Sunshine, a gorgeous beach, and a nice glow to your skin. Remember when you actually had a Spring Break and you could enjoy all of that? You had one week when you could take off for tropical temps and Mai Tais while lounging on powdery, white sands. Come back to reality, darling. For now we can only sit at our desks and daydream about those days and sun rays. The good news, I’ve found a body oil that will literally help you recreate that sun-kisssed skin without having to hop on a plane to Miami.
Great skin isn’t an option for a model, it’s a must. Your face should be even and smooth like a baby’s bottom. Even in the era of extreme retouching, clear skin is still a necessity. You don’t want your appearance on and off camera to be such a stark contrast. You’ve seen those models or celebrities. In campaigns and photo shoots their skin looks flawless, but up close and personal it’s a wreck. No amount of makeup can cover up bad skin. Many people do the basics: washing your face and maybe moisturizing. But we keep skipping a step. Sure, we all have suffer from some breakouts and pimples, but rough and uneven skin is something that can be easily fixed. How? Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate.
My mother hardly wears makeup, washes her face with a bar of sandalwood soap, and uses coconut oil in her hair. She avoids the sun, drinks tons of water, and has a routine of stretches that has kept her more flexible that sometimes I think I’ll ever be. As I tried to think of beauty advice that she’s given me, I realized that none of it has much to do with a particular product, or even any form of a routine. I’ve really only seen her stick to coconut oil in her hair, a good eyelash curler and some kind of shiny lip gloss. “Men like shiny things,” she says.
Legend has it Cleopatra slept in a mask of gold to preserve her beauty. I may not be the queen of Egypt but even I can appreciate the finer things in skincare. Yesterday I was treated to a luxurious facial at the new Orogold Cosmetics in Beverly Hills, and it didn’t disappoint. I’ve sort of been skipping out on my regular facial appointments for at-home treatments. When your face is your bread and butter, you’ve got to go the extra mile to preserve it. So what did I do? Slather myself in diamonds, pearls, caviar, and gold all for my face. All of those things are a girl’s best friend, no?
This is something many women don’t want to admit, but we often wake up with last night’s makeup still on our faces. Yeah, yeah. Don’t judge. Maybe it’s because we fell asleep watching tv or we were out partying until the wee hours of the morning. Whatever the reason, it happens. I’m definitely guilty of having smudged mascara on my eyes in the a.m. which means that stuff is definitely long-lasting. The problem with not washing your face before you fall asleep is that your pores are getting super clogged. That makeup has been seeping into your skin all day and all night along with all the dirt and grime that’s collected on you throughout your daily routine. Go ahead and say it… Ewww! Normally I use coconut oil to remove makeup, but I recently discovered a great product that cleanses and moisturizes your face at the same freaking time. It’s even a great alternative to beauty wipes.
When it comes to beauty products, I’m always looking for things that will turn back the clock. Nothing drastic. Purely preventative. I totally believe in aging gracefully. Wrinkles, crows feet, and a little sagging are inevitable. That doesn’t mean I get to slack off and let Father Time destroy my face. I must attempt to slow the aging process with the right tools without going under the knife. And I’m not trying to break my budget on expensive creams that celebrities use either. I don’t have J.Lo money! Okay! So when I discovered The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Drops of Youth line, I jumped for joy.
As a teenager, my friends and I obsessed over face wash. We’d have sleepovers and pool our products together from Noxema to Neutragena and even some of our moms’ higher end stuff, then try everything out like a spa party. With all of us dealing with varying degrees of zits and horrible adolescent acne, can you really blame us? Those were the beginning stages of my being a product junkie, and bad habits die hard. It’s been years since I’ve stuck to using one face wash for more than a few months. Ok, maybe I have commitment issues. After reading my blog, my aesthetician put me on a regular routine using Maria Badescu Botanical Facial Gel and a rosewater spray that I’m trying my best to stick to. So far, so good.