Luminance Routine: A Spring Rebirth for your Skin!

Now that spring is here and everything is about light and nature, I always find it time to renew our skin care routine and give our skin a proper rebirth!

As we talked about in the last article, the glow is the trend for 2018. If you want to achieve it from within instead of faking it with make-up, keep reading!

Usually for me, spring is time to clear up the skin tone and bring brightness to our faces. The winter is finally out, flowers start blooming and sun starts shining. Summer is on the horizon and everything is about living and shining. Normally skin problems can cause dull skin and uneven skin tone, specially if you have a skin that tends to scar or redden easily after breakouts or your skin is dull and tired. Skin can be stressed too by factors like pollution, sleep and real stresses, that reflect on our skin giving it a general ‘worn’ appearance that takes away our natural glow.

There are lots of skin care products out there specifically formules to get rid of imperfections and uneven skin tone and that promise a brighter and younger look.

Today I’ve decides to share with you my particular selection of them: the ones I’ve incorporated to my skin care routine!

Luminance

I concentrate all my efforts into an anti-spot routine that works both on preventing and treating dark areas or scars on my skin as well as a moisturizing and renewing it deeply. I generally combine the action of scrubs and deep daily cleansers with lightening treatments and a good SPF cream. I’m always drawn to those type of cosmetics, but this spring my routine is one that deserves to be shared. I’ve curated some of the products after years of testing and loving them and others are just recent purchases that I totally fell in love with.

All in all, if you need inspiration to find your perfect radiant glow routine, here you have my favorites for this purpose!

The Routine

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Luminance routine on my Instagram @deathlessvogue

•Rare earth deep pore daily cleanser from Kiehl’s.

First I start my routine with this awesome cleanser. This is a re purchase so I could say it falls under the category of favorite. I hardly ever repeat with a cleanser, except the ones from Lush, but that’s another topic! It really gently but deeply exfoliates and leaves your skin ready to take in any treatment and absorb its properties and benefits to the fullest.

It contains different types of clay that help your skin clear out and stay balanced and looking rested and full of energy. You can feel your skin breathing and it leaves you with a matte but not flat finish that have you feeling fresh and awaken. I use this at least once a day, sometimes both in my morning and night routine. If you want my opinion, it’s perfect for the shower!

•Concentrated brightening essence from Caudalie.

This is a recent discovery and I can’t be more in love with it! It is a brightening essence that you can use after the cleansing step and before your creams. Think of it as a tonic meets serum product. Its texture is just like water and it feels amazing on the skin. It helps reducing spots, marks and dullness, bringing a new appearance to your skin, boosting the radiance effect of the rest of your routine! It also evens out the skin tone and promotes a healthy glow.

This is the first product from Caudalie that I incorporate to my routine but I have tried others and they are definitely a recommendation. They work perfectly and are full of natural ingredients, and they also have amazingly specific products for almost every need. If you are looking for an organic, efficient and sofisticated brand, give this one a try!

I usually apply this with my fingers to all of my face after the cleanser and then wait a bit for it to dry.

•Breakout control blemish treatment facial lotion from Kiehl’s.

This is also a great new discovery. It was actually a recommendation I got at Kiehl’s for my specific skin type. I don’t have a lot of breakouts right now but I have had problems with acne during my high school years and my skin always tend to go back to that kind of problems when it’s stressed. Also I have very delicate and somewhat sensitive skin and I still have some marks (but not scars) of these past problems.

This Kiehl’s product is wonderful since it works in both the blemishes and the skin tone. It reduces the appearance of the marks and also prevents your skin from breaking out more. I’ve been using this for two weeks now and I must say it works as it promises!

I recommend to use it at night because of its peeling power (it has salicylic acid on it), which can leave your skin more unprotected and sun can be a bit damaging, like with all lightening or renewing treatments. In fact it is a night treatment! You should wear sun protection anyway on the mornings to make sure no harm is done to your skin! This brings us to the last product of the routine.

•Ultra light daily UV defense from Kiehl’s.

A good old favorite had to be added to this routine! The protection in this sun screen is as high as you can get and a little bit goes a long way.

I highly highly recommend using sun screen everyday, even in winter, since most of the skin problems you can get with age (dark spots, wrinkles, dull skin tone, tired appearance) are due to sun exposure, beside obviously some serious skin diseases, so you can never wear enough sunscreen.

I have a wide range of sun screens that I like to combine to achieve the desired finish and protection, for example you can use a matte finish cream with some color if you want to go for an everyday sunscreen or if you don’t want to wear make-up that day. If you are going to put on make-up anyhow, or if you don’t care about looking natural, you can use some powerful traditional sunscreen like that one from Kiehl’s!

 

 

So this is it!
I hope you have been able to find inspiration to start spring with a new skin care routine that brings out the best of your skin.
What is your spring skin care routine? Any skin goals for the summer?

Have a wonderful Friday and stay tuned for more! 

Marc Jacobs SS17 Ready-To-Wear Collection

Now that the New York Fashion Week is coming again, I thought it was time to revise one of my favorite collections from the autumn/winter one last September, the Marc Jacobs SS17 collection.Not only it was a proper time to do this kind of revival because of the upcoming event, but also because the season for which it was intended is practically here!

It’s time to start thinking about spring and the styles and trend that are going to rule over the rest. We have had since autumn to think about all the designers proposals and the hour of truth has arrived. Were they right?

The Marc Jacobs collection had inimitable unique style – textures, colors, and a deeply dreamy neon 90s vibe. If this designer is and always will be one of my favorites if not the most, is because he always seem unable to get enough of the grunge era. Not only in its dark side but also in its disco/glam version. Who doesn’t love his MTV deep magenta sweatshirt? As a 90s lover myself, Marc Jacobs never lets me down.

But back to the SS17 collection, why was it so special? Which were the main proposals for the season? If you ask me, if I had to choose a material to summarize the concept, it will definitely be holographic pastel snake skin. Too intrincate? Not at all if you know Jacobs. Imagine a ‘heroin chic meets gothic lolita’ collection. And now see it!

Other clear influence is the Japanese vibe added by the ‘gothic lolita’ side of the collection. The inspiration doesn’t stop there and it goes further and further with beautiful embroideries, silky finishes and pop art details. Kawaii!

I’ve selected only a few of my favorite looks from the runway, but they are surely enough to illustrate the idea. The color palette is delicate and bold at the same time, deep colors are left aside to let the textures shine. Details and accessories are a must and platforms shoes are not an option but a basic! The overall look is powdered but dazzling, something that looks innocent enough to fit the youth but also powerful. This collection states ‘Young doesn’t mean naive’. Hail the holographic baroque.

The basis are clear. An eclectic mix of textures, fabrics and finishes. Velvet, silk, denim, camouflage, wool, cotton, knitwear, sequins, animal print, glitter, jewels, metallic details, ribbons, patches, pastels, leather and platforms.

It looks that it anticipated the season perfectly. It follows the line that has so deeply marked the autumn/winter season but with a dash of daylight, different finishes and fabrics give the collection a multidimensional quality that doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. Stockings are the primordial accessory and oversized jackets, full of patches and mixtures of details add deep contrast to the looks.

Another really important point of this whole collection was the show itself, being the stage one of the most beautiful and charming displays of creativity and passion that I’ve ever seen on a runway!

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Long live the 80s and 90s!

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