Quick Fix If You Fall Asleep Wearing Makeup

I HATE falling asleep in my makeup! I’ve been doing it way too often lately. I think it must be a living with a boy thing. I used to not wash my face before bed MAYBE like three times a year. It was a gift to myself on an unusually late or sick night. Now, I skip washing maybe twice a month and for a skincare freak/acne prone person like me, that’s way too much.

This is how it happens…We eat like crap. I get so bloated and all I want to do is get under the comforter and sleep it off (and fart out all that air…once Jared is asleep.) Or we fall asleep snuggling on the couch and don’t move over to the bed until 2am. OR! Jared’s all cozy in bed reading a book or something and I decide to “close my eyes” next to him before I get ready and we all know how that turns out.

Luckily, I do have a quick fix for deep cleaning my pores out after nights like these. It’s Olga Lorencin’s Deep Detox Facial. It’s a three step at-home treatment that I find vacuums out your pores. It’s exfoliates and helps eliminate congestion in your skin that can lead to dullness, acne, and redness. I try to use it every 5 days and always the mornings after I sleep with makeup on.

You know those horribly annoying whiteheads and milas that don’t look like real pimples, but they look like brail, especially with makeup on? (See right photo) Since I’ve started using this kit regularly, I’ve noticed a lot less of those need to be extracted when I go in for facial’s at Olga’s spa. FYI, those little buggers don’t often go away unless they turn into real pimples overtime or get extracted by a professional. However, you can prevent them from having a good at-home care system including the Deep Detox Facial.

For more of the benefits of this $98 set, check out Olga Lorencin’s website HERE. Her clients include Eva Mendes and Gal Gadot and Halle Berry has raved about one of her other at home kits, The Red Carpet Facial in a Box, on Watch What Happens Live. P.S. Nothing on my blog is a paid ad.

New Favorite Beauty Finds

I hate when bloggers say, “A lot of you have been asking me…” It just seems like a way to start an ad, but in all seriousness, a lot of people have been asking me since first being on The Bachelor what foundation I wear. I know it sounds weird, but my favorite brand for foundation is drug store favorite, Maybelline. It never breaks me out like the Sephora brands I try.

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I’ve used Maybelline’s Dream Smooth Mousse for the past five years. It was discontinued about two years ago (and claim that Dream Velvet is an upgraded replacement), but I continued to purchase it on Amazon and eBay. Recently, Maybelline released Super Stay 24H and it’s almost replaced Smooth Mousse for me. Super Stay is more dry, but the full coverage doesn’t look heavy just like Smooth Mousse. So if I’m going for the ol’ beach glowy, I’ll swipe on Mousse. But for matte looks, I’m all about the new stuff. It really does stay fresh looking pretty much all day. I like that it doesn’t emphasize my pore size.

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I apply the foundation with another favorite new tool of mine, Sigma Cosmetics new 3DHD blender. So, I’ve never been a Beauty Blender fan. I’ve always found that foundation looked better on me when either applied with a brush or my fingers. In fact, I even deleted a portion of this very blog’s draft about foundation application after I discovered this Sigma Blender. I never got good enough coverage or a smooth application when using blenders in the past, but this one does it right! I’m not a scientist. I don’t know why it’s different. Sigma, known for its makeup brushes, says, “Our new and improved 3DHD™ Blender now has a softer texture, increased durability, and a unique shape that is a game changer when it comes to apply primer, foundation or concealer! The other unique aspect of this revamped version is that it’s inspired by the angles of our best-selling 3DHD® brushes! The edges, flat surfaces and points of our 3DHD™ Blender will help you achieve seamless all-over coverage with with ease.” SEE!! The magic must be in the design inspired by their brushes! I’m not paid to promote any of these products on this blog, so you can trust what I tell you about them!

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I’ve always been a fan of Becca and Too Faced highlighter. They have great pigment and a shiny dimensions. You don’t have to put on a ton of layers to see them pop. Recently I’ve discovered Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator. To be honest, it looked like drug store makeup and the compact felt cheap. Obviously I’m not shitting on drugstore makeup. I use drugstore foundation and mascara, but the stuff you find at CVS doesn’t always have the best pigment. I was pleasantly proven wrong with just one swipe. This illuminator (highlighter, whatever you want to call it…) goes on like a powder but glows like a cream! It comes in a bunch of pretty colors and some can double as a blush. If you read the reviews on Ulta.com, you can see I’m not the only one who feels like her cheekbones stand out the most when wearing this.

LED LIGHTS:

The last, but absolutely not least of my new beauty finds, if LightStim. My esthetician Nari Colon at the Olga Lorencin Skin Care Clinic will sometimes put me under the LightStim For Wrinkles at the end of a facial. I was like, “Uh, does this LED light really do anything?” Nari, who has worked with Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock on the reg, is a huge fan of LightStim. This particular light reduces lines and wrinkles, but that’s not really my concern at the moment…I’ve got botox for that shit. My favorite aspect of this light is that it minimizes the appearance of pores, increases elasticity, speeds up healing (like old e6190c72583647c55f144816e6104155acne spots) and reduces inflammation! My cheek puff (which is a huge insecurity of mine which is barely noticeable to others) has gone down significantly with the use of this light 3/4 times a week. It takes about 30 minutes to hit every spot of your face for the instructed amount of time. I just do it while I watch TV before bed.

