beauty: beauty counter

These two products are summer beauty essentials.

They were sent to me in my summer Box of Style which by the way, I always look forward to receiving every season.  Because it’s what’s on the inside that counts.

THE MULTI-TASKER

Formulated without harmful ingredients, this hibiscus-hued blush is indispensable for the sultry season. Sweep it on your cheeks and lips for a pretty pick-me-up day or night. The color is flattering for all skin tones.

Beautycounter Cream Blusher, Retail Value: $37

THE JETSETTER

This one was timely because I just finished my sunscreen stick that I carry around in my purse.  Never leave home without a sleek sunscreen stick. This one is made with organic coconut oil and acai fruit oil, it offers water-resistant sun protection that goes on sheer—so your skin will love it.

Beautycounter Protect Stick Sunscreen, Retail Value: $18

http://www.beautycounter.com/

Source: the Zoe Report for Box of Style

Beauty: BioActive Externals

Youthful and Ageless

Two key words that jump out to grab our attention in the packaging of many skincare lines.  After all, we all strive to be youthful and ageless for as long as we can.

If we’re being true to ourselves we should know that we cannot rely on one miracle topical product to turn back the clock.  But we keep hoping.  I think even with *good genes the key ingredients to staying youthful is remaining curious, being active, refrain from stress (as much as humanly possible), eating and sleeping well, hydration and the bioactive externals like good clean skincare.  Basically looking after yourself as well as you can because you’re all you’ve got! Keeping this in mind, and aside from my own products, I’m always open to checking out new and improved skincare regimes.  I also love the ritual of applying them morning and night.

After having met and listened to Suzanne Somers promote her Suzanne Organics skincare line which is exclusively at Clark’s Nutrition in Rancho Mirage, Ca., I felt obliged to try a few products.  If only because Suzanne is her own best testament to the products and philosophy behind them.

Makeup + Skincare by Suzanne Organics

I’ve been using her ageless serum which is loaded with sea algae followed by her Bioactive Moisturizer which among other active natural ingredients is loaded with CoQ10, Argan (last year my sis brought Argan oil back from the Atlas mountains of Morocco for me) oil and sea buckthorn berry which acts as a superfood for your skin.  Of course you have to eat whole food for your skin to look its very best but let’s just agree that the ingredient listing is excellent.  It feels great on my face too. The whole collection is Toxic Free.  The coco-mango body butter is my absolute favourite. Find out more at: link below

*Having good genes doesn’t mean you’ll live longer, it just means you’ll look better doing it.

https://www.suzannesomers.com/

BENEFITS: 

  Formula uses only pure, organic ingredients

  No animal testing

  No synthetic fragrances

  Beech Tree Bud Extract supports the skin cells. This organic extract moisturizes the skin and assists in the look of wrinkle reduction by supporting the skin

  Argan Oil is one of the rarest oils in the world, this desert plant restores moisture so skin can survive dry climates, such as air-conditioning or heating

  Just as this plant protects itself from the desert heat, the oil from the tree’s fruit helps our skin to be protected from the elements.

  Sea Buckthorn Berry is a rare plant that contains essential fatty acids, Omega 3,6,7 and 9! Our skin loves these essential fatty acids and to find all of these essential fatty acids in one plant is remarkable

AND MORE…

If you’ve been fortunate enough to try her line I’d like your comments.

Beauty: feeling flush for Spring 

with something other than the multiple winning “best of beauty” orgasm

What’s New from NARS?

NARS Narsissist Unfiltered Cheek Palette

Time to branch out from our usual Orgasm to six new Nars blush shades that comes in two cheeky limited edition palettes. Try pinks for a natural just-got-back-from-SoulCycle flush (sans all that sweat), and peach shades to brighten sallow cheeks. Whether you want a dramatic glow or a no-makeup makeup vibe, the mix of matte and shimmery finishes lends the ideal flush for every occasion.

