|Love how her hair looks here! ;) Wendy’s coat is beautiful and works lovely with the monochrome skies!|
|Tate trying not to sink into the mud! ahhh|
|Amazing outfit #3! Real Coat! Novi shooting away!|
|Wendy! Helping Tate change out the accessories!|
|The light started to change into a nice orange/coral color! Wendy was saying: “THANK YOU MOTHER NATURE!” ;)|
|Photo courtesy of Tate’s Mommy, Shana! :) Touching up her lips after a quick snack in between|
|The skies were AMAZING. I love my little camera! <3|
Makeup, Hair & Photography: Elizabeth Chang (Skyla Arts)
Photography Assistant: Bochan Kim
Meet my client Y.L.! She needed some portraits taken to use on her online presence, and she was interested in a more natural portrait. I had a lot of fun working with Y.L.! She was the first one to make a comment on the books on my book shelf!!! I was super excited!! :) This took place in July, and at the time I was offering a free masque treatment before makeup application as a promotion. It was really funny because she was my first client to receive a free masque treatment, but I’m used to applying it on the client when the client is lying down (on a facial bed), so I had said: “This is my first time applying a mask like this” and she was like: “Really!?!?” I’m like: “Nonono not my first time applying a mask on another person!” Sometimes when I’m concentrating on doing one thing – like makeup or applying a mask, I am so focused I don’t finish my sentences. Oops! I explained and fortunately Y.L. didn’t panic or lose faith in my abilities because I didn’t finish my sentence. lol
Below is her testimonial for me on Yelp:
“I don’t wear any makeup (I’m the kind of girl who often goes to work in the morning with my hair wet and lets it air-dry there), so when I needed to get a professional photo taken, I felt rather helpless. Liz of Skyla Arts came to the rescue.
I found her to be a consummate professional, from the initial appointment setup to how she was careful to listen to my preferences, while still proferring guidance on what she thought would work best. She has a delightful personality that set me right at ease at her home studio (she also has a friendly cat!).
She handled makeup, hair, and photography, which was wonderfully convenient for me. I went for a more natural look, and even so came out looking probably the best I’ve been. She also offers some light retouching, but frankly, if I hadn’t managed to get lipstick on my teeth (I’m graceful like that), I don’t think I would’ve needed any changes or enhancements at all because the shots came out great. I’m quite proud of the resulting photos and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Skyla Arts to anyone. I’d feel comfortable using her for other occasions as well; I definitely got the sense that she has quite a range, as you can see in her online portfolio, and it’s really just a matter of what your needs/wants are.”
Everyone can benefit from exfoliation! But conditions that can really be improved with regular exfoliations include: oily, congested skin (blackheads/whiteheads/minor acne breakouts), and dry, dehydrated skin with cell buildup, flaking, tight dry surface that often looks dull, grey, and lifeless. Exfoliation can also alleviate surface hyperpigmentation in a way that evens and brightens the skin. For acneic skin (like my skin!!!), taking care of dead skin cells is essential as they can trap sebum, dirt and bacteria and cause an infection/breakout. However, over exfoliation can deplete the acid mantle – the protective lipid barrier of our skin – and allow bacteria to flourish, and escort free radicals from environmental dangers into our skin – and hello, hyper pigmentation and DNA damage and collagen loss! lol…
Click “Read More” to read more about Mechanical vs. Chemical exfoliation…!
There are two types of exfoliation: Mechanical and Chemical. Mechanical involves physically sloughing off dead skin cells from the skin’s surface. Ingredients like jojoba beads, crushed nuts or plant material, or even plastic are added into skincare products to achieve the results (Yes…including the St. Ives apricot scrub I’ve marked as “hell-no!”). Using a wash cloth, or a rotary/pulsating brush like Clarisonic, is also considered mechanical exfoliation. One word of caution – mechanical is great for normal, combination to dry skin, but not ideal for congested skin, especially not for skin with active breakout or infection. The risk of the rougher material can open the infection, and then as you are scrubbing, you can spread the bacteria all over your face. If you have your heart set on using the clarisonic brush, choose the gentlest brush and lowest setting, but I wouldn’t recommend using it every day…Microdermabrasion also falls into the mechanical exfoliation category.
Chemical exfoliation, on the other hand, achieves the goal through chemical action by acids (alpha hydroxy/AHA and beta hydroxy/BHA acids) or enzymes, like papain (papaya extract) or bromelain (pineapple extract). Enzymes break down the lipids that act like glue/cement that holds the dead skin cells together, and thus help exfoliation. Other ingredients like resorcinol, retinol/Retin-A/Retinoic Acid etc. flakes and thins the skin, promoting cell turn-over and also the flaking of the dead skin cells on the outer most layer of your skin. Chemical peels – medical grade or the kinds I’m licensed & certified to perform, usually involves a blend of AHA/BHAs/TCAs (trichloroacetic acids).
