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I should start off by saying, I am not an expert in this field.
A few short years ago, I was literally using bar soap or whatever was in the shower to wash my face. I’m cringing at my history as we speak. Every now and again I would pick up something dedicated to faces from a pharmacy, like St. Ives Apricot Scrub. Don’t even ask about moisturizer – I can’t remember ever using anything regularly.
I’ve been a no-fuss gal for my entire life, partly because I’ve been very lucky with my skin. No phase of acne, or anything…nothing. So, when I decided to see facialist Mamie McDonald 7 years ago – I expected nothing but an A+ on my skin’s record. I was dead wrong. Mamie basically read my face for filth. She told me my skin was severely dehydrated and that I needed to keep up with a solid regimen.
I was floored, but I can take that kind of criticism. It made me only want to get my skin right and get it tight. I researched all the brands out there and I was definitely interested in buying products that were low in chemicals, paraben free, etc. I stumbled upon Dermalogica which was affordable, fragrance free and free of synthetics. Time went on and I became more committed to my skin care regimen. I started to mix up my system, incorporating products from companies like IS Clinincal which were not only focused on cleansing – but, also focused on preventing pre-mature aging.
As the years have gone, I’ve continued on my path of healthy eating which has led me to eat Raw at least once a day. I’ve also become more aware of the sickening levels of chemicals in everyday products, thanks to CosmeticDatabase.Com. You really need to check it. It’s a database that can tell you how the products you use rate on a scale of 1-10, from the least toxic to the most. For example, take a mainstream Baby Lotion that almost everyone has grown up with and continue to use on their children because it’s a household name that you trust. See what rating it gets…
They even break down each ingredient and explain how each one has an adverse effect. It’s super thorough and scary sometimes.
Trust me, when I found out that the certain lipstick I loved was chemical-laden, I didn’t want to let go of my favorites, but eventually I couldn’t lie to myself anymore. Also, the least chemical-free products will surprise you sometimes. It’s not always something expensive. For instance, the saline solution that rates a 0 on the scale is CVS brand and that’s the one I use! I’m no expert, but there has to be some truth to this. We wonder why we and the ones we love are stricken with disease and while some are genetic and some may be unexplained, we should at least avoid bad products to lessen our odds of getting sick. Right?
Anyways, after trashing all the products that were bad for me I became interested in skincare that was the same. I found a “raw facialist” via Google, which led me to my current facialist who also involves Reiki – Monica Watters at Sacred Touch. She is a like-minded woman who is educated in non-invasive anti-aging techniques and is also a certified Reiki Master, Reflexologist, Raw Food Chef, Crystal Therapist, Bach Flower Practitioner and Certified Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher. She put me on to most of the current products I use; Luzern and Dr. Alkaitis which I absolutely love.
For those of you interested in what my skincare regimen, here it is. This is not a paid post, most of my long-time readers probably know that already. Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever gotten paid to blog (*rubs chin and looks upwards wondering how to make that happen). Like I said, I’m no expert, this is just what I currently do for my face.
STEP 1: FACIAL CLEANSER
Application: Morning & Night
Dr. Alkaitis is a brand with a tagline of “Holistic Organic Skin Food”, which sounds perfect when you think about. If skin is the body’s largest organ (eeek I feel gross whenever I remember that) then it would make sense that whatever you put on it should be edible by the human mouth. I now live and obsess by that very thought, if you can’t eat what you put on your skin then you shouldn’t put it on your skin. It’s also “100% organically grown, raw skin food for all skin types. Gender neutral. Chemical free. Cruelty free. No GMO’s.” It’s also been featured in magazines like Vogue , Harper’s Bazaar and is popular among famous beautiful faces like Karolina Kurkova and Gisele Bundchen.
What’s great about Dr. Alkaitis is that you can try their products in trial size for a fraction of the cost of their full sized products. I absolutely love that feature and the prices range from $3.50 to $8.00. Don’t you just hate when you buy a product to try it out and you hate it?! I sure do. Anyways, the samples are how I fell in love with the Dr. Alkaitis Brand. I highly recommend you try it!
STEP 2 – TONER
Luzern Labs Vita-o2 Glacial Toner – $38.00
Application: Morning & Night, after Cleansing/before Serum. Spray evenly across face and neck.
