Posts Tagged ‘beauty’

EMANI Cosmetics Made My Catalina Trip Amazing

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

It’s almost summer which means it’s time to plan mini getaways, warm trips, and long vacations! Personally, I spent my weekend on the gorgeous island of Catalina; Avalon to be exact. Of course, I did my homework ahead of time to determine what I needed to bring per weather restrictions, the verdict you ask? Sunny in the mid-70’s! Sounded like perfect sun bathing weather, however I remembered that Catalina weather is always iffy. A beautiful sunshine-filled afternoon can have a wind chill leaving me freezing cold!

I decided to bring my new eco-friendly EMANI cosmetics with me, not only because the colors are brilliantly tropical (and healthy – 100% vegan!), but also because they have breathable products which are designed to perform in all kinds of elements; extreme heat, humidity or cold temperatures. They seemed like a perfect fit for my Catalina getaway!

EMANI is a rare breed: 100% vegan, 100% gluten free, 100% American made, cruelty free, PETA certified and award winning, paraben/talc/mineral oil/etc. etc. FREE! These stats made me think the company must create great green products, however I questioned if they would provide good enough coverage or rich enough shades. They actually wear very light but provide deep coverage just like our favorite, expensive, luxury brands. I was shocked.

A few of my favorite products I used this weekend were the Crushed Blush in Cancun Heat, the Flawless Matte Foundation in Nude Beige, and the Mosaic Eye Shadow in Feeling Mischievous. I was really glad I brought my EMANI round-up because Saturday was gorgeous and hot (mid-80’s), but Sunday was sunny and freezing (the wind made it feel like low 60’s!). Regardless, my makeup looked flawless throughout. Aside from the high-performing pigmented shadows like the gorgeous Crushed Mineral Color Dust in Bamboo, the best item I brought was the Vegan Travel Brush Set. This set should actually be incorporated into my daily beauty regimen, not just for travel. Unbelievably soft, the brushes allow for an even and easy application for all kinds of product. They even have a top secret way of affixing each individual bristle to the wand to ensure they never leave stray hairs on your face!

Thanks EMANI for making my Catalina trip full of luminous color, coverage, and all around excitement!

Like 4 Products in 1: ARCONA Cranberry Gommage

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

There are a lot of products out there that claim to cover all bases: cleanse, protect, tone, define, etc. etc. etc. But in all honesty, is there really only ONE product that goes the whole 9 yards? Until recently – I didn’t think so. I always had 4 separate products: my favorite cleanser which was mild enough to use every morning and night, my best toner which completely clarified my skin, a weekly mask to exfoliate, and a moisturizer I couldn’t keep in the bottle to save my life.

Thanks to BeautyFix I was recently introduced to the luxury skin care brand ARCONA,  which is a personal favorite of Zoe Saldana, Emmy Rossum, Rachel Zoe, Julia Roberts and Anna Kendrick – just to name drop a tad. With a roster like that and Allure’s Best of Beauty Award seal of approval, I knew there had to be something special about ARCONA’s products so I decided to try the Cranberry Gommage. I kid you not when I say this single item has eliminated my need for the 4 aforementioned products in my beauty regimen. It has cleansing properties to smooth, purify, and tone skin. It has tough ingredients including salicylic acid and volcanic minerals (which are actually finely crushed to be 1/1,000th of an inch – the perfect, mild exfoliant!) to keep your skin free of bacteria. It has cranberry and raspberry enzymes which not only gives the product a pretty purple hue but also unclogs and shrinks pores. Last but not least, it has anti-aging antioxidants that kick free radicals and environmental damage to the curb.

The Gommage is for use on normal or oily skin, which is perfect for me since I tend to be on the oily side. I diluted the product with water for the first week of use because I didn’t want to overwhelm my problem skin with a heavy mixture, but I was surprised to see how well my skin handled the change. I only use it three times a week – but it’s perfect for the face, neck and décolleté! This product has left my skin softer, smoother, and healthier than it has ever been, so I will be sure to add my name to the list of important ARCONA ambassadors!

Have you received your own ARCONA Cranberry Gommage from BeautyFix yet?

Skylark’s Pretty Pigmented Lipgloss Duo

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Elle & Blair Fowler, it’s time to get acquainted. Two of youtube’s biggest beauty vloggers, (Elle- allthatglitters21) (Blair- juicystar07), garnering more than 150 million video veiws and counting, recently created Skylark, a range of products that reflect their passion for beauty. They kicked off their launch with the Ava and Sophia Lipgloss duo, currently available in this season’s Beautyfix!

