AT HOME DERMAPLANE- AKA SHAVE YO FACE

Okay ladies so I know for some of you, this sounds crazy and weird. Shaving your face? At home? Without a medical grade blade and a licensed aesthetician?

YES.

Allow me to back up for a sec. So I got dermaplane for the first time on my skin about 5 years ago and was amazed at how smooth and glowy your skin instantly looks. For those of you who don't know, dermaplaning is essentially when you get your face shaved with a medical grade blade, performed by an aesthetician. It is done at the beginning of facials to get rid of dull, dead, and dry skin as well as peach fuzz to allow the your skin to really absorb the products and to make you look smooth and fresh!

It's AMAZING. I love the way makeup goes on and how dewy and smooth I look for weeks. 

Sooooo then do I need to pay $125 for a facial everyyyytime my peach fuzz grows back?

NO. YOU DONT.

I was introduced to an eyebrow shaper that has the same effect and costs a few dollars! Now after having done this for 4 years, I can tell you it is the perfect option to keep you fresh and smooth while you wait to save up for another facial. My hair doesn't grow back darker or thicker as some fear. It is no different from what an aesthetician does although they get a closer shave to get more dull skin off, but it generally does the same thing.

I'll demonstrate how to do this yourself and what NOT to do and things to make sure of before you start. Okay, Now for the video.

 

I hope this clears things up a little bit and maybe makes it a little less scary to try. It might be worthwhile to get a facial first to understand the benefits of it so that when it starts to grow in again, you have a foundation on how its meant to feel etc. from a professional doing it.  Comment below with questions or concerns!

xo, Kim

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New In- TIGHT GLOWY SKIN + 3 More Beauty Discoveries that I'm Loving

I love to find new brands or products that make me feel pretty or help make my life easier in some way. It can be a silly thing like a hair tie (that you'll see today ) that just makes putting your hair up easier or a beauty product that just makes you feel prettier!

Who doesn't love that?

I was gifted some product from The Beauty Collection Stores during the holidays and wanted to share a couple things that stuck out to me. I also purchased a couple items because they were used on me at modeling jobs and loved them. 

Check out the video if you haven't already and let me know if you have any products you love that I should try!

xo, Kim

Beauty Tip: Transluscent Powder Obsession

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By a show of hands, I'd love to know who has known about this glorious thing called Transluscent Powder

Okay, just what I thought. We all kinda know about transluscent/setting powder and maybe even some of us have it in our arsenal of must-have products, but I truly didn't realize how effective and essential this powder was for me to look natural and flawless without too much makeup.

So let's rewind for a sec. I have been modeling a long time as many of you know and really feel like I have been introduced to almost every product under the sun. I have technically known about translucent powder/setting powder/finishing powder (so many names for it, they might all be different, but for me they essentially deliver the same results, flawless smooth matte skin) for a long time, but truthfully didn't quite get what it did... Like, does it cover up zits? Is it foundation? Is it powder? Why is there no color to it? Why do I need to "set" makeup anyway? Cant I just use bronzer over my foundation without this step?

Okay so here is the skinny:

I spoke with my sister in law who is a makeup artist (well I have two, but this sister is 19 and in the middle of training so is super knowledgeable on certain things because she is in the middle of her schooling and retaining lots of useful info! And she does the MOST AMAZING makeup, I am obsessed)

1. So setting powder is not like typical makeup. You don't use it to cover up like you would a foundation. You "set" the makeup with it, meaning its a finishing step. However, you can also use between foundation and bronzer/ blush to mattify and tone anything down.

2. You use it after liquid foundation or even foundation powder, to absorb oil and help mattify the face.

3. You would also use it to make the makeup last longer, blur fine lines and wrinkles, and get rid of any greasy looking shine. I feel like it really helps give a flawless cohesive look to my makeup when otherwise it can be randomly good, and then randomly a little too shiny which turns to grease midday. 

4. This type of powder is also great for using on the lids! I have the hardest time putting on eyeshadow evenly because, with the skin products I use prior to makeup application, my skin gets moisturized but also a little slick with product. I love dewy skin, but I don't love that my lids stay greasy and make any pigment impossible to look evenly distributed.  Setting powder is awesome for this purpose. It smooths and mattifies the lids so pigment is smoothly and evenly brushed over for a flawless and clean lid.

5. Minimizes spots and scars. My foundation does this for the most part, but when I evenly brush on my setting powder, any underlying color fades evenly and smoothly. I love this because it truly feels like the powder is doing its work by setting my look.

