Hey There Bright Eyes!

Watching the news for 30 minutes is tough these days.  Not only is the news sad and discouraging, so are the all ads!  The evening news is the worst as we hear everything that could or will go wrong with our bodies as we age.  Depressing!

But there is a BRIGHT spot.  When it comes to skincare we are winners!

As we all know developing eyelid wrinkles is common as we age.  And!  As in anything else we do genetics can also play a role in developing our wrinkles especially on our face and around our eyes. Ugh!

I am so thankful we have such wonderful skincare available to us to help lessen the effects of what I call ‘creases’ in our skin.  I never liked the word wrinkles.  When I was a teenager I had to do a lot of ironing for my mom and I always envisioned I was removing wrinkles in the pillow cases! Creases were on our face!  Oh those were the days!

Modifying lifestyle factors, such as exposure to cigarette smoke and harmful sun rays, reduce our risk for developing these creases. Of course, the decreased production of natural oil in our skin as we age makes the eyelid skin appear more wrinkled. Repeating facial expressions around the eyes also leaves fine lines and wrinkles. As a result, skin loses flexibility and has a difficult time returning to its place.

It’s time to rethink certain habits, such as always drinking with a straw (wrinkles around the mouth) or squinting because you forgot your sunglasses (crow’s feet). The skin around your eyes is thin and delicate, making it more prone to those awful creases!  Try to avoid pulling, tugging or stretching that skin each night and choose makeup products that go on and come off easily. As a contact lens wearer I have learned to be cautious not to tug too hard on my eyelid skin when putting in my lenses as well.

“When your eyes look younger, your entire face appears more youthful”. That is the tag line Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has attached to their new eye cream and serum and honestly I have to agree totally.  C+Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream and Serum.  The super hero eye duo!

I picked up these jewels at the Trend Show last month with Karen and I must say this energizing eye cream which is infused with vitamin C complex dramatically improves the look of tired, aging eyes. It instantly works on fine lines and eye creases and brightens dark circles. I use it after my Alpha Beta Peel Pads and Glow Pads when my skin is clean and ready for treatments.

I apply it in the morning and at night. This super duo can be used around the eye in the orbital area too.  I would suggest however doing the whole eye at night and then under eye only in the morning. When I applied the cream over the whole eye in the morning it did affect my eye makeup.  So just a word of caution if you wear eye makeup like me, use this at night only! Then you can wake up and be amazed at the transformation in your… uh creases – or lack of!

As a side note – Jimmy recently told me about a really cool Beauty App from Sephora.  You can do virtual makeovers and when you find one you like, click on the products and put them in your cart!  I went to Sephora and had the Beauty Stylist apply the products on me and wow! I love this cool way to shop! Great idea Sephora! ** (Then quickly grab your phone and take a selfie while you look fabulous!)

Smile.  Your eyes sparkle when you do. – Pintrest

Trend Show With Karen

Half the fun of attending Nordstrom’s Trend Show each year is having my shopping diva and good friend, Karen with me!  We have been friends for over 30 years and have shared some memory making times together.  Some of those memories include trend shows, makeup, shopping and lunch.  Others… well you know what they say… “what happens with us – stays with us” and I will leave it at that.  Big smile.

Over the last few week’s I have begun to tell you about several of my favorite new products here at Wrinkle Me Not and I asked Karen to do the same.  So yesterday she surprised me with two reviews of her favorites – so I want to share them with you!

Hi, I am Karen. I would like to tell you about Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40 with Sheer Color Correction Technology.  The DDG skin specialist told me I should not leave the show without trying it!  She applied the medium tint and I immediately loved the moisturizing glow with a hint of shimmer on my skin!  I have been wearing this daily for almost a month and have recently applied it before heading to the pool.  With an SPF of 40, it kept me from sunburn while adding the shimmering Glo to my face, neck, and décolleté.  I rarely go outside without makeup (even just to get the mail), and in the past, I have always worn a sunscreen plus a foundation and blush to the pool, which left me feeling a little silly with all of that makeup.  Not anymore!  The Dr. DG Instant Radiance Sun Defense allows me to be SPF protected AND it covers imperfections and blends uneven skin tone.  I am confident wearing only the Dr. DDG Instant Radiance Sun Defense anywhere I go!  You need to try it, Judy.  Be sure and get the right shade for your skin coloring because you want to look a wee bit darker than you are.  I have a feeling I will be using this year around because it blocks those UVs and gives my skin a healthy looking Glo!

