Sun Saviors

Despite temps hovering in the 50s last week here in Alexandria, VA, we are, in fact, on the verge of Memorial Day, aka the unofficial kickoff to summer. Which means more outside time. Which means more opportunities to get wrinkles, sunspots, and leathery skin. We don’t want that (and skin cancer is a real thing), so after much trial-and-error, please allow me to introduce my favorite sunscreens.

Face and Body

When I’m walking my puppies (@thesuperbeagles) or hitting the beach, my tried-and-true sunscreen that works on my face and my body is the Everyday Sunscreen by Supergoop!

It’s light and hydrating without the greasy feel you get with most sunscreens. There is a light scent, but the fragrance hasn’t irritated my sensitive skin yet. I keep the tube right by the front door so I’m sure to apply it before I leave.

Under Makeup

Also one that I’ve used for years, the Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Protect is a face primer and sunscreen in one:

With an SPF of 30, I feel confident this protects my skin. I have tried several everyday/under makeup sunscreens, and I’ve always come back to this one because it’s non-irritating, I don’t get slimy throughout the day, and, most importantly to me, it doesn’t break me out. And, bonus, my special tinted moisturizer mix is a squirt of this plus some MAC Face and Body Foundation (an exceptional, lightweight, waterproof (!), buildable foundation that works on your – you guessed it – face and body; this smaller tube lasts forever and is only $28, it’s a makeup artist secret and a staple in many kits); I put it on my face, neck and chest for all-day coverage and protection.

TBD

I am so looking forward to trying this – Glossier’s Invisible Shield sunscreen for the face:

I ordered this a few minutes after it launched, and it literally just arrived, so I can’t speak to its efficacy. What I can say is all of Glossier’s skincare products are fantastic, and this serum-like sunscreen is receiving rave reviews. I’ll keep you updated, but if you’d like to give it a go here’s MY LINK for 20% off your first Glossier purchase.

In Conclusion…

Sunscreen is non-negotiable. I’m not obsessive about it, but I know that I’ve used a daily facial sunscreen since I was 10 years old (seriously) and thankfully don’t seem to have any significant sun damage yet. And, remember, sun damage can take years to show up, so it’s super important to cover up even if you don’t see any adverse reactions.

Make sure to subscribe to this blog – you don’t want to miss next week’s post! Until then, let’s hang out on Instagram @ElectraLane. Thanks for stopping by. -JY

Images c/o Supergoop.com, Sephora.com, Glossier.com and Jessica Yost

The Ultimate Wedding Touch Up Bag

This week my husband and I are celebrating a big anniversary, so I’m feeling all nostalgic. I’ve prepped a beautiful bag to keep me fresh throughout my festivities, and I wanted to share what’s inside with you because this is also the perfect kit for brides to use during your wedding reception or on your honeymoon.

Pick a Gorgeous Bag

I still have (and use!) my precious little Orla Kiely makeup bag from my wedding, so choose something that’s both sturdy and functional, as well as one that makes your happy. For my anniversary, I picked this gorgeous Ted Baker with cherry blossoms:

Since we’re doing a month-long staycation in Washington, D.C., I love the iconic cherry blossoms on this bag – and especially this year because the delicate blossoms pulled through some rough weather against all odds, just like a good marriage (awww…).

Get Practical, but Stay Pretty

It’s not fun to think about body odor, but trust – you do not want to be caught without a few ways to freshen up. Still, you can make this process fun by choosing out-of-the-ordinary items. I packed a lovely little deodorant, some antibacterial wipes, my perfume in a travel size, and my favorite mints:

Skincare with Flair

Long days and nights of dancing, being outside, sweating, laughing and crying can take a toll on your skin, so it’s important to have a few tricks in your bag. My favorite makeup remover sticks from Almay are a must for cleaning up mascara smudges and travelling lip gloss; I also use them to remove concealer, but more on that later. Keep a multi-purpose balm on hand for lip balm, to groom brows, hydrate cuticles, and a myriad of other uses. A refreshing facial mist keeps you glowing and looking awake, and an eye cream – especially in roller ball from – tightens and brightens. Finally, I have to have a luxurious hand cream:

 

Makeup Must-Haves

It goes without saying that you should have your lipstick or gloss on hand, but I think it’s important to also keep some concealer with you, too. Remember those makeup remover sticks? When your under-eye concealer starts looking a little crazy, just use them to remove everything under your eyes, apply some of your eye cream, and tap on a fresh layer of concealer. This trick will instantly refresh your entire look! Finally, have a pretty powder compact with a mirror so you can touch up anywhere as well as have something to set your concealer. If you’re dry like me, and powder doesn’t look the best, take advantage of the new blurring technologies to set your makeup.

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I think having a special bag filled with some of your favorite beauty items is such an affordable indulgence because you’re not only giving yourself permission to feel beautiful, but you’re creating memories as well – whenever you use that lipstick or inhale that perfume, you’ll relive some of life’s most precious moments. And while it’s important to treat yo self, remember that the best makeup is a sincere smile; so even if you aren’t a bride, it’s the perfect time to do a little beauty spring cleaning and update your makeup bag.

Have an incredible week, and please stay in touch @ElectraLane on Instagram!

Images c/o Author and Google Images

Sheet Masks 101

If you’ve wondered why a bunch of people on social media are running around looking like Hannibal Lecter, let me explain.

Korean skincare is pretty much the standard; Korean women have some of the most beautiful skin you’ve ever seen thanks to skincare routines with 11 steps or more. While we tend to look at a face mask as a maybe-weekly indulgence, cleansing, toning, masks, and facial massage are just a few among the many daily rituals performed. I had the pleasure of studying with a beautiful facialist from Korea, and she taught me that we only get one set of skin so we must take impeccable care of it.

