In The Bag: Summer Essentials

Hey Guys,

I’ve been testing a bunch of products lately, and I’ve come across some REAL gems! I put together a collection of ‘summer essentials’ that are already getting a lot of use in my house… even though it’s not officially Summer yet:

NIA 24 Mineral Sunscreen. 
Price :$45
Place: http://www.spacenk.com

LOVE this stuff. I love that it goes on, absorbs quickly and dries matte. One of the perks is that it not only protects your skin from the sun, it also (claims to) repairs past damage. I can moisturize as normal, and pop this on before going out, and it works wonderfully.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream
Price: $12.50
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is now a Kit essential. I am continually blown away by the ‘instant’ results of this formula. I can use it anywhere, on any dry spot, and it’s GONE. Just like that. Despite the medicine smell (which fades), I’ve stocked up on this cream for my kit. It’s friendly to all skin types (even my oily clients) and it works well under makeup.

Reve de Miel Lip Balm
Price: $20
Place: http://www.spacenk.com

This is another Kit essential. I love it because it has a MATTE finish. It works very well under lipstick, and it doesn’t scare off my male clients (many of whom HATE shiny lips). I can touch them up as needed, or groom them for headshots without them looking too ‘done.’ It’s on the expensive side, but a little bit goes a very long way. If you’re just looking for a regular lip balm and don’t mind the shine, I don’t recommend this. But if you want a matte finish, I’ve never found a balm better than this one for that purpose.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer
Price: $42
Place: http://www.narscosmetics.com

This is the best moisturizer on the market right now. Period. The coverage, the finish, and the wearability is unmatched. It works well on a wide range of skin tones, and skin types. It is my ‘go to’ foundation for this summer… I have nearly every color stocked in my kit. It’s that good.

YSL Cream Liner in Deep Black
Price: $25
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is, hands down, the best cream liner I’ve ever used. It goes on creamy, dries neutral (not matte or shiny) and STAYS PUT. You can wear it on your lashline or your waterline. I’ve used it on some of the most sensitive eyes, with no side effects. It stands up under major pressure in photoshoots, and just everyday life. I love this stuff. The performance more than justifies the price. Highly recommend.

Armani Eyes to Kill Stretch Mascara
Price: $30
Place: http://www.neimanmarcus.com

This mascara has replaced my former favorite, the original Eyes to Kill. Love it. The formula is on the dry side, so there’s less concern about it making a mess around the eyes, when you use it on shorter lashes. I’ve gone through three tubes of this mascara already, and I show no signs of slowing down. Every time I use a different mascara on any given day, I wonder why I’m not using this one. I even have a ‘travel size’ in my makeup bag (I’ve been known to do an entire makeup look and leave the house without putting on mascara). It’s worth keeping around, wherever I go.

YSL Creme Blush (Praline)
Price: $38
Place: http://www.sephora.com

This is my go-to blush this summer. The color is so flattering on a wide range of skin tones. The texture is a ‘dry’ cream, so it blends easily into a wide range of skin types. It can be used sheer, or layered for more color. I find myself reaching for it often. I prefer it in a pinch to powder blushes, because you don’t need the addition of a brush, so it’s a lot more portable in that respect. Definitely worth the purchase, at least for me. I’ve gotten quite a it of use out of it.

Sheer d’ Armani Lipstick (Coral 300)
Price: $30
Place: http://www.barneys.com

I can’t believe HOW MUCH I actually use this lipstick. This color is perfect for my warm skin tone, so it’s my favorite of the bunch. But the formula comes in a wide range of other colors as well. The texture is light and seriously moisturizing. I keep one in my makeup bag just in case I have to run out the door and have no time for anything but mascara and a little lip color.

That’s it! That’s what’s in my proverbial ‘Summer Essentials Bag.’ Ciao for now!

Product Review: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream

This is one of those wonderful discoveries as a makeup artist… when you wonder where this product has been all your life. These days, I’m doing a lot of ‘outdoor’ shoots, and the combination of sunshine and salty sea air (we’re mostly at the beach) is wreaking havoc on the my model’s skin. Last week, I rubbed a little of this cream on a model’s flaky nose and POOF! Flakes gone.

The Claim:
“Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream soothes and moisturizes dry skin. This glycerin-based cream is enriched with vitamin E, vitamin B2, and camphor. It has a uniquely high glycerin content and absorbability achieved through a special manufacturing process which makes Yu-Be so effective. Use it to smooth rough, dry patches on hands, elbows, knees, and feet. It softens and reduces tough calluses, including hard, cracked heels, and helps heal and prevent split cuticles. It replenishes lost moisture from water damage or frequent hand washing, helps heal and minimize scarring from burns, and protects skin exposed to cold, wind, and water.”

Invented in 1957 by a Japanese pharmacist, Yu-Be is the #1 selling medicated, vitamin-enriched skincare cream in Japan today. Yu-Be is safe and effective for the whole family. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and stays locked in for hours.

1.7 oz tube

Pros:
It dries matte. This is HUGE. There’s nothing worse than trying to deal with a dry skin patch or problem and ending up with a greasy, slippery mess. I can put this cream on, and put makeup RIGHT over it, with no problem. There’s no shine, and no slip.

Cons:
It stinks. Okay… ‘stinks’ is a strong word. The formula is loaded with camphor. I don’t know if you guys have ever gotten a whiff of camphor, but it’s strong… and not so pleasant. The good news is, the scent disappears after about 5 minutes. But it can be a shock when you first put it on. It’s not a sexy smell at all, and takes some getting used to.

 2.5 oz jar

Ingredients:
Glycerin, Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Triethanolamine, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Glycyrrhetinic Acid, Camphor, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Hydrogenated coco-glycerides, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 80, EDTA, Methylparaben.

I like it. I like it a LOT. Almost immediately after I cracked the first tube, I hit the Sephora website and ordered a full jar and another tube. It’s one of those things that I think my kit should never be without.

I also tried the lip therapy:

I found it to be functional.  Not amazing… just functional. It gets the job done. I’d say the crown jewel is definitely the skin cream. I really like it. It’s a definite keeper for me.

You can find out more about Yu-Be products HERE.

*pr sample