Friday, September 30, 2011
I'm not gonna lie. I love Drag Queen makeup. It's so exaggerated, over the top and glam. And my favorite thing in life is when women do it. Because it makes us look hyper feminine. Now I'm not a big fan of Lady Gaga's drag looks because really, she's more doing Art School makeup. Which a drag queen wouldn't be caught dead in. Nope, Drag Queens wanna do everything in their (and MACs) power to make them look as feminine as possible.
So my favorite two looks of the don't are the queens of the drag queen make-up: Kim Kardashian and Pamela Anderson. I love those crazy spider lashes on Kim. Yes, I'm currently trying to grow my own with Latisse. And the ideal would be if I could find someone to tint my upper and lower lashes every month. Then I would have similar spider lashes. Really, I have very long lashes on the bottom. Although I think that has to do with the fact that I don't wear mascara there. Thank Risa (friend/esthetician) for that tip. Which means that now I only pull out the mascara for the special occasions since even the most gentle mascara has been damaging my lashes.
Pam Anderson. What can I say. You know what works on your eyes. Lots and lots and lots of dark black and light blue shadow blended to a black mixed with smokey grey. Love it! You will always be an edgy Barbie come to life for me. Speaking of the smokey eye, I love the trend that we are moving towards of monochromatic color on the lid, in the crease and under the eye. I first noticed it with Drew Barrymore's commercial for the Cover Girl product that is color and primer in one. This trend speaks to the lazy beautician in me for simple everyday makeup that makes your eyes pop. Blending is just too much work for the office and has been relegated to the weekends.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Onto beauty spurlges. Everyone always asks me what they really need to spend on their beauty products. I think this comes from the fact that there is such a wide range of prices out there. $1 for Suave shampoo, $50 for Kerastase shampoo. $5 for Olay face wash, $38 for SkinCeuticals face wash. What do you really need to put your money towards?
Depends. I know that wasn't the easy answer you wanted to hear. The reality is that everyone should buy a face wash, shampoo and moisturizer that is appropriate to their skin/hair type. The best way to figure that out is to go to a professional and ask. Next time you get a haircut, make sure you to ask what the best type of shampoo for your hair is. When you go to your facialist, ask what ingredients/type of cleanser they recommend for you. For example, some people do great with a gel cleanser, while others need a cream cleanser. As far as buying the particular brand that your hair stylist and facialist recommends, it really has to do with your particular needs. Do you have problem areas (dandruff, dry hair, breakouts)? Then you should try to stick to the brands that your hair stylist/facialist recommends. The reason is that they have more than likely seen their fair share of the problems that you are dealing with. They've spent years trying out different products with their clients and now they definitely know what products will actually truly solve your problems. Your less likely to end up with a closet full of products with half met expectations. You are paying for knowledge when you buy that face cream from your facialist.
If you have normal hair and normal skin, you can probably get away with getting the cheapest hair and skin care products out there. But if you have any sensitivities at all, you are going to want to avoid over the counter products you can get at drugstores and grocery stores. The reason those products are so cheap is because they have less active ingredients. That's why they work just fine for people that have normal hair and normal skin who don't really need a lot of active ingredients. They just need something that is going to clean their skin and their hair. But the reason those products are irritating to the majority of us who have skin/hair problems is because what they lack in active ingredients, they make up in fillers, preservatives and perfumes. Scent is the number one allergen out there. Next time you are at the drugstore, take a whiff of the biggest brands that you know (the ones you see the most on TV) and you'll notice that they have very intense smells. That's because they are filling their bottles with scent. Sometimes, to be fair, that scent is being used to mask lower quality ingredients.
Let's say you have problems with your hair/skin but you really want to spend your share of wallet on that vacation to Mexico. Then make sure you ask your hair stylist/facialist to talk to you about the ingredients in the products that they recommend. Your task will be to become a label reader. For example, for the majority of people with acne, hydroxy acids (salicylic and glycolic for example) and benzoyl peroxide are the most effective ingredients. Typically the products that your facialist are recommending for your skin have those ingredients in them. You can try out the drugstore versions, just make sure that your product doesn't have too many ingredients that might irritate your already sensitive skin. If you have any questions about a particular ingredient, bring the products you are using into the salon or spa and ask. Many facialists and hair stylists are beauty ingredient scientists.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Since skin is my passion, perfecting my own skin is my life's work. Right now I'm dealing with a hodgepodge of skin issues that make me very unhappy. Have irritations on my skin really does affect my mood. But they also allow me to experiment with a wide variety of treatments.
