I Feel Pretty!

The following is a Guest Post by my dear friend, Linda Thurman.  Thank you Linda for joining our circle!

Years ago I had the privilege or working with Lancome’s leading make-up artist & creative director, Ross Burton.

One season he did a red line which included red blush in both powder & cream formulas.  By this time I’d worked in the industry long enough to know that while the colors were startling, they would probably look great on the face.
It wasn’t long before the cream formula became my personal favorite because it lasts and it doesn’t have the drying appearance of powders.  The red looked great on most complexions, giving them the subtle rosy glow that children have & we long for.
A bit over a year ago I ran out of my stockpile and vainly tried to find a cream blush in that shade.  Finally I resorted to using a lipstick.

Fast forward to an article about Gabriela Hernandez in the London Daily Mail.  (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5372637/Besame-Cosmetics-creates-historically-inspired-make-up.html)
Ms. Hernandez has developed this elegant line of colors based upon the timeless colors of the 20th century from the 1910 – the early 1960s and combined with the technology of today.

Who doesn’t remember the simple elegance and beauty of our stars like Claudette Colbert, Lucille Ball, Kathryn Hepburn, Dorothy Lamour, Rita Hayworth, and Loretta Young to name a few?  While beautiful, these women were no fragile, fainting flowers.

After reading the article, I had to look up Besame, which means “kiss me” in Spanish.  I’d say “big mistake”, but I loved what I saw.  And, glory be, Besame offers a red cream blush, or as our mothers & grandmothers would have said, rouge.
I was also intrigued by the scents she offers, each based on the popularity of the scents of a particular decade.
In short, I ordered the blush, Vanilla (translucent) Brightening Powder (which doesn’t doesn’t look cake-y on the skin), and a sample of the scents.

I couldn’t be more pleased with the products and will be ordering more.  The price point is great, they have great pigment, wonderful quality, and if they are scented, the scent is natural, not chemical, and so light that I don’t notice it (a must for me).
All of the products are designed & made in the US.

To read about Besame and see their line, here is the link:  https://besamecosmetics.com/

“I feel pretty, oh so pretty…”

Be My Glowing Galentine

So my sweet Galentine, do you have your Valentine ‘glow’ yet?  We know it is not coming from the sun these days, so it’s time to grab the perfect skincare duo to help us out a little. Gotta glow on Valentines’ Day, right?

With the day for love just days away, this is the perfect time to pick up some Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads.  I love the look it gives under my foundation!

Plus! My new love is Alpha Beta Glotion for Body which means you can actually ‘glow’ from head today right in the middle of winter! Love it!

Alpha Beta Glotion is a self-tanning body moisturizer that gives your skin subtle, streak-free radiance and a firm, youthful appearance. Its formula gives you glowing results in as little as 1-3 hours. Note the ‘streak free’ description because it will do just that.  No streaks!

After you apply your ‘glow’ pad, wash you hands thoroughly and then smooth this lotion evenly over clean, dry skin morning or night daily or as needed.  Again, wash hands after application. It will make your hands orange, but not your face!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you!

Smile. Spread the love wherever you go! – Pintrest

 

Thanks Pux

Well, as most of you know Punxsutawney Phil the most famous animal in the US on February 2 saw his shadow today! Since he saw it, he regards it as an omen of six more weeks of bad weather and returns to his hole. I sure wish it had been cloudy.  I don’t know about you, but I am sooo ready for spring.

While we continue to wait for spring, I wanted to share another favorite product of mine.  PerriconeMD Cold Plasma – face.  I’ve used Cold Plasma for awhile now and Perricone refers to it as one of their cult favorites.  It had a very unpleasant smell but did work well.   So I got a sample marked ‘new’ before Christmas and the smell is much much better and as always goes on my skin so well. This is an advanced serum concentrate that targets your skin’s individual needs to deliver visible and personalized results, both now and over time.  This serum in not in a bottle, but a jar so you must apply carefully.  It is filled with powerhouse ingredients, including Copper Tripeptides to improve the appearance of firmness and elasticity, Vitamin C Ester to reduce the look of dark spots and restore radiance, while Omegas 3, 6 and 9 promote smoother, more supple-looking skin.

What is does is smooth the appearance of lines, wrinkles and uneven texture, visibly corrects discoloration, redness and uneven skin tone and lifts and firms skin’s appearance. Many of us will see that it transforms dullness into beautiful, youthful radiance which is something we all want to achieve… especially in the winter months.

So, now I’m wondering if Pux makes predictions for the Super Bowl this year… After all, he lives in a hole in Pennsylvania so I am betting he’s an Eagles Fan!   Only thing I can say to that is – go Cowboys!!

Just have fun.  Smile.  And keep putting on lipstick! – Pintrest

 

Salt Your Bath

So, I guess it was about four years ago, I became a huge fan of Dead Sea Salts.  As you may have heard, the waters of the Dead Sea have been renowned for their therapeutic effects since ancient times. It’s interesting to note that the waters from the Dead Sea are unique too, in that they contain 27% of various salts as compared to 3% in normal ocean water. Furthermore, while sodium accounts for approximately 80% of the salt content of normal sea water, it comprises much less of the salt total in water from the Dead Sea. In fact, the concentration of salt in this body of water is reported to be over ten times that of the oceans. Imagine that. Ten times!

