The most sensitive area of your face is under your eyes. I love eye-makeup remover wipes (they’re just so easy!). But I didn’t realize what a toll they can take on your skin overtime. I learned a simple trick: add a couple drops of Jojoba Oil ($9.99) to the wipes before removing your eye makeup. The nourishing oil helps the pad glide over the skin, instead of tugging and pulling. It’s also organic, which is always a plus!
I found my new every day lipstick: Mary Kay Gel Semi-Matte Lipstick ($18) in “Blush Velvet.” It’s the perfect nude with just a touch of color. And they are not kidding when they say the color lasts for hours. The first time I applied it it stayed on even after drinking a latte, a sparkling water and having dinner!
I’ve talked about how I keep my hair color from fading before. My newest obsession is Garnier Nutrisse anti-brass toner ($7.97). I use it about once a week instead of my conditioner. The directions say you should wear gloves but honestly it’s never stained my hands so I skip that step. I leave it on for about three minute in the shower before rinsing off and it leaves my hair super silky and smooth… and helps make sure my color stays.
My lips get so dry in winter months. I usually rely on tinted lip balms but was intrigued to learn about the new Almay Color and Care Lip Oil in a stick ($7.99). I use oils on the rest of my face and body, so it made sense to try it on my lips. They’re super moisturizing and unlike other oils I’ve tried, they really sink into my lips. I hate when the oil rests on top and gets into my stray hairs. The color looks intense in the package, but it gives just a slight hue, almost like a popsicle stain. My favorite color is Rosy Glaze.
I hate feeling like I’m wearing sunscreen. That’s why I was thrilled to discover Elizabeth Arden Great 8 Moisturizer with SPF ($42). When I say it feels like silk when you apply it, I’m not exaggerating. It instantly blends into your skin, feeling more like a serum than a moisturizer. It’s also really hydrating, making it perfect for applying before makeup.
I’m not as good as I should be about taking vitamins and supplements. But Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides ($43) makes it so easy. I drink coffee every morning anyway. So I simply keep the tub by my Nespresso machine. I pour a scoop into the hot coffee, stirring it before adding my almond or oat milk. After using it for over two months, I noticed my nails were stronger and my hair was growing way faster. I can’t say I noticed a huge difference in skin, but it definitely doesn’t hurt!
I recently got an IPL treatment to correct my sunspots. But it left my cheeks red for a week as it also targeted my broken capillaries. When I get a small red spot, I use my green concealer. But since so much of my face was red, I used Erborian CC Red Correct ($44). The cream, which also contains SPF25, comes out a light green shade, which slowly adjusts to your skin tone as you blend it in (I use my beauty blender for smooth blending). It instantly makes the redness fade. I use it both on its own and under my tinted moisturizer.
Hyaluronic Acid is one of the most hydrating ingredients in the beauty world. I use it as a serum weekly but for a quick fix I turn to Peter Thomas Roth’s Water Drench mask ($52). Not only does this mask work, it’s also super fun to see it do it’s magic. It goes on creamy then starts to bubble on your face. The bubbles work almost like an oxygen facial and you rinse them off after 15 minutes. The results? Seriously baby soft skin.
Philosophy’s Renewed Hope in a Jar ($35) is a like a one minute facial. You put on a thin layer, then rub the mask in circular motions and literally see all the dead skin fall off your face. It’s a little gross to see all the debris come off if you’re super clogged up but extremely satisfying! After rinsing off, your skin feels crazy soft, thanks to all the dead skin that has been removed from the peel.
I’m a huge fan of face oils, and use them every night. But for daytime, I turn to Diana Madison’s Glowtopia ($45). It’s a lighter oil that was made for sensitive skin. Like the name suggests, it really delivers that instant glow. I use it as a makeup primer, putting it on under my tinted moisturizer for a dewy look.
There are very few skincare products I use where I see instant results. But Lancer skincare Polish ($75) definitely makes the list. The exfoliator isn’t too harsh on my face and after just one use my skin is instantly softer. I use the polish every few days for a refresh.
NARS is celebrating their 25th anniversary with 72 shades of lipstick. My favorite is actually one of the original 12 lipstick shades from when the brand first launched. NARS “Jungle Red” ($26) has quickly become my new-go to red lipstick. It’s a warm red and while bold, it’s still light enough to wear year-round.
I’m a huge fan of color correctors. My favorites are Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correct ($29). When it comes to redness, I always go green. Just like I learned in art class, green and red are complimentary colors, which means they’re directly opposite in the color wheel. By applying the green color corrector to red skin, it heavily reduces the redness. I lightly pat it on the affected area, then dab my tinted moisturizer on top with a beauty blender. It works great for acne or a sunburn.
