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Beauty Trend – FryFace.com, The Mecca of Product Selection

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by Sian Bitner Kearney: 

Have you ever found yourself endlessly searching online or on drug store shelves for the perfect moisturizer only to give up, defeated by the overwhelming number of products? Have you ever wished that there were a simpler way to find the best products without having to conduct all of the trial and error yourself? Dermatologist Fayne L. Frey, M.D. feels your pain and has brilliantly formulated a simple solution called FryFace.com. At FryFace.com, you not only have a place view pertinent information about products for anti-aging, sun care and moisture retention, you can also find products based solely on your individual needs. The process is quick and simple, click on the “Product Selector” tab, answer a few questions, and bam – customized products just for your skin type and individual needs!

Frey said the idea for FryFace.com came to her after she noticed how confused many of her patients were about what products to use. “On a daily basis I am asked in the office, ‘Dr. Frey, what is the best moisturizer?’ or ‘What is a good sunscreen?’,” she said. “After more than twenty years of dermatologic practice, I realized that my patients were overwhelmed, and often frustrated, by the selection of over-the counter skincare products with no scientific method to select a desired product. My solution was FryFace.com; a free, educational, easily accessible resource that simplifies the process of selecting skincare products.”

Frey is certainly no novice when it comes to skincare selection. With a resume jam packed with impressive degrees and more than 20 years of professional experience, she has developed a true passion for skin and the knowledge of what it takes to keep it safe and beautiful. Frey says what makes her site different that the average product selection site is two fold; one, she has no financial interest in any product or manufacturer on the site so all recommendations are based purely on the facts as determined within medical literature. Two, the site offers a product selector that helps consumers select products based on their individual needs such as fragrance free products for sensitive skin or special products for skin conditions such as eczema. What’s even better is that the majority of the products suggested are affordable and typically available at your local drug store.

Of course, having a renowned dermatologist at my disposal, I had to ask her thoughts on the biggest beauty/skincare mistakes she sees consumers make. This is what she had to say:

1. Mistake # 1: Purchasing very expensive products that do no more than hydrate. They would be better off purchasing a quality moisturizer from their local pharmacy.
“Based on scientific research, I assure you, there is no “Fountain of Youth” in a bottle. The workhorse of every OTC moisturizer (including anti-aging creams) is its ability to hydrate the skin. Imagine if a raisin is pumped with water, it becomes a grape. This may decrease the appearance of fine lines, but it is a temporary hydrating effect only. Consumers often purchase extremely expensive “anti-aging” creams expecting actual rejuvenation of the skin.

2. Mistake # 2: Most individuals do NOT apply daily sunscreen (or a moisturizer containing a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher.)
“A Magic Potion! It exists. It prevents 90% of sunspots, wrinkles and saggy skin. It is sold everywhere yet only one in ten Americans actually applies it daily. Scientific studies shows that compared to other OTC ingredients, the most effective “anti-aging” preventative ingredient available today in skincare products is sunscreen.”

3. Mistake #3: The use of too many harsh products.
“The skin has an amazing ability to hydrate itself. It produces lipids and proteins that help maintain adequate water content to help keep it soft and supple. Consumers use too many products (harsh soaps, toners, astringents) that contain ingredients that actually strip the natural lipids and proteins that help keep the skin hydrated.”

So there you have it ladies! For more information on Dr. Frey or do make your own customized product selection, visit http://www.fryface.com.

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Get The Look: Kate Mara for Orlane

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Celebrity makeup artist Coleen Campbell-Olwell used Orlane products to create Kate Mara’s stunning look for the red carpet premiere of ‘Transcendence’. 

“For Kate’s look tonight, she’s wearing a gorgeous, gold Valentino dress with swept-up hair, so we decided to do bold and metallic shadows on her eyes with a pop of color and luminous, radiant skin."

SKIN:

  • Since the weather here in LA is so warm and dry, I started by massaging in Orlane’s Super-Moisturizing Light Cream for extra hydration. This product is a staple in my kit! It really preps the skin so that the foundation goes on smoothly.
  • I then dabbed on Orlane’s Absolute Skin Recovery Eye Contour under her eyes.
  • Next, I mixed two drops of the Morning Recovery Concentrate into Chanel’s Vitalumiere Foundation for extra luminosity and applied it with a dampened Beauty Blender.

CHEEKS:

  • For extra definition, I contoured under her cheekbones with a medium-sized fluffy brush and Orlane’s Bronzer in Soleil Cuivre 02. This bronzer is perfect for contouring because it is matte and looks so natural.
  • Then, to add a hint of peach to the apples of her cheeks, I swirled on Dior’s Blush in Amber Show.

