Beauty

What’s In My Bag Right Now (& a Nordstrom Giveaway!)

I’ve heard a lot of your feedback on what I actually use on the daily, so I’m making my handbag snapshots a regular thing, as my last post was a huge success! Given all the recent sales this season, I’ve switched up some of my beauty and fitness go-to’s to account for the weather and summer styles, and I’m also more on the go which means my bags get a little makeover as well!

Summer Bags I’m Loving

I have a bit of a bag obsession (of the business flavor mostly) when it comes to a functional piece that needs to make it from my apartment, to work, travel, and sometimes even out on the town after work. Needless to say, most of my bags need to pull serious double duty.

Bartaile C12

This transitional backpack/briefcase was created for this very purpose! I first discovered this bag on Kickstarter through some of my friends in the technology industry, and I’ve got to say, it looks pretty freaking life changing. It comes in several models/colors, to include nylon and leather. Pre-order yours now, as they will begin shipping in September! I went with the black nylon model.

Madewell Paint Stripe Tote

Obsessed with that iconic Celine bag, but not feeling the multi thousand dollar price tag? Meet Madewell’s bigger twin! Madewell pieces are truly amazing when it comes to quality, pun totally intended in the namesake. This bag is also a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, for less than $130.

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Sweat Cosmetics Twist Brush Mineral Foundation

I had heard of this brand a couple years back but never got around to testing it out. As soon as it became available at Sephora, I knew I had to give it a try. For my minimalist makeup ladies and those of you that aren’t too sold on sweating in your skincare and makeup, this stuff’s for you. In my opinion, it’s better than Bare Minerals (especially if you’re oily like me).

IT Cosmetics CC+ Illumination Cream w/ SPF 50+

I seriously cannot say enough good things about this product. It’s my go-to year round when I want no-fuss coverage that will stay put, and summer is the perfect season for it. It saves me time in the morning and space in my bag, as everything my skin needs is already in it (cue that SPF 50+)! The illumination version gives you that subtle pearly glow that isn’t overly shimmery, which is a giant plus. Think Glossier Haloscope in a foundation.

Glossier Rose Balm Dot Com

For a little extra glow during the summer, I like to look into colored balms, as the weather is entirely too hot for all my matte lipsticks and liquid lipsticks. This Balm Dot Com has a cherry tint to it, making it functional as well as pretty to wear. Plus, it’s less than $20, and lasts forever.

Foreo LUNA Play Cleansing Brush

This thing is a LIFE (skin) SAVER. I swear by my Clarisonic Fit, but when I travel or need to wash up post gym, I carry around this tiny travel-friendly version by Foreo. Plus, it’s only $35!

Fitness

Bkr Spiked Naked & Tutu 16 oz Bottle

I cannot live without my Bkr bottles, and now that they’re on the Nordstrom sale, I had to stock up. These travel SO well, and are easy to drink out of, not to mention environment-friendly! Grab this amazing set of two bottles for a steal of a price.

….and last but not least!

If you’ve been filling up your Nordstrom cart, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet, you might be in luck: enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a $500 Nordstrom gift card!

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In celebration of the recent launch of Lili Alessandra a maker of fine linens and soft furnishings on Nordstrom.com. I have partnered with a few of my favorite bloggers to give away a $500 Nordstrom gift card! Simply enter below by completing the raffle copter. You’ll receive one entry per completion. This giveaway is open internationally and ends on 8/8. Winner will be announced here. Good luck!

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Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: The Only 10 Things You Need To Get

The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale opens live to the public tomorrow, so if you’re not a cardholder (OR missed out on something because it sold out) IT’S TIME. After experiencing the sale myself during early access, I was able to cut out a lot of leg time for all of you! Hate trying shit on/not being impressed by it when it arrives? Yeah, me too.

I’ve had an INSANE few months adjusting to my new schedule, and honestly, DON’T sweat the small stuff! Less IS actually more: I’m a firm believer in finding pieces that can work twice (or three!) times as hard, so I can eliminate the stress of added clutter, so this list is full of only efficient hard working staples that your closet and home actually need.

Strictly Athleisure

Nike LunarEpic Low Flyknit 2 X-plore Running Shoe Rose Gold: These sold out in HOURS, so nab ’em now, think later! They fit true to size, so order your usual running shoe size. Sold out? Grab these instead.

