While I love a hearty sun kissed look, I do prefer it from a bottle than the sun. Don’t want to invite any unnecessary wrinklage. But finding a bronzer that does the trick is not an easy task, especially with an olive skintone. Most bronzers either make my skin look muddy or sallow, and baked clay is definitely not the look I’m going after.
But thanks to a couple of dear friends, I discovered Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed. It imparts a sheer yet radiant healthy glow that truly looks natural! A SUBTLE lit-from-within-look that works on every skin tone!
How To Use:
For a truly a sophisticated luminous glow, mix it into your foundation or apply it after, for a kick on all the high points of the face that the sun would kiss: bridge of nose, cheekbones, temples, chin… No sparkles or glitter here. Soleil Tan De Chanel can even double as a blush for the most luminous of flushes! And a tiny bit goes a long way. This bottle will last you years!
And a bonus, it’s Oil Free, Fragrance Free, and will work on even the palest of skins.
Always shake first.
Blend quickly once you apply it for a subtle but stunning effect.
P.S. It photographs beautifully!
Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel Sheer Illuminating Fluid in Sunkissed
Available for $48 at:
There is almost nothing I love more than glowy skin! It emanates health, vitality, and well-being! Besides honoring the all-important hydration quotient and diligent sun-blocking, a great highlighter can be your skin’s best friend! The light will catch those highlighted points beautifully, imparting dimension to the skin and a luminous sheen!
A subtle but effective highlighter is the iconic YSL Touche Éclat. You can use it to emphasize favorite features or conceal shadows. Skin goes from looking tired and sallow to radiant and energized.
Key Highlighting points:
Draw a line down the bridge of your nose (but not the tip), brow bone (eye lift illusion), tear ducts (bigger brighter, more-wellrested eyes), underneath the eye (banish those dark circles), across the top of your cheekbones (cheekbone enhancement, face lift illusion), and around the center of the outer top lip and the outer bottom lip (for a fuller pout). Then gently pat pat pat until they are well-blended. The line down the bridge of the nose is also a great trick to make your nose look straighter and more narrow. Highlighter is best saved as the last part of your makeup regiment, except for the under-eyes, which should be done before your concealer.
A few of my other favorite highlighting products:
Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Highlighter
MAC Strobe Cream
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick
YSL TOUCHE ÉCLAT – Radiant Touch
Available for $40 at:
You may wonder why I’d be writing about eyeglasses as a beauty product review but it’s par for the course when eyeglasses actually make you feel more beautiful. I don’t know when it became cool to wear glasses again, as I very clearly remember it not being when I wore them as a kid.
However, these days there is just something smart about donning a pair of fabulous glasses. Not smart like the nerdy kid in school but smart like sophisticated, hip, and uber-confident. My urge to wear them has much more to do with a mood I’m in, the way I feel, rather than a contact lens that fell down the sink. You have to own the glasses and somehow it always makes me feel like I stand out in a crowd in a distinctive way. Bottom line I would wear them even if I didn’t need them!
MOSCOT is a brand I discovered a couple of years ago and has been a New York City Institution for over 90 years. Patriarch Hyman MOSCOT began selling eyeglasses from a pushcart on Manhattan’s famed Lower East Side in the early 1900s and the rest, as they say, is history. The NEBB glasses with crystal frames were my top pick. They are from the MOSCOT Originals Collection based on styles from the MOSCOT archives from 1930-1970. . The NEBB is a chunky, rectangular, raw, aggressive and in your face glass. Warning, they are not cheap, but for me, have been worth it every second, based on the way I feel wearing them, beautiful and smart!
Starting at: $225.00
Available at: Moscot
There are days where gravity seems to take its toll. And for those days, I’ve discovered the perfect weapon! In fact, it’s my favorite weapon every day!! Who can’t use an Instant Eye Lift?!! It’s so easy!
Take your trusty concealer (which is hopefully a tad lighter than your skintone for a brightening effect), and draw a line from the lower orbital bone (closest to the outer bottom eye socket), all the way up to the end of your eyebrow. (As illustrated by the red arrows in the photos.) Then take your ring finger and pat in, blending said concealer.
