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Friday, November 29, 2013

My Skincare recommendations!

           I decided to write this blog after numerous requests from clients and the general public. Everywhere I go people mention how bright and even tone my skin looks. I am always surprised to watch them take out a pen and paper to make a list.  The Q & A sessions take place at the grocery store,Dr.offices, restaurants, bridal trials, weddings, pretty much everywhere!

I gladly share skincare secrets in hopes of helping others save time and money to get the best results for amazing skin:)

Lets Start with Cleansers!
CereVe Hydrating Cleanser

CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser gently removes dirt, oil and makeup without disrupting the skin's natural protective barrier. It contains ceramides, naturally occurring components of the skin that play a key role in enhancing and restoring the skin's protective function. Also included are vital humectants and emollients to replenish and retain needed moisture. The unique ingredients in CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser help restore damaged skin and keep skin healthy. CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser is an ideal first-step in a daily skin care routine. With its patented Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) formulation, CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser helps restore and maintain the skin's natural protective function. MVE works by trapping ingredients within multi-layered vesicles that are slowly released, layer by layer throughout the day, penetrating deep into the skin to moisturize and nourish. CeraVe™ Hydrating Cleanser is non-comedogenic and non-irritating.

Image Total Facial Cleanser

Image Ageless Cleanser is a  universal foaming cleanser that rinses away makeup and oil, balances the PH of your skin and eliminates the need for a toner. A gentle Glycolic Acid blend begins the exfoliating process to reveal smoother skin. Ideal for all skin types.

 My grand mother used Classic Ponds Cold cream and she had no wrinkles around her eyes!

Daytime moisture:
I usually don't use a heavy moisturizer during the day unless I am experiencing extreme dryness! 


 The ceramide-rich formula provides essential ingredients to maintain a healthy skin barrier and also contains hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, which may help reduce redness. So, while CeraVe®Facial Moisturizing Lotion AM with SPF 30 is protecting your skin from the sun, it’s also rebuilding and restoring your skin’s protective outer lipid layer.

Image spf 50

This next generation broad spectrum UVA/UVB moisturizer provides skin with the ultimate in protection and prevention. Plant-derived stem cells extend the longevity of skin cells, as well as photosomes and roxisomes to reduce the risk of free radical damage caused by the sun. Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 is the ultimate in protection against the aging effects of environmental exposures.

Anti aging:
Retin- A 

 It is the gold standard for anti-aging.
This is a  prescription topical cream and it comes in 3 strengths, .25%, .05%, and .01%.
Your Dermatologist will prescribe the strength that best suits your skin type.

With Retin- A you need to be patient. It will cause redness and peeling. I recommend using it every other night and keep away from nostrils and sides of mouth. 
On the nights you don't use the Retin-A try the Bobbi Brown Face oil. 
I use the face oil for a  facial massage 2x a week... this helps to roll the dead skin off and increase blood flow. 

After you massage,  wipe face with a warm cloth and the re apply a sheer layer of oil.... Let sit then follow with night cream. You can choose whatever night cream you prefer….. try to avoid creams with fruit acids and alpha hydroxy acids that may cause more irritation.
The anti aging night creams can be added to your regime when your skin is acclimated to the Retin-A.

Bobbi Brown Face Oil:

This emollient facial oil provides a concentrated boost of intensive moisture to comfort very dry skin. The lightweight formula absorbs easily, immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning skin with an oil blend of Sesame, Sweet Almond, Olive and Jojoba. Vitamin E protects skin from environmental damage. With continued use, EXTRA Face Oil helps keep skin soft and supple. Scented with a soothing blend of natural essential oils, including Neroli, Patchouli, Lavender and Sandalwood. Dermatologist-tested.