Nike SE Juvenate: Obsessed with the special edition design of one of my favorite Nike shoes! They’re only $70 too!

SPANX Faux Leather Legging: Dress up your legging game with a pair of these coated leggings! Sizing is pretty standard, I ordered an XS which correlates to sizes 2-4 in Lululemon for reference.

Nike Dry Versa Training Crop Top: I seriously cannot get enough of this top! As a crop top lover, this is a must. These throwback logos are making a serious comeback, so don’t miss out on it!

Accessories

Voluspa Maison Blanc Two Wick Tin Candle Set: These are some of my favorite candles ever besides Diptique, which is also included in the sale here. They smell amazing,

Quay Australia Living Large Aviator Sunglasses (Rose Gold/Black): These went SO FAST for early access! Grab them as NOW while you can, as they’re some of my most worn sunnies outside my traditional Ray-Bans, and a fraction of the cost! These other amazing Quays are also a must for only $36, here and here!

Worthy Investments

Rag & Bone/Jean High Waisted Skinny Jean: These fit incredibly! This Nordstrom sale is the time to stock up on quality denim, and Rag & Bone never disappoints on fit and style. I ordered two pairs!

Good American Good Legs High Waist Ankle Skinny Jean: Literally cannot say more good things about this brand. The quality is perfect and given their stretch, you never feel like you’re wearing jeans! Size down though, as they do run large. For reference, I usually wear a 26 in jeans and took a 0 in these.

Clarisonic Mia Sonic Cleansing System: This sale is also the time to invest in tools, and I swear by this. I have the Mia Fit, but recommend any of the Clarisonic tools, as they’re totally worth the investment. Use it with my favorite cleanser, which is also on sale!

T3 Black & Rose Gold SinglePass Luxe Flatiron: This is NOT A DRILL. This, and its sister hair dryer are on sale for nearly half off, and one of the best investments you can make for your hair. My hair is dried in record time, and it doesn’t damage my over-processed ends!

 

Sweat-Proof Beauty & Sephora’s VIB 2x Points on Makeup Event

My favorite thing about Sephora is their incredible rewards program that they have for their customers. It’s unlike any other retailer, except for maybe Nordstrom, when it comes to rewards, private shopping events, store events, etc! That said, BIG DEAL ALERT! Usually, 2-3x points are centered around fragrance or skincare, so the fact that double points are being added for makeup is a huge deal.

I tested some new sweat-friendly products last week at my custom makeover appointment at Sephora Embarcadero, and I am so excited to share what I found out with you. If you’ve ever tried new skincare products with your makeup, you know that it can often be a struggle to find products that work well together, and don’t fight each other. I’ve had a crazy-busy few months, so my skin was starting to take a turn. My makeup artist Elisia recommended a brand new product at Sephora, a peel that totally changed the surface of my skin, and didn’t disturb my long-wear makeup routine: the Neogen Dermatology Bio Peel. I am OBSESSED, because it works, and it’s less than $30, which is insane for skincare! It’s a must have. She also prepped my eyes with the life-saving 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches from Peter Thomas Roth. These are addicting, FYI. They de-puff, combat wrinkles, and kick your dark circles to the curb! The cheaper non-anti aging version is also equally awesome.

I also paired several of my go-to sweat-friendly makeup products together for a fun colorful look, and my skin held up perfectly. No streaking, no peeling, nothing. My makeup artist recommended these products for all types of skin as well, so if you’re not oily like me, you don’t need to worry. These products are truly transformational. In honor of this rewards campaign, I’m linking my top makeup products so you can have a starting place for discovering new products that seriously kick some major ass.