6. Setting powder isn't meant to be cover-up or foundation so it's not going to give strong coverage for things like zits or scars on its own, but paired with a cover-up or foundation, it will do a great job in blurring these imperfections.

7. You can use bronzer or blush immediately after foundation, but it might have a more dewy look and won't last as long. I love the dewy skin look but my skin starts dewy and ends greasy with mascara running down the side of my face. No good. I need setting powder.

I hope this helps you to have more clarity on what the heck this stuff actually does and why it's so useful! I was skeptical for a while thinking it was one more thing that we were being sold at makeup stores that were useless but I was so WRONG! 

I love this Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and apparently so does a lot of people because it's the number one selling powder! Highly recommend.

If you guys are looking for a great transluscent powder to set your makeup and blur imperfections, this one is a great one! I linked ot throughout the post and you can also buy below by clicking on the link. I got you:) 

xo,

Kim

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Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder, Translucent, 1 Ounce
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My new must have product for Hormonal Acne

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Okay, so I don't know about you guys, but as I have gotten older, my skin has changed.... like A LOT. I was a little annoyed at first but thought, "eh, it'll go away and everyone gets little imperfections here and there so whatever." Welllll, not whatever.

For the last 6 months in a row, I have had major issues with my skin, on my face and body, from hives, breakouts, to cystic acne(I hate even typing that because it sounds so disgusting, but it's true and I don't like to sugar coat things). I could not go ONE MONTH without some major flare up that not only looked ugly but left a FREAKING SCAR, not to mention could be painful!

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? This was foreign to me at first, so I finally cracked and went to get a facial because I was getting desperate. Well as soon as I laid down, I got right into it with my aesthetician and started asking her a million questions and told her about my skin issues. She was nodding the entire time I was talking and finally said, "oh yeah your skin changes every 7-10 years, " ( Apparently due to skin regeneration and after around 7 years every skin cell in your body has been replaced). I DID NOT KNOW THIS. I felt so lucky to have had clear skin my entire life, and figured that was just my skin type. I can't tell you how frustrating it has been to get breakouts. It's really made me empathetic to people who have struggled with skin issues their entire life. Don't get me wrong, I have dealt with sensitive skin my whole life where one bug bite turns into 20 and my skin breaks out in hives, but acne hasn't been one of the main issues until recently.  It can take a huge toll on your confidence because whether you like it or not, we lead with our looks because that is what people see before we have a chance to speak. 

I asked my aesthetician what she recommended and she said she swears by a couple products:

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This is my all time favorite staple FYI. I want everyone to try it! It's that goooooood.

1. Skin Ceuticals CE FERULIC which you guys already know I LOVE and can read more about that HERE

2. iS CLINICAL ACTIVE SERUM which I knew nothing about and really had never heard of. Well she swore by it and said since I had acneic skin (Im sorry what?!) this would significantly help with clogged pores, bacteria, pigmentation, and fine lines and wrinkles! ALL AT THE SAME TIME.

IS CLINICAL ACTIVE SERUM- THE STAR OF THE SHOW

OKAY. So I was a little (ALOT) offended she said I basically had adult acne because truly it doesnt appear that I do, but it can be small clogged pores no one sees! But they are still there and can get worse, which mine were,

She also said since my skin was so hormonal, proven by my random cheek and chin breakouts every month, this serum would help calm those flare ups while targetting my hyperpigmentaion (from years of water polo in the sun), and fight aging all while softening my skin.

I didnt really think it would work thaaaaat great but I was desparate and, although pricey, decided to give it a try. 

I LOVE IT. Seriously, I LOVE IT. I am not sponsored or paid to say this, I really love this product and will purchase it again and again. I have seen a difference in my skin, especially the breaking out, and can feel it working. Upon application of iS Clinical Active Serum, it feels cold and tingly and smells great and is so soothing and medicating to the skin. I highly recommend it and am loving being able to control my breakouts. Just a dab of this stuff on my problem areas and each breakout healed quick, and without pain or scarring. 

If you are like me and experiencing hormonal breakouts, I would highly suggest trying this! I have been scarring from my zits and that is a no-can-do for me, so I am stoked on this new product.

I hope you loved this tip as much as I did! Comment below if you love it too or have tried another product that works similarly. I would love to get all your secrets! xo,

Kim

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4 Skincare Products Im Using Now

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Featured Products

1. M-61 POWER GLOW PEEL - Amazing for rejuvenating the skin and cell turnover. You simply wipe all over your face and leave on overnight. Its a glycolic treatment so instantly cleans and stuff off dead skin and helps with hyper pigmentation, scarring, and texture! 

