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It’s Beginning to Look Like the Holidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go…and indeed it is!

So, last Sunday I attended the Nordstrom Holiday party by invitation only and what an event it was.  My plus one was my sweet hubby who really enjoyed all the food (and there was plenty of it) along with all  the festivities.  I, on the other hand, filled my shopping bag several times over with gifts for my girls and I must admit a few bags with several of my favorites.

You know how I love the ‘glow’ – year round, but especially during the holidays, right? Well, there is something for every ‘glow girl’ this year!

Charlotte Tilbury has the amazing Wonder Glow cream which she calls ‘instant soft-focus beauty flash’.  This is a primer girlfriends, but it adds a subtle glow to your foundation and has a beautiful finish.

Anastasia Beverly Hills has a Glow Kit as well.  This glow kit comes with four beautiful metallic powder highlighters for intense luminosity. These powders are so much fun to work with. Just layer the highly blendable shades together or wear them separately on the eyes and body for a total radiant look.

My favorite eye shadow kit this year is by Urban Decay – Naked Pallet for smoky eyes.  I love the colors and these too are so blendable for either day or night.  By the way I use youtube instruction videos to create different looks with this pallet and to help me not look ‘over’ done for work.  Love. It!

And, or course my ‘go to’ … Dr. Dennis Gross Glow Pads.  I have used these pads for over five years and they are always a staple on my shelf.  Yes, I picked up more at the holiday party, because they are the best ‘pick me up’ when it comes to needing a new glow.

Whatever ways you decide celebrate the holidays with a glow whether it is from the outside or from the inside remember to always finish it with a smile!

Amore Your Eyes

I love the look of Asian beauty.  My nail technician has the most beautiful eyes and the smoothness of her skin around her eyes reminds me of a young child.  I have asked many beauty advisors if there is anything available that can emulate that look for a more mature skin and haven’t really found anything.  But! I have recently found something close.

Over 60 years ago, Amore Pacific founder Sung-Hwan Suh introduced his concept of harnessing the natural restorative powers of indigenous Asian botanicals to deliver a healthier, youthful appearance. The entire collection features a variety of treatments derived from plants such as bamboo, green tea and Korean red ginseng, which are harvested at peak times to capture the highest nutrient potency.

AmorePacific Future Response Age Defense Dual Eye Crème is a revolutionary pair of eye creams formulated with a potent blend of Green Tea and Pine Mushroom that protect our eyes throughout the day and nourishes during the night.

The Day cream has a built-in sun protection, which protects skin from harmful UV rays that elevate skin temperature and cause skin damage, while the night cream contains Green Tea Theanine and EGCG to nourish the skin by hydration and prevent early signs of aging around the delicate eye area. I must say, it is so creamy!  I just love the smell of this product and application is so easy.

In the morning I take the desired amount of day eye cream on the included spatula and apply it along my orbital bone and under the eye area by gently patting gently. Then in the evening take desired amount of night eye cream on the spatula and apply again along orbital bone and under eye area by gently patting gently.

Check your mirror about 10 minutes late…. Now smile!

Makeup and high heels are a plus, but a great smile and personality should be a  must! – Unknown

Red Red Wine

Beautiful Napa Valley California.  The Wine Country.  It’s been my ‘home’ for one week each summer for the last seven years.  I love the study of wine as much as I do skincare.  As soon as I arrive I immerse myself into the viticulture life of the region and everything that surrounds it.  It’s my “ahhhh” moment that lasts throughout the day and every day I am there.

We have some good friends that were there the week ahead of us and they texted us saying “it’s been in the 100s all week!”  Of course being from Texas we all acclimate to that type of weather easily.  Plus knowing the grapes love it because the nights also drop down into the 50’s it makes for some delicious wine!  But you must pack accordingly and that includes my skincare.  Fortunately the heat surge was over when we arrived and temps stayed in the 80’s the whole week, but my skincare plan didn’t change.  Those days are sun-filled and humidity is low which is hard on our skin.

My plan of using my really cute wide brimmed hat which I had purchased with Karen for the trip didn’t work out because there was a constant breeze the whole time and it wouldn’t stay on my head so I opted for my wide brimmed visor. Not my first choice but much better than going ‘naked’.

