All in the Name of Beauty

I specialize in professional dress, but grooming is an important aspect of image. Today I thought I’d talk a little about beauty tips and products.

The best skin care advice I’ve ever gotten is to wash your make-up off every night not matter what time you get in. For years, I didn’t really think it made a difference and I was pretty sporadic, but when I got engaged I knew I wanted my skin to be perfect for my wedding. I started the ritual, and voila! It really makes a difference.

Before I started really taking care of my skin, I never invested much in skin care, but I’ve found some products that I love and want to tell you about.

Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover: This works like a dream and doesn‘t leave your eyes all oily. The trick is to leave the remover on your eye lashes for about 30 seconds before you wipe if off. My only Complaint is that this product doesn’t come in a bigger bottle!

Mary Kay Satin Lips Lip Mask: This is also amazing. I get crazy chapped lips year round no matter what kind of lip balm I’m using. The lip mask is kind of like a scrub. Put it on, let it sit a couple of minutes. When you take it off, all of the dry, dead skin comes off. Your lips are absolutely, beautiful, soft and kissable!

Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with pomegranate oil: After 45 years of searching, I’ve finally found something that helps my chapped lips. It’s all natural and feels great. You still need to put it on fairly often, though…something I’m not great at. And unfortunately, it doesn’t have sunscreen, but it’s good stuff.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm: This one has SPF 15. I don’t like it as much as Burt’s Bees, but it’s great for outdoor sports. It also comes in a couple of tints, so you can cut down on bulk in your parka pocket and skip the lipstick.

Mary Kay Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20: I’ve just started using this and am very happy with it. It’s great for weekends and travel when you don’t have a lot of time to put make-up on.

MAC Eye Shadow in Sumptuous Olive: This is also a new find. It’s really a fun color, kind of an iridescent green. As creepy as this sounds, it makes me feel like a bug, albeit a very glamorous bug! MAC also has a good concealer.
Bath & Body Works Shower Gel (Pleasures Line): I hate shaving cream! There are too many reasons to list, but I found this makes a great substitution. It’s super concentrated and really easy to use. Of course it doubles as body wash. Just pick your favorite scent-smells great!

Premier USA Miracle Mask Noir: Okay, this is from one of those annoying kiosks in the mall. I usually just walk on by, but the guy was really cute and ever so charming. They claim that the mud is actually from the Dead Sea with tons of minerals you can’t find anywhere else. It’s actually more fun to use than the peel off masks. You leave it on for about 10 minutes, and then you use a magnet to take it off. (It kind of feels like science class.) The down side is that this stuff is expensive. I recommend buying it on line, so you’re not roped into buying a bunch of products.

Pevonia Care Cream: This is a natural spa quality line that I’m considering for my next foray into new skin care. (It’s also unfortunately expensive, but I’m not getting any younger!) The care cream is wonderful for treating any super dry patches or irritations that may occur from time.
It seems the older one gets the more products hat are necessary, so these are just a few of my favorite products. I’ve never found foundation or eye cream that I absolutely love, so if anyone has any tips, I’m open. Feel free to leave comments:)

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