I love a simple makeup routine. Give me a few easy products that will make me feel put-together and I'm happy. To be honest, most days I skip eyeshadow and highlighter and if I'm running around doing errands or am hosting playdates with my daughter, tinted moisturizer plus concealer is all I need for coverage. Check out how I achieve this level of coverage in my newest video!
My dear friend and acupuncturist, Priya Ahuja, shared some beautiful words of wisdom around aging and springtime. So many of us get caught up in the physical expressions of that - whether it be fixating on our wrinkles, winter weight, or something else. I love her ideas on how to let go during the spring and awaken your inner beauty and youth that is inside all of us.
Here is Priya’s message to me:
“Spring is here and a new season is upon us. It is a beautiful opportunity to embrace new-ness and emerge from winter's hibernation. This past winter, I took a beautiful course with one of my teachers, Dr. Jeffrey Yuen. Dr. Yuen is an 88th generation Daoist master of Chinese Medicine. During the course, he spoke about aging and commonly experienced pains we may feel as we age. This course was particularly interesting as the topic of aging can be difficult to discuss in such a youth-obsessed culture.
If you hold deep fears about moving forward through cycles of your life or find yourself longing for the past, know that you are not crazy or wrong. The wisdom of the masters of Chinese Medicine understood these emotional patterns hundreds of years ago. Feeling uncomfortable with getting older is really an imbalance in your energetic body that is calling you to be present. It's just pathology.
There are many things you can do to shift these thought patterns and practice being present. If you are looking to undo deep emotional patterns in terms of your relationship to transition, acupuncture and herbal medicine are invaluable. A clean diet, meditation, and breathwork are daily efforts you can do on your own to stay present.”
I’ve found natural healing processes like acupuncture, yoga, a clean diet, and swapping out my toxic products to be so helpful during these seasonal transitions. I welcome you to reach out to her for support - she is truly amazing!!
It's that time of the year. I know... you might dread it as much as me, but we have to clean up. One thing I DO LOVE cleaning out is my makeup bag.That's why I'm offering ya'll something something!
Each Spring, I go through my products and assess what's working for me and what needs a clean swap. To start, typically I like to do the following:
1) Skincare: I check to see if my skin needs have changed. I ask myself:
Is the cold weather and bitter wind behind us?
Do I need to continue the same moisturizer/oil? Or can I handle something lighter?
Is my face feeling more oily?
Do I have SPF in my bag now that I'm going outside more often?
2) Makeup: As I inch into spring, I like to switch out my colors. I prefer brighter pinks for my lips (which are SO on trend right now!!) and I like to amp up my bronzer. Even if it's not summer yet (a girl can dream!), this is when I like to start to "fake" my tan, haha! I ask myself:
Is my bronzer down to the metal? Need replacing with different shade or a new cream?
Perhaps some of my products have expired?
Is my foundation and concealer the right match for me?
Is it time to switch from an "I've been-in-the-cold" colored blush to something warmer?
What shades will help give me a pop of color? I tend to wear more white colored clothes in the spring/summer, so bright makeup is important for me to not look washed out.
Are you ready to clean out your makeup bag? If you'd like some personalized support, I'm offering a special Makeover Your Makeup Bag promotion for the spring!
Book a 45 min virtual consultation with me for just $75 and apply $25 towards a Beautycounter order.
Out with the old and in with the new! Contact me today to schedule.
In celebration of Valentine’s (and Galentines!) Day Month… It’s winter giveaway time! We’re partnering up with @bluesparkphotography to give one lucky follower a clean beauty makeup application and consultation with me and a one-hour Portrait session with Diana. Here’s how to enter on Instagram:
1. Follow @rebeccakirkwoodbeauty + @bluesparkphotography
2. Like @bluesparkphotography’s GIVEAWAY photo and tag 3 friends
1. Must be local to NYC/Brooklyn
2. Photography and Makeup Session to be booked no later than April 30, 2019
3. Limited to Portrait sessions only (wedding coverage doesn’t apply)
Some more perks:
*Everyone that enters this contest can book a session with @bluesparkphotograpy and/or @rebeccakirkwoodbeauty with a 5% discount during March- JUST FOR ENTERING! #sweet.
Contest closes on Feb 28th, 2019 at 9pm EST, we’ll announce the winner on March 1st, 2019. Good luck!
This contest is not affiliated with Instagram.
