So we’ve all been there: after applying flawless makeup you go to set everything with finishing power and you are left with a powdery mess all over your face that settles into fine lines and looks unnatural. MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new HD Pressed Powder eliminates the possibility of ruining your makeup with cakey residue with a mess-free, lightweight finishing powder that goes on virtually invisible and sets makeup without leaving behind any trace of color.
What is does:
A combination of hyaluronic acid, synthetic mica, silicone powders and silica, the powder aims to instantly blur the appearance of fine lines, large pores, shine and other skin imperfections.
How it feels:
It’s silky and lightweight.
Why I like it:
No matter how many time a day I use oil blotting sheets, my oily skin just doesn’t behave, so I’ve been apply this transparent powder throughout the day to keep shine away. No matter how often I reapply it, the product never builds up, blends seamlessly, and instantly matifies my skin for a naturally flawless and airbrushed look. I can use it over foundation to create a luminous finish or by itself for a smooth out imperfections.
Because the product is pressed it’s easy to carry around in your purse, without having to worry about tit spilling inside your bag. It also comes with a handy mirror, making quick touch ups a breeze.
A little bit goes a long way. It helps to use the right kind of brush such as MAKE UP FOR EVER’s #124 Medium Kabuki Brush.
$36 (available exclusively at Sephora)
What: Unleash your inner radiance with the SEPHORA + PANTONE UNIVERSE Color of the Year Collection in Radiant Orchid. Be among the first to experience Radiant Orchid’s deeply flattering flush and ravishing glow:
- Reveal your radiance: Receive a custom Radiant Orchid makeover for eyes, lips, and cheeks from our expert artistry team
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When: Friday, March 14th to Sunday, March 16th/ 12pm – 6pm
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Appointments preferred. Walk-ins welcome.
Ck one color global makeup artist Kayleen McAdams, gave Jessica Biel her girl-next-door simple makeup look on the red carpet. “I wanted to do something really fresh, light and feminine” said McAdams. “There were so many beautiful pastels in her dress, so I played with those tones.” Here’s how to get the look:
1. I prepped Jessica’ skin with moisturizing face and eye products, Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration and Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, to give her makeup a good base to stick to.
2. Then, I used a damp Beauty Blender to apply ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200, followed by ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1 underneath the eyes, around the nose, and along the edges of her mouth to even out her skin.
3. I used Charlotte Tilbury Sculpt and Highlight Powder on the tops of Jessica’s cheekbones, down her nose, and on her cupid’s bow.
4. I finished her skin with ck one cream + powder blush duo in breath 100 right on the apples of her cheeks and set it with the powder side of the product to give the look staying power throughout the night.
5. For Jessica’s eyes, I started by using a fluffy brush to apply ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400 all over the lid.
6. Then, I used ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolved on the inner corners of the eye and along the lash line at the outer corners.
7. I completed her eye with two coats of ck one volumizing mascara on the top lashes to pump up the lashes.
8. Then, I applied the same mascara onto an eyelash comb and combed through the bottom lashes to slightly darken them.
9. For Jessica’s lips, I used Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky to cover her whole lip with a matte pink; I also used this product in the center of her lips to give dimension and add moisture to her look.
10. Lastly, I gave Jessica’s lips a good coating of Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Lip Balm to soak in while I did her eyes.
THE PRODUCTS AT-A-GLANCE:
EYE CREAM: Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
MOISTURIZER: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream Intense Hydration
FOUNDATION: ck one 3-in-1 face makeup with SPF 8 in fair 200
CONCEALER: ck one 3-in-1 concealer in light 1
BRONZER: ck one cream + powder bronzer duo in deeply bronzed 400
EYE SHADOWS: ck one powder eyeshadow in expose and evolve
MASCARA: ck one volumizing mascara in extreme black
LIP TINT: Tarte Lip Surgence in Lucky
LIP BALM: Kiehl’s Facial Fuel No-Shine Moisturizing Lip Balm
MAKE UP FOR EVER and Bliss want to help you perfect your pout and define your lip style with a complimentary spa treatment for your lips with the NEW Bliss Fabulips ‘Pout’-o-Matic, a spa-powered lip-perfecting tool. Attendees will also have the chance to meet with a MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist for a personalized lip lesson including a color consultation to identify a signature lip shade from the MAKE UP FOR EVER Rouge Artist collection. Appointments will finally be finished off with a 3 step lip lining technique tutorial.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutique in Sephora
New York, NY 10012
Book your complimentary appointment today and receive a special treat with any purchase. Appointments can be booked by calling the boutique directly.
