Mini Reviews: Skin Peel, At Home Gel Manicure, 12-Hr Blush, Lip Butters

March 6, 2012 at 10:42 pm | Posted in Makeup, Nail Polish, Skincare | Leave a comment
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A few of the beauty products I've tried recently

It has been awhile since I posted to My Ray of Beauty, but it isn’t because I don’t love you and want to share all my beauty adventures and finds! So, to try to make up for lost time, here are a few beauty products that I’ve tried recently with mini reviews. Stay tuned for full-length posts on each. In the meantime, please ask me in the comments or email if you must need to know more scoop immediately. Trust me, I get the urgency when it comes to beauty, haha :-).

  • Melanage Peel: The next level of the Vi Peel performed at a medical office followed by a two-week home care system (I recently completed this newer peel developed to attack dark skin blotches, especially Melasma)
  • Nutra Nail Gel Perfect: At home version of the shellac-style gel manicure, however no UV light is needed (polish dries completely within 5 minutes, looks glossy and stays on, but it started cracking at Day 4)
  • Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush: New shimmer colors were added to this best-selling line (this blush has amazing staying power; I have super oily skin and there is still noticeable color at the 12 hour mark…a definite must-buy if you have oily skin)
  • Tarte Smolder Eyes Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner: Line, smudge and smoke with this multi-tasking pencil (I was so impressed with the blush that I had to try the liner; it stays on well for a few hours but starts to wear off by the afternoon)
  • Maybelline Baby Lips: New SPF 20 Lip Balm (this softens lips nicely, offering some relief for my dry, cracked lips; they are still dry but better)
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter: A lipstick and lip balm in one (I LOVE the Cotton Candy color; it’s a pretty shade of shimmer pink and offers some moisturizing properties)
  • L’Oreal Balm: A lip balm with a hint of color (I prefer the Revlon, it delivers more color and moisture)

Nordstrom Beauty Fall Trend Show is Red Carpet Glamour

October 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Posted in Makeup, Skincare | 1 Comment
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Nordstrom Beauty Runway Show starring Ross Burton

On Saturday I attended the Nordstrom Beauty Fall Trend Show “Red Carpet Glamour.” It was such fun and I learned alot! Shows are held at Nordstrom stores around the country each Fall and Spring, just sign-up in the beauty department. You’ll enjoy free product samples, services, makeovers and girl time! I had the honor of getting a new makeup look by the head Nars artist. Stay tuned for this post.

The day started at 8am with a runway show featuring makeup and skincare versus fashion. Representatives from various beauty lines demonstrated products and shared tips. Here are my key takeaways:

  • ┬áMetallic eyes, red lips and party lashes are the top 3 makeup trends
  • Don’t put facial moisturizer around eyes, it can cause puffiness
  • Exfoliation is not an option. Guys, this goes for you too and don’t forget the scalp if you’re bald; it will also help with ingrown hairs!
  • Skincare treatment for face also goes on neck

Ross Burton highlights with YSL Touche E'Clat

Next, I attended a master class with celebrity makeup artist Ross Burton. Burton is Oprah’s personal makeup artist (who looks amazing and youthful) and a regular beauty contributor on television and at celebrity events. He shared a few of his own “favorite things” and generously spent time giving custom makeup advice to me and my friends. He’s also very charming and handsome, huh!?

  • Do all women need a primer? Dry skin: skip it, Oily skin: yes.
  • For a glow from within, apply illuminator (Burton likes Nars) under foundation or mix the two together (1/3 illuminator)
  • Apply concealer (or heavier highlighter) in the inner corner of eye down and around the cheek (not directly under eye, which I’ve been doing wrong!)
  • When applying foundation, hold the brush at the end away from the bristles and use short strokes versus blending back and forth (I’ve also been doing this wrong!)
  • After applying foundation blot with a Kleenex-type tissue — separated into a one-ply
  • Women use too much blush, just push it into the apples of cheeks
  • For an easy, natural smoky eye: apply a dark cream shadow on the lower lid and use a brush or finger to smudge upward. Burton demonstrated this look and it is both sexy and pretty!

Nonie Creme from Butter London

Nonie Creme, the founding creative director of Butter London, made an in-person appearance. She was so warm and gracious with her time. I’ve used Butter nail polish before and found it peeled quickly, but Creme assured me that using the line’s base and top coat — designed to work together — would extend my manicure by 3-5 days over other polishes. She also demonstrated a simple ombre nail on my friend Ginger. Wouldn’t the gold be festive for holiday parties?

A quick & easy ombre nail

Me with Vince Camuto before my Nars makeover

Vince Camuto made a guest appearance to promote his new namesake fragrance. He also made appearances in clothes and shoes (where I purchased my first pair of platform pumps!). I thought it was interesting that his line is based on a “women’s movement.” Love it! He is the ultimate gentleman.

A New Must-Have Skincare Line Just in Time for My HS Reunion

August 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Posted in Anti-Aging, Beauty Must-Haves, Skincare | 1 Comment
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I started with these Image Skincare products

Tonight is my 25th high school reunion. I can’t believe I’m this old! Reunions are one of those occasions where you want dewy, smooth “you haven’t aged a bit” skin. For the past 5-6 years, I’ve been a devoted fan of Dr. Patricia Wexler products. I still like the line, but it’s being edged out of my 10 Beauty Must-Haves by Image Skincare. My hairstylist recommended Image (I hadn’t heard of it before) and I’ve been using it the past few months. Almost immediately I saw a difference in my skin, a smoothness and brightness I hadn’t seen for awhile. And since I still deal with breakouts, the Medicated Acne Lotion is keeping them to a minimum (not entirely gone but better). I don’t know the science, but these products seem to contain more potent anti-aging ingredients, which is what I need now well into my 40’s.

My Image Skincare Regimen:

  • Ageless Total Facial Cleanser (morning & night)
  • Ageless Total Skin Lightening Serum (morning & night)
  • Ageless Medicated Acne Lotion (spot treat as needed)
  • Ageless Total Resurfacing Mask (1-2x per week); this is my favorite product, it’s a scrub/mask combo.
  • Plus I just picked-up samples of the Vital C Anti-Aging Serum (morning; this is the line’s top rated product and has pharmaceutical grade anti-oxidants) and Ageless Total Repair Cream (night)

Check out the Image website for product ingredients and percentages. The only bummer is you cannot purchase from the site and it isn’t easy to find. It’s sold at spas and dermatology offices, such as Salon Divas and Polyclinic Dermatology in Seattle (they provide generous .25oz free samples to try before buying). There are also some online vendors. The price point is moderate at around $30 per item. I find a little goes a long way, so full-sizes should last several months.

Day of the HS Reunion

We’ll I’m off to the reunion festivities!

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