NARS NARSissist Unfiltered I Cheek Palette – Limited Edition

  • Watch Me– opalescent gold, sheen
  • Me First– apricot, sheen
  • Takeover– copper rose, sheen
  • Out There– deep russet, matte
  • Chic– rich raspberry, matte
  • Exhibit A– red, matte

NARS NARSissist Unfiltered II Cheek Palette – Limited Edition

  • Conquest– pastel peach, matte
  • Undefeated– pale pink, matte
  • Powder Play– vivid pink, matte
  • Hot Sand– peach champagne, sheen
  • Fame– pink amber, sheen
  • Candid– mauve raspberry, shimmer

One of the Best Spring Palettes according to Allure Magazine

$59 (narscosmetics.com) and Sephora

Are there any others you can recommend?

 

 

 

Tox-Sick Talk with Suzanne Somers  

Because if you live toxic free you will feel better naturally.

I was thinking about starting a series about women who inspire me and who better to start off with than Suzanne Somers.20170302_144013Suzanne said people magazine once described her as the dumbest woman in America.  Which means she did a great job of playing the blond bombshell bimbo Chrissy Snow in the long running sitcom(edy) “Three’s Company.”

But she had the last laugh because the idiot who wrote that didn’t realize her full potential.  A cancer survivor, she is a well respected health and wellness advocate, a *best selling author having written 25 books (her latest is called Tox-Sick – From Toxic to Not Sick), singer, dancer, Vegas nightclub performer (who was once named Female Entertainer of the Year, the same year Frank Sinatra was named Male Entertainer of the Year, ) and savvy business woman with her suzanne organics skincare & cosmetics line.  It’s a pretty impressive resume.  There’s so much to her, but for now we’ll focus on her pure organic skincare line because I was waiting for something beauty-wise to inspire me for a beauty post – this is it!  And it’s never just about looking good (although we love that); it’s about feeling good from the inside out.  Which by the way, always makes one look better on the outside.

“It’s as if we are all on a big, chemical drunk, and the hangover is a killer.” – Suzanne Somers, in TOX-SICK

20170302_144328So I was thrilled to meet her alongside her handsome hubby Alan Hamel (I do remember well his successful TV talk show in Canada) when she launched her Radiance Facial Kit at Clark’s Nutrition – a fantastic family run natural foods market in Rancho Mirage.  Wait; it’s not just the facial kit she has – it’s a complete line of body care, skincare, sunless tanning, haircare and now cosmetics.  It’s a great line because it’s more than natural and organic…it’s certified ToxicFree.  What that means is a lot of NO’s!  No Pegs, Parabens, chemical emulsifiers, artificial colors, fragrance and of course NO animal testing.  She doesn’t kid around.  She walks/eats/looks the talk!  She even grows her own food.  It’s exhausting to even think about. She really does live toxic-free.  She discussed this along with her belief about a new way to age.  On close inspection I decided if she uses her own stuff (which she completely does) and looks that good I better buy me some.

As you may know I make my own little line of pure products so I’m very picky about what I choose to put on my face + body but I went for the coco mango body butter (a friend of mine swears by it – “it f….ing works!” Also the ageless serum (because it’s loaded with sea algae extract and African Birch) and a lipstick in caramelized peach (because it sounded yummy & looked pretty).  Just so you know.  All made in California.

Suzanne says she’s always loved the idea of pure organic skincare but had never experienced any anti-aging benefits so would end up reverting back to chemically-based products.  Now she has the best of both worlds.  She works closely with the formulators to use the power of nature to find the most effective anti-aging actives for clean, beautiful products to feed, nurture and hydrate precious skin.  It is like superfood for your skin.

OMG I never realized just how much we have in common!  I never even told her that I met her “Three’s Company” co-star John Ritter in Tokyo years ago on a TV series and how nicely he treated me.  But maybe she knows that now.

*On one of her many books about health and nutrition “Breakthrough: Eight Steps to Wellness,”: She scored a big coup with “Sex and the City 2.” Her book is heavily featured in the movie.  Kim Cattrall‘s Samantha–who announces that she’s “fifty-f-ing-two” and going through menopause–declares that she lives by it. She hands it to everyone in the movie. By the end of the movie, women are exchanging copies of “Breakthrough,” with the cover very prominent. A book publisher’s dream.

