Monthly Archives: September 2014

 

 

Hello Beauty Babes,

The theme among my clients lately has been “which product do I put on first? Last? What about primer?” and I thought it might be nice to share a few general steps with my online ladies. There really isn’t a wrong or a right answer to this, so I provided you with the basics. Feel free to switch it up however you please, I just find that the products work best for me and my clients in this order:

1) SKINCARE

Whether you’re slapping on a lightweight moisturizer or a sunscreen with a high SPF, skincare should go on bare skin. This way, the product absorbs quickly and directly where it needs to go, which is in the skin’s first layer, the epidermis.

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2) PRIMER

Primers should go on before foundation, and after moisturizer. The primer will create a smooth canvas for makeup to lay on and is made to lengthen the wear of your foundation. Many foundation formulas now come with primers already built in, but if they don’t, this is where you would apply your primer. A small amount should be massaged into the skin with your fingers. If you put on too much, the silicone that most primers are made with will bulk up, causing your makeup to feel “slippery.”

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3) FOUNDATION

Step three is typically your foundation. Liquid or cream products always go on before powder products. Buff in your favorite foundation or BB cream on with a dense fluffy brush for an airbrushed finish.

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4) CONCEALER

Following the “creams and liquids before powders” rule, concealer should be applied here. Some people do concealer first then foundation, I prefer to do foundation first because it will smudge the concealer that you just carefully buffed in. Concealer tends to have heavier coverage, and with foundation already on, you will use less of your concealer product to cover.

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5) POWDER

Powder, whether it’s loose or pressed, should be used with a big, fluffy brush to lightly set all of your cream/liquid face products. I love using loose powder at home for an even coat, and like to carry a pressed powder in my purse for touch-ups. Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT use a sponge or puff to set your foundation because it will smudge all your makeup you just slaved over! Only use those sponges/puffs  for LIGHT touch-ups throughout the day!

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6) BLUSH, HIGHLIGHT, CONTOUR

Now, for the cherries on top. Apply your blush and contour color is whichever order you like. Since many highlight colors have a shimmer or frosty finish, I suggest putting this on after blush and contour so you don’t smudge the shine. If your highlight is indeed sparkly, please balance this out with only MATTE  blush and contour colors.

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7) EYES, LASHES AND LIPS

Everything else can go here: eyeshadow, liner, brows, and lips. Fake eyelashes should be applied after all eye makeup is done, including mascara.

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I want to hear from you…what order do you like to apply your makeup in? Do you think you’ll give my suggestions a try? Let me know either way! xoxo

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Jeunesse is an up and coming line of skincare that I first became familiar with in the spring of 2014. Always on the hunt for anti-aging skin care, I was excited to hear about this new line. Jeunesse has a six products in their skincare line, along with nutrition supplements. Today I’ll be focusing on the Luminesce Cellular Rejuvenating Serum.

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What Are the Benefits?

It evens out discolored and blotchy skin, hydrates the skin and minimizes the appearance of fine lines as well as deep wrinkles. But the best part? It does all this by replenishing your skin’s natural stores of growth factors and proteins that can become depleted with age. These growth factors and proteins are what keep your skin youthful and smooth (like collagen) and the older we get, the less our skin makes. Jeunesse is basically Gatorade for your skin, feeding your skin so it will create cell turnover and renew itself.

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Who Should Use It?

My mother in-law and sister in-law both use this serum and I have seen a major change in their skin over the past couple of months. I tried it myself, and while I really enjoyed the feel of the serum, the fine lines that are slowly creeping in around my eyes are not deep enough to see a visual difference. Based on what I’ve seen and experienced myself, I would highly recommend the Jeunesse line to women over 40.

What Are the Active Ingredients?

Adipose Derived Adult Stem Cell: There are no actual stem cells in the serum. A natural liquid media is conditioned by the human adult stem cells. This conditioned media now full of over 200 growth factors is completely separated and this is what is used in LUMINESCE Cellular rejuvenation serum.

