Eyes, Grooming, Hair, Lips, Makeup, Moi, Skin

I got Racked.

If you haven’t already been bombarded with this – there is no escape.

Last week I was featured on Racked LA as a “Glam Pro”. This is kind of a big deal and I’d love it if you checked it out. After all – there is no such thing as bad publicity, right?

I’ll make it worth your while with all the product recommends and an exfoliant recipe you can make in your home because you already have the ingredients. Swearsies!

Here’s a little taste…

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The photographer, Elizabeth Daniels, and I had a little too much fun at Naimie’s that day. Now she’s got a whole new beauty regime and I’m super excited about it.

Special thanks to Natalie de Groot for giving me a shirt from her new line, Nat+J, for the shoot.

And, of course, big love to Kat Odell for whoring me. ♥

Beauty, Moi, Skin

My Beauty Ritual | Mon rituel de beauté

I take my beauty ritual very seriously.

My grandmother, even on her last days and at 75 years old, had not one wrinkle! Although the only makeup she wore was red lipstick, the woman was notorious for her skin care. Coming from the old days in the motherland (Ukraine), she washed with soap. Sometimes a few times a day. She didn’t use anything but cocoa/shea butter on her face and jojoba oil for her body. She also didn’t have much body hair, this I always envied the most.

My mother is another case – no one has ever guessed her age. Young men still approach her to this day with romantic inclinations having no clue she could really be their mum! She, like her mother, is attached to one cosmetic item – black liquid liner, and never leaves the house without it. Since as long as I can remember Mama has had an array of face and body creams scattered around her vanity. As a child I began to mimic her femininity by trying out products that would also preserve my skin.

And so it began. In grade school I knew every drugstore beauty product and was a thorough guide to my friends. In middle school I picked up girlie magazines and flipped through to the beauty section to find tips and tricks in order to bestow my newfound knowledge onto my classmates. In high school I began to experiment with makeup. Mostly in science class. Mostly on whoever would allow me to paint their face before the teacher noticed. Sorry, Mr. Beeftink!

Now I easily experiment with skin care lines and definitely have my favourites, ranging high to low cost: La Mer, Sisley Sisleya, StriVectin, Orlane, Lumene, Nivea, Bioré and Oil of Olay for Sensitive Skin.

As soon as I step out of the shower I tone with vinegar/water concoction, massage any fine lines with StriVectinSD, then slather the rest of my face with one of the above mentioned moisturizers (from hairline down to the décolleté). It is important to lock in moisture with product, so please don’t wait around too long.

I will now reveal my deep dark secret: I don’t always take off my makeup before I go to bed. Cue gasp. Yes, I know bad Annah, BAD! My excuse: boyfriend’s chest is evil and has perfected its Vulcan sleeper hold on me. Thus, Joshua, I blame you.

This doesn’t mean you should get a boyfriend like mine and hold him accountable for your skin mishaps. This means don’t follow in my footsteps and wash your face off every night as if your life depended on it. Because your skin depends on it. Be it cold cream, makeup remover or baby oil. Just. Do. It.

Lastly, for faces I work on I mix foundation/concealer with moisturizer, but on myself I put on foundation immediately after my face is still damp with product. This way, even if I don’t know the kind of makeup I’ll be wearing for the day – this mixture acts as a tinted moisturizer base that doesn’t move around throughout the hectic schedule I am allotted.

I’m 28. The worst name I’ve been called lately is 24. I still get carded. Everywhere. Including R movies. True story.

Remedy, Skin

Dry Skin | La peau sèche

It’s that time of year, lovelies, when we find our skin dry and itchy.

Some of you live in more severe climates with a high windshield factor and snow, some of you (like moi) live in warmer climates that still feel a change of season.

If you are like me and have sensitive skin that flakes at the remote sound of the wind, I have some recipes for you to explore:

  1. half of a ripe avocado
  2. few drops of lime juice
  3. mix well and spread onto skin
  4. wash with lukewarm water after 15-20min.
  1. 2-5 Tblsp raw peanuts
  2. 1/4 tsp honey
  3. mix with milk to create a paste
  4. spread on skin until dry
  5. wash with lukewarm water
  1. mix milk and mustard
  2. apply paste onto skin for 10min.
  3. wash with lukewarm water
  1. mix cooked oatmeal with honey
  2. apply mixture to skin for 20min.
  3. wash with lukewarm water

These ingredients alone are great for the skin:

  • Vitamin E oil
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Shea butter
  • Mineral water instead of tap

From within:

  • Salmon and Flax Seed Oil: omega-3 fatty acids
  • Raw Orange and Yellow Veggies: high in beta-carotine and antioxidants
  • Garlic, Onion, Eggs: rich in sulfur


  • Animal Fats
  • Fried Food
  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine

Exfoliate once a week! Moisturize every day! Wash your skin with lukewarm water only as hot scolding liquids suck the moisture out leaving you feeling worse than before.

Happy smoothness!

Hair, Skin

Pour Helen…

A few tips and tricks I’ve picked up along the way using products (and produce) found in most kitchens.

Exfoliate Face:

  1. quarter size of shampoo (almost any shampoo works, gentle is best)
  2. 1/2 tspn of salt (sea salt is always first choice)
  3. mix well between palms
  4. scrub face in circular motions
  5. wash with lukewarm water
  6. take an ice cube and gently run it across the skin on your face
  7. moisturize

Exfoliate Body:

  1. 1 part olive oil
  2. 2 parts ground coffee beans
  3. mix well (in a cup or bowl of your choice)
  4. scoop and scrub body thoroughly, especially on target areas*
  5. moisturize

*When used externally coffee helps break down cellulite, or fat cells under the skin, and increase blood flow thus flushing away toxins.

Dry Itchy Scalp:

  1. half of a ripe banana
  2. half of a ripe avocado
  3. 3 Tbsp of honey
  4. mix well
  5. apply to scalp
  6. shower cap for 30 minutes
  7. wash

✭ Also for the long run – a capsule of Aspirin dropped into a fresh shampoo bottle does wonders.