As if I didn't already have her CR Fashion Book on the radar, I am loving former EIC of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld's new line of makeup and polish with MAC! The CR line launched a couple of weeks ago and everyone's been chatting about it. Think French classic mixed with VOGUE edge, with a few easy breezy nude tones mixed in. This new collection definitely has had some mixed reviews, but I am loving it (especially the nail crimson nail polish and camoflauge palette -- perfect for the camo trend that's super haute right now)! Très très chic..
There’s nothing worse than taking a look in the mirror halfway through the day only to find that your makeup is sliding all over your face. It’s a problem we’ve seen a lot this summer with all the fun outdoor things we love to do. So how can you make your makeup sweat-proof? I’ll give you a few tips to help you keep that face on lockdown…
Primer: This is going to be one of the most important steps. Not only does primer help your foundation spread on more evenly, it helps it stay put longer. Try Dr. Brandt Pores No Morepore refiner—it has mattifying agents, a light tint, and works like a suction cup for your makeup. Many of my friends call it their miracle in a bottle.
Foundation: Use a long-wear foundation or a BB cream that works for you. Smashbox makes a great 15 Hour Wear Foundation that has SPF to boot!
Cream/Liquid Blush: Powder blushes tend to fade throughout the day, especially when sweat and moisture are involved. Instead, go with a cream or liquid blush. I absolutely lovethe Stila Convertible Color blushes (they double as lip color!).
Cream Eyeshadow: The same theory about powdered blush applies to eyeshadow. You’ll find much better staying power with a cream shadow like the paint pots from MAC or the long-wear cream shadows from Bobbi Brown.Cream/Gel Eyeliner: Gel eyeliners are great because they glide on smoothly and set pretty quickly. I like Makeup Forever’s Aqua Black cream liner. Talk about sweat-proof!
Waterproof Mascara: Just choose the waterproof version of your favorite mascara and you’ll be good to go. I like L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof because it’s almost exactly the same as the mascara I use on a day-to-day basis.
If you follow these steps, you should be able to swim Olympic-style laps with your friends, let alone make it through a hot pool party. Just don’t blame me when you wake up with perfect makeup from the night before.
Have you ever heard of face mapping? If not, it’s pretty much the key to unlocking the mysteries behind problematic skin. Thanks to the combined knowledge of dermatologists who have analyzed skin behaviors and ancient Chinese medicinal methods there is a smarter way to interpret and treat skin imperfections by way of “face mapping.” Face mapping is a type of skin analysis that explains why and how certain areas of your face are connected to other parts of your body. If you ask me, it's pretty amazing stuff...
Why do you break out in some areas and not others?
Think of your blemishes as X’s on a map that is your face. Different zones correspond to different problems. With this “map” as your guide, you can address the underlying causes of blemishes and correctly determine how to prevent them from recurring. (Don't you wish you know about this in middle school?)
So, what are your breakouts telling you?
Using the face mapping method to decode what’s going on with your body is both incredibly informative and very extensive if you ask me. Here is an overview of the basic areas and what breakouts or abnormalities in those areas mean:
Zone 1 & 3: Bladder & Digestive System — Improve your diet and drink more water.
Zone 2: Liver — Try cutting back on alcohol, heavy food or dairy. This area can also indicate a food allergy.
Zone 4 & 10: Kidneys — Make sure you’re keeping yourself hydrated with water and cut back on liquids that dehydrate you. This means nix the soda, coffee and/or alcohol.
Zone 5 & 9: Respiratory system — Those who smoke or have allergies tend to have acne here.
Zone 6 & 8: Kidneys — Dark circles are usually a result of dehydration. Drink up!
Zone 7: Heart — Check your blood pressure and make sure you’re not using makeup that irritates your skin.
Zone 12: Stomach — Consider a detox or adding more fiber to your diet to help with digestion.
Zone 11 & 13: Hormones — Stress and hormonal changes can sometimes be alleviated with more water and a few extra servings of dark, leafy greens but if breakouts in this area persistent, make an appointment with your doctor to look into a possible hormonal imbalance. Additionally, breakouts in this area also indicate when you are ovulating (and which side).
Zone 14: Illness — Can be a sign of your body fighting bacteria to avoid illness. Take a breather and drink plenty of fluids.
So the next time you breakout or notice dark under eye circles, look to your map (or shall we say face map).
Have you heard of face mapping before?
P.S. Please note that these are general guidelines. Just becuase you breakout on your nose doesn't mean you have a heart problem. As with all medical issues, it is always best to see your doctor or dermotologist for a proper prognosis.