimens. Further proof: gone are the days of heavy and dramatic makeup – every show I attended celebrated the beautiful skin, no-makeup effect (now all the rage in the beauty world), adding only subtle pops of color in the cheeks and lips. It was fascinating to see these artists work, their visions come to life, and get a sneak peek at some of the exciting new products Maybelline will be launching in the coming months.
On the morning of the second to last day of NYFW, I made my way to the Naeem Khan show to shoot backstage for Maybelline one last time this season. Perhaps it was because fashion week was drawing to an end or maybe it was just the eager anticipation of the exquisite show about to unfold, but the ambiance was so much livelier than other backstage areas I had experienced previously. All of the models were joking around, makeup artists made friendly conversation, and the entire area was abuzz with excitement. But in the midst of all of this, Maybelline makeup artist Gato was busy at work creating the perfect look to focus and center our attentions. This final look I’m sharing with you all is a timeless one, embodying an elegant, serene beauty, and certainly one of my favorites to date. Inspired by the 70’s but modernized for a light and neutral touch, this Maybelline look hit it out of the park yet again.
Marissa Webb is one of those designers that inspire instant edginess with class – the ideal brand for the it girl who can rock a pink pants-suit and strut like she owns the office. Maybelline makeup artist Gato translated this aesthetic perfectly by creating a glamorous yet easy enough look to apply everyday. By keeping skin luminous while playing up the eyes, he created a universally flattering look for women of all skin tones and ethnicities. Read on for all the details on how to recreate this feminine, cool girl look!
Last Saturday, I made my way to the Standard Hotel’s chic High Line Room in the Meatpacking District for Eitenne Deroeux’s Spring Summer 2017 Presentation. An exception to the norm, this French designer is one that embraces the concept of athleisure, and his debut this NYFW was all about elevated atheltic and daywear. In line with the designer’s modern and clean vision, Maybelline’s makeup artist Carole Colombani created a fresh and nude look to draw attention to the clothes and ignite an uninhibited feeling of freedom and liberation. I always find that Carole has such a unique vision for the makeup looks she creates for each show or presentation, and she’s just genuinely one of the sweetest people I’ve ever had the pleasure of speaking with backstage (it can get high-strung in that cramped space!). Most of all, this was not only the simplest, but also the most refreshing makeup look I saw at NYFW, a welcome change compared to the hectic makeup-laden scene at other backstage areas.
The Reem Acra name alone evokes a sense of luxury and romance, and leave it to Maybelline makeup artist Carole Colombani to create an equally romantic and befitting look to perfectly complement the designer’s Spring/ Summer 2017 collection. Carole has to be one of my favorite makeup artists because of the unique vision she creates for each designer with whom she works. Further, I love that she is so aware of the makeup trends in not just the Americas or Europe, but Asia as well. The best part about the look for this show? Bitten lips that are all the rage in Korea right now! When I mentioned that I’m Korean, we instantly connected over our appreciation for this unique effect. Let’s just say – lips that look bitten, I’m absolutely smitten! (Can you give a girl props for trying?)
Most of the beauty industry is focused primarily on topical products that are absorbed into our skin and their efficacy often limited or not easily visible to our eyes. I fall prey to this as well – my vanity alone is stocked with three entire rows of skin care tubes and jars and even more stashed away in the drawers. The true life of a beauty junkie. It doesn’t mean those products won’t work – they absolutely do such as my favorites the Shiseido WrinkleResist24 Eye Cream or the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, but usually slowly and only if used over a prolonged period of time. Now what if I told you there are items that can expedite and enhance all of these products?
This is the new frontier in the beauty industry: high tech skin care devices. For a market inundated with new product launches and exotic formulations promising yet another miracle, these tools that can enhance your natural beauty and increase effectiveness of any product six-fold versus using ten different creams are a godsend. By using micro-current, nano-current, and ultrasound technology, these devices can now unlock the true potential of our beloved skin care products and combat issues such as acne and aging by working in conjunction with our own body chemistry and electricity. We’ve already embraced the future when it comes to technology in our work lives or for entertainment – now it’s time to embrace it in our beauty routines.