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Hey guys, so I have some bad news. I am not able to upkeep this blog anymore. I have a lot of obligations between school, work, sports, and a bunch of other stuff. It’s been really hard these past couple of months to keep up with everything, so I’m having to cut back on a few things.

If anybody wants to keep up with me, then they can just check out my personal blog: http://up-with-the-dawn.tumblr.com

Just as a disclaimer my personal blog isn’t updated very often and the content is completely different.

Once again I am so sorry for having to do this you guys. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. I’ll try to answer them all

Makeup for Acne Prone Skin

  • Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer – As you learned this week, I’m totally for some oils when it comes to battling acne. But I’m careful when it comes to primer and I don’t think that’s the place for oil. This one is the only one my more skin-conscious clients trust me with.
  • Clinique Acne Solutions Foundation – I love it because it really covers redness and is medicated to clear up existing acne and not cause future breakouts.
  • E.L.F. Acne Fighting Foundation — It’s awesome not only for its affordability but also because it contains salicylic acid, tea tree, camphor and aloe to fight and soothe acne.
  • Dr. Brandt BB Matte Cream with Shinerase — It’s an amazing BB Cream because not only does it give great coverage but it also mattifies shine. Unfortunately it only comes in two shades.
  • Murad Acne Treatment Concealer — Spot conceal with it before foundation so it can treat the blemish while it covers it. Then apply more if you need to after foundation.
  • Neutrogena SkinClearing Mineral Powder — If your skin is particularly oily, try switching to this mineral powder foundation. I’ve found you don’t have to reapply this one and it doesn’t irritate or cause more breakouts.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Microfinish HD Blush — I prefer cream blush to powder blush and this one was brought to me by a client on a vampire show with the worst hours ever as the only one she’ll let near her cheeks. If you have a powder one that you love for acne-prone skin, please share it in the comments below!
  • Boscia Clear Complexion Blotting Linens – I love them because they’re made from tree fibers and infused with natural acne-fighting ingredients. I use them on set to blot away oil and shine without having to use powder.
  • Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45 — A lot of sunscreens are greasy; but we need protection! This is great for oily skin to wear over foundation or alone.

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How To Keep Skin Healthy This Winter

1. Keep it simple — moisturize. “My patients with dry skin frequently tell me ‘I know I should drink more water’, but they aren’t moisturizing,” Dr. Waldorf told us. “While keeping hydrated internally is important for your general health and therefore your skin, the most direct way to improve dry skin is by applying a good moisturizer daily.”

Have oily skin? Dr. Waldorf said that you need to moisturize too! There are lighter lotions and serums appropriate for oily skin without making it feel slick or greasy or causing acne flares. She said to look for serums with hyaluronic acid or glycerin.

2. Avoid over-washing with harsh soaps. Strong detergent soaps strip important proteins and lipids, the foundation of a healthy skin barrier. “Your skin should feel soft and supple after washing, not tight,” she said.

3. Detox the skin! Continue to apply topical antioxidants to quench free radicals. Dr. Waldorf recommends Caudalie Vinexpert Firming Serum to be used alone or as part of an anti-aging regimen even for the driest skin.

The face isn’t the only victim of wintery, dry skin—you can’t forget about the hands, elbows, knees, and feet. Dr. Waldorf told us that these areas have a thicker skin barrier and require thicker moisturizers. Hands are exposed to the elements constantly and get the brunt of dryness from washing.

MDC Tip: Apply a thick coat of lotion on your hands and put socks over them like mittens before going to sleep (preferably on a “you” night). In the morning you’ll be shocked by how hydrated and smooth your hands are!

MDC recommends: Kiehl’s Crème de Corps (hello limited edition “Grapefruit” Whipped body butter for holiday!), The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Hand and Body Lotion, bliss high intensity hand cream.

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Foundation Brush Master Class

LIGHT COVERAGE:

For lighter coverage, choose a Tinted Moisturizer, BB Cream or CC Cream and pair it with a Stippling Brush. My favorites are Chanel Blending Brush #7 and Dr. Brandt CC Glow Cream.

  1. Squeeze a small amount onto the palm of your hand.
  2. Swirl the stippling brush in the product to load it up.
  3. Swirl the brush in circular motions all over your face and neck.

MEDIUM COVERAGE:

For medium coverage, choose a Liquid Foundation and pair it with a Buffing Brush. My favorites are Sephora Brand Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45 even though we’re not using it with mineral powder but instead with Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation.

  1. Again, squeeze a small amount onto the palm of your hand.
  2. Load up the buffing brush by swirling it in the product.
  3. Swirl the brush in circular motions all over your face and neck.

FULL COVERAGE:

For full coverage, choose a Liquid Foundation or a Cream Foundation and pair it with a Foundation Brush. This provides the most coverage because you are literally painting the product on. My favorites are the MAKE UP FOR EVER Artisan Brush #176 withBobbi Brown Luminous Foundation (this has quickly become my personal daily foundation) or Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick.