Another product I found in my goodie bag from Nordstrom Trend Show is Lancome La Base Pro Pour Eraser.  I have enjoyed many Lancome products for years so when I found two generous samples, I was delighted!  I immediately noticed the soft texture and it feels like silk on my skin!  It actually does minimize and erase pores but also I noticed a huge improvement in my oily T-zone.  Normally I powder my nose several times a day but with the Lancome La Base Pro Pour Eraser, I was surprised to find it covered and kept my skin looking and feeling fresh throughout the day and evening!  I actually like it better than Dior’s Dream Skin!

So there you go!  My two favorite finds from Trend Show but I have so many samples yet to try, I’m sure I will find more treasures and keepers!

Friends Make The World Beautiful. – QuoteDiary.Me

 

 

Jimmy Days

Anyone that knows me knows I think I have the best hairstylist/colorist in my city.  He has been a part of my life for over 21 years so we share many memories and fun times – besides hair!

Jimmy is actually the person, along with Enrique Starnes-Ortega, Senior Account Executive with Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, that encouraged me to start my path on beauty blogging several years ago.  Jimmy Moreau is a Color Specialist, Stylist & Make Up Artist at The Crown Salon in Dallas.  My visits with him consist of conversations regarding friends, family or favorite TV shows that we love and then we move on to the the world of beauty – skincare, make-up, and hair.  We have been through so much together but one of the best memories is my first highlighting appointment.  Even though we were watching the weather, it surprised us both that a tornado had touched down in Ft. Worth and was heading our way!  Jimmy remained calm and the bleach, though slow to process, was still quicker than the tornado that followed me home. Ahhh Memories!  LOL

My first visit to Jimmy in 1996 was from a referral from a mom at the high school my daughter attended.  Her hair was beautiful and I had admired it for several years.  So at the concession stand during halftime of a high school football game I walked up to her and told her how much I admired her hair.  And within a week I had my first appointment with Jimmy.  I sat down in the styling chair at Montana’s which happens to be in Texas (go figure!) and Jimmy looked over my color-treated dark permed hair and he said “You can either continue to cover the grey or, you can stop perming your hair. You cannot do both” – and my world, as I knew it, tilted.  But here I am today, with highlighted hair, long, straight, no perm, and little tease, and I love the look.

Bottom line we can all change.  Our hairstyles, our attitude about life and others, our favorite foods and our favorite products. It’s part of life and life is great as long as we don’t sweat the small stuff and that includes frizzy hair!

As you know, I test products all the time through skincare, makeup, and hair.  And I am constantly asking questions.  I recently saw my friend, Pamela Morgan, National Makeup Artist with YSL, who has the amazing job of traveling the world making women beautiful. We were at a recent Trend Show together in May and I text her after she got home.  It was a dreary day in Dallas, but she not only looked fabulous as always, but so did her hair.  “What are you using, I asked??” and she sent me the info I needed.  Being from Los Angeles and living Orlando she said Kendra 25 Hair Spray works the best for humidity.  And now Kendra Hair Spray is part of my hair product drawer, too.

Bottom line listen to your “Jimmy” in your life.  It will show in your hair… and your smile!

“Beauty comes from inside…Inside the hair salon”.  – BehindtheChair.com

Beautiful Skin With A Bonus!

As I mentioned on my last post there were several new products which debuted during the Spring Trend Show that I want to share … and several that I purchased that I am already in love with.