Skylark is unique in that each product within this line launches as it is perfected. Every product is made with the highest quality and approved with confidence by Elle & Blair. Named after the main characters in their debut novel ‘Beneath The Glitter’, “Ava”  is a cotton candy pink gloss and “Sophia” is a gorgeous dark berry shade with micro-glitters.  My personal favroite is Sophia. I love the super pigmented color! This is now my go-to gloss for everyday wear. It is so complementary and has a flattened brush for easier and a more accurate application. Ava is a bit to light for me on it’s own, however it makes a great addition to any lipstick color and gives your lips the perfect amount of shine when paired up with another color. Both of these glosses have a nice texture and goes on smoothly and both are proof that these girls know what their doing in the beauty department.

Watch this video to learn more about Skylark and see how they have worked to perfect this beautiful lipgloss duo!

Spring Cleaning Time: Tips From a Makeup Artist

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

Spring is here! Which means spring cleaning. As a Makeup Artist, that means going through my kit and performing what I like to call, “The Sift and Ditch”. I go through each and every product, checking how old it is, giving it the smell test and tossing anything that has expired.  How do you know it’s time to ditch your old products? Here is the basic breakdown of how long you should hold on to makeup in your bag:

Foundation- 1 Year
Facial Moisturizer with SPF- Check the bottle for expiration date
Any powder products (Face Powder, Blush, Shadow, Bronzers, etc.)- 2-3 Years
Lipstick, Gloss, Lipliner- 1 Year
Cream Shadows and Eye Primers- 1-2 Years
Eye Pencils- 1-2 Years
MASCARA- 3 Months, Tops!

I also suggest washing your makeup brushes. (When’s the last time you did?!) If you can’t remember how long ago it was, it’s time. What to use to clean with? For natural bristle brushes I love the Beauty Blender Cleanser diluted with some water, and for synthetic bristle brushes (concealer, lip, cream liner) use dish soap. Yes, dish soap, it’s the only thing that truly gets those brushes residue free. After gently squeezing out the excess water, reshape the brush and lay flat to dry on a towel. To increase the life of your tools, I suggest washing them at least every two weeks. Also, inspect the condition of your brushes, get rid of any misshapen or frayed brushes.

A couple more tips on keeping your cosmetics clean and bacteria free:

-If your makeup bag is machine washable, turn it inside out and give it a spin.
-Clean any tools such a tweezers, scissors or lash curlers.
-Sharpen your eye and lip pencils before use.
-Give all your products a smell to make sure there’s no funky odor. If there is, toss!

Now is the perfect time to replace any old products with some new spring goodies, happy cleaning!



Noel was born and raised in sunny Southern California. Growing up she pored over beauty and fashion magazines and knew from a very young age she would be a Makeup Artist. She enrolled in makeup school at the age of 17 and has been creating beautiful faces ever since.

Her clean style with a creative edge has brought her an ever expanding variety of clients including print advertising, music videos, editorial work and celebrities. Using both her own unique techniques and some borrowed from industry leading makeup artists she has assisted, such as Fiona Stiles and Aaron De Mey, she has done faces for fashions “It Girls”. Models Arizona Muse, Lily Donaldson and Dree Hemingway have all been in her chair.

Noel is based in Los Angeles and lives with her husband and two cats, Lulu and Olive.

Celebrity clients:Arizona Muse
Dree Hemingway
Lily Donaldson
The Pussycat Dolls
Nichole Scherzinger
Adam Lambert
Katharine McPhee


It’s D.E.A.R Day!

Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Flickr source: Passive Income

In case you didn’t know, April is more than just Rosacea Awareness month, it’s also a party month!  Aside from the mainstream holidays such as Passover, Easter and (I guess April Fools’ Day), there are also quite a few less-traditional opportunities to celebrate.

Yes, today is my birthday, but enough about me, today is also D.E.A.R day as in Drop Everything And Read. For those of you that are not familiar with this day, it encourages you to abandon all prior commitments for the comfort of a good book (or in this case, a good blog), but I digress…

To celebrate this special day, I have taken it upon myself to gather up a few informative beauty resources that you can take some time to read (just in case you are not in the mood for a long book).

  • This very informative Women’s Day article rounds up the 8 best restorative skin care ingredients to apply before bed.  This includes some great advice from Dr. Ashley Magovern, MD, a board-certified dermatologist for DermStore.


