Beauty for Breakups

October 15, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Posted in Beauty Must-Haves, QVC | 2 Comments
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We’re just not at the same place.” For a bride-to-be, looking forward to marrying the man of her dreams in one month, these were not words I wanted to hear. However, I quickly decided if I have to go through breakup hell at least I’ll look my best.

If you are going through a breakup (or another hard time), here are a few beauty tips I’ve learned over the past few weeks. You won’t want to do any of these, but please do. They will make you feel a teeny bit better. And I promise you will be glad you did when you’re ready to go public again.

Eye Must-Haves

  1. Book hair and nail appointments ASAP. I had timed many beauty appointments around the wedding but promptly moved these up. Within a week, my hair was relaxed, colored and cut; nails and toes painted.
  2. Book beauty appointments that have downtime. Always wanted lipo? Now’s the time since no one but you will see the recovery bruises. I consulted with a dermatologist and plastic surgeon for body contouring work I want to have done. And had another Asclera leg vein treatment, likely my last, since they are nearly vanished, yay 🙂
  3. Use a great eye drop, gel and concealer. Your eyes reveal the most heartache from tears and puffiness. Visine (drugstore) removes a lot of eye redness. I like Mally Beauty Eye Gel ($45 QVC, Henri Bendel) to take the puffiness away. Massaging with the metal ball is critical, results are temporary but do the trick. Mally Beauty’s Cancellation Conditioning Concealer ($35 website, Henri Bendel) smooths out under eye discoloration. I apply it down through the nostril area to cover redness in this area.
  4. Walk everyday for an hour. Split the time if you need to. I’ve heard running increases cortisol (stress level) so keep it to fast walking. Plus you’ll be overindulging in food and drinks alot, so it will make you feel less guilty.
  5. Switch to waterproof mascara (I like L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Mascara $8.95 drugstore). Typically I don’t use waterproof mascara because it’s really hard to remove (make sure you have eye makeup remover). However, something will set you off at the most inopportune time and black ink running down your face is not pretty. You could also have a professional apply lash extensions.
  6. Splurge on beauty products you wouldn’t normally buy. It’s small, but I’m enjoying Josie Moran Argan Lip Treatment ($18 Sephora).
  7. Keep up your daily skincare routine, each step. Wash your face every night, apply treatment products, use body lotion, spritz perfume, etc. It’s really tempting to skip it. You can still go hide under the covers, but please do so with a clean, treated face 🙂

Josie Moran Argan Lip Treatment

Finally, one of my favorite tips is “Don’t Waste the Pretty.” I think it’s from a movie but can’t recall which one. To me, this saying means women of all ages, shapes and colors are  so beautiful. And we shouldn’t waste our beauty on negativity. You may have to go on faith for awhile (that’s where I’m at), but try taking care of the outside and the inside will follow.

What Not to Do

  1. I’ve always wondered if I could pull off cropped honey-blond hair (hey it works for Halle Berry, why not me:-). It’s tempting to do something drastic, but save it for later (at least two months).
  2. A relaxing body massage sounds great, but for me, left too much time to think about “things” and have a meltdown in front of a stranger. Best to wait until you can really enjoy it.

Any tip you’d like to share with me? I’d love to try it.


IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Kit is a Must Buy

January 11, 2012 at 8:05 am | Posted in Makeup, QVC | Leave a comment
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IT Cosmetics Kit from QVC

I anticipated liking the IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Kit because Bye Bye Pores and Bye Bye Under Eye are two of my all time favorite beauty essentials (I faithfully wear these everyday). But throw in 3 times more powder and two fantastic brushes — at just $49.98 — and this kit took me from like to madly in love at hello! The kit is a QVC special value through Friday only. Order now online at or watch the live demonstration on Friday, January 13 starting at midnight (Jan 12 at 9pm for us west coast girls).

