Repair Dry Damaged Hands

Are your hands feeling the toll of the harsh winter? Dryness, cracking, roughness and sometimes bleeding are all symptoms that leave hands vulnerable and tender. If you're experiencing any of these issues, why not give your hands some needed TLC with these wonderful hydrating gloves by Bliss.

Bliss Glamour Gloves
In 20 minutes you can have hydrated hands with these self-activating gel lined gloves. The gloves can be use alone, or paired with your favorite hand cream for an extra boost of moisture. One set of gloves are good for up to 50 applications.
Price $52.00   Available at  Bliss or a Bliss spa near you.

As a makeup artist I'm constantly washing my hands, so I love the hand cream from 
L'Occitane.  The small travel size is perfect for on the go. 

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L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream
This rich hand cream contains 20% Shea Butter for quick hydration without feeling oily, yet leaves  hands  soft and supple. 
1 oz tube $12.00, 5.2 oz $28.  Available at L'Occitane and in a Sephora store near you.

 

Clean Up Brows In 2 Minutes Or Less

Whether you like to get your brows waxed, tweezed, or threaded we are all faced with the dreadful state of our brows inbetween visits.  Well, here is an option to clean up those brows in no time.  I love this option as I get older because my eye sight isn't what it use to be, and lets face it the lighting in most bathrooms are pretty horrible.

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Fromm Ergo Brow Shaper 
At first I was a little skeptical using a razor on my face, but after given it a try, I was surprised how easy and quickly it got the job done.  I love that is has a curved handle which allows manuvering around the brow area effortless. Price $6.19 Available at Sally's Beauty Supply 
 

Exfoliator That Hydrates, Brightens & Soothes

When your skin has a build up of dead skin cells it prevents your moisturizer from working effectively.  This is why after applying moisturizer in about an hour your skin feels like you put nothing on.  Maybe you see a peeling, or rolling of dead skin cells, or perhaps some discoloration is present.  Well let me tell you about a product I'm crushing on that was recently introduced to me by Dermalogica Educator Beth Kennerson that addresses all these issues.

 

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Dermalogica Daily Resurfer
This is dual physical and chemical leave on exfoliating treatment that also hydrates, brightens and soothes the skin.  Beta and Alpha Hydroxy acids with enzymes exfoliates those dead skin cells.  When your moisturizer doesn't have to fight through dead skin cells and can actually penetrate into the skin you benefit by not seeing fine lines form prematurely.  Hyaluronic Acid and Eelgrass are humectants that help the skin retain moisture thereby reducing the appearance of fine lines.  Rice Extract, Rooibos and Green teas help even out and brighten the skin tone.

 There is a slit in the pad so you can place it over your finger then apply in circular motions all over the face.  It's non-sticky so it won't interfere with other products and is also fragrance free.  Price is $68.00 with 35 doses  Available at Dermalogica, and Ulta.

 

Beauty Bites Brunch

What is the best recipe for celebrating beauty? 

Let’s begin with a fabulous brunch catered by Boutique Bites.

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.  Shake up one custom cocktail created by Hakim Hamid.

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Add a pinch of tips and tricks, and roll out the summer makeup trends.

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Throw in half a dozen women who are making a difference in the world of beauty and fashion. From left to right, Co-owner of Sir & Madame Autumn Merritt, Acting model for the day Chelsea Lavin, Makeup Artist Andie Cumber, Co-owner of PRSVR Margaret Williams, Beauty Blogger Terez Baskin, Miss Renaissance specializing in fashion, food and product photography Eva Daiberl, Blogger and Journalist Jessica LaShawn, and Brown Eyed Style Blogger Alison Fraker.   


Mix together and you get an afternoon of “Beauty Bites”.
Beauty Bites is all about sharing my perspective as a professional makeup artist. To bring trends from the catwalk, and show the everyday woman how she can reinvent them to best suit her individual style. 

I'd like to thank Authentic Noise for helping me host this event. 
If you'd like to see video coverage of the event, visit my home page and click on the Take One icon.  All video shot and edited by Cornell Sanner.

 

Liquid Eye Liner With A Twist

Sometimes changing a product or how you use it can bring about a simple change in your look.  A simple change was what I stumbled onto when I decided to give the Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner a try...

