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A “BEAUTIFUL” SCHWAG BAG

December 29th, 2009

A “BEAUTIFUL” SCHWAG BAG

Check out the goodies you are playing for in the MTM New Year’s contest.

Some of my favorite brands I have been posting this year about have sent in products for you to enjoy!  Here’s the rundown:

Ok, so the products are all for women, but guys, you can still enter and make your favorite girl’s day!

(Full Disclosure: I requested my favorite brands and they sent in products for free.)

Photoshop Your Face on TMI Weekly

December 16th, 2009 No Comments

Photoshop Your Face on TMI Weekly

Meghan and I went to visit Eve Pearl, one of NYC’s best makeup artists, to get a “how to” on finding the right foundation and concealer for our coloring and problem areas.

I brought along the Almay product I usually use to see if I was on the right track.

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Photoshopping my face with Eve Pearl Products

December 16th, 2009 No Comments

Photoshopping my face with Eve Pearl Products

As you saw in our TMI weekly episode featuring Eve Pearl, creme makeup doesn’t have to be thick and cakey.  In fact, when applied correctly, they look more natural than liquid foundations.

I am now a huge fan of the products you see above:

All three help highlight your natural features in a different way.

As Eve explains in the episode, the darker foundation covers up redness (cheeks, chin, nose, forehead) while the lighter evens out the rest of my face.  The two colors also slightly contour my face because the darker color is amplifies my bone structure.  Set the look with translucent or loose powder.

Most people use concealer that is too yellow and light under their eyes which looks anything but natural.  The salmon color works with the purple and camouflages the darkness.

Finally, the lip gloss that looks likes something a Vegas showgirl would wear, is sheer and provides a soft glow.  I would have never picked up these two colors, but Eve insisted I try it. Now I’m in love with both (one has an orange tint and the other has a pink).

Admittedly, the products are expensive but fall within the price range of department store brands.  The difference is that Eve Pearl products are infused with nutrients to double as anti-aging treatments. And as Meghan can attest, they don’t feel heavy like other foundations.

Because of the price, I only use the foundation when I need my face to last all day or on special occasions.  If I’m only out for a few hours, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer (in Medium) with powder. The salmon concealer and lip gloss are daily musts for me.

P.S. Eve sent me lip gloss for the holiday contest gift bags!

(Full Disclosure: Eve Pearl products provided for free.)

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December 9th, 2009 No Comments

I’m sparing you a visual of my feet on this one!

My winter mani-pedi color combo is just what I wanted: “au natural” on top and a splash of color to peek out of red Fendi suede stilettos.

Most of my dark choices have looked black instead of a color.

Meticulous girls at Golden Nail (in Beverly Hills) are truly the best in the biz.

Ok, back to work at the computer. My thumb is exhausted from emails via iPhone.

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HELP ME WITH THE HEAT!

July 7th, 2009 No Comments

HELP ME WITH THE HEAT!

“The Beautiful Truth” — By Jackie Danicki

Between the heat, the humidity, and running from the sweltering
outdoors into frigid air conditioning, it’s not unusual to find
oneself with totally jacked up skin in the summer months. Blackheads,
heat rash, and dry patches are just a few of the lovely conditions
with which you may find yourself afflicted. Here’s how to deal:

BLACKHEADS ARE BAD NEWS

If you’re not prone to blackheads, they could creep up on you during the summer months.  Unfortunately, there are only a few options for prevention.  Oil absorbing papers should work for those with oily skin.  Everyone should be using a gentle cleanser like Clean & Clear Oil-Free Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin (fabulous and cheap) with non-harsh exfoliators that can help make this nasty affliction less rampant. Rather than choosing a topical scrub, which can irritate skin and deliver only average results, your best option is to go with a chemical exfoliating lotion containing betahydroxy acids with between 1%-2% salicylic acid. Your best bet: Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion.

HEAT RASH IS NOT SO HOT

High temperatures can wreak havoc even for the least sweaty of us. This is especially true when it comes to the chest and our usually flawless decolletage. Try to stick to v-necks or other necklines that
let the skin breathe. While exercising, go for tanks or, if you prefer tees, shirts made in a fabric designed to keep skin dry. You may also want to keep a pack of wipes in your purse for occasional cleansing and cooling. Forget hand wipes for this job.  Grab a pack of the oil-free Clean &
Clear Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes
 to do the job right.

SUNSCREEN WON’T MAKE YOUR SKIN SUPPLE

A good sunscreen or sunblock remains as a layer on the surface of the skin; it doesn’t penetrate the way a good moisturizer does. So don’t think that SPF 80 you’re smoothing over your face, chest, and other exposed areas is tantamount to hydrating your skin.  Nighttime is the ideal time to smooth on your favorite moisturizer, and it need not be a night cream. Try CeraVeMoisturizing Lotion, an excellent, light, and inexpensive option.