Bye Bye Pores (top), Bye Bye Under Eye (center), Brow Power (bottom)

In addition to performing beautifully, IT products are infused with cutting edge anti-aging technology including Hydrolyzed Collagen,Vitamins A,C,E,K & Silk. The kit includes:

  • Deluxe Bye Bye Bye Pores HD Finishing Powder, 0.49 oz in translucent (universal clear) shade
  • Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer, 0.28 oz in choice of Light, Medium, Tan, or Deep shade (BTW, I ordered Tan, it’s a bit dark but the medium is too light; the Tan does blend well without leaving a line)
  • Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush
  • Dual Ended Airbrush Concealer/Foundation Brush
  • Bonus: Brow Power Universal brow Pencil with active brow enhancing technology

The Airbrush Concealer/Foundation brush is worth the full price of the kit! It’s a unique way of applying concealer, a fluffy versus flat stiff brush. It works so well, I’m wondering how did I live without this before? I use the big end to apply concealer across larger areas (my forehead) and the small side for under eyes, around nose and blemishes. Though if you have an inflamed blemish you’ll want the precision of a traditional concealer brush. The Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush is super soft and nicely applies Bye Bye Pores. It is denser than other powder brushes (like a kabuki), however there isn’t a noticeable difference in application.

Heavenly Luxe Powder Brush (top), Airbrush Concealer Brush (bottom)

IT Brow Power recently received a Best Of Beauty Award by New Beauty Magazine. It applies and wears great though the color is a tad light for me. So, I wouldn’t call it a “universal shade,” but good for light to medium-dark brows. The brush perfectly grooms hair into place.

New Beauty Magazine Winter 2012

Brow Power Before (l), After (r)

Party Lashes: Lash Extensions, Ginormous Mascara

December 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Posted in Makeup, QVC | 2 Comments
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Big sexy lashes are all the rage! And holiday festivities are the best times to get glam with false lashes, lash extensions or super lengthening mascara — the longer the better. I tried Ginormous Mascara by Mally Beauty, while my friend and guest blog contributor Joy “got lashed” with extensions.

Lash Extensions

On a trip to Vancouver, B.C., Joy visited Noir Lash Lounge for a set of lash extensions. Noir offers 7 levels of lash personalities — such as “Perpetual Pretty” and “Addict to the Dramatic!” Joy opted for long, yet natural-looking lashes…like you’re wearing mascara but aren’t. Speaking of which, do not use mascara, oil based shadows or eye makeup remover with extensions as they release the bond.

According to Joy, her lashes looked “flawless and much better than natural” for 3 full weeks. “I was traveling so it was nice to wake up and head out the door without mascara. I loved the look and see how people can get addicted,” says Joy. I also noticed a black liner effect where the lashes meet the lid, so Joy’s eyes always looked really put-together.

When the extensions start getting brittle and stiff — about 2.5 to 3 weeks — it’s time for removal. Hold a cotton pad soaked with an oil based eye makeup remover on the lash line for several minutes. Next, carefully wipe the extensions off. You will lose some real lashes in the process, so be gentle.

Application of lash extensions at Noir Lash Lounge takes about 45 minutes for a full set and costs $75.

Wearing Mally Ginormous Mascara

Mally Ginormous Mascara

Mally Beauty’s Volumizing Mascara on QVC is a best-seller (plus a My Ray of Beauty Top 10 Must-Haves). The line added Ginormous Lash Secret Mascara earlier this year. I picked up a tube on a recent trip to the Q Studio Store. Here’s how the two compare:

  • Volumizing Mascara: Lashes are super thick and long; all day wear; some clumping
  • Ginormous Mascara: Lashes are long; all day wear; minimal clumping

The Verdict: I find myself using Ginormous for everyday because it goes on so beautifully without clumping. For party lashes, though, Volumizing Mascara is my go-to. Sets of two Volumizing or Ginormous Mascara cost about $28.

BTW, check out this link to a Mally Beauty video tip on how to apply mess-free mascara.

Cut a half-moon out of a card for mess-free mascara

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