If you’re a Beauty Insider, grab some of these products now while you can with the 2x rewards! Happy Friday, and happy shopping babes!

xx- M

Makeup Details

Peel:  Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling, Neogen Dermatology (unreal level of performance, this is a must)

Eye Prep: 24K Gold Pure Luxury Lift & Firm Hydra-Gel Eye Patches, Peter Thomas Roth (miracle worker, like above)

Foundation: Teint Idole Ultra Long Wear Foundation , Lancome (best sweat-friendly foundation)

Primer: Veil Mineral Primer, Hourglass (best primer ever)

Eye Primer: Eye Shadow Primer Potion, Urban Decay

Eye Shadow: Artist Shadow Eyeshadow, Make Up For Ever, in Steel and Blueberry Diamond

Eyeliner: Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Matte Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, Marc Jacobs, in Over(night)

Mascara: GRANDIï SE Extreme Wide-Angle Extreme Volume Mascara, Lancome in Black (best mascara ever)

Lashes: Everlasting Lashes, House of Lashes x Sephora

Lips: Cream Lip Stain, Sephora Collection (best kept Sephora secret!)

Still not sure on what to snag? Shop on your own directly via the Sephora link in the right sidebar, and choose your faves before the 2x points event ends next Thursday.

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography

Makeup by Elisia at Sephora Embarcadero Center

What’s In My Handbag Right Now (and a $700 giveaway!)

I’ve been crushing hard on my current on-the-go lineup, so I decided to create a recurring column to share with you exactly what’s in my bag this month. My makeup/skincare and personal collection of technology are rather extensive, but there’s a few that I currently can’t live without right now:

IT Cosmetics “Your Skin But Better” CC + Illumination Cream with SPF 50

This CC cream is OMG life changing. It saves me 3 steps in the morning, to include sunscreen, concealer, and highlight. It’s my go-to makeup for work, and pretty much everything. It’s easy to apply and take on the road, so it’s always riding in my handbag or weekend bag!

Glossier Balm Dot Com

The warm weather is getting real right now, so the need for moisture has been equally real! I use it primarily for my lips, but it also works wonders on sunburned shoulders etc. This stuff also comes in different flavors and subtle colors, so it can even give you a little glam if you need it in a pinch while you’re on the go.

Halo 3000 mAh Lighted Compact Mirror Portable Battery Charger

This charger is not only legit when it comes to charging time, but also saves space by eliminating the need for a makeup compact for mirror privileges on the fly. Plus, this one’s under $30!

Altec Lansing Black Waterproof Bluetooth Headphones 

I’m loving these headphones right now! I found these at Nordstrom Rack, and am hooked. They’re wireless AND waterproof. I haven’t worn them in the pool yet, but they hold up pretty well in the steam room and in the rain. The real win? They’re also under $30, and since they’re from Nordstrom, if they don’t work for your ears, their return policy’s got you covered.

Tom Ford Patent Finish Lip Color

Holy OMG. This glossy (but not sticky) lip color is just BEYOND on so many levels. It’s super pigmented yet wearable, and comfortable. I want one in every color but have settled for one of my go to shades of neon pink (Erotic).

Pinch Provisions Minimergency Kit For Her

This thing has saved me and my friends so many times when out for the evening, or out at the park during the day! It has everything you can possibly imagine needing, and keeps disasters at a minimum, or at the very least, keeping you from having to go home to regroup.

Photo by Rachel of Rachel Radcliffe Photography

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The 5 Warm Weather Beauty Products You Need In Your Life

Summer is nearly around the corner, which means it’s time to change up my beauty routine! I shift my go-to products every season, as our skin’s needs depend a lot on the weather and the elements. The past few months, my skin has been dryer given the cold and wet winter we had here in San Francisco, and my week trip out east into the freezing winter of New York.

That said, these past few weeks have been amazing here in the city weather-wise, so I’ve been pulling out my summer go-to’s a little early. There are a few key products you need to have at your fingertips:

Daily Sunscreen

If you’re not applying a DAILY shield to your skin, you’re aging it! I wear a daily sunscreen and vary the brand based on season and the needs of my skin. For summer, I stick to the following brands due to their lightweight nature and/or higher SPF rating.

Algenist Sublime Defense Ultra-Lightweight Sunscreen: Super lightweight, and SPF 50. This stuff feels like thin silk on the skin, and doesn’t leave that thick sunscreen style residue. I wear it every day.

Glossier Invisible Shield: BIG DEAL GUYS!! This stuff is BRAND NEW from Glossier, and officially LAUNCHES TODAY! It’s strictly sunscreen, which allows you to pair it with whatever moisturizer/makeup/primer you want, making it completely universal for anyone’s skincare routine! It’s a great one for everyday wear that won’t break the bank, yet works.

