Give Back!

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Arizona’s Child Crisis Center was a loving refuge for my sisters and I almost thirty years ago. Now it’s my turn to return their grace by honoring three lovely ladies, who are part of the organization’s “RAP” gals (Relatives as Parent’s) who foster and adopt some very special children into their loving homes.  I have the opportunity to appreciate each one of them with the gift of a MAKEOVER in preparation for their attending the Charity Gala in beautiful Scottsdale – my hometown!! 

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Details:

12th Annual Child Crisis Center Charity Gala

Saturday, April 20th 6-10 pm

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch

Check in with me on Twitter and Facebook with action shots of their transformations!

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No Bags Allowed!

DEDICATED BEAUTY QUESTION OF THE MONTH

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makeup q LINE Hi, I’m in my mid 40’s with oily skin. My biggest beauty conundrum? I have both puffy under eye bags AND under eye circles!  I’ve never been able to find a cream and concealer technique to combat both things at the same time. Can you please help?
Thanks so much! – K.A.

 

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FIGHT BACK UNDER EYE PUFFINESS, FATIGUE & CIRCLES WITH A FEW KEY TIPS & PRODUCT INGREDIENTS KNOWN TO SUCCEED IN THE BATTLE! 

KEY TIPS:

– Hydrate:  

*Water is essential to flushing out toxins in our body, sustaining bright, clear skin and helping to de-puff our eyes so they can remain bright! 

– Avoid: 

*Sodium is a key component of our diets, but whether we realize it or not, excessive amounts of salt can be found in foods we eat throughout the day, creating ample opportunity for the plump puff below the eyes, usually compounded in the morning!

*Avoid excessively salty foods like chips, preserved veggies and grab n’ go foods. By adding high water content foods, you’ll reap the benefits of great nutrition and fight the puff!  Try cucumbers, water chestnuts, celery, and dandelion (all great in salads)!

– Prop and Snooze:  

*Elevated pillows can aid the morning puff! Even the slightest elevation while sleeping can really assist in alleviating fluids collecting under the eyes helping reduce swelling and circles! There is no other miracle than sleep, beauty REST is a MUST!

NOW THAT WE KNOW THE THINGS WE CAN DO FROM THE INSIDE OUT, HERE’S SOME PRODUCTS TO HELP AID THE FIGHT FROM THE OUTSIDE IN!

– Freeze:  Try taking a cosmetic cotton puffs and cutting it in half (the Oval shaped ones work best!) Then soak the pads lightly in whole milk and freeze. Place the frozen treatments over your eyes for 10 to 15 minutes and watch the miracle of the chill reduce swelling and bags. 

– Aid:  2 Essential ingredients to look for in your under eye cream/gels:  Caffeine, Vitamin K and Vitamin E !

– Try:  Two of my absolute fav’s! Arcona “Eye Dew” – Under Eye Circles, it’s official, it’s a match made in heaven. If the name alone doesn’t lend you to believe, this powerful under eye cream fights aging, lines, and darkness with its hyaluronic acids and has botanical anti-inflammatory blue berry extract and vitamin E. The effect is addictive!

Arcona’s “Peptide Eye Serum” targets under eye with coffee to reduce the puff and hydrates the area with peptides revitalizing while also gently alleviating lines.  

– Conceal:  Targeting under eye circles also involves concealing. The surest way to hide any residual darkness is with a fool proof product that counteracts darkness, conceals and stays! 

– Try:   Lancome’s “Effacerns” Waterproof Protective Under eye Concealer”  This little tube delivers buildable coverage that won’t budge. Perfect for dark circles while escaping the “falling into lines” syndrome.  I love it!

* Eve Pearl’s “Dual Salmon Concealer® & Treatment w/Astaxanthin”  A creamy blend of two complimentary tones of concealer to mask under eye circles and minimize puffiness. Choose your unique shade and blend to personalized perfection! Did I mention this also has an skin care treatment packed into it?

* Kanebo Sensai “Concealer” Pen delivers concealing, micro reflective properties and a touch of reparative skin care in every click. Use this as an on-the-go touch-up resource. 

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Rule the Red Carpet!

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image courtesy of The National Arts Club

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In celebration of awards season, join me in New York at the National Arts Club for a chat about the formalities of RED CARPET WOW!

In this interactive event, The Fashion Committee will begin with a panel discussion featuring award-winning experts in the fields of hair, make-up, fashion & photography including Red Carpet Photographer Don Cunningham & Celebrity Stylists Andre Austin & Elle Werlin.

We will explore ALL of the elements that go into creating RED CARPET WOW, from the gown, to the styling, to the jewels, secrets of the pose, makeup & more!

Then, enjoy a red carpet reception where you        too can take your turn ruling that carpet, posing & being photographed with the techniques you’ve learned!  

HERE’S THE SCOOP!

The National Arts Club presents
Fashion Speak Fridays: “Red Carpet Ready
Friday, February 22 @ 6:00 PM

PS:  Red carpet-worthy fashions are highly encouraged!

And … meet in the Dining Room before or after your trip down the red carpet for a special Governors Ball-themed menu & cocktails!!

For coverage of this event on Twitter, Facebook, and other media, please use: #NationalArtsClubRedCarpetEvent

RSVP:  fashion@thenationalartsclub.org

COME ROCK the RED CARPET with ME!
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Glowy & Ethereal Makeup

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AS SEEN ON:  EndlessBeauty.com

 Nothing captures a heart more universally than the angelic, glowy, ethereal beauty captured in the Classic Hollywood movies which was so wonderfully celebrated this season on the Golden Globes red carpet by celebrities like Anne Hathaway, Eva Longoria, Halle Berry and Jessica Chastain.

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Images courtesy of Real Style Network, Marquis of Fashion, Temptalia & Allure

Step 1: Gaze Breath-taking bedroom eyes are sure to melt with a sweep of any one of these shadows. Concentrate on applying the shade to your lid and blend upwards into your crease.  This will create the perfect fade and look naturally flawless. Try: Jouer’s “pink champagne” powder eye shadow and for a touch of contour you can sweep a purple/taupe”amaretto” in the crease following the natural arc of your eye socket. Blend, blend, blend.  Extra tip:  dot a tiny bit of a pearly lighter shadow in the inner corner of your eye to really add limelight drama Jouer’s “buttercream” is an excellent option.

Step 2: Illuminate Luminous glowing, skin-wearing makeup doesn’t have to mean looking like you do.  Focus on camouflaging any imperfections with your choice of skin tone appropriate concealer but, before you do, create the perfect blend:  add one part facial moisturizer (a nickel size will do), and the same amount of your usual foundation mix and finger apply (the warming of your hands will melt the mix into your skin with a dewy result.  *Not a foundation wearer, use your tinted moisturizer for the same effect. Try: Dr. Gross’s “All-In-One Tinted Moisturizer “

Step 3: Blush Cupids Blushing Cheeks Cream Blushes are the way to go! Combat the natural dryness of winter on your skin with a cream or gel blush. These products will impart a natural flush to your skin, are you blushing? Try: Armani’s “Blushing Fabric” #3 “Shimmering Apricot Pink” – this perfect blend of pinky and peachy tones works well with most skin types for a flawless flush and a touch of dew. 

Step 4: Glow! – Warming your skin with a bronzer that has a subtle sheen can not only give you the bronzed screen goddess look, but also can be used to contour. Double Bonus Try: Bobbi Brown’s “Aruba” warming the sides of your forehead then arching under each of your cheek bones and finally sweeping the brush across your jaw line. The subtle glow imparted in this formula is sure to shout red carpet screen siren. For a more matte option to compliment your shimmering blush, Try: Makeup Forever’s “Mat Bronze” in #20.

Step 5: Pucker Cupid is sure to melt with a sinfully puckered pout.  Glossy goopy lips are of yester yorn, instead create a tinted pout with your choice of Moisturizing lipstick then tap your lips with your index finger to create a just bitten effect. Try: Jemma Kidd’s “lip and cheek stain” – a quick slip of this will add an ethereal angel effect for my more natural beauties. For the lipstick mavens, Try: Revlon’s Moon Drops Lipstick “Rose Berry”.  An oldie, but a goodie, these are the hollywood classic colors to aim for.  Run to the drug store and pick up Wet n’ Wild’s “Smokin’ Hot Pink/Rose” as a fabulous on-the-go option.

Finally, finish your look with your favorite mascara making sure you brush through your lashes-refuse the clumps and add a super fluffy look to your lashes. If mild shine control is necessary, sweep your translucent powder focusing only on the t-zone. 

Wha-La! One Valentine’s Dream Angel

ready to make any date swoon! 

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It’s Crack Prevention 101…

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– Lips:  try Aquaphor Lip Repair (www.drugstore.com) for the lips.  It’s super-moisturizing and can even be rubbed around noses and cuticles.

Body:  try bathing with Aveeno Active Naturals Soothing Bath Treatment (www.walgreens.com).  Try this all natural oatmeal bath two times a week and really linger in relaxation to help heal your skin.  Moms!  What a nice treat!  Pat dry with a towel.

* On-the-go:  Try my favorite moisturizing bathing wash for your quick paced lifestyle: Eucerin Calming Body Wash “Daily Shower Oil” (www.soap.com).  Infused with omega oils, this cleanser treats dry skin with lasting moisture and never leaves an oily residue. Fragrance and soap-free, sensitive skins will rejoice! Also, try lathering this on a loofa for dual action cleansing moisturizing and exfoliation.

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* Eucerin “Plus Intensive Repair Enriched Lotion” both relieves dry, stressed and itchy skin. You know how much I love all-in-one products, so here’s a great body lotion that helps exfoliate and nourish your skin with alpha hydroxy. The non-greasy and fragrance free formula compliments any winter regimen!

* Back to Naturals: Customize your Body Lotion to your favorite scents. At home you can create the perfect combination of  1 cup Sweet Almond oil, 1/4 cup jojoba oil with few drops of lavender and rose (to taste) to calm and protect sensitive skin.  For a nice make-at-home-body-oil which smells great too and makes you feel ultra-feminine. Insider tip: stick with the concentrated PURE essential blends of these oils. Oils cut with other ingredients don’t pack the same holistic punch. (www.vitacost.com)

* Overly Parched?  I love to rotate my days with a little Emu Oil.  This holistic remedy not only treats dry skin and increases elasticity, it also heals it! This stuff is even reported to soothe psoriasis and eczema and scar reduction.  It works!  Jump out of a moderate temperature shower and apply sparingly. (www.montanaemuranch.com)

Face Wash:

* Aveeno-“Ultra Calming Foaming Cleaner” is moisturizing and healing and a good one for roseacea/psorasis, with a natural calming agent similar to Chamomile. Lift away impurities while sustaining gorgeous hydrated skin! Love the bubbly foam. (www.drugstore.com)

* Cetaphil “Gentle Cleanser”. Dye, soap, and frangrance-free, this cleaner is for the most sensitive of skins, helping to retain moisture too! (www.drugstore.com)

Face Moisturizer:

* Try Philosophy’s “Hope in a Jar”.  If you like this, you can get it on HSN/QVC for killer prices.  Purchase the original formula as this will help heal, treat and promote skin turnover (www.sephora.com).  “Hope in a Jar” is free of those chemical irritating ingredients often found in our moisturizers, yet offers protectant antioxidants and exfoliating properties and preps the skin for a sustainable glow!  Whipped like your favorite sweet treat, this is a luxurious staple for me.

* Korres “Wild Rose 34-Hour Moisturizing and Brightening Cream” moisturizes, brightens and contains wild rose oil (super healing and restorative) as well as vitamin C.  This is a “FREE” formula!  Check out the label to be wowed with the natural ingredients and smell the jar for the most soothing natural scent of rose.  To die for!  This is a great cream and I hope you like it as much as I do! (www.sephora.com)

KEEP ME POSTED WITH YOUR RESULTS!!

P.S.   Water is an essential need for hydration both inside and out.  Make sure you drink your daily requirement.  Also, try a humidifier to help combat itchy skin as well as ensure sinus relief.  Moisture in the air maintains healthy sinuses as well as radiant skin and hair.

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It’s Killer Halloween Makeup

Inspired by classic costumes and hit Hollywood movies my make-up tips are easy to replicate at home.  Using botanical make-up and chemical free products alongside a costume you can make from your home wardrobe that truly comes alive with my expert tips, making for a kid and adult friendly Halloween to die for.

Cat Woman
Cat Woman’s fierce look can be achieved on any adult with a few simple steps and great products. Try using a bold eyeliner to create cat eyes, which are popular now.  Accentuate the eyes even more by using ½ a lash strip; remember to start mid eyelid and press towards the outside.  Use a deep black mascara to finish!

Combine a Black and White oil-free and hypo-allergenic face spray, such as Classified’s Spirit Spray, on a disposable paper or plastic plate and use a sponge (craft store or natural) and a q-tip to create stitching effect, like a torn mask, across the face.  Using a dark eyeliner, freehand stitch marks. Remember, precision is not key for the stitches!

Apply a bold Red lipstick, blot the reapply for a sultry look.  Have fun with your nails and don’t worry about them chipping by using a chemical free polish like CND Shellac, which comes in fun and festive colors for Halloween to last you throughout the holiday season.

Here’s a list of some great products I recommend!

FACE: Classified Spirit Spray: Black and White
(www.SpiritSpray.com and select Ulta locations)
*Disposable paper or plastic plate
LIPS: OCC Lip Tar: NSFW (“Not Safe For Work!)
LASHES: Ardell Accent #305 Black, Black Mascara- try Josie Maran
LINER: Josie Maran “Magic Marker Argan Liquid Eye Liner, (www.sephora.com) 
NAILS: CND Shellac (www.cnd.com) is my favorite for a chemical free way to celebrate the holdiays we chose this sexy nail set!

