Do you know your skin type? Really?

Because you asked I sought out a fabulous educator in the spa industry and business owner Victoria Tabak. She is not only a skin care expert but following her on Instagram is so much fun. So, if you haven’t discovered her or her brand yet you might want to look her up @victoriatabak for her expertise and skin care words of wisdom.

CEO of Nature Pure Labs and so much more!

Mom, Educator, Speaker, Writer, Licensed Esthetician

Meet Victoria!

Every beauty and skin care professional has their take on beauty and her’s is spot on with mine. Here is a mini test to determine YOUR skin type.

An easy way to determine your basic skin type is by answering these 3 questions

  1. Do your pores look large or small? Larger pores are typically associated with oily skin, smaller pores are associated with more dry skin.
  2. Does your t-zone get shiny or greasy in the t-zone area of your face especially midday? This is typical with the most common combination skin type.
  3. When you press with your thumb on your forehead does it leave a white spot surrounded by redness? This typically means you have sensitive skin.
  4. Hope this helps you determine your skin type at this time. But keep in mind your skin changes with the seasons, weather,stress,your diet and daily life. Please remember your skin WILL change as you age and time goes on so you will have to re-evaluate at some point as well.
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Day 23 of MY Beauty Secrets

As a professional Make-Up Artist I use products and things in different ways. I love being a creative and thinking outside the box,circle and square.

Lashes

When it comes to mascara and the beauty photo shoot or the client calls for a natural not caked on mascara look… I use a Tinted Grooming Brow Gel on the lashes instead of a true mascara. It adds thickness and color. But the lashes look totally natural.

Another product I like to use is a CLEAR Brow gel on the lashes and not just the brows. Colorless and natural my clients love ❤️ both the looks.

Day 21 of MY Beauty Secrets

Working in Manhattan on photo shoots and on special events taught me a lot! One of the beauty dilemmas I saw when we had an early call on set was… the models had puffy face and eyes And dark bags under the eyes especially when the sun 🌞 hadn’t even come up yet.

So besides using 🥒 cool cucumber slices, chamomile and anti-inflammatory eye gels on the lids and under the eyes and face there was another trick I discovered and have used on myself and on my VIP clients and the girl next door!

The answer was cold tepid 💦 water. Splashing the face with water at least 8 to 10 times works magic!

It’s especially good to do once you get out of the shower. It deflates and wakes up the face! It also appeared to make the pores appear smaller.

Also, they would not serve them coffee and donuts. They would serve them a cup of warm lemon water. It made them tinkle a lot !

There’s something wonderful about that water!

Better than a face primer! Water! 💦

And drinking it actually made the face and the body look skinnier and flatten the tummy too for photographs or on an event location appearance.

I never forgot that trick… so simple and so effective!

Next time you have someplace special to go to or get your photo taken and more. TRY this model and photographers trick!

Day 19 of MY Beauty Secrets

When your finger or toe nails start to get a fungal infection. Try soaking them in an apple 🍎 cider vinegar soak and some warm water.

Quick Fix Remedy

If this does not work after a few soaks and your issue gets worse. It usually doesn’t just go away it gets worse. You may want to see a dermatologist.

Sometimes this happens from germs getting a manicure or pedicure at a nail salon or spa. It has happened to me. It’s NOT pretty it isn’t fun. And sometimes it just happens to one or a few toes on your feet. Weird but true.

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 12 of MY Beauty Secrets

The other day I was test driving some new products someone sent me as a gift. I applied the eye cream and facial moisturizer to a clean face that night.

In a matter of five minutes my face freaked out. It seems that something In them were not agreeing with me. My face didn’t want it on either.

I quickly took a wash cloth filled it with warm soapy water and washed my face. I removed all the products.

Next, I pat dried my skin.

I went to my kitchen and poured on a cotton round some whipping cream. That is all I had. I carefully applied it to my face and pat soothingly across my closed eyelids.

Milk or Cream for the Win!

I gently pat the milky cream on my entire face. I went to watch TV and allowed it to dry.

Within a few minutes… that cream rescued my skin! The flaming redness went down. The eyelids stopped swelling and I felt so relieved and felt better!

While I’m not a dermatologist I highly recommend if you are in a bind and some new skin care or makeup reacts badly in your skin. Try this DIY.

I think I will put this in my beauty secrets and tricks recipe book!

I did not remove the cream and went to sleep with the cream on. The next morning my face was no more red and felt so baby soft!

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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Mist Up!

I love facial mists they make my skin feel awesome and dewy…giving it a glow. Great for all skin types but… especially good for dry or aging skin. You will too!

Here is one of my favorites anti-oxidant rich and skin loving.