Olive Fruit Oil, Sesame Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Neroli, Patchouli, Lavender, Sandalwood, LinaloolLimonene, Benzyl Cinnamate, GeraniolFarnesolPhenoxyethanol

Night Creams:

Vital C Hydrating Moisturizer

This ultra-hydrating, Vitamin C & Anti-Oxidant rich emollient formula is our most remarkable crème yet! Combats the visible effects of stress, fatigue, smoking & other dehydrating environmental factors.
skin type indications
  • Rosacea
  • Aging
  • Dry/Dehydrated
  • Post Peel/Post Operative
  • Sun Damaged/Sun Burned
  • Sensitive
  • Ultra hydrating
  • Anti-oxidants rich emollient formula
  • Combats the visible effects of stress
  • Repairs aging skin
  • Promotes healthy cell renewal

The Max by Image

Max by Image contains ingredients with fruit acids so only use this when your skin is acclimated to using Retin A .

The MAX creme™ is one of the first crèmes available in the marketplace today incorporating two different strains of plant derived stem cells in one revolutionary formula to prevent and reverse the signs of aging. Unmatched in the MAXimum concentration of active ingredients, this crème repairs cell damage, protects against free radical damage and recreates the extracellular matrix to maintain a healthy structure of the skin.
skin type indications
  • All skin types
  • Aging skin, dehydrated skin, lines and wrinkles due to facial expressions
  • Compromised skin due to environmental damage
  • Sensitive skin
  • Break-through combination of different plant derived stem cells
  • Prevention of cell damage
  • Reduces wrinkles due to facial expression
  • Relaxes crows feet
  • Paraben Free

Creme De La Mer 

Creme de la Mer is a rich cream to cushion and soothe.
 Perfect for first time users of Retin A.

Born from the sea, the legendary Crème de la Mer has the power to transform the skin. In a short time, firmness improves, lines, wrinkles and the look of pores become less visible, skin looks virtually ageless. Even the driest complexions are renewed and rejuvenated. With the nutrient-rich Miracle Broth™, the heart of La Mer's profound powers of transformation, skin is immersed in moisture, sensitivities soothed, radiance restored. 

Eye cream:
Bobbi brown extra hydrating Eye Cream

Image Anti Aging

This contains glycolic acids so do not use until your skin is feeling comfortable with Retin-A.

An exfoliating blend of Glycolic and Salicylic Acids resurface the skin, gently sloughing off dead cells as a lightening blend diminishes brown spots. This is truly a home mini-peel! Apply at home 1-3 times per week for glowing skin. Great for all skin types.
skin type indications
  • Aging
  • Oily/Acne
  • Sun damaged
  • Triple-action exfoliator gently sloughs dull surface skin with micro crystals
  • Reduces excess oil and evens skin tone
  • Skin lightening 
Vital C Hydrating Enzyme Mask
Perfect to soothe and hydrate!

Hydrating, Vitamin C / Enzyme masque. Gently exfoliates dead skin with enzymes and adds essential anti-oxidants and minerals to improve skin health. Ideal for all skin types and rosacea.

  • Rosacea
  • Aging
  • Dry/Dehydrated
  • Post Peel/Post Operative
  • Oily
  • Acne
  • Sensitive
  • Gently Sloughs the build up of dead skin cells
  • Injects skin with essential anti-oxidant vitamins and minerals
  • Hydrates for hours after application
  • May be mixed with Total Resurfacing Masque for additional exfoliation

Dr Brandt Vacuum Cleaner

What it is formulated to do:
Dr. Brandt pores no more® vacuum cleaner™ helps loosen blackheads by absorbing dirt and excess oil. 

Finally I use the neutrogena scrub 2 x a week to exfoliate gently. Be very gentle with all grainy scrubs while using Retin A!
Neutrogena Blackhead Eliminating Scrub

Blackhead Eliminating Daily Scrub doesn't just fight blackheads, it helps eliminate them for clearer, smoother skin.

This gentle scrub immediately works two ways to not only clear out the blackheads you have now, but also to help prevent new ones from forming. First, you'll feel it tingle as its maximum strength acne medicine, Salicylic Acid, penetrates deep to eliminate blackheads by removing stubborn dirt and oil trapped inside pores. Then, you'll feel its gentle, skin-soothing microbeads exfoliate without overdrying to help stop blackheads before they start. 

Bobbi Brown Face Oil helps lift up the dead skin so you don't need to Scrub too hard with grainey scrubs until your skin is acclimated to the retina A. 