I also use Luzern Labs from Switzerland, which is pricier depending on the product – but also involves a scientific approach. “Amidst the pristine beauty of the Swiss Alps, a new concept in luxury skin care is born. One designed to enhance the health and beauty of the skin, from the inside out. Our state of the art pharmaceutical-grade ingredients contain ultra-high levels of peptides, antioxidants and polyphenols, and are processed pure and free from skin damaging additives. From wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and loss of elasticity, Luzern Labs takes skin care to new levels of efficacy, without synthetics, preservatives or chemicals.”
via Luzern Labs: “Part toner, part hydrator and pore-refiner. Maximizes benefits from products that follow. This soothing toner helps remove excess residue, tighten pores and provides on-demand moisture. Reduces fatigue and irritation from daily exposure to environmental pollutants. A must have for frequent fliers and post peels! Hypo-allergenic. Non-comedogenic. FORMULATED WITHOUT: – Preservatives – Parabens – Sulfates – Propylene Glycol – Synthetic Fragrances – Synthetic Dyes – Petro-Chemicals – GMOs – Phthalates”
OTHER NATURAL THINGS I’VE USED IN THE PAST: Homemade Green Tea Toner
STEP 3 – SERUM
Luzern Labs Serum Absolut Rehydrate – $85.00
Application: Morning & Night, after Toner/before Moisturizer. 2 Pumps into palm of hand, pat into face and neck.
Serums are absolutely necessary. They help your skin to absorb your moisturizer helps to create a dewy look. This serum is full of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin B5 + Bio-Lipid Moisture Enhancing Complex. ”This lightweight serum absorbs instantly and leaves skin dewy soft and youngerlooking. Hyaluronic Acid increases skin’s moisture. Vitamin B5 penetrates skin cells to add moisture and a desirable plumping effect. Lipids restore the barrier function of the epidermis to improve long-termhydration andprotect skin from irritants. Excellent for all skin types: Dry and rough skin feels hydrated, softer and healthy all day. Combination and oily skin gets deep, long-lasting moisture without feeling oily.
STEP 4 – EYE SERUM
Application: Morning & Night, after Toner/before Moisturizer. 1 Pump into palm of hand and applied along orbital bone
I found Be Natural Organics from CosmeticDatabase.Com when I was looking for beauty products ranging in the 0 rating. They are incredible and affordable. This eye serum is a must! There are no functioning oil glands under the eye, which leaves little to no moisture around them – so we must moisturize that area, unless you’d like pre-mature crow’s feet sprouting up!
STEP 5 – MOISTURIZER
Luzern Labs Force De Vie Creme Intensive – $155.00
Application: Morning & Night. Applied by dipping 1 q-tip in jar, so not to contaminate product. Dab on face and rub in upwards motion.
I swear by this moisturizer Force De Vie Pure Oxygen Creme Intensive. I must warn you – retails for $155 (I know, it’s expensive!), but it’s become a necessity in my life! My face always feels plumper and softer after applying it, not sticky or heavy.
OTHER NATURAL THINGS I’VE USED IN THE PAST: Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil.
Check out MICHELLE PHAN, beauty blogger’s, video on how to layer your products. Not only is she great at her beauty tutorials, her videos are well-made and her skin is lovely! I watched this one and now I try and apply my products as she does!
I hope this helps anyone who was curious out there. If you have a great skincare regimen, please share!
Especially if it’s a family secret or a natural/homemade concoction. I love those!
PS: Boys need to take care of their skin too! #justsaying
LIFE: Joey Bada$$ & Kwon P Celebrate Their Swanky 18th Birthday x Brooklyn New York x Smoke DZA, Jonny Shipes & More! (1.26.13)
The Pro Era Fam. Happy Birthday Joey & Kwon!
After a long, yet fun, photoshoot on Saturday with my old pal ANGELO BAQUE – I went home and napped like a toddler. I awoke around 10pm and hustled on out the door to celebrate the birthdays of Pro Era Members; JOEY BADA$$ & KWON It was a terrible, brick New York City night…I mean so brick I was wearing thermals underneath my clothes, but nothing would stop me from celebrating with the homies and our Cinematic crew!
I took a car service and scooped up ELLE. Then we headed to the venue.
We walked in to find a jumping party filled to the brim with barely-legal cool kids. We immediately found Joey swarmed with cute girls literally waiting their turn to take pictures with him.
Then, JONNY SHIPES & SMOKE DZA both found their way to where we were and we took some flicks!
JONNY SHIPES, KIRK KNIGHT, CJ FLY, SMOKE DZA, VASHTIE, JOEY BADASS
VASHTIE, CJ FLY, SMOKE DZA & JONNY SHIPES
Clearly the old folks were sitting down as the youngin’s were taking the dance floor by a literal storm!
I ran into LEAF! She’s such a doll and she makes music! Check her out!
JOEY BADASS & VASHTIE
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOEY!!!
VIDEO: Mykki Blanco – “Kingpinning” Dir. Clarence Fuller – Cameos by Vashtie, Dev Hynes, Le1f, Brenmar, A-Ron The Don, Heron Preston, Prince Homme & More!
Woo hoo! Mykki Blanco has a brand new video out this morning titled; “Kingpinning”, full of notable New York City personalities, including yours truly!