Many exfoliating products on the market are also chemical and mechanical, meaning it contains chemical ingredients like acids or enzymes that will help loosen the bonds between dead skin cells, as well as granulated beads or even buffing pads! One word of caution though: if using a rotary brush like Clarisonic or the neutrogena/garnier pulse pads, you still gotta clean them afterwards with antibacterial soap, and then store in a cool, dry, sterile place (ie: Not in your bathroom!!!) or else it will get mold and mildew and bacteria and then you are rubbing it all over your face the next day! ewe! ;P
The key is to choose the RIGHT type of exfoliation for YOUR skin. These are just some examples: Salicylic Acid, a BHA is a great chemical exfoliant for acneic skin (unless you are allergic to aspirin and salicylates – but you would probably know if you are allergic to aspirin or not! ^^). A reason not to go with an AHA if you have acneic or sensitive skin is they are more sensitizing – and if the chemical is too active or strong for your skin, you can have an adverse reaction (like Post-Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation)! Mechanical exfoliation is ideal for normal/dry skin types while chemical exfoliation – having a broad range of ingredients, can be customized to target ALL skin types and skin conditions. Please consult your esthetician or dermatologist to recommend the right exfoliation for your skin! It’s easy to read reviews and recommendations from others or see an advertisement from skin care companies and become easily convinced that you need to run to the store to grab that one product you were thinking about or considering. I want to do the same thing too! It’s just natural!! When I read it in beauty forums, I get sooo nervous about those threads! But without looking at your skin type, it’s really hard to decide what’s best for YOU – and isn’t the most crucial part?
The Dangers of Exfoliation
There’s a reason why an average consumer should not take home a microdermabrasion machine or professional-grade chemical peel products or try to buy them online…You can seriously hurt yourself. Did you know that you can actually injure your skin by just exfoliating too much/too roughly? If you use products too harsh for your skin type, or chemicals inappropriate for your skin color/Fitzpatrick scale, you can EASILY cause hyperpigmentation – which can a type of skin injury. Sorry for the bold face, but I can’t emphasize this enough! Your dermatologist probably tells you how important is to wear sunscreen with UVA/UVB Protection (Look for “Broad Spectrum Protection” on the label, or SPF30+ AND PA+++)
1) Replenish your lipids and nourishment that will help rebuild the acid mantle with toner+serum+moisturizer
2) Wear sun screen during the day time & replenish during noon-time if possible. For women, use makeup with SPF and when you touch-up you get some replenishment for your sunscreen.
Let’s face it – we all have a budget!!! But when it comes to skin care, reaching for your favorite drugstore brand for the majority of the time is not a good idea BECAUSE they contain filler ingredients and fragrances that are just not good for your skin or your health. Doesn’t mean all of them are bad! Before deciding that you cannot afford quality products and need to resort to…oil of oxxx products…., please check out your local Trader Joes and Wholefoods. At Whole foods, I discovered a LOCAL brand I LOVE called EO (Essential Oil!!) Love love..! Actually – I first used the hand sanitizer with lavender essential oil that Liz Yu brought at the Yaby IMATS 2010 booth – and when I saw it I became an instant fan! I’ll be writing about Certified Organics during my next skincare topic so stay tuned~ ! So stay tuned!
- Does the artist use clean brushes and sanitize the brushes in between clients?
- Does the artist wash hands or use hand sanitizer before touching your face? Does the artist wash/sanitize hands in between clients?
- Does the artist use palette knifes or disposable spatulas to remove cream/liquid products from a jar onto a clean surface (clean hands or clean palette) and using a clean brush or clean fingers to apply it on your face?
- Does the artist clean the implements in between dipping into products (aka: not double dipping and preventing cross-contamination?) Does the artist use disposable mascara wands?
- Does the artist disinfect tweezers and scissors with proper disinfection solutions?
- Does the artist bring clean implements (tweezers, lash curler) and disposables in a clean or separate container, free from exposure to moisture and bacteria?
- Does the artist place soiled items in a designated bag (for reusable items) and throw disposables/trash away?
- Does the artist use products straight from the tub of product and on to your face? or straight out of a mascara tube?
- Does the artist apply lash glue straight from the tube?
- Does the artist uses a lip brush straight from the tube and then double dip on to the lipstick to apply more lipstick on your lips?
- Does the artist BLOW on the lash glue or the eyeshadow brush OR the blush brush!?!??! Do you like spit on your face? or near your eyes on the false lashes?!?
- Does the artist have a habit of touching his/her face and hair before touching your face?
- Pink-eye (conjunctivitis) or Staph (MSRA) infections in the eye area
- Herpes Simplex (cold sore) – can be spread from mouth, to the nose area or even eyes
- Exposure to blood-borne pathogens: HIV virus, Hepatitis, etc.
- Actually – there are many more communicable diseases you can catch…Tetanus/Diptheria, food poisoning, tuberculosis, strep throat, blood poisoning, pneomonia, typhoid fever
Here are some other simple things to look for:
- Does the artist reply email and return phone calls in a timely manner?
- Does the artist treat you and speak to you with respect via email/phone/in person?
- Does the artist require a deposit and contract?
- Does the artist show up on the agreed upon time, or earlier?
- Does the artist take time to answer all your questions in detail, no matter what the question is?
- If they cannot serve you for whatever reason, can you ask them for a referral?