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My essential makeup on sale

October 10th, 2014 No Comments

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My favorite makeup line is having a sale!!  I love the brand because they make a quality product in shades and weights I can wear everyday.

Make sure to snag these essentials that are great for fall.  Truth be told, I wear them all year round.

Follow them @jouercosmetics on Instagram.  They’re a fun addition to my feed :)

(Full disclosure: I work with Jouer Cosmetics because I love the brand.  They send me samples of their new products and my favorites…when I ask nicely :))

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You gotta make it match – A How-To on Bronzer

July 8th, 2014 No Comments

Blonde girl tanning

 

One of the frustrations we never really talk about during the summer is skin tone.  Staring into the mirror, we are blinded by convenience and cheapness.  In other words, we apply our pale, everyday makeup on our suntanned faced so we don’t have to buy new products.  We just HOPE it absorbs in and the tone evens out.   The other scenario is when we try to conceal a sunburn; unfortunately, our dehydrated skin sucks out all of the moisture from the lotion before we can even apply  powder.

Let me set us of all, straight: we’re not fooling anybody!

Eva Longoria bad makeup

 

Not to worry, you don’t have to buy all new cosmetics.  Lotions and bronzers will help pull you through with glowing features.

Lauren Conrad is a good example of the look we want: skin-kissed, all over, with exactly the same color.  Her face matches her neck which matches her body.  Here’s how you do it:

1.  HYDRATE YOUR SKIN

Dermalogica hydrating serum

Jouer Cosmetics Primer

 

Dry skin caused by too many outdoor activities not only expedites the aging process, but also creates a huge obstacle to getting your skin tone even.

For years I’ve been using dermalogica skin hydrating booster after a day in the sun.  It refreshes your skin almost instantly.  Jouer just came out with a moisturizing primer ($38) that does the same thing so your face doesn’t have to steal moisture from your foundation.

2.  PICK THE RIGHT BRONZER

 

Guerlain Terracotta 4 seasons bronzer

After an extensive search online, I can’t find anyone who claims they know THE BEST bronzer on the market.  Many people mentioned Chanel, which no longer seems to make their bronzer.  The other favorite was Guerlain Terracotta 4 Seasons Tailor Made Brozer ($76), but their Terracotta Bronzing Powder ($52), that comes in 7 colors, looks more approachable to me.  My suggestion to you would be to spend a day in a department store and figure out your favorite.

Jouer Cosmetics Bronzing powder

I use Jouer cometics matte bronzer with my powder brush over my “everyday” foundation powder.  I’m not that tan so a little color does the job for me.  If you need more color, consider using a matte bronzing lotion by itself or adding it to your foundation.

3.  APPLY ALONG THE BONES

The TRICK is to start at under the cheek bone, jaw bone, or hair line and then whisp out from there.  Applying the darker color this way, it will be heaviest in the areas of your face that are naturally shadowed.  Conturing bonus!

(Headline photo via Jouer Cosmetics Instagram.  Jouer generously sends me products.  I write about the ones I love.  Just like I do with everything else!)

If you’re looking for makeup to wear IN THE SUN, that will hold up against all of the surf and sweat, click here.

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SoulCycle tested sweat-proof makeup for summer

May 27th, 2014 1 Comment

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One of my SoulCycle secrets: I wear makeup to teach class.  Putting myself together from head to toe helps me pull my focus in and present my best self to the room.

Why do you care: The products I use are cheap and sweat-proof! I’m not saying you need to wear makeup to workout, I’m saying you might want these guns in your arsenal when the heat hits and you have to go mingle at a pool party

Above are my three staple cosmetics that withstand not one but two classes and sometimes a hot yoga class at the end.   That’s A LOT of sweat and I emerge looking decent with everything (with the exception of my hair) is still in place.  COLORSTAY and WATERPROOF are right on the money! I also pencil in my eyebrows and wear lipstick, but those are usually toast by the end.