The end result…BAMM!!! Liquid eyeliner has been around for some time, but this liquid eyeliner contains glitter.  The glitter changes what use to be standard liquid eyeliner to now liquid eyeliner with extra pop.  There is an array of colors to choose from, but my favorites are sequins-sparkling black, electric-sparkling bright green and curacao- sparkling violet blue which is to die for!!! Price: $22.00 Available at:  Sephora, stilacosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Ulta

Liquid Eye Liner With a Twist

Sometimes changing a product or how you use it can bring about a simple change in your look.  A simple change was what I stumbled onto when I decided to give the Stila Sparkle Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner a try.  The end result…BAMM!!!

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Stila Sparkle Waterproof  Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner has been around for some time, but this liquid eyeliner contains glitter.  The glitter changes what use to be standard liquid eyeliner to now liquid eyeliner with extra pop.  There is an array of colors to choose from, but my favorites are sequins-sparkling black, electric-sparkling bright green and curacao- sparkling violet blue which is to die for!!!  Price: $22.00 Available at Stila, Sephora, Ulta and other fine department stores.

A Lip Gloss With Great Coverage

Since wearing a nude glossy lip arrived on the scene, it was a trend I wanted to try.  Unfortunately because I have a two toned lip dark on the top and light on the bottom, it was something I couldn’t do.  Most lip glosses were to sheer to sport the look like I wanted until now.  Inglot a cosmetic company out of Poland has created AMC Lip Paints that finally allow me to wear a nude lip. The lip paint is pigmented enough to give great coverage, but also has some wonderful skincare properties.  Its smoothing and repairing formulation moisturizes, repairs and stimulates collagen production.

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Inglot AMC Lip Paint
There are 20 shades to pick from.  My favorites are #51 for a nude beige lip, #63 for a soft pink lip, and #60 for a sun kissed coral lip.  Price: $12.00. Products are available on line at Inglot, or at a free standing Inglot store. 

A Lip Gloss with Great Coverage

Since wearing a nude glossy lip arrived on the scene, it was a trend I wanted to try.  Unfortunately because I have a two toned lip dark on the top and light on the bottom,  it was something I couldn’t do.  Most lip glosses were to sheer to sport the look like I wanted until now...

Inglot a cosmetic company out of Poland has created AMC Lip Paints that finally allow me to wear a nude lip.  The lip paint is pigmented enough to give great coverage, but also has some wonderful skincare properties.  Its smoothing and repairing formulation moisturizes, repairs and stimulates collagen production.

There are 20 shades to pick from.  My favorites are #51 for a nude beige lip, #63 for a soft pink lip, and #60 for a sun kissed coral lip. Price: $12.00. Products Available at www.inglotcosmetics.com or, an Inglot free standing store

How to Keep Your Shadow From Fading

If your eye shadow creases or fades then here is the solution. 

 

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer
This primer provides full coverage for the eye lid concealing any discoloration.  It prevents creasing, 
fading and smudging so powder or cream shadows stay put and don't come off until you take them
Off.  The color intensitying formula ensures that you get the maximum shadow pigment payoff.  The
Vitamin E  formula leaves the eye area with a silky feeling while providing soothing effects for those with
sensitive eye area.  Price $18.00 Product Available at TooFaced, Sephora and Ulta

Hydration For Skin With the Winter Blues

If you live where you have to weather a cold season, then you know all too well the toll it can take on your face.  This time of year I see a lot of clients who suffer from dehydrated skin caused by the cold and wind outdoors, and the dry heat indoors.  One way to rehydrate skin in need is to add a gel mask to your regime during the winter/spring season.  Gel masks will cool, sooth and infuse the skin with water leaving the skin plump, and soft as a baby’s bottom. Here are a few gel masks that I love working with.

