Ok, so we've done Puff and Haze, is anybody shocked to discover that I am obsessed with beam and dusk, too? Nope. Didn't think so. I have a face made for blush. The thing about these two is that I like them OK alone, a little bit of dusk under the jawline gives the equivalent of a nuface treatment for lift, and beam on the balls of the cheeks is just sweet and healthy. But put them together and WOWOWOWWEEEWOW. It's magic.
So behold. I just got a new foundation, and also lip pencil called Pillow Talk ,and I of course used this tip for under the eyes which I am obsessed with. Paired with my favorite jeans, and my favorite basket/purse and my shiny hair and my cool jeans .... and I am feeeelin myself.
Thus is the power of good blush. It's war paint for the amazonian warrier who's still lightly dizzy and nauseated from lack of oxygen in the air, but wants to make friends so badly she will drag her aching butt out of bed and try to shellac herself into feeling better. Those of you who saw my insta-story witnessed that I used basically one of everything in my extensive collection to fake this appearance of health. And it worked. And you know what, for awhile it made me feel better.
Take that people-who-don't-think-I'm-serious-when-I-say-I'm-a-witch.
Oh, and here's my link if you want to get some #badatthis www.glossier.com/reps/dena
the one where I talk through all the products and what I've been doing
the other one where I show you a super fast trick with that wave spray
(you can also scroll all the way down and watch them here)
Klorane Magnolia Shampoo | Ouai Hair Mask | Ouai Wave Spray | Special Hair Towel
And here's some pictures of just how crazy shiny my hair is right now:
It's Spring! It's warm outside! That means... It's time to up my sunscreen game. Winter calls for sunscreen too, but with less time outside (and less pools involved) it's not quite the omnipresent issue. Behold, my spring awakening of beauty - I doubled up my SPF base, switched to my springy floral scent, and even went all fire and ice on my lip balm situation.
P.S. Now that you've done all that hard work on diminishing your scars - don't forget liberal application of SPF.
Kicho Ultra Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF50 PA+++ UVA/UVB
Murad Invisiblur SPF30 PA+++
Bare Minerals Blemish Remedy Concealer
Glossier Boy Brow in Brown, Mint Balm.Com, Soothing Face Mist & Cloud Paint in Puff
Kari Gran Cinnamon Lip Whip (Get the fire and ice? Mixing mint and cinnamon lip balm!)
Balenciaga B. Rollerball
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Defense SPF 30
Alba Coconut Dry Oil SPF 15 (the most delicious smelling SPF of all time, that becomes unbelievaby delicious when mixed with the aformentioned rollerball)
Ouai Masque (I use the heat to amp up the effect on my ends)
Big Hat + Big Sunglasses + Shade (physical blockers are where it's at...)
My adorable husband has been giving me the best compliments recently. "You look amazing, I can't tell if you're wearing makeup or not." "I know you don't feel good but you look like you feel god." "I love you for your mind but you look so pretty." Etc. Etc. Obviously I has to determine what the trend was. There is my new favorite mask . I've been super diligent about using my devices. There's this fun thing. But the truth is really blush. Cloud paint to be exact. After a week of using the ethereal Puff, I decided it was time to crack open a new flavor. The winner, chosen by random selection (I legit stuck my hand in the basket I just got, and now use to store new products I want to try out) was Cloud Paint in Haze.
This one is definitely a crowd favorite (see comments above) because while it looks almost purple in the tube, it imparts an incredibly sexy flush - like all the blood just rushed to your face because a hot boy (yes husband that's you) just checked you out. Like you just drank a gallon of water and took a facial after the best spin class of your life. Like you've been in a hot tub sipping wine for an hour but remembered to properly moisturize first. Like you've been making out, hard. This is definitely the sexy one of the bunch. It looks intimidating because it should be used with extreme caution.
