Tuesday, March 31, 2015

How to keep the DERRIÈRE & Back-side Smooth as Silk

The skin should be nurtured and cared for from HEAD to TOE...and that includes the derrière & backside. The lower back is vulnerable to Keratosis Polaris (bumpy chicken skin), which can easily be treated with the use of a Glycolic (AHA) body wash. The buttocks is vulnerable to Folliculitis (acne-type lesions on the skin) which can be managed by using a Benzaderm Wash with 10% Benzoyl Peroxide. A woman's backside is one of her most alluring features, so make sure that you're NOT neglecting yours. 

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Choose a POP of Color & Create a Color Story

COLOR STORY: Tangerine is my spring dream... 😍 Chose a POP of color and create a fresh look by applying it to the eyes, lips and cheeks (I actually used the same pigment on my eyes AND cheeks). A color story that stays within similar tones is always a sure bet for a cohesive look.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

ORANGE Pigment Corrects Skin Discoloration

BEAUTY TIP: Can you tell that my skin is loaded with MELASMA and HYPER-PIGMENTATION?  The reason that you can't spot my SPOTS --SANS EDITING-- is because of my TANGERINE DREAM! Dark spots and circles need to be cancelled-out with an opposing color (as per the color wheel). Skin discoloration is typically blue based, therefore, for those blessed with blue or purple skin-tone variations, ORANGE is the new happy! My trick? I take a generous amount of Tangerine eyeshadow and mix it with my concealer, for a custom-blended corrector. Don't view makeup at face value, it's all simply just PIGMENT (orange lipstick works as well). After I blend the "orange concealer" into my moisturized skin, I apply a light layer of foundation, and then regular concealer as usual. The orange layer underneath negates the blue, and you're left with clear luminous skin. It's not magic, it's not rocket science, it's simply a matter of color theory.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Not All Make-up Removers are the Same

The key to amazing skin is a GENTLE and CONSISTENT ritual which includes the thorough REMOVAL of make-up each night, before bed. One's make-up remover should NOT be an afterthought, as this product is essential in the perpetual care of the skin surrounding the eyes. Look for a make-up remover that is oil-free and water based, such as a "silicone surfactant". Silicone-based removers are amazing at gently dissolving oils and makeup from the eye area. When left to settle, the content of the bottle resembles oil and water, but don't be fooled. Silicones are not oils, they are non-toxic and inert, and will not clog pores. I am NOT a fan of oil-based over-the-counter removers, cream removers or make-up removal WIPES for two reasons: 1. The ingredients are harsh on the skin (and eyes), and 2. The actual material of the wipe isn't gentle at all, but rather irritating to the skin. Wipes are great in a pinch, but do NOT get into the habit of using them on a daily basis. You should only be using COTTON around the eyes. The eye-skin is the THINNEST and most delicate skin on the body. It's void of hair follicles (which means that no oils are being produced) and it is the FIRST area to show signs of aging. Treating the eyes with a delicate touch, starting with your make-up remover, is a good habit to start. What product is my fave? "MARY KAY" has an amazing silicone-based formula, like no other I've seen, that does the trick amazingly well...I buy it by the boat load.