New Year, New You! This Is My Skincare Routine

Hello Everyone!!

Have you had that ghastly cold/flu that has been everywhere this winter? I have. Twice. How does that even happen? Anyway, if you have been wondering where the blog posts have been the past couple of weeks, they’ve been sidelined while I have been trying to get better!

I’m nearly back to 100%, so better late than never!

Friends and clients and readers are always asking me about which skincare products I use. I am obsessed with skin care, I believe that to look our most gorgeous, whether we have a full face of makeup on or none at all, our skin must be in its optimum condition, so I really put a lot of effort into my complexion.

skin care essentials

I have products that I use daily, products that I use weekly and products that I just use as needed. (Not shown here are all the sheet masks I use and the Reves de Sabine Rose Clay mask that I got from a photo shoot, and my eye cream, the tube of which is too beat up to photograph!)

I am a huge proponent of Korean skin care products and the multiple step Korean skin regimen, but it often confuses people when I try to explain the steps I do and how it all works. Invariably I get asked which specific products and brands I am using. I decided while I was cleaning out my skincare cabinet this weekend and getting everything ready for 2018 that I should photograph the skin care products I am using and put them in a step by step order so that you can see what has been working for me.

I buy my Korean Beauty products through Memebox. They now use Amazon as their fulfillment center, so I am putting Amazon links where I can .

I also get products sent to me by companies for my magazine work, and get others from my Zoe Report Box of Style and FabFitFun subscriptions. Some of those products make it in to the skincare favorites, others not so much! I don’t like to speak badly about anyone’s products, so if I don’t like something I just don’t talk about it.

I am a huge Tatcha fan and love love love their entire product line, but as a single mom they don’t always fit my budget.

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My Daily Skincare Routine

I think one of the most important components of your skincare wardrobe is your cleanser. If you are using the wrong cleanser for your skin type it sets off a chain reaction of everything going wrong. If your cleanser is too drying (think foaming cleansers and bar soaps) it strips your skin, leaving it looking parched. For oily girls a cleanser that is too drying actually makes your skin create more oil. If your cleanser is too heavy or greasy for your skin type it can make your skin feel slimy and slick.

Cleansing Oil

I'm Cleansing Oil

A cleanser should dissolve away your makeup and cleanse your skin without leaving a film on it. I have been using Memebox I’m Cleansing Oil  for several years now. I use the formulation for normal to dry skin, but they also make I’m Cleansing Oil for Oily Skin. You can find it online here at Amazon.com

I only cleanse my skin at night and just rinse it in the mornings, but in the official K Beauty system you double cleanse both morning and night.

All of these Korean products are super concentrated, so you only use a tiny amount of any of them.

CosRX Snail Mucin Essence

COSRX Advanced Snail 96 Mucin Power Essence

The next step is to apply an Essence. I use CosRx Advanced Snail Mucin Power Essence. It took me a long time to get on board with using products containing something called snail mucin, but am so glad I finally did! I had been reading about it but wasn’t game to try it, and then I saw one of my girlfriends skin looking sensational, and when I asked her what she had changed she told me she was using products with snail mucin. You should have seen how fast I got online and started ordering!

This is the most amazing ingredient and my skin has never looked so good since adding products containing it into my skincare plan. Now I buy everything I can that contains snail mucin.

This essence from CosRx is nutrient dense and makes your skin glow. It boosts your skin’s brightness, hydration and overall tone. I buy it online here at Amazon.com

Scinic All In One Snail Ampoule

 Scinic Snail All in One Ampoule Serum

Morning and night after cleansing (or rinsing) I apply the essence followed by this next product, The Scinic Snail All In One Ampoule Serum. Don’t be put off by the name! My skin loves this product more than anything, and I always re-order it once I am half way through a bottle so that I am never without it! Again just a tiny amount goes a long way.

