So I had all the fun during the Holiday Events and New Years Celebrations! But that left me feeling drained and sluggish. And who wants to start 2020 feeling like that? Since I practice a few different ways to detox my body from impurities, I thought I would share them so we can start feeling more revitalized again!
Ginger Detox Bath
1. Run a hot bath. It opens the pores and prepares body for cleansing as well as release.
2. Add 2 Cups of Epsom Salts. Epsom Salts are a combination of minerals, primarily magnesium sulfate. Magnesium is essential for multiple body functions. Magnesium Sulfate aids detoxification by strengthening the body's own detoxification methods and opening up primary detoxification pathways. It also helps eliminate heavy metals from the body, increases the body's ability to eliminate toxins through the digestive tract, and increases the production of digestive enzymes produced in the pancreas. It will also relax your muscles.
3. Add two ounces of ground ginger. Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory that increases blood circulation and helps promote the elimination of toxins through sweat, (you can also use 2 Ginger Tea bags if fresh Ginger is not readily available. When feeling like my allergies are worsening, I will drink Ginger Tea while in the bath).
Make sure you are drinking a lot of water before and after these baths to keep your body hydrated while it's working at flushing out your system. And please do not take more than 2 of these baths a week. It can be extremely dehydrating.
Lemon Cinnamon Detox Water
Detox waters are nothing but water infused with herbs, fruits or veggies to make it nutrient rich along with detoxing properties. There are a lot of detox water recipes available online, but when it comes to body cleansing and intense detoxifying, nothing can beat the basic lemon detox water!
Combine all ingredients below and place in fridge for about 2 hours to allow flavors to infuse.
1. 6 cups of filtered water
2. 1 lemon, thinly sliced
3. 1 cinnamon stick
Adamah Clay Detox
With Adamah Clay Detox you can aid the body in all its healing processes with clay baths, internal detox drinks, and full body wraps that alleviate inflammation, sore muscles, and revitalize the immune system back to its optimum capacity.
100% Pure Calcium Bentonite Clay. Carefully and responsibly sourced from underneath a 3-foot thick crystal zeolite cap, this pure negatively charged volcanic ash is one of the world’s best kept healing secrets. Its 9.7 ph makes it a perfect way to alkalize the body without harsh side effects or restrictive diets. Adamah’s 400 screen mesh bentonite is the most effective way to pull from yourself positively charged ions, metals, free radicals, and other pollutants.
I have worked with this company and I do use their products. I am not writing about them because I am getting a kick back, (I do not receive anything from any brands I write about). I am writing about this product because it works, and I love sharing my favorites with you all.
Go to Adamah Clay and check out all the awesome products they offer!
With normal change of seasons, along with the drastic raising and lowering of temperatures on an inconsistent basis, your skin may be stressed out. Are you noticing an unusual dry or flaky texture? A tighter feeling on your face? Or maybe you got too much sun exposure on a beautiful day outside, then on the next day, your skin may just need more hydration. There are so many ways to sense how your skin is doing on your face and body! Listening to those hints helps immensely. Noticing how tight your skin feels after you take a shower, before any face products are applied is your first clue. If you have any of these issues, follow the links below for product suggestions to combat those issues. Or, if you have a favorite product, share it with me!
Dry Skin: Try adding a moisture boost or moisturizing mask to your regime.
Moisturize and help heal your skin with the Specialist Skincare from Bio-Oil. With the addition of Pur-Cellin oil, the skin quickly absorbs the serum without leaving behind a messy residue. With regular usage, the skin serum can also improve the appearance of stretch marks, scars and uneven skin tone. Just massage this healing oil into knees, elbows and heels to moisturize these commonly dry areas of the skin.
Drunk Elephant - Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil, $40-$70
This amazingly absorbable oil delivers clinically proven results to reverse the signs of aging as well as incredible antioxidant benefits that guard against environmental stressors and free radicals. Look for a noticeable reduction in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, redness and blotchiness with improvement in skin’s elastic feel. Your skin will drink in this nutrient-rich oil leaving no residue behind. It is naturally anti-microbial and appropriate for all skin types, including the most sensitive.
