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BEAUTY BITE: HAIR + SKINCARE Q&A WITH MOLLY SIMS

posted by Elshane on Apr 8 2014, under Beauty

Molly Sims has mastered the perfect dewy skin and healthy long blonde locks, and I don’t let a day go by without reminding her. Our relationship goes back seven years, when I handled Public Relations for Diane von Furstenberg in NYC. Since then, Molly has let her beauty secrets slide to me, one by one.

But, hey! My readers deserve to have the shot at a model-like glow, too! So I sat down with Molly last week in Los Angeles to get a Q&A breakdown of her favorite beauty products for an on-the-go-gal like us, and why...

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CLEAN SWEEP: YOUR PERFECT FACE MASK

posted by Elshane on Jan 23 2015, under Beauty

Us #bosslady boos who work hard must always indulge in giving back to our bodies, particularly our skincare regimen. After a long day on set, I make sure to always exfoliate, use toner, and slap on a 20-minute moisture surge. 

I recently discovered these (*wow alert, under $8 each) Dr. Jart + masks during New York fashion week, and quickly invited them into my bedroom. For the sake of my skin and yours, here's the gossip on their performance...

All That Lift & Firm: 

This gel mask was by far the most fun mask to put on, but also the hardest. It comes in two separate parts, an eye mask, and then a lower face mask which they instruct you to stretch past your ears. I opted to just stick it to my cheeks because it seemed a bit cleaner, and worked just as well. The caffeine and aloe left my face feeling tight n' right! I would continue to use this mask once a week. 

Brightening Infusion:

This gel mask is great to do with your significant other. It's easy to apply, feels so tight on the skin, and fits on all face types. It's targeted towards dark circles, dark spots, and uneven skintone. Basically, a Thursday night delight... 

Water Replenishment:

This is the cotton sheet mask that I fell in love with during Fashion Week. It's easy to apply and left me feeling moisturized and refreshed because of the immediate cooling sensation from the allantoin and witch hazel. It's a bit messier than others, but fine if you're using it while laying in bed. Thumbs up.

I will admit I forced my husband to take a few photos of me in this mask for my blog and he was so horrified with the image of me as a mummified ghost that he refused to let me post them. They really did look that ugly. I recommend using this during some good ol' fashion alone time. And, yes I still have those photos and am proud of them. 

Pore Minimalist:

This black, seaweed-like mask (filled with Korean charcoal and spearmint) was very exotic upon opening! It felt cold and soothing on my face, but slid around a bit while I watched TV. It's intended for large pores and I have very small pores so I didn't notice much of a difference the next morning. Worth a shot if you have large pores.

P.S.- Anyone notice this creative way of taking the photo of me in the mask? This was round two, after my scary round one photo shoot with the Water Replenishment mask. {#beautytestingproblems}

If you've tried a mask that you'd recommend, leave a suggestion in my comments section!

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GIFT GUIDE: MY #1 BEAUTY & SKIN ESSENTIALS

posted by Elshane on Nov 27 2015, under Beauty

I'm a beauty junkie and I'm always proud to share my findings with my favorite audience. Here's the deal...

I try product after product after product-- so you don't have to! Everything on this gift guide I've gathered is a tried and true recipe for success-- I use each and every single one of these products daily or weekly! I stand behind these products, and can't wait for you to experiment with their greatness.

Whether you're in the market for a new eye shadow palette or face cream, or you haven't quite realized how important it is to never leave home without your brow pencil (my #1 beauty secret), this guide will gear you up to put your best face forward in 2016!

Enjoy shopping my favorite mascaragycolic face mask, the best red lip color in the gameeveryday perfume, and more! And don't forget about your friends for the holidays... beauty packages make the perfect gift. 

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WINTER BEAUTY HACK

posted by Elshane on Jan 18 2016, under Beauty

Winter sneaks up on me each year and I often forget to amp up my hair and skin routine to prepare in time. But, like everything else in life (I truly believe), it's never too late to start.

I tested out some new beauty products while in the perfect cold climate this weekend-- Aspen, Colorado! And I've survived to report some exciting news about each item...

 

BLISS UN-BUFFING BELIEVABLE smoothing finishing balm: I'm not usually one for extra steps on my typical wash- moisturize- makeup facial routine. But this balm came highly reviewed so I gave her a whirl. The packaging was what I thought would be the best part of the product (there's a magical brush that sprouts from inside an all-in-one compact), but I was wrong. The actual product was the star. 

The balm is like an instagram filter for the face. It's intended to be the final step after you apply your bronzer or foundation makeup. It's creamy but dry, and gives a matte-dewy finishing glow. (Oxymoron, I know, but that's the only way to describe its affect.) Perfect for skin that is destined to be cracked and dry in these remaining winter months. $35.

 

KORA ORGANICS Cream Cleanser: I had lunch with Miranda Kerr last month in Los Angeles and she introduced me to her skincare line that I had never before tried. We bonded over pregnancy and organic skin solutions for these challenging nine months. If that glowing face of hers swore behind her skin products during her pregnancy, then I thought it was good enough for me. 

She sent me her entire line and although I've been using the Day and Night Face Cream from day one, it took a month for me to test out the Cream Cleanser. I was pleasantly surprised by the lightweight consistency of the cream-- it felt like I was truly cleaning my skin while avoiding all of the harsh chemicals that so many cleansers pack in. The smell of the cream is natural and lightly fragrant, yet not overbearing, which I loved. It's a keeper! $52.

KERASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME Hair Oil: This product is for every chick (and dude!) who doesn't need to wash their hair every day because it gets greasy. For all normal to dry hair types out there, like me, this is the perfect winter to summer hair oil!

This oil works either before you wash your hair as a pre-conditioning treatment, or post-wash as a leave-in conditioning treatment. It left my hair silky, soft, smooth and full of life, all without the grease. If you don't use an oil on your hair in general, I recommend this product-- it protects from split ends, over-drying, and winter weather by restoring strength to your strands! $50.

LAURA GELLER Concealer Crayon: I'm a NARS devotee when it comes to my concealer, but I thought it was only fair to give this crayon a shot. It has a thinner consistency than my NARS crayon, which for dry and flaky winter skin is a big plus. My only problem with the crayon is that the color is a little too orange for my skin tone-- something that's more individual to the person using the product. I recommend trying this in person before buying! $22.

CHANEL Match Box Cover: Ok, this doesn't have anything to do with beauty, but it's certainly cute enough to keep on your vanity. I found one for you on sale for $92 here.

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