Karen and I both love Dior’s Capture Totale DreamSkin Perfect Skin Creator.  It’s that little something ‘extra’ we add between our moisturizer and makeup.  Much like a primer, but it is light and brightens your skin too and makes for a ‘perfect’ poreless canvas.  We had booked our makeup session with Dior following the show so we were looking forward to seeing what’s new with Dior. And I found it!

Capture Totale Dream Skin Cushion.  Yes, it has the Dream Skin addition to the foundation, but this cushion foundation promises to refine skin texture, reduce spots, redness, and smooth, and firm the skin. It is lightweight but long lasting and protects the skin with an SPF50.  And surprise! this cushion comes with a bonus refill!

This is a light, buildable foundation, but for complete coverage I apply a small amount of my foundation and then press the cushion over it. The formula is so hydrating it makes my complexion appear more plump and dewy.  It also controls oil and shine, so it will work well with summer coming especially in warm weather climates such as Texas. But, if you prefer a no look foundation, this works too.  It’s my ‘go to’ look for the weekends or days I just only want to remove the shine and look like I’m makeupless.

As I mentioned… the compact foundation comes with its own applicator which can be turned over and used when the refill is inserted. I love this new product and it is just in time for summer.

And here’s another bonus – but you must act FAST!

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 27 is Mascara Madness at Nordstrom.  That’s when we can stock up on our favorites or try new ones.  Mascara Madness – Buy 2 mascaras and get one free!  Tomorrow only.  IF YOU ARE IN TEXAS you can call or text my favorite Beauty Consultant, Lauren Cave, at 817-948-6523 and order your mascara.  Nordstrom will ship it to you!  Tomorrow ONLY! Tell her you read this on Wrinkle Me Not and she will take care of you! Are you smiling now?  Hope so!

Skin first.  Makeup second.  Smile always! – Glossier

 

 

 

Oil For My Face?

Where do I begin?

So many products were unveiled at Trend Show ’17 and of course several were from one of my favorites – Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.  That brand is never one to disappoint.  Karen and I were comparing notes this week and we both agreed on one favorite – Dr. Dennis Gross Triple C Peptide Firming Oil.

Now you may be like me.  When you hear the word ‘oil’ and think of putting it all over your face and neck – you quiver. But!  I’ve been using this product faithfully for 2 weeks and I can already see a difference in my skin.  If you like a smooth neck – and who doesn’t?  This is definitely a ‘must’ to try.

Triple C Peptide Firming Oil helps to lift and firm your skin while providing it with the nutrition it needs to feel comfortable, nourished and revived.  It’s ideal for anyone experiencing loss of elasticity due to age, stress or environmental factors.  And!  This oil replenishes your skin to make it look and feel younger and plumper.

Now here’s little trick I was shown during the product demonstration.  After applying the firming oil and seeing the amazing difference in your skin, follow it with one of the DDG glow pads.  These two products work beautifully together and make you glow from your décolleté to your forehead.

I apply it in the morning and at night. Shake it well and apply 2-3 drops (or more if needed).  I start at my décolleté and smooth it upward and gently massage it into my skin. (Note: always begin at the décolleté to your forehead… pull that skin UP every chance you get!)

And!  For those of you that shy away from those Alpha Beta Glow Pads that I love, love, love.  Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare has introduced an alternative for those of you that don’t want to look like you have spent a day at the beach or had a picnic in the warm Texas sun.  Alpha Beta Gradual Glow Pad Self-Tanner for Face is now available.  Gradual glow is the key here.  As always you apply the towelette to your face, neck, and décolleté in circular motions, blending evenly.  But! YOU build the glow factor you want by applying it it each day to achieve your desired color.  Then space applications to maintain your ideal glow.

Okay… there’s favorite new products number one… and there’s more to come.

Put on your smiles first… then your lipstick. – Pintrest

Mother

I have had some great comments about the story of my mom, aka The Noxzema Queen, over the last year.  So in memory of my amazing mom, who no doubt still wears her earrings and red lipstick along with her heavenly wings, I am reposting her story in honor of Mother’s Day. Smile!