  1. For the liquid foundation, squeeze a small amount in the palm of your hand and dip the foundation brush in it. For the cream foundation, sweep the brush against it to load it up.
  2. Paint the product all over your face and neck, starting at the center of your face and working outward in downward strokes.

(Source: thebeautydepartment.com)

Guide To Flawless Special Event Skin On Any Timeline

If Your Event is More than 1 Month Away

If you’ve been planning for this event for a while, why not get your skincare routine started early? To help jump start your glow, we recommend scheduling a series of monthly facials that will rid your skin of blackheads, trapped dirt and any other agents that cause dullness. Make sure you do your research before choosing a facialist and it might even be a good idea to meet him or her prior to your facial.

For an even deeper treatment, you may also want to remove the outermost layer of skin to reveal a fresh, younger dermis. Glycolic peels are typically applied to the face, neck and décolletage and reveal the deeper levels of skin that have not been exposed to the sun or other free radicals. Don’t be alarmed if your skin gets a little red as it rids of the top layers with sun damage, discoloration and fine lines.  Be extra cautious when you go outside, however, as this new layer of skin is extremely sensitive to the sun and apply a sunblock of at least SPF 45.

If Your Event is 1 Month Out

If exfoliating isn’t already part of your regular regimen, make sure you start incorporating it at least a month out as results are cumulative. Sure, your complexion needs to glow but make sure you don’t abandon the skin on your body! We are covered head to toe with skin that sheds its dead cells constantly but problems can arise when that process slows down, leaving dead cells to clog pores and create dullness. In addition to helping us to shed dull, dead skin, exfoliating can also prevent acne and ingrown hairs, even out skin tone, and better keep skin hydrated and soft. Health experts agree that exfoliating should be done two to three times a week, and perhaps even less for those who have sensitive skin.  You don’t have to scrub too hard, just firmly in circular motions, to slough off the dead cells and reveal fresh, baby soft skin underneath. For facial skin care, you will also want to incorporate a serum and heavy-duty moisturizer to prep your skin and make sure that it is properly hydrated and groomed for makeup application on your important day!

If Your Event is 2-3 Weeks Away

So, you received an invitation in the mail for a party two to three weeks out. At this point in the game, it’s still early enough to treat your skin to the following:

Extraction: Even if you have the best skincare routine in place, blackheads and build-up will always occur.  Every so often you will need to remove these stubborn, unwanted friends.  Make sure you steam the skin first and use a blackhead removal tool to extract the gunk.  One piece of advice: DO NOT SQUEEZE!

Mask: Facial masks will freshen your skin, unclog pores and rehydrate your dermis.  Make sure you find a mask that targets your specific skin care needs.  Trust me, your face will appreciate extra tender loving care.

If Your Event is 1 Week Out

Scenario: The new guy you just started dating invited you to his company’s holiday extravaganza.  You have exactly one week to prep your skin.  Where do you start? Seven days does not give you too much time, so it’s important that you don’t do anything too drastic to your skin.  This is the very last day that you should do a facial mask to add hydration and unclog your pores.  Every night, cleanse your skin thoroughly, use a toner, a serum and a heavy-duty moisturizer to prep your skin and feed it the necessary nutrients to help your makeup apply flawlessly on the big night.

Also, any facial and body waxing should be completed by this time to insure that your skin is fully recovered from any irritation or redness. You will also want to get your eyebrows shaped or waxed now, as you do not want to deal with it the day prior to your big day, especially if your skin is very sensitive.

If Your Event is 3 Days Out

It happens to all of us.  Your dude suddenly “remembers” that his family is hosting a holiday dinner.  Oh and?  The entire family, including aunts, uncles and cousins will be there.  At this time, your excitement is building and your nerves are on the rocks.  Try to take it easy to avoid blemishes that pop up due to stress.  All you can do at this point is apply a heavy-duty serum and moisturizer combination day and night to provide extra hydration and moisture.  Make sure you get at least eight hours of sleep and use a rich eye cream to avoid dark circles.  Drink a lot of water and put some pep in your step (twenty minute cardio) to get your blood circulating for a natural flush and glow. 

If Your Event is Tonight

You know those uninvited “friends” (aka pimples) that tend to show up the night before or, even worse, on the mornings of important events? It’s happened to the best of us. The main thing is to help shrink the pimpleand dry it out. If a whitehead appears the night before, you will need to apply a warm compress to it, then a tiny dab of benzoyl peroxide to kill the bacteria.  If you wake up with an unwanted friend (or two) on your face, the key is to decrease any redness with some Visine—yes, the eye care solution.

Most importantly, be yourself—and have fun! Gorgeousness comes from within and these milestones don’t happen often so make sure you relish in the moment!

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