I also got the LightStim for Acne which can help heal existing breakouts and minimize future breakouts. While I no longer have active acne issues (See My 2018 Skincare Routine), I’ll get a pimple every other week. They’re not boulders, but they’re still annoying. Since I started using this LightStim I haven’t gotten a pimple. (Full discretion: I got one on of my forehead. I NEVER breakout on my forehead so I don’t waste time using my LightStim there which is why it didn’t prevent it.) If I feel a little bump coming I put the LightStim on it immediately for a couple minutes and then again a couple of hours later and it never comes to fruition. Again, my acne is very under control, but I like this as an extra precaution to keep it at bay.

My cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Jason Emer, uses a photo technology that determines the “real age” of your skin. In early February, I was read as being 27-years-old. As a 30-year-old, I happily took that result. This week, just two months later, I got my skin scanned at Dr. Emer’s again and my skin was the read as being 23-years-old. The only things I added to my skin care routine in that time are the Light Stims. I’ve been using iSClinical products for about four months and I suspect the use of these serums have also enhanced my skin’s youth, elasticity, and pigmentation. Dr. Emer, a well-known celebrity doc, uses Light Stim on his patients to reduce inflammation after performing most of his procedures. Read all about the science behind LightStim at https://www.lightstim.com.

 

My 2018 Skincare Routine

I’ve done a couple of skincare routine posts since creating this blog in 2014, but skincare is a form of technology…it’s always changing and advancing so I’m always switching up my regimen. Also, when I started this blog I was recovering from a bout of cystic acne, now that that’s settled, I’ve been able to be more gentle and experimental with my skin. (Not to mention, I was 25 when I started this blog and now I’m on the verge of 30, sooo eye cream is a thing I actually need to use.)

AM: If you had asked me what I did 6 months ago, I would have said I rinse my Retin-A off in the morning and apply my prescription topical clindamycin phosphate 1% and then sometimes Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen (or Benefit’s is also a favorite). Now I have a whole routine beyond icing and massaging the puff out of my face on days I’m wearing makeup. (That’s a whole other post.)

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  1. Light face rinse. Couple of splashes. No cleanser. It’s too drying for me to wash twice a day.
  2. IsClinical Pro Heal Serum – I love the feel of this stuff, but that’s not why I use it. This serum combines Vitamin C, Olive Leaf Extract, Vitamin E and Vitamin A providing a ton of antioxidants and super healing. It’s perfect for treating rosacea (which I have mildly), cystic acne (which I medicate with Ortho TriCyclen Low & 75 Mg Spirnolacotone daily), insect bites and some forms of dermatitis. Zinc Sulfate enhances wound healing and is anti-inflammatory. I even use it on this stubborn curling iron burn on my arm from 9 months ago.
  3. Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Lotion 1% – This is a prescription. It’s a topical antibiotic. I’m not even sure if I need it anymore, but why risk it? It’s really hydrating.
  4. Kinara Eye Cream – Every eye cream I’ve tried before this, I hated. It either broke me out in tiny bumps around my eye area or it would basically leak into my eyes and make them water. This is thick and hydrating and really softens crows feet/smile lines that appear in every 20-something, 30-something skin when foundation and concealer is applied.
  5. Dr. Leif Rogers HQLA Cream– This lightens complexion and corrects uneven skin tone. I just put this on my hormonally induced melasma mustache. I’ve seen about a 50% improvement in my hyper pigmentation in a month of use. You may have to call to order this $100 product if you don’t live in LA.
  6. Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen OR COOLA Sunscreen– Both of these don’t change the color of my skin. I don’t know if I’m weird, but some sunscreen turns my skin purple. I also tend to have sensitivity and irritation from some sunscreens, I have no reaction to these. They’re light so my makeup doesn’t look cakey over it. They pill less than other sunscreens I’ve tried. Eau Thermale Avene sunscreen is a bit more shiny and COOLA Sunscreen is a little more matte.

SOMETIMES I USE…

  1. IsClincal Hydra-Cool – This refreshing, powerful, penetrating serum combines superior antioxidants with essential botanicals and bio-nutrients. My facialist calls it a drink of water for your face. I reapply it multiple time on dehydrating flights. It’s great for skin types and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin.
  2. SkinMedica’s HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator – It’s supposed to immediately diminish wrinkles and fine lines, which I will say I don’t have much to diminish. But it also keeps them at bay by replenishing your skin’s own hyaluronic acid. The difference in my texture before and after the application of this product is incredible. It’s so silky and hydrating. It smoothes your skin for perfect makeup application. It’s like a makeup primer for me. It’s also super soothing. I can ‘t really describe how this feels, but it’s like something I’ve never felt before.

