Tag Archives: skincare

The Beauty of Adele

12 Feb

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I’m a longtime Adele fan. But when she demanded a do-over LIVE on-air (and dropped a few F bombs!) at the Grammys, I completely fangirled out. She was not about to deliver anything but perfection for her friend George Michael.

Total respect.

And while I’m paying homage, I’ll bow down to Michael Ashton, too. He’s the artist we can credit for Adele’s glowing skin and signature cat eye tonight.

Before Ashton even applied color, he primed her face with Ole Henriksen skincare products. First he let a few dots of Ultimate Lift eye crème absorb under her eyes. Then he mixed a few pumps of Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil with a bit of Nurture Me crème and thoroughly worked it into her skin, blending outwards from the center of her face.

Ashton used the following Marc Jacobs Beauty products to create Adele’s gorgeous Grammy look.

FACE

  • Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut face primer (warmed up in hands first, then pressed into skin)
  • Genius Gel Super-charged oil-free foundation 26 bisque medium
  • Remedy concealer pen in 2 wake-up call (under eye, t-zone & high plane areas)
  • #instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder in dream filter 20 (under cheek bones, around hair line)

BROWS

  • Brow Wow defining longwear eyebrow pencil in taupe 2 and ashbrown 4
  • Brow Tamer grooming gel

EYES

  • Twinkle Pop Stick eyeshadow in volver 402 (lid)
  • Style Eye Con no 7 plush eyeshadow palette in the lolita 206 (contours)
  • Magic Marc’er precision pen waterproof liquid eyeliner in blacquer (starting at inner corner and thickening as line extends outward to a fanned cat eye)
  • Velvet Noir major volume mascara (top and bottom lashes)

LIPS

  • Le Marc Liquid lip crème in slow burn 458 and fawn over me 452 (blot and clean up edges before applying second coat)

To set the look and give it extra vitamin-packed staying power, Ashton added a light mist of Ole Henriksen Nurture Me facial water to Adele’s entire face. And it worked. It ALL worked! Shop Ole Henriksen and Marc Jacobs Beauty on their respective sites or Sephora.

Congrats to Adele for 5 huge Grammy wins!

xo

Next: I’m after what products are used on Bruno Mars. His skin always looks flawless. Or maybe he’s born with it…

 

Simple beauty for 2017

4 Jan

img_1963New Year! Not so new me. I can’t say I make annual resolutions, but I do make a conscious effort to impart little changes in my routine. For those of us who found 2016 to be one challenge after another, you’ll feel me on this one.

Simplify in 2017.

As children we were often told not to take shortcuts, and how the tortoise would eventually triumph over the hare, and so on and so on. And as a “Creative” by trade, it feels almost instinctive to take the road less traveled so-to-speak in order to churn out the most impactful  campaigns and editorials.

…All of which is well and good, barring you’ve got the time. But as you get older and the days seem to go faster, you learn to work differently. You teach yourself to work smarter, not longer. And you realize that simplifying doesn’t mean half-assing.

Finding ways to simplify your life will slowly add extra minutes and eventually hours to your day. This could mean using an in-shower body lotion (like Olay’s Ultra Moisture) or spray oil (like Palmers) before you dry off, in place of your post-shower lotion ritual.

Or swap a 2-hour workout for a 30-minute power circuit training.

Or, forgo your blowout once a week and opt for a sleek, 30-second ballerina bun.

Or even try simplifying your daytime makeup. Try giving your skin (or lashes!) a break once or twice a week and see how you feel. You’ll be amazed how much better your makeup will look the next time you apply.

img_2211I’m giving my lips some breathe time by skipping the liner and heavy lipstick during the day. I’ve been going with a Cle De Peau conditioning balm by followed by a satin Femme Nude Lip Stylo (No. 5) by Hourglass. Super simple, sexy… and very commute-friendly!

If you’ve got any beauty  time-savers to share, feel free to email me or leave them in the comments below. There are so many little things we can do to give ourselves some well-deserved play time every day. I say 2017’s the year we do it!

#playmore

 

xo

Serious About Skincare

20 Dec
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Éminence Age Corrective Ultra Collection

To me, skincare should always be the priority when it comes to our beauty routines, with makeup and color products coming secondary. Meaning if we only have the funds for one, put ‘em towards good skincare. Which makes sense if you think about it. The better your complexion, the less foundation you’ll need.

As a beauty writer, skincare can be difficult to review because you really need to use the same products consistently in order to see results – or lack there of. Color products are much easier, which is why you see so many more makeup reviews & tutorials vs. skincare.

Having said all that, there are a few brands I want to mention that I’ve been impressed by over and over again. Their names all oddly sound alike, and all three generally fly below the trend radar.

 

Equitance

equitanceI don’t even remember where I received my first sample of Equitance cleanser, but somehow it ended up coming with me on a 3-day mountain getaway. By the time I got home from that trip, I had to find out what else this brand had to offer.

The best I can recommend for first-timers is their Brightening Set. It’s got the basic essentials for anyone wanting a less dull and more vibrant complexion. The set comes with a Toning Lotion, Cleanser, Serum & Spot Corrector, and Hydrating cream. You get that fresh-from-a-facial feel after each use. A fabulous set for holiday gifting, too!

You can also opt for a Trial Kit if you just want to get a sense of the brand. Look for them both at equitance-us.com.

