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2/24/13

Oscars!


So many pretty ladies, right?  Let's just get down to it ~ 

The Brunettes:

The ultimate gamine, Anne Hathaway rocked a strong brow, lashes and rosey lips

Jennifer Garner's natural look was so pretty!  And her husband's speech at the end of the night was my favorite :)

Are you as obsessed with Shirley Bassey's performance as I am?!  Her strong lip, strong eye and strong brow (and gold manicure) matched the strength in her song.

SERIOUS lashes, very little blush, a nude lip and 40's hair (40's hair was a big theme) - Catherine Zeta Jones worked it out   

I love what a tube of lipstick and a hairdo will do for a girl - Emmanuelle Riva looked so droopy in her film (on purpose of course!) and so vibrant in real life!

Halle Berry is just stunning - nudey lip, soft brows, smoky eyes - pretty

Nina Dobrev rocked a serious smoky eye, strong brow, very present cheek and nearly naked lip .

Samantha Barks had a really pretty copper eye going on but who am I kidding?  No one's looking at her eyeshadow.

This girl was AMAZING!  Loved Jennifer Hudson's winged eyeliner and flatironed hair - gorgeous!

And you may think Helena Bonham Carter is nutty but I think she is fantastic and her skin is immaculate!

So many beautiful girls!  Kerry Washington and a smoky eye, soft blush and nearly nude lip (with a little pink).

Kristen Stewart always wears the same hair and the same smoky eye and it always looks effortlessly rock and roll to me.

Loved Melissa McCarthy's eyeliner and lashes!

Octavia Spencer looks like a queen to me in this dress - soft smoky eye, raspberry lip, classy updo - like it.

Love Olivia Munn's statement lip!  One of the very few of the evening.

Except for Queen Latifah who pulled out this very on-trend fuschia  lip with lashes for DAYS

Okay, so there were a few statement lips and I loved Marcia Gay Harden's - loved the hair, the lip, the blush - I thought she looked really pretty

How amazing does Robin Roberts look?!  Glittery blue eye situation going on, chocolatey/berry lip, blush - LOVE!

And you just can't beat Sally Field - I think it's so fun that she will pull out a full  smoky eye and do dewy skin - so lovely

Sandra Bullock!  Come on!  Liner, lashes - yes please!

Zoe Saldana looked stunning in this dress and worked a smoky eye, soft blush and nude lip (noticing a theme?)

Salma Hayek with a winged smoky eye, soft lip and fun updo
The Reds:

Soft and pretty with Amy Adams

Beautiful red locks, lashes, red lips - adore her

Adele looks amazing everywhere she goes - winged liner, serious contoured cheeks, spotless skin and a fun retro hair-do
The Blondes:

Amanda Seyfried with a messy updo, soft lips and a winged smoky lid

Helen Hunt with VERY minimalist makeup going on and a soft bed in her hair

Glammed up Jacki Weaver emphasizing her baby blues with liner and lashes and sporting a red lip to match her dress - fab!

She looks like an alien doesn't she?  Charlize Theron is PER.FECT. Perfect skin, perfect lips, perfect brows, everything.  

Jane Fonda likes her eyeliner!  And I love her shiny lips - so nice.

Jennifer Lawrence kept her smoky "in" a bit (she usually wings it out a bit more) and kept everything else soft and matte - she looked beautiful!

Ah!  And so did Naomi Watts - pretty and messy hair and soft skin.

Nicole Kidman enjoys a healthy glow with some highlighter on the cheeks

Reese Witherspoon and her 40's hair (check), soft smoky eye (check), subtle blush (check) and nude lip (check).

And our Broadway girl, Kristen Chenowith, working her inner -rim eyeliner, lashes and a shiny lip with a topknot.

So many pretty girls in one room!

2/20/13

New Eyelash Enhancing Serum - yay!


Who doesn't want lashes like these?!

I have been waiting for MONTHS to bring this new product to you as I asked some of my girls be my guinea pigs and try out my new Eyelash Enhancing Serum (because I'm a jerk and don't believe anything the labs tell me, I have to try it out for myself and have other ladies do the same) but it is awesome and I'm so excited to share it with you.

I'd like my eyes to stay blue, thank you very much!

I love the concept of longer lashes but with the leading prescription brand lash enhancer your blue eyes could turn brown (yikes!), you have to have a prescription to get it, the product costs $120 and it lasts for one month. All are prohibitive to my purchasing it and using it more than once.




