Frances Amper Sales is a freelance writer and contributor to various magazines and websites and she is also behind three popular blogs – Topaz Horizon, Topaz Mommy and Beauty for a living. She was the Editor-in-chief of OK! Magazine, the local franchise of the Hollywood celebrity and royalty magazine(last issue is December 2012, so grab a copy!).
Frances is a loving wife to a fellow writer and a happy mom to two beautiful boys.
I totally swear by dry body brushing! I’m a skinny girl but when I turned 30 years old, wow, cellulite everywhere! Which got really really worse when I got pregnant. Twice! Then I found out a few months ago that Miranda Kerr’s body beauty secret is dry body brushing. Jennifer Aniston’s, too! So I bought a body brush from Muji and after a month of dry body brushing, my skin tone improved and my dimples diminished. After 3 months of dry body brushing, I have no more cellulite!!! I’m serious!!! Plus, I’m losing the baby weight faster now than the first time I gave birth and I’m no longer constipated but that’s TMI haha.
I brush my body before I shower. Then I use L’Occitane Gel Douche Ravissante shower gel. Even my husband uses this because it smells so good! For my feet, I wash with Olay Total Effects Shower Cream + Body Butter. I wash my hands and feet as soon as I come home, that’s why I have a different wash for my feet. Anyway, before towelling off, if I’m busy, I apply Human Nature 100% Natural Sunflower Beauty Oil. If I have more time, usually at night, I give my husband a tube of Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh 24-Hour Nourishing Lotion to apply on me while we talk about our day. If it’s a special night, I give him Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege lotion or La Mer The Body Creme to apply all over me *wink wink*!
To remove makeup and sunscreen, I use Lancôme Express Cleansing Water for Face, Eyes and Lips. It really removes everything! I wash my face with Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil Gentle Soap. This soap lasts forever (see photo of the brown sliver? That’s 7 months’ use!). It doesn’t smell great but my face is super clean and my greasiness disappeared. If I have a zit brewing, I rub a bit of PharmaClinix Acnex on it. It super works!
In the morning, I use 3 drops of Obagi Professional-C Serum 10%. Then always always a dollop of Kiehl’s Dermatologist Solutions Ultra Light Daily UV Defense SPF 50. Sunscreen is very important. Many dermatologists will tell you the only skin product you need is sunscreen because sun exposure causes the worst damage (dryness, lines, sun spots, aging). I also like Lancôme UV Expert SPF 50 and VMV Armada (both not in photo).
At night, after washing my face, I pat 5 drops of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence then 2 drops of Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil. I also apply 5 drops of Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair on my neck and décolletage. These products are not cheap but since I use so little (mere drops!), they last a looooong time so they’re worth it. For example, I’ve been using my one little bottle of Argan Oil for 7 months and it’s still not finished!
For my eyes, I use Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Eye Creme. I pat on La Mer The Lip Balm, the only lip balm that ended my cracked lips woes! I end with RevitaLash Eyelash Conditioner. I don’t have a lot of lashes and the few I have are short. But since I started using Revitalash every night, I now have more and longer lashes! Still not a heavy fringe but at least I have lashes now!
Because my hair is colored (by Louis Phillip Kee), I use Pureology Pure Volume Shampoo For Fine Hair. On weekends, I use Kérastase Réflection Chroma Sensitive Caressing Cleansing Balm. These help my color last longer. I don’t really use conditioner because my hair is so fine and flat but once a week I use Dove Damage Therapy Intense Repair Overnight Treatment on the ends.
Usually I just let my hair air dry but if there’s a special occasion, I spray Kiehl’s Stylist Series Super Thick Volumizer on my roots and blow dry. I use Bench Fix Professional Clay Doh Lite on my bangs and the ends of my hair to create a piece-y, messy look. I don’t really like shampoo-commercial hair.
On normal days, I just use La Mer The Radiant Concealer under my eyes, on the ruddiness around my nose and on my pimple scars. Then I dot Benefit Benetint on my cheeks and pat on Shiseido pressed powder. I never ever leave the house without drawing my eyebrows with Fanny Serrano eyebrow powder. My everyday lipstick is Bobbi Brown Sandwash Pink—it’s the exact shade of my lips, but prettier!
On days I have events, I add to the above La Mer The Treatment Creme Foundation, NARS blush in Orgasm and La Mer The Powder. Depending on my mood, I either wear Shu Uemura Supreme Matte Lipstick in Hot Pink or Estée Lauder in Dols de Rose I ran out of Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner (so no picture!), which is the easiest pen eyeliner to use. I curl my lashes with Shu Uemura eyelash curler and use the best mascara ever, Majolica Majorca Lash King in Brown.
My signature scent is Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege (the almost empty bottle at far right). I’ve been using this perfume for almost 10 years! I recently started using Jeanne Lanvin Couture for special events. It smells very luxe and spicy, definitely for holidays. When I’m just home, I spritz on L’Occitane Eau Ravissante cologne after my shower. When I go out to play with my kids, I use either the powdery Limited Edition Lanvin Eclat D’Arpege (orange bottle) or the citrusy Guerlain Aqua Allegoria (gold bottle).
as told to divasoria