Skin + Makeup Faves for 2013

It's been way too long since my last post or video. I've been putting it off and getting distracted much too easily lately, and I'm sorry. As if that's not enough, I've gotten quite a few requests for posts that I've been meaning to catch up on. The latest question by Alex on Facebook finally made me sit down at my computer and put together this post about my favorite products for this winter to spring transition!

"Hi Marina, could you please list some of your favourite skin care and makeup products and what they are good for and also make a video about everyday makeup (and how to make eyes big)"

Dear Alex, We've been talking about a lot of skin issues lately. In this crazy weather that's happening right now with the transition of the dry winter to the sunny spring, nobody's skin is looking or feeling ship shape. Let me give you a break down of my favorites:

For blackheads and pores, Neutrogena's Oil-Free Acne Stress Control collection has been doing it for me since high school, specifically the Power-Clear Scrub! For someone with dry to combination skin prone to random break outs, this is a life saver. When using a facial scrub, I recommend applying while in the shower, so your pores are open. Squeeze out a penny sized amount of product and apply to your damp face in circular motions. Once you feel clean, rinse. Don't forget to apply a facial moisturizer immediately after you get out of the shower. My favorite is Ahava Time to Hydrate


Next, you're probably going to want to hide the pores & blackheads you're still trying to get rid of. For that, my advice is to use a primer serum. Serums are good for your skin, and add a buffer between your face and foundation, smoothing out any blemishes on the way. I love this one by Hourglass, but it can be pretty pricey. For alternatives, click here.


Now that spring is here, our skin is changing. In the winter, my skin is pale and dry (perfect for something like the Nars Sheer Glow foundations!). But now that the sun is out and my skin is catching a little bit of color, I like to go with something a little lighter on the coverage and higher on the moisture... not to mention SPF! This is where Laura Mercier's tinted moisturizers come in. For sunny months, I swear by LM's products.


If you're still looking a little pale and want to cheat in some color, definitely use a bronzer. As I mentioned before, for all my sunny weather needs, I turn to Laura Mercier products, but lately I've been digging this less expensive alternative from Covergirl. These are great if you're looking for a light spritz of color with gold or copper undertones.


And here's a shout out to all the pale girls out there (like me and Alex)! If bronzer isn't your thing, or you're just more about getting some of your blush on, look no further! I've been digging on Illamasqua Powder Blusher for a few months now, and honestly have to say it is amazing. If you're looking for a wide variety of stand out colors, longwear (12+ hours), and absolutely NO shimmer, this is the way to go.  But if you're looking for something a little more wallet-friendly and don't care too much about it lasting all day, Covergirl Cheekers blushes are great.


Spring is, of course, the season of romance and awakening. That means you've got to look fresh and awake too! This can be hard when you've got to stare at a computer screen for some 10+ hours a day. But have no fear, I have a solution for you! You may have noticed this trick in some of my videos already, but just in case you haven't, I'll say it here: white eyeliner in the waterline. Doesn't matter what brand, as long as you line your waterline with a light color, your eyes are sure to look bigger, more alert, and definitely intense. Give it a try and let me know what you think :)

Hopefully that helps answer some of your questions about how to get fresh and sexy for spring (and summer!). If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me on and don't forget to share with your friends :)