Astara: Golden Flame Hydration Mask- Contains Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cucumber and Chamomile to sooth. Hyaluronic Acid helps draw and bind moisture to the skin. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse, or can be left on overnight. It’s great for all skin types. Price: 2 oz. Jar $44.00 and 1.3 oz. Jar $31.00 Available at: www.astaraskincare.com

Peter Thomas Roth: Cucumber Gel Masque- Contains Cucumber and other plant extracts to soften the skin, Sodium PCA to help bind moisture to the skin and prevent dehydration.  Allantoin, Chamomile, and Aloe Vera help to calm and sooth.  This is a quick 10 minute mask.  For a cooler application which is appreciated on sunburn skin, store your gel mask in the refrigerator.  It can be used by all skin types. Price: 5.3 oz. Jar $45.00 Available at: www.peterthomasroth.com

Bio Elements: Gel Therapy Hydrating Mask- This mask contains essential minerals for healthier looking skin.  Plant extracts help strengthen, and balance the levels of water and oil in the skin.  It’s also great for all skin types including sensitive skin.  Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse using twice weekly. Price: 2.5 oz. Jar $38.00 Available at www.bioelements.com

* Using a gel mask is a quick way to address surface dehydration that you may experience occasionally. If you experience on going dryness, then it is time to graduate to a richer moisturizer.

Gel Masks to Repair Dehydrated Skin

If you live where you have to weather a cold season, then you know the toll it can take on your face. This time of year I see a lot of clients who suffer from dehydrated skin. A quick way to re-hydrate is adding a gel mask to your regime during the winter/spring season. A gel mask will cool, sooth and infuse the skin with water leaving the skin plump, and soft as a baby’s bottom. Here are a few gel masks that I love working with.

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Astra Golden Flame Hydration Mask
Contains Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Cucumber and Chamomile to sooth. Hyaluronic Acid helps draw and bind moisture to the skin. Leave on for 30 minutes then rinse, or can be left on overnight. Price: 2 oz. Jar $44.00 & 1.3 oz. Jar $31.00  Available  Astara.

 

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Bio Elements Gel Therapy Hydrating
This 10 minute mask contains essential minerals to promote healthy skin, and plant extracts to strengthening and balance the skin. This product is great for skin suffering from sunburns or wind burns and is ideal after any facial procedure that may leave the skin feeling some irritation.  Price: 2.5 oz. Jar $38.00 Available at Bio Elements.

 

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Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Masque
This ultra-soothing masque is suitable for all skin types. It contains natural enzymes like cucumber, papaya, and sugar cane to exfoliate and soften the skin. Ingredients like Allantoin and Chamomile help soothe the skin. This is also a great product to use under the eye to reduce puffiness.   Price: 5.3 oz. Jar $45.00 Available at PTR.

 

A Bride Bucks Tradition

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like Katy. There was such a relaxed way about her that you couldn’t help but be immediately drawn to her. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in her skin, and it came across in the way she planned her wedding.  

She didn’t go with a traditional wedding theme; instead she planned her wedding around the things that are a part of her everyday life.  Cooking and entertaining is something near and dear to Katy. When she decided to take her wedding photos at Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, I thought it was a cool and unexpected move for a bride.

 

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Her photos have a casual air about them as she walks the aisles selecting regular staples like fresh fruit, cheese, wine, and let’s not forget something to satisfy a sweet tooth.

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To get in a little exercise bride and groom took to the hoops.  Basketball in a wedding dress is definitely my idea of an awesome bride.

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For her ceremony and reception, she chose the location A New Leaf Studio and Garden. This lovely location was perfect for her intimate affair.

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At the reception, she again tied in her love for food and entertaining, and kept her guests busy by asking that they write words of wisdom for the newlyweds to live by. We can all agree that this bride walks to the beat of her own drum and bucked tradition all the way.

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A Bride Bucks Tradition

Right from the start, I knew I was going to like Katy. There was such a relaxed way about her that you couldn’t help but be immediately drawn to her. She’s a woman who’s comfortable in her skin, and it came across in the way she planned her wedding. She didn’t go with a traditional wedding theme; instead she planned her wedding around the things that are a part of her everyday life.

Cooking and entertaining is something near and dear to Katy. When she decided to take her wedding photos at Whole Foods Market in Lincoln Park, I thought it was a cool and unexpected move for a bride.

Her photos have a casual air about them as she walks the aisles selecting regular staples like fresh fruit, cheese, wine, and let’s not forget something to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Have you ever seen a basketball and a bride in the same photo? Well, you can see just how awesome this bride is because she decided to get in a game of hoops in her wedding dress on her wedding day!

For her ceremony and reception, she chose the location A New Leaf Studio and Garden. This lovely location was perfect for her intimate affair.

At the reception, she again tied in her love for food and entertaining.

She kept her guests busy by asking that they write words of wisdom for the newlyweds to live by. We can all agree that this bride walks to the beat of her own drum and bucked tradition all the way.