What you will need to make this recipe:

1 4-ounce spray bottle

1 teaspoon of organic rosehip oil

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10 drops of lavender essential oil

4 drops of  Rose Absolute oil

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3 1/12 ounces of distilled water.

Place in a bottle with a spray. I prefer glass if possible.And I enjoy the brand Aura Cacia for some of these products.

This face mist may be used over or under your makeup. Use don’t just let it sit on your beauty counter. Shelf life is about a month. Hint: My husband loves it too. So refreshing and the lavender makes you relaxed.

Do you have a DIY recipe you’d like to share with me? Please DO.

 

 

Dull Tired Skin?

Afternoon delight or after dinner beauty while in quarantine. Dull dry skin needs your attention for your makeup to glide on like silk and for your skin to feel softer and look refreshed and smooth again.

This recipe’s anti-oxidants and lactic acid also help with fine lines and wrinkles.

What you will need is:

A bottle of red 🍷 wine

2 tablespoons of wine

2 tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt (organic)

*This recipe is for adults only please.

Another version can be by simply adding a teaspoon of honey 🍯 to the recipe. Very extra hydration.

Mix all of these in a small glass bowl.

Wash your face.

Apply mask ingredients to your face.

While the face mask dries sip a glass of heart ❤️ healthy wine 🍷 if you’d like.

Leave on at least 15 minutes.

Rinse off with lukewarm water and a washcloth.

Apply your moisturizer and eye gel or cream and you’re good to go.

Your skin will love you back. I promise!

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Makeup

I came across this blog and thought you might find it an interesting read.

Can COVID-19 Live On Your Beauty Products?

By Daley Quinn

If there’s ever been a time that you really, really need to wash those nasty makeup brushes, now would probably be it. With the coronavirus swiftly sweeping across our nation every day, many beauty devotees are left wondering: can COVID-19 live on your beauty products?

While you’re most likely stuck working from home, you probably aren’t wearing too much makeup, unless your manager insists on having 75 Zoom video conference meetings in a day. Or perhaps you’re in the mood to get a bit dolled up for your impromptu date night with a partner, leftover chicken and pasta included. Or maybe you’re just bored and really wanting to practice your application technique with the free time you now have. Regardless, it’s imperative that you be washing your hands often during this time, but it’s also important to be wiping down surfaces throughout the day while you’re stuck at home—this includes your beauty products. Celebrity makeup artist and Veil Cosmetics founder, Sébastien Tardif, walks us through the steps on how to keep your makeup kit as clean as possible.

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So, can COVID-19 live on makeup?

According to a new study published on March 17, 2020 by the New England Journal of Medicine, the coronavirus can remain stable on different types of surfaces for different amounts of time. The study tested how long the coronavirus can live on various surfaces within a controlled laboratory setting and found that it was still detectable on copper for up to four hours, on cardboard for up to 24 hours, and on plastic and steel for up to 72 hours.

Considering many cosmetic products are made from plastic, it’s safe to say that you should be cleaning all your beauty products often (which is probably something you should have been doing prior to the COVID-10 pandemic, but we’ll give you a break this time). Unfortunately, it’s not yet known if the virus can live inside the actual formulas, such as in liquids or powders.

How should you clean your beauty products and brushes?

In terms of cleaning your makeup brushes, Tardif suggests cleaning them as you normally would, and paying more attention to cleaning your hands instead. If you have been diligently in self-isolation, you can continue to wash your brushes once or twice a week for good measure,” suggests Tardif. To properly clean your brushes, simply use a mild shampoo or soap, make it into a lather in the palm of your hand, and rinse with warm water until no soap comes out of the brush. Squeeze excess water gently and leave to dry overnight.

“If you have been out and about meeting people and touching your face, make sure to wash your hands and face first—no need to wash your brushes more often,” he says. Keeping your hands clean is the most important.

When using makeup or skincare products while quarantined, try to wipe them down with a disinfectant wipe or spray every time you use them. Yes, it might be a pain, but considering the virus can live on plastic surfaces for up to 72 hours, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How can you apply makeup more hygienically during the coronavirus outbreak?

“COVID-19 or not, never put your fingers in your makeup and skincare jars, as bacteria proliferation will develop and cause your product to fail you and not last as long as it should,” warns Tardif. “Plus, it may even start to develop a rancid smell.” When applying a makeup or skincare product, Tardif suggests using a cotton bud or a clean mini spoon to dig out the product, so that you can avoid dipping your fingers into the formula and potentially contaminating it.

Additionally, avoid blowing on your makeup brushes when trying to get rid of excess powder prior to application—this isn’t very hygienic, either. Rather than blowing on it, tap the brush to remove excess powder.

Bottom line: Keep your beauty products clean by wiping them down after each use (if you can), but more importantly, focus your efforts on washing your hands often, as well as your face if you’ve been outside or around multiple people at once.