How To Fight Fine Lines and Stay Young Like A Celebrity

Everyone always asks me, What is the best anti aging cream? How do I prevent lines? How do I get rid of lines? Choosing the right formulas for your skin type and using products that are formulated well will help a lot. For those of you who say that nothing really works, think again! There is nothing more annoying that a customer asking me to recommend a product and then replying this stuff doesn’t really work. The beauty biz wouldn’t be one the fastest growing industrys if the products simply didn’t work. Here are my must haves to post pone those lines:

1. A well formulated sunscreen.

This product is your everything cream. Your most important cream. Find something with Titanium Dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Without these ingredients your sunscreen is garbage. The best one I have found in Clinique City Block SPF 25

2. Moisturizer.

No matter your skin type your skin need nutrients, hydration, and repairing ingredients. Please use a day and night cream. Night creams are more hydrating because your skin is losing a lot of water while you are getting some zzz-s. Try out Estee Lauder Time Zone Day and Night

3. Repair serum.

Find something that is water binding. I like my serum to have anti-aging benefits they attract water to the skin and exfoliate.

The serum that tops my list is Clinique Turnaround Serum

4. Exfoliant.

Whether you prefer a scrub or AHA, BHA, or serum to do this it is a must. There is nothing more unattractive than skin that has a thick layer of dead skin cells on top of it. In order for products 1-3 to work you must get the dead skin off so they penetrate your skin.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub

Jennifer Lopez and Daughter Enjoy Paris Fashion Week

Jennifer Lopez brought her four-year old daughter Emme to Paris Fashion Week. They both were glammed up or the show and sat in the front row with Jennifer’s Boy friend, Casper Smart.

Emme wore a pink dress and shoes with a white cardigan and a cute butterfly purse. Jennifer look radiant as always.

 

Jennifer’s Look:

 

For dewy skin apply a moisturizer to your skin. You will also want to use a cream based bronzer to get a warm glow.Apply highlighter to T-Zone, above the apples of cheeks, and chin area.

Jennifer has contoured her face with a bronzer along the forehead, cheekbones and jaw line. In the photo the eye shadow ia charcoal color and black liner. Apply a lot of mascara.

Line the lips with a bright rosy pick lip liner and a lipstick shade to match.

5 Beauty Lies Most of Us Believe (And the Truth behind the Lies)

Source: Paula Begoun Cosmetics Cop

The world of beauty can indeed be beautiful, but all too often the information you get is anything but beautiful—actually, it can be downright ugly! Sometimes the advertising and sales pitches you read and hear are minor distortions of facts or borderline deceptive; in other cases, they are out-and-out lies. Whether this information comes from a physician or from a well-intentioned website, the Paula’s Choice Research Team spends a lot of time untangling the insanity to help you get to the truth.

Below we present five beauty lies that many people believe. Perhaps you have come across this information in a magazine or online, or heard it from your doctor, a friend, or a family member. No matter how you got this misinformation or where you heard these lies, we’re here to set the record straight—to give you the most up-to-date, reliable information so you can take the best possible care of your skin! Knowledge is beautiful!

Lie #1: Dry skin? Drink more water! The truth: We see this tip all the time, and wish it were true; after all, it doesn’t get much easier than just drinking water! But, have you ever met someone who said that their dry skin went away from drinking lots of water? It doesn’t happen. The truth is dry skin isn’t about water consumption. If all it took to get rid of dry skin was drinking more water, then no one would have dry skin, and companies would stop selling moisturizers—and we all know that’s not the case! The causes of and treatments for dry skin are far more complicated than just drinking water; plus, drinking more water than your body needs will only result in more trips to the bathroom. Read more about how to treat dry skin.

Lie #2: You can repair damaged hair. The truth: Countless hair-care products, including hair masks and so-called “deep” conditioners, make claims of repairing hair, as if all the damaging things we do to it (coloring, straightening, brushing, sun exposure) can be mended by using these types of products. The truth is hair is dead. Period. It’s dead, which is why it doesn’t hurt when you get your hair cut. Given that it’s dead, it cannot be repaired or permanently revert to its normal state. You can no more mend a hair strand than you can mend a dead leaf or soften a rock. What does happen when you use good conditioners and good styling products is that your damaged hair can feel smoother and softer and it can look shinier and more healthy, but it’s not repaired. These products provide only a temporary fix—if you don’t keep using them, you hair will go back to looking and feeling damaged. If a hair-care product could truly repair your hair, you’d need to use it only a few times and then you’d be done, but clearly that isn’t what happens!

Lie #3: There’s a product that can get rid of cellulite. The truth: The 85% of women who have cellulite would love it if this were true (all of us here at Paula’s Choice would, too), but, alas, it’s just one more falsehood. The cosmetics industry, and lots of doctors and aestheticians, want to sell you products and/or provide treatments (especially expensive ones) claiming to slim, trim, tone, and de-bump your thighs, but if any of those worked, who would have cellulite?

