Paula’s Choice Skincare

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I don't know why, but as I have gotten older my skin has gone from somewhat dry to alligator dry! It is often tight, itchy and dull.  Not pretty at all.  I have become stuck in a skincare rut, with some products doing ok and others just not working at all. 

So, when I got the chance to try out a new skincare set for dry skin, I said "why not!". I was glad I did.  I have been hearing about Paula's Choice skincare for some time, but never made the jump to try it out.  For me, the best thing about these products was the simplicity.  It never irritated my skin, or clogged my pores.  I liked them so much that I even took these with me on my honeymoon! If that is not trusting your skincare, than I don't know what is. 

Paula's Choice provides you with access to a skincare expert who can go through your concerns with you and recommend products that would be best suited to your needs.  After having a consultation, I was referred to the Skin Recovery line for dry skin with the addition of the Resist Moisture Renewal Oil.  Now, I will admit that some of the products didn't blow my mind (I have never been a toner gal), but I ADORED the concentrate serum, gel exfoliant, replenishing moisturizer and the oil. LOVE LOVE LOVE mixing the oil with my replenishing moisturizer.  It is an amazing combo that never left me feeling greasy or lacking in moisture. 


Here are the details:

Products in the Skin Recovery Advanced Kit Include:

  • Skin Recovery Softening Cream Cleanser:
  • Skin Recovery Enriched Calming Toner:
  • Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant:
    • This lightweight gel increases skin cell turnover rate, revealing a smooth, firm and radiant appearance.
  • Skin Recovery Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum:
    • a gentle alternative to retinol
  • Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30:
  • Skin Recovery Replenishing Moisturizer:
  • Skin Recovery Hydrating Treatment Mask:

Active Ingredients: 

  • borage seed oil
  • Aloe barbadensis
  • ceramide NS, and vitamin E
  • Chamomilla recutita flower extract,
  • coenzyme Q10, and licorice extract
  • macadamia nut oil, and grape seed extract
  • soy oil, vitamin C, beta-glucan, olive oil/olive fruit oil
  • cucumber extract, apricot kernel oil

Now you can try out these sets for yourself (and don't forget my personal favorite, Resist Moisture Renewal Oil)

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The Science Behind Mineral Salt Deodorants

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The Science Behind Mineral Salt Deodorants

Perhaps you’ve got doubts about so-called liquid ‘crystal’ deodorants. But these mineral-based deodorants are anything but farfetched. The effectiveness of their ingredients is rooted in hard science, and these all-natural deodorants provide long-lasting protection against odor.

“Sweat is not inherently funky.  Sweaty armpits smell awful because of odor-producing bacteria that live on your skin,” explains Kristien Boyle, a nationally-certified acupuncturist and herbalist. “The minerals in natural deodorants chemically neutralize the growth of such bacteria and their smelly side effects. Conventional personal care products achieve this effect through manmade chemicals.”

Here’s the lowdown on three different minerals often used in natural roll-on deodorants:

Zinc Citrate: Zinc citrate is a natural mineral found in the earth; it’s used in several different types of natural health products, including toothpaste and deodorant.  As an ingredient in crystal deodorant, zinc citrate halts the growth of odor-causing bacteria on the skin. It’s one of the primary ingredients in Tom’s of Maine’s Natural Confidence Deodorant Crystal, which is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of odor protection.

Potassium Alum: Potassium alum is a mineral often used in natural personal care products. This mineral is typically found on rocks that contain sulfide and potassium minerals. When used as an ingredient in crystal deodorant, potassium alum inhibits the growth of smelly bacteria.

Zinc Ricinoleate: Created through a combination of zinc oxide and a purified fatty acid from castor seed oil, zinc salts of ricinoleic acid are highly effective at eliminating and preventing odors. This mineral binds to molecules of stinky armpit odors, rendering the scent neutral. The effectiveness of this natural process makes zinc ricinoleate a superior ingredient for natural deodorants.

Written by: Caitlin Boyle

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The Good Body by Eve Ensler

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ThegoodbodyNow that I am in my thirties, I have tried to adopt a healthier relationship with my body, and appreciate the curves that I have developed.  I have also come to terms with the fact that maintaining my shape is a daily task, and loving my shape is a lifelong battle.  This is all so much easier said than done. Why is it so easy to see the beauty in others, and neglect to see the radiance staring back at us in the mirror?  Some days I am my own worst enemy, and no amount of makeup can make me feel better when my jeans are tight. Since I often write in my blog about the importance of inner beauty, I decided to try and practice what I preach.

On the days when I want to burn every pair of jeans I own, and forever hide in my sweatpants, I turn to one of my favorite books.  I have counted on The Good Body  to get me through these moments (and the countless other muffin top catastrophes).  I have re-read this book several times, and even keep it near my desk for instants when I need the boost of affirmation.  Eve Ensler created this book of monologues to demystify the way women of all cultures and backgrounds are compelled to nip, tuck, tighten, and lop off parts of their bodies in order to fit in.  She is brutally honest, funny, and heartbreakingly real in her quest to understand the source of women's obsession with obtaining physical perfection. The book is based on Ensler's own struggles with her belly, but it's also a script that includes years of research and a series of intimate conversations with women from over the world.  Every time I read this book I feel less inclined to grab at my wobbly bits in disgust.  I read this book, look at my body and am thankful that it is strong.   

