New Werk ! Michael Kors x Estée Lauder

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. 

You can peep more of the campaign here >>> https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvEOFLAfbeeLWdtY0787GWen8BKp_1fM-

Credits to the killer key creative team below <3

director:  JONATHAN WING
photographer: NOA GRIFFEL
stylist: KSENIA GOLUB
hair: MICHAEL SILVA @ THE WALL GROUP
makeup: YUMI @ THE WALL GROUP


Steam Yo Face



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.

HOW 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 Republic of 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! 

5.  Rinse your face with luke warm water and apply you’re favorite hydrating serum, I’ve been using MyChelle Ultra Hyaluronic Hydrating Serum. If you’re having a breakout try your clarifying toner of choice, I use Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar, then finish off by sliding an ice cube all over your pretty face.

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. 

xx 

Miss Handly

Reference Links

1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3116202/Miranda-Kerr-organic-skincare-secret-glowing-skin-revealed-Weekly-facial-steaming-GREEN-TEA.html

2. https://www.vogue.com/article/facial-steam-best-diy-technique-tips-natural-products

3. https://www.allure.com/story/facial-steaming-benefits

4. http://www.marieclaire.com/beauty/news/a25269/facial-steaming-benefits/

5. http://www.refinery29.com/steam-skin-benefits



New Werk ! creem magazine

Just some of my favorite nail shots from a new beauty editorial I was blessed to create some nail art for, featured in creem magazine. Everything from eye shadow to pearls and bioglitz was used to create these nail looks.

You can peep the full story here >>> http://creemmag.com/idol-eyes/

Shout out to the team <3

photographer:  DAVID MICHAEL BURNS
stylist/creative: DALIT GWENNA / WHITE HORSE AGENCY
hair: EDDIE COOK
makeup: MATISSE ANDREWS 
model: OLY MALY 

xx 

Miss Handly


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