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 πŸ™‚
  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 πŸ™‚

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 areΒ  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.


Rita Hazan Makes the Grays Go Away

June 17, 2011 at 3:00 am | Posted in Hair | Leave a comment
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Rita Hazan Root Concealer

I’m in serious need of a color touch-up! I’ve heard people say that hair is our most powerful accessory and right now I’m ruining my “statement” with pesky gray hairs showing 😦 Root Concealer by celebrity hair colorist Rita Hazan (think a-list like JLo, Renee Zellweger) is the latest at-home color tool that temporarily covers grays in-between appointments. I picked it up at Sephora for $24 (1 oz). It comes in 4 shades: Blonde/Golden Blonde, Red/Auburn, Light Brown, Dark Brown/Black.

  • Pros: Spray covers a lot of gray hair quickly; the light brown shade blends in with my darker brown hair and looks natural (Dark Brown/Black was too dark); the slim nozzle works great for targeting strands; it stays put for a few days or until you shampoo
  • Cons: Hair is slightly dull and sticky; color transfers a bit (don’t use with your best pillow cases); there is not near enough product for the price
  • Tip: Place a comb on the part to avoid coloring the scalp — that looks weird!

Rita Hazan Root Concealer Before (l), After (r); place a comb on the part to avoid coloring the scalp

The bottom line is Rita Hazan Root Concealer is my favorite gray hair cover-up. It is the quickest, easiest and most natural looking of all the temporary hair color products I’ve tried. However, I will use it interchangeably with Roux Tween Time, because it’s only $6.99 and will last a year.

The First Beauty Gift I Ever Received Still Gives Me Joy

December 16, 2010 at 8:34 am | Posted in Makeup | Leave a comment
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When I was in high school, all I wanted for Christmas was MAC makeup brushes. I still remember (25 years later!) the excitement when I opened the package that held a MAC retractable lip brush. The following year, I received a MAC powder brush and over the years have built a complete brush collection. We’ll not really complete because there’s always more to add.

Like hair styling tools, professional makeup brushes make perfect gifts because they really do work better than less expensive brands and are pricey, so why not have someone else indulge you πŸ™‚ Good brushes give a more smooth and polished makeup application, plus they last forever, I still use that retractable lip brush.

Clearly, I love MAC brushes: the hairs are soft (many with natural hairs) and the handles are well-made wood with nickel and brass connectors. However, I also own Bobbi Brown brushes that I’ve used for years. Mally Beauty and Smashbox brushes are newer to my collection, so I can’t speak to longevity, but they apply makeup beautifully and you can find these in value sets.

I’ll post later on application techniques and maintenance, but for now I’m going to list my favorites should you need another gift idea to give or receive…

Note: some of the brush numbers have changed from mine, so I’m listing the closest available

5 Must-Have Brushes (shown l-r in photo to right)

  1. Powder (MAC #129 $34)
  2. Blush (MAC #116 $32)
  3. Eyeshadow (MAC #213 $22.50)
  4. Tapered/Blending (MAC #224 $29)
  5. Pencil/Smudger (MAC #219 $24.50)

Plus 5 More to Add-In (shown from bottom in photo below)

  1. Face Duo Fibre (MAC #187 $42)
  2. Eyeliner (Smashbox Arced Liner #21 $20)
  3. Lash & Brow Comb (Sephora #21 $10)
  4. Eyeshadow Shader/Blending (Bobbi Brown Shader $30)
  5. Eyelash Curler (Shu Uemura is in pic; Shu is no longer sold in the US, but I’ve heard Sephora’s $16 is a fine option)

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