Archive | April 2012

‘The Beauty Blueprint Project #1

And so let the true therapy begin…

 

 

I was so grateful when Michelle Phillips contacted me asking to be a guest on my About FACE Internet radio show which broadcasts on Rhino On Air at 9am Thursdays EST. (www.rhinoonair.com)  As I do with all my guests, I googled her and discovered wow, she is not only an amazing and accomplished celebrity makeup artist but a motivational speaker, Life Coach, TV and radio host as well as being a bestselling Hay House author. Michelle guested on my show last week and what impressed me was, not only her extensive range of celebrity clientele but her grace and spirit.

 

Michelle presented me with her book “The Beauty Blueprint” as a personal thank you for being a guest and I promised her then that I would read her book, do the exercises and then blog about my discoveries. As I originally mentioned in my first blog, “In the Beginning” this is not only intended to be informative but I genuinely feel it will also act as great therapy for me. I cannot think of a better book than this to allow me to rediscover who I am from the inside and help reclaim the essence of what makes me uniquely beautiful.  I know that these findings and this deep inner self discovery will act as a satisfying and absorbing read.

 

The moment I received my book I devoured the first part of it and it brought me to tears.  “The Inspiration for the Beauty Blueprint” is the title of the preface of Michelle Phillips’ book “The Beauty Blueprint” www.michellephillips.com and in there I found just that, inspiration. I have been feeling less than inspired lately and this could be the catalyst to change that. I believe that everything begins with what is going on in the mind which ultimately affects your attitude.

 

I want to embrace change. It might appear scary at first but I know that with that change I will grow as a person. I WILL embrace it. I have felt for a while now that I have been in a rut and I am looking forward to this change.

 

I am looking forward to sharing with you what I learn from this book, my findings and genuinely hope it will inspire you in much the same way.

 

Cheers to therapy!

 

 

 

 

Inspiratio​n in the First Cup of Java

Beauty Advocate: Learn the ins and outs of the beauty industry… get great tips, inspiration & Advice. This blog is about inspiration, the lack of inspiration and the wonderful effects of caffine when it is applied to the skin. This blog is my therapy; the good, the bad and the less inspired.Insprational Java!

I have been feeling less inspired lately. We can so easily get bogged down with things that preoccupy our minds and steal our inspiration. Our lives are littered with signals, signs and sounds and we get so busy we lose sight, we forget to stop and smell the roses. We loose our inspiration and  I think this is what has been happening to me lately. My mind seems pre occupied with so many things that I am feeling weighed down by them.  It is important to be honest with ourselves, take the time to ponder why we are feeling the way we do and think about how we go about our daily lives. Are we living or merely existing?

I usually blog if I’m inspired so why can’t I blog when I’m not? As I type this I am thinking of all the things that inspire me, a new client, a new lipstick color, a great dress that has been hanging in my closet for over a year and is still yet to be worn. Maybe something as simple as great home cooking.

Now I cannot miss the fact that this is a skin and beauty blog so I must share what caffine can do for the skin…

  • The University of Washington in Seattle recently conducted a study in which they exposed healthy skin cells and UV damaged skin cells to caffeine. The caffeine caused the damaged cells to die while not hurting the healthy cells. This study was published in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology. This study didn’t allude to the fact that topically applied caffeine would work any better than ingested caffeine though.
  • The second is actually a number of studies that point to caffeine’s anti-inflammatory properties. So the theory is that if caffeine is placed under the eye, then it can help reduce puffiness and dark circle as they are caused by inflammation.
  • Caffine is found in many cellulite treatments. Caffine is a stimulant and promotes circulation, thus deminishes the appearance of cellulite.

Recently I traveled to Miami for the International Congress of Esthetics and Spa www.lneonline/tradeshows.com and I found inspiration came very easily in a room full of my peers. With great new skincare products and beautiful makeup colors for the Spring I got inspired by speaking to other professionals about marketing ideas. So why only weeks later I am feeling less than inspired?

When I looked up the word inspiration I found this: Inspiration refers to an unconscious burst of creativity in a literary, musical, or other artistic endeavour. Literally, the word means “breathed upon,” and it has its origins in both Hellenism and Hebraism. The Greeks believed that inspiration came from the muses, as well as the Gods Apollo and Dionysus.

I am thinking if inspiration happens subconsciously then our busy lives can take over our conscious minds, we’re preoccupied and we don’t allow inspiration in.