One quiet morning in a local coffee shop, I met with pro photographer Diana Zapata of BlueSpark Photography to chat about how to best prepare for a photoshoot. After lots of chatting (and tea and chocolate banana bread!), I was surprised to learn that Diana is also a safer beauty maven and certified yoga instructor like me! Her own handmade skincare line called Sauca is sold in NYC and online.
Learn more below and check out her tips!!
What is your biggest advice to women getting a professional photo? How does their makeup affect the final result or editing process for you?
I think it's important to consider the type of session you're getting. A good amount of preparation is necessary but when the session starts, my biggest advice is to let go and enjoy. To not overthink or over plan your shots. Trust your photographer and know that as cliche as it sounds, a true smile and a genuine emotion is what makes you really beautiful and authentic! Of course, makeup plays a big part in that preparation. I think that even a little application goes a long way in helping us feel special, elegant and even a little polished. The final result may just be that you feel more confident! In terms of editing, makeup or no makeup doesn't really make a difference for me, I do color correction and cropping but not a lot more goes into edits.
It’s so cool that you also have your own handmade skincare line. How did you get involved in the beauty/wellness space? What’s your favorite product from your line and why?
Thank you! I got involved because I wanted to have truly clean products for my day to day beauty routine. I took some aromatherapy workshops and did my own research to create blends like clay masks with botanicals to exfoliate my skin, oils for the face and body to moisturize, healing salves for muscle pain, sleep and relaxation and meditation balms for yoga asana or meditation. My favorite product in my line, Sauca, is hands down the Elixir No. 1, my face oil. I use it morning and evening - it's packed with organic essential oils and it smells so so good! It's light and gentle enough that is quickly absorbed by the skin. It's definitely my go-to before any makeup application and I apply it generously at night.
There's nothing quite like the warm fuzzy feeling of giving back to those most in need.
I had the great pleasure of applying makeup to the patients at the Hopkins Center for Rehabilitation & Healthcare just down the street from me. I walk past the center very often and think about the people inside. I wonder how they're feeling and give a friendly wave to anyone sitting on the porch outside. When I heard about their Valentine's Day event, I jumped at the chance to donate my time!
My parter at Clean Beauty Artists, Pamela College, and I arrived at the festive scene and couldn't wait to get started. The women and men were all so excited to be celebrating the holiday together. Our makeup applications helped the ladies feel extra special and live bands had people dancing in their wheelchairs. Local companies Exit 9 and Crunch Gym donated bags of gifts while Sottocasa Pizzeria and Building On Bond collected all donations. The event could not have happened without the BIG idea from local resident Laura Giromini Arrigoni (@viverenewyork) and I'm so honored I could be a part of it all.
I’m THRILLED to be partnering with the oh-so-talented BlueSpark Photography this month in celebration of Valentine’s Day!
Book a couples portrait session or headshot with a makeup service by me for a special price of just $395!
Included in the price is:
60-min photoshoot in the comfort of your home/stoop/neighborhood in NYC/Brooklyn
60-min luxury non-toxic makeup application including false lashes
30 digital photos
Contract must be signed and photoshoot redeemed by April 30, 2019. Wedding services do not apply.
Diana Zapata of BlueSpark Photography has been photographing Portraits and Weddings for the last 9 years. She defines her photography as “uncomplicated, unpretentious and honest”. She has a soft spot for photographs that evoke real, raw emotion, and will be forever in love with the in-between magic that makes us so human and real. She works to offer her clients a set of photographs that will be timeless, elegant and true. You can find see more of her work by visiting her on Instagram (@bluesparkphotography) and www.bluesparkphotography.com
She is based in Brooklyn, NY but travels to Florida often and will follow you anywhere in the world if that means that she gets to photograph moments of love and union.
Hi ladies! Do you need help navigating your makeup bag?
To celebrate Valentine’s Day, show yourself (or your partner or daughter!) some self-love with a makeup lesson! Through February, virtual lessons will be $30 for 30 mins, focusing on one topic chosen by you (e.g. complexion, smokey eye, contouring, eyebrows etc.) Local clients, get a hands-on experience and book an in-person lesson for just $125 (30% off).
Beautycounter's Flawless in Five set has an updated look! The (incredibly smooth and pigmented) satin powder blush has replaced the previous blush duo and you can now choose either the NEW BROW GEL (whoo hoo!!) or brow pencil. Love these improved options!
Check out my video on how to apply this simple look below.
BONUS! This set currently comes with a FREE retractable foundation brush through Feb 20. This brush helps give me a flawless, airbrush finish. Shop the sale here.
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