And if all that isn’t enough, she’s nice too!  An inspiration to all women!

websitehttp://www.suzannesomers.com/

images: d. king

 

Beauty: working under cover

A breakdown of THE BEST under eye concealersconcealNo one wants to have dark under eye circles.  No one wants to look like they haven’t slept for a week even if they haven’t slept for a week.

Unfortunately, getting more sleep doesn’t always equal brighter, more awake-looking eyes. Dark undereye circles are apparently hereditary so blame your parents if you have them.  But that still doesn’t help the problem.

The good news is that you can buy a product to temporarily hide them.  The bad news (which really isn’t all that bad) is that there are too many makeup products offering to help you cover them up. Where to look?

My personal favourite (since I haven’t tried the others mentioned here) is from Cle de Peau which is also a cult favourite. I think it may be worth the splurge as it has a nice creamy consistency that goes on smooth and evenly. But I’m not the expert on covering up dark circles sooo…..

Ahead, you’ll find five of the most popular under-eye concealers, according to countless reviews and user feedback on the Internet. AKA, the masses have spoken and these are the top products they unanimously agree make the cut.  Thought you’d like to know.

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer ($25)concealer1

It Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Anti-Aging Concealer ($24)concealer2

Bobbi Brown Concealer Kit ($35)concealer3

Tom Ford Concealing Pen ($52)

Cle de Peau

Cle de Peau

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser ($7)concealer5

Bonus Pick:

*Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48)concealer6

*Since we’re talking makeup if you care to know, this is selfie queen Kim Kardashian’s #1 choice – she was initially turned on to the product by her makeup artist (Mario Dedivanovic). Depending on the shade you purchase, the waterproof makeup enhancer also works as a highlighter, foundation, or contour. Most of these other choices I believe will do the same but I must admit this one sounds pretty tempting.

I researched a bit more on it and found out: while on a trip to Japan, Kevyn Aucoin was taken with the radiant, flawless skin of the geisha. His unending curiosity of what makes these women beautiful led him on a quest to find the products they used to achieve their youthfully dewy complexion. Working closely with Japanese chemists, Kevyn Aucoin developed what is perhaps the most versatile skin-perfecting product you will ever use for radiant looking skin. Well, if that isn’t a selling feature?

Have you tried any of these?  What do you like or recommend?

 

Beauty: just Browsing

She will look completely normal tomorrow except she’s just going to have some rock star brows,” said Kate Shaughnessy, the owner of Lash and Brow Design Co. in Carmel, Ca.

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

If there is one tattoo (that’s not actually a real tattoo) that I would consider getting it would hands down have to be the brow fill-in I know someone who got it done and upon close inspection her brows look natural and fuller than before.  It helped to fill in the over-plucked spaces and make them a little thicker than before.  Loved it!

The correct term is called microblading. It goes on like a tattoo using small needles to apply color to your brows in a shape that fits your face. Leaving the brows even and filled in.  And in the long run less time consuming than filling them in with a pencil or powder (if that’s what you do – c’mon you all do it!)

It lasts about a year. They tell clients one to three years but it varies on everybody. If you’re in the sun a lot it might come off faster.

The product goes three layers deep compared to seven layers like an actual tattoo, creating more natural hair like strokes.

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

Shaughnessy Keely Webpage

At the present time I’m keeping my eyebrows as is but in the future if need be I am recommending (on the advice of another friend) the brow artist/studio below for those of you lucky enough to be living in Vancouver, B.C.

But it appears that anyone with the name “shaughnessy” will be a good bet!

My cousin Liz who lives in Montreal just informed me about a great place for microblading there.   Technicians name is Eli Ross. Studio Eli. Ross Inc. – Montreal For all info call 514-692-4545 or info@studioeliross.com

Groucho Marx

Right on!  You tell them Groucho Marx!

