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Friday Top 5 – Best Concealers

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1) Estee Lauder 'Double Wear' Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer: Looks flawless for 15 hours!! Feels comfortable, never dry and stays seamlessly without creasing. The lightweight, transfer-resistant cream formula is infused with minerals and emollients to condition skin and make blending easy for a luminous finish that lasts. Water-, perspiration- and humidity-resistant. Thank you!

2) Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer Honey: A makeup-artist favorite, Cle de Peau Beaute concealer continues to win major awards year after year. Why? It is the best! Blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections. Tip: For lighter skin tones, the Honey shade can be used underneath your matching concealer as a color corrector for truly dark areas

3)Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Sc-4: The best one-two punch for discoloration and dark circles. Secret Camouflage contains a unique two-shade system: one to match the skin's depth of color and one to match the skin's undertone. It helps to conceal redness, blemishes and age spots for a more even appearance. 

4) MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Concealer 345 Dark Beige: The perfect peach.This concealer creates a soft-focus effect, brightening the eye area while reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a natural, radiant look. Perfect even under the harsh light of HD cameras. 

5) Orlane Highlighter: A highlighting complexion pen that needs to be kept in your purse at all times! Areas of shadow and signs of fatigue are chased away for instant light diffusion. The formula is enriched with smoothing, draining and filtering active ingredients with a soft focus effect.

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Friday Top 5-Best Makeup Remover Wipes

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Almost every woman I know complains about having to remove their makeup at the end of the night. It is the last thing you want to worry about when you are exhausted from a long day, and just want to crash your head on the pillow. That is why I have always been obsessed with makeup remover wipes. Super easy and effective, they make makeup remover a snap! Here are my favorites.

1)Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes Refill Pack:
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes are gentle, ultra soft cloths that have been my nighttime staples for years. Years! I buy them in bulk at Costco...so much that now Mike even knows where to pick them up when I am not with them. They gently dissolve all traces of dirt, oil and make-up and it is so effective it easily removes waterproof mascara. It leaves my skin feeling super soft, and is perfect when I am too tired to remove my makeup with my normal cleanser

2) Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes:
These wipes are ridiculously refreshing and use aloe vera to cleanse, remove makeup, and nourish skin...all in one swipe! Not only do these Yes To Cucumbers™ Facial Towelettes provide a spectacularly gentle clean, they are also: Hypoallergenic, Non-Comedogenic, Oil-Free Enriched with natural aloe vera & green tea. They are also made with biodegradable, natural cloth: FSC Fabric.  During the hot months of summer I keep these in the fridge for a mid day sweat removing swipe!

3)Eco-Beauty® Waterproof Makeup Remover Wipes:
I count on these wipes for when I have just come home from an event where I have my full makeup face on.  I mean waterproof and long-wearing makeup madness. These lavender-scented cleansing wipes break down and whisk away even the toughest waterproof formulas. With every swipe, eyes and lips get refreshed and nourished with a luscious six-oil blend of olive, jojoba, sesame, grapeseed, vitamin E and lavender. Perfection!

4)Almay Moisturizing Eye Makeup Remover Pads:  another necessity when I have on alot of eye makeup and want it off fast! This wipes liquid liner, or any type of heavy duty makeup off in a jiffy, and leaves your eyes moisturized and feeling refreshed.  Great for sensitive eyes, and also comes in an oil free version as well!

5)MAC Wipes: Most makeup artists I know swear by these, and keep them in their makeup kit for on the go cleansing. Oversized, luxurious, super-saturated with special MAC cleanser and infused with protective vitamin E. Extremely refreshing. Totally addictive. Slickly packed, re-sealable, ready to go!

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Friday Top 5- Best Face and Body Oils

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This Friday I would love to talk about my skincare obsession. Oil. Yes, you heard me right, I said oil.  For the past few years I have been incorporating different essential oils into my skincare routine. It started with the DHC Olive Oil Serum and Cleansing Oil.  The combination made my acne clear up and softened my skin in a way that no moisturizer ever had.  It was gentle and effective. Sold!

Now, essential oils are apart of my daily routine. The products I picked this week are my current favorites (although this list is constantly evolving). 