I used my Patchology FlashMasque Exfoliate Facial Sheets a few days before we left so as not to exposed my new tender skin to the sun’s rays on our first day and after that I used my FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets: Hydrate a couple of days while in the Wine Country.

To use: Exfoliate FlashMasque 5-Minute Facial Sheets should be used once a week for optimal skin health and new cell turnover. Put them on before makeup or at night.
Step 1: Unfold the masque and apply to clean, dry skin.
Step 2: Place over your entire face, pressing the material snuggly into facial contours.
Step 3: Leave on for 5 minutes (or longer if desired). It’s a great look… think Jim Carey and The Mask.  Just don’t take yourself seriously and do anything weird like he did!
Step 4: Remove the masque. No need to rinse. The serum will fully absorb into skin. Follow with your normal skin care regimen.

It is easier to use than all of my face masks since I don’t have to wash it off after and it actually takes care of the serum part of my skincare!  Then I switched to Patchology FlashMasque 5 Minute Facial Sheets: Hydrate – This mask replenishes your skin with essential ingredients hyaluronic acid and vitamin B5. You’ll look dewy every day with these.  These are amazing! My skin was plumper, bags under my eyes filled, fine lines gone!

I also used my Patchology Eye Gels each morning and my skincare needs were almost covered!  Two additional skincare products – Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense Medium-Deep (SPF40) and Capture Totale Dream Skin Cushion (SPF50) covered the rest of my needs plus a little mascara!

After that I just enjoyed the week knowing my skincare needs were met and all I had to do was relax, eat some amazing food and well… drink wine – red please!

What is the definition of a good wine? It should start and end with a smile. Pintrest

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

 

 

 

Highlight YOU!

As many of you know, I am a huge fan of  Kevyn Aucoin Beauty.  I first discovered it on a shopping trip to Nordstrom where a few products were displayed on an endcap and was just blow way by the offerings.  Kevyn, and well known makeup artist,  passed away in 2002 but his style and amazing products keep his name in the forefront of the world of beauty.

Many of his products are available at Barneys New York, Sephora, Bergdorf Goodman, Nigel Beauty Emporium, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and many other retailers.  If you run across them, I know you will not be disappointed in them.  They are just a little bit different and definite keepers.

I recently purchased the Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting Fluid in Candlelight and it is one of my new favorites!  Just a drop around your eyes highlights the beauty of your eyes and will pick out just the tone within your eyes to make you look your best.

You can use this all over your face over moisturized skin.  It adds radiance and a delicate highlight wherever it is placed. The highlights created are never harsh and the look is as if you are glowing from within!

I love it as a highlighter most.  You can lightly apply it to cheeks, your brow bone, and décolleté and blend with fingertips.

Feeling creative?  Use it as a developer and mix in with your favorite Kevyn Aucoin foundation to add a subtle hint of shimmer to the skin.

Just a few of the celebrities who use his products include Cher, Liza Minnelli, Janet Jackson, Tina Turner, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lisa Marie Presley, Courtney Love and Vanessa L. Williams.

I’m getting ready for the Spring Trend show this weekend at Nordstrom and have had my tickets for almost 2 months.  I cannot wait to see what new products my friend Karen and I discover and trust me – you will know soon after what we find.

Smile happiness looks gorgeous on you. – Unknown

 

Primers and a Virtual Trip To Sephora

There are so many products on the market today to make your eyelashes grow long. And even longer.  And there are even more that make you brows either fill in or grow thicker as well.  I have tried several of them over the last 20 years and I will tell you that a few of them have worked so well that they carry the ‘wow’ factor to a whole new level.  But!  In saying that, I must also add they carry a pretty hefty price point.  Then the disappointment comes when you no longer want pay the price and what you have achieved disappears at the stroke of midnight.  Much like with Cinderella – the ‘pumpkin’ ie. your long lush lashes and sexy eyebrows are no more.

So, I smile as I give you a little tidbit I learned at the Dior counter a few weeks ago from the Beauty Product Specialist.   Remember the Diorshow Maximizer 3D Triple Volume Plumping Lash Primer we discussed in a previous post?

