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Screw the glue. A new way to make your lashes fabulous.

November 10th, 2015 No Comments

 
 I studied makeup application in high school and college, and I still can’t put fake lashes on myself.  Even when I have an artist apply them, they look a little too….Tammy Faye for my personal taste.

So, recently, when I was approached to test, review, and purchase (which is highly unusual) a new mascara system that promised dramatic lashes, I threw down the $30 for Younique’s 3D Moonstruck Fiber lashes.

The application is a three step process using two tubes.  First, you coat your lashes in the very lightweight black gel; then gently add black fibers from the second tube; finally, you lock them down with the gel.

I’ve been using Younique for months now because I wanted to make sure I really LOVED the effect before I passed it on to you.  The fibers were weird to work with the first couple of times.  Now I’m pro and love the dramatic look for going out at night and special events!

The pics here are from my sister’s wedding. I used my favorite Jouer cosmetics for a natural look and little pop from the fiber lashes.  A close up for ya here:

 

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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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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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Are you feeling frisky?

February 26th, 2013 No Comments


Red Lipstick "Simone" Jouer

 

When I was in NYC for fashion week, one undeniable trend I saw was a bright red lip.  At one point I walked through a doorway and three women all flashed me a smile rimmed in red.  It was crazy!  I’ll throw on some red when I’m feeling frisky, but on a regular day you’re more likely to catch me with a more subdued “Elizabeth” berry smirk for color.

If you’re wanting to follow the trend and laquer up in red, the hue of the season is warm and orange as opposed to cool and berry. (You might recall this post in which I describe the difference.)  You’ll also want to make sure your lip is matte instead of glossy as the look is more “hip” than “glam.”  You can’t go wrong with Jouer’s “Simone” – a favorite of mine (also shown above).

One thing I noticed and loved about these bright red-lipped women is that they used the bold color to distract from their lack of makeup.  Not a “natural” look, but almost no makeup at all.  It’s almost like they just substituted lipstick for chapstick.  It’s an unusual combo but it totally worked.  I think I’m going to try it in my sweats and see what kind of reaction I get at the grocery store.  How’s that for real-life application?!

If you are more of the au-nautural girl (another trend in makeup for spring) consider going with a matte PINK.  You can choose anything from fushia to petal to almost nude.  As long as it’s matte, it will still be striking.  Check out Jouer’s new shades (available soon on their website):

Jouer pink lipstick Spring 2013

 

The one thing you need to do BEFORE wearing a light colored opaque lipstick is hydrate your lips.  Make sure they aren’t dry because unlike the bold colors, the lighter pinks can’t conceal dry or scaly lips.  I suggest a hydrating balm or chapstick the night before.  Thankfully Jouer’s lipsticks are all moisturizing so they can help you out!

(Full disclosure: Since I was introduced to Jouer over two years ago, I’ve been a huge fan. It’s great quality and price for your everyday basics. I receive their product via PR and purchase it myself on a regular basis. That reminds me….I should do a post on my makeup bag.)

 

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Win my favorite cosmetics!

December 4th, 2012 No Comments

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If you’ve been with me for a while, you know Jouer is one of my favorite makeup brands for everyday wear.  I fell in love with them when their publicist sent me a box of product a few years ago.  I have gotten A LOT of free cosmetics over the years and none have become an instant favorite like Jouer.

I know it’s hard to put your faith a new brand, which is why I try to do as many giveaways as I can.  This holiday, I’m giving away two big swag bags with products I love including Jouer cosmetics.

Click here to see the guide and the details to enter the giveaway.  It’s too easy not to!

Right now, I’ve put Jouer’s “Elizabeth” hydrating lipstick ($20) on my MTM Holiday Gift Guide as the perfect gift for girlfriends and moms.  They don’t know what they’re missing.

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“Elizabeth” is a “rose” color:  a very soft red that tops off your makeup with a pop of color instead of dominating your look.  It’s doable during the day and great for casual nights out.  I’m more of a nude girl when it comes to lip color, so I was surprised I loved it so much when Neal put it on me in my makeover at Henri Bendels.  Since then I’ve been wearing it every other day and get compliments every time I do.  My girlfriends have all been fans, so “Elizabeth” became an obvious choice for their Christmas gift!

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