You probably don’t need to use both products, but I do and I like to layer them. This ampoule further boosts the skin’s hydration and its glow. It helps your skin to repair itself, diminishes redness and uneven color. When you have something working on hydration that goes this deep, your skin looks amazing all day. It also prevents and minimizes the fine lines and wrinkles that either show up or get worse because of skin becoming dehydrated. I find that makeup looks so much better when I have this on under my moisturizer, foundation looks super smooth.

Oolu Orchid Emulsion

During the day my next step is emulsion. This is a lighter texture of moisturizer that still is nutrient rich but doesn’t have a heavy finish to it. The essence and the ampoule are busy working away underneath, super boosting the skin’s hydration, so during the day I just use the emulsion. At the moment I have the Oolu Orchid Emulsion but you can find a similar product

I follow this with my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen, Broad Spectrum Spf 100 It is important that you use a broad spectrum SPF product every single day. Broad spectrum SPF’s block both the UVA aging rays and the UVB burning rays and keep you looking youthful and pretty for longer!

MIZON Snail Repair Cream

At night instead of emulsion, after essence and ampoule I use MIZON All In One Snail Repair Cream. This is a lightweight but powerful ultra-nourishing gel-cream moisturizer. Your skin does all of its repair work while you sleep, so it is important to use products that help improve cell regeneration and recovery. This one also helps reduce pores, acne scars and blemishes. It is wonderful. And it is ridiculously inexpensive.

Osea Essential Facial Oil

Osea Essential Hydrating Oil

Osea Facial Oil. I got this in my Zoe Report Box Of Style. I love facial oils, especially in the winter months, or if I’m somewhere hot and dry in the summer. Of course I live in Phoenix, so my summers are both hot and dry, so I use facial oils during those months, but if I’m going to be somewhere more humid I don’t bother.

I don’t know a lot about this company (Osea) but their facial oil is wonderful. I use it after the moisturizing step.

Donkey Milk Yogurt Sleeping Pack

SKIN CERAMIC Donkey Milk Celluminator Mask Pack (Donkey Milk Yogurt Sleeping Pack)

The final skin care step at night is a sleeping pack. This has the texture of a gel-cream, so is quite lightweight. Its job is to hold all the skin care products you just applied against your skin. It’s like the sealing product, holding everything where it is supposed to be, and keeping them all working. It also gives your skin some more moisture, and moisture is the key to youthful looking skin!

As for the Donkey Milk part? I have no idea what it does – I just bought it because the name sounded so funny! I have never bought a Korean skincare product that has been less than amazing, and this one did not disappoint!

The Add Ons

I have several products for exfoliating. I rotate them and only use them once every week or two. Exfoliation should be based on your skin’s needs.

SNP Peeling Gel

SNP Advanced Peeling Gel.

Once every week (or sometimes every other week) I will exfoliate my skin to keep the surface clear of dead skin cells and debris and to keep it nice and smooth. I don’t believe in using scrubs on your face. I think they scratch off the dead cells on the surface of the skin but then also scratch the baby skin underneath, keeping your skin in a perpetual state of roughness and grittiness. So instead I prefer to use enzyme treatments like this peeling gel. You pop it on after cleansing and let it set for 15 minutes, then rinse it off and you have gorgeous, smooth skin!

ORG Mineral Peel

O.R.G. Skincare Mineral Peel

This one is a Korean product that came in my FabFitFun box last spring. You can use it daily before makeup to keep your skin smooth, or less if you don’t need daily exfoliating. You spray it on and then using circular massaging motions with your fingers lift away the top layer of your skin. It’s pretty cool! I often use this on shoots when I need to smooth out a model’s skin.

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder

Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder.

I have used this one for ages. Right when my previous jar was running out this full sized jar arrived in my Zoe Report Box Of Style, the timing could not have been more perfect! This is a water activated enzyme cleanser and exfoliant that gently clears away any dead skin cells and debris from the surface of the skin, leaving you with a lovely, glowing complexion. You only use a small amount, so a jar lasts a really long time.

ExfoliKate

ExfoliKate by Kate Somerville.