I use Peter Thomas Roth Acne-Clear Invisible Dots ($32) to help get rid of pimples. The patches have salicylic acid, which is known for calming acne. It also has tee tree oil, which calms the skin and hyaluronic acid, which makes sure your skin doesn’t get dried out. The stickers come in two different sizes. You just apply them to clean skin and let them work their magic for 8 hours. I like that they’re clear so if you need to wear them outside the house they’re not very noticeable.
My go-to makeup remover is Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover ($17). I’ve been using it for years because it works on my sensitive skin while still removing even the waterproof mascara I wear by the beach.
I’ve been keeping Bliss Rose Gold Rescue Toner Mist ($12) on my vanity table for easy access. It’s such a great multi-use product! I spray it on my face before applying makeup. I spray it on my Beautyblender before applying concealer. And I use it as a setting spray after I finish my makeup. It’s a fine, lightweight mist and I love the scent!
Sometimes I want super straight, sleek hair. Other times, I prefer a more voluminous, straight look. When I want more volume, I let my hair air-dry, then I use my Conair Infiniti Pro Diamond-Brilliance Ceramic Hot Paddle Brush ($39.99). I simply section off my hair, straighten the bottom, then run the brush through the top as well. It straightens while still keeping the volume and I find it makes my hair very smooth.
I get excited any time I receive a rose product. Not only do I love the scent, but I find rose to be calming for my slightly sensitive skin. I like all the products in Pixi’s rose line but my favorite is the Pixi Rose Flash Balm ($24). I mostly use it when I travel as an in-flight mask. When you apply a thicker layer your skin is left so hydrated!
Pink is a great way to add a pop of color to any summer outfit. Mary Kay Limited-Edition Matte Lipstick in Paparazzi Pink ($18) works on every skin tone. It looks matte but feels super soft on your lips. And the bold color lasts forever!
Pearl hair barrettes are all the rage right now. After searching for affordable options, I found this pearl barrette set ($6.99) online. Sometimes I’ll pair them together to pull my to the side. Other times, I’ll use just one to make a ponytail look more chic.
My secret weapon for smooth, straight hair is Garnier Fructis Sleek Shine Frizz Guard Hair Spray ($4.49). I’ve been using it for years! I spray it onto my straightened hair to get rid of frizz and flyaways. Then I shake my hair and run a brush through. It’s super lightweight and adds extra shine.
I’m obsessed with NARS Velvet Matte lip pencils ($27). Like the name suggests, they glide on with ease. Sometimes I’ll use them as a liner with other lipsticks. Other times I’ll use them to fill in my lips, and then I’ll simply apply gloss throughout the day. I use a few shades but my favorite color is “Intriguing,” which is a rose pink.
I’ve been use Dove deodorant for years. I recently switched to Dove Dry Serum antiperspirant ($12.99). It goes on so smoothly and I love the compact packaging (great for travel!). My favorite is the Rose Silk scent because I’m obsessed with any rose based fragrance.
It can be fun to sparkle sometimes. But I don’t like intense glitter. That’s why I was thrilled to find Essie “Birthday Girl” ($8.99). It’s a sheer pink glitter that’s perfect for layering over nude nail polishes. Sometimes I’ll just add a layer to my ring finger. Other times I’ll use it to create an ombré glitter mani to extend the life of my gels. Head over to my Beauty Highlights over on Instagram to see the tutorial!
I heard that it’s bad to keep sunscreen in the car because the heat can change the ingredients of the lotion. So I keep powder SPF in my car instead. I’ve been using Peter Thomas Roth Instant Mineral SPF 45 ($30). The applicator makes it so easy to apply when you’re on the go!
Los Angeles is really dry so I like to keep a hand cream in my car. Recently I’ve been using Oribe Côte D’Azur hand cream ($52). It’s super moisturizing and has a deliciously intoxicating scent.
I’m constantly applying lip balm throughout the day. I like having one with SPF to protect my lips. One of my favorites is Kiehl’s Lip Treatment ($22). It has SPF 25 and the tinted versions double as a lipstick! I use “Simply Rose,” which has just the right tint to make it look as if you just ate a watermelon popsicle.
I use Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator ($80) every night after washing my face. It’s a serum that acts like an exfoliator, helping improve the texture of your skin. They say you can use it twice a day, but I find it to be very effective even just applying it at night.
I love the look of orange lipstick. But the color can often make your teeth look yellow. So instead of a classic orange, I turn to a coral-orange. My fave is MAC “Vegas Volt” ($18.50). The addition of pink to the lipstick helps in keeping my teeth looking white.
When I entered my 30s, I was told I should really start incorporating retinol into my skincare routine. I don’t like to use concentrated retinol, since it can be harsh on my skin. So to prevent wrinkles, I use Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream ($85) since it doesn’t bother my skin.
One of the first mascaras I ever bought was L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara ($7.95). A makeup artist recommended it to my mom and she recommended it to me. Over ten years later, it’s still my favorite drug store mascara out there. I use “Blackest Black.”