My mom, Junie, was well-known for her BIG earrings, her long red polished nails and to my sister, Jill, and me, as the Noxzema Queen.  She lathered that white cream all over her face and neck before she went to bed every single night.  My daddy complained about the smell, but it always fell on deaf ears. And! If Jill and I were anywhere near the application room, we got covered too so it didn’t take us long to figure out if you could smell it… don’t go there!   But!  I must say! Her skin was absolutely beautiful until the day she left this world to go to her heavenly home. She knew about good skincare!

As I grew up and into my early thirties, I did crazy things with sun lamps and baby oil in the Texas sun, but one day I realized what my mother had been trying to teach me about taking care of my skin.  So I hopped on board the skincare ‘train’ at her urging and began to research and try various products.  I have my tried and true favorites, of course, but I continually go to my beauty bag of samples so I can share ‘new loves’ with you, too.

A couple of months ago a friend at church turned to me in her pew and said “I need my skin to look like yours – by next Friday”.  I smiled and said ‘start moisturizing NOW and stay away from the sun unless you are covered with sunscreen and have a fabulous hat!  You see, growing up in Texas, we girls love the ‘glow’ of the sun.   But!  There are so many sunless tanning options available to us now, there is no reason to ‘bake’ our bodies in the sun any longer.  Each spring I share with you several of my favorite products that I love as we prepare our body to glow. I actually continue that glow year round because I love the look of my skin with some healthy color  – just not a  tan dark color.  I saw my friend at church yesterday and asked her if she had found a great moisturizer to begin using and she replied she just didn’t have time.  Friends, we all have time to take care of our skin, though if it’s a new concept for you it may be that you have to <em>make</em> time in the beginning.  We are all busy, but trust me – good skincare and the reflection you see in the mirror each morning from the time spent will be your reward each morning – even if it’s a blue jar of Noxzema – do it, for you!

A smile is the best makeup a girl can wear. – Unknown

It’s In The Books – Trend Show 2017

 

Well, Spring Trend Show ’17 at Nordstrom in Dallas is now history and all I can say is – it did not disappoint.  In fact, in words of my BF Shopping Diva “Best Show Ever!”

As many of my readers know, Karen and I have been enjoying these fun and informative Beauty Trend Shows together for years.  And, as some of you well know you have to get up early for this one! The doors swing wide open at 7:30 am, so you can grab a seat near the runway, complete with coffee and treats and get ready for the show.

And! I must share… besides fabulous new skincare and makeup products there was one other thing new.  For the first time E-V-E-R, I won one of the product drawings!! (And guess what it was??  Dr. Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads!  And you know they are my all time favorite product! )

Nordstrom’s Beauty Director, Kevin Sifflet, opened the show with his version of that famous phrase from Grimm’s Fairy tale/aka Snow White: “Mirror mirror on the wall – When did this begin to fall?” which got a big roar of laughter from all attendees.  I think all of us understood that poem all too well.

Complete with a  spring fashion show and introduction of products from many of our favorite line of beauty vendors such as MAC, Trish McEvoy, Chantecaille and YSL, over 400 women (and a very few men) enjoyed the day which was filled with information, makeovers, facials, product demos and beauty.  Lots of it!

I was able to reconnect with several friends from the world of beauty such as Marcus Monson,  who is National Makeup Artist for Chanel now, and make some new ones, too, which is always very special.  But, for now, I wanted to share a few pictures from this year’s show. (Kevin Sifflet, Enrique Starnes-Ortega (DDG Skincare), Pamela Morgan (YSL), and me!)

Over the next few weeks I will share with you some of my favorite beauty products I purchased and you know… they might become some of yours.  So, coupled with Cinco de Mayo festivities, frozen margaritas and the  143rd running of the Kentucky Derby (Patches I was rooting for you, love!) it was a memory making weekend.

Start each day with your lipstick and a beautiful smile. – makeup.com