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essica Varela is a San Diego based makeup artist with more than 11 years experience creating looks for weddings, special occasions, print, the runway, and television. 


​Jessica Varela's blog is a lot about makeup and a little about more!

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Product Profile - Feeling Parched?

Jessica Varela


If you haven’t struggled with dry skin this winter season, consider yourself lucky. If you’re like me and so many people I know, you’ve been feeling parched lately.

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, parched is defined as, “very dry, especially because of hot weather and no rain.” Insert laugh. The Merriam-Webster dictionary described Southern California’s winter to a tee.


I can’t do anything about the heat, but I can help you get your skin hydrated! These two moisturizers have been lifesavers and I can’t imagine making it through the season without them: Weleda Skin Food and Na-Pca hydrating spray. Another awesome moisturizer to try is CV’s Skinlabs Restorative Skin Balm, which I just discovered thanks to Goddess Huntress.

Three skin goodies that are on my “must try” list include, RMS Raw Coconut Cream, RMS Beauty Oil, and Honest Co.’s Healing Balm. As an eczema sufferer, I’m especially excited to try Honest Co.’s Healing Balm, which is safe to use on eczema patches.


Almost as important as what moisturizer you’re using, is when you’re using it. Make sure you apply your moisturizer within two minutes of leaving the bath or shower. Your skin is still porous after exiting a bath or shower and products absorb better.

I’ve got one more (hydrating) trick up my sleeve…drink plenty of water! Water not only hydrates, it also helps rid the skin of nasty toxins.

Happy moisturizing!

If you have tried any of the products on my “must try” list, I would love to hear your feedback! You can contact me anytime of the day or night by submitting a contact form.

You can also find more information about the moisturizers I’ve listed on my Facebook page.

Product Profile – Davines Authentic Formulas

Jessica Varela


Using organic and natural ingredients to make health and beauty products is not just a trend anymore – it’s a revolution. I don’t know too many people that aren’t concerned (or at least aware) of what products they are putting into and onto their bodies, and many cosmetic companies have caught on to this organic revolution. We have more organic beauty options today than we ever did before.

I must admit, though, finding GOOD organic (or at least safer) products can be challenging, especially when it comes to skin and hair care. Over the years, I have tried a number of organic moisturizers and shampoos. Some are horrible, some are okay, and most are just not up to my standard. Recently, however, I was introduced to a product line called Davines.

Davines produces an Authentic Formula line, which consists of a Cleansing Nectar, Moisture Balm, Nourishing Oil and Replenishing Butter.  All four Authentic Formulas contain at least 98 percent naturally derived ingredients and are free of silicones, artificial colors, parabens, sulphates, and Polyethylene glycol (PEG). It gets better; all four products can be used on the hair, face, and body!

Although all of the formulas are awesome, my personal favorite is the Authentic Replenishing Butter. The name suits the product well – it goes on like butter, but unlike many creams, does not leave behind an oily residue. The replenishing butter absorbs quickly and leaves behind a soft, satiny texture. I have been using the butter as a daily moisturizer and love, love, love the way it looks under makeup.

My second favorite is the Authentic Moisture Balm. The moisture balm turned my fried hair into silk with just one use. The girls over at Studio 514 told me it makes an amazing makeup remover too, so I will be testing the balm’s removing powers.

Who said you couldn’t have your (organic!) cake and eat it too?

If you have questions about how to incorporate Davines Authentic Formulas into your regular beauty routine, don’t hesitate to contact me! For more information about the Authentic Formulas line from Davines, click here.