Nov 11, 2014

Easy Steps to Glowing Skin

Easy Steps to Glowing Skin

Every woman desires beautiful, healthy, glowing skin. Achieving that begins with proper skincare, diet and a healthy mind; NOT makeup. Here are a few basic, but easy guidelines for you to follow to combat the causes and effects of daily stress and the environment. Remember, beautiful makeup starts with beautiful skin.


From the inside out…

Fluids – First things first, drink PLENTY of water; your body weight in pounds divided by 2 will tell you how many ounces of water to consume per day at a minimum. This will flush toxins from your body and cleanse your cells. Taking it a step further, a morning cup of warm water with the juice of ½ a lime not only speeds up detoxification, but aids in weight loss.

Food – Cut down on or eliminate refined sugars, saturated fats, processed foods, alcohol, caffeine and smoking. Eat cleanly by including as many organic fruits, vegetables, proteins and Omega-3s in your diet.

Movement – Exercising moderately for 30 minutes a day will deliver more oxygen to the blood for that “glow” and sweating cleanses your pores, helping to clear blemishes. Endorphins, peptide hormones, are released during exercise, which positively affect your mood; relieving mental stress and therefore bodily tensions.

Positive Vibrations – Think, speak and act in a positive way. This will not only reduce stress and make you feel good, but you will attract the same from those around you, creating a cycle of love and kindness. 5-10 minutes of meditation (watching the birds, praying or simply sitting quietly to calm the mind and body) every morning and evening is a wonderful way to begin and close your day with gratitude and positive expectation.


From the outside in…

Exfoliate – Start by getting a great at-home exfoliating product. Over time our skin cells regenerate at a slower rate, so we have to help that process along gently. Exfoliating removes dead skin cells to reveal softer, smoother skin. And all that money you spend on good skin care products won’t go to waste now that they can actually be absorbed!

Note: 1 teaspoon of baking soda on a dampened face works extremely well and it’s easy on the pocket. Use a circular motion for 1-2 minutes avoiding the eye area. 1-2x a week.

Know your skin type before buying skin care to optimize your results:

* Normal – soft shine occasionally on the forehead, nose and chin. Small pores

* Combination – shiny skin especially on the forehead, nose and chin

* Oily – shiny all over most of the time. Larger pores

* Dry – especially around the cheek area and usually feels and looks dehydrated.  Feels tight

Cleanse – Necessary at night to remove makeup, suncreen and crud from the day; optional in the morning. Instead, lukewarm water will do the trick and will be enough to remove the oils from the night before.

Note: If you wear eye makeup and cleanser is not enough to remove it, use an eye makeup remover prior to cleansing: coconut oil is a great healthy alternative to makeup remover and can be used all over the face. Take care not to stretch or pull the skin around the eye. This area has very thin skin and can age quickly if you are not gentle.

Tone – Optional and a personal preference. It doesn’t have to be fancy. Witch Hazel is an inexpensive, natural and effective toner that will remove the last of any makeup or oily residue for that squeaky-clean feeling.

Serum – The perfect way to deliver a concentrated dose of vitamins, anti-aging, acne clearing or hydrating ingredients. Serums are applied before the moisturizer and not used to replace it.

Moisturize – Use this stage of skin care to balance and hydrate (even oily skin needs hydration) the skin as well as protect with SPF 30; especially in sunnier climates. The sun is the number one cause of premature aging; make sure to slather that moisturizer on the face and neck. Combination to oily skin types should go with an oil free product.


1. Remember that products are absorbed into the skin and therefore into the blood stream. Please read the labels on the items you buy to make sure they don’t contain harsh or harmful ingredients or preservatives. The easiest way to avoid this is to go with a certified organic line.

2. Making facial appointments every 1-3 months helps you maintain your beautiful skin; not to mention a little well deserved pampering is good for the Spirit…


Makeup and Tools Expiration

Although using old or expired makeup, unlike food, won’t poison you, it can make you sick. It harbors bacteria that can cause severe skin irritation, break-outs and infections.

Some products, like food, carry a date of expiration; others a number followed by the symbol “M” or “Y”. If the label says 12M, this means the product is good for 12 months after the seal has been broken or opened. Others have no date; therefore it’s good to know when your makeup should get the toss before it goes bad.

MASCARA – 3 Months

When it starts to clump or smell, throw it out. Twisting instead of pumping will prevent your mascara from drying out too quickly. And absolutely NO SHARING! You will spread germs, guaranteed!


Have you noticed the color changing or liquid separating? Time to buy a new one.


LIPSTICK – 12 Months; LIPGLOSS – 18 Months

If they start getting dry, goopy and thick, most likely they’re done.


Pencils last longer because you are constantly sharpening off the bacteria to expose new, clean product. Cream and liquid liners, much like mascara, only last a few months due to the double dipping; lots of bacteria!

POWDERS (Eyeshadow, Blush, Bronzer, Loose, Translucent…) – 2 Years

Powders last the longest of all makeup products since they are dry. But it is still essential to use clean sponges and brushes.


TOOLS: Sponges – 1-2 Months; Brushes and Metal Tools – No Exp.

Considering that you are washing your sponge after every use, or at least every few uses, you can keep it for a couple of months. Washing your brushes once every week or two will not only cut down the bacteria on your tools but also on your makeup. In between uses, mist with alcohol and you will be sure to keep any grimy germs from breeding out of control. For your metals, simply clean with alcohol before and after use.



  1. If it smells funny, trash it.
  2. If it dries out, chuck it.
  3. Keep a travel-sized bottle of alcohol to mist your products (yes, powders too) and tools after each use. This will keep bacteria to a minimum.
  4. Keep your makeup out of the heat. It will spoil if exposed to the sun and UV rays for extended periods of time.
  5. To reduce the growth of bacteria and extend the shelf life of your cream products, use a stainless steel makeup spatula and scoop out what you need for each application and work from the back of a clean hand. Remember to disinfect spatula with alcohol BEFORE and after each use.
  6. Store your makeup in a cool, dry place. Keeping some of your products in the fridge can extend their shelf life for up to 6 months.

Jun 4, 2013

Summer Fun Protection

As a makeup artist, I have always stressed proper skin care. When your skin is in great shape, the less corrective makeup you have to wear. Which means all you have to do is focus on enhancement instead of covering and camouflaging.

During the summer it is equally, if not more, important to protect your skin from the sun as it is to cleanse and exfoliate.  And if you are exfoliating on a regular basis, protection is ESSENTIAL when that beautiful new skin is exposed to the sun.

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Jan 19, 2013

2013 Makeup Overhaul

4…6…8 years…is that how long you’ve had your eyeliner/lipgloss/foundation? It’s time for a Makeup Overhaul! A fresh new start to 2013. Here are some of the newest products on the market for a complete makeup upgrade.