Counter Culture: My Favorite Beauty Buys

I am a big believer in paying it forward. When I find a product or service that I absolutely love and am excited about, I always share it with my friends, my team, or whomever will listen. Most recently, that happened when I started going to the most amazing facialist, Deborah Michelson whose atelier is housed at Bella Rinova in River Oaks District here in Houston. Deborah is kind and extremely passionate about her craft, so I learn something new on every visit. She is trained in French skincare techniques and is the only person in Houston to offer the lauded Bilogique Recherche skincare line. For Christmas, I decided to treat my entire team to a little pampering and gifted them facials with Deborah.

Aside from making monthly facials part of my self-care routine, I have recently tried a few new products that have become indispensable to me. Some I have used for a few months, while others have become everyday must-haves over the course of the past couple of years. Below, you’ll find a few of my favorites along with why I love them.

{Photography by Max Burkhalter for Paloma Contreras Design}

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  1. Hi Paloma- i swear by the dyson hair dryer as well! And love face oils. Im using one by elemis called superfood oil- its very REASONABLE at $55- thanks for the skincare tips.

      1. yes, it is a worthwhile investment and we should not go cheap on what we put directly on our bodies. however, food and lifestyle are 2 major aspects that if you don’t get straight, no matter how good-quality cosmetics you use, you won’t get the desired results.