Day 24 of MY Beauty Secrets

Today while running a few quick errands I came across two women I could not stop looking at! While the were waiting on me at the cash register I was mesmerized by their lovely personality! They really seemed to love their job and happy to even have one.

I also noticed a high frost all over one of the employees faces. She shimmered, sparkled, glowed, gleamed,glimmered and looked like as shiny as the TIN Man off the Wizard of Oz movie. It was everywhere!

Inner corners of her eyes, up her nose, on the tip of her nose (She did not cover her nose with her face mask 😷 properly) and all over the apple of her cheeks. Her brow hairs even got in on the shimmer action! She too was a lovely pretty young woman who clearly overdosed on the makeup. Mainly foundation.

My beauty secret here is ALWAYS make up your face with good lighting or a sunlit window. Blend, blend,blend. Less is truly more!

And if you don’t feel like you are good at doing your own makeup 💄 or feel you’re not sure of the color choices that are right for you! Consult a beauty or skincare PRO.

When it’s safe to get an appointment for a makeup lesson. As most of us professionals are following CDC guidelines and not doing face to face or Lip 👄 to lip 👄lessons.

Play with highlighters and shimmer with caution and a soft touch!

I think she has been watching a lot of YouTube videos! The makeup distracted me from her true beauty.

My next stop the girl had so much foundation on even with a mask. Her forehead, cheeks, lower jawline and neck I could see on all sides of the face. Her foundation was a Tan Orange. I so wanted to blend that down or give her a complete makeover right there on the spot.

YOU can look pretty in your makeup!

A little bit of color goes a long way!

But sometimes you simply need a helping hand.

Beauty Lovers …You NEED this and more!

Were already into the new year and I KNOW some of you have made new year resolutions, some of you may have not kept those resolutions and some of you have not even made any. That’s OK!

We’ve already had a crazy start to the new year!

But I think its a perfect time to refresh our makeup and and start fresh with some new skincare. I know you’ve heard it all before but we have to throw out our makeup and skincare at some point. It doesn’t last forever and now with Covid we have to protect our health,skin,eyes and body even more. Bacteria is doing the salsa on and in our products. So, get Stay healthy and get beauty smart and learn a few new ideas I have for you. This week on TV I am sharing with my River City Live TV viewers in sunny Florida Step by Step ways to do this.

Here’s a sneak peek for you.

Step 1. Pull out all your skincare and check each bottle,tube and jar. Ask yourself when was the last time you used them? Yesterday or a year ago. Once opened they lose their potency and quality of the ingredients breaks down. Next how does it smell? Pretty or pretty ugly? Or no scent. Are the tubes closing properly or are de-funked.You decide. The point is if it smells bad or OLD or doesn’t close tightly it should be thrown away.

Step 2. Do the same to your makeup. Put all your beauty on the table. Check if your liquid or cream foundation has an odor OR if it looks different. Are your compact or eye shadow mirrors broken or the glass chipped? Lipsticks smell weird? I realize some of you Beauty Lovers will need to do a round or three of this exercise since you own so much beauty booty. But it is important to do it!

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Step 4. When you are ready so shop and time and your budget allows. Create a Beauty Shopping List and start browsing and shopping to add some some new things to start with a few new things. Ask for samples if the brick and mortar beauty store has any or the online site you are shopping at has samples. Look in current magazines you subscribe to for free sample inserts inside. They have turned me into a buyer once I tried them.

Shop on!

Step 5. Now make a list of what you might need and go shop! Brands are not all the same. Choose wisely. Some will take a little play and experimentation to see if the brand you buy agrees with you and your skin. Especially when it comes to skincare. Also some cheap $1.00 store and other type stores where the price points are really low should proceed with caution.Some makeup brands and certain colors like a purple hued eye shadow kit may have allergic reactions on you like itchy red eyes. Be careful if you have sensitive skin.

Check out your makeup brushes!

Step 3. Next go over all your makeup brushes and sponges.They too are breeding ground of bacteria and need cleaning, sanitizing and or replacing eventually.

Step 6: Since the pandemic I am even more cautious when it comes to makeup and skincare I wash my personal sponges and brushes more often. I also have added assorted spatulas on my vanity to apply my face creams,masks and other products with. DON’T double or triple dip into your creams. This contaminates your product after even a bit of time. So, I highly recommend you do too. Also ALWAYS wash your hands before you do your makeup or clean your skin.

*NEVER share Makeup! Even if it is your family. Don’t give your used or old makeup to family or friends. Stay safe and healthy! Throw it out.

Looking for a healthier cosmetic bag?