This exfoliating mask has been around for years and is a celebrity favorite. It just arrived in the winter FabFitFun box so I have only used it a few times, but it is really lovely and very quick. You only put it on for 2 minutes then rinse it off, and you are left with beautiful glowing skin. You can find ExfoliKate at Sephora.

I have actually had several really amazing products from FabFitFun. The box is only $50 per quarter and they give you some really outstanding full sized skin and makeup products. You can read about their subscriptions here

Sunday Riley Luna Oil

Sunday Riley Luna Oil

I bought this one at Sephora a few months ago after hearing a lot about it from other people in the beauty industry so decided to give it a try. This is a nighttime retinol oil designed to work on fine lines and wrinkles, rough patches and dryness. I quite like it but it is expensive. Sunday Riley products are available at Sephora.com

Sunday Riley Tidal

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream.

This one was also in a Zoe Report Box of Style. It is a really lovely, intense water drench for the skin. It is quite lightweight so is a great option if you don’t like the feel of heavy moisturizers. I often use it before makeup to make foundation look extra gorgeous. The trick is rather than rubbing it in like a lotion, lightly drum your fingers across your skin. You will almost feel water beads on the surface of the skin. I will do this about 5 minutes before I want to put makeup on. It’s fabulous! I also really like to travel with this product when I’m going somewhere humid. You still need to hydrate the skin in humidity, but most moisturizers just feel slimy. This one is magic.

You can find Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream online at Sephora  and you can read about the Box of Style subscriptions here

Sonia Roselli Water Balm

Sonia Roselli Beauty Water Balm Skin Prep

Sonia Roselli Water Balm. This one is a makeup artist secret and as far as I know is only available on Sonia’s website and Amazon. Developed for makeup artists, it is the ultimate pre-makeup treatment. It plumps up the skin, softening fine lines and wrinkles and giving it the most amazing hydration so that makeup looks gorgeous. You apply this one with a drumming of the fingers too and almost get a wet finish to the skin. You let it sit and soak in for a few minutes and then start the makeup application. Foundation looks absolutely beautiful when you use this product first. You can find it on SoniaRoselli.com and also here on Amazon.comhere at Amazon.com

Tatcha Indigo

Tatcha Indigo Soothing Renewal Treatment.

A few years ago I did a shoot in Colorado and somewhere between the altitude and the cold dry air my skin took a beating! I even had windburn on the tops of my cheeks. I bought the Tatcha Indigo Renewal Treatment because it literally heals damaged skin. Indigo has fantastic healing properties. I have kept this product on hand ever since and use it as a rescue product.

Inside each Tatcha product there is a story written on a vellum scroll. I learned with this one that the ancient Samurai would wear cotton soaked in indigo next to their skin so that if they were cut with a sword the healing process would begin immediately as the indigo went to work. Tatcha has an entire line of indigo products, perfect for winter skin that needs healing. The indigo products from Tatcha are endorsed by the National Eczema Association. They are just that good!

This product isn’t available at Sephora, you need to get it directly from Tatcha.com

I think it’s a good idea to have a core group of products that you use every day and then have others that you rotate through, depending on your skin’s needs. When you find the products and the system that makes your skin look amazing, use just those until your skin stops looking amazing. I am super loyal to my skincare products and hardly ever try new things because I my skin looks incredible, it took a while to find the perfect regimen, and why would I change a thing?

I think Korean women demand an enormous amount from their skin care products. If a product isn’t performing extremely well and giving amazing results, the Korean woman will replace it with something that does. As such their products are extremely high performance.

American women tend to make their purchasing decisions based upon whichever celebrity is endorsing a product line, and don’t have such high expectations for their skin care products. If your skin isn’t looking amazing then you need to make some changes in the products you are using. You work far too hard to be wasting your hard earned money on products that don’t perform for you!

I hope you found this post helpful, and will try out some of these items next time you feel your skin needs some extra lovin!

If you have skincare products that you absolutely love, please tell us about them in the comment section below.

xo

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How To Choose The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type

 

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Its fall here in Phoenix, which means it is full on wedding season. All weekend, every weekend from the end of September until Thanksgiving I am doing makeup for weddings. Its super fun and very fabulous!

