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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!

Ahhhh Facial…

Ahhhhh….Oh! How I do love facials!  Pure indulgence!   Being on the receiving end of magic fingers is the ultimate experience, but your magical digits can work miracles for your skin, as well!

A professional facial is customized for you based upon your skin care needs and skin type. It will usually include a skin analysis, cleansing, steam, exfoliation, extractions, (if necessary) a customized masque depending on your individual needs, moisturizer, and a lip treatment.  Some include a relaxing massage of your face, scalp, shoulders, hands and arms. And! there are a variety of facials available, too. The type of facial you obtain based on your skin analysis may be to brighten, lighten, firm, anti-ageing or to clear problematic skin. It may also include a peel or a microderm, too. Facials can target sun damage, wrinkles, oily and congested skin, again depending on your skin’s needs.

As a regular Nordstrom shopper, up until a few years ago I did not know that many stores actually have in-store beauty rooms where you can actually receive a spa facial while you’re out shopping. This is now one of my favorite places to get a quick facial pick me up, because not only to I get to receive a fabulous facial, I leave the facial room, pick a makeup spot and try new products with a make-up artist. (So I can share them with you!)

Okay, so, you don’t have the funds or the time and can’t schedule a professional facial?  Don’t let that stop you from self-indulgence just start giving yourself a facial at home.  I try to do them every other week and, I promise you, it will be the best 20 minutes you do for yourself and your skin.

Clarisonic.  I use it every day to cleanse my face because of the benefits that this machine offers.  It cleanses yet, deeply removes other build up that simply washing your face with a cloth doesn’t accomplish. Following a good cleanse I use a light peel pad (Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads are my fave), along with an Alpha Beta Glow Pad, which is an exfoliating self-tanner with anti-aging properties and vitamin D.  Regardless of your skin color these glow pads add radiance and will provide a healthy glow to your skin year-round.  Next, apply your favorite serums to face, eyes, neck and décolleté. I usually allow about 2 minutes for the serums to penetrate and then apply my moisturizer and other specialty creams.  You can spend as much time as you desire on your home facials.  Whether it’s 15 minutes or longer you can improve your skin with this weekly ritual.

In addition to a wonderful pampering treat, facials are the key to healthy skin. I was told several years ago that to maintain a radiant healthy glow, you should try to fit in two facials per month. If you follow these simple steps, you will be amazed with the results you can achieve at home.

Continue the evening by enjoying a nice Cab or Chardonnay and the glow of beautifully scented candle afterwards! You are welcome!

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile. ~Author Unknown

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50 Shades of Glow

There may be 50 shades of grey, but I can assure you the same goes for most other colors out there as well.  And, really?  Who wants to be grey when spring is in the air and we have such luscious colors from which to choose from head to toe?

With the arrival of the Merry Month of May, it’s time to get your glow factor going!  Just last week, my friend, Laura, was asking me about tanning options as she prepares for a trip to my favorite place, Napa Valley.  So, I gave her my favorite glow product in my beauty bag in addition to my favorite wineries, too!

My main “go-to” product for an all over glow is Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Glow Pads.  There is a pad made for your face and décolleté as well as one for your body (which is actually a towel).  These pads are infused with active Vitamin D which gives your face and your body a truly believable natural looking color.  You will notice the pads are odorless and produce a streak free color and with a combination of alpha and beta hydroxyl acids they penetrate the skin to exfoliate, tighten the pores and produce an even glow both on your body and on your face.  They are an essential product in my weekly beauty routine during the warmer months, but the facial pads are a staple in my beauty bag as I love to have glow going year round.

These pads can be used whenever you choose, however I usually apply the pads to my face and body following my bath.  Application is so easy.  Just wipe!  Be sure and cover all of your neck and your ears, too.  And!  If you want a darker shade just increase the number of times you go over your face/body with your towel. A word of caution, however – wash your hands thoroughly after use.  This product begins to produce results almost immediately and you won’t want those ‘tell tell’ tanning signs on your palms. Then, I wait about 5 minutes and apply my nighttime moisturizer.  The color is long lasting as well – usually about 7 days.  I have other glow favorites that I use throughout the summer, but I must say, this is my all time favorite!

So turn your face to the sun and let anything grey be only the shadows that fall behind you then you can be as radiant as the sun and glow!

By the way, I’m wearing the smile you gave me. ~Author Unknown

Firm and Glow… Its Super Bowl Weekend!

Whether your team is playing this Sunday or not, many of us will be attending Super Bowl parties.  I have a group of friends coming over to my house and I wanted to share my ‘game plan’ for Saturday night with you.  I plan to ‘firm and glow’ at this game day party to help ease the disappointment of my Cowboys once again not making it into the playoffs this year.

Have you heard the stories of Peyton Manning’s play calling of “Omaha! Omaha?” This might be a slight variation of that chant since my plan could be called “dgskincare”!  Remember the Alpha Beta Peel Pads and Glow pads I discussed in my Beauty Bag opening?  We are going to put them into the game plan, but will lead off with two other dgskincare products.  To cleanse my face, I want something thorough and quick.  I don’t like a lot of steps.  I just want my face clean with all makeup removed.  I use the All-In-One Cleansing Foam.  It’s light in texture and fragrance and foams on dispensing.  I cover my face in foam and go across my eyelids as well.  It is easily removed and takes my eye makeup off as well.  I’m ready for the next play.

DDG Age Erase Recovery Mask provides visible firming even after its first use. It contains a Hyaluronic Acid Complex which immediately smoothes fine lines and wrinkles. Like the Alpha Beta Peel Pads discussed before, this is a two step process.  With dry hands open Step 1 and apply over your face, neck and décolleté area; dampen you hands slightly and add Step Two.  Step Two is a vitamin infused self-heating mask.  It feels amazing and the packaging states the product promotes relaxation and for me it does just that.  Leave the product on your face a full 12 minutes.  Remove the mask with a warm wash cloth.

Next play, get your Alpha Beta Peel Pads and use Step One and Two on your face.  Remember to wait two minutes between both steps.  You may feel some tingling now, but you will also feel your skin firming! Following Step Two I usually wait another 5 minutes then use an Alpha Beta Glow Pad (Face).  Remember the more swipes you go over your face, neck and décolleté the darker you will be.  Since it is February, I won’t try to look like I have been on the beaches of Maui yet, so one swipe on my face and a couple on my neck area is my choice.  I will leave that up to you, but one thing I want to remind you… wash your hands!  The product WILL stain your hands and fingers.  Immediately add your moisturizer to all areas and look at your amazing skin.

So that’s my game plan before I go to bed Saturday night.  The products will have a chance to penetrate into my skin and the next more morning (Sunday) I will visibly see firmer skin with a glow.  That’s a game winning touchdown in my playbook!

Go Blue! (That covers both teams, right?)