This mascara base from Dior gives your lashes up to three times the volume by combining the immediate enhancing effect of a mascara with the benefits of daily lash care. Your lashes are left intensely curled, thickened and lengthened, ideally primed to heighten the effect of mascara and optimize hold. Day after day, its enhancing formula helps lashes look their best by combining hyaluronic acid with plumping properties and the brand’s unrivalled Lash Maximizer™ ingredient. It’s white so you use it first and follow with your favorite mascara which for me is DiorShow.

Plus, I learned that not only is it great as a primer it’s can also be applied as an intensive deep conditioner for lashes and brows at night. These are two uses for optimal results.  I apply each day before mascara for immediate results, and on its own each night as a deep conditioner to pamper my lashes and my brows.  You will be surprised at the results.  And even better, the price points compared to the other products I used are much lower.

And! Another tidbit I received was from my amazing hair stylist and color specialist, Jimmy Moreau.  If you have not added the Sephora app to your phone, do it!  Inside the app Sephora has created is an exact replica of its chain cosmetic store. There are dozens of rows of every imaginable kind of makeup, surrounded by walls of perfume, skin cream, and beauty gadgets. Everything is there – on your phone!

This is Sephora’s new Innovation Lab. Right when you walk in the front of the virtual store, there’s an array of augmented reality videos that play on the Sephora app on your smartphone. Continue through the store and these reality background videos will pop up strategically throughout.

Be sure and visit virtually reality makeovers.  With the addition of your camera you can view yourself in a variety of makeup looks.  See one you love?  Click and your cart fills with the products to achieve it.  And!  If you don’t want everything you can sort and delete those in your cart and then purchase.  There are even tutorials available to show you how to achieve the look as well.  I spent a rainy afternoon playing with everything this app offers and had such fun.  Trust me, you will too.

Just have fun. Smile.  And keep putting on lipstick. – Facia

The Jewel In My Sample Box

In the middle of all the glitz and glamour of the holiday season, Sephora offers a real jewel to shoppers each year and if you blink they are out of stock!  Ask Ana my friend and co-worker.  She missed it one year but got it the next! My suggestion is to program your calendar for October 15 and become watchful for their special box of holiday samplers:  Lashstash (mascaras) Give Me Some Lip and Liner (lipsticks) and Draw the Line (Eyeliners).

I purchase these for my two daughters and me (of course!) every year.   It’s a favorite for all of us and it’s under the tree Christmas mornings waiting for my girls to arrive.  There are sample-sized and full-sized products from all of our favorites such as Kat Von D, NARS, Clinique, Dior and many many more.

One of my favorites is a pigment-packed liner from Clinique which goes by the name of High Impact Custom Black Kajal.    Its tip is very tiny and as a result I am actually able to draw my line sooo close to my lashes which I love it!  Note the name – it is a kajal liner which is somewhat different from kohl and eyeliner.

Kajal liner consists of combination of natural ingredients and soot. It is organic in nature, making it soothing for the eye and it also helps protect eyes from infections.

Kohl liner pencils are typically made from powders, pigments and waxes. They have the smooth glide of kajal, but can be as messy at times.

Eyeliner can be found in a liquid, gel or pencil form, and can be harsher on the eyes compared to kajal, since it is not generally made from organic ingredients. It doesn’t have as soft a texture compared to kohl and kajal, or that silky finish many of us like as well.

I have noticed that it doesn’t crumble or shatter into pieces when applying it. It stays put on my water line for my entire workday. And!  What I really like is the color, texture and longevity.

You never know what you will find in a sample box.  It may be just the ‘jewel’ you are looking for!

*By the way, I wrote about Boots No. 7 products last month and I wanted to give you a quick update.  Since I have only used the Youth Oil and the Triple Serum Lift and Luminate, my good friend, Linda, has taken on the task of testing their top five products for comparison.  She is a makeup artist and has worked for Lancome for several years.  Over the next month, she will rate these products and have an article in the coming weeks for us!

It doesn’t matter what you wear as long as you wear a smile. – Chibird