AGAINST THE GRAIN

I’m 35.  I figure I just come right out and say it.  It seems as though that’s the #1 question I get whenever I talk about my skin, my physique, or my relationship status.  “Exactly how old are you?”  I don’t dress, act or look my age.  I’m going against the grain on what the general society thinks someone of my age should be.

Several factors play into why this is the case:

  1. I’m an actress, and I try my best to look my best at all times since it’s my profession.
  2. I’m not married.  I don’t have any kids, and that helps alleviate the stress that comes with running a household.
  3.  I don’t believe that one should avoid showing skin after any age, as long as it’s in good taste and they can pull it off.
  4. I’m VERY socially liberal.

With all that said, skincare and fitness is vital in this upkeep, which is why I have decided to divulge my skincare and fitness, (I’ll discuss this on my next blog post), regimens to help those that would like to add some youth and pep back into their appearance.

SKINCARE REGIMEN

Before I start, I would just like to state that none of the skincare products I use or name in this blog post is sponsored.  These are real legit stuff that I use on a daily basis.

I wash my face with Cetaphil Daily Cleanser day and night.  I love using this cleanser because it’s gentle on my skin, but has the fighting power to remove most of my makeup.  If I have on A LOT of makeup from being on set or a photoshoot, then I use Bare Minerals Deep Cleansing Foam instead. This sucker will get every ounce of makeup off.  Be sure to wash your face for at least 1 minute to thoroughly cleanse the skin before you rinse off with water.

DAY

The products I use during the day are very different from the products I use at night.  I stick to more anti-oxidant and vitamin C serums versus deep hydrating and/or replenishing serums.  After I wash my face I like to use a toner/softener.  This helps prep your skin to absorb the products better.  I like to use Shiseido White Lucent Balancing Softener.

Next are the serums.  I use to use 3 different ones from AE Skin, but am in the process of testing a new serum, so I’m currently only using 2 serums.  I first apply 3 drops of Le Mieux Vita-C, then I use 2 drops of AE Skin Hydrating Serum.

Because I have a gnarly t-zone, I keep my daily moisturizer light. I like to mix Kate Somerville with EltaMD Clean Sunscreen SPF 46, which is my FAVORITE facial sunscreen of all time.  Note: if you do nothing else, at least wear sunscreen.  This is VITAL in keeping your skin from looking weathered.  I’ll also spray on the occasional hydrating mist.

NIGHT

I have been using Dr. Dennis Gross Daily Peels every other day for over two weeks now and I can see a significant improvement in the radiance of my skin.  My skin glows.  Yes, it shines naturally, and I love the look of my radiant skin.

This peel can be used during the day or night, but I prefer using it at night because I love following it up Le Mieux Hyaluronic Serum and Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil.

I’ve been switching between 2 night creams: Shiseido Bio-Performance Advanced Restoring Cream and La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream, simply because I love one more than the other, but I can’t afford the other one as much so I only use it every other night.  Just click on the links and check out the prices and you’ll know which one I’m talking about.

On the nights that I don’t use the peel, I make sure I use some kind of facial mask.  I spend at least 5 – 10 minutes each evening caring for my skin.  I think that makes all the difference in my appearance.  Here are all the products I have listed above and/or use:

I’ll talk more about how I stay fit and active on the next blog post.  I hope this answers most of your questions, and please keep them coming!  Thanks for reading!


Dress: For Love and Lemons / Shoes: Forever 21 (similar look) / Shades: mine (similar look) / Necklace: You.Nic

Photographed by Mire Yang

DOUBLE LIVES

I’ve been in and out of my Instagram page for the past month.  I’ll post for 4 days straight, then I’ll ghost for 4 days straight.  I feel like I should say more to lead into this blog post, but there’s no point in beating around the bush with this topic.  This bipolar behavior stems from one single reason: I feel like I’m living a double life transitioning from a struggling actress/waitress to a wanna-be living-the-life blogger.

I’m not even going to pretend like my “blogger” life isn’t curated to make one feel as if I’m living the good, carefree, SoCal life.  My InstaStories consist of me working out at some of the coolest WeHo studios, drinking Blue Bottle coffee, eating at the cutest restaurants, and taking selfies in Reformation dressing rooms.  Is this all fabricated?  No.  I do workout 3-4 days a week (via ClassPass), I probably single handedly pay the rent at Blue Bottle for the number of New Orleans I purchase per week, I do eat out more often than I should, and I spend WAAY too much money at Reformation.

HOWEVER, I also work 5 part-time jobs to cover my lifestyle and expenses, (see BUSY AF).  Yes, there is a 5th one.  I forgot to mention in my previous blog post that I also do the occasional catering gig when I am not slaving away at the restaurant I normally work at.  And for a while, acting was a bit on the slow side during the summer break, which gave me plenty of time to travel and take pretty pictures in Tulum and Shanghai.  But there has been an explosion of auditions and events the past two weeks now that pilot season is back.

As much as one is outweighing the other right now, both acting and blogging are still vying for more of my time and effort.  But with the new Instagram algorithm sucking big caca, I’m not sure I have the passion I did before to post consistently, (i.e. I’ve chopped off my hair two weeks ago and I’m still posting pictures I shot with my long hair).

I started Kangthropologie as an extension of my creative outlet, but I moved out to LA for acting.  I don’t aspire to become a full-time blogger, but I do think that these two jobs go hand in hand.  I’m not letting go of #Kangthro by any means, but I am going to take this time and step back and rejuvenate myself with fashion and lifestyle.

I want you to know that the things you see on Instagram or any other social media platform isn’t always what it seems.  There’s hard work, sweat, and sometimes tears to make things look pretty, and for me, it’s my 4 other jobs that help me support this lifestyle.  Thank you SO much for your support and I hope you continue to read and follow along.

Skirt: Missguided / Tee: Urban Outfitters (similar look) / Shirt: American Eagle (similar look) / Sunglasses: Illesteva / Shoes: Steve Madden / Necklace: Adore Jewelry / Necklace: The Brave Collection (from Box of Style)

Photographed by Laci Havens