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My Skin Care Routine.

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I must admit that beauty products are my vice, to the point where my girlfriends joke that my bathroom feels like a spa. I am all about healthy skin and hair, and my frequent research fills up my online shopping carts quite quickly. I love trial and error-ing, and with that being said, I am going to walk you through my current skin care regimen that I love and live by:

Before heading to bed, it is so important to wash your face to cleanse away all of the impurities from the day. This is my favorite facial cleanser. Her products have changed my skin these last few years + they lack harmful ingredients and are incredibly rich in nourishing vitamins and  minerals (you know my heart, Rhonda Allison).

I must admit, face masks might be my favorite past time. The Mask of Magnaminty is a dream + the peppermint oil tingles your face a bit – I love when I feel a product working and nourishing! Who’s with me? My other go-to is the Charlotte Tibury Goddess Skin Clay Mask. It gives you dewy skin and boosts collagen! Last but not least, I am obsessed with the Kate Somerville EradiKate Mask. This dissolves impurities without drying out your skin. I love switching between the three throughout the week!

I have learned this the hard way: moisturizing your skin actually reduces unwanted oil because it gives your skin what it needs before it produces its own unhealthy shine. Don’t dry it out!! These are my favorite night-time moisturizers: first I use Nerium Night Cream (it has changed my skin), and then I will use Wexler Intensive Night Repair or coat my face with coconut oil.

The sun is the biggest culprit for skin damage, so it is so important to protect against it! Every day, I put on Nerium Day Cream and then top it with Kate Somerville Daily Deflector or Murad Essential C Daily Mouisture. Happy protecting and anti-aging!

Breath of Fresh Air Toner, Kiehl’s Skin Rescuer, The Revitalizer by Biossance, Josie Maran Argan OilKate Somerville Dilo Oil, Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Photography: Sarah Shreves

my dry skin secret.

When the weather shifts to ultra-chilly, my skin gets crazy dry. It even still appears dull even when I use my most intense moisturizer. The worst! Last week, my boxing trainer, who I go to for all health tactics because of his insane knowledge, suggested that I start using grapeseed oil on my face before I go to bed. I went immediately to Whole Foods to make the purchase, and only after two nights of using this miraculous substance, I noticed a massive difference in my complexion. I woke up with bright and plumped skin. The weather shift caused a few break outs too, and those were completely cleared up after two nights.

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I went to see my esthetician a few days later, and she told me that grapeseed oil truly is one of the best things for your skin. She said it evens out oil production, which will in turn clear up acne. It is a brilliant serum that increases antioxidant capabilities.

This natural, pure product will never leave my beauty routine. It’s seemingly miraculous, and the cost is super low. Obsessed.

Two of my favorites:

1. Aura Cacia Harmonizing Grapeseed Skincare Oil available at Whole Foods

2. Rhonda Allison Grape Seed Hydrating Serum


Beat Dry Skin: My Personal Cocktail under $20

It never seems to fail that with the change of seasons comes an extreme drought for my skin. It’s like the awesome cool breeze sucks the moisture right out, and when the winter comes in full force, the problem only gets worse. This season, I was bound to put a stop to this madness. I don’t know about you, but I want moist, plump and clear skin that has that dewy glow! Good news: after some trial and errors, I have come to a concoction conclusion that has brought my skin back to life.

The non-magical, yet seemingly magical method:

At night, mask your face with Skin Organic’s Peppermint Milk cleanser. Let it soak into your skin for at least 10 minutes. The kicker: the longer you let it soak into your skin, the better. I like to leave it on for an hour or two. Wash it off gently with warm water and a wash cloth.  Next, spray the Skin Organic’s Cucumber Mist Hydrating Mist on your face after you wash off the cleanser. Let it soak into your skin, and then top that with moisturizer. (I use the Goji Azelaic serum). Spray the hydrating mist on your face anytime it feels dry!

You should see a major difference in your skin in a few days!

Skin Organics Peppermint Milk, $11. Buy it here. Skin Organics Cucumber Mist, $8. Buy it here. These products are all available at your local Whole Foods. 



Our Secret to Radiant Skin

The key to glowing skin is your skin care. Now you can boost your at home skin care by using a Clarisonic. If you don’t have one yet, we highly recommend it. The tool is revolutionizing the simple act of washing your face, bringing the spa experience to you! Clarisonic is a facial brush that gives you the deep cleanse you need to remove excess oil, dirt and makeup leaving you with smooth skin. Truly a miracle worker! Take a look at Clarisonic and more here.

