Keeping it Natural at NY Fashion Week

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Keeping it Natural at NY Fashion Week

I’ve been seeing the fresh-face look for some time now, but it hasn’t necessarily been about using less makeup- only appearing as though you have.  Most of the designers who showed during Fashion Week opted for beauty looks that were all about treating the skin and laying off the heavy palettes by using as few products as possible.

Backstage at the shows, makeup artists enjoyed using simple beauty regimens like moisturizer.  Yes, you have read it correctly, moisturizer!  Some other major designers required models to receive only two-minute preshow facials.

It’s no doubt that fall and spring will be about using the right products to help maintain your natural glow.  Fashion Week gave me a little over 7 days full of natural beauty inspiration and so I leave you with an essential, no fail beauty supply shopping list.  Head over to your nearest Walgreens so you can start treating your skin the way it should be treated…

For treating your skin, Botanics & No7 does it right!  These products provide the skin with an instant pick-me-up by promoting a brighter and more radiant complexion that literally last all day.  Interchange these products in your morning routine!

I especially love the Botanics, Triple Age Facial Oil Serum.  I have normal skin, so I was a little afraid to add any extra oil to my skin but I was willing to give it a try.  I love to use the serum under my foundation, paired with my beauty blender; my skin looks smooth, amazing and poreless.  I have never seen my skin more perfect!

Even with natural looks you can use color but the key is to stay away from aggressive applications.  Just a dab or two will go a long way…trust me!

Did I mention these products are all available at your local Walgreens?  That’s right, get over there and start perfecting your natural glow!

Disclosure:  This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select.  While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.”

Spa Day at Four Seasons Baltimore

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Spa Day at Four Seasons Baltimore

Hey! It’s Jamaya, Four One Oh’s freelance beauty connoisseur. As a makeup artist, my top focus is always skin care. I am a self professed skin care junkie! My medicine cabinet is filled to the brim with skin serums, cleansers and moisturizers. Naturally, I jumped at the chance to join Tia at the Spa at the Four Seasons. I decided to try the HydraFacial. This facial is best for all skin types. The facial involves the esthetician using a pen-like device to deliver a burst of water and various proprietary solutions onto the skin. They run the device back and forth over the skin to cleanse, exfoliate and treat the skin.

The multi-step process starts with a double-cleansing (once with a sea sponge and the hydra-pen) to remove any dirt, makeup or debris.  Next, a glycolic acid (7%) solution is used to exfoliate the skin. It aggressively removes the outer layer of dead skin which are common culprits for dry, dull and flaky skin. It also helps eradicate skin discoloration caused from sun-spots or age-spots.

Then, the esthetician uses a salicylic acid solution is used to perform extractions. An extraction is a technique used to remove clogged pores (blackheads, whiteheads, etc) This step is IMPORTANT as it prevents breakouts, pimples and acne.

Last, my skin was infused with a hyaluronic acid serum to hydrate and lock in moisture. Making the skin look softer, smoother and plumper. And topped off with a light moisturizer.

Afterwards, my skin was on major FLEEK! I walked out the spa with glowy, supple and radiant skin. The procedure took less than 30 mins but the results are worth it! It’s both efficient and effective. Two attributes that make any service a keeper!

Walgreens Beauty


Walgreens Beauty

Lately I have been experimenting with my beauty routine, and with fall right around the corner the timing couldn’t be more perfect.  Fact is, the products that I used in the summer may not work as we transition into fall.  Along with the change, I didn’t want to be overwhelmed with the cost of switching a few things up.  Let’s face it: a beauty routine is an everyday process and the cost of products can be quite hefty on the wallet.  
Over the past month, I have been introduced to some great products that I am already incorporating in my newest beauty routine.  Not only are these products affordable with a great track record but also I can scoop them up with a few of my favorite snacks and my latest issue of Vogue.  If you’ve guessed it, I am talking about Walgreens, the best one-stop shop for some major beauty essentials!  Here is a list of things that are essential to my beauty routine available at Walgreens:

Maintaining Your Glow

  1. Boots No7 and Botanics make some amazing products and the brand has perfected a way to combine plant extracts with the latest skin care technology.  Summer can be pretty harsh on my skin, so I like to take the end of the summer to repair it.  We all know the healing properties of herbal treatments so I recommend the Botanics “Radiance Balm All Bright” combined with the Smoothing Facial Oil to help repair your skin.  Awesome fact, hibiscus is known to increase moisture and improve flexibility and elasticity, which is why hibiscus is nicknamed the Botox plant.  Hibiscus is an essential ingredient to this brand and you notice awesome results after continued use.

Give Them a Wink

Two of my favorite must-have beauty products are a great mascara and eyeliner.  Blue eyeliner is a major trend right now, and I have found the perfect ‘Vivid Vinyl Eye Lining Fluid’ by Circa.  This comes in an amazing blue and I know you guys will love it.  The No.7 Mascara goes on super bold and doesn’t run!  

As I am gearing up for the latest Fashion Week season, Walgreens will be my go-to for all my beauty essentials.  Can’t wait to share my Fashion Week diary with you guys!

“Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Walgreens through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Walgreens Beauty, all opinions are my own.”

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