Flaky Texture: If you aren't using a chemical or physical exfoliant (topical products containing benzoyl peroxide, salisylic acid, glycolic acid, or enzymes such as pumpkin, papaya and pineapple). It may be time to invest! These products fight skin flakiness and or textured skin.
The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% toning solution, $8.70
The concentrated formula boasts a 7% solution of Glycolic Acid, an alpha hydroxyl acid that gently exfoliates the surface layer to restore clarity and visibly improve uneven textures with a balanced pH for maximum efficacy. The additions of plant-derived Tasmanian Pepperberry and Aloe Vera help to soothe any irritations or redness, while Ginseng Root boosts radiance for a healthier looking visage. Used daily, the toner leaves skin appearing toned, smoother and more refined.
Drunk Elephant - T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum, $90-$134
This high-tech gel resurfaces dull skin, gently lifting dead skin cells away by dissolving the glue that holds them to the surface. The results are greater clarity and a smoother, more even looking complexion. Formulated with our dream team AHA/BHA blend including Glycolic, Lactic, Tartaric, Citric and Salicylic acids and blended with raspberry extract, T.L.C. Framboos™ sinks in easily and delivers effective and precise chemical exfoliation without the harsh side effects like dryness or sensitization. Horse chestnut and white tea help to soothe. Fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration along with excess oiliness and pores will appear dramatically diminished. Go from a drab complexion to an absolutely luminous one, practically overnight.
Hopefully these tips will help you have a glowing and vibrant start to your new year!
P.S. I got the bio-oil tip from a favorite beauty pro Kate Kubala, love my artist tribe! <3
W3ll People released some new must have products! I present to you the Bio Based Baked Foundations, Bio Baked Brightener Powder and Optimist Semi Matte Lipsticks.
Bio Based Baked Foundation, $27.99
This simple, yet powerful technology that combines the utility of pressed powder with the skincare benefits of cream. The Bio Baked Collection offers easy, travel-friendly portability, foolproof application and a velvety soft formula that bonds to the skin like a liquid cosmetic for effective, all-day wear. You’ll enjoy a naturally flawless, smoother complexion with a weightless, modern semi-matte finish. Organic Squalane and Honokiol nourish the skin and help protect against unwanted free radical damage.
Bio Brightener Baked Powder, $24.99
This ultra-smooth baked powder provides invisible coverage with a matte radiance that blurs imperfections and minimizes pores. Brush it on for a soft, luminous, healthy glow that imparts a flawless, no-makeup makeup look. The feather light texture feels weightless on skin and blends effortlessly. Magnolia Bark and Squalane enliven and nourish the complexion for long term benefits.
Optimist Lipstick, $16.99
A high-impact, nourishing, petal-soft, creamy satin semi-matte lipstick. This plant-based formula naturally delivers long wear, intense moisture, weightless texture and rich color designed to flatter all skin tones. Organic shea butter, jojoba oil and luxurious silk provide lip nourishing nutrients, vitamins and omega oils for healthy, hydrated lips.
Available in six shades.
I cannot stress how much I love these products, I have a client at the end of the month that is highly allergic to every brand of cosmetics including most "clean" makeup brands on the market. We have tried and tested W3LL PEOPLE products, with awesome results! I am so excited to bring these new products to her! My client is one of four performers that will be gracing the stage and filmed for the duration of the concert. W3LL PEOPLE is a true staple in my kit!
W3LL PEOPLE'S Mission (from their website);
W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and treehugging entrepreneur. We're passionate about making positive choices in life, particularly when it comes to self care. Skin, our largest organ, absorbs about 80% of what we put on it. This crucial fact drives our mission to create super premium quality cosmetics without using the potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup. Our modern approach to beauty is built on simplicity, authenticity and performance. We get that you want minimalist makeup, but need instant gratification. You'll find our delightfully stylish products unmatched in delivering a natural "no-makeup" look. State-of-the-art, premium non-toxic formulas effortlessly deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection that's unbelievably light. With W3LL PEOPLE you don't just look good, you feel good. Join us in our crazy beautiful dream and look naturally fabulous every step along the way.
Get out and get you some!
The most commonly asked questions I receive are about great skincare and makeup setting sprays. Look no further! These tried and true products are in my professional kit, as well as my personal arsenal.
Let's start with eye cream! If you are over 35, and you want your under eye area to appear firmer, brighter and diminish lines;
Drunk Elephant C-Tango Multivitamin Eye Cream, $64
A rich and restorative eye cream featuring a brightening combination of eight peptides, five forms of vitamin C, and cucumber extract for firmer, stronger-looking skin around the eye area.
This product is free of gluten, fragrance, essential oil, silicone, and irritants. It is vegan and cruelty-free.
Drunk Elephant is a supporter of IEF (International Elephant Foundation) and is cruelty-free.
Would you like a workhorse product that helps your blackheads, pores, breakouts, and controls excess oil?
Salicylic Acid Pore Minimizing Serum, $49
Formulated with salicylic acid, this ultra-light gel serum purifies pores, zaps blemishes, and purges excess oil, blackheads, and bacteria. Caudalie’s natural salicylic acid (a BHA, or beta hydroxy acid) is clean, powerful, and oil soluble, which allows it to penetrate pores, targeting the most stubborn pimples caused by bacteria and dead skin. While the salicylic acid works hard to flush out excess oil and clarify clogged pores, rosewater works to your enhance glow and hydrate skin. The formula is further enriched with antioxidant grape seed polyphenols to protect the skin and prevent the oil inside your pores from oxidizing, or turning black, which is essentially a blackhead. A complex of noncomedogenic essential oils provides antiseptic benefits to calm the skin and keep it clear, leaving it smooth and soft. Powerful yet soothing, this serum is safe for sensitive skin and is recommended for combination to oily skin, as well as those with hormonal breakouts.
Literally the most popular question is: "Jessi, which setting spray do you love the most?" BEHOLD;
Skindinavia - The Makeup Finishing Spray, $29
This clinically-proven makeup finishing spray (also known as a setting spray) applies as a lightweight, breathable fine mist to set liquid and powder makeup and hold it in place for 16+ hours!
Skindinavia's makeup setting spray boasts the ultimate extreme long wear set and hold with our patented slow release encapsulation formula that promises a finished look that doesn't compromise.
I hope you get out there and try some of these products! NOTE; if you do purchase The Makeup Finishing Spray by Skindinavia, be aware they have an oily skin formula. But unless you have extreme oil production, I would not advise getting it!.The spray above is great for normal to oily skins. Until next time!
W3LL PEOPLE is getting a lot of my attention lately. Having such diverse clientele, this brand has become my one stop shop. With the different allergies to cosmetics and personal skin issues that my clients have, I found myself turning to this brand for answers, time and time again. W3LL PEOPLE have products that benefit my sensitive skin clients for televised events, as well as live events, print work, and television performances. It also looks gorgeous for every day wear, and at a reasonable price point.
Products I carry in my kit:
Bio Correct Multi Action Concealer
Realist Invisible Setting Powder
Altruist Foundation Powder
Nudist Multi-Use Duo
Natural Highlight and Contour Duo
Nudist Lip Butter
W3LL PEOPLE'S Mission Statement, (from their website):
At W3LL PEOPLE, our gorgeously good for you cosmetics contain premium natural ingredients with an emphasis on superior performance. There are NO potentially toxic chemicals, preservatives or petro ingredients, not even a little bit, ever. What our plant-based makeup does contain are a host of hydrating and therapeutic botanicals, including organic aloe, organic chamomile and organic green tea.
