Spring Skincare Routine

March is here and spring is on its way! Let’s kick off this month with a skincare routine. After the cold and dry winter months it’s easy to find your skin feeling dull and flaky. As an esthetician I have lots of favorite products, tips, and tricks to make your skin better than it’s ever been. Let’s brighten it up to get you glowing for spring break and these warmer days!

IMG_7429I wash my face with the Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser. I absolutely love this because it’s not just a cleanser, but also a gentle exfoliant. This is great to use 2-3 times a week. It sloughs off any dead skin leaving my face feeling bright and soft.

IMG_7433Then, tone tone tone. This is a step which is often missed in many peoples skincare routines. It is so important to add in those vital nutrients that you just washed of your face as well as balance your skin. I alternate between the Tata Harper Hydrating Floral Essence and the Mario Bodescu Facial Spray. These are both great toners for my combination skin because they hydrate me while also controlling the oily spots on my face.

IMG_7437Next, facemasks are an essential for this time of year. After winter your skin is usually parched and needing a boost of hydration and brightness. Sheet masks are great for just that! My favorites always come from Asian beauty stores. Their skincare technology is very advanced and they truly have it all down to a science. Some of my favorite sheet masks are Kelp, Chia, and even Snail. These are all very hydrating and healing ingredients.

IMG_7438If I am breaking out, rather than putting a clay mask all over my face and going for the stereotypical full green face and cucumbers on your eyes I just dab the face mask onto my breakouts. This is better for skin because it doesn’t try out your whole face. Instead, it just dries out the problem areas.

IMG_7439Eye creams are VERY important. Although I am just 19 I use an eye cream after every time I wash my face. Many people (like me before I went to school to be an esthetician) assume eye cream is meant for your mom whose poor under eyes are exhausted from dealing with all of your childish shenanigans. WRONG. Well, kind of. Using an eye cream as part of your daily skincare routine should start by the age of 20. Believe it or not, but your collagen and elastin already begin to start breaking down and growing less rapidly in your 20s. Your eyes are one of the first parts of your body which shows visible aging. So, instead of trying to take on the issue once it’s already there, use eye cream early on as a preventative measure. My current favorite is this collagen eye cream which incorporates snail solution, which as I mentioned is very healing and hydrating. Be sure to dab this on under and around your eyes lightly with your ring finger since this is a very delicate area. Eye creams can get pricey, but remember that a little goes a long way!

IMG_7442Lastly, moisturize! I know for people who are acne prone, or have oily skin putting on moisturizer can be VERY intimidating. You just washed all of that oil and grime off your skin so why would you clog it and grease your face up again, right? Wrong. Moisturizing is important for all skin types. It’s just a matter of finding a moisturizer that is right for you! I have been using the Tata Harper Repairative Moisturizer and find that it works well with my skin. It is very hydrating but super light at the same time which is perfect since I do have combination skin.

Skincare can be a lot of trial and error and seeing what works for you. Don’t be intimidated! Your skin is a wise place to invest your time and money, because you have it forever! Be smart. Use good products and always wear SPF! Happy Spring! (:

-Sophia Tatiana




IMATS Beauty Haul

This past weekend I had the privilege to go to IMATS in New York City. For those who don’t know, IMATS is the International Makeup Artist Trade Show. It is essentially a candy land for grown ups mixed in with Black Friday deals, and Disneyland lines waiting to look at and buy products. Luckily, I have a makeup artist ProCard which allowed me to get into the event before the lines got unbearable.

Going in, I had an idea of the things I wanted and the brands I wanted to shop first. I mad-dashed to Beautylish to pick up Bioderma. Next I ran to Stila to snag a liquid eyeliner, and eventually made my way to Morphe before the line of over 200 people arrived.

In the end here’s what I got …  


Not all of the items pictured above were purchased at IMATS; however, here’s what was . . . 

  • Morphe Brushes Eyeshadow Pallet – 35E
  • Morphe Brushes Blush Pallet – 9B
  • Morphe Brushes build your own pallet
  • Morphe Brushes Single Shadows – Wink For Pink & Secretive
  • Morphe Brushes Travel Brush Set – Vegan
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation – Fair Sand 
  • Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Jet Black
  • Bioderma Sensibio H2O Makeup Remover 

I was very pleasently surprised with my willpower to keep my purchases from getting too excessive. I had heard great things about Morphe Brushes but never tried any of their stuff. Clearly, I fell in love and went a little wild at that booth (a blogpost of swatches will be up shortly 😉 

As for the other things in the picture, I went a little wild at a skincare shop in Chinatown called Nature Republic. I had never heard of this store, however I have heard amazing things about Asian beauty products. Their ingredient technology and outlook on skincare is fascinating to me. There I picked up three face masks; bamboo, pearl snail solution, and olive. I also picked up a collagen eye cream and a shea butter hand cream. The Esthetician in me nerded out in this store and I can’t wait to try it all!

Overall, a busy weekend of walking and shopping and exploring the city made me happy to say the least(: check back to see swatches and product reviews coming soon!

-Sophia Tatiana