Just like the recent commercial burst of Eastern health practices (yoga, Ayurveda, meditation…) , Eastern skincare is having its bright and shiny moment. With so many great skincare options popping up everywhere, including the corner drugstore, now is the perfect time to reinvent your own skincare routine – and sheet masks are a fantastic way to start.

Like a regular mask, a sheet mask delivers a hefty dose of potent ingredients to the deep layers of the skin. Unlike a regular mask, however, a sheet mask also provides a protective barrier so that the air doesn’t absorb any of the moisture you want in your skin, and basically pushes all the good stuff deeper into your skin.

When should you use a sheet mask? As a part of your morning or evening skincare routine, before a night out, as a weekly refresh for your skin, or any time you need a little pick-me-up. Each mask has a different purpose, so if you want to brighten, tighten, lighten or hydrate, there’s a mask for that.

I found an amazing company called FaceTory that offers a mask subscription service – I get 4 masks a month for just under $6 (which is amazing since a Sephora brand mask is $6 for one!). If you’d like to try any of their products or sign up for a subscription, here’s a link for 10% off: http://facetory.refr.cc/jessicay.

Finally, I put together a little demo to show you just how to use a sheet mask. Please check it out and give it a *like* if you enjoyed it. Also, don’t forget to subscribe to this blog so you never miss new tips, products, and makeup insider info. See you next week!

Better Skin on a Budget

I LOVE me some La Mer. I’ve tried to break up with it several times, but I always come back because it’s that. good. It has completely transformed my skin, and both the original moisturizer (there are several versions for various skin types) and the lip balm continue to amaze me even after seven years. Plus, people constantly comment on how great my skin looks, so I know it’s not just me trying to justify the price tag.

Speaking of the price tag, La Mer is insanely expensive. I get that. And I get very annoyed when bloggers post something that most people can’t afford (i.e. their 5th Chanel bag), then add, “but here are some affordable options,” as if to say, “I’m rich, but you’re poor so here’s something for you peasants.” AmIright? Although I won’t begrudge someone for how she or he chooses to spend their money, I know we all make decisions regarding what works for us and our budgets – and skincare is where I choose to invest.

And, full disclosure, I used to work for La Mer. I researched the line for years, and it was on my One Day When I Have Extra Disposable Income list (along with Louboutins and a Louis Vuitton Neverfull GM…still hoping for those), so I never planned on using the products this soon. But, then, I saw the results, and I’ve never turned back.

However, if you’re never ever in a million years going to spend this amount on skin care (which is totally understandable), I have rounded up three dupes that are only a fraction of the price and still produce results.

Lip Balm

Never would I have ever thought that lip balm would be such an important part of my skincare regimen, but whenever I run out of it my lips dry out and skin starts falling of in sheets. I love La Mer lip balm because not only does it penetrate to heal and plump your lips, it also protects so you just apply it twice a day (more here at the 5:50 mark). But, it’s $60.

Enter Korres Lip Balm in Guava, I get it from Sephora. At only $12, it is very hydrating and buttery. Unlike the La Mer, you have to apply it more often and it has a very glossy finish. They have a couple of flavors with pigment, so this would be an amazing, moisturizing gloss to use throughout the day. Another option in stick form is the lip balm from Treat Beauty.

Moisturizer

If my clients purchased one product from the line, it was the original Creme de la Mer moisturizer. I’ve dabbled with the Soft Cream, but I always come back to the OG. Like the lip balm (and all La Mer products), it’s dual action: it heals your skin from the inside out while protecting the top layers of skin from outside irritants. This moisturizer was created to heal chemical burns, so think about how much it repairs and replenishes normal skin. But it starts at $170 for one ounce (which lasts around seven months using once a day). So let me introduce you to TruKid Easy Eczema Cream for $15, available at Amazon.com.

While this product doesn’t heal and protect my skin, it absolutely does hydrate it – I love to mix it with a few drops of skin oil and use it as my night cream. It’s meant to be used on the entire body, too, so it’s great for dry winter skin.

Eye Cream

I saved the best for last, because this product is so good that it made me ditch my La Mer The Eye Concentrate! The Eye Concentrate is focused on reducing signs of ageing, which it does beautifully, but it absolutely knocks out dark circles. Unfortunately, the price rapidly keeps going up and up, so I began a relentless search for a replacement.

Enter Miraculous Anti-Wrinkle Retinoid Eye Repair by Philosophy (mine is from Sephora):

It doesn’t hydrate as well as the La Mer, but that’s an easy fix because I layer my aforementioned night cream concoction on top. It also does not obliterate my hereditary and allergy-induced dark circles, sadly. However, there are so many great concealers now that I can cover up the circles. What it does do, and in my opinion better than La Mer, is firm the skin around my eyes – most likely due to the retinol.

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If you’re interested in the other skincare products I use, here is my morning routine and my nighttime skincare. Keep in touch on Facebook or Instagram for more tips and tricks or to ask questions, and have a great week!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is happening in a few days, and it’s my second favorite holiday (only after Christmas). I decorate for it, I have a special Valentine’s wardrobe, and I’m in a good mood for weeks because this wonderful holiday brings to mind all the things I love and am grateful for – not just romantic love.

There are also some beauty products that I love, and I’m sharing them with you in the video below. These are products I use almost daily, and many of them I’ve used for several years. I hope you find something new to try, and enjoy your Valentine’s Day! See you next week…<3

 

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