My absolute favorite highlighter is Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator ($25). It has just the right amount of shine to give your face a youthful glow. But unlike other highlighters, it doesn’t look too sparkly. I use “Gilded Honey,” which is a golden powder. I swipe it over my cheekbones and my brow bone.
I’m always reaching for my hand sanitizer. My go-to is EO hand sanitizer ($5). It doesn’t have the alcohol smell that so many hand sanitizers usually have. My favorite scent they have is lavender. It’s so relaxing!
I’ve been using Exuviance Performance Peel AP25 for a couple of weeks now and my skin has majorly improved in texture! Sydne Style readers can get free shipping plus gifts by using code SYDNE at checkout. They’re so much quicker to use than going into a dermatologist and getting a full treatment.
I was thrilled to find hair ties that don’t stretch out. Goody Ouchless Forever Elastic hair ties ($4.19) are my go-tos for working out. My ponytail or bun always stays in my hot pilates class. And the hair ties never seem to lose their stretch!
I’m obsessed with eye patches. I keep Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches ($48) in my fridge for an instant wake up. They’re so cooling and help get rid of any puffiness you might have under your eyes.
I usually wear a tinted moisturizer. But when I want a little more coverage I’ll reach for Revlon Colorstay Foundation ($13.99). I love that it’s matte, since I tend to have oilier skin. It’s super creamy, soft and easy to blend.
One of my favorite mascaras when I’m going for a glam look is Urban Decay Perversion Mascara ($11).It’s a really intense black. I usually apply two coats but even with just one coat, it makes your lashes super thick with tons of volume.
I’ve been using Mary Kay Travel Roll-Up Cosmetic Bag ($29.49) as my go-to travel makeup bag for years. It rolls up and has a bunch of compartments to organize your makeup. My favorite part is the hanger. When I travel, I hang it on the towel rack or the mirror in my hotel bathroom, making getting ready a breeze!
I always make sure to have sunscreen on my face, even in the winter. I like Olay Total Effects Fragrance-Free Whip Moisturizer ($38.99) because it doesn’t have any fragrance, which means it doesn’t compete with my perfume. It’s so lightweight that I don’t even feel it under my makeup.
I’ve been using Dove deodorant for years, specifically their dry spray deo. I go back and forth on different scents but my all time favorite is Dove Invisible Dry Spray Antiperspirant ($5.59). It goes on clear and doesn’t leave any marks on my clothing, no matter what color I’m wearing!
I love anything and everything rose scented. One of my favorite skincare brands that has rose products is Korres. And one of my favorite of their products is the Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial ($48). The scent is what initially drew me to the product. But the results are what keeps me getting a new tub every time I get to empty. Every time I use it at night, I feel so moisturized and refreshed in the morning!
When it comes to breakouts, my absolute favorite product is Kate Somerville EradiKate ($26). The minute I notice a blemish I apply the pink liquid at night and when I wake up it’s dramatically smaller. I always keep the single applicators ($22) with me when I’m traveling since that’s usually when I see breakouts.
Mary Kay Chromafusion™ Collection eye shadows have rich pigment that last 12 hours. Seriously, I’ve done my eyes in the morning and the shadow is just as gorgeous in the late evening! I love how blendable the shadow is. You can keep building it to create more drama.
My favorite hair style when I’m feeling lazy is a sleek ponytail. Recently I’ve been using hair accessories to make my ponytails more glam. My current favorite is my Kitsch pearl hair tie ($6). It makes looking chic while getting ready in a rush so easy!
When I want a natural looking lash, I pick up my Givenchy Noir Couture 4-in-1 Mascara ($33). The three ball brush create instant volume and length. And it adds just the right amount of product to enhance your eyes without looking like you’re wearing clumps of mascara.
My favorite lip color to wear in summer months is coral. This summer, I’ve bene in love with NARS Full Vinyl Lip Lacquer in “Valencia” ($26). It’s super creamy and the color lasts so long!
I’ve been bringing this Urban Decay Naked Petite Heat Eye Palette ($29) with me on all my trips. The first three shades are perfect for creating a natural daytime look. Then I’ll add some of the dark shadows to the crease of my eye and smudge it in the waterline for a more sultry nighttime eye.
One of my favorite nude nail polishes is Essie “Topless & Barefoot” ($9). It looks more beige in the bottle but when I do a manicure, it has a pink-beige hue that perfectly matches my skin when I’m on the tanner side.
I don’t too crazy on contouring. I just like a little bit to brighten my under-eye and accentuate my cheekbones. The Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit ($40) has everything I need in one palette. I use the “Banana” powder under my eyes to disguise dark circles. Then I use the “Fawn” powder in a 3 shape on the sides of my face to accentuate my cheekbones. During the summer, I’ll add the darker “Havana” powder. The kit comes in two options. I use Light to Medium.
