One of the things that majorly bums me out about leaving New York is that occasionally, there will be something so cool and fun happening… that I just can’t travel back for. I knew that was something I’d have to deal with when we moved, but it doesn’t make it any easier!
Last week, Simple Skincare had an amazing event in New York with Hope Solo, goalkeeper of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team! Hope is absolutely gorgeous, amazingly talented, and a great role model. It’s great to see someone with such an intense lifestyle talking candidly about sensitive skin.
Hope is a huge proponent of looking good and feeling good, and, of course, of products like Simple Skincare that are made without dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants. I think it’s so, so cool that Simple Skincare chose to team up with a female athlete, to remind us all that beauty and strength are something we should all aspire to!
Check out Hope’s skincare routine and tips on staying fit, and enter to win a trip to L.A. to meet her on escapewithhope.com! You can win a 4-day, 3-night all-inclusive trip for two to Los Angeles to meet Hope, including one-on-one time to discuss her skincare secrets, a pro-athlete-level workout, and dinner at one of Hope’s favorite restaurants! (Can I be your plus-one?!)
It took me about a dozen celebrity photos of actresses who tried this hair chalking trend before I realized a key fact: It. Isn’t. Permanent.
It’s not even semi-permanent! It washes out in one wash (sometimes a tiny bit lingers on really light hair till the second wash, but still). The second I realized that, I had to try it! (You can see the result in action here!)
This is my first tutorial video in so long! It took me forever to find a spot in our apartment to do them that had ok light, which is why I’m sort of weirdly camped out in the middle of our kitchen for this one. (I promise I cleaned the counters very thoroughly when I was done!)
I bought my Soft Pastels at Texas Art Supply, but I’m sure you could find them at any art supply store (or on Amazon)! Mine were about $4 each, which is pretty reasonable! All you have to do is twist a lock of your hair, color it with chalk, curl or straighten it with a curling iron or flatiron, and comb it out with your fingers! Done.
So fun! (And if that wasn’t clear enough, watch the video!)
A number of you guys have asked me about Simple Skincare products for specific skin concerns, and while I’d love to be able to answer this with any expertise, I basically only know what works on me! I was lucky enough to try the whole line, but in case you want to pick out a few products to start with that are targeted to your skin specifically, I very much recommend their skincare quiz to figure out which of their facial skincare products work for you!
I took the quiz myself to figure out places in my everyday life that could use a little improvement, and really appreciated the answers! There are a number of things I do right (staying out of the sun, drinking 8+ glasses of water per day, and being pretty good about eating lots of healthy fats and veggies), but there are also a lot of places I could use some improvement. Indoor A/C and heating systems? Always on, and can majorly dry out your skin. Stress? A huge sensitive skin trigger, and one that I can’t seem to avoid. Caffeine is another of my major weaknesses (remember when I gave it up? Um, that lasted… a week), so there’s plenty to improve on! But until you can cut them all out, you can at least choose sensitive skincare products to minimize the damage!
One thing I hear from a lot of you guys, particularly those of you with sensitive skin, is that you’re looking for beauty routines that incorporate natural, gentle ingredients — and so I have a great one for you!
For me, one of the best ways to get glowing, radiant skin is to use an exfoliating scrub. Scrubs are key to keeping skin looking fresh and removing dead skin cells to look your best! One of my personal favorites is the Simple Skincare Smoothing Facial Scrub — it’s amazing for making your skin brighter and more evenly textured.
In addition to Simple’s amazing facial scrub, there are some fun at-home concoctions you can whip up too. Today I thought I’d share a DIY facial scrub that combines some powerhouse kitchen ingredients with Simple Skincare’s really fabulous (and affordable) sensitive skin moisturizer, for a beauty routine that will leave you glowing!
The key to exfoliation is using ingredients that will take off any lingering dead skin cells, but that won’t damage the rest of your skin. The lip scrub that I use is too harsh for my face, so I swapped out sugar in the raw for oatmeal and baking soda as the exfoliants. I used Simple SkincareReplenishing Rich Moisturizer to bind everything together, and to add an extra boost of hydration (12 hours of moisturization!) and nourishment for my skin. (One of the major bonuses to using drugstore products — it doesn’t cost you $20 to mix a little of your moisturizer into a DIY beauty treatment!)
