Essentials for Beautiful, Healthy Skin – Part One: Healthy Body, Healthy Complexion

Like many makeup addicts, I have a ton of makeup, several foundations, tinted moisturizers, mascaras, makeup palettes, and countless number of lipsticks! But, to be honest, I own far more skin care products.

As a young girl watching my mom apply egg yolk to her face regularly and removing her makeup with Pond’s Cold Cream (which she still uses to this day!), I learned the importance of taking care of my skin. The better my complexion, the less makeup I need. On many occasions, I skip foundation and just apply bronzer, mascara, and lipstick.

Healthy, beautiful skin starts from the inside out. I’m more concerned about what I put in my body than what I put on it. Three years ago, I was inspired to become a vegan after ready Kim Snyder’s book, The Beauty Detox Solution. Switching to a more raw food diet, had given my once dull skin a new radiant life! You don’t have to go full vegan, but I would suggest to try the following:

DAIRY FREE DIET

No dairy

If you find it hard to eliminate dairy, try to at least limit the amount of dairy you consume by 50%.  Before I became vegan, I used to consume large amounts of dairy, especially, cheese…LOTS of cheese. Since I’ve stopped eating dairy, my body no longer produces excess mucus which can result in breakouts (which I used to get along the jaw line and cheeks).

CONSUME MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES 

raw vegetables

While I made the personal choice to eliminate meat, you don’t have to.  But you should try to limit the intake of animal meat for health reasons.  Consuming more plant-based foods will gradually improve the way your skin and hair looks and feels. I try to consume more raw vegetables than cooked, because the heat from cooking can eliminate the large amounts of anti-oxidants, calcium, iron, and vitamins that are super beneficial for a healthy, glowing complexion. I always start each morning with either a green smoothie (containing spinach, kale, beet greens, celery, romaine lettuce, lemon, and apple) or a beet juice (containing beets, spinach, carrots, blueberries and lemon).

DRINK LOTS OF WATER

drink water

Dehydrated skin is dull and dry.  While this tip is a no brainer and always on the top list for clear skin, many of us do not drink enough water. I admit that I have to find ways to remember to consume more water, especially during the colder seasons. So far, keeping a water carafe on my nightstand and carrying a lovely glass water bottle works well. Tip: You can increase your water intake by eating raw vegetables, fruits and by drinking tea.

ELIMINATE SUGAR

no sugar

The only sugar we should consume is the natural sugar that comes from the fruits we eat.  Any other sugar, even brown, can be toxic not only to complexion, but also to our bodies (e.g. body fat and diabetes).

Coming Soon: Part Two – The Daily Regimen

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Makeup & Skin Care Haul: Ulta Salon & Cosmetics

When I vowed to take a break from my weekly visits to the Fifth Avenue Sephora, I found myself wandering inside Ulta Salon & Cosmetics in Long Island on a weekly basis! I forgot how much I LOVE Ulta! It’s the one place you can find both high-end and drugstore brand makeup, skin care, and hair care products which reminds me that the best quality products are not always the highly priced ones.

 

NYX lip

Swatches (top to bottom): Natural, Ever

NYX Cosmetics (top to bottom):

NYX Lip Pencil in Natural

NYX Lip Pencil in Ever (I LOVE this shade!!)

NYX Lip Primer

 

 

 

 

 

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette

Makeup Revolution Blush Palette in Sugar & Spice.

These blush colors are extremely beautiful and pigmented, and they come in different finishes – matte, shimmer, and baked. And it was only $10!

 

 

itcosmeticsblush

 

it Cosmetics Vitality Cheek Stain In Radiant in Rose

Another beautiful blush color that can be used for day and night.  Because it is pigmented, it can be a little difficult to blend.  It’s best to start lightly at first and layer more on as needed.