EYES:

  • On Kate’s eyes, I applied metallic and gold shadows and used a purple accent for a pop of color.
  • I decided to forgo false lashes and instead lined her top lash line with Antonym’s Certified Natural Eye Pencil in Noir.
  • To add density to her lashes, I took a small, dense shadow brush and smudged it in.
  • Then, I applied two coats of Orlane’s Volume Care Mascara. I LOVE this mascara as it creates such long, lush lashes

LIPS:

  • I love Kate’s lip color, so we went au natural and just applied a balm on top to keep them hydrated.

*To finish off the look, I used Orlane’s Highlight Care Brush to add extra glow to the top of her cheekbones, the inside corner of her eyes, and the top of her lip line.
Lastly, I dusted Orlane’s Translucent Loose Powder on her t-zone.

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The Style 2020 Event!

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Next month I will be attending the Style 2020 event in Newport Beach, CA and I would love to see all of my beauty mavens! Style 2020 is hosting a private style and beauty red carpet event on May 2nd at the Fashion Island Hotel in Newport Beach, CA. Featuring guest speakers include Kathryn Moore, Cindy Carrandi from Sephora, and Nicole Simpson from L'Oreal. Lunch and a Champagne open bar will be available to attendees as well! 

The topic of discussion is "How do define style?" and I can't wait to hear everyone's personal take on the subject.

To find out more about this very cool event, make sure to follow #style2020 hashtag and the style 2020 twitter handle @style_2020

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How To Wear Violet Lipstick

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Today's question is "how do I wear violet lipstick".

Violet lipstick is a very bold, but stunning color. I like to soften it up a bit with a clear shimmering lip gloss. I'll show you how it looks when you apply the two together. As you can see the violet lipstick is a vibrant color. By combining the lipstick with a soft gloss you'll get a bit of a softer version that's perfect for summertime. It's a really beautiful way to get that look of the violet lipstick but make it appropriate for summer when everything is sheer and soft.

And by applying it with a little bit of a gloss you're also able to mix it with a dark smokey eye, which we've used right here. You can build the color to create the intensity that you need. And there you have it. By mixing a little bit of a clear shimmering lip gloss you soften the look of violet lipstick and make it perfect for summertime when bold bright colors are in.

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Get the Look: Old Hollywood Glam

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When it comes to trends, I’ve always found the “Old Hollywood” look to leave me wishing I’d been born in the days of Marilyn Monroe and pin-up girls. Amidst all of the sexy poses and fancy dresses was seriously glamorous makeup, and more and more we are seeing this look on the red carpet. Thankfully, you don’t need a silver screen or an invite to a top notch gala to sport this gorgeous look. Here’s everything you’ll need for full on Hollywood glam!

FACE:
The very first step to achieving the Old Hollywood Glam look is to have flawless skin. Start by exfoliating thoroughly and applying a good moisturizer. Next, prep with a primer and use a foundation that produces an airbrushed affect Like Sephora’s Perfection Mist Airbrush. If needed, apply a light dusting of powder to the T-Zone area or skip for a slight dewy glow.

CHEEKS:
Cheeks for this look are simple. Dust the apples of the cheeks with a reddish hue like Dolce & Gabbana’s Luminous Cheek Colour in the shade, “Sole”. Remember to go lightly. You’re not looking for full-on color here, but more of a “just pinched” look.


EYES:
The next point of focus is the eyes. Begin with a silver shadow like Urban Decay’s eyeshadow in the shade, “Polyester Bride” and apply all over the lid. Next, choose a liquid liner like Stilla’s All Day Waterproof liner in black, and apply to the top lash line only, slightly flicking out and up at the outer corners to create a bit of a cat eye. Finish the eyes with several coats of black mascara like Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara, again just focusing on the top lashes for that gorgeous pin-up look.

LIPS:
The Old Hollywood Glam look is all about the lips so take your time on this step. First, make sure your lips have been thoroughly prepped by exfoliating and smoothing them with a hydrating balm. Next, you’ll want to grab a lip pencil that closely matches the shade of red lipstick that you’ve chosen. We Love Makeup Forever’s Aqua Lip in red. Lightly draw the line around your lips, extending just slightly when you reach the Cupid ’s bow. Use your finger to slightly smudge the line inward in order to avoid that “outlined” look. When it comes to filling in your lips, choosing a long lasting formula will always be your best option. For this look, we love Make Up Forever’s Aqua Rouge in the shade, “Iconic Red”.

While this look works best with a glamorous evening gown, it can easily be paired with jeans and T-shirt by simply glaming up your accessories.

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Tria Age Defying Laser

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Have you ever wondered why celebrities have that youthful glow, and what their secret is? As a beauty insider, I am here to tell you that the fountain of youth is lasers. They are all the rage. They can help you achieve radiant results, and relieve skin issues that you have long battled with. The benefits range from helping to erase fine lines, skin discoloration, and uneven skin texture, all while imparting a gorgeous luminosity to the skin. It is no wonder that lasers have become the skincare secret that your favorite stars rely on.