SHAUGHNESSY KEELY

http://studiosashiko.com/shaughnessy/

The link below will provide you with answers to all your frequently asked questions:

http://studiosashiko.com/faq/

 

 

 

 

 

Beauty: the instanatural

Message to those of you who PAY ATTENTION to my beauty posts:serum1

don’t think I’m repeating myself because my last post was about skin serums.  I promise it won’t be a weekly event.  Well it might; just not on serums every time.  But I was excited to share this one with you too because you knowI’m an authority on the subject this is one of my specialties

Last week I mentioned some ridiculously affordable serums from Canadian beauty start-up company Deciem which offered one active ingredient in each bottle.  Great if you want let’s say…Vitamin “C”, or Hyaluronic Acid, etc..

But let’s say you just want MORE

You might want to consider the Age-Defying & Skin Clearing Serum from Instanatural for just under $25.

As skincare products go this is a pretty appealing price and name.  I mean anything with “age-defying AND “skin clearing” claims must be at least looked upon.  This is the holy grail of skin ingredient listings:

Retinol? Salicylic acid? Niacinamide? Vitamin C? Hyaluronic acid? Tea tree oil? Lavender? In one little bottle?

One beauty editor experienced what she referred to as a skincare-induced bout of hyperventilation. These were all the ingredients one could wish for in one product to plump skin, make it brighter, clear blemishes and blackheads, and hide fine lines.

The serum has a milky consistency to it and a lovely citrusy scent.

Granted, I have yet to try it (still trying to get through all the rest of the products that I’ve either purchased or were sent to me for review).  But I can tell you that it’s high up on my list.

What are your all-time favorite skincare products?

Beauty: Sparkle Plenty

Let’s promise to MAKEUP for the Holidaysholidaymakeup1

A few festive palettes to help you SHINEholidaymakeup4

Yves Saint Laurent (top L) Marc Jacobs (top R), Hourglass (bottom L) & Givenchy (bottom R).

Yves Saint Laurent (top L) Marc Jacobs (top R), Hourglass (bottom L) & Givenchy (bottom R).

Yves Saint Laurent Sparkle Clash Multi-Use Palette

Unfold the gilded cover of this book-style palette and you’ll discover that it’s a pint-sized multitasking essential. The four eye shadows, highlighter, and two lip colors (plus brush applicators) will make sure you stay glam for every holiday fete.

Buy it: Yves Saint Laurent Sparkle Clash Multi-Use Palette ($95)

Givenchy Le Prisme Superstellar Intense & Radiant Eye Shadow

This simple and sophisticated trio can be used on lids, cheeks, lips, or wherever else you’d like to add a little intergalactic sparkle. You’ll especially love how Titanium, the white shade, acts as a highlighter.

Buy it: Givenchy Le Prisme Superstellar Intense & Radiant Eye Shadow ($63)

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Light Blush, Bronzer & Strobe Powder Palette

If you’re obsessed with the elegant glow of Hourglass’s highlighters, you need this bronzer, blush, and strobe powder quintet. The luminous formulas will make your skin look lit from within, and the marble-inspired compact will look stunning on your Instagram feed.

Buy it: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Surreal Light Blush, Bronzer & Strobe Powder Palette($80)

Marc Jacobs Beauty Object of Desire Face and Eye Palette

A limited edition face and eye palette featuring six gorgeous eyeshadows, blush, and bronzer to create a complete looks for the Holiday season!

Shades include:

  • O!Mega Bronzer in Tantric
  • Blush in Exhibitionist (peachy rose)
  • Luminizer in Make a Sheen (cool gold shimmer)
  • Eyeshadow in Lights On (beige shimmer), Candlelight (golden shimmer), Dimmer (matte light tan), Violet Hour (matte lavender), Twilight (deep plum shimmer), In the Dark (deep brown shimmer)
  • Leather Case

Marc Jacobs Beauty Holiday 2016 is available now at Sephora.com for a limited time. ($69)

I think this OPI set dark nail polish with glitter topcoat is perfect for the season.  And of course the packaging is elegant. They also have a mini version for a stocking stuffer.  Available in Canada at London Drugs

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Hello Gorgeous!

Style & Beauty in a Box

Just received my Winter Box of Style.  Just in time because this curated product assortment will take me (and others who purchased it) from day to night this holiday season and well into the new year.

