Wow, it is hard to wrap my mind around the fact that it has been a whole year since my first journey to Cosmoprof Asia in Hong Kong. I was beyond thrilled to return again as one of the conventions official beauty bloggers this year! Drawing from my experience as a hair model with Wella, Sebastian, and Clairol for the past 7 years, this year my focus was hair and Cosmoprof brought in the very talented Hana 4 from Tokyo to cover nails. However I couldn’t keep myself from being a bit cheeky and actually encorperated hair into my nail art look for the convention this year. After the wildly fabulous and wonderful Gabriel Samra lightened up my locks with Clairol Kaleidocolors, I convinced nail boss and House of Polish founder Robert Nguyen to inlay some of my freshly cut hair into gel designs on my nails. This process and looks can be peeped in a lil youtube video I cut together HERE or at the end of this post ;-)
For two days I spent time with some of my favorite brands and discovered some new ones that found their way into my top picks for the convention. On the first day I challenged the head of education at Babybliss Pro to give me a 10 minute updo using nothing but bobbypins and their signature Miracurl Defining Spray. I actually slept in that updo and then visited my friends at Amika to tame my messy mane into some sleek locks using their Obliphica Ceramic Flat Iron and Heat Defense Serum, finished with one of my new favorite products, the new Amika 001 hair fragrance. Check these looks out a quick & snazzy youtube video HERE or down below.
For my top picks it was rough but I covered everything from hair care to hair removal. I’ve also included some photos of my favorite brands, products, and moments from the show in a nifty little grid below. Best part is that most of these are available to buy online, gotta love the internet!
Had an incredible day doing nails for the new Michael Kors x Estée Lauder fragrance campaign “Sexy Ruby” featuring some amazing staring ladies. We had a hectic day on set that was well worth these beautiful images and video. Here I’ve shared some of my favorite behind the scenes images not featured in my portfolio.
Big thanks to the director for bringing me on, Krystall Schott for being a BAMF nail assistant, and my girl Fleury Rose for letting me borrow her nail kit to do the job in New York.
To steam or not to steam? That has been the question I have encountered the most in researching this topic. Some say it’s bad for you and others can’t live without it, like moi.
However, long before I actually did any research, I started steaming my face with green tea because of an article in some magazine like Allure or Cosmopolitan titled “Miranda Kerr’s Beauty Secrets!” I know right? No f*cking way that this stupid article is going to help me because she’s a freakin super model. Alas, something inside me must have seen a glimmer of hope and clicked on the link anyways. Just one tip stuck with me, she swore by steaming her flawless face with green tea to remedy anything from wrinkles and blemishes with an almost instantaneously noticeable difference. At this point, I’m pretty sure I was running my fingers over my own perceived wrinkles and blemishes, wondering which of my assorted green teas I would use.
I also learned you can also add different essential oils or dried herbs depending on your skin type. If your skin is oily I would suggest using thyme, peppermint, or lemon peel. For more sensitive skin add some chamomile or lime peel, rose, rosemary, or lavender.
After doing some research I found that my method happened to be pretty similar to popular steaming rituals shared by other skincare fanatics, dermatologists, estheticians, which I will share for reference at the end of this post.
So I’m simply going to list what I did myself since it has been working for me and the friends I’ve recommended it to.
1. Boil a pan of water and remove the pan from the stove. If your extra clumsy like me and want to be sure to avoid burning yourself use an electric water kettle instead, either way just pour that water out of the pan or kettle into a big bowl.
2. Add green tea leaves to the water, I have been using Teavana Dragonwell Green Tea because Google said it has one of the highest level of antioxidants of any green tea out there but I’ve used lots of other types as well.
3. Place your face directly over the steam and drape a small towel over your head for keeping the steam from escaping because it will be more effective in opening the clogged pores.
4. Stay 2-5 minutes. You should be close enough to feel the heat but don’t burn yourself!
Steaming your face isn’t actually hydrating, it simply widens the pores and releases the excess sebum with heat. This allows deeper absorption of other beneficial ingredients to better penetrate the skin. Heating the skin also increases blood flow, which helps bring oxygen and nutrients to the skin, and also promotes healing. You can steam your face up to a few times a month, too often could actually dehydrate and irritate the skin.