About the owners; W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and treehugging entrepreneur.
Renee Snyder, M.D.
Be sure to check stop by the North or South Austin locations. They provide multiple services; including one-on-one time with a makeup artist, or a skin care appointments by licensed skin care professionals.
For years I have been dedicated to MAC paint tube and paint pot primers. But after a multitude of artists told me to try the Too Faced Shadow Insurance, I am blown away at how wonderful it works with my oily eyelids. I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner. It is AMAZING!!! I worked a 12 hour day, I had zero creasing and my shadow was perfectly in place. I also have a couple of stubborn dry patches that it soothed out perfectly. Before you do your makeup, if you aren't already using this product, you should.
From Sephora's website: Shadow Insurance locks down eyeshadows, intensifying color to ensure waterproof, crease- , and fade-proof coverage for up to 24 hours. The ultra-lightweight, colorless formula glides effortlessly onto lids, leaving a smooth, even canvas for budge-proof shadow application. Formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.
Too Faced - Shadow Insurance, $20
Along with that, I had to try a few foundation types since my Marc Jacobs Genius Gel is being reformulated and is completely sold out. And my concealer, well let's just say I have been through them all it seems. I was just not satisfied. I was poking around Nordstrom and walked around playing with brands. Finally speaking with a beauty rep from Yves Saint Laurent and by playing with their products, I found my new favorites! I have been wearing the Touche Eclat Le Teint - Radiance Awakening Foundation SPF 22. It feels like satin going on and really lightweight. The coverage is gorgeous with a hint of glow, perfect for my skin in the colder winter months.
From Sephora's website: Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation is enriched with stimulating Ruscus Extract, an anti-fatigue formula that energizes skin by stimulating micro-circulation and targeting dullness to instantly improve the look your skin’s brightness and luminosity, while the Vitamin E protects against free radicals. Formulated with SPF 22 to provide sun protection, it leaves a weightless finish while offering eight hours of a refreshed, radiant look.
Yves Saint Laurent - Touche Éclat Le Teint Radiance Awakening Foundation, $58
For concealer, I have been going between Chanel, Tarte, Nars and Urban Decay. One product is heavy, one was the lightest shade and too dark, one had little coverage, and one oxidized. Low and behold, I love this darn Yves Saint Laurent, All Hours Concealer. It is light feeling with a silky texture that conceals and glides on flawlessly.
From Sephora's website: Instantly blur and erase imperfections including dark circles, bags, redness, hyper-pigmentation, broken capillaries, age spots, and discoloration. This advanced 16-hour formula won’t cake, crease, or fade nor will it accentuate the look of fine lines and wrinkles. The highly concentrated, flexible pigments move with you to provide a highly workable and blendable texture that stands up to makeup meltdowns and resists fading, heat, humidity, and touch. The ultra-smooth, creamy matte finish looks just-applied all day. No touch-ups required. Formulated without: Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates.
Yves Saint Laurent - All Hour Concealer, $34
Hope you all are having a wonderful holiday week, and be sure to get those makeup steals and deals on black friday!
I love finding new brow products! And under $10, who isn't excited!!! My first favorite is:
Maybelline Eye Studio Brow Define + Fill Duo, $6.99
This product is wonderful! I love having the versatility of a powder and micro liner in one product. It holds well, the pigment is beautiful! I really live this beauty steal!
The second brow product is:
NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil, $9.99
It is another amazing steal! Along with trying myself, I actually put two colors in my kit, to try it out. So far I am happy with the color and wearability.
Enjoy this beauty steal! And let me know about your under $10 products. Until next time. <3
Max Factor's U.S. relaunch
Max Factor is one of THE leading brands with decades of innovation and inventions, to amazing artistry and product history, and a bevy of starlet actresses he created looks for. After migrating to the US in 1914, he originally started selling eyeshadows and eyebrow pencils in Los Angeles in 1916. He is the FATHER OF MAKEUP, he actually coined the words "Make-Up".