Clarification

The higher temps of summer make sweat a chronic issue, and if you’re not on top of it, you can become more prone to breakouts and uneven skin. I take colder showers, power up my clarifying oils (oils keep you from getting greasier during the day – counterintuitive I know!) instead of drying gels to combat breakouts, and also add in some body sprays that help when you’re forced to sweat in your clothes due to walking around/working out.

Acne Free Body Clearing Spray: This spray is a lifesaver! It’s a drugstore find and actually works. I spray it all over my back, shoulders, and chest after showers and it keeps my body clear of any breakouts due to wearing sweaty workout gear or simply exploring the city on a sunny day.

Glossier Super Pure Serum: This serum is one of the best ways to reset your skin, and won’t break the bank! From combatting the pollution of city life to replenishing your skin after a long summer evening out, it comes ready to work.

Sunday Riley UFO Oil: This oil absorbs quickly and primes your face perfectly for a bright summer glow. It’s a great way to get rid of blemishes without over drying your skin with acidic gels during warmer weather.

Exfoliation

It’s super important to get rid of dry skin during the drier months and the best way to do it is before you shower by dry brushing or adding in an exfoliating scrub. I use my Clarisonic with a body brush and add in one of my favorite scrubs.

Neutrogena Body Clear Body Scrub: best for your budget! This stuff, just like the rest of the line, is pretty solid. It’s my go-to during the super sweaty months inside and outside the studio.

Fresh Brown Sugar Body Polish: I started with the lip scrub from this line, and immediately got hooked by all of it! This stuff smells amazing and leaves you feeling super silky.

Ole Henriksen Rub n’ Buff Sea Salt Scrub: I love everything from this line, and this scrub is no different! If you’re sensitive to sweet smells, this one’s for you.

Lip Care

Your lips shouldn’t be neglected when it comes to the above steps! It’s sensitive skin, so it’s really important to apply sunscreen and care for it the same way you do the rest of your body. I start by exfoliating, priming, and then add in my Glossier daily sunscreen before applying lip color.

Bite Everyday Agave Lip Scrub: This stuff is PERFECT for summer. It keeps your lips hydrated post-scrub and leaves them ready for the rest of your lip regimen and lipstick.

Fresh Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy: This soothes dry lips, and is the perfect match to your favorite lip scrub. It has anti-aging properties that really help out during the sunnier months with fine lines/etc.

Brightening

With all the sunshine, it’s super important to care for your skin and treat dark spots and blemishes, which can darken during the summer months. The best time to add in skin lighteners and brightening products is at night when your body has time to regenerate. I love my brightening sleeping masks!

Obagi Nu-Derm Fx Set: This is one of the most powerful skin lighteners out there, and one of my favorites. Blend the two together to reduce sun spots, and reveal a more radiant skin tone. It’s worth the splurge.

Peter Thomas Roth Camu Camu Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Mask: THE best on the market. It even moisturizes your skin, which preps your skin perfectly for warmer weather!

Sephora VIB Spring 2017 Sale: My Top Picks

It’s no secret that I am a Sephora-addict, much like many of you! If you are unaware, today marks the beginning of one of Sephora’s ONLY true sales of the year (for the most part, unless you are VIB). I’ve done all the legwork for you, and will break down the important details below, as well as my top picks for what to snag with that overall discount! There are some MAJOR product drops this spring that you don’t want to miss.

Sale Details

Starting today, the sale will go on for a week depending on your rewards level, with promotions as well as an overall 15% discount on your purchase, using the code: ROUGESPRING, VIBSPRING (for VIB members and Rouge members), and 10% off for Beauty Insiders using the code: BISPRING. If you haven’t signed up to be a part of Sephora’s rewards program, DO IT. It’s seriously the one of the best rewards program in the world in my opinion.

Rouge Babes (18-24 April)

Today, you can bring any friend into a store, and they will also receive 15% off all purchases, and you both will get a free canvas bag while supplies last!

VIB (19-24 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

Beauty Insider (20-23 April)

You can use your code as many times as you want in store or online for the duration of the sale!