Trying to navigate and separate cellulite facts from fiction isn’t easy, but there is a bit of positive news. There are a few options, such as some lasers and retinoids, that may make a difference, but even these treatments, which do have some potential for working (and we mean only the “potential” for working; it’s not a sure thing) rarely live up to the claims asserted. Still, a bit of improvement, as opposed to merely wasting your money, is definitely a turn for the better! Read  moreabout what you can do to improve (but, sadly, not get rid of) cellulite.

Lie #4: One special ingredient (like vitamin C or peptides) is all aging skin needs. The truth: Given the advertising, it would seem that most cosmetics companies believe this is true—that one ingredient alone can do it all—because they perpetually launch products with one showcased ingredient, be it plant stem cells, a special melon extract from the south of France, or a plant oil from Morocco. Although there are lots of special ingredients that are great for skin (and hair), the truth is that giving your skin what it needs to act younger and be more healthy is far more complex than providing it with one ingredient, no matter how good it is.
Skin is the body’s largest organ and it needs an array of beneficial ingredients to protect and repair itself from environmental assaults and the effects of aging. Looking for skin-care products with one superstar ingredient cheats your skin of the range of ingredients it needs to significantly improve. Think of it like your diet: Vegetables are nutritional powerhouses, but if you eat only vegetables, you soon will be malnourished because veggies alone don’t provide everything the body needs to maintain itself and stay healthy. Check out some of our  favorite products with a range of beneficial ingredients proven to help skin look and act younger. More favorites can be found on Beautypedia.

Lie #5: Parabens are bad for you, so avoid products that contain them. The truth: The “parabens = bad” myth is so pervasive that many people have opted to take a better-safe-than-sorry approach. We can’t say we blame you for being cautious, but make sure your decision is based on facts, not on media-fueled misinformation. As it turns out, parabens are actually some of the gentlest preservatives used in cosmetics.

Parabens may come in the form of butylparaben, ethylparaben, isobutylparaben, methylparaben, or propylparaben. They’ve been linked distantly (meaning in limited studies on only a handful of subjects or in animal studies) to breast cancer due to their weak estrogenic activity and their presence in a tiny number of breast cancer tissue samples. That cancer connection, however remote, has some people worried. The truth is: There is no research proving parabens should be avoided when shopping for personal-care products, for yourself or for your family, at least no more so than avoiding plants that have estrogenic activity.

According to published research and global cosmetics regulatory organizations, from the United States and Canada to Europe and Asia, parabens, especially in the small amounts present in personal-care products, are not a problem. According to these studies (and assuming the parabens get into the body), parabens are “fully metabolized before they enter the blood stream,” which is more than can be said for some plant extracts with estrogenic activity, but no one is trying to scare you into avoiding plants.
In a review of the research into the estrogenic activity of parabens, the study’s author concluded that based on maximum daily exposure estimates, “it was impossible that parabens could increase the risk associated with exposure to estrogenic chemicals.” Although more cosmetics companies have opted to avoid parabens, those who continue to preserve their products with them are not making a mistake. Parabens are among the most effective (and safest) preservatives around. Indeed, their undeserved reputation has left many cosmetics chemists scrambling to find equally effective options. Read  more about the paraben controversy here!

The next time you come across a beauty tip or a claim that sounds too simple, too good to be true, or downright scary, you can almost always count on it being a beauty lie—and you can count on us to help you understand why!

 

 

How to keep your summer glow into fall

When the weather is starting to cool down your skin gets more dehydrated. I recommend exfoliating more often. BareMinerals intensive Glow Pads are a great option. They bring back your natural radiance, improve skin tone and texture for a complexion that really glows. These pads are infused with vitamins and minerals to increase cell turnover and create luminous skin.

If your skin is prone to dark spots or is more on the sensitive side try a cleanser that contains salicylic acid or lactic acid.  These cleansers are a more gentle exfoliant. I recommend Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena. This is a cleaner/scrub combination. It’s more gentle for sensitive skin types. No matter what skin type you are you should always be using a moisturizer to help retain normal, healthy, youthful moisture levels. Your moisturizer needs Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients. I recommend Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay for a daytime moisturizer because UVA protection is sufficient and the texture of this cream is truly luxurious and works well under makeup. It has a healthy dose of helpful ingredients to prevent premature aging. For Night I love Clinique’s Super Rescue Antioxidant Moisturizer. This cream contains tons or antioxidants which protect the skin from free radical damage and build stronger skin. Last but not least if your complexion still looks a little blah use a cleansing brush such at the Clarisonic once a week. It deep cleans your skin and the texture appears smooth and reflects light.

Why do women assume they shouldn’t use self tanner after summer? It’s the best way to keep that summer glow and perk up your skin. If you are fair try Jergens natural glow Express in  Fair to Medium Tones.

For olive or medium skin tones use a regular self tanner that will deepen your skin about two shades. works great. Apply the formula right after you shower or wash your face and skip your moisturizer. Apply the self tanner directly to clean skin.