Beauty Spotlight: Bright Lights, Beautiful City

Trending for spring are bright colors – everywhere you look from pillows, shoes, and lip colors that match. Wearing bright eye shadows or lipsticks can be stressful to some but essentially the goal is a look that is glowing and easy-breezy. I’ve created a look which works for almost everyone using products that create luminous healthy looking skin that “gives good glow.”

Let’s begin with: beauty starts with skin care! I’ve said it time and time again, it is much better to have flawless skin over a flawless foundation so do not overlook the importance of a skin care regimen. I’m a little OCD when it comes to skin care and I’ve always been a product junkie, but this is a large subject we will continue with next month (I could write a book on skin care with what I’ve learned over the years). This month we highlight achieving the perfect glow and how to play with bright colors while keeping a look that is natural and never over done.

Choosing the right products: finding the right coverage and an illuminator that works with your skin tone/texture is very important. I often will use a concealer and powder bronzer rather than layering foundation, concealer, powders and creams all together. Day to day makeup should be light, easy, and quick to apply – only when a camera gets involved do I add a little extra. So for most a little concealer (around the nose, eyes and on any spots/red areas) blended out with a bronzer can be all that’s needed. If you prefer a foundation I suggest something that has a light to medium coverage and I would recommended purchasing foundation that does not have skin care claims – those claims are best left for your moisturizer or serum to handle. Your foundation shouldn’t be over formulated otherwise the end result will most likely be cakey, flaky or dull. Please, I beg, keep skin care separate from makeup.

When it’s time to play with color I suggest adding a perfect pink or red lip-gloss/lip-stick to your collection. It may take a little shopping around but finding the right shade and texture is more important than you may think – if in doubt go for sheer! If you do decide on sporting a bright lip, keep the eyes minimal. I like using peachy or champagne colored illuminating eye shadows. No dark crease color necessary, however feel free to add a little of your blush color on the center of the crease/lid area. Finish with mascara and for day skip the liner – the mascara usually is all that’s needed for some definition. It’s quick and easy with this application to add and go into an evening look.

If you are looking for a product to reflect the light and add a glow try to avoid anything that has glitter. There is a big difference between glitter and shimmer- there are few times glitter is okay but it’s never during the day. I like using a cream that can be easily blended with a brush or fingers onto the cheeks, lips, and around the eyes. Depending on your preference (if you’re oily or combination skin go for powders) there are many options on the market to choose from. Also remember to avoid colors that weigh too heavily on the metallic side, unless of course you are actually on your way to the club.

Ali wears the perfect glow look created by Dylan with ‘Edward Bess’ cosmetics. Call 214.559.4510 to book a beauty appointment.

A Delightful Find: The Seaweed Bath Co. Products

It was a typical Saturday at Whole Foods. As I was headed to fill up my water bottles, I was distracted by the unbelievable aroma coming from the Seaweed Bath Company’s sample table. A double take turned into a highly intriguing conversation with owner Adam Grossman and his wife about the story behind the company and the great healing properties in seaweed bath products.

Long story short: Adam is a long-time psoriasis sufferer who spent thousands of dollars on ointments and medicines, tried numerous “miracle” treatments, and met with a slew of psoriasis specialist, only to find out that nothing was working. He did notice one interesting avenue for improvement, though: the ocean. Observing the impossibility of hanging out in the sea on a daily basis, Adam brought the healing properties of this natural h2O into a line of healing products. He couldn’t help but share the hope these creations brought, and that is how The Seaweed Bath Co. was born!

I am not a psoriasis sufferer, but I am absolutely smitten with these wildly natural products. I have a few favorites that I must share with you! First up: the seaweed body wash. This has become a shower staple. The best part? I know I am lathering my skin with nourishing oils, and the lavender smell makes my mind escape to my favorite spa.

Obsession #2: the shampoo (eucalyptus scent). Caution: you may experience that perfect bouncy voluminous shine that we thought was only possible in hair commercials (okay, maybe I am being a tad dramatic, but the outcome is pretty darn close!). I would like to rename this as the magical-mane potion because it truly does wonders on your hair! There is something about the seaweed extract + Moroccan Oil + Vitamin E oil combo that gives your locks that fresh clean feeling while giving it body; now that’s hard to come by! Major bonus: my blonde stays vibrant.

Last but certainly not least: I heart the body cream. This amazing-ness in a bottle is a non-negoticable. I admit, I am quite the lotion snob, and this product seriously out-measures my tip top (kind of unfair) standards for body cream. It is super moisturizing, smells so soothing, and contains some of the best natural oils for your skin.

For you health conscious cosmetic lovers, explore the Seaweed Bath Co. website. Read stories, explore the ravishing products (they have so many great ones!), and even sign up for their natural alternatives newsletter!