This month MAKE UP FOR EVER introduced the company’s latest innovation in the iconic HD range: HD Blush. The professional quality product features silicone oils, dry oils and waxes for seamless blending and maximum staying power. The formula also includes mother-of-pearl and pigments that give skin a natural flush of color, as well as silica powders and synthetic mica for a satin-smooth finish. The lightweight compact features a mirror for on-the-go touch-up in the sleek black packaging MAKE UP FOR EVER is known for.
Available in 16 shades ranging from light to medium to tan, there is a color in the line for every skin tone. Pick one up at Sephora.com or MAKE UP FOREVER boutiques for $26.
It’s official. Pantone announced its 2014 color of the year and it’s radiant orchid, a whimsical purple hue that according to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.” What this means is in 2014, expect to see an abundance of the purple shade in everything from beauty products to fashion accessories. Want to get a jumpstart on the trend before the 2014? Here are some purple orchid inspired beauty products available now.
1. Victoria’s Secret Seduction Dark Orchid Fragrance Mist, $25.00
2. Too Faced Exotic Color Intense Eye Shadow – Poison Orchid, $18.00
3. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Orchid Hush, $7.99
4. Fresh Orchid Nail Polish $2.80
5. Vivid Shine Lipstick – NEW Chrome Metal Effect, Mirrored Orchid, $26.00
6. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Orchid – lavender shimmer, $26.00
On November 29th, customers at Fresh retail stores throughout the city will receive a FREE Fresh Life Eau de Parfum Rollerball with any $100 purchase. Use #FreshLifeFriday to tweet about your experience on November 29th!
MAKE UP FOR EVER
Black Friday AND Cyber Monday: Purchase two full size Aqua Shadows available in two shade variations (20E & 28E and 2E & 30E), for $10 (a 75% discount) at Sephora/Sephora.com from 11/29 – 12/1
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Black Friday AND Cyber Monday: 30% off all Vapour Organic Beauty products (excluding samples) from Wednesday, 11/27 through midnight Monday, 12/2 using promo code “BLACKFRIDAY13” at check out on www.VapourBeauty.com
- Stylebell.com Sitewide Promotion: From now until 12/22/13, receive 20% off all orders over $100 + Free Shipping over $25 using the Coupon Code: HOLIDAY20
- Babyliss Appliance Promotion: Purchase the brand new Babyliss MiraCurl Nano Titanium Curl Machine from Black Friday (11/29/13)—Cyber Tuesday (12/3/13) and receive all 5 After Care Products FREE including:
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- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Defining Spray 8 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Hair Spray 10 oz.
- Babyliss Pro MiraCurl Thermal Shine Spray 4 oz.
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What is it: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lip Gloss asserts that it is 1st Ever Lip Gloss with pH Power Complex designed to transform into your perfect shade within 60 seconds of application. The product also claims to last up to 10 hours.
How it works: Under controlled conditions, fluorescein Based Dye-senses the pH level of your skin & adjusts to your personalized color. Photochronic powders use light adjusting pigments to adapt to your environment so color looks the same indoors & outside.
Special Features: LED-powered wand lights up to allow for easy application in dim lightning and also features and a mirror or the side of the bottle, making quick touch-ups a breeze.
What I like: The gloss goes on clear, but really does change color right before your eyes. The hue matched well with my skin tone and was surprisingly pigmented. The color also lasts a long time; after I wiped away the gloss to get a more matte effect, my pout was still tinted with the color. The gloss feels silky and conditioning, and isn’t sticky.
Cost: $9.99 at physiciansformula.com and drugstores.
So you’ve got the perfect costume to wear on All Hallows’ Eve, but have you got the perfect makeup look figured out to complement your goulish getup? If not, head on over to Make Up For Ever’s free-standing boutiques, located within Sephora stores across the country, and get a fabulous makeup applications to add artistic flair for any look, whether it be a fairytale princess or wicked witch.
After Halloween is over, the fun will continue, as the makeup services will be offered through November 2nd. Check out the flyer below to learn more.
Note: Services are offered by appointment only.
Thanks to the blockbuster hit The Great Gatsby and the TV series Boardwalk Empire, the roaring 20s has become a major trend for Halloween in 2013. For those of you donning a chic flapper dress, here’s how to get the perfect makeup look and hair.