For a sheer glow that is over doing it for the fall  I use a tinted moisturizer to add a subtle glow to my skin. I like Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer. The colors are exceptional and include options for porcelain to dark skin tones. To complete your look apply a peachy pink cream blush to the cheeks like Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush. Finish it off with a warm neutral gloss.

 

Shopping List:

BareMinerals Intensive Glow Pads

Pore Refining Cleanser by Neutrogena

Complete Ageless Skin Renewing UV Lotion SPF 20 by Olay

Jergens Natural Glow Express Body Moisturizer in Fair to Medium Tones

Clinique Self Sun Daily Body Moisturizer in Medium to Deep

Bobbi Brown SPF 15 Tinted Moisturizer

Clinique’s Blushwear Cream Stick in Peachy Blush

 

Glow Baby, Glow! How to Glow like J.LO

Have you ever wondered how to get that glowing skin? How does Jennifer Lopez do it? I have the secret. It all has to do with an amazing product I use on my clients called an illuminator. You can use this product either under or on top of your foundation or both. I like to apply it on the T-Zone, Cheek bones, lower cheek, around the top lip, and the chin.

Beautiful Illuminated Skin!

 

You can buy an illuminator in pressed or liquid form. I love the liquid. It’s easy to blend out. Powder is beautiful and great for oily skin types.

HOW-TO: Cat eye with liquid liner

To do this look it is very simple.

1. Apply a primer to your lid. This will allow the eyeshadow to stick to your lid all day.

2. Apply a nude shade on the lid. Choose a color that is similar to your skin color. This will keep the primer from being sticky and allow the eye liner to glide on.

3. Apply the liquid liner. I like to apply liquid liner starting from the center of the lid and sweeping to the outer corner. Then you can apply small dots from the inner corner to the middle of the eye. All you have to do is connect the dots. Make sure you go just pasty the outer corner to get the cat eye look.

4. Apply pencil liner on the bottom lash line. Start in the middle and sweep the liner to the outer corner and connect with top liner.

5. Choose a white or cream iridescent eyeshadow. Apply to inner corner of the eye and blend towards the center of the eye.

6. Apply several coats of mascara. First apply a cream base that will add thickness then apply a gel base that adds length and staying power.

 

How to Contour and Highlight Your Make-Up

Source: Jamie Lewis Pinterest

 

Have you ever wondered how models get that defined look in photos. Why the cheek bones look huge, the eyes look huge and bright. It’s because make-up artists contour and highlight the entire face.

My favorite way to apply this contour/highlight method is to use a very light foundation that is obviously too light for your skin for the highlight and a shade that is way too dark for your skin to contour. Apply the make up as shown in the picture with a foundation brush or damp sponge. After you have finished apply your perfect match foundation shade over this with a stippled brush. This allows you to blend the colors together and get a natural look without moving your highlights or contours much.

 

I love the way my skin looks after I have done this contour/highlight technique.

Fall Into Beauty

The inspiring in-between season is here and I am picking my  favorites from the new collections. Fall is around the corner and I am already prepping for my Fall skin wardrobe. This year we will  be seeing a lot of Mulberry matte lips, smokey brown eyes, light peach and pink blush tones, and even some futuristic eye looks off the runways. I have chosen a few top products that are a must for fall 2012.

Keep your skin fresh and hydrated for the fall and winter months. The colder months cause the skin to be drier. The primer keeps skin hydrated and allows foundation to glide over your skin without soaking into your skin or wearing off by mid day. This silk creme foundation by Laura Mercier is long wearing. It has a medium to full coverage. ou can apply under eyes or all over.

This fall you want to create any look you want while staying on trend with color. The  Izak Palette allows you to do that. You can stay natural with the lighter pink and nude shades and go more dramatic with the warmer chocolates and  the smoke shades. This has everything you need all season.

For lashes that look for natural with a little added length Clinique’s Las Power Mascara does just that. You don’t have to worry about your mascara smudging or clumping. This thin formula glides through lashes and stays there. I am seeing a lot more drama in the bottom lashes. Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara lasts up to 8 hours. It doesn’t smudge. Apply two coats to bottom lashes to make your eyes pop.

The all time best Eye liner is Stila Smudgestick Waterproof liner. This liner stays on and isn’t running away.(down your face) You can apply this to the waterline without a problem. The formula is soft enough to create a beautiful smudged smokey eye.

Cheeks this fall are light shades of pinks and peaches. This cheek palette by Dollskin has all the shades needed to create any look you want without too much pigment. You want the blush to look more sheer.

All summer we were seeing sheer lip balms. This is my go to for fall. Nars Matte Lipstick Pencil in Toundra is great for creating the mulberry lip that is in season.  Combining the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-sized crayon design, these pigment-rich sticks provide a matte, creamy finish that will not dry the lips. Enriched with emollients, vitamin E, and silicone, each gorgeous shade glides on and stays put.

Nail polish trends are always changing. These shades are the top ten best sellers for a reason. In this kit you can find a color for any occasion and all of them are amazing.