Try a bag created by the founders of the SterileLight disinfecting case I shared with you awhile back.

I so can’t wait to use and travel with this NEW medical grade essential bag with this roomy safer cosmetic bag. Resists bacteria and microbe growth. It also comes with an instant service shield mat.

FYI the company says it can not only be used for makeup,skincare and makeup brushes but also for:

*Have you heard there is a NEW makeup bag that has just launched in the world of beauty that is anti-microbial?

Electronics,travel bag, child toys,baby bottles and pacifiers and more. You can even use it on the tray on your next airline flight to protect yourself even further.

To learn more visit:

http://www.sterilelight.com

Below is the actual disinfecting case for your home or office. Worth a look!

To catch my video form TV…visit:

http://www.riverycitylivetv.com

Day 10 of MY Beauty Secrets

*In case you didn’t know office pencil sharpeners WILL not work well to sharpen your eye or lip liners. They will chew up your pencil when you go to sharpen them too. They are not a quality cosmetic sharpener. They are meant to be used for lead,charcoal or colored pencils in your office. And know theses pencils will not work for your eyes. I’ve actually had a client think it was a great beauty hack. Also the pencil can cut your curves or injure your eyes and skin. It’s not a beauty hack! It’s kinda dangerous. You can get an eye infection and incur some expensive doctor visits.

Eye pencil Tip 101

*Always buy the pencil sharpener by the pencil brand you buy. They are usually made for that liner. They ALWAYS work! Others will keep on breaking when you sharpen them. As well as waste your product. Once in a blue moon another brands pencil sharpener may work BUT that does not happen often.

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The beauty tools you use matter, always think like a beauty PRO. Protect those pretty eyes, Peeps!

Natural and aromatic…

Because you asked…here’s a recipe for a natural way (NO harsh chemicals) to clean your makeup sponges and makeup brushes at home. This is what I use too.

However, for my beauty business I do extensive cleaning and also use SterileLight Disinfecting case.

1-2 tablespoons of Castile soap

1 1/2tablespoons white vinegar

1 cup of warm water (Use a bit more water if you would like to)

12 drops of lavender Tea Tree oil (if you prefer less essential oil and the scent use 6 drops) I love Aura Cacia essential oils.

Wash your brushes in the water with the above.

Please note:

A lipstick brush or a foundation brush will be more concentrated and need EXTRA attention. Remove any slick buildup and continue wash and swishing around in the water longer. Also PRESS OUT this residue in a paper towel and make sure all the color and product is gone out of the brush.

Rinse well.

Rinse again.

Squeeze out the residue and rest your brushes on a paper towel overnight.

Next morning they will be dry,fresh and ready for you to make up your pretty face!

Don’t let makeup and your facial oils mount up on your makeup brushes and sponges. Don’t spread bacteria and use makeup brushes and sponges daily for weeks. Wash them at least once a week. These are tough pandemic times. You can’t be too clean or too safe. Can we? AND you don’t want those unwanted zits!

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Don’t forget this beauty tip!

My sister called me upset.

She had pink eye (or so she thinks) she said her eyes 👀 were kind of closed shut!!! For days!

She like me is in love with a good black eyeliner applied to the inner rim of the eye for definition.

I asked her if she used anything new?

She said no just the same gel eyeliner I get from you! I asked is she sharpening it on a regular basis and she said yes. I also professionally recommended to her to wash her pencil sharpener regularly and she shouted ” What?” “WASH my eyeliner pencil sharpener?”

She told me in all her life she never ever washed it.” Do you really mean I need to wash it?” This sister is older than me and an artist and fashion illustrator. I couldn’t believe she does not do it yet treats her art supplies and palettes 🎨 like gold.

Needless to say, I just mailed her a new sharpener for her eyeliners. I encouraged her to book an appointment with her dermatologist or M.D.

Here’s my simple recipe to disinfect your eye 👁 and lip pencils.

And by the way, you need a different one for each type product. You can’t use the same one. You don’t want lip pigment in your eye area and you don’t want a dark eye liner around your lips when you apply lipliner. Get it?

What you will need:

1 bottle of Dawn dish washing liquid

1 box of alcohol wipe pads from the drug store.

Pointed Q-Tips

Soak your sharpeners in soapy water. Pull out of the sink.

Next take a Q-tip and place it into the hole. And clean all around the area inside and on the backside. There will be pencil residue all in there.

Next, I rinse it and get any Q-Tip residue out the sharpener if there is any.

Then I wipe down with an alcohol pad. Or you can use anti-bacterial wipes. Do not rinse afterwards.

Allow the sharpener to dry. You’re disinfected and ready to go.