How to Get the Look
- Spritz a two-inch section of hair with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Boost & Lift Hairspray. Using a one-inch barrel curling iron, curl the section away from your face.
- Gently slide curl off the iron so it holds the shape of the barrel, and pin. Repeat over entire head. Let curls set for at least 30 minutes.
- While curls set, prep skin with moisturizer, and then apply COVERGIRL Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation with a foundation brush for even coverage. Set with pressed powder.
- Dust cheekbones with bronzer for definition, then apply rosy-pink blush to the apples of cheeks.
- Use bronzer and pressed powder to create a neutral smoky eye. Sweep pressed powder over the entire lid and blend bronzer in the crease.
- Apply COVERGIRL Ink It! By Perfect Point Plus in Black eyeliner to upper and lower lashlines, extending the line slightly beyond the outer corners of eyes. Coat top and bottom lashes generously with mascara.
- Finish with a red lipstick like COVERGIRL LipPerfection Lip Color in Hot and layer with COVERGIRL Lipslicks Smoochies Lip Balm in Tweet Me for a glossy look.
- Release curls and brush to create subtle waves. Smooth flyaways with Vidal Sassoon Pro Series Extreme SMOOTH Combing Crème.
I recently tested out three lip products from Kevyn Aucoin Beauty, and am now completed obsessed with all the lip products in this makeup line. Founded by the late make-up artist and visionary Kevyn Aucoin, the cosmetics line offers the everyday woman products to achieve glamorous looks with high-performance formulas. Below are the swatches of the three lip colors I tried.
Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color
Color Tested: Thelmadora
Formula: This product has an ultra-moisturizing formula, proven to repair damaged lips. In the picture below I didn’t apply lip balm before using the product, nor did I top it off with gloss, and you can see how hydrated my lips look. The creamy product glides on effortlessly.
Packaging: A sleek black and burgundy square tube holds the contents of lip color perfection.
Why I like it: The perfect natural lip hue, Thelmadora is a rosy nude shade with a slight golden tint that isn’t too overpowering. Yet, its minimalist nature is somehow able to be bold on the lips, and gives the illusion of a fuller pout.
Cost: $35 at Neiman Marcus
Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color
Color Tested: Relentless
Formula: Velvety-smooth, this lipstick contains ingredients that aim to soften lips and minimize wrinkles.
Packaging: A long tube with a magnetic component unravels to reveal the luminous color housed inside.
Why I like it: It applies so smoothly and lasts all day. The color is heavily-pigmented, with a nice matte finish.
Cost: $33.00 at Neiman Marcus
Kevyn Aucoin The Lip Gloss
Color Tested: Hydraa
Formula: A non-sickly formula made up of vitamins extracted from sunflower seed oil, castor oil and lanolin oil.
Packaging: The products is able to glide on easily and precisely with the help of a u-shaped sponge tip applicator attached to the cap. The rectangular shape is a nice change from traditional cylindrical glosses.
Why I like it: It’s a great shade that looks great during the day, especially when the light hits the color and shows off the shimmer particles; but, it also transfers into the night easily and is a perfect night-out-on-the-town gloss.
Cost: $30 at Neiman Marcus
Let’s recap shall we?
I literally once has a makeup artist say to me, “You have that ‘special’ kind of skin tone, no one has quite perfected yet.”
So, I was excited to learn that MAKE UP FOR EVER commissioned a study from The NPD Group to find out why so many women have a hard time finding the right foundation shade.
Here are some key findings from the survey:
- 73% of women say finding the right foundation is challenging (with over 500 foundation products on the market it’s not surprising women are overwhelmed!)
- 72% of women DO NOT change their foundation seasonally (even though skin shade can change up to 4-5 times a year)
- 62% of women had difficulty applying foundation
- 54% of women say finding the right shade is the most difficult
In order to help women solve their foundation challenges, MAKE UP FOR EVER will be hosting more than 100 FREE Foundation Nation events at SEPHORA stores and MAKE UP FOR EVER Boutiques in the U.S. and Canada from September 20th – October 5th. During free 15-minute one-on-one sessions, attendees will have their biggest foundation issues addressed, get perfectly matched with the correct shade, and taught proper application techniques. Makeup artists will do one half of the client’s face, and then have the client do the other half so that they can learn how to do it on their own – a teaching technique currently taught in the brand’s makeup schools across the county.
