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Fall Trend Show is Coming!

I had to make a quick visit to Nordstrom today and get a new foundation.  Surprise. Surprise!  It’s Triple Points until Sunday so it’s a great time to stock up on your favorite beauty products.

Second surprise is next week is Fall Trend Week!  I made my appointment on Friday for a Dr. Dennis Gross facial at 10 followed by a makeup session at YSL at 11:00.  I cannot wait to see the new fall fashions and beauty products for the season and of course the holidays.

I must say it’s 92 degrees in Dallas today and it will be the same for the next three days… but fall is coming – at least that’s what the weatherman says!

If you are in the Dallas area and would like to get your tickets for Trend Show next Saturday or would like to schedule an appointment, you can contact Gilda or Melissa Beauty Stylists at Northpark Dallas.  Their number is 214-231-3900, ext 1096.

High School Friendships

Question. How many of you attend an occasional get together with friends from high school?

I must say that I am blessed, truly blessed, with an abundance of friends and many of them are from high school.  We get together often for lunches, dinners, and celebrations of birthdays. Or just because.

My graduation class had over 1000 people in it.  So! I must also admit though I didn’t know everyone in my class, with the many gatherings we have had over the years plus the addition of social media I have met many more.   Some of these friends are lifelong friends while others are what I call “new” old friends, but each are very special to me.

We have had several gatherings over the last two weeks because one of our classmates is visiting from California. So there has been lots of activities – lunches, dinners and late nights. It’s been a whirlwind for many of us.

And then a phone call.  One of my friends was in a dilemma. Her face was breaking out with a rash of some kind with the unknown culprit most likely being late nights, working days, and extra fun.  So I dug through my Beauty Bag and put my ‘healing hands’ on Patchology’s SmartMud No Mess Detox Masque.

It was a true healer!

This masque is a detoxifying mud sheet masque that purifies your skin without leaving any pore-clogging (or sink-clogging) debris behind. It minimizes skin’s impurities and maximizes your glow game. It will also tighten your pores so they are less visible for smoother, healthy-looking skin.

This masque comes in two pieces (one for upper face and one for lower) and can be used once a week or as often as needed.  Just unfold both sections of the masque; Remove the white backing and place the mud mask over face. Once the masque is removed you see nothing but healthy, youthful glowing skin. It’s a total toxin eliminator for sure.

I saw her the following day at another dinner and she was excited to show off her beautiful skin. The rash was gone and she was ready for another night of friendship!

Smile.  And live for the moments you can’t put into words. – Inspirational Quotes.

No Needles, Please

Let me be clear. I am NOT a fan of needles.  Not at all!  Yes, I know we all have to deal with the occasional prick from time to time, but I offer my arm only when I have to and nothing more than that.

So, recently I was at Judy Gail’s, my amazing esthetician’s salon in Dallas for my monthly facial.  During the treatment she asked me if I would be her ‘guinea pig’ for about 4 weeks to test a new service she was interested in offering to her clients.  The first question out of my mouth – “are there needles involved?”  She laughed heartily.

The service? Needle-Free Mesotherapy Infusion.  I mean really? Is that a mouthful or what?  So with the word ‘needle-free’ I began to listened.  Eagerly.

Infusion mesotherapy is a pain-free and a needle-free alternative to traditional mesotherapy which provides safe and effective non-invasive trans-dermal delivery of therapeutic solutions. Unlike a serum that nourishes the outer layers of your skin; the mesotherapy infusion goes deeper and nourishes your skin not only from the outside, but also from the inside by opening up a microscopic channel in your skin to achieve the penetration needed to get beneath the outer layers. It’s be around since the 1950’s which it actually involved  – needles!

I actually bring my tried and true skincare products (which I know work well with my skincare regimen) with me and Judy covers my face with the mixture of all products for the treatment.  Note: You must remove all metal jewelry so the only metal left is in my teeth. You hold a metal pole to ‘ground’ you and the process begins. Yes, you do feel a ‘zap’ in your teeth throughout the treatment but it is quite bearable. Trust me on this!

I definitely saw visible results after my second treatment, but you will need 4-6 treatments spaced two weeks apart for the full effect.  Following  that it is recommended to begin maintenance treatments every 6-8 weeks. By the way, at the end of the 6th treatment I noticed my skin had a glow and even better my little sister, Jill, commented at our lunch hours later my skin looked smoother as well.

