I suffered from eczema as a child and occasionally when it gets really cold it'll flare up again, especially on my legs. A few weeks ago my skin got really bad again, to the point where it was dry, flaky and painful. My regular body lotion wasn't cutting it so I doubled up with this Neutrogena Body Oil and within a few days it was all gone.
Merry Christmas Eve everyone! Here are even more photos from the shoot I did for Avant Garde Vape Lounge in the Lower East Side. This time I got to bring my girls with me and we had a ton of fun! Check them out:
As I mentioned in my last post, the first step of the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine happens to be a two part process. The first part involves an oil-based cleanser (my favorite happens to be the Banila Co. Clean It Zero) and the second part involves a water-based cleanser, like the SU:M37 Rose Cleansing Stick ($25).
Can you believe Christmas is less than a week away? I hope you've finished buying all your presents! Another exciting piece of news, I'll be flying to Wisconsin tomorrow. My lion dance team has been hired to perform in Milwaukee so we'll be staying there until Wednesday. But for now, here's some good reads for this lazy Sunday:
Many beauty experts will tell you that the first step in any skincare routine is vital, and when it comes to the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine that couldn't be more true. You start with a double cleanse, and as if you couldn't already tell by the name it's actually a two-step first step. Wait, what?
Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend and not stressing out too much over the holidays. If you are, may I suggest taking a look at my 3 Tips for Surviving the Holidays? Now, take the time to decompress and indulge in some good reads:
'Tis the season for packed calendars, awkward family gatherings and deflated wallets. When I was a kid this was the best time of the year, but as I've gotten older I've started to dread the holidays more and more. A lot of that stress comes from having to juggle my normal day-to-day responsibilities with the addition of gift-giving and more get-togethers than usual.
This year I decided to tackle the stress head-on by getting a jump-start on all the extra tasks that come with the holiday season. Being on top of everything has really helped and I haven't experienced a melt-down (yet). So here are my tips and tricks for keeping your cool during the most wonderful hectic time of the year:
When I discovered my first pimple as a teenager I literally freaked. The fuck. Out. And as a response, I decided to buy the strongest acne wash and most popular medication I could find. As a result, I piled my face with chemicals that proceeded to ruin my skin. All because of one measly zit on my nose.
Years have passed and since then I've learned that just because I have one pimple does not mean I have an acne problem. I realized that instead of waging war against my skin, I should've been pampering it. So, if I could turn back time, here are 5 things I'd want to tell my younger self:
1. Wash Your Face Daily
Quite possibly the most cliché of my 5 skin care tips but definitely the most important, washing your face every day is something you should never skip. When I was younger I used to stay out all night, so when I got home the last thing I wanted to do was wash my face. I thought I could just wipe it down with a facial wipe and be done with it. But I soon learned, as my skin started to break out, that a quick wipe down was not going to cut it. Now I've adopted the 10-Step Korean Skincare routine and even though it sounds like a huge time commitment, I assure you it's worth it. My favorite cleanser at the moment is the Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam ($13.98).
Hope everyone's having a great weekend so far! If all goes as planned I should be in the middle of a photoshoot right now so tune into my Snapchat (@wcmelle) for a live stream. Now onto the awesome articles I found this week:
Who hasn't heard of the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer? A cult favorite amongst UK beauty bloggers, this concealer is a an affordable high-street buy that works just as well, if not better, than many high-end concealers.
The moment I found out Beautycon tickets were on sale I scooped one up along with my friend. She ended up being scheduled to work that day so she couldn't join me, but my wonderful boyfriend volunteered to go with me in her stead. So bubbykins, if you're reading this, thank you for spending hours in a warehouse packed full of screaming girls!
If you're an avid makeup junkie like me, you'll know that there are certain cult beauty products that you can only find in London. So when I got the chance to spend a weekend abroad in London, I took that opportunity to go shopping at Boots! I picked up the following products that I'd heard so much about and was dying to try:
Welcome to the second edition of my Sunday Link Love series/ As I mentioned last week, I've decided to start posting every Sunday a collection of articles that I found interesting during the week. On a side note, Refinery29 killed it this week!
It's no secret that Korean skincare is taking the States by storm. From the 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine to the Sheet Mask craze, Korean beauty is everywhere. However, I think a lot of people still have a lot of questions regarding Korean beauty such as: What are the best brands to buy? Where can I buy products? What are the best products for me?
It's officially Fall and with the season change comes shorter days, longer nights and cold dry weather. I've already busted out my heavier moisturizers and less mattifying foundations, but if there's one thing I'm keen on maintaining past the summer it's my sun-kissed skin. Dry and dull is not a good look on anybody but the Fall and Winter makes it harder to achieve that summer glow. Below are my top 4 tips for maintaining healthy glowing skin:
One of my favorite things to do is to read, and during the week I usually find a lot of interesting articles that I would love to share. A few of the sites I frequent do a blog series where they round up their favorite posts at the end of the week so I've decided to start my own! Welcome to my first edition of what I'd like to call "Sunday Link Love," where I'll be sharing the articles that I found interesting and think my readers would too. Hope you all enjoy these reads as much as I did:
A few months ago I did a photoshoot for Avant Garde Vape, a vape lounge/art gallery in the Lower East Side. These pictures are part of a bigger project that we've been working on, which I'll reveal at a later date! But for now, here's a sneak peek:
Milan is, in my opinion, the NYC of Italy as its one of the most modern cities and a fashion capital. This was my second visit to Milan in a little over a year and both times one and a half days was enough for me. Here are my top 3 sights to see in Milan:
Not too long ago I got the chance to do a photoshoot for Avant Garde by MMC, a vape lounge/art gallery in the Lower East Side. But before that I had my hair done at MAK Beauty Bar nearby. Eddie did an amazing job so we did a mini shoot for them as well. Check it out:
Korean skincare has been a hot topic as of late. From blogs to magazines, Korean skincare has been making an appearance everywhere. I've been a fan of Korean products since the advent of BB creams so I've tried my fair share. One of my favorite products I've tried lately is the Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack ($10.87)
Rome is one of those cities that tops people's bucket lists because of its rich history and culture. However, if you're a 9-to-5er like me than you don't have all the time in the world to fully immerse yourself in all the big city of Rome has to offer. I was lucky to have four days! So here are my top 5 must see sights in Rome:
The Nude'Tude Eyeshadow Palette by TheBalm ($31.99) has been a staple in my makeup collection for years. Many people consider it a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) but I'd have to disagree. While both contain natural shades, the colors in each are quite different. If you own the Urban Decay Naked then you'd know that the main colors within that palette are a range of browns, purples and grays. However, the Nude'Tude palette holds a range of pinks, browns and reddish browns.
Back in June I had the wonderful opportunity to do a photoshoot with the very talented @aagdollaphotography. We took some shots on a rooftop in Brooklyn and by the Kolonihavehus in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Here's some of the pics:
It's that time of the year again and although I've been out of school for about 2 years now, I do have some words of wisdom I'd like to pass along to those of you who are readying yourselves for the new semester.
My wonderful sister was able to get her hands on a few of these palettes and graciously gifted one to me. These Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kits ($40) have been in high demand since they came out a few months ago and they're definitely more than just hype. The contour kit has all the shades you would need to properly highlight and contour your features.