Quick Beauty Queries, Vol. I, No. Five
Oct 6, 2015
What on earth is ‘strobing’ and why are the women on the Today show raving about it? Isn’t it just highlighting? The name alone makes me want to skip it, but maybe I missed something.
Strobing is like the lazy woman’s answer to highlighting/contouring. Instead of painting lines on the skin with different foundation, strobing uses a highlighter to draw attention to the high points on the face. (And yes, the name is totally stupid. I feel like I should be listening to EDM and wearing a glow-in-the dark necklace every time I hear it.)
If you want to try it, there are a couple of products I can recommend. I like Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder (now in a mini-size) for a subtle amount of highlight. For something a bit more serious, NARS The Multiple stick is a solid choice.
Do you have a favorite lip balm? My lips are already drying out and it’s not even October…
To keep your lips in tip-top shape, you need to exfoliate (either with a scrub or a nubby wash cloth). The apply a rich, hydrating balm. I like Blistex Medex it’s good for harsher climates. You can also go with Rosebud Salve in the tube or the highly recommended Badger lip balm.
My sister uses toner every night and she swears by it for keeping her pores clean. I sometimes use hers but I don’t see much difference. I’m curious whether you think it’s a must or if I can keep saving that cash.
Feel better! Liz
To tone or not to tone is one of the biggest debates beauty bloggers have. Allure covers the basics of what toner does and whether you should use one.
I use Clinique Clarifying Lotion toner because it removes excess oil and is great for gently exfoliating my neck and décolletage. There are different strengths, so you can choose one for sensitive skin, oily skin, etc.. I also keep a small bottle Simple’s soothing toner to help calm my skin when it’s irritated or dry.
I travel a lot for my new job and the constant flying is killing my skin. When you travel for campaigns, do you do something special to keep your skin in shape? Any tips would be appreciated.
Thank you for your blog. Good luck in law school. -Erin
It’s been a while since I’ve been out on the trail, but I remember the havoc that flying regularly wreaked on my skin. I think the important thing when you’re changing climates and subjecting your skin to airplane conditions regularly is just to baby it. Your skin is stressed, it’s tired, it’s dehydrated. Now is not the time for the harsh products.
Simple’s gentle, Micellar makeup removing wipes are a good choice. I also like Boscia oil face cleanser. A calming sheet mask that fights acne is definitely on order. And moisturize with something good like Bobbi Brown extra repair balm, or the less pricey Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream.