Beauty Mistakes

1. Your foundation should match your face and your neck. Since your neck is often a different color than your face, blend your foundation down so there is an illusion of flawlessness.

2. French Manicures- It’s important to change up your look to keep you looking young and fresh. So if you’ve been wearing that french manicure since the prom, it might be time to give it up.

3. Your lip liner should never be visible, should you decide you even need to wear it. Most of time you can skip this step though.

4. Public grooming is a definite no-no! I remember walking into a Sears outlet one time and the sales guy was cutting his fingernails in the middle of all the washers and dryers. Not a joke. So gross. Some things need to be done at home! This includes brushing your hair. Keep this at home or in the bathroom. It always surprises me when I see people brushing their hair in a restaurant.

5. Bronzer is supposed to make you look sun-kissed, not look like you got smacked in the face with the sun. ๐Ÿ™‚ A little goes a long way. Orange is not a bronzer.

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6. My mom always taught me to never leave the house with a chipped manicure or pedicure and I have followed that rule. I admit that I haven’t listened to everything mom has said but this seemed like a good one.

7. Over-tanning is dangerous. Tanning is dangerous. Bad for aging, bad for your health. Skip it and get a spray tan instead.

8. Mascara should not be clumpy or flaky. Applying 3-4 coats does not make your lashes look better, it makes them look messy. Find a good mascara that you can use with 1-2 coats. Tammy Faye Baker did not have the right idea! Do the opposite!!

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Foundation and SPF

We all want our morning routine to be quick and easy but sometimes taking shortcuts isn’t the best for our skin. So many foundations have sunscreen in them today and it seems that it would be one less step to do. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The number on the bottle (ex: SPF 15) is not quite accurate. You would have to apply about 7x the amount of foundation to actually get that number. And hopefully, no one is wearing that much makeup! Below are some tips to protecting your skin and looking your best.

  1. Skin Care Products before Makeup. Always. Sunscreen is considered skin care.
  2. SPF in your foundation is not necessary and will not provide the protection you need.
  3. If you wear Tinted Moisturizer, you should still wear a regular moisturizer. I know this can be confusing. Why should you wear both? It goes to skin tip #1…skin care products before makeup. Tinted Moisturizer is makeup.ย Apply your regular moisturizer first so the color doesn’t seep into dry patches and/or blemishes. It will give you a more even finish.
  4. Sunscreen should never be skipped. Rain or shine your skin is still exposed to UV rays.
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DIY Tinted Body Lotion for Glowing Skin

So hopefully you’ve been reading my blog (anxiously waiting for every post, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ ) and now you know how to make your own Tinted Moisturizer but now I’m going to show you how to make your own Tinted Body Lotion. You can use this as a self-tanner or just to add some glow to your skin. This is why I LOVE being able to do it myself…fully customizable! It’s fun to do this at night, too, for a little extra glam. ๐Ÿ™‚ So simple and this is how…

1. Mix body lotion and foundation powder or bronzing powder…depending on the color you want. Blend thoroughly.

2. Apply and you’re done.

A mixture of bronzing powder and foundation powder
A mixture of bronzing powder and foundation powder

Extra Tips

1. Your body is different than your face and it takes color better. This means that you can usually go a little darker without fear of looking too crazy. ๐Ÿ™‚ Test it out first and then go outside so you really know what it will look like. Remember, indoor lighting is very different than outdoor.

2. If you use bronzing powder (I like MAC’s Golden Bronze), PLEASE don’t get one that is orange!!! You could also do 50/50 of the powders if you feel like it might be too much bronze. I love this mixture for nighttime. ๐Ÿ™‚

3. If you only use a foundation powder, you can still add a little shimmer powder (MAC has a great one called, Silver Dusk) to it. A little goes a long way. Great for summer!

4. When applying on areas of your body that have hair, go in the direction of the hair. When it dries, it will look better.

5. Unless you have dry skin, I don’t think it is totally necessary to apply a regular body lotion first but I would put it on your drier areas like elbows, knees and ankles. I actually use Grapeseed Oil on those places (let it settle before applying the tinted lotion).

7. It does wash off when you shower so if you don’t like it the first time, no big deal!

DIY Tinted Moisturizer

 

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DIY Tinted Moisturizer

What is the best Tinted Moisturizer? That is one of the most common questions I get and I don’t have a good answer. I have never been able to find a brand that I really like and that I would feel comfortable recommending to my clients, friends and family. So, I’ve stopped looking. For years I have been making my own so from now on, this is what I will be recommending to everyone. What is so great about doing this is that it allows you to choose what you want in the product. If you wear this at night, an SPF isn’t necessary so it’s great that you don’t have to use a moisturizer that has that in it. This is now fully customizable to YOU! ย And this is how you do it…

1. Mix equal parts moisturizer and foundation. Blend thoroughly.

2. Apply and you’re done!

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Extra Tips

1. If you want a more natural look, add a little less foundation.

2. If you want a little darker color, add a little more foundation.

3. Apply your regular moisturizer first so the color doesn’t seep into dry patches and/or blemishes. It will give you a more even finish.

4. You can make enough to last you awhile or do this daily. If you are making a bigger batch, just make sure you put it in an airtight bottle. Care for it as you normally would your regular foundation.

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Salicylic Acid in Foundation?

I’ve never been a big fan of Clinique. It started in high school when I used their products and they didn’t work for my skin, at all. Then, when I fell in love with skin and began reading about ingredients and different product lines, I finally understood why I didn’t like them. So when I heard about their Acne Solutions Foundation w/ salicylic acid, I had to check it out. I try to keep up with as much stuff regarding to skin as I can but it is impossible to do it, unfortunately. This one got away from me because when I started my research, I found that it has been around since 2010! Yikes!

My first thought about have an ingredient like salicylic acid in a product like foundation, that sits on your skin all day, was that there was no way this was healthy. Now that I have done more reading, I don’t disagree with myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

My client, who told me about it, said that she stopped using it because her skin became too dry. That is because that acid dries up all the oil in the skin. Estheticians use it as a chemical peel. Of course you see it in a lot of products these days but not often will you find it in a ย daytime product that is a leave-on.

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My biggest problem with this is that people don’t know the long-term damage they are doing to their skin. I can pretty much bet that Clinique is not educating their customers on salicylic acid.

When I read reviews online, people were saying how dry it made their skin, the foundation turned orange mid-day and made their acne worse. I would love to try this out on my skin but I’m on the dry side anyway and don’t suffer from acne or breakouts so I am not a good tester.

Bottom Line: Please avoid this foundation and any other foundation with this ingredient (yes, there are others!). Acne needs to be taken care of with proper skin care products NOT makeup. Come see me if you need guidance. I want to help! ๐Ÿ™‚