“This play is an expression of my hope, my desire, that we will all refuse to be Barbie, that we will say no to the loss of the particular, whether it be to a voluptuous woman in a silk sari, or a woman with defining lines of character in her face, or a distinguishing nose, or olive toned skin, or wild curly hair. I am stepping off the capitalist treadmill. I am going to take a deep breath and find a way to survive not being flat or perfect. I am inviting you to join me, to stop trying to be anything, anyone other than who you are. I was moved by women in Africa, who lived close to the earth and didn’t understand what it meant to not love their body. I was lifted by older women in India, who celebrated their roundness. I was inspired by Marion Woodman, a great Jungian analyst, who gave me confidence to trust what I know. She has said that “instead of transcending ourselves, we must move into ourselves.”Tell the image makers and magazine sellers and the plastic surgeons that you are not afraid. That what you fear the most is the death of imagination and originality and metaphor and passion. Then be bold and LOVE YOUR BODY. STOP FIXING IT. It was never broken.”  

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Interview with Kristofer Buckle

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Recently, I was able to connect and interview master makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, who counts Christina Aquillera, Charlize Theron, Sheryl Crow, and Demi Moore as clients.  He is known for his glamourous take on makeup, and his talent for making the eyes look stunning.  His theory of "more is more"  has given him the great reputation of creating a fantastic look worthy of any diva.I was happy to finally be introduced to Kristofer, and to find out what a warm, charming, and hilarious artist he is.  Is is no wonder the stars want him in their inner circle!  I loved his fresh take on makeup trends, and his firm belief in following your own inner guide as an artist.  Please enjoy this interview as much as I did. 

In all your interviews, you are very open about your love of drugstore beauty finds.  Is there a reason you flock to these brands?:  I do that intentionally, because for a long time, beauty magazines assumed everyone lived a certain lifestyle, spending 350 on products. Looking great has nothing to do with budget.  It’s a choice.  As far as drugstore products go, it’s really the travel aspect of the shoot and my job that dictates the products I use. 

What type of products do you love for travel?: I love RCMA crème foundations. They don’t spill or leek. You can apply over well moisturized skin for a sheer coverage, or full on for a lot of coverage.

What types of trends are you expecting for this years red carpet?:  Traditionally, I don’t take major risks.  I don’t do “stand out” statement looks.  Actresses make their living playing someone else, the red carpet is the one time for them they get to be themselves and express themselves as a woman. It’s all about the dress and navigating the makeup so it’s seamless with the gown.  I am known for the eyes. So I play up the eyes with lashes, and concentrate on flawless skin.  My feeling is that “If you look great, and do whatever makes you feel great, than you are ready”.

How do you keep the makeup lasting on the red carpet and for award shows?: Everyone loves a dewy skin, but at the same time you have to be smart on how you keep that up during the long hours in front of the press, and during the shows.  Everyone is kissing everybody all night, so by the afterparty you would only have makeup on one side on your face.  So you need to set your makeup well, and strategically place the dewiness in places where you want the shine to reflect.   Just making sure the makeup doesn’t get overly shiny or muddy is key.

What type of moisturizers or primers do you use to impart that glow?  It is important as makeup artists to keep our ears open to what other people use, but also trust the products that work for you.  Follow your own personal artist.  At the moment, I use the Decleor Night balm, and massage the skin with it.  It is emollient, so the foundation doesn’t die out on the skin, or suck the moisture out of the foundation.  I also use Embryolisse for longer wear shoots, such as burlesque with Christina Aguilera. My main moto is: “It’s about creating an illusion, and making the skin look pristine.” 

What advice would you give to aspiring artists?  You have to stick to what you do best. Be well rounded, but don’t loose yourself.  “if you stand for nothing , you fall for nothing”

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Friday Top 5- Best Luminizers

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1) MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer: Mix this with your foundation, or place anywhere you want to glow. An oil-free, luminizing gel that highlights the face for an ultra-natural glow. It contains more than 70% water for a fresh, lightweight texture as well as mango butter that creates a moisturizing effect. Formulated for the face and body, this product adds a healthy glow to your skin that will last all day.

2) LORAC Perfectly Lit Oil-Free Luminizing Powder: I use this on top of cheekbones, and on the eyelids for the perfect luminous touch. This silky oil-free powder instantly puts your face in its best light, giving your skin a luminous Red Carpet glow. 

3) Benefit Cosmetics Girl Meets Pearl in Golden Pink: When I am feeling blah, I use this in place of a primer. Its sheer, light-reflecting formula in a fresh, raspberry scent glides on smoothly for a breathtakingly radiant complexion. Wear it alone for a youthful dewy glow, or over makeup for lustrous "pearlessence."

4) Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight Powder in Sheer Gold:  Referred to me by Kevin James Bennett, this powder is a god send. A multitasking translucent powder infused with illuminating gold powder. Inspired by actual candlelight, this product is formulated to set makeup while imparting a soft-focused glow. For all its immediate, "glowing" results, it's also packed with a powerful dose of skin-saving antioxidants that protect and soothe tired skin as the golden-peachy tone warms and illuminates any complexion—reducing the appearance of fine lines and imperfections.

5) Fresh Satin Luster Face Palette Satin Luster Face Palette 3:  Buff on a gorgeous glow with this palette of weightless, creamy shimmers that instantly illuminate the skin. Enriched with rejuvenating evening primrose seed oil and nourishing meadowfoam seed oil, these satin lusters create a soft iridescence that makes the skin look like it's glowing from within.

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5 Quick Beauty Tips

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The Fast and the Beautiful - 5 Quick Beauty Tips

Nothing's worse than having to get up early just to apply makeup. I loathe getting up any earlier than I have to. I used to “rise and shine” about 20 minutes earlier to ensure I looked my best before heading out. Now, I'm a bit more casual, yet my face looks better than it used to. Believe me when I say there is such a thing as spending too much time on your makeup, especially for the daily grind.


Tinted Moisturizer

I combine my moisturizing and foundation with a BB cream. The tinted color blends away redness and many minor imperfections. My face is moisturized, protected from the sun (ensure SPF is included) and covered all in one step. Since BB creams also have antioxidants, you're making your skin look better while you wear it. If you don't need a full out treatment, a tinted moisturizer with SPF will do the trick.

The Perfect Mascara

Even though I'm not a morning person, the right mascara helps make me look like those actresses when they wake up looking perfectly awake and made up right after a restless night. At least that's how I feel I look. Find a mascara that will make your eye color pop. Use one that curls and/or lengthens. It helps make your eyes look more open and brighter for that fresh look. Mascara takes only seconds to apply, so it's a quick pick me up trick.

Multi-Color Eye Palette

Don't waste time digging around in your makeup case looking for just the right color. I saved quite a bit of time by purchasing a eye shadow palette with all my favorite shades. It actually has 20 some odd colors in pinks, purples, blues and greens. Of course, you should choose one that includes your most often used shades. I whip it out, choose my poison and look great. Simple, right?

Tinted Lip Balm

Okay, I'll try to keep this short, but I am absolutely in love with tinted lip balm. It's perfect for any day time look. I have several shades of red, pink and peach. You moisturize and get just the right amount of color without looking over done. Plus, if you apply regular lip stick later, your lips will already be primed. My favorite is Carmex since it provides moisture and SPF protection.

All in all, I spend less than five minutes. A few quick touches of concealer and finishing powder and my face is ready. Not too bad, especially if you're in a hurry.

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Friday Top 5 – Best Mascaras

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1) Dior Diorshow Mascara Black : The original, award-winning Dior mascara that has been a backstage cult-favorite for 10 years. This mascara delivers perfectly plush, everyday glam lashes with an innovative XXL brush for maximum show-stopping volume. Its creamy, buildable, customizable formula allows you to achieve the same dramatic lash volume that can be seen on the Dior runway for a glamorous, false lash effect. 

2) Benefit "They're Real!": A jet-black mascara that lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts, and separates lashes for a spectacular "out-to-here" look. This mascara features an exclusive brush specially designed to maximize the performance of the long-wearing, glossy formula revealing lashes you never knew you had! Staggered bristles grab close to the root, boosting length and volume beyond belief. 

3)Make Up For Ever Smoky Lash: A mascara that gives the lashes curl, volume, length, and intense pigment. This ultra-pigmented mascara was specially designed to give the lashes an exceptional volume-enhancing effect with infinite lengthening and immediate curling.

4) CoverGirl Lash Blast Clump Crusher: A new favorite! Beautifully Separated Lashes Clump Crusher by LashBlast mascara delivers 200% more volume with zero clumps for beautifully separated lashes.  Clump crusher s innovative curved brush features a lash loading section to saturate lashes with loads of product and fine-tooth comb bristles to evenly distribute mascara.

5) Sephora Favorites Lash Stash: Can't choose? Try them all! From formulas that stretch to wands that curl to falsies that flutter, this eye-opening set features Sephora’s best mascaras along with a lash primer and set of false lashes. It includes two full-size mascaras from Smashbox and Fiberwig as well as eight bestselling deluxe-size mascaras featuring Benefit They’re Real, Lancôme Hypnôse Drama, Sephora Collection Outrageous, Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Korres Volcanic Minerals, Buxom Lash, Clinique High Impact, and Stila Stay all Day Mascara. Also included is a bonus deluxe size of Tarte’s multipleye lash enchancer—the perfect base for any mascara. A full set of Sephora Collection Flutter Lashes is also included for the gal who just wants more. 

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