  • The DermStore Skin Resource center has a plethora of skin care articles/information. This is a great place to find information on a wide variety of skin care and makeup topics. It is a good way to keep you busy on this not so traditional holiday.


  • The DermStore blog is a great place to read about beauty trends, skin care issues/concerns, makeup application tips/tricks, etc. from none other than the DermStore Staff. Not to mention they do giveaways quite often so you have a chance to win some goodies and bring some additional excitement to this holiday.

That should help get you started with celebrating this special day. Who knows…you may discover some mind blowing information that will change your life.  If you’re reading this sentence then you are already off to a good start!

You know what to do next (D.E.A.R)

The Cheapest, Quickest Way to Look Better!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

I recently went to Thibiant spa in Beverly Hills and had the most amazing facial I’ve ever experienced. During my session, it was brought to my attention that I was suffering from mild dehydration and my skin was showing it.  I had no idea I was dehydrated and this was a real eye opener on how damaging the results of dehydration can be in regards to overall beauty and skin care. I am clearly not drinking enough water and it is showing on my skin.

Drinking Water is one of the most important things you can do to maintain your skin’s collagen. Our skin loses water nearly every minute of the day. Since the body is composed of mostly water, it only makes sense that we should have to drink lots of water to replenish the skin.

People with any skin type can have dehydrated skin, which often looks sallow, worn, dry, and wrinkled, none of which are desirable descriptions. Drinking plenty of water will help to keep skin’s collagen intact and when people are properly hydrated their skin will show it!

Most people will find that after drinking enough water their skin takes on a more youthful, healthy look. The good news is, in order to cure dehydration all you need is your kitchen sink.  Drink, Drink, Drink! Don’t wait until you are thirsty rather drink before you get thirsty. Drinking your water is the cheapest, quickest way to look better!

Here are some things you can do to make sure you are getting enough water each day:

Carry a water bottle

Carry a water bottle with you throughout the day and refill it when it is getting low. Not only will this encourage you to drink more water, but it will be easier to monitor how much you are actually drinking throughout the day. 

Monitor your intake

Really monitor your intake of water on a daily basis to make sure that you are getting enough. Follow the water bottle suggestion above and be sure to count how much you are drinking and refilling each day. On the average, a person should drink eight 8-ounce glasses every day.

Add drinking two glasses of water to your daily skincare regimen

Drink, cleanse, moisturize, etc. Then drink again! Do this morning and night and you can add 4 glasses of water to your day!

Make a bet with a co-worker to see who can drink more water in the course of a day

Two of my co-workers often ask each other how much water the other has had and if one of them has had a higher number of bottles, then the other is off to the kitchen to refill and catch up! This is a great way to encourage each other and to motivate yourself. 

Water Every Hour

If you work an 8-hour day, have one glass every hour on the hour. When the work day is done your quota has been met.

Already dehydrated? Try this:

If you are already suffering from dehydration, try drinking a gallon of water a day for one week. You should notice an immediate improvement in not only your skin, but your overall mood.

New Year, New You: Beauty Resolutions

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

2012 has arrived! It’s a new year which means we get a fresh start. This is an opportunity to make some Beauty resolutions and stick with them for a new and improved you! Here are some tips to help you turn over a new leaf and create a new beauty routine with beautiful skin.

Experiment with your look

Now is a great time to introduce a new look you’ve wanted to explore. Perhaps it is a subtle change, like finding a new fragrance as your signature scent, or trying a new hair-do/style/color.  Trying new beauty products can help spruce up your routine as well. There are so many great new products that can help simplify your beauty routine and enhance the look you are working to create.

You’re sexy and you know it

Treat your body right this year and remember what goes inside shows on the outside. Make sure to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, this will give your skin a healthy glow. Eat healthy foods, take a multi-vitamin every day and exercise at least 3-4 times per week for 30 minutes each time. All of these things will help improve your circulation/overall health and the benefits will show in your beautiful skin. Lastly, be confident, walk with good posture and smile, these things are so easy to do and extremely beneficial.

Don’t skimp on skin care

Your skin can make or break your look and overall confidence. Work hard on doing things that will benefit your skin, leaving it radiant and youthful.  Exfoliate your skin at least 1-2 times a week, moisturize daily and include an SPF for protection. Spoil yourself with a face mask once a week. This not only helps with relaxation, it’s like giving your skin a present! You will be relaxed, refreshed and your skin will be radiant. 

