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!

Do This One Thing for Big Impact

Back in the day, the only time I wore false lashes was when I was on stage with ballet or theater performances, or competing in pageants. I just couldn’t get over the label of “fake” anything.

Well I did get over it, and I really believe that lashes are one of the best makeup investments you can make. They’re affordable, elevate your entire look to where you practically need no other makeup, and, with a little practice, are effortless to apply.

AFFORDABLE

At just over $2 a pair, my favorite strip lashes are an incredible investment. Think about it – if you’re someone who wears little or no makeup every day but you want to up your game for a special event, and you don’t want to spend lots of money on a whole makeup wardrobe, lashes and a bold lip will make you look amazing for less than $10.

Pictured below are those strip lashes as well as my all-time favorite lash, the KISS clusters:

ELEVATE

Last month, I did Maggie’s makeup for an Inaugural Ball. She loves a red lip and was wearing a MAJOR dress, so we focused on the lashes by doubling up. A lengthening lash topped a full-fringe lash for lots of drama:

We kept her eye makeup very simple and added dimension with just bronzer so the focus would be on her gorgeous eyes and stunning lips:

My point is that with some lipstick and great lashes, you don’t have to have a ton of time, money or skill to look like a million bucks.

EFFORTLESS

I used to be so intimidated by lashes, but they’re really not that scary. Here are three videos to show you how to apply your lashes, as well as customize them so they work for you:

 I hope you’ll give lashes a try! As always, don’t hesitate to reach out @ElectraLane on Instagram or Facebook with any questions. For a personalized makeup lesson, or just to ask all of your makeup questions, email me at Jessica@ElectraLane.com to set up an appointment (online or in-person). See you next 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

 

Post-Sweat Hair Refresh

For the first time, I want to share a little love with one of my most favorite, and at the same most frustrating, topics: hair. After a million missteps and years of trial-and-error, I can hopefully save you some time by learning from my mistakes.

Please note that I have zero formal training in hair, and know that my hair is fine but there’s a lot of it, it’s very straight, very flat, very heavy, and very slippery (meaning no texture). When you combine all of that with not wanting to wash and heat style your hair every day and an almost daily workout routine, you’re just asking for a mess.

(Random note: today is the one-year anniversary of my hip surgery, so I’m super excited to share that I can even work out hard enough to get this sweaty! Yay!!)

After a run across the river and back the day after I spent forever washing and blowing out my hair, this is what my hair looked like (and yes, I’m aware that it looks like a mug shot!):

Frizzy, flat, and stringy.

Here’s what I did:

Dry It

With the high speed/cold air setting, dry all the sweaty hair. Brush it out to make sure it’s tangle-free and there’s no moisture left.

Dry Shampoo

Be generous with the dry shampoo, focusing on the roots, to get rid of any goo and add lift. I love this one because it’s available everywhere and is unscented.

Curlers

I take it back to the old school and place plastic rollers just around the crown. On the low speed/low heat setting, I blast each roller just for a couple of seconds. If you’re in a hurry, follow up with the cold air setting to lock in the lift. At this point, I like to let everything set while I do my makeup.

Smooth

On the lowest heat setting, I take large chunks of hair and quickly slide my straightener over them. This just helps to smooth the flyaways as well as iron out any kinks from having my hair up during the workout. I repeat this with the hair in each roller, too.

Fluff

Remember how I said my hair was flat? I like to sprinkle in some of this lightly scented powder to maintain body throughout the day.

Hydrate

I add a drop or two of dry oil to the ends of my hair to revive and condition.

Final Result:

Not as good as a fresh blowout, but it works for me. Here’s the before/after:

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Let me know if you have any other hair concerns, or other info you’d like to see on the blog. I’m on Facebook and Instagram, and always feel free to email me at JYost.ElectraLane@gmail.com. See you next week!

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Evening Skincare Routine

It’s time for bed. You’re exhausted. The last thing you want to do is wash your face, so you just go to sleep.  No big. But you get into this routine, and start to notice that your skin is looking dull, your pores are large, you have little wrinkles around your eyes, and your face dropped what seems like a few inches. Oh, and there’s a huge zit on your forehead.  No pun intended, but this is your wake up call that you need a solid nighttime skincare routine!

It sucks, but I promise if you push through, you’ll wake up to bright, plump skin. I’ve finally found a great routine that works for my skin, and I rarely wear foundation any more. Remember the basic formula:

Cleanse

Tone

Serum

Eye Cream

Moisturizer

Lip Balm

This might excite you, but this might feel like one. more. thing. you have to do in an already overstuffed day. If you’re the latter, remember that the most important thing in skincare is a routine – meaning something you can keep up with – and you can’t form a routine if you feel overwhelmed. At the very least, invest in a good cleanser and a good moisturizer. Keep that up every day and every night, and you will see results!

Here’s what I do to my skin every night. Occasionally I’ll add in a mask or peel if I need it, but usually I just stick to this. Enjoy, and I’ll see you next week!

 

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