Try these CND Shellac colors on your own!:
*Studio White*,*Black Pool*, for the swirl *Decadence* (Swarovski crystals to accent)

 

Toddlers and teen-aged children have especially sensitive skin so it is important to use products that won’t irritate. Sticking with products that are beneficial to the skin, water based and filled with botanicals, I created this look!

Bat Girl
An adorable Bat Girl can be achieved with a few simple, kid (and adult) friendly products.

If you are crafty find the Batman image online and create a felt mask template or purchase an inexpensive mask that can be outlined then sprayed.  Place the mask template over your child’s face and have her close eyes shut.

Use a safe face botanical spray, like the Spirit Spray I previously used, mist onto face until desired color is achieved.  Peel away mask and Voila!   You can also free hand a mask by spraying the Spirit Spray onto a disposable plate and using a sponge or craft brushes to apply in the shape of a mask.

Gently, using a lip brush, paint on a bright pink lipstick. Using products that have more natural ingredients, such as OCC-Lip Tar, are good options for kids and adults because they are packed with nutrients good for the skin.

I chose these for Bat Girl:
FACE: Spirit Spray in Red (www.SpiritSpray.com)
*Bat Logo to size: try measuring and cutting within the shape for the perfect stencil
*A cute tip is to create a special sparkle on the edges of the mask for added drama: try your local craft store for some bedazzling jewels like “Sworovski Elements” (www.michaels.com) and apply one by one with a touch of lash glue.
LIPS: try Tarte “Lip Surgence” Natural Lip Stain in “Lust”-this product is easy to use with its pencil tip and click stick. (www.sephora.com)

 

Queen of Hearts
A youthful Queen of Hearts make-up will have you blushing.

To create a youthful face, spray lightly with a White face spray like the White Spirit Spray Use just enough of a mist for subtle color.  Apply Black mascara on top and bottom lashes and top with a full lash set. Swirl in an iridescent lime green eye shadow on lids.  Then, place a small amount of Red face spray into palm of hands and use fingers to create small circles on cheeks for a bright, bold blush.

Apply Red lips in shape of a small heart centered on the lips.  For the final touch, draw a heart shaped beauty mark just below the outside of one eye.

With this costume you can also have fun with nail color.  I recommend CND Shellac as well for a long lasting chemical free polish in fun colors that will make your festive manicure the envy of all!

Try These Products:
FACE: Spirit Spray: White and Red
EYES: Almay “Intense-I-Color” For Greens #414 (try mixing the two greens together for an intense pop) -found at your local drugstore
LIPS: OCC Lip Tar-“Anime”a little goes a long way with this minty pout maker
LASHES: Elite Lashes Full Flutter Set #6 Black + Lash Glue
FOR FUN: Try a cute “beauty mark” right below the outside of either eye in the shape of a heart. I like Josie Maran’s Magic Marker “Argan Liquid Liner” to draw and fill the precise shape. (www.sephora.com)
NAILS: CND Shellac fabulous sparkle nails flash royalty with this look. Try these colors “Hollywood” as the base color (with Martha Stewart Glitter)

 

Zombie

A terrifying zombie is simpler than you think.

Use the Green Classified Spirit Spray all over hands and face.  Make sure children close eyes tight when spraying on face. Combine Black and White face sprays and sponge onto face.  It is OK to mix with the Green and don’t forget to gray out the lipsThen draw in black gashes and black lines on lips.  You can use the same spray on your hand applying the lines with a craft brush or a toothpick dipped into the color, then use a sponge hallow out eyes in Black. For a super creepy look, paint bloody cuts oozing from the mouth with a Red face spray!

 

 

Try these Products for your Zombie:

FACE: Spirit Spray : White, Red, Green, Black

*Sponge-try either a body sponge cut up in to little cubes with rigged edges exposed or a natural sponge always works just as well too. (www.michaels.com or your local drug store)

SEE HOW EASY IT IS TO TAKE OFF OUR MAKEUP!
After a fun day of playing the perfect Zombie, Oden carefully took off his makeup. One moment a terrifying zombie, the next the most perfect gentleman! Thanks Oden and (Mom) Ingrid!

BetterShow” Oden taking his makeup off from Vanessa Elese on Vimeo.

Click Here to watch the segment on “The Better Show”

(More info about CND Shellac can be found at www.CND.com; more info about Spirit Spray can be found at SpiritSpray.com and purchased at select Ulta locations.)

What does your Halloween look like?!