Monday, July 19, 2010

Beauty 911's: Quick Fixes for your Beauty Blunders. The FULL STORY

I had the great privledge to appear on Fox's Good Day Philadelphia this AM to do a segment on Beauty 911's.  Let me start off by saying everyone at the studio from the security guards , to the interns, to the crew and anchors are amazing.  I felt right at home and even a little like a celebrity:) I had the chance to meet John Anderson, Sheinelle Jone and the one and only Jennaphr Frederick.
They were all wonderful, engaging people.

So now onto some of the quick fixes for some beauty blunders:

Overdone Self-tanner

If you’re self-tanner application has turned out streaky or blotchy or you’re just feeling a bit too orange, there are a few products on the market that you can buy to get your skin back to normal.

• One of the best we have found in St. Tropez Self Tan Remover.

• For an at-home remover, take 2 tablespoons of baking soda, some lemon juice and a few splashes of water and mix together to create a paste. Use a washcloth and in circular motions rub on the streaked areas of the skin.

• In the future, make sure you exfoliate well and moisturize thoroughly prior to self-tanning; this will remove dead skin and create a smooth canvas and reduce the risk of splotches.

Irritated Pimple

Pimples and blemishes happen to everyone from time to time and often at the worst possible moment. Picking a pimple is never recommended - not only can it lead to an infection but it also can leave a scare and slow the healing process. Still, we’ve all done it before. So what do you do now that it’s red, swollen and irritated?

• Chop up a non-coated aspirin and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply the paste to the spot for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and pat dry.

• Dab a Q-tip with eye drops that remove red from eyes, such as Visine.

• To cover, dab with a thin layer of Benefit Erase Paste and blend outward with a sponge. Do not load on the product as this will make it look worse.

• Once you have blended outward, set the concealer with Makeup Forever HD Setting Translucent Powder.

• If you pimple is on your cheek, avoid rosy blush and instead choose use beige or soft brown shade and skip the shimmer.

• If the pimple is around the chin or mouth, try a soft lip color such as a nude or pinky beige.

Over-plucked Eyebrow

Whether you went a little tweezer happy in front of the magnifying mirror or your trip to the salon for an eyebrow wax went array, there is hope.

• To reduce the redness and post-tweezing or waxing bumps, apply a soothing cream. Tweezerman has come out with an AWESOME soothing cream that will calm your brows in no time.

• Next, temporarily fill in the brows with a slanted liner brush and brow power. Sephora has a whole kit, which I always keep on hand, the Sephora Arch it brow kit.

• To speed up the re-growth process, try one of the new brow serums on the market to promote growth, strength. Volume and length. I like The Brow Doctor or Anastasia Brow Enhancing Serum.


While we all know the harmful affects of too much sun, it’s tough to completely avoid the outdoors, especially after this beautiful holiday weekend. If you do spend too much time in the sun without reapplying sunscreen and end up with a burn, here’s what to do:

• First, soothe the sunburn with a washcloth soaked in cold black tea- the tannic acid in the tea clams inflammation.

• Pat dry and top with aloe vera gel.

• As the burned skin begins to peel. moisturize twice a day with a gentle yet heavy-duty moisturizer like Aquaphor. Whatever you do, do not peel away the skin.

• Avoid damaging your skin any further, with a quality sunscreen designed for the face, such as Clinque Solar Smart Face Cream with SPF 50.

• To camouflage a burn, remember less is more. You may be tempted to cover your face with thick foundations or creams but it is ideal to a high quality, hypoallergenic mineral powder or bronzer. We recommend, Peter Thomas Roth Mineral Bronzer with SPF 30.

• Treat scorched lips with lip treatment and a tint to boot. THE BEST Product for this is Fresh’s Sugar Plum Tinted Lip Treatment. I like Sheer Berry Plum.

• If there are any open blisters, do not use any makeup at all.

Clumped Mascara

With all the formulas out there, clumpy mascara still remains a problem for many but there is a quick solution to this common dilemma. The mascara went on clumped – now what?

• Wipe the wand lightly with paper towel, not a tissue.

• Start at root of lashes and swish up a few times. Try a lengthening formula as they tend to be thinner than volume-boosting formulas.

• If you get mascara on your eyelid, use a Q-tip dipped in little face cream or lotion and quickly dab the area.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Fear the Beard No Longer:) ...Bring on that Moustache!

 Fall/Winter 2010 beauty trends are starting to make an appearance and it seems that a BIG Trend for Men is Facial Hair.   The Moustache, Goatee, Mutton Chops, Chin Curtain, Soul Patch , Fu Manchu and full fledged Lumber Jack Beard are all making a come back and fast . When I started to think about this new male trend I started to get nervous.  Why?