Scentual Summer Fragrances

June 23rd, 2009 No Comments

“The Beautiful Truth” — By Jackie Danicki

Scentual Summer Fragrances

I’m such a perfume junkie that I just can’t help myself. I’ve done
years of rigorous testing to find formulas that smell lovely without
attracting insects, and my three favorite fragrances for warm weather
are:

With notes of musky cotton flower, kashmir wood, and pomegranate, this is a fresh, light scent that never overpowers. Jade strikes an
impressive balance of being innocuous and unintrusive without being
forgettable.

Even you’re not a fruity, floral kind of girl, you should still check out
this mix of tangy grapefruit and rose; its musky note elevates Baby
Doll Paris to an unexpected level of sophistication. This also makes
it a great evening scent.

Kenzo Amour is the creation of Daphne Bugey and Olivier Cresp, and
features notes of cherry blossom, rice steam, white tea, frangipani,
heliotrope, thanaka wood, incense, vanilla and musk. That milky rice
note is comforting rather than cloying (anyone else had enough of
sickly vanilla scents to last a lifetime?), and the staying power
counts for a lot. Bonus: The bottle itself is a work of art.

If you really can’t do a full-on perfume in the summer, at least try a
nice, light essential oil.  I like Kiehl’s Grapefruit to make me feel finished.  When the evening is cool enough for you to let someone near you, you’ll be glad to have a nice spritz of something sexy on your skin.

As Seen On TV

June 20th, 2009 No Comments

You know you’re curious!!!

My mom came home with these the other day.  My first reaction was “hell yes, I’ve been dying to try them.”  

Then I had to ask, “Mom, did you get a little impulsive one night?”  She said her friend Trish bought them for her because she had such success getting off the peach fuzz on her face.

Well, I finally gave it a shot on my upper lip today (where there is the smallest amount of baby fine blonde hair). After a few circles with the gray sand paper (which is basically what it is), the hair remains and my upper lip is BURNING!!!!  Seriously.  My mom thinks I’m crazy and is going to try it out later.  Her skin is less sensitive than mine.

I’ll give it another shot in a less sensitive spot later.  But thus far, big let down.

June 16th, 2009 No Comments

“The Beautiful Truth” – Every Tuesday By Jackie Danicki

The Five Minute Face

I’m always running late, so have perfected the art of looking polished
and pulled together (at least facially) with no time to spare. This
starts with a bit of advance work and organization:

Once your skin is clean and dry, the clock starts running. Faces on!

1) Moisturize

Smooth on a tinted moisturizer with SPF. This will do three jobs in one: moisturize, protect, and even out your skin tone. I alternate between Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Daily Defense Anti-Oxidant

Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 and Kiehl’s UltraFacial Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15.

2) Cover It Up

Dab concealer under your eyes and over any blemishes. I’m a big fan
of Dermablend concealers.

3) Light Finish

Lightly dust with a good translucent powder. Do not over-powder, as it can make your skin look ashy and old. MAC’s Prep + Prime Finishing Powder may scare you with its pure white hue, but its one universal color really does suit all shades of skin.

4) A little color 

If you have oily skin, opt for a swift, well-blended application of powder blush on the apples of your cheeks. Otherwise, go with a product like the now legendary NARS Multiple that can serve as cream blush, lip color, and eyeshadow. I tend to have oily skin, so most often use Victoria’s Secret Heidi Klum Collection Blush in Jewels (which does not seem to be available for online purchase). For a cream blush, I recommend Clinique Touch Blush in Sweet Clover, a mousse-like blush that’s easy to apply and gives that elusively natural, flushed glow.

[Extra step for the super-speedy: Use your finger to glide on a cream
eyeshadow, such as Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow
in a neutral, natural shade like Malted.]

5) Put A Lid On It

Line your upper eyelids only with a soft pencil liner. This doesn’t require the exactness of liquid liner, and if you rush so fast that you screw up the line, you can just soften it a bit with a Q-Tip. I most often reach for MAC Technakohl Liner, which never smudges, or Tarte Eyeliner in Waterlillies, a soft charcoal shade.

6) Black Lash

If you’re ahead of schedule, go ahead and curl your lashes. Otherwise, go straight for the black stuff. My all-time favorites after years of searching for the best: Lancome High Definicils (which shocked me by besting my favorite since high school, plain old Lancome Definicils) and Maybelline The Colossal Volum’ Express Mascara, the hot new product that deserves all its hype.

7) The Big Arches

Use an eyebrow pencil to fill in any gaps. I’ve been using the same Damone Roberts Brow Pencil in Minx for the last five years (I’m not kidding). I’m in no danger of having to replaceit if it keeps lasting like this – well worth the $18. (Damone and his
brow divas in Beverly Hills do amazing work, but I’ve received just as precise and beautiful brow shaping from the $8 threading places in
Manhattan.)

8) Seal It With A Kiss

Throw a tinted lip balm with SPF protection in your bag and apply while walking or cabbing it to your hot date or lunch with the girls. I’ve always got an Alba Botanica Terra Tint SPF 8 in my bag.

What are your best tips for getting out the door ASAP with beautiful
maquillage?