My Picks

Jo Malone

It’s now available at Sephora, so stock up on your favorite scents now! My personal favorites of the line:

Wood Sage & Sea Salt Candle

Red Roses Travel Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Candle

Peony & Blush Suede Cologne

Clarisonic

If you haven’t bit the bullet yet on a device, try it now! I swear by mine. My skin is cleaner, brighter, and smoother. I personally use the Mia Fit because I travel a lot between midday workouts during work and trips, and it’s easier to deal with when you’re low on space. For budget-friendly options, the Mia 1 is equally awesome!

Mia 1 Cleansing System

Mia 2 Cleansing System

Sunday Riley Power Couple Duo: Transformation Kit

I adore Sunday Riley, and these are two of my favorite products from the line. Being a huge lover of all things designed for sleep time, this pack has one of the best: Juno. I use Good Genes in the morning before the rest of my makeup and sunscreen lineup.

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence

I talk about this stuff ALL the time. There’s a reason. Snag it on a discount now, because it never goes on sale.

La Mer Creme De La Mer

Discount. Duh. This sh*t also never goes on sale. Don’t be dumb.

Tom Ford Patent Lip Finish

Let’s just start with the fact that I am NOT a $53 kinda lipstick gal. However, this one is actually worth the price. It’s THE next “it” lip product. I tried it for my photo shoot this weekend, and holy OMG! It’s super pigmented and comes in a ton of colors. I’m a huge gloss hater, and this one’s as comfortable and fuss-free as Glossier’s signature gloss.

Narcissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette (Limited Edition)

I love NARS. This recent new addition is limited, so grab it while you can! It has so many neutrals and basics, perfect for literally any occasion.

T3 Featherweight Compact Dryer

This one is a travel version of the best dryer I’ve ever used! They both work equally well and are totally worth the investment.

Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo

Best blush in the world, hands down. You can truly customize the intensity and color breakdown, which is revolutionary! It’s all I wear outside the new Glossier Cloud Paint.

Marc Jacobs O!Mega Volumizing Mascara

Holy colors!! These are super pigmented and add a pretty pop of color to your day or nighttime look. They were selling out at my local store on Union Street, so grab these while you can!

Happy shopping babes! What are you all excited to purchase this week?

Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volumizing Mascara

Best mascara on the market. I love anything that saves me time, so a mascara that can give me faux false lashes in 1-2 swipes….Sign me the F UP.

Turning 32: The Beauty Routine You Need In Your 30’s

Fact: This photo above is completely un-retouched so you can see JUST how effective a good skincare routine is.


Today I turn 32, another year into the prime years of my thirties. There have been so many exciting changes, from career progressions to my personal style choices, and my beauty routine is right there with them! I’ve always been a skincare conscious individual, learning from my mother at an early age to take care of my skin. It’s my most complimented feature, and I want to take time on my birthday to share some of my best skincare hacks that have kept me looking ~25 for a while now. I have learned the types of products that actually work, as well as when to start adding them into your daily regimen, because…timing is everything.

So, what’s SO different about your 30’s? A ton. Over the past two years, I have noticed small changes in my skin, to include fewer blemishes, less oil production, and the beginning of tiny fine lines. I have evolved my beauty routine to mitigate these concerns (and even tried my first ever Botox treatment for my frown line!), while also continuing to keep up the most important foundations of my regimen. Today I’m revealing exactly what you need to have in your beauty cabinet to put your best face forward as you jump into your 30’s.

Retinols

I’ve been using these since I turned 20, but if you’ve yet to add them in, you need to once you hit 30. They are crucial when it comes to reducing the appearance of fine lines, as well as giving you an overall more smooth and even skin tone. In my 20’s, I used them once a day, applying to clean skin in the evening after my face wash and masks. My favorites for 30-somethings are:

A Force XR Retinol Serum Concentrate, Serious Skincare

Obagi360 Retinol 1.0, Obagi

Sleeping Masks / Oils

If you’re not sleeping in a solid lineup of skincare yet, you NEED to. I don’t ever go to bed without some sort of sleeping mask on top of all my serums and creams. Our bodies do the majority of regeneration at night, so if you’re not taking advantage of it by adding in key products, your skin is missing out big time! My favorites include anti-aging effects, and moisturizing properties, like these:

Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, Fresh

Luna Sleeping Oil, Sunday Riley

Sleeping Mask – Orchid, Sephora

Sleeping Mask – Rose, Sephora

Serums

It’s time to start getting obsessed with serums, and oils. They’re an investment and should be treated as such. Now is the time to invest in your skin, and toss your drugstore options. Over the past few years, I have noticed my skin beginning to get a bit drier in certain areas, especially my eyes. Being an oily skin type my entire life, it’s been interesting to see how some of my favorite go-to products stop being as effective, given the shift in my skin. When you hit 30, it’s important to start adding in serums and oils to your routine for all parts of your body. Some offer different benefits based on the type of skin you have, and I’ve rounded up my go-to’s for just about every type:

Oily/Blemished Skin: UFO Oil, Sunday Riley / Super Pure, Glossier

Dry: Pure Argan Milk Intensive Hydrating Treatment, Josie Maran

Anti-Aging: Retinol Firming & Lifting Serum, Algenist

Lips: Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy, Fresh

Eyes: RNA Power Eye Cream, SK-II / Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare

Moisturizers

While I still use some gels, I find myself using more cream and oil based products to keep my skin’s oil production even. Especially in the winter! As you move into your 30’s, keeping your skin hydrated is super important in order to mitigate fine lines. Opt for cream moisturizers  I use one every morning before applying my makeup, and right after my serums. This also goes for your body too. Make sure you are using a moisturizer after your showers to reduce the signs of aging.

Priming Moisturizer Rich, Glossier

The Moisturizing Soft Creme, La Mer (I even use this as a sleeping mask for my face and/or lips in the winter)

Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer, Vaseline

Brighteners

One of the most common concerns for 30-somethings is an even pigment/brighter skin. As we age, our skin can sometimes get more dull, especially if you’re working long hours, or out in the elements a lot. Brighteners and essences work to

Facial Treatment Essence, SK-II (first thing on my face EVERY DAY.)

Super Glow, Glossier

Nu-Derm Blender, Obagi

Nu-Derm Sunfader, Obagi

Camu Camu Power C, Peter Thomas Roth

Beauty Flash Balm, Clarins

Sun Protection

If you’re not amping up your sun protection, now’s the time! I wear SPF 50 sunscreen daily (YES. Daily.) and have noticed that I have fewer wrinkles or signs of aging. My skin has looked pretty much the same since high school, and I’m convinced it’s because of this one hack. Plus, this is why bronzers and sunless tanners were invented! I simply shade my way to match the rest of my body in the summer months. I’ve linked THE best (bar none) facial self-tanner below too. I use all of these sunscreens, depending on the time of year.

Invisible Sheild SPF 35, Glossier (my everyday wear MUST)

Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight Sunscreen, Algenist

UV Physical Broad Spectrum SPF41, Elta MD

Sport UV Defense SPF50, SkinCeuticals (KILLER for athletes, marathoners!)

Sun Shield Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 50, Obagi

(Working) Cleansers

Gone are the years of simply washing off your makeup. Your cleansers need to be working toward your common goal as well, which is why I now follow a two-step cleansing routine. I use a mild cleanser to first remove makeup, but make sure that it’s one that won’t dry my skin. Glossier KILLS the game of makeup removal. Seriously.I follow with an anti-aging cleanser that matches the goals of my serums. I use my Clarisonic on the second step wash, and it really helps get the most out of the product with deep exfoliation and penetration.

Milky Jelly Cleanser, Glossier

A Wash Vitamin A Gel To Foam Cleanser, Serious Skincare

Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser, Obagi

Mia Skin Cleansing System, Clarisonic

These are all my top products ranked by effectiveness when it comes to your skin. However, sometimes these lists can be extremely daunting! If you’re unsure of where to (re)start when it comes to revamping your beauty cabinet, I also recommend these starter kits and tools.

PSA: This is also my BIGGEST best-kept skincare secret.

Yes, they’re on the pricey side, but they actually work and are a great way to invest in your skin to eliminate the need for injectables and surgery later. We invest in trendy shoes and bags, and now in your 30’s, you must invest in your skin, as it’s the only one we get. My mom has been using the Obagi system below for years, and she literally looks 20 years younger than her actual age.

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Oily Skin, Obagi

Nu-Derm Fx System for Normal/Dry Skin, Obagi

Anti-Aging Acne Bonus Regimen, Murad

Photo by Christine of Christine Hanks Photography