Follow up this mask with your regular facial skincare products, like Simple Skincare’s Soothing Facial Toner, which is incredibly gentle and leaves your skin clean and refreshed. Add another layer of Simple Skincare Rich Replenishing Moisturizer, and let it sink in overnight. In the morning, your skin will feel great!
I don’t know about you guys, but here in Texas, spring has definitely sprung. I walked outside this weekend and it was 75 degrees and sunny, flowers were starting to bloom, and all I could think about was… lipstick.
No, seriously. Because you can get away with smokey eyes in charcoals and browns all winter, but come spring? That’s when you’ve got to step up your beauty game.
So I wanted to put together a cheat sheet for you guys of my top six beauty trends for this spring and summer — from the everyday-achievable porcelain skin to the seriously stunning bold and bright lips that rolled down so many runways in New York, Milan and Paris. While make-up can cause potential skin flare-ups, if you use the right products, you’ll be sure to look fabulous without any skin blunders! If you’re looking to update your makeup cabinet in the next few months, here’s what you should be buying:
Some girls gravitate to this look naturally, and I will freely admit that I am not one of them. In fact, I put this first on the list because it’s probably the toughest one for me to conquer, which means that it should be first on my list to try.
Bright reds, pinks, fuchsias, and oranges are the name of the game this spring, and I’m not talking about gloss. Matte lipstick is your best friend for this look, in part because it’ll stay put longer without losing the dramatic effect. If you’re feeling daring, go for an orange or purple tone, but if you want to stay current and still feel like yourself, pick out your favorite red and wear it proudly.
Just when you think you’ve conquered bold makeup colors, the bar gets raised. Those same pinks, fuchsias and corals you just got used to wearing on your lips… are now for cheeks! Don’t be afraid to play around at a makeup counter until you find one you’re comfortable wearing — I’ve fallen in love with Tom Ford’s blush in Wicked for this trend (very similar to the photo above), but it took me a little bit of time to get used to it! The best thing about a bright blush — you don’t have to reapply a hundred times a day!
As trends go, this is probably my favorite. It’s achievable on just about every skin type, incredibly flattering, and only requires a few products. The key here is twofold: you want moisturized, healthy skin, and then you want to get that sun-kissed, slightly bronzy look.
To pump up the moisture in your face, cleanse and nourish skin with Simple Skincare’sMoisturizing Facial Wash, and then add 12-hour moisturization with the Simple Skincare Hydrating Light Moisturizer. Both of these are terrific beauty products for sensitive skin, so you can get that glowing, dewy-fresh look. On top of that, skip your foundation — use a tinted moisturizer or just concealer and a liquid bronzer to even out problem areas. You want those freckles showing! Cover with an illuminating powder (not a matte powder) and head out to the beach!
This is the look for those of you who aren’t big makeup-wearers — because this is less about makeup and way more about skincare. To get radiant, porcelain skin, you probably need to start with a gentle cleanser and then keep your skin protected from the sun. A great cleanser for sensitive skin that I love (so much that I got this in January and already need another bottle) is Simple Skincare’s Refreshing Facial Wash Gelwhich leaves skin cleansed and revived. Follow up with a moisturizer with SPF that protects skin all day like Simple Skincare’s Vital Vitamin Day Cream, and keep your makeup in varying shades of nude — light peach blush, taupe shadow around the eyes, and a clear gloss. Let your skin be the star!
This looks so pretty when it’s done right! Keep everything minimal with this look, and then add a swipe of pastel blue, purple or green to your eyelids. It goes perfectly with the porcelain skin above! If you can’t bring yourself to try a pastel color, you can also do this look with a light silver shimmery shade — it’s a little more muted and easier to pull off, but still looks fresh and modern!
Strong Brows and Lashes
Stop plucking! Right now. Strong brows are everywhere this spring — those over-tweezed, plucked-into-oblivion brows are no more, and I, for one, am pretty happy they’re gone! Fill yours in until they grow back — a strong brow is nature’s way of framing your pretty eyes. And for eyelashes, if yours aren’t as long as you’d naturally like, fill them in with DIORSHOW mascara and add a few individual falsies at the end.
There you go! What’s on your Spring makeup wish list?