2. SUNDAY RILEY HYDROACTIVE CELLULAR FACE - Hydration, smooth skin, glowing skin, brightening and so much more! This is my favorite oil right now to sink in and totally replenish my cells and give me a gorgeous glow. 

SKINCEUTICALS CE FERULIC - This is my go to for every single day and I will never not use it! It is one of my all time favorite products! I love it specifically for help with hyper pigmentation and brightening my skin!

SUNDAY RILEY GOOD GENES - Similar to M-61, glycolic peels help with everything from aging, to discoloration, to rejuvenating the cells to where you can see visible change as soon as you wake up. Your skin will be glowing.

Happy Friday all!

If you have been following me on instagram for a while, you'll know through my insta story and posts that I love to try new facial products.  I have always been into being healthy, but as I got into my later 20's, I started to invest in my skin, especially since I model and want to have a long career! I ask makeup artists all the time what their favorite products are. Over the years, I've come up with my arsenal that I always use (along with always trying new product recommendations). In this post, I wanted to share some of my favorite products I am using NOW. I will continue to try new products and update my list when I love something and think is worth sharing. For today, Im loving these!  

Have you tried any of these? Do you have any recommendations for me that I have to try? I'd love to know!!

xo, Kim

Makeup For a Sun Kissed Glow

Hello everyone! As you read this, I am on my way to France to spend 10 days in the South of France and Ireland! I am so excited! I am so looking forward to spending some time in the sun and sipping on chilled rose! However, as much as I love to soak up the sun, I try my best to keep my face covered. So, I tend to need a little bit of bronzing on the makeup side to keep my face looking as golden and glowy as my sun kissed body! I packed these items on my trip to the Cote d'Azur so I can keep my face looking as fabulous and fresh as my  (hopefully) newly tanned body under the Mediterranean sun. CANNOT WAIT! 

1. CHANEL Soleil Tan De Chanel

2.HOURGLASS Bronzer

3. BOBBI BROWN Shimmer Brick

4. LAURA MERCIER Primer

5. BITE BEAUTY Lipgloss

6. RMS Master Mixer

7. RMS Magic Luminizer

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My Simple (and Effective) Skincare Regiment

Check out the way I prep my skin for the day with some of my favorite products that I have been using recently and love! Products are so important! These products all have their own purpose and special "skill" when it comes to treating my skin and preventing aging.

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I'm sharing my current skincare routine that I have been loving and seeing results from. I have talked about CE Ferulic before, but haven't gone into the details on why I love the products in my skincare routine, and what they all do together. I love asking people with beautiful skin what their secret is for youthful and even skin tone and I always jot down notes and products that they highly recommend. I'm also famous for asking makeup and skin professionals on set what their top products are that they themselves use. Many makeup artists get free product sent to them, making it easier to try all sorts of great (and not so great) product to compare and see what they love and think works. The following products are what I am loving now and see results from. I will keep trying new combos and if I find a great product I love, I'll write about it.  For now though, this is the winning combination.

Step 1: BIODERMA- I just started using this famous micellar water that originates from France, and love it. I had it used on my skin on set a number of times and finally found it at a nearby beauty store. It removes all dirt, oil, and makeup from the skin. This gentle solution is great for the most sensitive of skin and helps rebuild the skins hydrolipidic film. You can choose to rinse the face or not after cleansing with Bioderma. Its not necessary but I like to.

Step 2: CE FERULIC- I have raved about this here where you can learn more. But to sum it up, CE Ferulic Acid helps brighten, tighten, diminish hyper pigmentation, hydrate, and protect against the sun. It is my all time favorite product because it is effective and potent. And you can use pregnant or breastfeeding! Just drop the serum onto face, (I use about 5-6 drops) and gently dab into skin. I also spread to my neck and decollatage.  

Step 3: DRUNK ELEPHANT MARULA OIL- I am in love with this highly moisturizing and potent marula oil! Its thick, softening, and smells great. I get lines here and there from my skin getting a little dry and this oil has made a huge difference! It's so good.  A few drops will do ya just right!

Step 4: LA ROCHE POSAY SPF- You must wear sunscreen. If you don't want to invest in this one as it is a bit more costly than other drug store brands, just invest in one with minimum 50 SPF and wear it everyday. It makes all the difference in skin aging, plus you need to protect your skin! I love this french version that I get from a beauty store, which is different from the drug store version, because it is liquid and goes on so smooth and even with no white residue. It's silky and I definitely feel protected when wearing it. Plus, it has rave reviews from major beauty experts as the best SPF out there. 

 

Try these out and let me know what ya think! I think you guys will love.

XO!

Kim