If you know me, you know I have been collecting vintage makeup products since 1996. I am a HUGE fan of his to say the least. Not to mention in the early 2000's I found that Max Factor Pan Stick foundation was THE product of drag queens, with it's amazing application and coverage, (I continued to have a few in my kit until they were expired). I also swore by their mascara, the 2000 calorie Max Factor, pre and post "X" launch. Then, in the mid 2000's they left the U.S. market. I was devastated.
For the relaunch, the AMAZING makeup artist Pat McGrath, has joined forces with Max Factor to relaunch into the U.S. I was beside myself with excitement. Not to mention nervous it would all be sold out, considering I received the info a week after announcement. I ran to Walgreens (it was an exclusive product to that drug store) and purchased 3 out of 4 products.
Max Factor X U.S. Capsule Collection::
Masterpiece Max Mascara, $10.99
Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Eyeliner, $10.99
Colour Elixir Lipstick in 2 shades, Simply Nude & Maroon Dust
Above is my purchase, I BOUGHT IT. I only get gratis (which equals free product when I credit a recognized magazine for a makeup I use). This was not one of those times. I used all three products on a shoot.
The mascara I used then gave to the model, since I wanted to try out their brush. It was pretty awesome coverage, and the brush seemed to reach alot of lashes with one stroke. It stayed smudge-proof throughout the look changes. And model stated it felt really good against her lash line. I will purchase that again.
The eyeliner is a felt tipped "marker brush" which is great for at home application of a "cat eye", and the color payoff is gorgeous. However, unless I ruin the liner, there was no sanitary way to re-use that product. So I gave that to my model as well.
The lipstick, I bought in Simply Nude. I should have read the description, it explains that it is a moisturizing lipstick, and colorful. I naively expected full color pigment. For me, the moisturizing effect left it too glossy for me to use again, and the color payoff was not impressive. It streaked over her lips. I tried to fix the streak, and it looked worse and overly glossy. So I removed and added a different product. (le sigh..... insert sad face here).
In the end, spending $33 before tax, isn't worth my time. I was disappointed. I love you Max Factor, but as a Professional Makeup Artist, I will not be using these products. In my personal life, maybe I will by the mascara again for myself. The eyeliner, no I have products that I like better. For lipstick, nope. I am hoping to get some beautiful images from my shoot. All in all, I will watch for more product launches by Max Factor. Here is a behind the scenes peek that I look with my iphone. Enjoy!
Until next time, my pretties.
Last year, I took fought with a few different brands of tinted moisturizers and BB cremes. I loved the Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 out of all of them, but this year I wanted something different. And, with our cold one week, warm and humid the next week weather, it really has affected my skin and my foundation choices. (Side note: I change my foundation to a tinted moisturizer in the fall/winter because my skin shows more dryness patches and to fight the wind, sun and other free radicals.) So far, I have tried Laura Mercier, Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer against the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer and the Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint. To be fair, I only tried the Hourglass on a client, I don't know that I loved it. I really need to try it on my skin. But now I want to try the Dior Hydra Life BB Creme, (hahaha, whoa.... ) there are too many products to choose from. When I go back to Sephora to return the Laura Mercier, I will purchase the caudalie today. Also asking for couple samples from Hourglass, Dior and any other types my Sephora consultant suggestions. I posted the reasons below for the why and why nots. Feel free to ask any questions if you have them! Let's keep this conversation going!
1. Dr. Jart+ Premium Beauty Balm = Best SPF coverage, lightweight, light coverage, but a bit oily faster than I like.
2. Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer = SPF smells was very strong, very oily application, then faded into matte. But brought out my lines and got oily pretty quick.
3. Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Tinted Moisturizer = lightweight, really light coverage. Blurs imperfections better than previous two products.
This battle to be continued....
Jessi Pagel is a makeup and hair artist working in commercial, lifestyle, corporate, editorial, tv and live events. This blog has everything from how-to's to the adventures of her life and works in progress.