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 ๐Ÿ™‚
  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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 areย  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.


Brighten & Define Eyes Behind Eyeglasses

February 18, 2011 at 6:34 am | Posted in Makeup, QVC | Leave a comment
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At some point in the aging process, most of us will need to wear eyeglasses. According to my eye doctor, eyesight deteriorates starting at age 40. I guess I’m ahead of my time, because I needed prescription lenses in my early 30s (at work, presentations are one big blur without them).

Surfing, I came across this how-to video by makeup artist Mally Roncal for women who wear eyeglasses. Eyes and brows can disappear behind frames, so Mally tells us it is imperative to brighten and define for “gorgeousness.”

Step-by-Step to Brighten & Define Eyes

  1. Conceal dark shadows around eye
  2. Apply a champagne colored eyeshadow on lid
  3. Define crease with bronze or brown eyeshadow
  4. Line upper inner rim of eye with black eyeliner (thin works best)
  5. Line underneath eye with navy eyeliner
  6. Apply 1 coat of mascara (2 may make lashes hit frames; I’ve done this and it’s annoying)
  7. Fill-in brows and keep in place with brow gel

Without Eye Makeup

With Eye Makeup

These are the Products I Used

  • Mally Beauty Cancellation Concealer in Light/Medium
  • Smashbox Eyeshadow in Pronto (lid)
  • N.Y.C. Eyeshadow Compact in Union Square (crease)
  • Mally Beauty Lash Illusion Eyeliner in Black (upper inner rim) and Evercolor Liner in Sailor (underneath)
  • Mally Beauty Volumizing Mascara
  • Smashbox Brow Tech To-Go

It’s Time to Primp for Holiday Parties

December 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Makeup, QVC | Leave a comment
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‘Twas the day before Christmas Eve and creatures are primping for the merry festivities! I have visions of a smoky eye, glossy lips and glowing skin.

Check out this New York Times article on how-to create the perfect holiday look with my fave makeup artist Mally Roncal. I’m inspired. I opted for the plum colors…

Face: Lancome Teint Miracle in Bisque 7N (I previously posted that this foundation gives great coverage but is too oily for me; I can’t wear on an everyday basis but for special occasions the glow is irresistible), Mally Believable Bronzer in Sexy Tan, Mally Cancellation Concealer in Medium

Cheeks: Mally Beauty 24/7 Illuminating Blush in Deep

Eyes: Mally Beauty Citychick Smoky Eye Kit in Plum Chelsea, Cover Girl Liquilineblast in Plum, Smashbox Browtech To Go in Brunette, Mally Voluminizing Mascara

Lips: Bonne Bell Liplites in Cream Pop

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