Well have you have tried to kiss a man with protruding facial hair?  For a sensitive skinned girl like myself , facial hair can be a complete nightmare.  I always tell my Mr. Wonderful that when he doesn't shave for a few days it feels like little, sharp mini blades are scratching my skin with every kiss.  So maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration but it really does cause my skin to get itchy and even red and bumpy.  I know that many , many , many ladies out there can agree. 

Tonight!!!! I HAVE SOLVED THE PROBLEM!  I have been searching for a way to combine the HOT trend of facial hair while avoiding the feeling of daggers sticking into my skin.  I give you BEARD HEAD.  This perfect piece combines the best of both worlds,the look of a massive beard and moustache with the comfort and coziness of a soft knit texture!  Perfection!  I know what I am going to be buying Mr. Wonderful for the Fall!  Oh and ladies if you are feeling the urge to jump on this TREND WAGON...It actually comes in PINK TOO!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Happy to have "Egg on your Face"...It's True!

You know that old saying, "You have egg on your face"  , it's usually the last thing you want to hear or have for that matter.  The saying generally implies that something you have done (or some turn of events) has left you looking embarrassed or foolish.  WELL NO LONGER MY FRIENDS.  You can now be overjoyed to have "Egg on your Face". Here 's how...

I recently discovered Victoria Egg White Facial Soap and this stuff puts a new meaning to that old saying.  Swedish Women have been whipping up t egg white facials for years to give their complexions an amazing healthy and smooth glow. Now you can have the same facial with this little bar of soap.  Every night before you turn in for your beauty sleep , work this bar of facial wonder into a rich lather, apply to your face and the rich white lather naturally draws the impurities from your pores.  Leave the foam on your face and neck for a few minutes and then rinse.  Your skin will feel clean, fresh and best of all smooth and silky to the touch.   I also adore the hint of rosewater that has been added to give a light , whimsical scent.  Oh and did you know that the scent of rosewater is said to induce more pleasant dreams:)

Trust me on this one, this is EGG-actly what you are looking for in an at home purifying nightly facial.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Summer Sizzler ! Beat the Heat, Sweat Proof Makeup Tips!


Hello my fellow beauty buffs!  We're BACK!  We've been MIA for a few weeks but now we are back on the case to share all of the wonderful beauty finds, tricks and treats with all of you.  Even more exciting I will be having some very special guest bloggers joining!  More to come on that later...Now, onto our Sweat Proof Makeup Tips!

So recently on the East Coast has been hit with a heat wave, not just the typical 90 to 95 degree summer heat flash. We were hit with over 99 degree heat and it does not seem like we will be back to those lovely 80's or 70's anytime soon.  I spent most of the 105 degrees days,( July 3-7) soaking in the ocean armed with my limbs covered in my Bullfrog sunblock ( keeps away bugs too:) and my face smothered in my Clinque Sun SPF 50 face cream

I have since returned from beautiful Stone Harbor, New Jersey and the next few weeks are full of important client meetings and gigs so I need to be in my best freshest face despite the tropical heatwave.

So here are some amazing products that keep your makeup staying put and we will be pure perfection.

1. Eye Seal from Make Up Forever. This stuff rocks.   This is an alcohol free liquid that sets and waterproofs all your powers and pencil that are not waterproof already. A little drop of this stuff and that makeup will not budge. 

2. Matte Waterproof Bronzer by Tarte. Not only is this product great to enhance that summer tan but it is also great for contouring to add that slimming effect for the face.  There are other waterproof bronzers on the market but I love this one because is packed with good stuff that helps improve your skins texture, tone and clarity while withstanding humidity and moisture.  This product has NO Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes which is another bonus.

3. Sugar Plum Lip Tint by Fresh.  We all know that lip stains and tints are long lasting and withstand many natural elements even sweat but they tend to be non-moisturizing and drying.  The last thing you want to do in the summer is dry those lips out. Fresh, created an amazing lip tint that combines the staying power with a lip treatment and SPF.  With Sugar Plum Tint you will have that perfect plum pout and your lips with thank you for the Antioxidant-rich vitamin packed product.

4. All Nighter Setting Spray by Urban Decay .  The name says it all.  Spray this on as a last step and your makeup will be like the energizer bunny it will keep going and going and going...I stand by this product through and through.  I have already gone through 2 bottles since I use it on all of my clients.  It can truly prevent makeup melt downs.

5. FiberWig Mascara from Imju.  I tend to sound like a broken record when it comes to mascara...I feel that it is the most essential makeup product a women can own and Fiberwig by Imju is one of my new favorites. If you don't feel like putting the whole look together before you walk out the door in the sultry heat take 2 min to put on some of this product on.  It is like having false lashes in a tube.  This mascara is instant drying,smudge proof and clump free and of course long lasting.  Here is the kicker you won't need any special makeup eye remover to get this stuff off your precious lashes.  Just some warm water and a soft wash cloth.

So there you have get out there and beat the heat with your freshest face forward!