As you all know I  wear Jouer Cosmetics and Chanel on a daily basis, but I’m not footing that kind of bill for stage makeup I’m wearing in the dark. Revlon and L’Oreal do the trick and I only break out if I don’t wash them off afterwards.

 

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Has Tom Ford hit the metrosexual man on the head? Or slapped him in the face?

November 19th, 2013 No Comments

TOM FORD for Men Skincare

My favorite fashion bad boy launched a line of skincare AND cosmetics for men this week.  He says:

“Fine grooming starts with the habit of looking closely at your face. Learn to see what your skin needs. Is it dry? Oily? Depleted and stressed? Take care of that with a few quick steps, then camouflage any imperfections. And, if you need it, use a bronzer to add a natural tint of color. These are things most men could easily do, but don’t.” —Tom Ford 

Easy is an interesting choice of words, don’t you think?

Most men I know don’t know the first thing about what their skin needs, let alone what to buy for it.  It seems like Mr. Ford is not only acknowledging that, but he’s criticizing the current state of skincare for men.  The products they’re using aren’t “[counteracting] the visible effects of fatigue that the modern man’s lifestyle of travel, late nights and outdoor sports has on the skin.”

Soon to be sold at Neiman Marcus, TOM FORD for Men Skincare with “anti-irritant properties” smooths out the wear and tear from late nights in St. Tropez, skiing in Aspen, and yachting the Virgin Islands. And the unassuming jet setter need not pick between products, simply buy one of each.  Brilliant!  If he can afford it.  Considering that a TF lipstick is $50, you shouldn’t be surprised a magic man concealer stick is $48.  (Men know they could simply get one from a women’s line for cheaper right…)

TOM FORD for Men Skincare

I can’t decide if I’m kidding or not.  As a girl who appreciates an older man for his looks, maturity, and metrosexual tendencies, I support TF in his concern for rejuvenating hygiene.  I’ll even go so far as to not cringe at the thought of a man wearing canceler.  But bronzer just goes to far, in my opinion.  Men don’t need makeup.  You’re handsome, just as you are.  You tell women this all the time.

There’s one more stroke of genius here.  Unlike most women’t products, TF Beauty NEVER claims the products are anti-aging!  In other words, we’re not dealing with your wrinkles.  Those life lessons are for keeps.  (You’ll still need botox for that.)

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January brings the heat to your pores.

October 29th, 2013 No Comments

About two months ago I was set up to meet January Olds, founder of a skincare line I “had to try.”  Within about two minutes I was instantly in love with her: a 30-something, drop dead gorgeous entrepreneur who is outspoken like you wouldn’t believe.  It was a match made in Santa Monica heaven.  We were introduced for social media purposes, but the only thing that has really come of that intention are some crazy instagram pics.

Anyway, since our meeting I have been using her January Labs facial products, a small but very powerful line.  I haven’t written about them until now because I wanted to give myself ample time to explain to you WHY I LOVE THEM so much: they actually deliver the results they claim to give your skin!  My two favorites are these:

January Labs skincare products

 

GLOW and GO Power Peel Exfoliant

This little tub of goo packs a big punch. January, a licensed esthetician for over 12 years, designed this mask to exfoliate your pores without removing your skin.  How does that happen? Heat!  The cinnamon-base generates a little bit of heat to stimulate blood flow that engages your pores to purge the dirt and delivers oxygen to deprived cells.  She used the same stuff that pill capsules are made out of to ensure that the mask doesn’t actually penetrate your skin.  This way you can use it up to three times a week without destroying the surface of your face.  It’s brilliant!  You get the glow from a glycolic peel without the reddness and recovery time.

Revitalizing Day Cream

I feel the effect from this cream when I don’t wear makeup.  After I cleanse and spritz on toner, this silk smooth little lotion makes my skin feel likes a baby’s butt…ALL DAY LONG! Be mindful when you use it, you only need half a pump to cover your face and neck.