1) Patyka Absolute Face Oil: this oil is ridiculously rich, yet sinks into the skin immediately. Known as a "dry oil", it is even suitable for use under makeup. This  skin-enhancing cocktail of 11 essential oils and plant oils bring life back into your skin. Dog rose, packed with stimulating omegas, helps restore and strengthen your skin as protective wheat germ and olive oil nourish deep down. Jojoba oil provides non-oily hydration and squalene soothes irritations and inflammation.

2) Rodin Olio Lusso: Although this oil is on the pricey side, it is well worth the price of purchase.  Packed with eleven essential oils derived from flowers and other botanicals, this is the ideal liquid moisturizer for anyone seeking a simple solution to hydrated skin and a luminous, light-reflecting complexion. Like magic, it effortlessly melts into complexions that are "normal," oily, dry, or any combination thereof, without leaving any greasy residue.  This oil has transformed my skin on my worst days. 

3) L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil: Not only does this shower gel smells amazing, but it lathers your skin in the most delicate oil.  I especially love to use this after I shave my legs as a finishing touch during my shower routine. It has a unique skin cleansing treatment that foams when in contact with water.  Even after washing off, the Shower Oil leaves a light veil on the skin for a smooth, satin-like feel, and the scent is a fresh almond that both you and your man will love! 

4)Bobbi Brown Beach Body Oil:  Nothing makes me feel sexier than when I put on this body oil. Not only does it smell like a vacation at the beach, but I promise you that you will feel warm and sultry when you have this on your skin. This body oil gives skin a sexy sheen. Contains four essential oils (olive, sesame, avocado, and jojoba oils) and vitamins E and C to soften and nourish skin.

5) Bobbi Brown Extra Face Oil: Another favorite from Bobbi Brown, this oil just recently came into my beauty repertoire.  This oil is particularly rich and emollient, so it is perfect for winter. This provides a concentrated boost of intensive moisture to comfort very dry skin. The lightweight formula absorbs easily, softening and conditioning skin with an oil blend of sesame, sweet almond, olive and jojoba.

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Friday Top 5- Best Body Lotions and Oils

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1) Dial 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion:  I have been playing with this lotion for about three weeks, and am in love with the lightness of it! It literally sinks right into the skin, but leaves it soft and has a very soft floral scent that is not overpowering in any way! This has over 84 minerals in it to give your skin a boost of nourishment. 

2) Johnson's Baby Oil Body Wash: I have had this in my arsenal forever. Another staple that leaves my skin baby smooth, with very little "greesy" after feel. It is one of my favorite post shaving leg savors. The benefits of an oil in a lotion form? Yes, please! 

3) RODIN Olio Lusso Body Oil:  This is for those special pampering moments when you want to feel luxurious. Using the same fragrant 11 essential oils as the Face olio lusso, RODIN body oil is the only moisturiser you will ever need. The oils are mixed in a different proportion than the face oil to create a silky, luxurious oil for the body.

4) Kiehls Creme de Corps: A light-weight version of the classic body moisturizer with added UV protection. This is packed with skin-soothing ingredients and emollient oils. Absorbs quickly and instantly soothes and conditions skin for a lovely, silky feel with “dress-and-go” convenience....which you know is my deal breaker!  I use this when the weather is dry and nasty. 

5) Eight Body Lotion and Dry Brush:  The lotion that converted my father and my boyfriend!  They both have stolen this bottle of uber moisturizing goodness from me.  It is intense and amazing.  A recipe passed down from generations, and owned by an incredible woman.  I feel amazing every time we use this. Dry brushing is such a perfect way to exfoliate and rejuvenate your body. Perfection for your at home spa day. 

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Friday Top 5: Best Sunscreens

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So, I have to admit that during summer and sunscreen, I have always been a Neutrogena gal. The 110 SPF... a must for a extremely pale Scottish lass like myself. I also have become addicted to the Wet Skin spray, since lathering on cream over my newly cooled off pool soaked skin drives me crazy.  But, there have been some new additions to my list and I have included them above.  Loving the good for your skin Kiehls SPF, the perfect for your face Ultra Light La Roche-Posay and the "cool zone" SPF spray for hot days by the pool. 

1) Neutrogena Ultra Sheer

2) Kiehls Activated Sun Protection

3) Neutrogena Wet Skin

4) La Roche-Posey Anthelious Ultra Light

5) Banana Boat Sport: CoolZone

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Friday Top 5 – Travel Essentials

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1)DermOrganic Travel Set:  My newest haircare obsession.  These products leave my hair soft and luscious. Contains: Daily Conditioning Shampoo 3 oz, Daily Hydrating Conditioner 3 oz, Leave-In Treatment 1 oz and Intensive Hair Repair Masque 1 oz.
 