I was shopping at Jemma Sands’ holiday pop up when I discovered the most delicious candles. I fell in love with the Venice fragrance. I told the designer how much I loved it and she revealed that she was coming out with a perfume oil with the same notes. She had a sneak peek on her so I rolled it on, and was in love! She was so sweet that she let me take home the sample. The roller perfume oil ($52) is available online. It has the sandalwood smell that I love. But it also has unique notes of fig and cardamom.
My favorite blush for night is NARS Orgasm blush ($39). It has a touch of shimmer and adds just the right amount of pink to my cheeks for a natural flush.
I generally only use false eyelashes for TV or beauty shoots. My all-time favorites are Ardell demi wispies ($7.69). I usually buy them in a pack of 5 and take them off carefully so I can re-wear them three to four times. They look really natural, adding just a subtle touch of glamour.
I received a Wet Brush ($12.69) and it has since had a permanent home in my beach bag. It’s incredible for detangling wet hair! I use it after I get out of the pool or the ocean and especially love that the soft bristles don’t bother my scalp when I’ve been out in the sun all day.
I get weekly comments on my “glow.” No, I’m not pregnant or genetically blessed with glowy skin. I’ve just been using BareMinerals tinted moisturizer ($30) for years. I’m not a fan of heavy makeup for everyday and it’s the perfect lightweight cream that moisturizes while providing coverage. I also like that you can layer it for more coverage. I use shade Tan 07.
My hands often get really shaky so perfecting a cat-eye is really hard for me. I’ve tried a bunch of different eyeliners and so far my favorite has been Urban Decay perversion eyeliner ($22). It has a superfine point, which makes application easier. It also dries really fast, leaving less room for messy error.
I’m a huge fan of two-in-one products. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior ($95) is a moisturizer and serum in one pretty pink bottle (yes, I’m a sucker for packaging that looks goon on my vanity). I use it when I don’t want too much product on my face. I find that my skin absorbs it instantly and the smell is light and delicious.
My lips have been crazy chapped. So I’m super thankful for Glossier Balm Dotcom ($12). It’s a thicker lip treatment and you can instantly feel the moisture upon application. I use the original version at night because I prefer no added fragrance when I sleep. But I keep the pink tinted Rose flavor in my purse for moisture on the go.
I used to use a pumice stone on my feet in the shower but always found in awkward to hold. I picked up this CVS 4-in-1 Foot Paddle ($6.49) last month and it’s been a game changer. Depending on the roughness on my feet I’ll use different sides to smooth away calluses.
My friend Allison has the most beautiful skin. So when she launched Mara Universal Face Oil ($72) I could not wait to get my hands on it. I’ve used it for a week now as the last step of my nightly skincare routine and my skin has been insanely soft when I wake up. Plus, it has such a relaxing scent that I find it helps me fall asleep as well.
Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizing Cream ($48) is super moisturizing. But it’s also really lightweight. The scent is is delicious without being overpowering. And as an added bonus the minimalist packaging looks perfect in my white bathroom.
I’ve been using eye rollers for years. I keep them in the refrigerator for a cooling effect on my eyes in the morning if I don’t sleep well… and they’re especially helpful when I don’t feel well. Every time I opened my fridge when I was sick I’d reapply my Garnier Anti-Puff Eye Roller ($9.89). The cool ball helped ease my sinus pain and the formula helped me look a little better than I felt.
I got a ton of questions about my nail polish when I posted this photo on Instagram. Essie Gel Couture “At the Barre” ($11.50) has been my go-to nude for a while now. It’s a very nutty nude, that works well if you have yellow undertones to your skin like I do. I’m also just a fan of their gel couture line, period. It’s so easy to apply and lasts longer than regular nail polish.
I chatted about easy ways to hide grays (I started getting pesky grays very early on). But this newest product I tried is my favorite yet. I’ve always been a fan of Oribe hair products so I was curious about the Airbrush Root Touch-Up Spray($32). It’s a lifesaver! You literally just spray it on your grays and run out the door. Unlike other products I’ve tried it’s not sticky whatsoever. The only downside is if the product can get on your hands when you apply. But this is the case with all temporary root touch up products I’ve tried. It’s nothing a quick wash of your hands can’t fix.
I’ve been wearing Philosophy Amazing Grace Ballet Rose perfume for over a year now. So I was thrilled to see they just came out with a Fragrance Roll-On ($18). It’s the perfect way to take the feminine scent with you on the go, and is also perfect for travel.
If I could only own one red lipstick it would be MAC “Lady Danger” ($18.50). I get compliments every time I have it on, from summer into winter. It has a lot of orange to it, which works with my warmer collection. Plus, I always love the smell of MAC lipsticks. It makes me reminisce about high school.