For full event listings and details click here.
On Wednesday, September 11th, Brandon Sun presented his Spring/Summer collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. According to Red Door Spas’ National Creative Director and Master Hair Stylist Zahir Ziani, since the garments in the collection were bold and geometric, the hair was kept soft and sophisticated. Long hair was parted down the center, then swept back into a low side bun. Stray pieces were allowed to fall naturally, creating a very casual look.
Drawing inspiration from the fur used in Brandon Sun’s collection, Adeline Sarino, National Training Director of Nails for Red Door Spa created a surprising ombre nail look using shades of cool light/dove grey with a matte finish.
The makeup look was created Cesar Olivas, Makeup Artist for Red Door Spa, and focused on brows, while leaving lashes mascara-free. Lips were kept soft and natural using various shades of red to compliment the collection.
Learn more about Red Door Spa»
The Wait is Over: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Arrives at SEPHORA
Break the rules. Push the boundaries. Create your own style. Sephora invites you to indulge in the iconic designer’s debut cosmetics line: Marc Jacobs Beauty. Head to the Sephora Beauty Studio to be one of the first to see this assortment of 16 innovative complexion and color cosmetics, and four chic and luxurious makeup brushes and experiment with provocative colors. Receive one of the exclusive Marc Jacobs Beauty looks from a Sephora makeup artist and take home a limited-edition Marc Jacobs Beauty collectable Look Book after your makeover.*
*While supplies last.
WHEN: Thursday, September 5th to Wednesday, October 9th
WHERE: ALL SEPHORA LOCATIONS
Please visit Sephora.com for your nearest event location and time.
At this year’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, I couldn’t help but notice the number of starlets that opted for barely-there makeup looks and natural toned lips. Defined brows and thin eyeliner stood out against flawless complexions and light touches of highlighter. Here’s how to get the look:
1. Perfect your canvas: Make sure to exfoliate your face so that your foundation will apply easily. Follow with moisturizer, then, apply a primer to fill in pores. Using a damp makeup sponge, apply liquid foundation all over your face and blend down to the neck (it may not look like it, but I assure you these gals pictured below have layers upon layers of foundation). If you have naturally gorgeous skin, you can use a bb cream or tinted moisturizer. Then, use a concealer to hide any imperfections.
2. Perfect Your Arches: Fill in sparse areas in your brows and create a natural looking arch by using a pencil or brow powder. I like Anastasia Perfect Brow Powder ($23.00), which comes with two shades, ensuring you get the perfect color. Set your brows with a small amount of brow wax or gel, such as Marc Jacob Beauty’s Brow Tamer Grooming Gel ($24) to keep them in place.
3. Make eyes pop: Apply a thin liner of black eyeliner to the top eyelid, then heap loads of mascara. For lashes that stand out try Tarte’s Lights, Cameras, Lashes ($19). Choose a champagne or light gold eye shadow such as Stilla’s eye shadow trio: champagne glow.
4. Get your inner glow on – Apply a highlighter or bronzer and apply to the areas of the face that the light will naturally hit such as the top of the forehead, bridge of the nose, temples, chin and cheekbones. Also use a tiny bit of the highlighter on top of the cupid’s bow on the lip.
5. Downplay the lips – At the VMAs, the women who chose a natural makeup look selected lip hues that were brown hued or that closely matched their natural lip tone. For a shade similar to what Katy Perry is wearing, try Maybelline’s Color Sensational Lipcolor in Barely Brown #240. For Ariana Grande’s lip look, try Tarte’s LipSurgence™ matte lip tint in Exposed (24.00).
Recently the beauty industry has seen a rise in the number of non-surgical face lifts that are opted by women to minimize their skin woes, a major reason attributed to which is time constraints to carry out any form of skin care regime. But, who says it always has to be a skin care regime? Did you know your diet could influence how gorgeous you look without the slightest tinge of make-up involved in the process? Well, here we come up with a list of six natural foods for naturally glowing skin:
The Red Tomatoes
Tomatoes owing to their high content of lycopene which is a natural anti-oxidant works wonders for your skin in terms of getting rid of the stubborn acne marks as well as covering for those disastrous side-effects of sun-exposure namely tanning and skin darkening. The citrus content of the tomatoes further removes the impurities from inside of the system and brings out that healthy glow.
The Juicy Carrots
Another colored vegetable with its content of Vitamin A and Carotene namely carrot does not lag far behind when we are discussing about foods having miraculous effects on the skin. Carrot is best known for its anti-ageing properties and thereby should mandatory make it to your list of diets if non-surgical face-lifts are not your call. Easy to slice up, this vegetable can even out your skin tone at the rate of 35% and de-toxify those skin cells at noticeable rates.
The Nutty Almond
If vegetables are something that makes you sick, your next best option could be Almonds. Rich in the content of Vitamin A as well as fatty acids they act as the best of sunblocks. Not just that, almonds are known to have amazing anti-ageing properties, thanks to which they would erase your wrinkles quite visibly and help your face to build up that collagen again, thus making you look fuller and brighter.
Blooms and Berries
Berries in any forms namely cherries, blueberries or otherwise are full of natural anti-oxidants, in addition to the pigments that they carry because of their bright colours. Not only do they rise up the nutritional value of your diet, but also takes care of the ugly blemishes, thus leaving you with that first love radiance.
Nature’s one of the finest creation that has been unearthed by man and now commercially marketed by every big beauty brand is none other than Green tea. The mentioned can be included in the diet as one of the soothing beverages, and thanks to its content of Vitamin K,D and C does not only help you to get that de-tangled gorgeous locks, but also ensures an acne-free skin owing to controlled secretion of DTH from the body. If that was not all, it also helps in improving your skin tone.
Wild Salmon and Fish
For the non-vegetarians out there, this is your treat. Fishes like herring, salmon and wild trout contains rich amounts of Omega 3 fatty acids which is the best to achieve that perfect health and glowing skin. The concerned fatty acids reduces the redness of the skin caused as a result of acne, skin irritations or any other allergic reactions and helps you to get that impeccable perfected look.
Including all or any of the above mentioned foods in your diet, would result into an extremely rewarding experience, since the effects are trusted, tested and preached by many. Above everything else, always keep your body hydrated and sleep well for at least 6 hours in a day to get that perfect glowing skin.
About the Author:
The above article is composed by CJ, a beautician by profession associated with mynewa.com who loves to share her beauty and health tips via her articles.
Want to know the secrets behind Olympic Gold Medalist Lindsey Vonn’s perfect brows? Watch the below tutorial, where Makeup Artist Joanna Bernacka shares tips on how to get the perfect shape using the best tools from Tweezerman. Vonn, who is Tweezerman’s Brand Ambassador, follows this easy step by step guide when doing her own brows.
My very first lip gloss was a strawberry flavored Smackers roller-ball gloss that tasted just as good as it smelled. Now that I’m older, I haven’t exactly been on a quest for my childhood lip product, but Estee Lauder has awoken my memories with the adult version of the rollerball gloss as part of their new Bronze Goddess collection. The collection features two colors: Succulent (orange) and Squeeze (red).
At first, I was scared to use the colors out of fear that the hues would clash with my outfits, but these are very sheer and only deposit a slight tint. The glosses have sweet, mouth-watering fruity scents that make me conjure up images in my head of summertime and tropical islands. I love the old-school rollerball metal tip which glides on smoothly and delivers just the right amount of product. You don’t even need a mirror to apply it, so it’s perfect to use on-the-go. It would be a great lip gloss to take to the beach, because of the cooling sensation the metal rollerball has on the lips and the lightness of the gloss. If you do wear it out in the sun, be sure to apply a lip balm with spf underneath, as shiny glosses can reflect the light and burn your precious pout.
Price: $18. 50
Where to buy? esteelauder.com
This Spring, Makeup Artist and Product Development Expert, Eddie Funkhouser, launched a new cosmetics line, which bears his name, allowing everyone access to professional-quality makeup products, without breaking the bank. The line, currently available at Rite-Aid, is a fusion of the artist’s creative edge and vibrant personality meets studio-grade beauty formulas. The result: modern packaging, bold hues, and innovative formulas. Below are some of the products I tired.
Graffiti Liquid Liner in Haze (metallic electric purple)
What is it? A hologram-inspired liquid liner that provides vibrant dual-chrome pigments for fashion forward eyes.
What I liked: Loaded with multidimensional shine, the bold color highlighted my eyes every time I blinked. The smooth formula glided on easily and lasted throughout the entire night without reapplying.
Quattro Variable Lash Mascara
What is it? A 4-level application mascara that adjusts at the base to provide varying lash effects.
What I like: Using the mascara was a playful experience. As you turn the dial, the tip of the wand twists to enhance, separate, curl and lengthen, depending on your desired lash look. My lashes looked stunning; they were full, elongated and I looked like I was wearing falsies.
Learn more about Eddie here»
This is a guest post by Caroline Elliott, a freelance beauty writer.
Living an all-natural lifestyle requires a lot of effort, but gluten-free makeup is making life simpler.
Gluten-sensitive people say that their lips react to even the smallest amounts of gluten in their lipstick. And with this group of individuals increasing in number, this is a growing area of makeup to watch.
But what if you’re not gluten-sensitive?
If you’re interested in healthy alternatives to apply to your skin, gluten-free products might just be your beauty potions.
Facial skin is super absorbent, so you want to watch what you put over your precious pores. This is especially important if you’re someone who is concerned about what you eat because there’s a good chance that you’ll lick off some of your lipstick or breathe in some blush. And if you apply your makeup everyday, that’s a lot of gluten that you’re ingesting over time.
Gluten-free makeup companies are also pushing the health boundaries for the better. Makeup companies like Red Apple Lipstick are paraben free, soy free, dairy free and allergen free; oh, and also vegan, natural and cruelty free. Talk about health conscious.
Other companies are actively participating in their communities. For example, Afterglow Cosmetics signed the The Breast Cancer Fund’s Compact for Safe Cosmetics. Another gluten-free makeup company, Mineral Fusion, has officially partnered with the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence to help women in need.
For many people, gluten-free makeup is a natural next step to complete a wholesome lifestyle. So glam up, and show off your new look.
If you are like me, you have spent a ton of money and time trying out every product that claims to be the latest and greatest new thing out on the market that will make you have beautiful, more youthful skin. In The Skin Regime: Boot Camp for Beautiful Skin, author Dana Ramos claims that many products on the market are not only costly, but useless. According to Dana, by following a simple “boot camp” skincare regimen consisting of several glycolic peels, you can transform your skin from dull to vibrant in as little as six weeks.
Anxious to read the secret to skin perfection I sat down with the glossy pink-and-green, army camouflage patterned book, and finished reading it in under an hour (FTC Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for review). The book is an easy read and written in a witty-tone, with the author handing out advice to you as if you are one of her best girlfriends.
“…there are some great books written by doctors which go into all the medical terms like dermis, epidermis and subcutaneous,” reads page 21. “The point of this book is to cut to the chase and give you basic cold, hard facts and info you need to get your skin looking terrific in a few weeks. This is boot camp, baby!”
In addition to providing skin regimen tips, Dana also lists makeup tips, as well how to transform your skin from head to toe. Here is a brief Q&A with Dana, where she answers some pressing questions, and provides some helpful skincare tips that can be used for the upcoming summer months and year-round.
How did you come up with the regimen?
I came up with the Regime after doing what my dermatologist, Dr. David Bank, instructed for years. In fact, he is the technical advisor of the book, and it is the TRUTH about skin care.
Are there any age groups that shouldn’t follow the regimen?
Anyone can follow it, but children should avoid it since their skin is too delicate and undeveloped. Pregnant women should also hold off on following the regimen even though there is very low risk of anything happening at all, it’s not worth taking the chance.
Since you are not a professional dermatologist, which should people trust your advice in the book?
Every single word in my book is approved by one of the most respected dermatologists in the United States: Dr. David Bank of New York. He was the technical advisor and wrote the forward. Furthermore, everything in the book is based on exactly what dermatologists suggest and reveal about what REALLY works in skin care, and what is just bull.
What is the most dramatic result someone has received from following the regimen?
I had bad skin and it has gotten better over the years. But one of my most notable clients is Tanning Mom; she healed her skin with The Skin Regime and you can see the results on my website.
What did you hope to achieve in writing the book?
I am passionate about teaching people the TRUTH about beauty products and skin care products. The beauty industry is full of fraudulent claims, and we waste billions on bogus products. People need to know the TRUTH which is laid out in the book. In fact, the very first page of the book is a challenge to the entire beauty industry to test against what The Skin Regime preaches. It is a powerful statement, and so far, no one has taken on the challenge.
I also give at least 5 percent of proceeds to worthy non-profit organizations. I really believe in giving back.
What are the biggest beauty product myths/scams out there on the market?
