Monthly Archives: October 2011

Cover FX

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CoverFX Makeup Blogger Picks!

These are my personal favorites from CoverFX. The Big Cover Up Kit, Pressed Powder, Primer, Concealer, and Mint Glaze!

Lip Treatments at SephoraPowder Foundation at SkinStore

For those suffering with adult acne, facial scarring, or rosacea, covering up the skin and creating a flawless look to the face is of the utmost importance.  Along with these skin conditions, skin sensitivity can also prove to be a huge hurdle.

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in Best Of, Contributor Articles, Skincare

How to relax during the holidays

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It's here.  The holiday and Chritmas decorations are already flooding the stores.  I instantaneously get a tense grip in my shoulders at the thought of holiday madness.  Trust me, I adore the Winter season, twinkly lights, and warm hot chocolates (spiked, preferably) as much as the next person, but the strain of the season always leaves me exhausted.  I can't be the only one, right?!

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Best way to whiten your teeth!

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83316099With all the talk lately about Lindsey Lohen's yellow tinted teeth, I got to thinking about how much your smile makes an impact to others.  I have tried countless ways to brighten my choppers, and am constantly on the lookout for a way to make teeth sparkle.  Let's face it, I want people to be noticing my radiant smile, not my dingy teeth!  

The good news is the market for teeth whitening products seems to be constantly expanding, as people learn newer and better ways to keep their smiles shining. This is actually a major concern for a lot of people, as many of the foods and drinks we consume on a regular basis stain our teeth and keep us from having the white smiles that we want. So, it is a good thing for many people that there are so many tools, kits and methods for teeth whitening.

On top of making sure you get yourself in a dentists chair, here is a bit of information on some of the leading products and methods for teeth whitening.

• One interesting thing that a lot of people swear by for teeth whitening is citrus fruit. Specifically, lemon juice is said to be very helpful in the whitening process, as a natural remedy to yellow, or stained teeth. In fact, even chewing on a lemon peel is supposed to help clean the teeth. At the very least, you have nothing to lose by trying this.

• The other most popular natural solution for teeth whitening is baking soda. While it can be somewhat unpleasant to brush purely with baking soda, this is a substance that is proven to whiten teeth, and brushing with it can be a great help. You can also mix baking soda with other things (such as lemon juice!) to make it a bit more pleasant in your mouth.

• There are a number of different companies that offer store products for teeth whitening, many of which are quite effective. Many operate as small wands for the application of light fluid that sits on your teeth and works to whiten them after application. So, if you are looking for a high tech option, this could be the way to go!

• Another popular type of store teeth whitening is basically a thin mold that can fit to your teeth, and which sits for a certain time (usually between 15 and 30 minutes) to work on your teeth. I have used this method before, and pop in the trays while doing work on my computer.  Generally, you are not supposed to eat or drink for a bit following use of these products, and they should be fairly effective.

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Kyoku For Men

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Today I celebrate Mr. Michael.  My love.  He is 30-mumble- mumble-cough- years old today.  In honor of his birthday I will do a post directed at all you fabulous males out there.  There are still some good men left in this world.  This post is for you!

A few months back I was able to try out (or shall I say, ask Mike to try out!… he is such an amazing Guinea pig) a new skincare specifically branded for men called Kyoku.  The first thing I loved about the line was that they didn't try to snow me, and say that it was unisex.  It's for men.

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in Best Of, Holiday Gift Sets, New Products, Skincare

Estee Lauder and Breast Cancer Awareness

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Makeup Sets by Estee LauderLipstick by Estee Lauder

Did you know that by October 2011, Estee Lauder will have donated more than $8.5 million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.  Every day women around the globe are affected by this horrible disease.  This summer it hit particularly close to home for me, as I watched my best friend fight this raging monster of a disease.  Thanks to organizations like this, whose money helps to keep research, funding and advancement possible, my friend is in remission.

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in Beauty for a Cause, Makeup Artist Tips

The Plastic Surgery A Model Needs to Look Like Barbie

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This morning I was reading Yahoo's Fashion+Beauty section, and read the most incredible article.  As a "healthy" girl (or shall we say curvy?) myself, I have always been horrified at the medias perception of what a beautiful woman should look like.  Skinny, Tall, and a strong resemblence to Barbie seems to be the norm.  But I, like many others, am a whole different type of normal beauty.  Curvy, soft, and no where near a size 0.  Yet, I believe I shine.  Why can't we focus on inner beauty, the radiance of a woman's smile, the curve of her hips, and the light in her eyes.  I hope you enjoy this article as much as I did.

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Vincent Longo Cheeky Things Kit

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One of my first jobs as a makeup artist was working for the Vincent Longo makeup counter at Neiman Marcus.  I adored the makeup line, and Vincent Longo was one of my makeup idols at the time (still is!).  You can imagine my surprise and excitement when Vincent Longo called me personally to thank me for being apart of his team.  He was warm, generous, and a pleasure to work for.  The best part?  His line is iconic, and was instrumental in my makeup artistry education. 

Vincent Longo was one of the first to introduce the makeup primer, and the Water Canvas Primer is still one of the best on the market today.  I personally have been using his Pearlessence Lip and Cheek Gel Stains forever (see previous review here!

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