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Beauty Hacks 101: How to Pack Your Makeup Bag!

By Michelle Fong

Beauty Hacks 101: How to Pack Your Makeup Bag!

 

Hello Lovelies!  Do you take a long time packing your cosmetics for a trip, even if it's a trip to the gym?  I recently shared a broadcast about how to always stay ready, pack light, and have everything you need at your fingertips! 

First of all, you need a practical bag.  The cute valet is from Target.  You may not find the same cute Missoni print, but you will find similar valets with the pouches and compartments similar to mine.  These are the items to pack: 

 

 

In the top compartment, I keep all things long handles, such as brushes, pencils, sticks, eyeliners, etc.  Here's where I keep my eyeliners, foundation brush, concealer/primer stick, and eyebrow pencils. 

Checklist! 

  • Foundation brush
  • eyebrow brush or pencil
  • eyeliner
  • concealer stick 

These secret compartments are perfect for storing those sample packets we get after purchasing our favorite things.  What I carry:  Sunscreen, deodorant wipe, toothpaste packet, and feminine products. The beauty of this is that you can dispose of these packets when you are done! 

Checklist! 

  • toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • sunscreen
  • feminine products

Next I like to carry mini bottles of different things that you might pick up as gifts with purchase, sample sets, you can even buy some of these in the travel section of Sephora.  Here I carry eye makeup remover, make up cleansing gel, perfume, and a primer water.  

Checklist!

  • eye makeup remover
  • face cleaner
  • perfume
  • primer or setting spray (optional)

Makeup Items:  I tend to carry only the basics when it comes to makeup, with a versatile palette and cheek cream.  First of all, it's important for me to carry items that will not break, or that I will not care about if it breaks! 

Checklist!

  • eyelash  curler
  • mascara
  • eyeliner
  • brow pencil and brow brush
  • foundation brush and foundation
  • cheek cream
  • One go-to palette with medium colors (Urban Decay Naked Basics palette)
  • concealer
  • highlighter (optional but great for making tired skin glow!)
  • one eye color pop
  • one lip color pop

Lastly, moisturizers for your hair and skin!

  A little bit of Argan oil goes a long way and this mini of Chi Argan oil is the perfect size, found at Ulta for $1.  It's great for your hair and also your cuticles!  Also, eye drops are important for eye hydration, especially if you are traveling by plane, as well as eye cream for that puffy under eye area.  Don't forget the hair tie! 

Checklist!

  • eye drops
  • soothing eye cream
  • hair tie or clip
  • argan oil

 

In the larger compartment, I carry my skin tint foundation by Rodial (not pictured), Perfect Hair Day styling creme, this stuff is amazing, and any type of makeup that is a larger than mini sized compact.  I also make sure I have my hydrocotizone, a travel sized lotion, bobby pins, and Q-tips! Everything in my bag is TSA compliant, and the bag unfolds with a hook to hang anywhere for easy access!  

Checklist!

  • lotion
  • hydrocortizone
  • bobby pins
  • q-tips
  • hair styling creme
  • foundation or tinted moisturizer

 

Don't forget that the new brush set will be in a slim travel clutch, with all the brushes you need! Click here for the product link! 

Checklist!

  • Angled Cheek
  • Contour
  • Blotting Powder
  • Fluffy Crease
  • Angled Shadow
  • Pointed Detailed Shadow
  • Angled brush for brows or eyeliner

 

Now ladies, never be a hot mess again! 

 

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What's in your sunscreen and is it safe for the environment?

By Michelle Fong

What's in your sunscreen and is it safe for the environment?

Hello Loves!  As summer approaches, so does the beach and vacations, long days in the park under the sun, a reason to stock up on sunblock for both yourself and for the kiddies!  

As we are trained to slather our skin in sunblock, from creams to aerosol sprays, do we really know what type of chemicals we are putting into our skin, the environment, and where that sunblock may end up?  A recent study found that chemicals in sunblock are killing the coral reefs!  Read the full article from NPR here.  

This prompted me to take a closer look at my sunblocks.  Indeed, there are alternatives, and I'm very happy to find natural and organic sunblocks that are reef safe!  These are just a few of my finds that can be found at Sprouts or Whole Foods, and if you catch them on sale, can be relatively inexpensive ($9-12).  

 

You will also be surprised to know that some highly recognized names in the sunscreen game have been rated the worst by the Environmental Working Group, names such as Banana Boat, Neutrogena, and Coppertone.  There is a ton of information on their website here.  

