Sunday, September 23, 2012

Out-of-Town Style Identity

I leave for New York City in a few hours for a week of work training. Vacations and work trips are always exciting for me. I get that restless excitement I used to feel the night before a trip to Disneyland. That first-day-of-school feeling of being an adult in a new city. I  bought a bunch of new clothes, packed with the tags on and neatly arranged into outfits. Getting out of town is the best test run for reinventing myself and I always discover things about my personal style on the journey. As far as everybody in New York is aware, I just wear impeccably styled Anthropologie dresses all the time. They don't need to know that I'm Talented Mr. Ripley-ing a few things. 

The "Bird Dress" I bought from Anthro and have been waiting to wear in NY.

Let's get one thing straight: I am a total slave to fads. I admit it. I embrace it. I have my "airplane" outfit planned out and it consists of fresh nail art, grey harem pants, an obey shirt and moccasins if that gives you any insight. Sometimes the fads are more universal (i.e. skinny jeans) or weird personal ones (one year I wore almost exclusively knee high striped American Apparel athletic socks and black blazers, another year I lived in white "wife-beater" tank tops and black bras). Whether it's a universal or personal fad, I usually dive in head first and those can be expensive lessons that can end up leaving me with a crazy surplus of clothing I will just never wear. I don't just buy a couple pairs of striped socks, I will buy ALL of the striped socks- Ron Swanson style.

This was me in my blazers, striped socks and straight hair phase.
It was on a trip to Atlanta that I discovered that bell-bottom jeans, not for me. It was on a trip to Palm Springs that I rekindled my love for surf-brands. My first summer living away from home at college, I decided to only wear obnoxious lipstick colors.  The freedom of being in a new place with enough friendly faces to feel comfortable but enough distance to truly not worry about how other people
perceive you is really quite exhilarating.

 Taking some nail art for a test-drive.
  I'm just finishing up my final things around the house before leaving. My duffle, filled with new outfits (tags attached) is waiting for me at the door and I am ready. Let's do this NYC.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Antidote to Pillow Face

I’m not one of those make-up artists that hates make-up or conversely feels the need to wear make-up every day. I love my job and I lurrrve make-up, but on my days off my make-up is minimal to non-existent. I rely on great  make-up removal products to keep my skin in check- as to avoid the dreaded “pillow face” situation. For those that don’t know what “pillow face” is, I will save you the downward spiral that eventually leads you away from Urban Dictionary and straight to Wikipedia that eventually leads you to mourning for the sake of humanity while reading the comments on Perez Hilton’s blog until three in the morning. God bless the internet: the cause and solution of boredom and restlessness worldwide. I know that downward spiral well. “Pillow Face” is what happens when you sleep with your make-up on and the inevitable transfer of said make-up onto your sleep stuff (sheets, pillow cases, your white Miniature Schnauzer- he’s a snuggler). Apart from the fact that your face will absolutely wig out if you don’t take your make-up off, it’s a complete pain in the ass to remove it from your sheets- especially if you fancy waterproof formulas... once those polymers and volatile silicones latch on to fabric, watch out. 

Make Up For Ever Sens’Eyes ($24):
Sens’eyes is the holy grail of waterproof make-up removal. Just squeeze a pump onto a clean cotton round and you are good to go. If the make-up is very stubborn, allow Sens’Eyes to sit on the area for about ten seconds and it will totally break down even the most sturdy make-up (I’m looking at you, Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner).  Bonus- it’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. 

Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Oil ($50):It’s like a magic eraser for your face. I never shy away from oils, I love them. Cleansing oils are no exception. You want to get your face clean super fast? Cleansing oils are the business. When my day is over, I work two pumps onto my dry face and then emulsify in small circular motions with water. The water causes the oil to lather up and rinse clean. It’s magic. 

Korres Milk Proteins Cleansing Wipes ($12)
I first purchased theMilk Proteins Cleansing Wipes when a celebrity client’s “people” requested “high end” make-up removal wipes. The celeb used about two of them and the rest of the package never even made it into my kit. I kept them at my bedside for those days that I wasn’t wearing a full face and wanted a quick cleanse.I’m a huge fan of Korres and I recommend it to clients daily. The Yoghurt line, in particular, is my favorite. The amino acids in milk proteins are widely renowned for balancing out the skin and for their anti-inflammatory and softening properties as well. I highly recommend this for any dudes, teenagers, travelers or lazy folks in your life that you just cannot convince to wash their face.