Voila! Instant eye lift! Not only will you love it but so will the camera! Does wonders in photographs!
And the best part?! It takes 2 seconds and it’s FREE!!
I was first introduced to Binchotan as the best quality charcoal for purifying water with an alkaline effect. However, as I started to research the benefits, I came across Binchotan as beneficial for many other uses, including as a facial soap.
Binchotan charcoal is made in the Kishu region of Japan dating back to the edo period. It works by absorbing harmful substances from various environments through its billions of pores and cavities which can decompose and destroy any toxic elements.
I use this soap daily in the shower and only the shower, since the black soap can make quite a mess. It claims to moisturize but for me, it feels drying and a little tight after washing. However, I absolutely agree with the claims that it purifies, exfoliates, extracts impurities and stimulates blood circulation through its anti-bacterial properties. After using it for a couple of weeks, I saw a huge improvement in the radiance and consistency of my skin, not as many breakouts. My skin might feel a little dry right after use but I’ll take it for fewer pimples, and just add some moisturizer. I am a devotee to this ancient purifier!
Distilled Water, Betaine, Glycerin, Activated charcoal, Squalene, Glycyrrhizinic acid 2K, Chamomile oil, Rosemary oil, Carrot seed extract, Cnidium officinale extract, Licorice extract, Burdock extract, Woodbine extract, Japanese honeysuckle extract, Apricit extract, BG, Phenethyl alcohol, Linaloo, DPG, Sodium chloride, Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
Starting at: $29.00
OK. I’m not going to lie. I can be a bit lazy. Who wants to sit there with an enzyme mask on their face for 20 minutes? Most of the time, I just want a quick fix! Dr. Colbert’s Intensify Facial Discs are not only a quick fix but super effective. It’s like a 2 minute non-evasive microdermabrasion session, leaving your skin glowy and bright in 120 seconds. I find myself reaching for these, more than any other mask or exfoliator type product in my arsenal (and yes, sadly it is a bit of an arsenal). It’s a lightning fast approach to fresh skin. I’m not exaggerating when I say that when I use this, I feel like a few years have been removed from my face!
Some tips on how to best use the Facial Discs:
I personally use them once a week on a clean face. My 20 discs go a lot further that way. Circular motions are best. After I’m done exfoliating, I like to massage the enzymes in (or just let them sit there) for another minute, before lightly rinsing my face.
|Bromelain A highly concentrated form of pineapple enzyme, eliminates dull skin and clears environmental toxins. Promotes long term healing while leaving skin fresh and luminous. Lactic acid Agentle natural exfoliant, helps reduce fine lines, hyper- pigmentation and other signs of aging.
Dr Colbert MD’s Facial Discs
20 pads at $70
Oatmeal: This common breakfast food is both exfoliating and moisturizing for the skin.
1. Treat yourself to an oatmeal facial once a week by combining 1 package of plain instant oatmeal, a half a cup of water, 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of honey, and one egg white. After mixing thoroughly, apply all over the face, let sit for 15 minutes, and rinse with warm water.
Apples + Honey = Beautiful Skin. Enough said.
1. Combine a finely grated apple of your choice with 4 tablespoons of slightly warmed honey. Apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 10 minutes before rinsing with warm water. If you have sensitive skin, skip the apple and just apply the warm honey.
Apple Cider Vinegar: A.C.V. has been called a miracle fluid because of its beauty and health benefits. It is believed that this vinegar can help to burn fat and suppress appetite, as well as regulate the PH of the skin and remove build up from the hair.
1. Mix a ½ a cup of the vinegar with 1 quart of water and use as a hair rinse after shampooing and before conditioning. To fight dandruff, leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.
2. For acne prone skin, mix 1 parts vinegar with 2 parts water, soak a cotton ball with the mixture and apply all over the face as a toner.
Our Special Guest, Jenny Karl owns and runs Jenny Karl Hair and Makeup Agency based in Los Angeles. She also hosts a makeup how-to series for EHow.com and is the LA trainer for numerous cosmetics lines.