So, I started talking to my labs and laid out what I wanted - something that would actually work, would be appropriate for sensitive eyes/contact wearers, wouldn't break the bank, would work for three months (like mascara) and wouldn't turn my eyes brown.  After MUCH chatting with MANY people I finally settled on a formula that I love!  



Not only does my Eyelash Enhancing Serum lengthen your lashes, it strengthens them too so they become thicker, fuller and altogether more happy :).  I have to be clear - the leading prescription eyelash enhancer is a medication and natural ingredients can't compete with that timeline-wise.  Meaning, nothing will work as quickly but, over time, you can totally get similar results without forking out the same amount of cash or using glaucoma medication (which is what it is) on your lashline.  



So what's in it?  Pentapeptides thicken the hair follicles while Wheat Proteins, Hyaluronic Acid (read blog on this wonder ingredient HERE), Vitamin E and Pantheol hydrate, condition and strengthen lashes.  It is preservative and paraben free so it's totally safe for sensitive folks as well as contact wearers and can be used for three months.  It looks like clear eyeliner (so it looks like nothing) and you just build it into your skincare routine - it is the last thing that I do before I put on my makeup in the AM and before I go to bed in the PM. 

I myself have been asked if my lashes are real or not and one of my participant's HUSBAND told her her lashes looked longer - when does your husband notice your eyelashes?!  You use it morning and night for eight weeks (you'll see a difference within one-three weeks) and then daily after that.  You just brush it along your upper lashline - no need to do the bottom as a little will fall there anyhow.  And speaking of bottom lines, the price is $65 and, again, it is effective for three months.  LOVE IT. 

So if you want longer, thicker, healthier lashes my new Eyelash Enhancing Serum is something you should totally check out! 

2/18/13

Spotlight on Hyaluronic Acid



Hyaluronic Acid (also known as Sodium Hyaluronate or Hyaluronate) sounds like it would eat your face off but it's actually quite the opposite.  It occurs naturally in our body and can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water and thus is super hydrating.  Its job is to do said hydrating, repair skin, increase suppleness, and regulate inflammatory and immune responses and the growth of new cells.  Long story short, it makes your face look and feel fuller, more lifted and more hydrated.  Awesome, right?



So, as we age we lose start producing less and less Hyaluronic Acid which leads to thinner and more wrinkled skin.  Products with Hyaluronic Acid (generally from animal sources) are great because they target every skin type since they aren't heavy or thick but still deliver huge amounts of moisture.  With continued use of skincare items containing this wonder ingredient skin hydration levels in the skin improve as does the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Restylane and other injectables use Hyaluronic Acid as a base and that's what "plumps" skin. 



I always use a serum with Hyaluronic Acid in it if I have a client who is going to be photographed, whether on the red carpet or in a general shoot, because if gives a wonderful fullness and firmness to the skin as well as allowing for easy makeup application without being too heavy. 

Here are some of my fave products with Hyaluronic Acid in them ~




All three serums from Erin's Faces - the Organic Clarifying Serum (for oily skintypes), Organic Firming Serum (for dry skintypes) and Rose Quench Serum (for all skintypes) use Hyaluronic Acid as a serious hydrator that won't break you out and can still soothe dry skin that likes a thinner texture of product (in the Rose Quench and Organic Clarifying specifically).


Kate Sommerville's RetAsphere 2-in-1 Retinol Night Cream is pretty neat because retinols are generally super drying and cause your face to peel like crazy.  Coupling the retinol with Seaweed Extract and Hyaluronic Acid "softens the blow", so to speak, preventing irritation and dryness.


Most lip stains are SO DRYING!  But Josie Maran's Marker Lip and Cheek Stain uses a blend of Hyaluronic Acid and Sugar to smooth lips so you're not drying your pucker out while having a long-wearing lipcolor. 

If you like the concept of tinted moisturizers but feel like they're too lightweight, or wish that your foundation was more hydrating, then Hourglass' Illusion Tinted Moisturizer is a great bet.  They use Hyaluronic Filling Spheres at 3% to help "minimize the appearance of wrinkles while increasing skins hydration levels to deliver a healthy, dewy radiance".



And if you're wanting a HUGE dose of Hyaluronic Acid then try VIZ-1000 from Peter Thomas Roth since it uses 75% of the wonder ingredient.  The formula also employs Honey, Sea Algae Extract and Silk Proteins.  I find if you're sensitive you want to introduce this product slowly but it's great to use on its own or mix into other skincare products. 



You can even get it in your haircare - Loreal's new Power Moisture Hydrating Shampoo/Conditioner and Moisture Rush Mask uses Hyaluronic Acid to keep your tresses hydrated - fancy!