One thing I have been noticing lately is that most girls have really, really dry skin. Here in Phoenix we get an extraordinary number of destination weddings, with bridal parties coming in from colder climates around the country.  Cold weather = dry skin.

Even though I am much older than most of the girls I am working with, and I live in the dry old desert of Phoenix, my skin is markedly better than theirs. I put this down to 2 major factors.

Number one:

most people are using the wrong cleanser for their skin type, and as such are stripping their skin. I find many girls using foaming cleansers or soaps that are better used by someone with really oily skin (not just a little T zone action.) I use an oil cleanser to dissolve away makeup and clear away the debris of the day. It’s super gentle on the skin.

If I’m doing a second cleanse I use a micellar water cleanser like Trish McEvoy Skin Cleansing Water.

Number two:

They don’t take advantage of all the masks available to them. Masks are a brilliant way to go after specific skin concerns, from aging to nourishing to moisturizing to decongesting to brightening – you name it, there is a mask to tackle it.

 

How To Choose The Best Face Masks For Your Skin Type

how to choose face masks

You choose a mask based on your skin concerns. If you have multiple skin concerns you can do several different masks per week, just listen to your skin and make sure you’re not over-taxing it.

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How Often Should I Mask?

I use masks as many days of the week as I have time. I have a really crazy work schedule at the moment, so I’m not doing a mask every day, but I am doing them multiple days per week. I vary the masks I’m using, so that I am making my skin feel the love, not overly stressing it. Most masks only take 15 minutes, so they’re not a huge time eater.

Deep cleansing masks and exfoliating masks should only be used every week or two, depending on your skin. Over doing it can really make your skin angry, and make it red and irritated.

Enzyme Masks:

This is my preferred method for exfoliating. Aggressive exfoliating scrubs use rough particles (like crushed walnut shells!) to scratch the dead skin cells off the surface of your face. The problem is they scratch the new, baby skin underneath, giving you perpetually rough skin. (In my opinion)

Enzyme masks dissolve away the dead skin cells and debris on the surface of the skin, giving you gorgeous, radiant, glowing skin underneath.

My favorites at the moment are Tatcha Rice Enzyme Polishing Powder which I have been using for ages. Just when I was running out of it I received a new, full sized jar of it in my Zoe Report Box Of Style – perfect timing! I normally use it once every week or two as needed. Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask is amazing too. I just received one from Sephora, and had to order another immediately. This one uses beta hydroxy acids to clear your skin. You use it every day for 2 or 3 days, then drop back to once per week. The results are stunning!

Related Post: Read about Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask here.

If I am going out or have a special event I will use one of these masks before putting on my makeup. Makeup loves smooth skin!

Charcoal and Clay Masks

Charcoal masks and clay based masks are generally used to draw out impurities and give your skin a deep cleanse. They are wonderful for congested skin, or skin that needs help with blackheads and acne. If you are suffering from breakouts I recommend only using once per week as you need to let your skin complete the cycle of deep cleansing and bringing all the impurities up to the surface. Sometimes a weekly deep cleansing mask is just too much, and you need to step it back to every other week.

Some clay masks serve multiple functions. For the recent Luca Magazine Beauty shoots I used Reves de Sabine Rose Clay Mask to exfoliate, soften and smooth the models skin prior to doing their makeup. It feels really luxurious, and it gives the skin a gorgeous glow. I moisturized after the mask and then put on the makeup, and it was exquisite!

rose clay mask

Masks By Skin Concern

Dull Skin

If my skin is looking dull I like to use a resurfacing mask such as the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask or the Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder, followed by a brightening sheet mask. I don’t always do them on the same day as I hardly ever have that much time, but where possible it is my Sunday night routine.

Tatcha has a new Violet C Radiance Mask that I haven’t had a chance to try yet, but you just cannot go wrong with their products, they really are just exquisite.