 

 

Tarte WineTarte Total Lip Service Collection

One of the best impulse buys while checking out!(Not available online). The set includes: LipSurgence Lip Creme in Soulful; Amazonian Clay Lip Pencil in Wine; LipSurgence Gloss in Wine (a little to thick for my liking)

 

 

 

MasksA shopping trip to Ulta (or Sephora) isn’t complete unless I pick up several sheet masks!

Leaders Insolution Daily Wonders Pore Gone    for Good

 7 Wonders Amazonian Acai Anti-Pollution Mask

 7 Wonders Tundra Cranberry Anti-Aging Mask

 7 Wonders Himalayan Camellia Pore Minimizing  Mask

Beauty Nutrition: Black Truffle Green Peas with Garlic & Onion

Recipes 1

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb of fresh green beans
  • 1/2 yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tblsp olive oil
  • 1 tblsp black truffle oil
  • sea (or pink Himalayan salt) and black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place green beans in a large pot filled with water; bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 to 15 min (until tender).
  2. In skillet, add olive oil; sautee onion and garlic until it lightly browns.
  3. Drain green beans and add to the garlic and onion.  Sautee until cooked through and transfer to mixing bowl.
  4. Mix in black truffle oil, salt and black pepper; serve over brown rice.

BEAUTY BENEFITS:

Green beans:  Contains vitamin C which provides protection from free radicals.  Vitamin C also helps your body produce collegen, which promotes smooth skin and prevent premature aging.

Onion: Contains a ton of Vitamins A, C, and E.  Not only do onions prevent premature aging, onions can provide healthy, radiant skin.

Garlic:  Keeps signs of aging AWAY!

Makeup Review: The Real Redhead by MAC

Testing out my new MAC lipstick in Real Redhead (a nude mauve) which surprisingly works really well with my complexion!  I purchased this lipstick to wear with MAC’s Deep Truth eye shadow (pics to come soon), but I couldn’t wait to try it on!

Other products used:

Face: Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer; Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (7.5); MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter (bright forecast); L’Oreal True Match Powder (n4); Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (Medium/Deep); Urban Decay Naked Flushed (Strip- blush only);

Close up view

Close up: MAC Lipstick in Real Redhead

Eyes: Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (dark brown); Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer (Medium/Deep – dusted across the lids); Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (Espresso Ink); Dior Diorshow Mascara (black)

Skin Care: Improve Your Lip Game

Kaplan MD Lip Mask and Lip Balm SPF 20 available online only at Sephora.com

Kaplan MD Lip Mask and Lip Balm SPF 20 available online only at Sephora.com

Caring for your lips require as much attention as the rest of your face.  I love using Kaplan MD Perfect Pout Lip Mask (at night) and Lip Balm SPF 20 (during the day). The lip mask AMAZING – it hydrates, reduces fine lines, and redefines the contours of your lip, giving it a natural plump look.  The lip mask gives my naturally full lips (thanks to my father’s side) a more healthy, softer look while theSPF 20 lip balm protects it from sun damage.

An older pic of when I used to spend hours blow drying my hair straight!

An older pic of when I used to spend hours blow drying my hair straight!  Lipstick is L’Oreal in Eva’s Red (403)

Hair Story: Curls au naturale – No Heat Challenge

For the first time in a long time, I have given up my laborious weekly routine of blow drying my hair straight and embraced my natural curls.  The goal: achieve healthy hair with no to minimal use of heat.
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My Curly Girl Kit: DevalCurl No Poo; DevalCurl One Conditioner; DevalCurl Heaven in HairDevalCurl Light Defining Gel; DevaCurl Styling Cream; Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Milk

Makeup (feature pic):  bareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream (spice); Nars Radiant Concealer (biscuit); Anastasia Brow Powder Duo (dark brown); Anastasia Contour Kit (used only “banana” under the eyes); Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ( trick); Nars Blush (Amour); Tarte Close Up Lash Liner (black); Tarte Opening Act Lash Primer; Dior  Diorshow Mascara (black); Kiko Milano lip pencil (05); Kiko Milano lipstick (05)