Anyways, I paired it with this cinnamon organic lip balm that is moisturizing, sweet tasting and plumping. Some brown brow tint. Some blurs. There's a super quick video you can watch on how to apply haze (crescent moon, all the way up to the eyes, weird I know but it works!) I think I will just let these pictures do the rest of the talking for me.
hydrating serum | Mist, Mist, Mist | blurs | Cloud Paint | concealer | cinnamon organic lip balm | brown brow tint
I'm pretty sure I've already told this story once before. I will probably tell it a million times in my lifetime. It's one of my favorite stories, and also very much at the core of my identity. It's something I return to over and over again when I feel lost, when I feel creatively drained, when I feel tired, when I want to give up.
Walking into Violet Grey is a combination of walking into the coolest person you know's apartment and walking backstage at a Paris fashion show. The carefully curated shop operates on their own code, The Violet Code, which means every product (not just the line, not even every color of every chosen formula) make the cut! So when I mentioned I was congested, but need something that won't dry me out, but also please could it be "healthy and free from harmful chemicals" I was not surprised when the amazingly talented shop girl was like, "Ohhhh, try this! I'm obsessed with it." Enter the May Lindstrom Honey Mud. I put a little swatch on my arm, kept talking to her, and ten minutes later washed it off with a booming voice screaming, "OMG, I NEED THIS!"
She then gave me the amazing pro-tip that the mask/cleanser was currently being featured in a box that benefitted the local children's hospital, and contained several hundred dollars more of products (all of which were on my wishlist).... Do I even need to finish typing this out? I got it, OK. I got it.
That night, as my hungover, jetlagged and tired self waited for my husband to be done with his other things I slathered a rich layer on my face. Dear goodness me did it feel good. The smell is luscious, like chocolate, honey and something kind of smoky/sexy. I added water, turned into a milky "foam" - that's how you use it as a cleanser - and then did my normal stuff to my face.
HOMG. My skin was so smooth, my pores so gone, my blackheads vanished, my skin soft and plump and free from redness. Lest it was some kind of fluke I used it again as a face wash the following two days. Post airplane, post second hangover my skin was still feeling balanced. This might be the only product in my arsenal I use on my entire face. Then skipped it for a day, just to see... and um, things went downhill. So there you go. When I use it, even just for a quick cleanse, my skin is amazing... #addictedtomud
I also trust May Lindstrom, because her story is one of personally surviving a horrible skin condition and then creating everything in her brand to be effective, but also natural and gentle. Trust and my skin is big.
|My skin the day after masking....|
|No Makeup - two days post regular mudding|
If I see one more post about how you need vintage levi's I will scream. You don't need the perfect pair of vintage Levi's - you need food, shelter, water, and love. But that said, they look damn cool. And when the cool, fashiony girls wear them they somehow become magically flattering, cupping the bum in Gigi-like perfection, a perfect ripe peach.
But of course, I tried. Six pairs scouted from vintage stores, ebay, and etsy. Three tailors in two major metropolitan areas. Nary a peachy bottom in sight. They made my naturally very long, slender legs look like bunchy tree trunks. My hard work lunging and squatting, hidden behind garbage bag gaping thick denim.
I was ready to give up. To concede defeat and spend the rest of my days relying on cool leggings to make myself look IDGAF cool.
Then I was stalking my favorite french journalist/model, who has the perfect pair of vintage levi's. Perfect. Perfect. One pair to end all pairs.
And one day I saw that she had tagged them. That perfect pair of jeans? Shop re/done.
Now I had also read the many articles about the elusive re/done jean. Crafted from dissembled and reconstructed vintage denim - in a way that took almost a year, and near certain failure to perfect. Somehow these people had solved, and then figured out how to mass produce, the elusive highly sought perfect vintage Levi's. It was like someone telling you they had figured out how to breed unicorns, at a cool co-op in Montana where supermodels hang out. And you being like, "Sure, they are unicorns that look great on supermodels, but they look great in everything. What about my gorgeous but non traditionally shaped ectomorph body?
They shot a campaign with Gigi when she "only" had 100K instagram followers... (skeptical face)
And of course, me not be willing to fork over the supermodel level price tag. But they give you 10% off if you sign up for the mailing list, and at some point you can only justify buying $20 jeans and paying $20 for tailoring so many times before you finally just cave and buy the expensive ones.