Here in the USA many people use Epsom salts during the winter months to help with the dryness and flakiness of their skin as our body endures the cold temperatures.  Like this morning…temp was 26 degrees again:  I had a facial Thursday afternoon and remarked to my husband my skin was flaking again.  It’s an ongoing circle until spring and it’s humidity arrives.  Dead Sea and Epsom salts vary in source and composition as well. (Epsom salts are much finer than the chunkiness of salt from the Dead Sea) Epsom salts, were made famous by the mineral baths in Epsom, England and may be derived from a variety of natural sources; however, to be labeled Dead Sea mineral salts the salt must come from the Dead Sea. It’s like that a bottle of California Pinot Noir.  If it says Napa Valley on the label, the grapes must be grown only in Napa Valley.

I use dead sea salts exclusively.  I purchase them in a very large bucket from Whole Foods and they last about 6-8 months plus I do not use them all year long.  Just the during the dry weather of winter.

So, don’t forget to pamper yourself and your skin during these cold winter months as much as you do in the summer. Whether you are using Epsom or Dead Sea Salts as the base, your silky smooth skin will be your reward.  And as I always suggest… add a glass of Napa Valley Cab or my favorite, Pinot Noir, to that shelf next to your salts and a candle or two.  You can thank me later.

Your inner beauty never needs makeup. – Pintrest

Happy New Year

Happy New Year my friends!  I hope this new year has welcomed you with many smiles and blessings! 2018.  I’m so excited.  Our skincare options and availability continue to grow as dermatologists and manufacturers are working together to provide what’s best for our skin and our pocketbook, too.

We CAN minimize our lines! We CAN minimize our pore size!  We CAN have the heathiest skin that has every been possible in 2018.  But! We do have to work on it.  If you think 5 minutes a day will do it, please reconsider!  10-15 minutes in the morning and 10-15 minutes at night.  Try it! YOU are worth it.  Remember that!

We will begin to see new products and trend shows coming up in Febuary/March.  Watch for them! But in the mean time, take time for your skin – and you – and celebrate the new year.  Your best is yet to come!

Happy New Year! Believe in yourself and achieve everything you deserve,  and smile! It’s a new year! – Pintrest

Adios 2017

There’s something about the holidays that seems to make everything sparkle whether it’s the decorations on the trees, in the malls or in our hair or makeup.  That glow lifts spirits and adds an eretheal glow to any ocassion.

So before we say good by to 2017, which I hope has been a special year for you, I wanted to share one more favorite product of mine that is great for daytime use, but when it’s nighttime, it’s oh so much better!

Naked’s Urban Decay Smoky has become one of my favorite pallets when it comes to eye shadow.  Anything under the Naked pallet line is pure fun always and this one will not disappoint with it’s 12 beautiful colors!

One side of the tray feautres four colors with a very light touch of glitter to open your eyes during the day, but when used at night with a little heavier application will turn your eyes into drama!

The center of the pallet tray features those blues, violets and grays which will add that ‘smoke’ to your look and will make your eyes look spectactular!  They are my favorite colors for daytime, too.

And! As you get to the other end of the pallet you see the beige/creams for your upper lid. Use those for daytime either alone or with your midpallet blues and violets for some daytime intrigue.

However you spend your New Year’s Eve, add some sparkle to your beautiful eyes – even if the light is provided by the glow of the fireplace due to some wintery weather outside.  Celebrate the upcoming new year and bid a fond farewell to the one that we wrap up.  It always it is about family, close friends, and you, right?

Slow Down and Breathe In The Spirit Of The Season

Whether you are Celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, or something close to your heart, this is the time to relax in between shopping trips and spend time with your friends and family. I am talking to myself right now, too by the way.   My birthday always falls on Thanksgiving week so from that day through New Years I usually have about 3 free days and I mean totally – free.  This year is no exception, but I did add something new to my routine and it has been such a special addition to my life.

After dinner each evening regardless of the time, I give myself a facial and for the next 10 to 25 minutes recite my thanks for the day.  Most days I find it’s time to remove my cleanser and I am still saying sayings ‘thank yous’.  It’s relaxing, meaningful, and renews my spirit and my skin at the same time!

Last night was no exception and was actually much needed.  We went to dinner with dear sweet longtime friends and celebrated our friendship at The Star.  The Star is the 91-acre campus that hosts the world headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys.  We have been watching Cowboy football cames together for years and it was fun, exciting, and my skin was ravaged by the cold winds since the festivities all took place outside.

Once we got home I got into my jammies and began began the process of restoration of my skin cells.  Winter temps and conditions are the worst for our skin.  So after cleansing I made sure to add a little more serum around my eyes and cheecks and extra moisurizer too.  There are so many beauty specials out there for the holidays I have stocked up so I know I will have plenty of items for the months ahead.

I am really liking the The Firm line from Dr. Perricone right now.  From their Eyes to their face to the neck serums, I love it all and I see quick results.  My ‘go to’ is always Dr. Dennis Gross so I just use one product line at night and one in the morning and switch the times around so I don’t mix the products on my face.  I love what I am seeing in the mirror!

So take a moment to soon to breathe… and count your blessings instead of sheep….

Make someone smile whenever you can.  You never know what a difference it could make in their life. – Pintrest