BEST BEAUTY FINDS OF 2017

As a blogger, I am often gifted with tons of beauty products to try and use.  From skincare to haircare to makeup, there are just tons and tons of great products out there.  However, there were a few brands that just stood out after testing and have now become my daily go to staples.  The brands and products I’m about to recommend are NOT SPONSORED.  Yes, some of the products were gifted, but some were purchased by yours truly, and my reviews are 100% my honest opinion.  So here goes…my favorite beauty finds of 2017:

SKINCARE

Hands down, my favorite skincare line of 2017 is Dr. Dennis Gross, and specifically their Alpha Beta peels and C+ Collagen line.  If you have followed along on my InstaStories, then you would know that I’ve been using their Alpha Beta peels since the summer, and have raved about it ever since.  It’s the quickest and most effective 5 minute in-home peel you can buy.  Sephora runs a special of 5 bonus peels with the 30 treatments box.  I don’t use it daily as suggested, but every other day.  I feel like my skin just glows from the inside out.

Their C+ Collagen line was later introduced to me after I started using the peels, and I am OBSESSED with using the serum and deep cream every night.  I use to only use La Mer for my night cream, and did so for 10 years.  However, it became too costly, and I’ve been in search for a new night cream ever since.  The deep cream can be used in the AM and PM since it’s light enough to be worn during the day, but I like using it in conjunction with the serum, which is to be used once daily.

Frankly, for the quality and effectiveness of their products, I would expect Dr. Dennis Gross to be at a higher price point.  However, they’re still fairly new, and with so much competition out there, I can see why they have sustained at their current prices.  Don’t worry, I’m not complaining.  I’m just happy that I have found a skincare line that works and that I can afford.

HAIR CARE

Ever since I chopped off my hair this fall, I have noticed that I have to use so much more products in my hair in order for it to not look dead or limp.  From texturizing sprays to thickening hairsprays, I’ve been spritzing all kinds of stuff in my hair.  The two products that have made the cut are OUAI’s wave spray and texturizing hair spray.  They literally bring life into my hair.  I use the wave spray on my washed damp hair, blow dry, then spray in the texturizing hair spray to give it volume.  It works wonders.  I usually keep the hair style for a few days and just spray in more texturizing spray when need be.  Usually by day two my hair is good and ready for some curling action, and that’s when I bust out my T3 Micro wand.  It gives me the perfect loose wave, don’t care kinda look.

MAKEUP

I could pitch you a million products under the makeup category, but that defeats the purpose of this post.  There was just one makeup item that I really fell in love with this year, and that’s Stila’s Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow.  I love them in every color and finish.  They are the perfect enhancement to any eyeshadow look.  I thought they would be clunky and dry up sticky, but they are just the opposite.  They glide on smoothly when applied, and they dry naturally like a moisturizer going into the skin.  The glitter and metallic finish doesn’t irritate my eyes and I love the way they sparkle under the light.  I loved the first one I purchased so much that I got the eyeshadow set as well to test out all the other colors.  This would be a perfect addition for your NYE look.

 

There you have it.  My favorite beauty finds of this year.  I wish you all a safe and fun New Year’s celebration and I can’t wait to see y’all in 2018! Xo!

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