So I did. It took me about 3 months. Since each pair is different and unique, I would go on everyday and check inventory. I had a pinterest board of inspiration looking for exactly the color, wash, pocket fraying, level of wholes, location of holes, acceptable dirtiness and other factors I can't even remember anymore. Which was insane and just ended up making me crazy.
I read and reread the return policy (it's good) and also the sizing guide (if you're in between sizes, size down - because they are supposed to be a little too tight when you first get them + wear them for a few hours and they "break in" which I was super skeptical of but has in fact happened)
So then I discovered I could let other people pick a pair for me (Revolve, Fwrd, Nordstrom) I decided on my style - high rise, skinny, cropped - clicked and they came.
And then, I spent a week putting them on, wearing them around the house for 20 minutes, doing some lunges, waiting for the magic breaking in to happen, deciding I was scared to wear them out of the house, admiring how my tush looked in them, taking them off and putting back on leggings. Then one day I put them on and I pulled them up and I buttoned them and I was like, whoa. It happened. And now they are my favorite jeans and I'm pissed that it was 70 degrees this weekend because my legs need to breathe and I can't wear them.
I have paired them with my current favorite Ruffled Blouse + Signet Ring , which I also got tailored (took in the sleeves - $10) and which I can't stop wearing because it's so thin and soft but still kind of covered up. Very prairie chic. Possibly the coolest outfit I own.
I love me a fun mask. If it does something weird texture wise, I'm super down to try it. So when I heard about this all in one crazy detox potion I knew I had to try it out.
As promised I waited until I had used it twice, and done some high pressure skin situations, before weighing in on the effects of the mask. I am happy to report no new blemishes (always an accomplishment for me!) and a reduction in the size/marks of existing cysts since I started using it. My skin did feel clean after, but not squeaky clean (hate that! want always to be plump and dewy and moisturized!) After the stress of a move, inadequate cleansing, exposure to new water and world record stress levels, I was fully anticipating a massive break out. Consider me pleasantly surprised that it has not happened yet, and fully willing to accredit it to this weird combo. Also it is fun as heck - albeit super messy - which is why I look so naked in the video (I'm not! I'm wearing a towel!) Also, really take the time to apply a thick layer or it's impossible to get off (see, my forehead in the video)
Wow, that's a lot of punctuation...
Here's the video about my first use, I experimented with a little soundtrack - let me know what you think of that.
Overall - would recommend for people with not sensitive skin who worry about congestion but also aging/dryness. Also people who like weird textures and fancy science ingredients.
From their description:
Rich clay mousse draws our dirt and debris from pores to reduce the appearance of blackheads, then dries to a peel-off mask to lift away dead skin cells for smooth, radiant skin. Infused with skin optimizing Nia-114 + exfoliating fruit extracts to reset skin for the week ahead.
Available exclusively at Ulta
I don't think anybody expected anything but amazing from the launch of Glossier's first foray into blush, the playfully named "Cloud Paint" which was "inspired by NYC sunsets." The question I've been getting is not "Dena, should I get this?" but "Which color should I pick???" Trust me, I feel you, which is why I got them all. For a limited time, you can buy two, use the code "2BLUSH" and get any two for $30 (normally $18 each) and free shipping (normally $35 minimum)
If that's not enough, the collection launched at the Oscars, on the faces of Chrissy, Taraji, Reese, Martha Hunt, and a few other name drop worth stars (read the full list and also their total looks, from their makeup artists on Into the Gloss!)
Since it's basically impossible to compete with that, I decided to just take some pictures of myself in each color after applying as directed - with fingertips, using only a tiny amount. What can I say? I look suddenly tan (I'm not!) flushed, pretty, and totally Puff. Whatever that means, it's good. Enjoy the photos, DM on insta if you have questions, and stay tuned for the other 3 next week.
Glossier Cloud Paint in Puff plus Haloscope in Moonstone, and Boy Brow in Clear, all Glossier
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation + Photography Fluid
Reformation Ruffled Blouse + Signet Ring
on lips: Leo, layered with Cherry Balm.com and extra Puff, also Glossier
on eyes: Jillian Dempsey Lid Tint in Peach, Liquid Liner, Mascara