Purified Water: helps boost skin’s moisture levels.

Lysate Extract: a cell protein that gently coaxes your skin’s own protein levels

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How Do I Use It?

Apply a small amount to your fingertips and massage it  evenly in an upward circular motion to the face and neck. It absorbs quickly into the skin. At night, use it under a layer of your favorite moisturizer. The serum is extremely light-weight and will need a moisturizer on top to lock it in. In the morning, you can also use it under your sunscreen (always protect your skin with a high SPF) or under a BB cream/foundation.

When Will I Start To See Results?

Anywhere from four weeks to three months of continued use.

Where Do I Purchase?

Jeunesse can be purchased via online distributors. You can also sign up to become a distributor yourself. Please click this link to purchase HERE and check out the entire line of Jeunesse products.


Happy September friends! The summer flew by faster than a Kardashian divorce, and I have been working on this particular post for quite a while. Have you ever started a project then gotten interrupted or distracted EVERY time you tried to work on it? That’s totally what happened here. I’m just glad it’s finally ready for you to read.

No matter the season, nude and natural lip tones will always be in style. I’m talking about your go-to, everyday lipsticks. In the last two years, lips have been a huge trend and lipsticks have been hogging all the attention, leaving glosses to take a back seat. I have no problem with this. Need a little shine? Top your matte lipstick with a creamy, sheer lipstick. Say goodbye to the days of your hair getting stuck  to your lip gloss and the fear of windy days.

I’m going to be using mostly MAC lipsticks as examples since they have a wide variety and are available in almost every department store and mall across the country. Let’s get started…

FAIR SKIN TONE

MAC Creme Cup or Honeylove

For fair skin tones, I suggest picking natural tones over ones that directly match your skin, because you will end up with “ghost lips.” Natural lipsticks that have a pink undertone will be most flattering for light skin. Creme Cup is a Cream Sheen, meaning it’s sheer and moisturizing. Honeylove is another beautiful pink-undertoned neutral in a matte texture option.

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RED HEADS

MAC Cherish or Too Faced Melted Nude

For my auburn beauties and strawberry blondes, the same concept that we used for fair skin works here as well: Pick pinky-brown lipsticks that will pull the natural red of your hair and give you a subtle pout. MAC Cherish is a Satin lipstick, meaning it’s a semi-matte and will give you lots of opacity. Pick Too Faced Melted Nude lipstick for a creamier formula of the same color.

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MEDIUM SKIN TONE

Tom Ford in Sable Smoke and MAC Kinda Sexy

Medium skin-toned ladies almost always have a golden or yellow undertone, so pick lipsticks with a cooler undertone. Less pink, more beige. Tom Ford lipstick in Sable Smoke is a beautiful choice and for a matte version try MAC Kinda Sexy lipstick, pictured below. (My all time fave, I wear this several times a week!)

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MEDIUM-DARK SKIN TONE

MAC Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half & Half

Ladies with medium-dark skin are incredibly caramel and have lots of gold in their skin. Unlike lighter skin tones, it’s important to find lipsticks that match the cool shades in their skin and be completely beige or brown in tone. Siss, Velvet Teddy and Half and Half are all pretty yellow-toned browns that would look beautiful on these golden girls.

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GOLDEN-DARK SKIN TONE

Taupe, Tabla or Film Noir

Deep dark skin can have either a golden or burgundy undertone to it. For my deep dark golden girls, MAC’s Taupe lipstick is matte and provides even coverage for those with uneven lip tones (some women may have a lighter top lip and darker bottom lip, or dark rim around both). Tabla is a beautiful, creamy, coffee-brown that will give a more natural look, and Film Noir is a dark chocolate shade for those looking for more color.

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BURGUNDY-DARK SKIN TONE

Taupe, Tabla or Paramount

For deeper skin with burgundy undertones, I still recommend Taupe and Tabla, and add Paramount, a deep, dark reddish-brown to the mix. These will all give smooth opaque coverage to balance out lip tone and enhance your natural beauty.

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