If you want to be even more sanitary. Use SterileLight and place it on the sanitizing case. Check them out on Instagram.

*NEVER share sharpeners or eye makeup or any makeup for that matter.

Be careful,clean and safe girls! Your eyes need TLC attention. Not worth losing your eyesight over. Germs are all around us!

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Chic Vanity Tables to Elevate Your Beauty Routine — StyleCaster

 

Love a great vanity (aka Dressing Table)… ME too!

Here are a few you can swoon over or D.I.Y. yourself one. Inspiration is everywhere. I have a portable vanity one I use to touch up myself in my makeup studio or on set on location. Perhaps I will  share that one with you one day soon.

It’s time to give your getting-ready set-up a luxe makeover.

via Chic Vanity Tables to Elevate Your Beauty Routine — StyleCaster

A rare beauty find!

I have had clients with all kinds of skin issues from a giant zit on their wedding day to sun spots from spending a lifetime outdoors.

But I never knew what to quite do when I had a new client call me with Vitiligo.

So,since it is World Vitiligo Day I thought I’d share with you a brand and Camouflage Makeup Kit … JUST for this condition. A rare beauty find!

Fake Bake ( you know the famous self tan company) has come up with a beautiful brand and product to help people who have a skin condition called Vitiligo.

Created by a Vitiligo patient this system is everything you need to make Vitiligo appear to vanish! Glides on smoothly to temporarily match your existing pigment. Customizable and for warmer to cooler complexions to lighter skin tones.

Nice tropical 🌴 scent! Paraben Free!

Created by a woman and a patient who has this skin condition.

The woman behind the VV brand is Jackie McDonald is a miracle worker. They say accidents are the Mother of Invention. And by chance and a bit of a playful beauty accident Vitiligo Vanquish was born!

Makeup artists need this in their beauty essentials kit…just in case.

Spread the word…whether you do makeup,skincare or YOU have or a family member or friend has Vitiligo …be in the know. Sharing is caring. I LOVE helping people. I hope I have helped you or someone you know by this post.

Vitiligo Vanquish is running a special I just noticed until June 30th. Worth a look.

http://www.fakebake.com

Beauty Essentials for Your Wedding Day

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Getting ready the days before your wedding day and on your wedding day takes preparation.

During wedding season and for that unexpected impromptu wedding I usually do the bride, the groom (yes you read right) or the the entire bridal party and leave once the ceremony begins. On occasion when money is no object I have been asked and hired to stay the entire time of the wedding.

Because you asked here are a few things I like to bring and use. Some items are JUST IN CASE. Think about stocking a cosmetic tote with some of these the day of your wedding for you the bride,mom,mom-in-laws and bridesmaids too.

AFTER the hair is styled and and makeup done…Touch ups are important and so is that unexpected need or emergency. So, before you go down that aisle…

Here are a few beauty products and extras you will need:

👄A rosewater spray to refresh the skin great for end of makeup or a pick me up if the skin is outdoors or on the beach. Refreshing!

👄Lip stain lipstick  in China Doll…I use it on almost all my brides before I apply their fav’ lipstick. Makes any lipstick last longer and stains the lips with a moist rosy glow.

👄And high clear shine lip gloss for a sexy pout! And a lip conditioner for HIM.

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👄Gleam by celebrity makeup artist Melanie Mills. May be used on eye area, face, the decolette, tummy, shoulders or down the legs. You never know where you may want to glow and Gleam! .

👄Rice Powder to set makeup especially in the T-zone where you are the shiniest.

AND Powder papers to blot oil and powder touch up the face at the same time before you go down the aisle with style. Guys love them too.

👄Perfume, cologne or a delicious lotion along with deodorant.

👄A mini brush I love the Wet Brush brand.

👄Blinc Brand mascara water 💦 and sweat resistant.

👄 Hairspray and styling gel

👄Clothes pin or safety pin for any fashion issues.

👄Mini sewing kit and safety pins

👄Hard candy

👄Gum

👄Mouthwash

👄Aspirin or ibuprofen.

👄Tums or Alka-Seltzer just in case.

👄 AND disposable lip brush, powder brush etc.

As you can see once your makeup is done and your hair is styled you still may be in need of the items on the above list.

What I have learned being in the business of beauty is… You can never be too prepared.

LOVE ❤️ still is in the air. Some people are getting married. Some engaged. And some people are postponing their date due to the virus.

But I have HOPE and see weddings in the future. Maybe with a glam white face cover encrusted with pearls or diamonds.

“I Do’s” will be said and our beautiful world 🌎 will go on.

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Brown & Black Girl Beauty!