There are too many beauty myths to list in one answer, and I cover a lot of them in my book. For instance, the claims that you can get “firming” or “lifting” results in a bottle, or that the stuff in expensive skin care lines can do the things they claim—lies, lies, lies. They can’t. There ARE great products out there, and I teach how to recognize the fact from the fiction, and what the REAL pros say–the dermatologists in private practice. Again, you can read the “challenge” to the industry I give both as my first page in the book, and on my website (See Skin Myths Busted). I am out to BUST the myths and frauds, period.
What, in your opinion, are the top tips in the book everyone should follow year round?
Top tip, best ever: use sunscreen. The sun is the single worst thing for your skin. Smoking is number two on the list. No doctor in the world debates this, it is a FACT.
Another great tip: you can get great results with inexpensive drugstore items like Dove soap and Lubriderm lotion. Skip the expensive stuff. Any dermatologist will tell you the same thing.
And finally, you can give yourself exfoliation treatments, similar to what doctors use, safely, at home, and get great skin without having to pay a lot. That is one of the most revolutionary things I teach in the book. It is time for people to know they CAN do these things themselves.
With summer approaching, do you have any advice on how to transition into a new skin routine for the humid weather?
Use lighter moisturizers and makeup so that your skin can breathe. Don’t forget to do proper exfoliation. I have fabulous tips on this on my website, and in the book, of course.
What has been the most rewarding part of writing this book?
Hundreds of people have written to me saying that they had given up hope on getting great skin. They couldn’t believe that they had been lied to for so long by expensive beauty products, and now “see the light.” I love knowing I have helped those people save time and money. And for those who have severe issues such as severe acne or eczema, I have put them on the right track to get help with some of the newer treatments out there such as the use of light and lasers.
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This year, Mother’s Day is May 12th, and Wet n’ Wild beauty is celebrating by collaborating with the Noreen Fraser Foundation (NFF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness of women’s cancer research and the importance of early detection. Through the Extraordinary #MOMents campaign, individuals can post a photo of their mom on Wet n’ Wild’s Facebook page with a special memory of what makes her amazing. For each #MOMent shared, Wet n’ Wild will donate $1 to NFF to support women’s cancer research.
Entries will be evaluated by a panel of influential judges including: Entertainment Tonight’s Brooke Anderson; Variety Magazine Publisher, Michelle Sobrino; Stella & Dot CEO, Jessica Herrin; Owner of Pur-lisse, Jennifer Yen; and, Celebrity make-up artist, Amy Rittiner. The winner and their mom will each receive a year supply of Wet n’ Wild makeup and a $100 Walgreens shopping spree. Two runners-up will receive Wet n’ Wild gift packages worth $100, and $25 Walgreens gift cards.
The campaign will run from May 1st through Mother’s Day, May 12th, 2013. Enter now here»
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Over the years, I have become borderline obsessed with trying to find the best concealer to hide the genetic dark circles that have tormented my face since childhood. I always thought it would be great if a product would emerge on the market that would help fade the dark casts under my eyes, and reduce the tell-tale signs of aging. Alas, such a product has emerged promising to “get even” with dark under eye circles, whether it’s caused by hereditary factors, aging or thinning skin.
What is it? StriVectin-EV Get Even Dark Circle Corrector - A breakthrough, targeted eye treatment, clinically proven to be effective on all types of dark circles. 90% of women said they saw visibly lighter dark circle in only two weeks after using the product.
What it does: StriVectin-EV’s proprietary NIA-114™ molecule enhances the effectiveness of Vitamin C Actives to brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of discoloration under the eyes.
How to apply: Lightly dab (do not rub) around the eye area.
What I like: The luxurious cream provides instant hydration, and blends into the delicate skin around the eyes smoothly. It doesn’t leave behind any residue or tacky feeling, and also acts as a nice primer, making it easier for concealer to blend into the skin without a cakey effect. For an extra special touch, the cream’s light diffusing micas illuminates the eye area with a subtle hint of shimmer, which makes it a great choice for special occasions or for days you choose to go without makeup.
Final Result: My dark circles didn’t completely vanish, but they are noticeably lighter. It also acts as a good de-puffer; as soon as I apply the cream in the morning, my eyes look instantly brighter and refreshed. I do not have any fine lines yet, but I am a huge believer in the concept of prevention, and will continue to use the StriVectin EV- Get Even Dark Circle Corrector daily.