Mykki asked me and some of our other Downtown friends to make cameos, in a sort of a Missy Elliott 90′s/Futuristic video. Of course, we were all down to support our downtown bredren who is killing it worldwide. Seriously, check your listings – Mykki Blanco is a show you need to see! Anyways, what a dream come true. We all grew up watching these videos for Hip Hop artists who have their other artist friends come through and do the Harlem shake in the video while they perform. We all practiced in the mirror and imagined what we would do had we be given the chance…I’m not alone right? Haha. Anyways it was nice to get me music video cameo on with Miss Mykki Blanco/Mister Mikey Quattlebaum Jr.
AARON BONDAROFF aka A-RON THE DON
This dark and fun video was directed by Clarence Fuller, who recently directed Azealia Banks for her video “Luxury” where she is absolutely stunning.
“Oh snap, that is VASH-A-TEE KOLA”
In my half-sleeping head I imagined that I was a 4th member of TOTAL. What? It could have happened.
BRENMAR who also produced the track. Get into that!
HERON PRESTON & RUTH
We first launched this shirt back in 2010, and due to popular demand (literally) mostly by friends and Violette Customers – we have decided to bring it back for a limited time only!
Modeled by Dee & Ricky, the Funbags Shirt is offered in the original 2 options; “Itty Bitty” (small) and “Super Size” (large).
This special shirt was designed especially for the ladies (and brave fellas). Some of us girls are never happy with what we’ve been blessed with (especially when it comes to our ta-ta’s, titties, breasts, love muffins, congas, sweater puppies, funbags, boobies, chesticles…whatever you want to call them). I guess it could be appropriately called “BREAST ENVY”; girls with small boobs wanting big ones and girls with big boobs wanting small ones. We always want what we don’t have!
VIOLETTE is all about your right to choose…have “biggin’s” one day and “littlin’s” another.
Available now for $45! Or buy both in the same size for $80!
COP A FEEL, before it’s too late!
Everything and anything that Josh Madden picks up out of a pile of nothing ends up being my favorite thing of all. Seriously – this guy has predicted the greatness of artists long before most people know who they are…Frank Ocean, King Krule (formerly Zoo Kid) and now Chvrches.
I am obsessed with this little Scottish band! The lead singer is an adorable little sprite of a babe, I just want to stick her in a jewelry box so when I open it she sings. I’m obsessed with this track. Check them out!
The intro reminds me of that 80′s track by Nu Shooz, “I Can’t Wait”.
MIKE SHINODA, JOE HAHN (LINKIN PARK) & JOSH MADDEN
I am not playing ya’ll. I’m living up to at least one of my resolutions to be social and attend things…instead of clinging to my couch and laptop.
Last night my friend MR. RICKEY KIM invited me to a dinner for LINKIN PARK at the THOMPSON HOTEL, followed by a small after-party at REED SPACE. Despite it being a bone-slicing cold outside, I hung out. It was fun – check it!
Apparently the food at the Thompson Hotel is amazing and while everyone was eating delicious Japanese dishes and sushi, I was feasting on…
Yep. Mouth watering and delectable hot water and lemon. I’m so mad my juice cleanse coincided with this amazing (and free) dinner at the Thompson. Oy vey.
MR. RICKEY KIM & DR. JOSH MADDEN
I left the dinner a little early to get a head start to the party that was happening around the corner at REED SPACE.
JOSH MADDEN went in on some EVE, TUPAC and a little MC HAMMER. The music was #TOOLEGITTOQUIT
DJ HUGGY BEAR
ERIKA PEREZ rocking that old school Supreme. What you know about that?!
ERIKA PEREZ & ROSIE PEREZ
MARCUS TROY & WILLIAM YAN
BROOKLYN GIN. Can’t comment on what it tasted like since I’m on a cleanse, but I will say that the bottle is fantastico!
Hope all my fellow East-Coasters are keeping warm in this wretched weather!
If you’re a regular here at Vashtie.Com, then you probably know I’m into Juice Cleanses and have been for some years. As a student of life who is interested in increasing vitality and longevity, I’ve found that juicing is an integral part of life.
You may be asking: “Why sweet Vashtie? Why on earth would you not eat and only drink juice?”
My answer: “Well Baby Bubba, I juice every few months to give my body a break from food so that instead of my body constantly having to break down food and toxins – it can turn it’s attention to my body and work out whatever ailments or possible ailments might arise. You know that “itis” feeling we all get after eating? Yeah, that’s your body basically shutting down because it’s working in overdrive to breakdown whatever genius meal we decided to throw down our throats. Anyways, other folks do it for other reasons…spiritual, weight loss, etc. If you do it right, you’ll drink the amount of calories you need while giving your system a break from an overload of toxins – like; alcohol, sugar, dairy, meat, processed foods, etc.”
Really, if you need to know why to do a juice cleanse – just watch “FAT SICK & NEARLY DEAD”. Seriously. It could save your life or a friend or family member’s life!!!
