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


A Hand Cream Filled With Memories

Several years ago while traveling in Paris with a group of co-workers and friends, my husband and I were able to attend my first product launch.  Believe me there is nothing like a Paris product launch!  Couple it with the backdrop of the Champs Elysees, one of the most celebrated shopping districts in the world, and filled with lots of glitz and glamour.  Only in Paris.

Prior to leaving for this trip, a Lancome beauty rep at Macy’s told me of an upcoming product – Absolue – that was going to ‘rock’ the beauty world with all it would offer women and indeed it has.  I couldn’t buy the product in France to take back to the states so I had to ‘wait’ on it to follow me back to Texas.  And I did.  I was probably one of the first to buy it in Dallas as I kept tabs on it’s arrival – which was almost 5 weeks later.

It was only recently I was reminded of my first ‘fling’ with Absolue as I visited with my youngest daughter.  I had given her a makeup bag filled with samples for her birthday.  A few days later, she mentioned that she had fallen in love with a product and asked me if I had heard of it.  Lancome Absolue.  I smiled at the memories it evoked.

To this day one of my favorite Lancome products is my Absolue Hand Premium BX Cream.  This is not your normal hand cream.  This is an ultra-luxurious hand cream that lessens the look of age spots and contains a replenishing moisture with SPF 15 protection.  This cream is rich with soy and sea algae which helps reinforce elasticity and firmness. Instantly (and I do mean it when I say ‘instantly’) your hands feel softer, more supple and relieved of uncomfortable dryness with a more even-toned, luminous look of youth.

Over time it will reduce the appearance of existing age spots, leaving your skin looking clearer and more even-toned and hydrates instantly.  From the moment it is applied, the dryness disappears. Be advised… once you begin to use it no other hand cream will ever feel the same.

I’ve got nothing to do today, but smile. – Fresh Quotes

Springtime Glow Alert

Hey! Do you watch Good Morning America on Thursdays for the Deals?  I must admit – I do.  Actually it’s my favorite segment on that show these days.  I have found such great items and some surprises, too.

So on a recent show when I heard about a tanning spray that lasts 2-3 weeks my ears perked up. As you know, I love the ‘glow’ year round so I had to try it.

The Vita Liberata PHenomenal Hydrating Tanning Lotion with pHenO2 Technology says it provides a long-lasting, natural-looking tan result for your face and body. And!  The tan develops over four to eight hours and lasts up to two to three weeks.  Yep!

My friend, Ana, also made the leap to try this product and she told me today she not only loves the smell (or non smell) of this product but also the ease of application.  It does not streak as so many tanning lotions do and is packed with botanicals such as aloe vera, shea butter, and more.  So it’s no surprise that this  tanning  cream helps to condition, smooth, and moisturize your skin so it feels soft and supple–perfect for people with dry or mature skin.

How to use:  Exfoliate, but do not moisturize prior to tanning. Use a tanning mitt and apply to skin in elongated circular movements. Allow at least six to eight hours before showering off with water. Replicate this process two more times for the longest lasting tan result. Gently wipe elbows, knuckles, knees, and ankles with a damp cloth following application, and only apply a minimal amount of product to the backs of the hands and tops of the feet.

This tanning lotion is available in Fair, Medium and Dark.  I purchased the medium and am happy with the ‘look’ of the product.  But again, for the longest lasting tan, it is suggested that you apply it three times over 12 to 24 hours, showering with water only before each application.  You must be sure your skin is clean and exfoliated.  Ana purchased the product at Sephora and a Tan Mitt was included which makes application very easy.  As with any tanning product you should use it sparingly on hands, feet, knees, and elbows.

So this product is perfect to get that springtime ‘glow’ and start looking toward summer.  I’m ready! Are you?

Use your smile to change this world, but don’t let this world change your smile. – Pintrest

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

Linda’s No. 7 Review

As promised here is my interview with my friend, Linda, who has been testing several products in the Boots No. 7 skincare line.  Linda has been a Make-up artist since 1994 for several top lines, so she is the perfect person to test products and give honest feedback.

Remember Boot No. 7 (also called No. 7) is the number one cosmetic and skincare brand in the UK. For over 70 years No7 has provided women with gorgeous cosmetics in satisfying textures and amazing shades. In skincare, No7 offers the daily essentials as well as the latest in anti-aging technology. It can be purchased at Walgreens, CVS, Target and I recently saw it at Ulta.  The price points are great but does it work? Let’s ask Linda what she thinks.

“Boots No. 7 Beautiful Skin Exfoliater.  I used it daily in the beginning and at one point developed a rash.  Did the daily use do it? Maybe.  But! The exfoliater felt so good! Anyway, I’ll use it only two days a week going forward. So many women don’t exfoliate, never realizing that their other skin care products won’t work as well. So exfoliate!

I still love the Triple Action Lift & Luminate. My skin feels softer! It’s difficult to judge oneself by looking in the mirror,since  we see that face daily. I think my skin looks better.
I encouraged a co-worker to try it, too. She’s a sort of “slap-dash” person, not one to take her time and carefully apply anything. But! I began to see a difference in her skin within a couple of days. It no longer looks “tired”, but fresher, and more radiant and yes, firmer. But now, she loves the No. 7 line!

I’ve also been using the Youthful Eye Serum. I saw an immediate improvement around my eyes! Thanks to allergies, they were puffy, making me look tired all of the time. No longer. When I get up in the mornings, they’re a bit puffy, but nothing like they were before.
Within minutes of using the eye serum, what little puffiness I had vanishes!

I also have the replenishing oil, which I love! In the warmer months, my normal-dry skin scoots to the other side and becomes normal-oily, so I’m putting away the oil for daily use & using the Protect & Perfect Intense Night Cream. ❤❤❤

And! Any slight residuals of the products are rubbed into the backs of my hands after I’ve used them on my face, neck & décolletage (if the sun can hit the skin, that skin needs treatment). The appearance of the backs of my hands has improved!”

Love Linda and love her reviews!  I might add I picked up No. 7’s Instant Illusion Wrinkle Filler last week.   After makeup is applied, squeeze small amount in direction of lines {wrinkles} then tap into crevices – we have those right?  Then lightly smooth to spread the excess. Wait just a moment.  Then, presto!!! Lines disappear! This product seems to sell out quickly so if you see it – grab it!

Beauty is power; a smile is its sword. – John Ray

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

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