Both of these products will enhance your existing routine.  If you’re looking to make a switch, try her travel pack for $20 so you can sample the three daily essentials in the line.

You know what they say: The proof is in the pudding.  January’s skin is FLAWLESS!  Here she is, no makeup, making me eggs :)

 

 

 

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Time to get festive. First up: freaky!

October 8th, 2013 No Comments

HALLOWEEN_2013

Let the games begin. Halloween leads us into the happy season of holidays.  (CLICK THE PIC TO ENLARGE)

I think Halloween is fun when you have kids. They get such a kick out of the pumpkin carving, costumes, candy, etc.  You can’t NOT have fun in their company!  For me, as an adult, Halloween falls into the category of events that never live up to their hype.

Plus, I dress like a slut on daily basis so I don’t need the “costume ” excuse.

KIDDING, just kidding obviously.

Many of my girlfriends actually love Halloween.  In that vein, here are two brands that make fashionable accessories to get you in the spirit:

Both are reasonably priced and fat free so you can celebrate without guilt.

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Miracle Moisture Spray: It’s A 10

August 20th, 2013 No Comments

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First of all, meet Max (@liolind on Instagram), the young little beauty I entrusted to do my highlights in LA.  Raphael Portet (my stylist for 5 years now who specializes in blonde) is thousands of miles away in NYC and Houston.  You know it can be exciting but also SOOO nerve racking to go to someone new, especially when color is involved.  But when I saw how meticulous Max was with other clients, my fears subsided and I gladly put my hair in her hands.  She did an AMAZING job; my highlights are truly flawless.  If you’re in LA, you can find Max at The Local Salon in North Hollywood.

Before she blew dry my hair, she spritzed it with It’s a 10 5  Minute Hair Repair for Blondes.

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This stuff is truly magical and made my hair feel like a baby’s.

Recently publicists have been sending me a lot of moisturizing products: that new Macadamia nut line, revamped Mane & Tail, Morcoccan Oil, etc.  I’ve been trying them out but nothing really blew me away like this spray.

It’s a 10 makes a whole line of products for different types of hair and needs.  You can find it in the drug store or buy it online (reduced prices at Walgreens and Amazon).  You’ll raise your eyebrows at the price, especially if you see it at CVS, but know it will last a long time.

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Scared of a little laser?

July 2nd, 2013 No Comments

Mary Rambin scared

 

It’s been YEARS since I had laser hair removal treatment on my….nether regions.  At the time, circa 2007,  it was so painful, I couldn’t stand to finish the treatments so I gave them away to Julia.  We did a whole TMIweekly episode on it in which we all agreed the treatment hurt; Megan even suggested using numbing cream.  I’m just a big baby when it comes to pain.  You know this if you’ve ever watched one of my botox videos. Or the taser video, remember when I volunteered to get tasered at CES?  What the H was I thinking?!

So when I decided to get laser on my arm pits and….nether regions….again, I was a little freaked out.

The attendant talked me down off the ledge and once I let her get started I realized it wasn’t painful AT ALL.  Not even in those super soft places :)  Thank goodness technology has improved the process!!

 

 

Mary Rambin laser hair removal

 

I’m only two treatments in at Laser Away in Santa Monica so I can’t attest if it works.  (LaserAway has tons of locations!)  My friends all love it and rave about their hairlessness, which is why I decided to give it another shot.

The ideal candidate for a successful laser treatment series is someone with dark hair and light skin.  The laser can change the color of your skin so the lighter the better.

Other notable details:

  • 4-6 treatments is necessary to see results.  You spread them out over 6-8 weeks.
  • You shouldn’t be in the sun days before or after your treatment.
  • You can resume normal activity immediately.
  • Groupon and Gilt City are great places to find BIG discounts.
  • Best to do 6-8 months BEFORE bathing suit season so you’re done when it’s time to strip down.

Obviously I am a little late on the treatment…Guess that means I’ll have to find a tropical vacay in December :)

(Full disclosure: no media rate offered by LaserAway.)

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