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I’ll wash with Panoxyl 10% Benzoyl Peroxide Cream Cleanser that get from the drugstore mixed with iSClinicals’s gentle Cleansing Complex, which has all the good stuff like bio-nutrients, antioxidants and resurfacing ingredients. It cleans deep and is formulated for acne prone skin, but it doesn’t strip. Panoxyl can be harsh, so I like to mix this so it’s not over drying. I use

I alternate nights between iSClinical’s Active Serum and prescription .025% Retin-A (tretinoin gel).

iSClinical’s Active Serum does it all. It’s anti-aging, anti-acne and brightening benefits. The results are both instant and long-term. Seriously, you’ll see a difference when you wake up. iSClinical Active Serum smooths away fine lines and wrinkles while softening the skin’s texture. AND THIS is why I use it personally…It reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, redness and acne, leading to a clearer and healthier-looking complexion. (JoJo Fletcher uses this too).

I’ve been using Tretinoin gel for the past 6 years. It’s a Vitamin A topical and a higher grade of retinol. It’s the beauty industry’s ultimate anti-wrinkle and anti-acne tool. I’ve been prescribed to it because of acne. If you do get on this, be prepared for a crusty mess of a face for about 6 weeks before everything has shed and clean, clearer skin is revealed.

*Note: I know these products are expensive. But this is your face! It’s something I believe in investing in! Each bottle lasts 2-3 months in my personal experience.

I take my Ortho TriCyclen Low & 75 Mg Spirnolacotone at night. These are the two prescriptions that I credit THE VERY MOST for getting rid of my hormonal cystic acne. If you’re struggling with this, please inquire about these treatments with your dermatologist.

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Up Keep:

I get a facial at Olga Lorencin’s Skin Care Clinic once a month. Eva Mendes and Halle Berry are regulars there, but it’s not outrageously priced. So if you live in Southern California, I highly recommend treating yourself there. BUT if you don’t live around LA, you can get one of Halle and my at-home favorite’s the Red Carpet Facial in a Box. It’s $100 and it’ll last you months. Halle Berry said this was her aging secret on Watch What Happens Live a couple of months ago and it’s been pretty much sold out until now. It’s basically an exfoliation system that should be used twice a week that really deep cleans and dissolves impurities and leaves your skin UNREAL soft!! You look like you just walked out of the spa after using it.

SKINCARE LIVE STREAM: PART 2

Gravy.live is a new streaming platform which creates a more interactive experience for hosts and their audiences. For example, I can conduct live polls, do giveaways, and most importantly video chat face to face with my viewers and make them a guest on my live stream. This week I had my talented and gorgeous aesthetician Candace Marino from the Kinara Spa video chat into the live stream. She explains the best thing to do to get a pimple down fast… and it’s definitely not what you’d expect.

I went live for the first time through Gravy.Live two weeks ago with a live stream about my skin regimen. I’ve documented my struggles with cystic acne on this blog before, but that stream is an up to date documentation of my process. You can see it HERE .

This week’s live stream is also about skin care, but it’s more about the facials, serums, and injectables I get and less about prescription medications. I talk about the magic that is Latisse and how Halle Berry and I both love the reasonably priced at home Red Carpet Facial by Kinara. You can get 20% off of all the products on Kinara’s site with my code ASHLEYI. I ACTUALLY use the Red Carpet Facial, the INCREDIBLE eye cream, and the oil-free moisturizer.

To watch, expand the screen right above this line or click HERE. Fast forward to 12:18 for the start of my show! Make sure to FOLLOW ME on Gravy.live. so that you’re alerted every time I go live. This week I’ll be on Gravy.live telling you about my favorite makeup products and doing a makeup tutorial. P.S. Gravy works best in Google Chrome.

Skincare Live Stream: Part 1

Heyy yooo! Gravy.live is a new streaming platform which creates a more interactive experience for hosts and their audiences. For example, I can conduct live polls, do giveaways, and most importantly video chat face to face with my viewers and make them a guest on my live stream.

I went live for the first time through Gravy.Live this week. I hate saying, “Everyone’s been asking me about…” because that’s usually what unimaginative companies tell influencers to day before going into advertising dialogue. But that being said, a lot of people do ask me about my skincare routine which is the kindest of compliments because six years ago I was plagued with horrendous cystic acne. It was so bad it significantly affected my social life and I never wanted to leave the house. I’ve documented these struggles in multiple ByAshleyi.com entries before, like HERE and HERE. But those posts are a little outdated, so I decided to do a live stream through Gravy detailing everything I do today to keep the acne at bay and keep my skin looking fleek.

I apparently do so much that I need to do two Gravy episodes on skincare. This first part is more medical and acne based and the next one will be more about facials, derma rollers, and med spa injectables.

 

To watch click the embedded video right above this line and expand the screen or click HERE. Fast forward to 13:33 for the start of the show. Make sure to FOLLOW ME on Gravy.live. so that you’re alerted every time I go live.P.S. Gravy works best in Google Chrome.