It’s the first day of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York! My friend, Gisselle of The Architect of Style, and I made fashion week-themed illustrations to get in on the excitement. I chose to draw one of my favorite style bloggers, Emily Jackson of Ivory Lane, and put her in front of Lincoln Center—where all the shows happen! Stop by Gissi’s site to see her illustration as well and let us know what you think.
New year, new you! Part two of my skincare resolution post is to touch on skincare routines. It’s super important as we get older, so starting to incorporate these good habits will pay off in the long run. These are a few of my favorite products from Pür Minerals that I’ve been using lately. (Fun fact: my name, Kara, means ‘pure’—very fitting of this post!)
One thing my dry skin loves is products with nourishing oils. This one has 12, including avocado, lemon peel and jasmine. Even if you have oily skin, cleaning with oil is actually better for you since it doesn’t strip your skin of it’s natural oils (which in doing so causes your skin to over-compensate with oil production, becoming quite counter-productive).
The most popular thing of the new year is detoxing! This masque will take out all the impurities and unclog your pores so your skin can breathe. It contains pascalite clay that gets a deep clean. Now an important note, if you’re at all sensitive, I always recommend doing the least amount of time the product recommends incase it irritates your skin. I leave this on for about 5 minutes (recommended 5-20); so start slow and you can always leave it on longer the next time.
I love a good facial spray! It’s the easiest way to apply a product—no rubbing, scrubbing, or rinsing required—just spray and go. I started using face sprays to hydrate and set my makeup a few years ago. Since I use a lot of mineral powders, but don’t like the powdery look, I use a setting spray to make it more natural. This one has those yummy oils I was talking about, with antioxidants and amino acids as well. I’ve even used this all over my body after a shower in lieu of lotion.
You can use a skincare brush daily, or whenever you want extra exfoliation. The sonic frequency moves the brush back and forth gently; a much better alternative to scrubbing or cleansing with your hands since you get a much deeper clean. I notice a visible difference if I haven’t used this for a while and then clean my face with it—so much brighter and healthy looking. It’s pricey, but I definitely recommend!
This is one of my new favorites, which I use with the Clarisonic. It gently exfoliates, cleans and calms the skin with lactic acid, tea tree oil, lavender, aloe vera and peppermint. I love the peppermint kick (which isn’t overpowering), and that it also soothes my sensitive skin.
All products c/o Pür Minerals, all opinions are my own.