I personally don’t have the discipline to juice all the juices myself, I mean who does. This is exactly why I love BLUE PRINT CLEANSE. Their motto says “WE THINK YOU DRINK” and it’s true. They broke down the science for you, so all you have to do is twist open a cap and drink your designated juice at the designated time you are supposed to. It’s really that easy! You can also pick your level of expertise.
I go in the middle with FOUNDATION…it’s a nice in between! You can also decide to do anywhere between 1 day and 6 days or more. I usually do 6 days in the Winter and 10 days in the Summer. Winter time isn’t really the best time to cleanse, but you can do 3 days and be fine. You should always consult with a doctor before embarking on something like this if you are new to it.
This may be the third time I’ve done BLUE PRINT CLEANSE. Sometimes I juice on my own and go to local juice shops to supplement my beverages, but every now and again in the Winter months I like to have it delivered to me. Did I mention BPC delivers to your front door? Yes, that is right. How easy is that?
Oh yeah, there are a lot of juice because I’m doing 6 days! 6 per day!
The number 6 drink is worth the whole day of juicing – Cashew Milk. Oh my goodness. It’s like a milkshake from the gods, I swear. Perfection!
If you’re interested in a Juice Cleanse, I highly recommend BLUE PRINT CLEANSE! If you want to splurge on yourself, don’t buy any fancy object – buy a cleanse for yourself, something that will really improve your well being. It’s most important that you use the cleanse as a kick start into a healthy life style. A 3 day cleanse won’t give you Heidi Klum’s body, but it will give you energy and the desire to eat healthy while also shedding a couple pounds. If you do decide to do a cleanse, spend at least 3 days prior prepping…removing heavy foods like meat, dairy, processed foods, sugar, flour and alcohol. You don’t want to start anything cold turkey.
I am currently on Day 3 and feel great. Day 1 is always the hardest for me. I always have dreams/nightmares about food…usually that I overate and I wake up in a panic like “I ruined my cleanse!”. I have a ton of energy and I continue to workout even on the cleanse. I even go into overdrive with work! It’s really a picker upper.
LIFE: My Feature In The Carmelo Anthony + Brand Jordan “Playing For The City That Made Me: Episode 3″ (Dir. Niles Roth)
When I got the call asking if I wanted to be interviewed for a CARMELO ANTHONY x JORDAN web documentary, what do YOU think I said – asks the girl who is obsessed with Jordans and a super fan of The New York Knicks?!
I mean, who in their right mind could turn that down? I guess a non-Melo or non-Knicks fan would, but a non fan of those two is just silly and incomprehensible.
When the interview came close, I got super anxious and nervous. I mean…I’d be featured among incredible folks like Bernard King, Nas, Spike Lee, etc. Not only was this an opportunity of a lifetime, but I am not a Native New Yorker – so the honor was even more massive and I had to come correct.
The latest and last installment of “Playing For The City That Made Me: Episode 3″ is finally out and although my interview was cut and I am crying on the inside (and a little on the outside), I am still honored to be featured in a piece like this- let alone considered!!!
Special thanks to Director Niles Roth, Greenpoint Pictures, Wieden + Kennedy, Carmelo and Brand Jordan! GO KNICKS!!!
My friend Emmanuelle over at Atlantic Records invited me out for a special ROCKIE FRESH 3-D VISUAL LISTENING EXPERIENCE. I met up with JOSH MADDEN, ELLE CLAY & RICKY TWIN and we rolled through. I loved that it took place at our local independent theatre, SUNSHINE LANDMARK, I see so many incredible movies there.
We crowded in a room before the screening and chatted it up. I ran into DIGGY SIMMONS and some other friends, took photos and caught up on our whereabouts and plans for 2013.
found via STUFFFLYPEOPLELIKE
Shortly after we were ushered into the theatre and handed 3-D glasses.
I didn’t know what to expect. The first time I attended a Visual Listening Party was for KANYE’S “GRADUATION” release and it was pretty fantastic. As soon as the lights dimmed, ROCKIE FRESH came out and said a few words. The screen opened up and there we watched an incredible trailer from “BACK TO THE FUTURE” and a funny trailer for a terrible 80′s horror film. Then, in came the ROCKIE FRESH music and some nice visuals that his crew created. The 3-D glasses made me nauseous, but I didn’t even need them…the visuals were excellent.
This piece was one of my favorites. Really nice and fun to watch…
MICHAEL JACKSON & ROCKIE FRESH
NIGEL SYLVESTER & ELLE CLAY
SABEL BOO & AMARIS came by also…
DJ HUGGY BEAR and ME in my VLADENCHY TEE! Meowsers.
Congrats to ROCKIE FRESH! His album officially releases on 1.21.13 – Check it out!
I’ll leave you with this video from him that I love, love, love and love!