Love sisters!

“Smile.  Cupcakes are muffins that believed in miracles!” – Pintrest

No 7 Maybe A 10

Two or three years ago I was on the receiving end of a makeover with a beauty rep from Bobbie Brown and we got into a discussion over beauty products from drug stores such as CVS or Walgreens and he told me that he had several favorites.  I was surprised – I mean VERY surprised – at his comment.  Do drug stores sell really good skincare products?  I continued my discussion with my wonderful hair stylist, Jimmy, a few weeks later and he agreed.  You can find some great skincare if you shop carefully. He advised me to look for the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval because it wasn’t easily given awarded to products. Even more interesting, many department store brands don’t have ‘the seal’ even though they carry a higher price point. So I filed that knowledge until last December.

My friend, Judy, who does amazing skincare therapies such as facials, microderms, etc. for me asked me if I had heard of Boots or No. 7.  “It’s available at Walgreens or CVS and Target.” I stopped to listen behind those amazing lavender infused eye pads. Hmmmm.  Again, filed for future use… after all it was the holidays.  But we now fast forward to a few weeks ago.  “Are you using the No. 7 I mentioned?” Judy asked at my next visit.  “I have many clients using it and they are seeing an amazing difference on their skin”.  So!  I knew then, I needed to check this intel out – for you AND me!

Boots/No.7 Skincare has been around for years.  It’s from the UK and has gotten rave reviews. In fact seven of their products in the skincare line have – yes, The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval!  So I purchased two of the products – Lift and Luminate and the Youthful Replenishing Facial Oil – which, yes, have the Seal from Good Housekeeping.  I have several friends now using it and and I must say, this is an excellent product. My skin is smoother.  Hydrated.  Plus! It’s got a great price point since it has been around so long, but don’t think ‘cheap’.

Another thing, too.  I purchased mine at Walgreens initially, but have seen it at CVS and Target.  These stores do many sales as you know and I actually got to do a BOGO last week so I got THREE for the price of two!  It doesn’t take a lot of product either so a little goes a long way.  In one week I began to see many of those small lines start to fade away.

Check their site out and see what interests you. So many products are available. There is even a mens skincare line, too. Of course you have to talk your man into using it daily – twice daily. That may prove to be a little more difficult. But! finding Boots No. 7 is not.

Smiles. The most beautiful thing in life. – Pintrest

It’s 2017… Let’s Do This!

Happy New Year to you!  I hope it’s going to be a fabulous year for you –  and for your skin, too!  A new year is always a little out with ‘old’ and in with the ‘new,’ right?  And in my case, that means tomorrow is a Facial Day for me!

Years ago, I must confess, I got a facial about once a year – maybe. Then, ten years ago I decided to do it twice a year. But!  what a difference it makes if you can make a point of getting four a year and even better each month.  It’s a happy birthday gift to your skin, every single month!

Another plus to getting a monthly facial is the removal of that dry flaky skin.  Plus the moisturized supple skin that is left in its place is radiant and looks so healthy.  I might add that it makes your makeup application so easy too.

Over and over again we hear that the skin is the largest organ of our body.  So, if you want your skin to look it’s best – especially on your face – we must use good skincare and that includes a facial.

 

Here are just some of the benefits received from a facial from an expert.

  • Deep cleanse skin and pores
  • Improve skin that is either to dry or too oily
  • Enhance the look and texture of the skin
  • Remove dead skin cells and unblock clogged pores
  • Improve the look and feel of your skin
  • Increase circulation and stimulate the skin
  • Help prevent wrinkles and fine lines
  • Help keep skin moist and hydrated
  • Provides a sense of relaxation and peace… ahhhhh the best!

Take the first step to healthier, happier skin.  Make a New Year’s resolution to take care of your skin and make an appointment to get a facial.  Your gift will be seeing beautiful healthy skin in your mirror each morning.

Beauty is not flawless.  It shines even through your flaws. – Pintrest

 

Is There A Wrinkle Fairy?

