Learning More About Acne

by Katya Bychkova // Beauty Blogger and Founder of StyleSprinter.com

BOOTCAMPING WITH LA ROCHE-POSAY AND DERMABLEND

It’s always fun to go on a staycation, but it’s even more exciting to bootcamp in your own city! A few weeks ago La-Roche Posay and Dermablend invited me, among other influencers from across the U.S., on a three-day trip to NYC. It was one of a kind experience that helped me to learn more about how to take care of my acne-prone skin. I also had a unique opportunity to explore the L’Oreal lab where all the skincare magic happens.

While on the trip, I recorded my first vlog ever (click above to watch it!) so it would be great if you could check it out and provide me with feedback. Okay, here comes my blog-style report about my staycation with La Roche-Posay.

#BeClearBootcamp Day 1

The adventure started at the Hotel Americano, a boutique hotel in Chelsea. Influencers from other states stayed there so it was a chic and convenient location to have as a bootcamp base. We had a lovely introductory dinner at the hotel’s bar where we learned about our schedule.

In case you wonder, here is the entire list of bloggers and YouTubers who went with me on the trip. Make sure to check out social media channels of those incredible individuals and read about their experiences at the trip!

  • Darren from DarrenWearsItWell.com – @darrenwearsitwell
  • Eugenia from GeniaBeme.com – @geniabeme
  • Joanne from GoFitJo.com – @gofitjo
  • Kimi – @kimiellie
  • Lexie Lombard from YoutTube.com/LexieLombard – @lexie
  • Sophia from SophiaPorter.com – @sophiaportermakeup
  • Meg from MegOnTheGo.com – @mo_meg
  • Morgan from StyleOnEdge.net – @styleonedge_
  • Sam from YouTube.com/user/Saaammage – @saaammage
  • Suzanne from SuzanneSpiegoski.com – @suzannespiegoski
  • Xio from XioArleen.com – @xioarleen

You can only make a first impression once so I decided to show up to dinner in full glam. I picked a gorgeous red silk dress by Theia and paired it with my new heels by SJP. It was a bit windy outside so I put on a lace leather jacket on my shoulders and picked my Chanel bag.

There is nothing much to add about the first day except that we came home with a huge bag full of La Roche-Posay and Dermablend goodies. I already started testing some of them and I can’t wait to share with you my thoughts!

#BeClearBootcamp Day 2

The second day of our adventure started with breakfast at the L’Oreal offices in Hudson Yards. I’ve never been to that location before and I was truly impressed with the view from the L’Oreal offices. Not only you can see an entire skyline from, there is a telescope in the office (and a real motorcycle, if that matters)!

After meeting the rest of La Roche-Posay and Dermablend teams, we moved to a conference room for a lecture. Dr. Tamara Lazic-Strugar, Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, shared her knowledge and advice on how to treat acne-prone skin. Dr. Lazic-Stugar also debunked some of the acne myths that so many people believe in. While I know a lot about acne (you have no idea what it took to make my sensitive and acne-prone skin look clear!) I actually learned a lot from the lecture.

When the lecture was over, we had a lovely time testing Dermablend products. I tried Dermablend Loose Setting Powder to blot my face and camouflaged a zit on my shoulder with the help of brand’s newest launch, Dermablend Quick Fix Concealer. Other bloggers went all the way in by color-correcting their entire legs. For instance, Sam from Saaammage had a few bruises and Dermablend’s Director of Training, Rachel Short, quickly and effectively camouflaged those with the help of Dermablend Leg and Body Makeup and Dermablend Loose Setting Powder.

After a quick lunch, a few people from the brand went to the L’Oreal store where everything was 50% off! I went all the way and picked 10 Essie nail polishes and a cologne set for Ben. I was joking that if I had a little more time, I would end up bringing home half the store! Why not as I’m already in love with so many products by the brands under L’Oreal’s umbrella. I mean how could you resist bringing home all the goodies by IT Cosmetics, Urban Decay, Clarisonic and Kiehl’s?

The next step of our adventure was visiting L’Oreal labs in New Jersey. As it turned out, it’s a super secure location that many people who are working for the brand don’t even have access to. Needless to say that it was such honor to take a glance on the facility where all the La Roche-Posay and Dermablend products are formulated. For obvious reasons, we were not allowed to take photos inside of the lab. But I was able to take a few shots in my nerdy white coat and protective glasses attire in the hallway of the facility.

Photos aside, I learned a few cool things during that laboratory trip. For instance, did you know that it takes only four colors to create any foundation shade (from porcelain to deep brown)? I also learned La Roche-Posay products go through uncountable rounds of testing so the possibility of developing an allergic reaction is close to nothing. It was very good to know because, as I mentioned before, my skin is sensitive so I want to know that I use the most gentle products possible.

After our tour was over, we went back to the City to change and go out for drinks at the Gansevoort Meatpacking Hotel. For that special occasion I decided to wear my favorite Marchesa dress that I rarely have a chance to pull out of my closet. It’s a maxi length lace dress with see-through shoulder details that I purchased a few years ago at a sample sale. It was one of the best investments ever as every time I wear that dress I feel like a princess!

Chatting to my blogger colleagues and enjoying the sunset, I felt that it was a perfect way to wrap up a productive day of learning and exploring.

#BeClearBootcamp Day 3

The last day of our adventures started at the Hotel Americano where we met with the team for breakfast. Funny fact: I was so tired from the day before that I accidentally showed up at the restaurant… an hour earlier! I remember trying not to get late for the first adventure so I ordered my Uber way in advance. While such scheduling faux pas almost never happen to me, it was fun to have an extra hour for myself to enjoy a soy latte.

After breakfast, we went on a tour to the YouTube Space NY. While I follow so many channels, I’ve never heard that YouTube office located in Chelsea Market! I’ve been to Chelsea Market so many times to enjoy mom-pap shops and cafes, but I had no idea that it’s the place for all video creators to gather together!

During the tour, we checked out every studio at the YouTubers Studios and it was fun to see a few photo walls with all my favorite Beauty Gurus on it! After this inspiring tour I decided that I need to finally start my YouTube game. Who knows, maybe one day I’ll be able to work and collaborate with other creators at the YouTube Space NY!

To wrap up the trip, we went on a healthy lunch at the Untitled restaurant at the Whitney Museum. After three days of exploring all the exciting adventures La Roche-Posay and Dermablend prepared for us I felt that I’ve known members of our influencer group for years. I don’t know why, but traveling (even if it was a staycation) makes me feel more connected to people. You learn things together, have more time to chat between adventures, share knowledge about blogging and life in general. To say the least, I had a wonderful time at the #BeClearBootcamp! Stay tuned as I’ll be sharing all of the tips and tricks I learned at the bootcamp into my skincare routine!

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