2) Sedu Travel Set:Perfection! What more do you need?  A small but powerful combo of a hairdryer and flat iron. Both are gentle on the hair, and leave it super shiny! Sedu Revolution Pro Ionic Travel foldable hair dryer and Sedu Revolution Mini Styler Iron with heat protective glove and travel pouch.
 
3) Trish McEvoy Effortless Beauty Ready-to-Wear Makeup Planner Collection/Flirt:This is all you will ever need for makeup on the go! I have been counting on Trish McEvoy for years to keep my travel makeup contained. An exclusive edit of Trish's essential basics and newest shades is beautifully organized. Set includes: Eye Base Essentials Demure; Petite Makeup Wardrobing Page; NEW eyeshadows and blush; travel-size Bronzer Resort; travel-size Translucent Finishing Powder; High Volume Mascara; travel-size Intense Gel Eyeliner in deep aubergine; medium refillable Double Decker compact; EvenSkin Portable Foundation shades 2 and 3.5; Lip Liner Barely Rose; NEW Lip Color Flirt; Flawless Lip Color Perfection and travel-size Precious Pink Jasmine. Boom!! 
 
4) Lilly Brush: I take this with me on set, and especially when I travel to keep my clothes looking fresh. So easy, and super effective! 
 
5)Kiehl's Since 1851 Healthy Skin Essentials Every Night Set:
My skin goes haywire when I travel, and this set calms it down.  I can't travel without my midnight recovery!!  Set comes in an exclusive canvas Kiehl's travel bag and includes: Midnight Recovery Concentrate, 1 fl.oz./31mL Midnight Recovery Eye, 0.5 fl.oz./15mL Rosa Arctica, 0.25 fl.oz./7mL Powerful-Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, 0.17 fl.oz./5mL
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Friday Top 5 – Best in Bronze

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While I admit to being someone who is somewhat afraid of the fake tan (I have very traumatic oompa loompa experiences!), I have learned over the years how to make it work on my fair skin.  It takes a great product like Beautisol, and an arsenal of prepping products, mistake fixers, and more.  Here is the list of my 5 must have's when I go in for the fake glow. 

1) Xen-Tan 'Hard to Reach' Applicator:   This is a god send. When you can't find a friend or a boyfriend to help apply your fake tan on the dreaded back area, than reach for this magic wand.  Place your product directly onto the back applicator and apply...it really is that easy! Why didn't anyone think of this sooner?

2) Adventuress Sunscreen Swipes: the one thing I am guilty of is forgetting to remember to put on my sunscreen after I tan. Keeping these handy wipes in my purse not only makes it easy to get protection on the go, but it ensures that your fake tan will be protected as well.  Brilliant! 

3) St. Tropez Tan Remover: Who among us hasn't had a self tanning mishap? I know that I have had my fair share of streaks, and over-tanned elbows. This tan remover has been made by St. Tropez, which is one of the authorities in self tanning. This was designed to prevent hands and palms from becoming stained while correcting tanning mistakes! Just apply with water to the palms of the hands after applying the self tan. 

4) Beautisol Prep & Glow System: Medium Mousse Formula:  My current self tanner of choice. And, they make it ridiculously easy with this kit to get the perfect glow. This kit comes with an exfoliating mitt for your pre-tan prep, and an application mitt which makes applying your moose bronzer a breeze.  I personally don't know how I ever lived without the application mitt.  It makes the tan look flawless. Another bonus? The moose dries quickly, so no gooey or messy wait time like most self tanners. Love!

5) Prtty Peaushun:  Are you rocking your fake tan for a night out on the town? Than this lotion is an absolute must.  I use it on all my clients as a finishing touch to make their skin look sexy and glowing.  You can also use it on your face as a highlighter, and to enhance your Beautisol tan.  Created by Celebrity Makeup Artist, Bethany Karlyn, this lotion has subtle light reflecting particles in a natural emollient base.  It also conceals minor imperfections and enhances definition to create a sexy legs and diminish the appearance of cellulite stretch marks and varicose veins as well as minimizing bruising and sore muscles.

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