For your quick reference, here's a list of things I like about these brands that I did purchase:  

  • Reef Safe
  • Non-Nano
  • Chemical Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Biodegradable

Quick rundown: 

Michelle Sun Shield Coconut SPF 28 Broad Spectrum 

Very light texture that absorbs quickly without feeling greasy.  I have been using this under my makeup and on the back of my hands.  

Goddess Garden Organics Kids Sport SPF 30

Very goopy, thick and takes some rubbing to apply.  I will save this for beach days. 

Badger All Season Face Stick SPF 35

I personally love the convenience of a sunblock in stick form.  This is what I keep in my Disneyland bag.  It smells a little chalky and goes on heavy, but once it's rubbed into the skin, it disappears and I know we are protected.  I use the stick over my makeup and rub it onto my cheekbones often (the area where I most likely burn). 

 Where to find these?  Sprouts, Whole Foods, or Amazon! 

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Skin care elements in their pure form

By Michelle Fong

Skin care elements in their pure form

If you have been watching me on Periscope, I often mention the good ingredients my lipsticks are formulated with: vitamin E, shea butter, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, and avocado oil.  In this article, I break down what each element contributes, and how you can use these ingredients on your skin. 

Anti-oxidizing Oils:  Vitamin E oil, Grapeseed, Avocado

 

Vitamin E: has anti-oxidant and anti-aging properties. Protects, repairs, great for repairing, great for sunburns, acne marks, and scars. 

Grapeseed Oil: treats acne, tightens the skin, relieves dark circles under the eye, moisturizing, and anti-aging. 

Avocado Oil: High in Vitamin E, which prevents inflammation and promotes anti-aging.  Avocado oil can also boost collagen production.  It is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids which is highly beneficial for your skin's health.

Jojoba Oil:  A liquid wax, acts as a natural skin conditioner and is similar to the sebum in your skin. It is non-comedogenic and non-allogenic.  Jojoba is actually a wax ester.  When used, it can actually trick your skin into thinking it has produced enough sebum.  This reduces the production of sebum, thus reducing acne.  It is also known to have anti-bacterial properties, also reducing acne inflammation and the clogged pores and bacteria associated with acne. 

Shea Butter: Moisturizing, smoothing, contains oleic, stearic, and linolenic acid which protects and nourishes your skin, and helps your skin to retain moisture. 

Use your Dial M Style Vitamin E stick (It also has shea butter) under your eyes to reduce wrinkles and eye bags.  

Now you know, when you wear Dial M lipstick on your lips, you are benefiting from all of these wonderful items found in nature! 

 

 

To purchase any of these oils/ingredients in pure form, check out this link to my Amazon Associates Store. 

 

 

 

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DIY Brown Sugar Scrub for Exfoliation

By Michelle Fong

DIY Brown Sugar Scrub for Exfoliation
I'm a skincare junkie and love looking at stores to see the latest and greatest.  On a recent trip to the mall, I was drawn to Skinfood for their Pineapple cuticle cleaner, and was intrigued by the Black Sugar Mask, but not by it's price tag of $25!  I love sugar for it's exfoliating qualities, but this seemed a little expensive, so I decided to go home and do a little research on my own.  
I looked up "how to make a sugar scrub" on the Google, and with the help of a few bloggers, came up with my own concoction. All of these products are from the grocery store! 
1 cup Organic Brown Sugar
1/4 cup Grapeseed Oil.  
2 tablespoon lemon juice
Mix to obtain a paste consistency.
Smooth the mixture on your face, and leave for 10-15 minutes while you read up on other DIY beauty remedies!  Don't forget to scrub your lips to remove excess lipstick and dead skin.  The scrub will also taste delicious! 
I noticed that the grape seed oil is not so easy to rinse off completely. It feels like a film left on your face, but go ahead and pat dry, and you will see that it absorbs into your skin after about 3 minutes!  
Brown sugar:  It's softer and finer than other sugars, making it safer for sensitive skin, yet strong enough to slough away dead skin cells.  It contains Glycolic acid which helps to improve aging skin and sun damaged skin by promoting cell turnover. It is also a natural humectant, meaning it absorbs moisture from the environment and deposits it into your skin. 
Grape seed oil I found has a a myriad of benefits, such as Anti-acne, anti-aging, it's rich in Vitamins D, C, and E.  (I suppose you can substitute Grape seed oil with coconut oil if you prefer).  Read all about it's benefits here: http://www.livestrong.com/article/255779-what-are-the-benefits-of-using-grape-seed-oil-on-the-face/
Lemon:  contains Vitamin C which can help to lighten and brighten the skin! Lemons also contain anti-bacterial properties which can improve acne and reduce blackheads! 
This is important, the scrub will last you a long time if you store it in an air-tight container and leave it in the refrigerator.  

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