 

Éminence Organic Skin Care

mhm_holiday_2015_bagproductÉminence is probably my favorite organic line. I started using it after an esthetician in Ojai used their Stone Crop masque for my facial. Last year, they created a Must Have Minis Starter Set that I still love to give as a gift. It’s a “Customer Faves” collection of naturally fragrant, truly effective, travel sized products that come in an adorable faux suede zip pouch.

 

This fall, the brand launched an Age Corrective Ultra collection of targeted hibiscus products: a lifting eye cream, an instant line filler, and a lifting neck cream. Yes, please! These “ultra” additions formulated to improve our puffy, tired eyes, lazy jowls, and expression lines, take the already popular Éminence Age Corrective Collection up a beautiful notch. Find it at buynaturalskinare.com.

 

Exuviance

exuvianceYou might be familiar with NeoStrata. Exuviance is by the same company. Lots of science behind the brand. Lots of targeted products for specific skin concerns. Go surf Exuviance.com and see if your issues are addressed. Odds are they will be.

I was excited to find a cream that would help me battle an aging neck and décolleté area. If you’re someone like me, who wishes she used more SPF in the ’90s and is now waging war on resulting little brown spots, this one’s for you!

The Exuviance Age Reverse Toning Neck Cream is great. Right after application, your skin texture looks more toned and smooth. High five for immediate gratification! After consistent usage, you’ll notice skin looking healthier, firmer, and more even in pigmentation. Look for it online and in ULTA stores.

 

For yourself or someone you care about, all three of these skincare brands have wonderful holiday gifts avail now.

xo

FREE L’Occitane Kit!

15 Apr

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No joke! I love that there are no strings or BS with this promo. Just follow the directions below and you’ll score an adorable FREE Shea Starter Kit from L’Occitane – during April only. It includes: mini Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Light Comforting Cream, and exclusive collector’s tin.

Writer’s note: If you’ve never tried this hand cream, you’re in for a treat… It actually has a cult following!

To get your free gift, use THIS LINK and follow the prompts:

1)      Enter your email address

2)      Check your inbox for an exclusive email

3)      Present email at any L’Occitane boutique nationwide and redeem your FREE Shea Starter Kit

…Turns out some things in life really are free!

xo

 

 

Products that (Really!) Work

19 Nov

There are beauty products that I love and others that I’m merely attracted to, whether it be for packaging, how good it looked on someone else, or its actual efficacy. Sometimes it’s a combo deal. And sometimes I will myself into using a product simply because of the money I spent on it. You get it.

All that said, when a product actually works and does everything it promises, I want to scream about it from the rooftops. But since my building’s roof has been deemed permanently off limits, a shout out on social media will have to suffice.

Without any further babble, here are a few products I fully recommend…

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Baby Foot

If you do a lot of walking or hiking (or just have jacked up feet!), you will thank me for this one. I first heard about Baby Foot when I was getting a pedicure and the nail tech asked if I wanted callous remover. When I replied I didn’t, because it never worked, she laughed and shook her head in agreement. Then she casually mentioned this product her client used once that truly resurfaced the soles of her feet.

Baby Foot might be the simplest, most effective beauty treatment you’ll ever give yourself. All you do is wear these formula-filled booties for an hour. I put socks over them for a tighter fit. One episode of Nashville later, I was done. Fast forward exactly five days and my feet are peeling off excess layers. Sorry if this sounds gross (I can hear my sister cringing), but I found it fascinating. A few days later and my soles were renewed.

Baby Foot is all-natural, made with 17 kinds of natural extracts, and said to be effective on Athlete’s Foot, blood circulation and odor issues, too. Learn more or pick up an envelope at Babyfootusa.com.

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 Lift Kits

I heard about Lift Kits from a stylist I know. She gives them to her male clients who need an extra boost next to taller counterparts in films or on the red carpet. Or really anywhere I guess. At first I thought the idea of “lifts” was funny, but apparently it’s really a thing in Hollywood.

I had a friend of mine pop a pair into his shoes and he went from saying they were stupid to, “I’m a brand new man up here!”

They also make smaller lifts for women, and ones that give you a little booty lift. Ladies who hate lunges: this could be your answer.

Check ’em out at myliftkits.com.

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Embryolisse Embryoderme

Love love love this this rich vitamin-packed moisturizer to revitalize my complexion quickly. When my skin feels tight or looks dull, I swap out my morning lotion for the Embryoderme cream by Embryolisse. Within minutes my skin wakes up and all signs of irritation are history.

Enriched with collagen, Shea butter, elastin, and Vitamins A, E & F, this cream absorbs quickly and keeps skin hydrated in even dry winter weather. I know makeup artists swear by the brand’s Radiant Eye stickand it’s great, too – but I find myself relying on the Embryoderme much more in the cold months.

Try it out this season at embryolisseusa.com.

 

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Hourglass Archbrow Sculpting Pencil

Think all eyebrow pencils are the same? Wrong. They vary in quality and wearability as much as regular eyeliners do. As someone with thinner brows, I’ve tried everything from powders to pencils to waxes. Hands down, the triangular-shaped Archbrow Sculpting Pencil by Hourglass is my favorite.

It combines powder, pencil and wax in one product – and is available in 9 different shades (9!) to create naturally fuller looking brows. The buildable formula lets you opt for a bold and intense, or soft and natural look that stays put all day. It’s also double-ended so you can brush your brows into place once you’re done filling them in.

Find your perfect brow shade at hourglasscosmetics.com.

That’s all folks! Until next time.

Oh, and if you try one of these fab 4, tell me what you think!

xo