Happy Monday everyone! Lately, it seems like there are new beauty launches every other day, and to be honest, even as a beauty blogger, it’s hard to keep my head on straight sometimes. There’s a new miracle ingredient here, an amazing breakthrough in this formulation there, and the list goes on! As a result, I’ve become rather cautious when it comes to these grand marketing statements and leave it up to my own research and trials to figure out what works and doesn’t. After weeks, if not months of trying many of these items, I’ve discovered a handful of true gems. And while I’m not a fragrance expert, I just had to include two scents perfect for the summer as well. Here they are, my latest beauty loves that are tested and true!
We just crossed the threshold into June.. which means summer is officially just around the corner! And on that note, it’s imperative we talk about sunscreen, which is crucial. Sun care aids in everything from shielding against sunspots and hyperpigmentation, delaying the onset of wrinkles, protecting against painful sunburns, and most important of all, preventing skin cancer. Unfortunately this is the most common form of cancer in the United States, yet it is also the most preventable. Proper education is key, and as we head outdoors to spend more time in the sun (in fairness, sunscreen should be worn no matter what the weather), make sure to try these 6 essential sunscreens for the summer.
We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” as if the gloomy weather until recently is some type of harbinger to spring blooms and endless sunshine. It’s a pretty idea. For me (or at least for my skin), it just spells disaster. The constantly fluctuating temperature throws my combination skin into a confused tailspin (80 degrees one day and 45 degrees the next, thank you global warming). And as much I don’t like to admit it, my complexion has been utter chaos, so much so that I’ve raided my entire beauty stash in desperate hopes of trying anything and everything to soothe the onset of all your basic skin ailments. Thankfully after three weeks of experimenting, I’ve found the magic formula.
As a blogger with a heavy focus on beauty, I encounter countless pitches from brands claiming clinical performance as proof of efficacy – “98% improvements!”, “100% approval by testers!” and similar claims often bombard us. But actually explaining the science of clinical trials is something brands often sweep under the rug, because to do so means exposing how much of these claims are merely pretty packaging. And so, it was incredibly refreshing to learn about Onomie Beauty– a brand that prides itself on transparency, education, and consumer feedback. And all that hard work definitely pays off.
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.