I’ve suffered from acne ever since the 5th grade. But, you’d never know it now thanks to my daily skin care regimen of amazing over the counter and prescription products. As someone with incredibly oily and sensitive skin, I never cease to be flattered when I get compliments on my skin. For over 15 years, I’ve used prescription pills, face washes, and creams in an attempt to keep my skin clear. After visiting a dermatologist a few months ago, I finally found the perfect complexion cocktail to keep my skin radiant. Without further ado, here’s the skin care routine that I swear by.
In the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash. I then moisturize with Cetaphil Oil Control Moisturizer SPF 30. Lastly, I apply Acanya, a combination of Clindamycin Phosphate and Benzoyl Peroxide available by prescription only to fight acne.
At night, I again wash my face with Cetaphil DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash followed by CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion. As the final acne treatment of the day, I apply the prescription cream Tazorac.
Thanks to this treatment, my skin is absolutely glowing. I really only wear foundation when I feel like it. If you’re not happy with your skin, getting prescription acne treatments isn’t difficult at all. Since most general doctors treat acne, you might not even have to go to a dermatologist to get the products you need. Though the out of pocket costs tend to be a little higher than your average medical costs much of the expense is still covered by insurance.
Make a luxe statement as you walk into your business meeting or while arriving at a dinner with a colleague. Rich, shimmering shades of gold is the ideal way to achieve a ‘goddess’ effect with a sun-kissed twist. This look has been rocked on the runways and by the biggest celebs. Nicole Richie followed this very of-the-moment trend recently at Fashion Week where she hosted the 10th Annual Style Awards. According to Cosmopolitan, she wore her gorgeous eye makeup with a straight, sleek bob with terracotta bronzer and nude lips. Anyone can wear gold eye shadow. The trick is selecting a warm shade of color that will complement your skin tone.
Choose a Shade
From super sunny to smoky and subtle, golden eyeshadow shades can take on a multitude of looks. It works well for a lively daytime or a sultry evening look and is a warm option for holidays and parties. Choose a shade that will blend well with your eyes and skin tone for the best results. Dark metallic shades, such as a golden bronze, can flatter women with ebony or olive skin tones. Fair skinned women should opt for paler shades of gold with yellow undertones.
Enhance the look by combining your gold shadow with other colors. Gold eyeshadow works well with your basic black smoky eyes for a dramatic nighttime look. Darker bronze hues should be applied in the creases, while lighter shades should become more translucent as they reach the brow bone for proper highlighting. Eyeliner should be neutral for a soft daytime look. Using various forms of eyeshadow such as powder, cream or gel can also create different looks. Refinery29 suggests using a cream liner instead of a pencil when lining your inner rims, as it will stay put longer and is more resistant to smudging and fading.
Get the Look
Begin with clean, moisturized skin which will help to adhere the makeup and make it last longer. Prime the eyelid from lash to brow with a light neutral eyeshadow or face powder. Apply a stick, cream or liquid foundation around the eyes in areas that have increased pigmentation. Blend the concealer well to even out your skin tone with your finger or blending brush. Use a dense applicator brush to apply a wash of gold eye shadow over the entire lid area, stopping at the crease.
Using a dark golden brown, copper or other complementing shade, apply color to the crease and outer edge of the lash line and blend outwards. Use a highlighter around the inner corner of the eye and under the brow bone. Complete the look by applying a subtle wash of eyeshadow with a pinkish tone over the entire eye to add an instant pop of color. For a bolder look, use black eyeliner to line your upper and lower lash line. Darken and lengthen your lashes with a coat or two of black mascara.
Use complementing colors on your cheeks and lips to play up your best feature – your eyes! Opt for a subtle pink cream or fuchsia powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. Lips should be kept neutral to make your eyes the main attraction. Clear gloss on the lips can be used to keep them moisturized during the day. The golden eye look doesn’t work quite as well for women who wear glasses. Really make your eyes pop by making the switch to Coastal.com contacts when rocking your golden lids. Contact lenses are also available in colored selections, allowing you to create a variety of looks using your eye color. Golden makeup enhances brown, hazel and green eyes best.
Last week, I attended the It’s Smart To Do Good Origins Event hosted by Emmy Rossum benefiting charity: water. Origins has a long heritage of giving back to the earth and combining beauty and brains. So when I heard that Origins and their Smarty Plants CC Cream were teaming up with charity: water to correct the global water crisis in Ethiopia, I was immediately intrigued.
Standing on the rooftop of the JIMMY at The James Hotel penthouse, I got caught up in the breathtaking views of Manhattan at sunset. However, when I heard more about the water crisis, it opened my eyes even more as I became deeply aware of how privileged I have been to have what seems like unlimited access to clean water while so much of the world struggles for it. That’s a realization that I will not soon forget. To do your part to end the global water crisis, tweet using #donate and #SmartyPlants. Just $30 provides one person in Ethiopia with clean drinking water.
I’m always on the hunt for high quality organic beauty products. When it comes to beauty, nothing is more of a selling point than a certified cruelty-free seal. So when I came across Logona, a European beauty brand dedicated to manufacturing and packaging eco-friendly makeup and body products, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Recently, I gave their natural shampoos a try and couldn’t believe just how silky and soft they left my hair feeling. I love the smell of the Logona Volume Honey Beer and the moisturizing qualities of the Logona Repair Shampoo Ginkgo. Unlike many organic products that are expensive and unattainable, Logona is surprisingly affordable and available at many large drugstore chains. I totally recommend this line of organic shampoos for the an easy body and spirit refresh.
New York may be a glamorous place, but when you’ve worked all day and stayed out all night, it can leave you stressed and exhausted. Stress doesn’t just complicate your life, it also does a number on your skin. When stress becomes chronic, hormone levels remain elevated triggering a combination of symptoms effecting your skin including unwanted irritation and inflammation. Stressed skin is often deprived of oxygen and the vital nutrients it needs for immune functions and healing. This can result in excess oil, breakouts, dehydration, and even premature aging. In Icelandic language, “skyn” means “senses,” reinforcing the direct link between the senses and skin.
skyn ICELAND is the first line of skin care designed to combat the physiological effects of stress on skin. It provides both instant relief from everyday stress and immense long-term benefits giving you mini spa treatments in between coveted spa days. Each formula contains skin-boosting actives and technologically advanced ingredients that help lessen physical and emotional stress. All skyn ICELAND products can be used in conjunction with your current skin care regimen for both internal and external stress relief. Each product is formulated with the biospheric complex that delivers the ultimate stress relief cocktail formulated from the basic elements of Water, Earth, and Air.
Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels: After a long day or before an early morning, I love placing these cool gels under my eyes for instant relief from puffiness. The cool sensation from the gels, helps relieve mental stress.
Glacial Cleansing Cloths: skyn ICELAND’s cleansing cloths are perfect for cleansing and detoxifying stressed skin on-the-go. Infused with natural extracts and Icelandic glacial waters, they purify skin by removing dirt and makeup without water.
The ANTIDOTE Cooling Daily Lotion: The cooling lotion is best for combating premature aging by detoxifying and stabilizing skin with a cooling burst.
Arctic Face Mist: The face mist can be used in the place of toner and contains a natural preservative system that cools irritated skin and can help set makeup. Like the Cooling Daily Lotion, it also feels amazing on contact.