Dehydrated Skin

I love nourishing, moisturizing masks and use them a couple of times per week if possible. A moisture mask may be as simple as a sheet mask or as involved as a rich creamy mask.



 

Angry Skin

If your skin is looking angry – irritated, red, generally not happy with you, you need to use a calming, soothing mask. Ren makes a lovely calming mask called Evercalm Ultra Calming Rescue Mask that reduces inflammation, redness and irritation. Oatmeal is a great skin-calmer, and I found the Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask by First Aid Beauty at Sephora. I don’t really get angry skin, so haven’t used either of these on myself.

Bloomingdales sent me the Kiehls Calendula and Aloe Soothing Hydration Mask recently in a bonus box. I love it. I used it a lot at the end of summer when my skin had had enough of heat, sun, airplanes etc, but it would also be wonderful for angry skin.

 

Aging Skin

Aging skin needs a couple of masks. Skin that is aging tends to look dull, so a brightening mask is a must. It also needs nutrients, so nourishing, moisturizing masks are wonderful too.



 

Sephora has a great Mask Buying Guide that pairs your skin concern with the ideal mask options. It takes the work out of choosing the right face mask for your skin needs.

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How To Choose The Best Foundation For Your Skin

how to choose the right foundation

image by Kelly Cappelli
Makeup by Corinna Cooke

 

As a makeup artist I get asked all the time which foundations I like best, how to make foundation last all day, how to choose the right foundation.

Walk into any department store / Sephora / makeup emporium and the list of options can be overwhelming.
Half the time the people charged with helping you make the choice are so overly made-up they look like caricatures of themselves, which hardly inspires confidence. If you look to you tube and Instagram you will find the “beauty experts” favor obliterating any concept of skin by slamming so much makeup on the face it almost looks plastic.
And maybe you just want to look like a lovely, pretty, normal girl.

 

makeup artist model beach shoot

I use these same 4 steps to choose a model’s foundation as I do to choose and every day foundation.

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Whether I’m getting a model or a movie star ready for a shoot, or whether I’m just shopping for myself, here are the criteria I look for, and that you need to look for to choose the best foundation for your skin:

 

1. WHAT FINISH DO YOU NEED?

 

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image via makeupandbeauty.com

 

 

What type of skin do you have? If you are oily you will want a slightly more matte finish or a water based foundation to offset some of the shine you are battling.
If you have dry skin you need a foundation with a glowing, dewy finish to make the skin look luminous.

 

2. HOW MUCH COVERAGE DO YOU NEED?

Rather than hijacking the face and holding your skin hostage, foundation is supposed to create the illusion of a beautiful, radiant complexion.
If your skin is clear you only need a sheer cover foundation. If you have scarring, uneven skin tone, blemishes that need disappearing then you should opt for a more full cover foundation. If your skin falls somewhere in the middle, you need coverage that falls somewhere in the middle.
The worst thing you can do is overload the skin with a foundation that is far too heavy. Instead of hiding your skin, make creating lovely looking skin your goal. This is so important when choosing the best foundation for your skin.

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3. WHAT IS YOUR UNDERTONE?

Basically foundations come in two color groupings. There are cool toned foundations, which cover ivory, porcelain and pinky undertoned skins, and then there are your warm tones for girls with a yellow or olive undertone.
If you have a cool toned skin and wear a yellow based foundation it will look awful. The same applies to a warm toned girl wearing a pink based foundation. This is the absolute worst foundation violation! On more than one occasion I’ve had girls in makeup shops try to tell me that my cool toned skin needs a yellow based foundation to correct out the coolness. They could not be more wrong! The only people who should wear warm or yellow toned foundation are girls with warm or yellow undertoned skin. If you get this mixed up then your foundation will never look right.

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4. FIND YOUR SHADE

Rather than testing your color on some remote corner of your jawline, test it somewhere where you can clearly see whats going on, such as your forehead or the front of your cheek.
You should be the same color from your hairline to your chest, and your face shouldn’t be any darker or any lighter than the rest of your upper body.

If you follow these four steps you will always choose the best foundation for your skin!

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Limited US