So, I had a MRI today.  Ok, you say… and? Well here’s what happened… I walked into the ‘tunnel room’ and the tech looks at me and then may chart and then back at me again and shows me the chart.  “Is this you? ” I chuckle and said “yes”.  He then says “well looking at your birthdate I thought I would see a lady with lots of wrinkles.”  THAT alone made me laugh so hard.  Really?  As we age some think we are expected to have a face full of wrinkles?  Not!  So, after we had a good laugh, I climbed into the chamber and actually fell asleep! (Of course I had to plug my blog Wrinkle Me Not)

We go through our 30’s and 40’s and get a few wrinkles, but they are the cute kind around your eyes… and then you hit your 50’s and overnight they appear like the wrinkle fairy zaps your in your sleep!  Don’t fear the Wrinkle Fairy, my friends.  Serums and creams are plentiful out there as we all know and there are some that work for each of us.  Now, what works for crow’s feet or dark circles may not work for the bags under your eyes, but there are serums/creams that will.  You just have to talk with those wonderful beauty advisors and try different products.  They are happy to provide samples for you to try until you find exactly what you need, too.

We are now into Winter as we all know.  Sure, here in Texas we have had some spring-like days, but the dry harsh winds have been here and will return.  That’s why winter facials are soooo important.  That is actually why the MRI tech noticed my skin today I do believe.  I applied my Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask to my face last night after my bath.  You can leave it on for 10-30 minutes and I always opt for the longest time.  Besides my Dallas Cowboys were playing so in addition to my blue jersey I was also sporting a blue face.  I looked just like some of those fans in the stands, if I do say so myself.  But!  When I peeled my mask off… I had smooth well hydrated skin that will last for several days.

This two-step gel which your mix with loose powder improves the appearance of fine lines and pores, revives dull, dry, and dehydrated skin, and smooths the appearance of uneven skintone and texture for skin that looks firm, supple, and dewy. The system is designed to create an occlusive barrier, loaded with humectants to seal in hydration, while an algae and calcium complex draws heat to cool and calm the skin. Medical grade marine algae, harvested from arctic Norwegian seas, and deeply hydrating hyaluronic acid work to instantly create the appearance of plumper skin and seal in moisture for lasting hydration.

Be good to your skin during these cold, dry windy winter months no matter where you live. You never know who will notice and it might surprise you who does!

A woman is most beautiful when she smiles. – Beyonc’e

 

Beauty Advisors Are A Gift

Well, it’s November and it’s time to begin my Christmas shopping…. whether it’s online or in the stores, I thoroughly enjoy it.  I am a shopper at heart.  In person?  Online?  I love it all.  And, sure, there are pros and cons so I thought I’d share a little of my thoughts on that subject.

First of all when I visit my favorite stores, I love the feeling that goes with holiday shopping. Unless it’s the mad rush of a sale, people are happy, the specials are good, I can stop and get some peppermint cocoa or pumpkin spiced latte and then keep on going… much like the energizer bunny.  That’s me!

But, there are times that I love the slow easy pace of online shopping.  I can compare prices, look for some awesome deals and I can still have my latte and cocoa, but I am “cook” instead.

If you have a Beauty Advisor at your favorite store, you know they can offer suggestions if you are in the store, AND! they can take your orders from online as well.   If you have an extra special one like I do, you still get the personal shopping and your samples as well.  Find one if you don’t have one, and make that a priority as a gift to you.  I have two beauty advisors at Nordstrom North Park in Dallas that I love and adore.  Lauren with DDG Skincare usually takes care of my skincare needs and contacts me when she knows some of my favorite national reps are in town so I can meet them.  Meredith with Guerlain is also located at Nordstrom North Park and she is the best when it comes to makeup artistry.

Today I spoke with Meredith and gave her an order.  She will take care of my ordering my products which will be shipped to me free since it is Nordstrom.  But!  Nordstrom is just one option.  Sephora, Macy’s, Neiman’s and so many others offer online shopping, but if you need direction or suggestions, you need your own Beauty Advisor.   Just go to your favorite shopping venue and introduce yourself if you don’t have a connection yet.  Get to know them, express your wants and your needs and let them prepare a client card for you.  You won’t have to remember everything you like/want.  They will – as they refer to your client card.

So give yourself the ‘gift’ of a Beauty Advisor this year before the holidays even begin.  If you are in the Dallas area I highly recommend Lauren and Meredith.  I have worked with these girls for years and not only are they highly professional they are just the sweetest ever to work with.  They will not only be your elfs they will become your friends.

And now – it’s time to shop!

A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears.  – Anne Roiphe