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All Posts from November 2011

Blondes can have more fun...with color!


They like to say blondes have more fun but sometimes when it comes to makeup a color choice that's not always the case. 

Beautiful blondes can run into two distinct problems: Looking washed out or looking too harsh.  It's a delicate balance to find a color pallet that makes you pop without feeling like you've gone overboard and have suddenly become a flashing neon sign.  So today we're going to talk about what colors work well for blondes.

Everyone's got a different skin tone, so we won't be dealing with foundations. Instead, we'll be talking about the color you build up once that part has been taken care of...Let's start with adding a little glow to that skin!

The Cheeks & Contours
With blush tones you want to try and stick to soft peaches and muted pinks.  Adding a gentle color will help keep you from fading into the background and give you a more youthful glow.  If you're still feeling a little too pale and want to add a bit of warmth, dust a bit of light colored bronzer on.  Be careful you don't choose a bronzer with shimmer that'll make you shine like the surface of the sun when any light hits you.  Also, when making bronzer choices choose one that's not too brown otherwise you'll just end up looking "dirty".  Usually the lightest shade will give you all the healthy warmth you need.

The Eyes
Sometimes really natural tones are the way to go.  Every blonde has drifted to the taupe eye shadow at one time or another, but sometimes you want a bit more drama when you're headed for a night out on the town.  Sultry colors on blondes are usually found in the medium tone range.  While dark black smoky eyes work great for the clubs, more romantic colors tend to be: medium brown, muted plums, warm shimmery pinks, coppers, and bronzes.  This winter the popular shades are the bronze and coppery tones, so you'll fit right into the fashion of the season!  For eyeliners try choosing a brown/black shade as opposed to a black.  Even a dark purple liner smudged out or a similar shadow shade dusted just along the lash line will make your eyes stand out without being too harsh, and as for mascara?  Try a dark brown or raisin color will give you a softer flare.

The Lips
Depending on your style this can be a place you can really play with your color.  Most girls have gone from lipsticks to glosses.  You can try a darker colored gloss with a medium pigment to allow your lips the chance to pop.  This winter red lips are popular.  If you're not into playing with the deeper colors, you can always line your lips with a similar colored pencil and drop a soft pink or light coral toned gloss just to emphasize those lips.  If the color is still too much, use a lighter color to tone things down a bit. 

Remember that whenever you're checking out different makeup tips, the key is to let yourself play!  It's really the best way to learn what tips will work best for you and your personality. 

Now you've got some info... why are you still sitting here when you can be playing?  Off with you!  Go play!

Luscious Locks


Many women will go to extreme lengths to grow long, beautiful hair. Some women will even fake it using wigs or extensions. However, keeping a few simple rules in mind can help you achieve the length you desire.

Avoid using products or chemical processes that contain harsh ingredients such as parabens or sulfates. These can dry hair and strip your locks of its vitality.  USE HOT STYLING TOOLS SPARINGLY. Using tools like a hair dryer or curling iron can suck the moisture out of locks and cause split ends. Let your hair air dry naturally and embrace your natural hair texture. If you must use a hot styling tool, spray a light coating of thermal-activated styling products - the Peter Lamas Hold Me Thermal Styling Spray or Volumize Me Sea Silk Styling Mousse-  to give your hair a layer of protection.

Let your stylist know you are planning to grow your hair out and schedule a trim every 2-3 months. Trimming your hair regularly will remove existing split ends to make sure it doesn't travel up your length. 

Tight braids and ponytails can pull your hair right out of its roots! Let your hair flow or stick to low, loose ponytails and buns.

What you eat and drink has a major effect on your appearance. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, healthy fats and lean protein your diet to get all of the vitamins and minerals necessary to stay healthy. Also, using nourishing hair care products like the Chinese Herbs Regenerating System will give you an extra boost to promote healthy hair growth.

Indulge in a rich conditioning treatment once a week. One natural ingredient that helps boost shine and hydration is virgin coconut oil. Saturate your hair and scalp with the virgin coconut oil and massage your scalp for 1-2 minutes. Then wrap hair in a towel and leave it in for 30 minutes. Rinse the oil out with warm water. Shampoo and condition as usual. This will leave you with super shiny, soft locks.

