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Summer Beauty Must Haves

21 Jun

Summertime and the livin’s easy…  (and so can your summer beauty routine be!)

Here are my Top 7 Summer beauty products:

1) Gradual self-tanning lotion. I know, I know –  we all love a sun-kissed tan, but you know what we don’t love?  Skin damage.  Sun spots.  Wrinkles.  So listen to your mother, put on that SPF  (15 at least) and instead of sun-worshipping, use a gradual self tanner like “Jergen’s Natural Glow”.  They even have one specially formulated for your face, that doesn’t clog pores!

2)  Paints by Mac Cosmetics (This is actually a year-round must have for me!)  Annoyed with eye shadows shifting around and creasing on your lids?  Prep your lids for the humid summer days by smoothing on a tiny smidgen of “paint” first, and your shadow will rock on all day long!

3) Playsticks by Benefit. I LOVE this foundation stick.  It’s quick, easy and glides on so smooth and light.  In the summer heat, less is definitely more – so use foundation only where needed.  Plus, Playsticks are packed with good-for-your-skin ingredients like green tea and chamomille!

4) Hoola bronzing powder by Benefit Hands down THE best bronzer out there.  Shimmery bronzers can be pretty, but for a natural looking tan, Hoola is the one and only truly matte bronzing powder I’ve found.  I love it because I can sweep it all over the face, collar bone,  decolletage , whereever  – and it always looks natural (aka. not sparkly or orange)

5)  Surf Spray by Bumble and Bumble Sexy beach waves.  Nuff said

6) Complete Lip Balm by Sephora With mango butter, Vitamin E, and a touch of menthol this lip balm tastes/smells as good as it feels.  Perfect for keeping your pout moisturized in the sun!  Also contains Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, a natural lip-plumping ingredient!

7) Blot powder by Mac Cosmetics   Absorbs oil and controls shine, without the “caked on” look that most powders can give.  Perfect for mid day touch ups!  I recommend applying with a large powder brush.

Voila!  You’re ready for the summer heat!


Homemade Facial Scrub How-to

18 May

It’s time to scrub away that dry dull winter skin and get ready for the summer sun with this super easy homemade face scrub!

Made with simple, natural ingredients (that most of us already have at home) this scrub has quickly become a staple in my skin care regime!

Oatmeal and aloe are fabulous skin-calming ingredients, brown sugar a gentle scrubber and skin softener, and the lemon juice works as an astringent.

Whip one up today!

Oatmeal and Brown Sugar Face Scrub

You will need:

2 tbsp ground oatmeal

2 tbsp aloe (I go straight to the source and chop off a limb from my aloe plant!)

2 tbsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp lemon juice

Mix all of the ingredients really well in a small bowl, give it a sniff (yum!) and apply to your face in a gentle circular motion.  Let it sit on the skin for about 10 minutes to do it’s thing!

Rinse it all off and Ta-Daa!  Super soft, happy skin.


Remembering Kevyn Aucoin

7 May

“Today I see beauty everywhere I go, in every face I see, in every single soul.”

~ Kevyn Aucoin.  Feb 14th, 1962  –  May 7th, 2002

The first time I opened up my brand new copy of “Making Faces” by celebrity make-up artist Kevyn Aucoin, my heart raced.

The colors, the textures, the transformations –  such beauty! This man was brilliant.  And I thought to myself, “This is it.  I want to do THIS.”

Even now, 6 years after completing makeup school,  I’ll open up “Making Faces” or “Face Forward” seeking (and finding) inspiration.

A few celebrity transformations that truly amaze me:

Martha Stewart as Veronica Lake

Lisa-Marie Presley as Marilyn Monroe

Winona Ryder as Elizabeth Taylor

Christina Ricci "Youth Eternal"

And perhaps the most incredible of all:

Gwyneth Paltrow as James Dean!!

The photos speak for themselves.

Kevyn Aucoins life was cut short too soon on May 7th, 2002 from liver and kidney failure – but his amazing talent will always be remembered.