 Quit nasty habits

It’s never too late to stop a bad habit. Smoking, biting your nails, pulling eyelashes, over excessively twirling your hair these are all things that you should file in the past with 2011. Try finding something new and healthy to substitute this act. Perhaps it’s chewing gum, or going to yoga or doing something different with your hair. Small changes in your routine can make a big difference.  

What are some of your beauty resolutions for 2012?

Fall in love with Beautyfix Season 12

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Season 12 of BeautyFix is finally here! I’m so excited for fall and all these amazing products. The BeautyFix panelists picked some amazing autumn savvy products. Here are some of my favs; I’m telling you, these panelists picked the best of the best!

Bioelements Pumice Peel

This pumice peel helps even and brighten my skin tone. It promotes a healthy complexion without irritating my sensitive skin. These tiny pumice stones work hard to give you a polished look.

Glitz Blitz Black Blitz

I’m all about a hot dramatic makeup look. Glitz blitz not only gives me drama but sparkle too! I use it when I want a fun look for a night out on the town, or apply it lightly for daytime wear. Either way, I heart this eyeliner.

Nailtique Nail Protein & Color Lacquer

Nailtiques makes it so much easier to keep up with my nail trends. This nail protein and color lacquer not only keep my nails strong and polished it also gives me hot fall flair with amazing vibrant color.

These are just a few of my favs but all this season’s picks are amazing must-haves. Make sure to check out all of your options! And don’t forget to tell your friends! For every friend that joins BeautyFix you will receive a $10 credit. It doesn’t get much better than this!

Jennifer Lopez- People Magazine’s Most Beautiful. What’s Her Beauty Secret?

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

People Magazine just released their annual Peoples Most Beautiful issue and the star grabbing the top honor is none other than Jenny from the Block. Mrs. Jennifer Lopez, aka JLo, graces the cover and divulges her beauty secrets, philosophies and woes to the magazine.

Claiming that beauty is not something that always comes easy, J Lo freely admits that outer beauty is part of her job and something that she has to work at to achieve- from her intense sweat sessions, to diets and a strict beauty routine. “I don’t want anybody thinking it’s easy. It does take time and it’s hard work. HDTV wide-screen is nobody’s friend,” claims Mrs. Marc Anthony.

As we all know, it takes the help of skilled stylist and great product to maintain those gorgeous looks. Some of the former Fly Girl’s favorite products include SkinCeuticals Ultimate UV Defense, a powerful broad-spectrum moisturizing sunscreen, and Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream.  Says the star: “I love that Rose Cream by Dr. Hauschka. I buy it at Whole Foods!”

Although, even someone as genetically blessed as JLo realizes that outer beauty is only skin deep:

“The physical would fade, but it was always was something that was born from the inside out. You can have a person with perfect features and if they are not a nice person or a loving person or a person with a big heart they just don’t seem as beautiful as someone else with features that are not as perfect.”

As clichéd as it might be, it’s comforting to hear such revelations from the reigning Peoples Most Beautiful Person.

Beautyfix Spotlight- Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

When I found out that the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel would be joining the list of Beautyfix products this season, I experienced what can only be described as an emotion beyond excitement.  I’m a pretty basic product user, my beauty routine is bare bones, and unlike some of my peers, eye creams, serums and masks just don’t do it for me. Give me a great face wash, moisturizer and some makeup remover and I am a happy girl. Which is why I was so ecstatic over the addition of the Special Cleansing Gel- it’s rumored to be one of the best non-fuss and all around amazing products out there.

Dermalogica receives tons of love and rave reviews from the press, celebrities, blogs and my coworkers. I’ve tried a few of the Dermalogica products before and really enjoyed them (the makeup remover is the best!) but hadn’t had the pleasure of trying the Special Cleansing Gel until a few weeks ago. And an obsession is born.

The Special Cleansing Gel is so mild and effective at the same time, removing impurities without disturbing the skin’s natural moisture balance. It lathers quickly, removes the majority of my makeup and doesn’t irritate my skin at all- on the contrary, my skin actually seems refreshed after I use it due to the anti-inflammatory balm mint. It’s a face wash that can be used twice a day with no problem or fear of drying out and it is light enough that there is no residue or greasy feeling. Plus, I haven’t had one zit!

The only downside? My boyfriend has also decided he is obsessed with it. My supply is quickly diminishing.