Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Makeup Removal, Cleansing, Toning and Prep

Makeup Removal, Cleansing, Toning and Prep

I just wanted to share with you some products I use to remove makeup, cleanse, tone and prep my skin with that I love!

On nights that I am full of energy, I start off by using Bi-Facil eye makeup remover on my eyes and I use Eau Fraiche Douceur for my face. The Bi-Facil will take anything of my eyes, I love it one quick swip and it’s gone, no tugging or rubbing, which I love so I’m not stretching my eye skin. The Eau Fraiche Doucer, is a rose water that will gently remove makeup all over your face & eyes, it’s soothing to me. On nights that I come home late or exhausted, I use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes. I love how this compeletly removes all my face and eye makeup without leaving me feeling oily or unclean.

I follow up with the Crème Radiance, it’s a cream-to-foam cleanser to cleanse my face. Once I have cleansed my face, I pat dry my face and use a toner. I have always used toner, since my teenage years and I am surprised to hear that many don’t ever tone. That seems odd to me, I like the clean feel of my skin plus it prevents from break outs due to dirt and grime in the pores. I use the Tonique Radiance a clarifying exfoliating toner. Both of these products are meant for my skin type, normal/combination skin.

Mask & Exfoliator

About once every 2 ½ weeks, sometimes more in the summer, I use the Pure Empreinte Masque. It’s a 5 minute purifying mineral mask with white clay that works like a sponge to absorb and remove excess oils and impurities that dull your complextion. It also reduces the appearance of of pores, clarifies, smooths and refines your skin texture! I love this mask, it, it really does unclog pores! My skin feels amazing after every treatment!

I also use the Exfoliance Radiance, a clarifying exfoliating gel about twice a week . It’s a gentle exfoliator with massaging beads and fine grains and pineapple and papaya extracts that leave my skin radiant!

Last but not least I use the Dynamic Duo…Genifique and Visionnaire.

The Genifique I use in the mornings and the Visionnaire at night. The Genifique brings back that youthful glow to my skin and the Visionnaire works on evening out my skin texture, reduce pores and works on the few lines I have on my forehead. My cheeks have been red for years due to the sun but the Visionnaire has evened that out and now my cheeks are a pale pink, I used Estee Lauder for years with no significant improvement, I can’t say enough about Visionnaire! I can’t live without the Dynamic Duo! They go with me everywhere I go! (I have recently started using the Genifique Eye Light Pearl Serum, making the Dynamic Duo into the Terrific Trio) The Light Pearl Serum works instantly and the longer you use it the more of a difference you will see. Immediately your eyes are lifted and more open, your lines are smoothed and your eyes are more illuminated. I’m blessed not having wrinkles around my eyes just yet but I use it for the illuminated eye area and for the puffiness I have in the morning after a late night out or working!

I’m always getting compliments on my skin, how young I look, my natural glow…..this all ties in to my “you need to start with a clean canvas before applying you makeup” theory! Don’t forget hydration! Moisturizers and H2O!!!!! I will go into my skin care moisturizes on a new blog just on moisturizers!

Why I work for Lancome....

Why I work for Lancôme…..

Several people have recently expressed interest in my career choices and I thought I would let everyone know why I am doing what I love!

I have a Computer Science and International Business Administration background, soo people are always asking why I am now in the beauty industry. It all started a few years ago, I was one of the lucky people that was “reduced in force” and I thought hard about what I was going to do next, since I have had several experiences under my belt (computer programmer, web designer, event management, purchasing management and  sports management). I always wanted to attend Beauty school since I was a young girl however, I never thought I could really make a career out of it, well I was wrong….fast forward a few years later, I am now a licensed cosmetologist/make-up artist. I love color, I love coloring hair and I love playing with makeup! I am currently working for Glitz & Glam Galz (on-site special event stylist’s), Lancôme and just recently I have accepted a position with Broadway in Chicago as a stylist (hair & makeup). I also have several hair clients and hair extension clients.

I love all my jobs but there is one position that people always ask me about and that is Lancôme. Why do I work for Lancôme?

I work for Lancôme because I believe just as many other artists believe, you always want to start with a good clean canvas. Your skin is my canvas, I believe that you must have good skin before you can start applying makeup for the application to look flawless! I can go to any luxury counter and purchase an eye shadow, even a drug store with good pigments but can I just walk up to any luxury counter or drug store and receive good quality skin care that actually works? Not often! I believe in Lancôme’s products and have used them for myself and I just love them! Do I like every product Lancôme has to offer, no, I only blog or recommend products that I love! That goes the same for my hair clients and makeup clients, I only use or recommend products that I truly whole heartedly believe in, my clients turn to me because they trust me, it is my responsibility to direct them in the best possible direction, I am the professional and that is my job and what I am paid for, for my knowledge, experience and trust!

Lancôme provides phenomenal skin care and I truly believe in their products, they are the #1 Luxury Skin Care company globally! I work for Lancôme because I choose to not because I have to, why not work with a company that I love and truly believe in their products.

Long story short, I love what I do, I do it because I want to not because I need to. Are there other products I love just as much as Lancôme, of course! I blog and recommend various products and brands! I am always open to new & better things (have you see my career path, lol). Always take great care of your skin and you will be able to rock your makeup! It’s good for you and makes my job easier to make you look flawless….xoxo

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Urban Decay Haul

Just wanted to post a quick picture of my Urban Decay Haul. I bought this round through their "Hey, we just met, and this is crazy but sh#ts on sale" sale.....

Feminine Palette – bought this palette because I just love the colors in it! Super cheap at $12.00.

Starlight Glitter Body Art – I had already been using this on clients for special events and decided to but it for the glitter not bad for $6.00.

Midnight Emergency Kit – Love the neutral shades in it and the full size gloss, a must carry for work assignments and travel. A steal at $12.00.

Skull Shadow Box – bought these two for two of my teenage nieces for their stocking stuffers! Fun colors for them to play with and a smart buy at $12.00

Vintage Big Fatty – Mascara, I’ve used this before on myself and clients and it’s not bad. I layer lashes with different mascara’s depending on the look that I am trying to achieve. At $5.00 each why not buy 3 to have on hand!

Vintage Eyeshadows (Color: Maui Wowie) – I have always wanted this color and for some reason I never got around to purchasing it, I don’t care that it’s the old formulation and that it doesn’t fit in their make your own palette, I’m wowing over the $9.00 price!!!

That is it….I love everything I received and I might go online to buy some more of the single eye shadows. If you haven’t had a chance get to their website and order before it’s too late!!!!
 I have purchased the newest SMOKED palette and I am currently playing with the colors and looks and will post about it very soon!

Now get to UD website and order away, treat yourself, you deserve it! :)