I love ❤️ ALL my clients and those who are girls of color too. So, I thought you’d like to learn some tips for a pretty awesome complexion,makeup and hair.This post addresses three beauty issues.

Since I am Eurasian I usually mix two foundation colors to create my look. Same is true for women of color.

Things have changed in the world of beauty with beauty brands like Fenty Beauty and other brands you can find a foundation. But at times or if you’re a mixed chick like me or not sometimes you’ll find foundation for you may be too pink, too pale, too red… so you’ll look better if you play chemist and mix two. It’s fun actually.

Mixing one foundation from a brand and a few dots of another brands color you will look even more even toned. That’s the goal… Right?

For applying foundation I like to use my Makeup Magic Wand sponge on a stick damp with a dash of water. This way it spreads easier and you can sheer the colors out as you give them a whirl.

I apply a lighter color on the inner part of the face and a darker on the edges, forehead and chin. Black or brown skin is usually two-toned. So I have learned to play with makeup and mix.

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For feet, soft elbows and knees I highly recommend one of Oprah’s favorites.

Farmhouse Fresh Honey 🍯 Heel Glaze. It has an aromatic scent with hydrating loveliness that takes away an ashy look to your soles,toes, elbows and knees. It smells like grandma baked an awesome pie! Instant soft skin gratification. Beyond yum!

As for the eyes. I show my clients how to create a one color all over the lid look with a highlighter. Or how to apply several shades of  highlighters …all over the lid. Champagne, gold, copper… and at the outer corner a smidge of a deeper matte shade to pull it all together for even more definition.

As for hair I recommend what clients tell me they use for a hair hydrating treatment it is Clarified Butter. Yes, a spa hair treatment awaits you at the grocery store. You just need to go buy it. Do this once a week and leave on at least 20 minutes. Your hair will say… Thank You!!

My clients teach me and I teach them. Caring is sharing!I hope you’ve enjoyed my tips and tricks!

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You said “Yes to the DRESS!”

So you’re engaged… How wonderful!

When you plan your wedding large or small you need to put your hair,makeup and skincare close to the top of that list of things to do too. You want to look your best. Don’t you?

Your Skin

Several months before the big day you need to get your skin ready and for it to look the best it can be. If you don’t already do it get a Deep Cleansing Facial. Getting a facial is like getting your teeth professionally cleaned by the dental hygienist but for your skin. The photographs you take on your special day and leading up to your wedding day last a lifetime.

The esthetician at a spa or clinic analyzes your skin and makes a plan so your skin  will look its absolute healthiest.

She or he will spend time exfoliating, toning, hydrating and skin tightening your face with various products and devices. Whatever they think your skin needs. Times have changed and technology is so advanced. So many wonderful things available to us now than ever before.

The skin therapist will set up a skin care routine and products for you to do at home as well. She may just become your new best friend!

If you don’t have an esthetician  ask a friend or do a Google search. There is nothing like your friends referral. Right?

Your Hair

If you would like to try someone else rather than your regular hairstylist …DO IT. Especially if you need someone to do some up dos and elaborate hair styling. There are stylists who cut hair, color hair and some who specialize in … just doing brides!

It all depends on the LOOK you are looking for. “Country Charm, Snow Princess or Earth Angel”. I know you have a vision. Let them know what it is. Book a consultation  first to see their work and ask to see their look book. 

They usually have photographs of their work on their website or on Instagram. Many celebrities work with fashion stylists,hair stylists,makeup artists that not only do great work they select ones who they FEEL comfortable with. Not just your regular haircuts and trims but by a hair treatment so your hair will not look dull, lifeless,split ends and frizzy.  The stylist will recommend professionally a hair product plan for you to use at home too. Think of this routine like they are like a gym for your hair. Get your hair in the best shape it can be.

Your Makeup

Lastly, you will need to find a makeup artist. Time to decide if you want one for your wedding day or do you want to do your own makeup the day of your wedding. A makeup artist can make you look your best in person and in photographs by a photographer or iPhone camera.

You don’t want your skin to look shiny, blemished, your eyes look tired or your blush obviously overdone. It is all in the details.

If you typically don’t wear false eyelashes or don’t like them.Don’t do it. If you are not comfortable in them or they are not your style it is best to stay away from them. Same is true of makeup. You don’t want your makeup to be over the top. You have to let the hairstylist and makeup artist know what you want. Bring them photos from bridal magazines or from photos and looks you like online. This will help them to help you.

Next time I will share with you and we will explore the …

Must Have Beauty Essentials & more for your wedding day.

Don’t let this pandemic get in your way. Make plans for your beautiful day!

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