First up, I tried the one that maybe you've heard before: Pre-Natal vitamins for hair, skin and nails. I do see a shine to my hair and my nails are stronger than ever. But my skin didn't get better or worse. Next, probiotics. I've heard about them for about a year from my beautiful massage therapist client Jenny. Then I started seeing commercials touting their miracle benefits. I've been taking them for about a month and haven't felt anything (except the occasional heartburn). I did notice in a magazine that Eminence is touting their probiotic skin care line. http://www.amazon.com/Eminence-VitaSkin-Skin-Probiotic-Masque/dp/B004D7I7CO
Onto Omega 3s which change your heart and your life, supposedly. I will attest to the fact that when I briefly took Lovaza (prescription version of Omega 3s) I had the softest skin ever. I've been trying to get about 3G of Omega 3s a day and I've noticed my skin softening. Now the bain of my existence: Hormonal Acne. It's been a big problem for me in the past two months. I stopped hormonal birth control back in February (I'd been on it for 10 years, seemed like enough time) and expected my skin to explode.
Nothing happened, oddly enough, except for increased oil production around my nose. Then in August my face started to fall off. I've been on the roller coaster ride of battling hormonal acne flair-up since then. One will pop up just as soon as another one has healed. Just in case you aren't familiar with it, hormonal acne is very similar to cystic acne, in that it is often deep, angry and painful.
I'm going to give the probiotics and Omega 3s two more months and then I'm going to try the next beauty health product on my todo list: Cod Liver Oil. Yup, that stuff from when our grandparents were kids. It's Omega 3s plus Vitamin A. Vitamin A helps your skin cells shed and renew themselves (that's what RetinA is). I'll report back in the New Year on whether or not I've seen a change from Cod Liver Oil!
Monday, September 26, 2011
Even LC and fellow fashionistas are getting into Lipstick. Everything is so cyclical.
I'm totally down with the bright pink. Spider lashes too. But glossy eye shadow is not my thing. I have enough problems with my shadow slipping as it is. No more gloss on top of that. Although I should probably never say never. It seems like it might be one of those things that if I try it, I'll love it.
As for the title of this post, it refers to the beauty baggage that we all carry with us. Me, I can never go too long with unplucked eyebrows, because it reminds me of my high school days. My BF Paul warned me about the dangers of over plucking after I had a wee bit of a waxing accident last week (a perfect storm of too hot wax, double waxing and waxing on the face). Don't worry I will never take it to the extreme of bleaching or disappearing eyebrows.
Lips are the other big beauty baggage that I carry around. For some reason, my small mouth and cupids bow lips look funny to me when they stand out with lipstick. I'm much more comfortable playing up my eyes. Point is, we all have beauty stuff that stays with us. Thank god the fashion goddesses challenge us with reminding us to wear a bright shade on our lips now and then.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
It's that time of year, where beauty mags and beauty writers try to convince us that Peacock Blue is the new black. Seriously. I read that Peacock Blue was the color for fall. Which is funny because I've loved teal forever. But it sounds so much fancier as Peacock Blue, mais non?
Destination manicure: I like the idea of having a high-end selection of shades. But I don't need to spend hours at the nail salon getting pampered. My ideal spot would be simple but upscale decor plus speed. I'm kind of looking for a blowout bar concept for nails.
Lipstick/Lipgloss hybrid: I've been feeling a pull back towards lipstick lately. Crazy I know, but I definitely want something a little more matte for everyday. But not too matte or that would look too dry. Hybrids seem like a good fit. I've even seen a lipstick/lipgloss/lipstain hybrid. Talk about being everything to everyone.
Oil cleansers: I know this strikes fear in the hearts of my American girls. But they have been big in Europe for years. The idea is that like attracts like. Plus the thinking is that it's better to nourish than strip. If you use a cleanser that is too harsh, you'll just end up increasing the oil production. I tried the Oil Cleansing Method (using a mixture of Jojoba and Castor Oil). It wasn't for me because I very quickly developed cystic acne. Dermalogica has a product called Pre-Cleanse which is an Olive and Apricot-Kernel based cleansing oil. Now that the weather is a little cooler and my skin feels drier, it might be a good time to experiment with Pre-Cleanse.
On a side note, I've never had good luck as a kitchen witch. In case you don't know that turn of phrase, a kitchen witch is someone who mixes up products in their kitchen. Every time I've tried the Crushed Aspirin mask or Homemade Oil Cleansing, I've inevitably done something to my face. I do tend to recommend that people stick with the products you can buy in stores because while the idea of putting fresh strawberries on your face sounds appealing, the reality is that the chemical version of strawberries for your face is more cosmetically elegant.
Perfume Necklace: I love this idea. Fashion + Beauty = awesome! I'm not a huge perfume person since my BF Paul is a sensitive Libra when it comes to those things. I'm more interested in spicy, floral scents (which he calls artificial and chemical) and he likes fruit scents. But the idea of roller ball perfumes appeals to me since it's in an oil-base and adds a little nourishment to your skin (that you don't get from alcohol-based perfumes)
Monday, September 12, 2011
I've had some eye irritation so I've decided to cut back on Latisse. I am using it 2x a week and using an Eyelash conditioner by Enormous Lash the other 5x a week.
I've definitely seen an increase in my lash quantity over the past 8 weeks. My lashes aren't freakshow long yet but I think they might be in another 8 weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!