Friday, October 12, 2012

Winter skin

The weather is definitely cooling off. This means, sweaters are coming out, so is the hot cocoa and the dry skin. Wait, what? No! Chilled winds and heaters being used regularly can wreak havoc on on our skin, especially our hands and faces as they are generally more exposed. Here are some tips to combat dry skin before it starts.

Water intake is VERY important. Even though you aren't sweating with the summer sun anymore, you still need to drink a good amount of water to hydrate your skin from the inside. Carry a water bottle with you. I find that if I don't have mine, I don't remember to drink any water. I recently picked up this glass water bottle with rubber around it to protect it from a grocery store and I love it. You can buy them here:
 I try to not buy plastic, and hate the way the metal ones make everything taste so glass is a good option for me. It saves a TON of money when you aren't buying a new disposable one all the time and is much more eco-friendly.  We also picked up this little gem recently. Its glass inside and that's bamboo on the outside, we got the combo with all these lids, so I can put water in it, or fill it with tea or coffee (non-caffeinated teas count for water intake!) It comes apart, and the glass is dishwasher safe. Its not huge, it holds an average sized cup of coffee and I drink a lot of water, so I tend to use it for hot drinks mostly.

You can purchase here:

Using a good moisturizer is also essential. I recently added Origins A Perfect World Moisturizer to my routine and I love it. It doesn't irritate my hyper-sensitive skin and was created to prevent aging. I just turned 31 and am getting a hint of eye wrinkles (Yikes!) so this is the perfect formula for me to keep them at bay. They also have several others for different needs and I really like their skin line overall. They focus on natural, skin-healthy ingredients.
Check out their other options on their website to find the right one for your skin needs:
 For the rest of my body, I use several different things. Straight out of the shower, I often apply coconut oil. (Give it 5 minutes to soak in, and you won't be oily or greasy at all and your skin will be so soft).  In my desk, I keep a travel sized bottle of Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, and in the past, I have used Burt's Bees, and I loved it. There are so many options, most not very expensive. Just pick something to have on hand to use when needed and your skin will thank you.

You skin STILL needs protection from the sun in the winter. BB Creams are the new trend in skincare and most have SPF, so I recently tried a few out. The one I like the most is Smashbox's BB Cream, and it has SPF 35. They have a range of 5 colors, which is better than the other ones I looked at, and the colors look good ON the skin, where several other brands looks chalky or grey. I've heard BB creams compared to a tinted moisturizer, but while it is moisturizing, it definitely doesn't replace a separate moisturizer. I apply it after, like a foundation with a brush, and usually just wear that. It provides light coverage and evens out my skintone, and at the end of a long day, its still there, looking great. When I need more coverage, it acts as a primer when worn under foundation.
Available at Sephora

I don't wear makeup daily anymore (seems to go with the territory of doing it for a living). So the other day, I applied my BB Cream and my foundation (Makeup Forever Matte Velvet+ this time) and **gasp** Whats that I see?! Demarcation lines. My summer tan is fading, and my makeup was too dark. Time to switch to my winter shade! Going to pick my BB Cream in 'Medium-Light' this week (I wear Medium over the summer). Don't try and cling to a summer tan that's not there anymore. Make sure your foundation changes with your skin color, and if you feel like you need a bit of extra color, add some bronzer. Matte or sparkly, it can give you that sun-kissed look without making you look clueless about color matching your foundation. For matte, Benefit's Hoola is Gorgeous, If you like some sparkle, check out FACE ateliers Brazilian Blaze.

Face Atelier Ultra Bronzer, available at in 3 colors

Benefit - Hoola. I recommend using your own brush, while Benefit's real brushes are nice ,the one that comes with Hoola is pretty awful..

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bride - Nancy

A friend of mine won a bridal photoshoot in a contest she entered while planning her wedding. She asked me to do her hair and makeup and I was more than happy to do it! I was already booked that day, so I had to do her hair and makeup and send her off instead of attend the shoot with her, so when I got the pictures, I was thrilled with how they came out as I had no idea what to expect. She looks stunning and the photographer did an amazing job!

Nancy. Those eyes!! LOVE.

I love the bouquet.

I love this wall as a backdrop! Nancy looks stunning!

Survived a whole day in the SF wind!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Chaos Mag Webitorial!

I just found out that a male grooming gig I did a while back got published! Its a bit NSFW, just as a heads up. Check it out!
Makeup and Hair by Treja

Makeup and Hair by Treja
Makeup and Hair by Treja

Makeup and Hair by Treja