The one downside? The cost. Professional treatments can break the bank for most of us, with most treatments costing in the thousands. For a 5 session treatment, the average cost is $1000 per session. Although the results are fantastic, the price tag can be impossible for most.

That is why I was thrilled to be introduced to the new at-home Tria Age-Defying laser treatment. For $495 you are able to receive the same benefits as the professional dermatologist treatments. This FDA cleared Age-Defying laser should be used 5 days a week during your nightly routine over the course of 12 weeks to achieve the optimal results.

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I started my treatment three weeks ago, beginning with Training Level 1. Every night, I get ready to start my treatment by following these steps:

1) You must always cleanse the skin before starting your treatment. I have been using the cleanser included in the kit, and have loved how gentle it feels. If you feel you need an extra step (to get off that nasty waterproof or long-wearing makeup) than I suggest using a makeup remover wipe prior to the cleanser. Make sure your face is dry before you move to the next step.
2) Every night I start treatments on Training Level One. This allows the skin to become accustomed to the laser. You can move up to Level 2 and 3, as it is up to you to select the level suited for you based on how your skin’s responding.

triafacezones3) Start your treatment by placing the tip of the laser flat against your skin, and moving it in horizontal motions. The program sections your face into 4 “zones,”, and beeps when it is time to move onto the next zone. Easy peasy!
4) For the first week, your treatment time will be a total of 1 min. If you increase your treatment level to Level 2, you will up your treatment time to 4 min.
5) Finish with the Tria Finishing Serum to hydrate and nourish your skin. For those of you with extra dry skin, you may add your favorite nighttime moisturizer .

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At first I thought that sticking to a nightly schedule would be difficult, as most nights I barely have the energy to wash off my makeup. But, after the first week, I found myself looking forward to the routine, and relishing the time to unwind and pamper myself. During week 1 I noticed a slight redness to my skin for a few moments after the treatment was finished. This was gone by morning, and I must say I noticed an immediate firmness to my skin. As an instant gratification junkie, I loved this.
During the last two weeks, the treatment time and level have increased, and so have the results. The current results are subtle, but I can see a change in my skin texture and tone. I feel that my tired and raggedy skin looks fresher, and more awake. An added bonus is that my normal monthly acne breakout session was nonexistent this month. That fact won me over right there.

Now, I must admit that there was some redness and a bit of an ouch factor that came with the enhanced Level Two and treatment time. My fair skin looked like I had spent a day in the sun, and sometimes felt like it to. Itchiness, and dryness are to be expected… and it happened to me. The good news is that by morning, all of this was gone. And, I found that adding my normal facial oil on top of the Finishing Serum helped alleviate any extra dryness. I also discovered that using a generous application of the Finishing Serum was extremely soothing to any irritation.

During the day, I must advise to be diligent with your sunscreen! The one day I forgot to apply made my skin feel overly dry, and sensitive. I never missed my sunscreen after, and all has been well.

Truly, this has been such a fascinating experience to watch my skin transform. The effects are subtle for now, but I can’t wait to see the progress as I move up to Level Three and a treatment time of 10 min! That celebrity glow will be mine for sure!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Tria Beauty and Style Coalition. All opinions are my own. Photos by Tria Beauty.

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Get The Look: Jessica Pare of Mad Men

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If you are as obsessed with Mad Med as I am, then you will love this next look! Celebrity makeup artist Mai Quynh created the look for Jessica Paré using tarte products for the Mad Men Season 7 premiere last night. 

Get the Look: Jessica Paré
event: The Mad Men Season 7 premiere
makeup artist: makeup artist Mai Quynh for tarte

inspiration:
“I was inspired by the cut of the dress. It was very structured, so I wanted to do something fun and modern with her makeup. I wanted to do a slight graphic line, while leaving the rest of her makeup soft and fresh.” –makeup artist Mai Quynh

FACE:
• To prep Jessica’s face, Mai applied clean slate flawless 12-hr brightening primer.
• Next, she applied Amazonian clay 12-hr full coverage foundation in fair beige with a foundation brush.
• To create a flawless complexion, she dotted maracuja creaseless concealer in fair around her eyes and on any blemishes.
• For a punchy, natural-looking flush, she applied thecheek stain in tipsy over the apples of her cheeks, then followed with Amazonian clay 12-hour blush in glisten for extra color.
•She set her complexion with smooth operator™ Amazonian clay pressed finishing powder.

EYES:
• To create a dramatic eye, Mai applied a thick line along her upper lash line using lights, camera, lashes™ precision longwear liquid liner in black. Next, she lined the lower inner rim of her eyes with skinny smolderEYES™ Amazonian clay waterproof liner in onyx and smudged the two liners together.
• She finished the eyes by applying two coats of gifted™ Amazonian clay smart mascara in black to her upper lashes.

LIPS:
•For a punchy coral, Mai mixed LipSurgence™ power pigment in tipsy with LipSurgence™ lipgloss in blissful for a gorgeous pop-art hue.

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