 Following these easy tips will lead you on the path to longer, stronger hair.

Duel Settled! Dual Actives Win


Powder versus liquid!
Light coverage versus medium coverage!
These are some of the inevitable battles many of my younger clients come in fighting every day. Whether you're just beginning to use makeup or your skin is changing and your makeup just isn't going on right anymore, you aren't always sure what product will be the best for your face.
Don't despair! Your makeup doesn't have to turn into an all out war. When considering coverage options, many times, I turn to Cinema Secrets Dual Active Foundations to help solve any uncertainty.

Dual Active Foundations are a pressed powder aloe-based compact that can go on dry to simply even out the skin tone.  What makes it 'dual' is that it can also be wet to give a bit more coverage when needed, acting like a light liquid foundation that dries to a powder finish. This grants a light to medium coverage depending on application.  Light application is achieved with a powder dusting and medium if you wet the compact cake before applying the makeup.  

The most sensitive skin types (tweens, teens, men, and young adults) don't need much makeup. With youthful skin, less is always more and a little coverage tends to go a long way. Oily skin types can also benefit from Dual Active Foundation as the powder-base tends to absorb some of the excess oil that is produced Dual don't feel like you're really wearing makeup and can look very natural to the eye and the camera.  I tend to avoid using these foundations if my clients have dry skin, acne problems or have concerns with fine lines, as powder bases tend to pronounce these sensitive issues. Also keep in mind that powder and liquid bases can't hold as much pigment as creams so if you need more coverage a cream makeup may be a better option for you.

The Dual Active compacts are handy purchase because they also come with a mirror and a separate compartment with an application sponge perfect for quick touch-ups. I always suggest picking up a few extra application sponges, so clients can change out the sponge when it starts to get over-used to help prevent bacteria build up and break-outs.

So in the end a makeup like Dual Active Foundations can give you a few options on how you can use and wear it.  Wet or dry it's a quick way to step out putting your best face forward.

Lovely Lips


As winter weather approaches no matter the climate, lips tend to get dry and chapped.  No one wants to be caught under the mistletoe with cracked or rough lips.  Don't run for the hills and hide I'm here to rescue you with three tips for prevention!  

•    Exfoliate
Most of us exfoliate our skin, but never think to do the same for our lips.  Now this doesn't mean you need to run out and use a heavy duty exfoliating wash for your lips.  Be gentle with them.  Start by running your tooth brush gently across your lips after you've rinsed your brush and worked on your teeth.  Once a week nab a little sugar from the kitchen or your favorite coffee house and wet it into a paste.  Use this as a gentle scrub that will take off any of the overly dry skin that collects and makes your lips look more smooth and supple.  You'll also notice your natural lip color seems more vibrant.

•    Moisturize
Once you're exfoliated you need to keep those lips moisturized.  This doesn't mean smooth on the lip balm, that'll come later.  Moisturize means that when you put on your facial moisturizer in the morning and at night, massage some into your lips as well.  Your lips have skin on them too, so treat them just as well as the rest of your face!  If you don't feel the need for too much moisture, just apply the moisturizer at night.  Our skin absorbs and retains moisture the best at night while the body regenerates during sleep cycles.  You'll start to notice them looking a bit more plump from the extra hydration.

•    Protect
This is where your lip balms come in handy.  Lip balm was designed to protect and soothe your lips from the weather.  If you're braving the blustery wind and snow, or the dry cool of the desert areas, lip balms will seal in any moisture you've got and protect from damage.  While they have a slick texture, remember they're not really adding moisture to your lips.  If you're dry try to add a bit of moisturizer, wait three minutes then apply your balm.  You'll notice you won't be applying balm like a crazy person and wondering why it's not doing its job.  It is!  Also avoid balms with "medication" in them, while it will help aid cracked and already dry lips, it can actually irritate healthy lips.

So no you're armed with luscious lip knowledge.  As Ben Franklin's tried and true adage says: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."