The full winter Box of Style on display, featuring a Soia & Kyo cable-knit hat, exclusive Dylanlex Zoey necklace, Clinique Lip Color and Primer in Berry Pop, D.L. & Co. custom The Zoe Report Birch candle, Dagne Dover exclusive leather card case and Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme Brightening Water Cream. 

The full winter Box of Style on display, featuring a Soia & Kyo cable-knit hat (I chose mine in winter white out of 3 selections), exclusive Dylanlex Zoey necklace, Clinique Lip Color and Primer in Berry Pop, D.L. & Co. custom The Zoe Report Birch candle, Dagne Dover exclusive leather card case and Sunday Riley Tidal Enzyme Brightening Water Cream.

I started sharing contents/info about the Spring box set and so this season completes my final round of box sets for the whole year.  Every 3 months I could not believe what was inside each of the boxes. The variety was always useful, stylish, current and thought given to the season. After all it is curated by stylist & editor-in-chief Rachel Zoe and her team.

This year, In a private bungalow at the storied Chateau Marmont, Rachel decided to host a glamorous dinner party specifically to celebrate her pride and joy of the season – the winter Box of Style.

Here are some of the highlights:

The tablescape at dinner.

The tablescape at dinner.

Flanked by ever-fashionable friends like Jessica Alba and Nicole Richie, Rachel toasted to her latest launch—which features the exclusive, Swarovski-crystal-studded Dylanlex “Zoey” necklace that several attendees donned throughout the night—and enjoyed an evening among great company.

Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie and Rachel Zoe (in jumpsuit).

Jessica Alba, Nicole Richie (in middle) and Rachel Zoe (in gorgeous jumpsuit).

Because it's not a party without bubbly.

Because it’s not a party without bubbly.

Jessica Alba showing off her exclusive silver-plated Dylanlex Zoey necklace, which features gorgeous Swarovski crystals and has a retail value of $200.

Jessica Alba showing off her exclusive silver-plated Dylanlex Zoey necklace, which features gorgeous Swarovski crystals.

My personal favourites are:

The knit factor - Soia & Kyo Olivia Cable-Knit Beanie, Retail Value: $50

The knit factor – Soia & Kyo Olivia Cable-Knit Beanie, Retail Value: $50

the first winter layer - Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Retail Value: $65

the first winter layer – Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, Retail Value $65

 Clinique Berry Pop Lip Color + Primer, Retail Value: $24

Clinique Berry Pop Lip Color + Primer, Retail Value: $24

Added Bonus: purse-size Viva La Juicy fragrance in this season’s assortment.

Thank you team Zoe

Photos: Zoe Report

Beauty: Narcissiststick

Essentially speaking….

sometimes we need a little help attaining a perfect complexion. Sometimes even a lot of work. We can take a few shortcuts to looking flawless by using mineral powder or liquid foundation (both good) to even out our skintone but for simplicity sake I say….STICK IT!foundation1

What’s New? Well….

NARCISSIST FOUNDATION STICK

If you’re like me you want minimalist makeup with instant gratification.

W3LL PEOPLE is an uncommon beauty dream team founded by an elite makeup artist, cosmetic dermatologist and tree hugging entrepreneur, passionate about making positive choices in life, particularly when it comes to self care.

Skin, our largest organ, absorbs about 80% of what we put on it. This crucial fact drives their mission to create super premium quality cosmetics without the use of potentially harmful artificial chemicals found in most conventional makeup. A modern approach built on simplicity, authenticity and performance.

State-of-the-art, all-natural formulas effortlessly deliver flawless coverage and soothing protection that’s unbelievably light. foundation2

 This feel good, creamy foundation instantly melts into skin giving it a fresh, healthy glow. The modern stick design is ideal for portability and mess-proof application on the go. The New breakthrough formula delivers a weightless, satin, soft-focus finish while balancing skin tone and diminishing imperfections. Made with pure, natural and organic ingredients, so there’s no film, no grease, no crease just diva-friendly perfection.

SOLD!!

  • Key ingredients: organic sunflower oil, castor seed oil, organic beeswax, silica, mica, safflower seed oil, aloe extract, vitamin E, organic green tea essential oil, organic chamomile essential oil

http://w3llpeople.com/

Price: $28.99 USD