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Hours in the sun without an inch of sunburn!

July 7th, 2015 No Comments


After countless hours of the Mexican sun over the Fourth of July holiday, I’m happy to report there is not an inch of skin on my body that is burned!!

I coved myself neck to toe in Nivea.

Nivea Invisible Protection, SPF 50

Spray on oil I rubbed in. Survives beach runs and shower rinses.

Pretty amazing stuff.

(Please excuse alignment, WP apparently hates me right now.)

Neutrogena Clear Face SPF 55

Not one spot on my face is red thanks to Neutrogena.

And after the sun set, I rehydrated with Darphin on my face and neck so I could do it all over again :)

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

Darphin Revitalizing Oil

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The newest anti-aging procedure doesn’t involve surgery

June 23rd, 2015 No Comments

 

Preface: I really struggled to find a photo to headline this post.  Beauty and confidence is such a personal, internal matter.  Please take this post as an update on the anti-aging industry, not a comment on exteral appearance, and do with the info with what you see fit.

The neck is one of those stubborn areas that changes according to our genetics and age.  Unfortunately we can’t exercize our neck to tighten it up.  A cleaner diet and a little more cardio will help, but not even veggies can reverse the result of time on our neck or get rid of a premature “double chin.”

Enter Kybella 

An injection of acid (already present in your body)

below your chin that destroys the fat cells

so they can no longer accumulate or store fat.

Kybella before and after

When I read Dr. Angela’s (a my client of mine) article about this simple procedure my mouth dropped!

Dr. Angela Sturm is a young plastic surgeon in Houston who keeps herself on the cutting edge of the anti-aging trends, focusig a lot on preventative and non-invasive procedures that help us to stay looking our best.  She is my favorite for botox :)

A couple weeks ago, she wrote a piece for MyRedGlasses (a notable fashion blog in Houston helmed by Roz Pactor) on the latest technique to keep us looking younger.  Below are a few experts, click here to read the whole article.

“Kybella, also known as ATX 101, is deoxycholic acid that is already in your body.  It is made by your liver to help dissolve fats in your diet to aid in absorption.  When it is injected into the submental fat, this substance disrupts the membrane on the fat cells and permanently dissolves those cells.

  • Small amounts injected into multiple sites under your chin.
  • Number of series can vary depending on the person, amount of fat and your goal. 
  • Some people may only need one session, but others may need up to 6 treatments at least a month apart.

Dissolving fat in a progressive way that most people won’t notice that you did anything.  That sounds pretty good.  So, what’s the downside? 

  • Swelling and bruising at the injection site (which is true with any injection),
  • Injury to nerves or glands in the area (why you should have someone very familiar with the anatomy as the injector, like a surgeon)
  • Difficulty swallowing due to swelling in the area (which always resolved and most within a couple of days).

In the hands of a skilled injector, the product is still relatively low risk and avoids surgery

Kybella is scheduled to be on the market this summer and I think this could change the way we think about fat!

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Truly effortless protection

June 9th, 2015 No Comments

No, I’m not talking about condoms, but I gotcha with that photo didn’t I?? :)

Sunscreen is important protection you should wear everyday!

The thing that sucks, about both sunscreen and condoms actually, is they’re such an effort to put on and uncomfortable to wear.

Most sunscreen is packed with chemicals, takes minutes to rub in, and irritates your precious skin.

Not Radical!  It’s super thin, weightless on my face, chemical free, and doesn’t irritate my eyes when I sweat.

 

A friend of mine works for the two sisters who started the brand and hooked me up with the Radical daily regimen and their sunscreen.  I love it all, but the sunscreen is a god-send.  It’s main properties:

  • Diamond Powder: Capable of redirecting light. Wrinkles and imperfections appear less pronounced
  • Titanium Dioxide: Mineral based sun protection that doesn’t leave white streaks
  • Zinc Oxide: Protects against sunburn and other damage to the skin caused by ultraviolet light
  • Coffee: Protection against skin damage such as sunburn cell formation and DNA degradation

For more info, click here.

(Headline photo by Kelly Fajack. Product provided via PR.)

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Finding the perfect shade of red isn’t easy

November 18th, 2014 No Comments

Mary Rambin Red Lips

A red lip will make your smile shine at a holiday party, but the shade has to be juuuuuust right.  We could spend a fortune buying tubes of Tom Ford, but I like this new option better.  Lipstick Queen came up with a “Red Carpet” set of three shades – one warm, one cool, and one  shiny.  Total cost $36.  That’s like what Revlon charges at CVS these days.

Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Set

Grab it for holiday parties or gift it to the Meghan in your life who rocks the red lip everyday.

For more of my tips on wearing red lipstick, click here.  And here for my trick on how to keep your color on all night long.

(Product provided via PR.)

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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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