Sunday, April 29, 2007

My life has been a crazy whirlwind lately. I’ve been under a tremendous amount of stress for the last month both personally and professionally. From meeting deadlines for work to planning two parties, having company in from out of town, and then the usual hustle and bustle of taking care of the husband and two kids. I’m not complaining—but sometimes life seems really overwhelming. Exhaustion starts to take place and my body takes a toll.

The first signs that I start to notice when stress is prevalent is that my skin starts to break out, looks red, uneven, blotchy and aged. Does that sound familiar to anyone else? I know my sister is the same way—stress rears it’s ugly head on her skin too. Well, I got up this morning and took a long HOT shower and decided that I would give myself a well deserved—and needed facial. A little time to pamper myself before coming down stairs and cleaning up the mess from yesterday’s baby shower and preparing for a late afternoon barbeque and Laker game with some close friends.

I started my “facial ritual” by inspecting my skin with my magnifying mirror. “Wow,” I thought to myself. My skin actually looked pretty good. Where were all my usual signs of stress? Why hadn’t I broke out in a red blotchy mess? Then it dawned on me that stress had no power over my consistent daily skin care regime and my obsession with drinking almost 100 oz. of water a day. You see, I have been religiously using some new skin care products by Juice Beauty for the last four to six weeks. It’s awesome stuff! Juice Beauty products are 95% organic! Incredible! That includes the ingredients and the base “juice” that the products are made from. Melissa and Karen—the masterminds behind Juice Beauty left no stone unturned as they found the finest organic ingredients all around the world. Check out their website to read about all the details of this totally innovative healthy line for our skin at An interesting statistic I learned from this line is that “our skin absorbs up to 64% of what we place on it, so what we should feed our skin should be organic.” Especially when we live such hectic lifestyles that most of us do nowadays.

So my daily routine has gone something like this: I cleanse and tone my face with the cleansing milk—it smells good and makes my face feel smooth and clean. Then, I treat my face with the green apple antioxidant serum—usually every other day for my skin. I definitely moisturize with green apple antioxidant moisturizer every night, and during the day I protect my face with the SPF 30 tinted moisturizer. I’ve also started to apply a mask once a week. I’ve been using one by “KOSE.” The name of it is Seikisho Mask White. Don’t let the name fool you—It’s a black peel off mask. It is made with Nano Black powder which is the ingredient that allows all the nutrients to absorb quickly and also provide the air tight seal so that the Vitamin C and Chinese and Japanese herb extracts have a chance to really penetrate the skin—providing the benefits of brightening the skin, hydrating, and regulating sebum production. This is one of the first peel off masks that contain vitamin C and actually helps prevent the formation of age spots and freckles! I seriously feel like I am giving myself a spa treatment when using this mask. It’s really cool. You can find this product at

Juice Beauty is proving to be a great skin care regime for me along with my Seikisho Mask. My skin not only feels smooth but it actually looks radiant and pretty. This is a great way to prep my skin for my makeup. I’ve even noticed that I’m not even wearing foundation everyday anymore. Just the way I like it—especially right before summer! I cannot stress enough how important our skin care regime is for total effects when we are all made up. I love color! Eyeshadow, blush, lipstick,….but none of it really doesn’t look as good as it should if you are not properly prepping your skin and taking good care of your skin from the inside out. That means drinking plenty of water, getting enough sleep, and properly cleansing-treating-and moisturizing your skin. It makes all the difference in the world. I understand that we all have different needs and levels of how we like to take care of our skin. That is why I am always reviewing different lines and products in the hope that one will take residence with you and your life style—and it’s a lot of fun trying all the different products out there. They each have something unique and alluring about them. I hope you are enjoying and learning and practicing healthy skin care with me!

Friday, April 13, 2007

Pretty Lips….all day!

I love a great lip stain. Recently I have become addicted to Tarte’s Rise & Shine in “cherry and pink. I don’t use the word “addicted” too often either. Seriously, they stay in my purse instead of my kit so I have access to them whenever I want. What makes Rise and Shine so special is that it is a lip stain and gloss…and they’re waterproof! One end has a felt tip to apply the lip stain and the other end is a plumping gloss in either a sheer pink or sheer red. The stains are so pretty and the gloss is that perfect kind of gloss that isn’t too sticky but remains on the lips for a good amount of time. “Pink” is a perfect color pink that will look good on everyone—really-- and the red reminds me of that natural pigmentation babies have when their lips are bright and pretty. You know what I’m talking about, right? And that’s just the stain part! The gloss has a tint of color which is nice and the bonus of a plumping agent. It’s like killing three birds with one stone (I know it’s a morbid expression). These are two products that are going to be hard to top in the category of function and durability. I am pleased to introduce these products to all my clients and friends since I know they are going to look great and wear well.

Kudos to Tarte Cosmetics!!

Saturday, April 07, 2007


I’ve mentioned before that I am 30 years old now….which is a major mile-stone, right? Well, it feels like it to me. I’ve always looked young for my age but have a personality that is somewhat more mature than my age. I think it’s been a pretty good balance so far. A reversal in this process would not be cool though. I certainly do not want my skin aging faster than I am ready for it to or for what it should be for my age. I would much rather mature personality wise than look wise. Not that I have anything against matured skin. I don’t. I always have said that we earn our wrinkles and when we get older we should embrace and be content with who we are and wrinkles usually come with the territory. But for now I would like my skin to look as young, fresh and radiant as possible without surgery or botox.

I noticed that I started to get some very small fine lines around my eyes in the last year. Nothing that really bothered me yet…and my friend still thinks I’m crazy but they were there. I also was born, raised, and have always lived in Sunny Southern California. The sun is always shining and we live a pretty active outdoor life. The last two summers we have been spent a great deal of time out on the lake…obviously in the sun and water. I already have freckles and somewhat fair skin so I always wear a high spf but I am still getting some sun damage to my skin. I know it. Jumping in and out of the water, a moisturizer can only stay on so long even if it is waterproof. So once again—short story long—my point is I have had some aging affects and sun damage to my skin which is going to age it moderately.

“Whatever” has been my attitude thus far. I know I take good care of my skin and drink plenty of water so if I am going to start getting fine lines around my eyes then, “whatever.” So I thought…….I started using a line of products in which I think might be a small miracle. It’s called Kinerase. I only had a two week supply but I honestly saw results after about four days and felt result literally right after I used the products. I couldn’t keep the back of my hand from stroking my baby soft cheek. And when I wasn’t doing it I was telling my husband, “Feel how soft my skin is. Seriously, you have to touch my face!” Of course I wouldn’t leave him alone until he would indulge my requests. He had to admit, my face did feel amazingly soft…like silk. Like I mentioned, about four days later my skin look visibly tighter and more vibrant. After two weeks I really do not have evidence of the fine lines I once had. CRAZY!!!

My routine went like this: I woke up and washed my face with the Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleanser. I then applied a C-6 Peptide Intensive Treatment topical cream all over my face, neck, and décolleté. Next I used the Kinerase Pro+ Therapy Advanced Repair Serum mostly around my eyes and let that absorb in for a few minutes. Lastly I would finish up with the Kinerase cream spf 30 moisturizer and the “canvas” was ready to be primed for makeup! That night I would do the same routine again except for the spf 30 moisturizer—instead I just used a daily moisturizer, Kinerase cream.

These products are awesome. I love that there are solutions to healthy looking skin with out going under the knife or havening to do and intense series of chemical peels and whatnot. I’m truly amazed at how wonderful these products actually are. Go check out the website and read up on “kinetin” the amazing ingredient that sets this line apart from others. Let me know what you think!