Skincare for the Night

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Under the shine of the moon, my skincare routine transforms from light and fun to heavy-duty critical. Products become thicker, results become noticeable. As promised, I owe you all a look into the kaleidoscope I call my nighttime skin routine.

Recently, I took over Brydie Beauty’s Instagram account to spread the Our Second Skin nighttime skin regimen. As I was going live, I noticed questions pouring in and I wasn’t able to answer them all which (fast forward) is why I’m here.

Well, enough beating around the bush I’m just going to dive right in. If you don’t already know, I have dry-to-combo skin. It depends on seasons, but lately, my skin has been a little drier than usual so if you need some extra moisture for your skin, continue reading.

Dior Life Oil To Milk Cleanser 

I have the full range of Dior cleansers and let me tell you they make them for all skin types. So if this one has too much moisture for your liking, try a different make — Oil to Milk, Lotion to Foam and Micellar Milk. They’ve basically got you covered on the skincare spectrum oily to dry to combo. As I said before, my skin has been on the dry side so the Oil to Milk cleanser has been a critical step in removing all my makeup and excess dirt at the end of the night. The almond oil activates once you massage it into the skin and add in some water. It’s incredible because there’s no oil residue or oily sensation on your skin once you’ve finished using it.

Chanel Hydra Beauty Essence Mist

I don’t even know where to start on this mist…It’s life-changing. I carry it with me everywhere, mist it before and after I apply makeup, before I go to bed and when I wake up. You can LITERALLY use it wherever, whenever. Just be prepared to get some looks while spritzing away on the subway.

Goop Perfecting Eye Cream

On the top of my list of favorite eye creams, you’ll find Gweneth Paltrow’s Goop Perfecting Eye Cream. Scratch that, you’ll find all of their products.  You can use this in the morning or night, I use it for both. Just apply a small amount (a little goes a long way), I’m super paranoid about wrinkles and fine lines if that doesn’t apply to you: Skip this step!!

Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream

The crème de la crème of Creams. Sometimes a bit of science and stem cell technology can be good especially when you have the help of an expert. The formula behind this cream intensely hydrates and replenishes the skin using Argan oil, Vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids. Let me tell you, once I got my hands on this cream, it eliminated the use of any extra products. Worth the price, if you’re looking for a simple routine use a cleanser + The Rich Cream at night and you will see a noticeable difference in your skin.

Tata Harper Beautifying Face Oil

If you have dull or rough skin this oil is perfect for you. When I don’t want to use a cream or lotion before bed, in lieu of the cream, Tata Harper’s products save my skin. An incredibly light-weight oil, could be the product you need to energize and revitalize your skin throughout the night.

The Captivator

This energizing mist doesn’t have anything to do much with my skincare routine, but more so for calming and relaxation purposes. Since mental health is one of the most toll-taking factors on your skin, I decided to throw this product in the mix. I kid you not, every night before I go to bed I spray relentlessly in the air and let the mist trickle onto my hair, my pillows and skin. The scent is an intoxicating mix of Sandalwood, Sage and Neroli. An instant sense of relaxation easily overwhelms you and puts you right to bed. This anxiety-reducing spray is worthy of taking up the most premier real estate on your bedside table.

That completes the Our Second Skin tried and true. Let us know your thoughts and if you’d like to learn more feel free to shoot the OSS team a message.

Petrol

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Leather seems to be finding its way into my wardrobe these days, one way or another and I’m not mad about it. However, if you ask me to wear just any moto jacket my answer would most likely be a hard no, with the exception of my Arrivals jacket. I can’t resist the gorgeous Petrol color it comes in and of course, the fur lining that keeps me nice and toasty. It’s been one of my most consistent and trusted pieces in my closet this entire winter season.
Leather + more leather is always a good idea in the “unofficial” Our Second Skin rulebook. I’m all for a statements these days and what’s a better statement than leather squared? I paired my jacket with what was my favorite pair of boots — or should I say pants — until I ripped them completely. I got these boot/pants from Tamara Mellon at the time and was incredibly hyped about them, as the pant/boot combo was something I hadn’t seen before.
Word of advice: don’t try to shoot them in bizarre angles. These boots are badass, that is, until you rip them completely. Hopefully I’ll be able to recommend a pair that doesn’t split in the near future. But until then…Stay tuned for more leather on the blog and more editorials, because your girl’s all about it.

Jacket: The Arrivals

Shirt: Loeil

Shoes: Tamara Mellon

Photo: @skyejones

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Rocawear


Few feelings compare to getting your hands on a vintage piece you’ve been coveting for a long time. I’ve been coveting the nineties feel-good era of fashion since, well, the nineties. After thoroughly digging through archives on reseller platforms (eBay, Poshmark, Heroine etc.) I finally came across this rare throwback Rocawear zip up at, wait for it, Salvation Army… in mint condition.

With today’s current political climate, everyone needs an anchor, or something that brings them back to the good times — an escape from all this cultural anxiety that comes with the lightning-fast change of the now. For me, that’s fashion. Things weren’t as complicated as they’ve become. I turn to familiar silhouettes, styles and brands. This isn’t anything groundbreaking, but it puts me at ease. Oh, and it’s sustainable.