So, what inspires you? What is the thing that “breathes upon” you and gets you going? For me it can be a sunrise or a sunset, a walk on the beach, a kiss from our little puppy Lily. What comes to mind is that it doesn’t have to be a big thing, it can be very simple, very easy to find. I am feeling inspired by writing this blog, I am feeling better, my mind is occupied by the things I enjoy.

I recently asked a dear friend of mine what inspires her and she said her first cup of coffee in the morning. I think it may be simple but actually really smart, not only is it something that stimulates you, feels warm and is very tasty but it’s a necessary staple for many in the morning.

Maybe some people feel the way I have, uninspired. Maybe it is part of the cycle we all go through. Maybe inspiration can sound like a scream one time and then turn to a whisper other times in our lives.

I am looking forward to my first cup of coffee tomorrow morning. Maybe I will put coffee on my bum in hopes of less cellulite. Maybe I will find  inspiration.

Minerals, Liquid and Talc, Oh My!

Minerals, Liquid and Talc... Oh My!

In my previous blog, ‘So many lines, so little time’ I wrote about how to specifically decipher between all the lines out there in skincare land. I next thought about all the makeup lines an all the choices of specific foundations to choose from. I wanted to break down all the formulations out there for you in order to choose the right one out there for you and your clients.

Are you confused on which is the right for you? Do you even know the difference between mineral, talc or liquids? Do you know that there are different levels or grades of products out there? If your confused then this blog is for you.

Let me break it down for you.

Minerals: Minerals are bio-inert. Bio-inert means that there isn’t a chemical or physical reaction between the skin and the makeup. Minerals and pigments are micro-pulverized using proprietary technology into microscopic flat particles. These particles overlap each other on the skin to allow the skin to breath and function properly while filtering out airborne pollutants. There is great staying power to minerals that rarely need touch ups throughout the day. Chemical free, preservative free and the pharmaceutical grade minerals are TALC FREE!!! The minerals are also smear proof and water resistant. Minerals have buildable coverage as well. Minerals are great for concealing so you don’t need another product. It is your liquid, power and concealer all in one.

Liquids: Liquid foundations have a liquid lotion base and pigments added for color and coverage. Many have chemicals, preservatives and parabins.

Tinted moisturizer– It is a lotion and pigments combined, 80% lotion and 20% pigment. VERY sheer coverage. Tinted moisturizer is perfect for softening and protecting the skin while adding a hint of foundation color. This makeup is also ideal because you don’t have to put on moisturizer and then foundation, it’s a one step process.

Liquid Foundation– 40% lotion and 60% pigments. MOST airbrush makeup utilizes a liquid foundation however, they add water so the spray won’t get clogged. This is great for easy application, personally I think it’s a fad. It may look cool but the makeup artist must carry the machine which might be cumbersome. Women with oily skin should avoid dewy finish foundation and should set any liquid foundation with a translucent powder to reduce shine.

Whipped Foundation– This is a liquid foundation that has been whipped with air. Mousse makeup is liquid makeup with air whipped in making it lighter and smoother. It comes in a spray or aerosol-type can, like whipped cream. It costs more than other cosmetics because you’re paying for the added air and specialized packaging but if you’ve ever spread whipped butter on a hot piece of toast then you’ll know the difference is vast. Whipped foundation is good for all skin types.

Talc: Talc is a mineral produced by the mining of talc rocks and then processed by crushing, drying and milling. Processing eliminates a number of trace minerals from the talc but does not separate minute fibers which are very similar to asbestos. Talc is toxic and talc particles can cause tumors in human ovaries and lungs. Numerous studies have shown a strong link between frequent use of talc in the female genital area and ovarian cancer. Talc particles are able to move through the reproductive system and become embedded in the lining of the ovary. Clearly with or without asbestos-like fibers, cosmetic grade talcum powder is a carcinogen.

I don’t mean to scare you about talc, as you probably gathered I am just not a fan of the stuff. I have been pro minerals ever since 1996 when I was a sales representative with Jane Iredale.

What I encourage you to do is be astute to the products you are going to personally use and the products you are going to use for your clients. Read labels, study the new technology, do your homework. I also would like to encourage you to try all the forms of makeup out on yourself. If you love a product yourself you will always be better at selling it.

Go to your makeup bag, empty it, go through it and then start to throw liquid items away if they are more than 3 months old. Now you have made a start.