These are a few skin care products I love! After years of spending thousands of dollars and dealing with sensitive skin reactions these are the products that work for me!
Please be mindful of using creams containing any acids in the first few months of Retin-A use!

I am not a Dr. and cannot guarantee any of these products. These are strictly recommendations!

Feel free to contact me to schedule a makeup lesson or get more info regarding skin care!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Benefits of Face and Body Oils 'My Faves"

   Many of you hear the word OIL and immediately think"Why would I want to use oil on my face?"
If this is you, let me shed some light on the Amazing things you will experience once you give it a try!!


"If you apply an oil before your anti-aging cream, the oil molecules behave like tiny Trojan horses, tricking the skin into letting active ingredients—like retinol, glycolic acid, and vitamin C—deeper into the skin and closer to the collagen-producing fibroblasts, all without irritating the surface."


"Many botanical oils, including argan, passion fruit, and African marula oils, are potent antioxidants. In the morning, massage a few drops onto clean skin, wait two minutes, and apply sunscreen or foundation as usual."


Oils can prevent the irritation caused by some anti-aging ingredients. Argan, yangu, and borage-seed oils all decrease inflammation. Smooth one on after your nightly anti-aging treatment. A few drops will be enough to cover your face and calm the skin."


"In your late 30s, wrinkles suddenly look deeper because the skin's natural oils decrease, the moisture barrier breaks down, and the skin dries out. Most creams contain a little oil, but not enough to make a big difference in water loss. Because oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively. Olive and coconut oils are great moisturize

I have spent years trying oils from every cosmetic line and these are a few I use on a daily basis!

This emollient facial oil provides a concentrated boost of intensive moisture to comfort very dry skin. The lightweight formula absorbs easily, immediately moisturizing, softening, and conditioning skin with an oil blend of Sesame, Sweet Almond, Olive and Jojoba. Vitamin E protects skin from environmental damage. With continued use, EXTRA Face Oil helps keep skin soft and supple. Scented with a soothing blend of natural essential oils, including Neroli, Patchouli, Lavender and Sandalwood. Dermatologist-tested.

Clarins’ #1 selling body oil — with 100% pure plant extracts including Rosemary, Geranium and Mint — helps firm, tone and improve elasticity, reducing the appearance of stretch marks resulting from pregnancy. Hazelnut Oil softens, smooths and hydrates by locking in moisture. Aromatic natural botanicals promote an overall feeling of well-being. Preservative-free.

This 100% Pure Argan Oil is a legendary oil that's rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and grown organically in Morocco. With its multitasking benefits, Argan Oil can be used for many areas including hydrating and nourishing skin, as a daily moisturizer, skin treatment, treating spilt ends, and softening cuticles. It's gentle enough to use on all skin types and is believed to help with skin conditions including acne. Argan Oil easily absorbs into skin to give you a youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and antiaging properties to keep your skin and hair nourished and revitalized and to keep you looking beautiful from head to toe. 

Feel Free to contact me for recommendations relating to skin care:)

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

3rd Annual Gatsby Gala Presented by Jess James at City Club Wilmington,NC


The 1920s-1940s is my favorite time period for makeup!
When I was asked to play makeup for this event I did not hesitate...
For Me, this was playtime! A chance to test my skill set and learn how to perfect period makeup.

I wanted to create a modern version by using less foundation and powder.
For flawless coverage with a smooth creamy finish my go to is MAC Studio Sculpt foundation set with Serenity+ Scott Powder Foundation . The sculpt looks and feels like skin and the powder foundation is light absorbing perfect for photos and film!

The eyes are a deep chocolate burgundy and black with silver pearl.....
The trick to creating dimension with shadow is to use a cream shadow and layer a powder shadow with shimmer (pearlized particles, glitter) on top then spritz with a mist like Urban Decay All Nighter or even water!

On the lips I skipped liner and used lip conditioner followed by 2 layers of lipstick (MAC Party line and Film Noir Lipstick). For a matte finish try placing a tissue over your mouth then dust with a loose powder.  I hope you can use these techniques for your next soiree.... or you can just book an appointment with me for parties and special event events!