Being sustainable and watching your footprint on earth is something every one of us should consciously work on. In America, where rampant consumerism is at an all-time high, it’s important to try and take steps toward engaging with our earth in less harmful ways. An easy way to do so is by shopping vintage and cutting down on excess spending.

Okay, rant over. Back to the look. It’s as easy as a wife beater, solid denim, sneakers and slicked back hair-do. Don’t you miss when things were simple?

Jacket: Rocawear

Denim: G-star

Photo: @jsalon

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What Glossier’s Skin Solution Did For My Face.

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A couple of months ago, I received an email from Glossier’s team regarding a confidential, never-released-before product, asking if I wanted to test it out for four weeks prior to release. Naturally, I said yes, because who in their right mind wouldn’t want to try the cult-favorite beauty brand’s newest product? I was a little hesitant at first because, 1. My skin isn’t acne prone so I wondered if I should really be using something that might potentially trigger acne, and 2. The product is chemical based which meant it has acids in it which also freaked me out. Nevertheless I decided to run with it.

My initial thoughts when I received the package were obviously on packaging. Needless to say, the millennial in me wanted everything to post a photo on Instagram, but had to resist. Okay, no more on packaging, bottle etc. Let’s get down to business. My skin type is pretty dry, red patches, hyper pigmentation and all that jazz. The solution contains three acids Alpha Hydroxy (AHA), Beta Hydroxy (BHA) and Polyhydroxy (PHA), which are not to be intimidated by,  because in the long run these three acids will single handedly transform your skin routine.

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Week 1

My first reaction to the product was strong/intense smell, burning on face (this may just be because my virgin skin has never used any chemical acid-based products before). My face felt sticky after and not in a good hydrated,  “I need to wash this off of my face way”. But don’t get scared just yet. I hadn’t seen instant results the first week of using it but decided to keep the ball rolling.

Week 2

By the second week of using it, I had gotten used to the sensation on my skin and it actually felt really great. Since I started using the product during winter time, my skin was already really dry, so I complimented my solution with a deeply hydrating moisturizer after applying it to my skin with a cotton round. By week 2 I could already feel my skin getting cleaner, and redness fading away. The exfoliation was working.

Week 3

By week 3 I had decided this would continue to be a part of my skin regimen even after I was done testing it. Small breakouts would clear away from my skin almost immediately and I actually saw physical dead skin coming off my face. My skin texture felt softer than ever, the redness was reduced; my skin looked healthy and glowy.

Week 4

My standards for this product were proved wrong. I’m not sold on products that easily-my skin is very low maintenance (god bless) and using intense skincare products disturbs my routine. But I have to say, the solution showed physical results. My blemishes were zero to minimal, my skin was actually glowing (so many of my followers were asking me what I was using but I couldn’t tell them) but alas here is my secret: Glossier’s Skin Solution. My skin is thanking you @glossier for allowing me to be a part of this journey. Hope this review helps, let me know if you try the product and what your thoughts are on it.

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Basics Redone

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‘Tis the season to feel good about putting absolutely zero effort into dressing up. Yes, you read that right. Comfort over fashion has always been the motto for me (no shocking news here). There’s absolutely no sense in looking good when it’s brick outside, which is why it’s time to enlighten you on how you can shop to keep yourself cozy through this winter season.

With the current over-saturation in streetwear and brands/merch, I’ve been experimenting with going back to the basics by stepping away from logos and redundant graphics. Perhaps this has something to do with my recent trip to ComplexCon a revelation that every kid in SoHo is wearing the same T-shirt — regardless, I’m over it. Give me a hoodie in a monochromatic colorway plus sweats and I’m straight. I know a solid hoodie isn’t a revelation at all, but it still feels refreshing, especially when contrasted with the uniformity we’ve all been seeing on our respective feeds.

Anyways, check out Aritzia’s simple basics; you’ll be sure to find something that does it for you. And for those not quite ready to let go of logo-ing: Kith is eternally the spot-of-the-moment.

Jacket: Aritzia

Sweatsuit: Aritzia

Shoes: Rafa

Photo: @skyeajones

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Nike SF AF-1 MID

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It’s well known that I am and have always been a day one Nike girl. However, there is one common misconception that’s been toying my mind. That is: People automatically assume that because you are a “Nike girl” this must mean you’re athletic, but what they’re forgetting is Nike’s stylistic appeal from a fashion perspective.

Athleisure was created for this sole reason. It’s the fashion trend that derived from athleticism without, well, having to be an athlete.  The casualization of sportswear speaks to my perpetual favorite attribute in fashion: comfort.

The SF AF-1 MID is one of my favorite recent silhouettes that directly coincides with my style. Urban utility is a trend I’ve been touting on the runway for quite some time now, but regardless of it’s urban aesthetic, these sneakers have something even greater: functionality. For someone who’s constantly on the go, a sneaker that is comfortable and stylistically edgy will always be my go-to.

Shop Ivory & Olive SF AF-1 8/11 here.

Jacket: R13

Pants: Thouqi

Jewelry: Tiffany & Co. Hardware collection

Vest: Vintage

Pants: Helmut Lang

Bag: Chanel Boy Bag

Photo: @savannarr

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