Thursday, January 24, 2008

Elizabeth Arden, MAC Cosmetics, and Very Sexy by Victoria's Secret--All faithful, tried and true!

It's no secret that I have always enjoyed writing along with my passion of doing makeup. When I finally combined it with my passion and love for the world of cosmetics I had finally found a hobby that truly brought me joy. It's been fun exploring all kinds of different cosmetics, fragrances, and skin care products and I found testing them out on myself, friends, family and my makeup clients honestly brought me a lot of excitement and pleasure. Before I knew it I realized that coming onto my humble blog was a source of relaxation and a nice break from my everyday life. That fact didn't come so clear to me until my life kind of became turned upside down and inside out over the last few weeks. From recovering from the holiday vacation--straight into moving into a new house--to preparing for major knee surgery--while covering my bases for work, family, and home--not to mention that we will be starting wedding season here in about 6 to 8 weeks-- I have truly missed sitting down and writing about my latest tried and true products! For those of you who come back regularly--a big THANK YOU!

I have had the opportunity to try a few new products recently but I know that is a few of the older ones that have really done their duty in making me look well and rested when the truth of the matter is that I'm not! My friend and co-worker Rhonda and I went on a three day work trip to Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago. Of course while we were there we had to be responsible and have our head in the game for work--which was successful--but how do you go to Vegas without experiencing the night life Vegas has to offer? So we worked hard all day and stayed up most of the night (averaging about three hours of sleep three nights in a row)so that we could party and live it up while we were there. Besides from LOTS of coffee and other caffeinated beverages I owe a few beauty products some major thumbs up!

So, although I only got a few hours of sleep each night I KNOW that my Elizabeth Arden Prevage night cream definitely did it's beauty sleep magic. My face looked rested and smooth and the skin around my eyes looked soft and firm. Prevage certainly is my best beauty sleep miracle maker!

Now, I also have to give kudos to my favorite MAC cosmetics product: PAINT. It has been one of favorite cosmetics for years and years. With just a thin layer of this creamy product on my eyelids under my eyeshadow I was able to go all day and then turn my daytime makeup into night time makeup in just a flash without my eyeshadow ever wearing off. I'm serious. This is a kit must have and I never go on a job without it!

Last but not least I never leave home without a trusty lip gloss. Santa actually put a few in my stocking that I had never tried before from Victoria's Secret. I loved them. I had a nude shade, a coral shade, and a sparkly pink. I brought all tree to Vegas with me and wore them all weekend long.

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Get Jack Black!

Happy New Year! It’s so exciting to be starting off a brand new year. I personally have so many new things going on in my life and I am excited to see what the year will have to offer. My family and I decided that we would end the year right and spend our Christmas budget on a winter vacation instead of all the Christmas gifts and parties and everything else we normally do. So we were off to Lake Tahoe the day after Christmas and spent a week enjoying all the winter activities. So you may be wondering how my Christmas vacation ties in with my favorite subjects of beauty and cosmetics but of course in my beauty obsessed world it’s never hard to do. So the big news is Jack Black Skincare! This is a skincare line geared to men but I thoroughly enjoyed the lip conditioner/treatment all week long.

When you are enjoying all the winter activities such as snowboarding, sledding, ice skating, and enjoying those nice brisk walks through the winter streets your exposed skin really takes a toll. It’s easy to get dry cracked lips and wind burned skin. I insisted that my husband and son actually take some time to really take care of their skin and prep it in a way that would be beneficial and protective in the elements. Each day I recommended that they use the Jack Black Double Duty Face Moisturizer SPF 20 with Blue Algae Extract and Sea Parsley. It provides the protection and the botanicals that are nourishing to the skins. I was impressed at how light weight and moisturizing the cream is. Also my husband is very sensitive to highly fragrant products and refuses to smell “girly.” The moisturizer is fragrance free and even the most macho man wouldn’t be ashamed to use these products.

Our precious lips are also extremely sensitive to extreme weather conditions. So I was happy to carry along Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm SPF 25 with Natural Mint and Shea Butter. We all used this product! I love the emollient base and minty smell. This product is awesome in restoring your lips to be smooth and kissable.

So now is the time to have the men in your lives taking care of their skin before they hit those slopes or face the cold windy days. Do what I did. Just set the products near their sink next to their toothbrushes. That way remembering to use their moisturizer after they wash their face and brush their teeth in the morning becomes routine. Just so you know Jack Black makes a full line of products from shaving cream to shampoo and conditioner so you can get your man hooked on the entire line!

I love my boys!