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Skin Serums – October Product Feature 2015

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HYDRATE SUPER SERUM

moisture gel

hydrate. strengthen. heal.

GIVE YOUR SKIN A TALL GLASS OF WATER.
Formulated with professional-grade Sodium Hyaluronate, a superior hydrator that penetrates deep into your skin to support collagen and elastin where wrinkles form. Able to maintain and attract 1000 times its weight in water, its hydrating properties leave skin smoother, more supple and youthful. Hydrate XS 1000 is formulated to be used under your day and night moisturizer.

key ingredients

Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer – humectant, moisturizes between tissues of the skin
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

C POWER VITAMIN C SERUM

antioxidant skin brightener

brighten. stimulate. protect.

HAVE NO FEAR, FREE RADICAL FIGHTER IS HERE.
Tu’eL C Power is rich in Vitamin C, Lactic Acid, Malic Acid and Green Tea. This powerful combination works at a molecular
level to deliver antioxidants into the skin, improve firmness and suppress hyper-pigmentation. Superoxide Dismutase, L-Tyrosine and Panthenol help reduce fine lines and strengthen skin.
Up, up and away!

key ingredients

Malic Acid – tones, tightens, brightens, stimulates collagen
Lactic Acid – exfoliant, smoothes, refreshes, brightens
Chelated Vitamin C – stabalized for maximum delivery, antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens
Vitamin B5 – conditions, heals, moisturizes, Panthenol

for all skin types

ABSORB MATTIFYING SERUM

all skin types

mattify. control. hydrate.

DEAR SHINEY FACE, PLEASE GO AWAY.
Get real deal oil control and a shine-free face with Tu’eL Absorb. Powered with natural plant extracts of Burnet, Cinnamon, Ginger and Green Tea to control oil, inhibit breakouts, and leave your
skin looking fresh and matte all day. Absorb is designed to be used under your Tu’eL Daily Protect Oil Free. Works perfect under make-up leaving you red carpet ready all day.

key ingredients

Burnet – pore minimizing, astringent, reduces oil
Cinnamon – refreshes, anti-bacterial
Ginger – anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, tones, smoothes
Sodium Hyaluronate – humectant, deeply moisturizes
Green Tea – antioxidant, free radical fighter, repairs, strengthens

for all skin types

U TURN FIRMING PEPTIDE SERUM

advanced anti aging treatment

strengthen. firm. reverse.

DRIVING 80 IN THE FAST LANE AND HEADING STRAIGHT TOWARD WRINKLETOWN?
Hit the brakes, flip a U TURN and head back to to the City of Youth. Let this powerful combination of peptides, plant extracts and vitamins firm, tighten, and steer your skin in the right direction.
U TURN OK – WRINKLES SLOW DOWN

key ingredients

Tripeptide-3 – wrinkle reducer
Hexapeptide-3 – prevents the formation of lines and wrinkles
Bisobolol – calms, soothes, anti-inflammatory
Vitamin C – antioxidant, stimulates collagen and elastin
Flax – nourishes, soothes
Aloe – stimulates cell growth in damaged skin, soothes

for all skin types

My skin has taken a beating here on the Central Coast this  summer! I’ve chosen skin serums as the Product Feature (with Double Rewards) this month because now that the days are getting cooler I’m in the mood to hydrate, nourish, and renew my skin. I’d love to help you do the same!
See you at the spa
Linda “Brow Boss” Ruberto

Felicia’s Fabulous Finds – Absorb by Tu’el

Welcome guest blogger Kayla Felicia Gardener!

As a person who has long battled oily, acne-prone skin, oil control has been one of my biggest concerns in skin care. Whether its oil-free face primers, blotting sheets, setting powders, matte (powder and liquid) foundation, or even oil-controlling setting sprays, I have literally tried it all. But as you may imagine, the more I try to control oil, the more my body creates and overcompensates for it once the oil is finally gone with super dry flaky skin. So it’s a balancing act, to moisturize so that my skin healthy and glow-y, but also control the oil without over-drying.

This is where Linda at Star Brows came in with a great suggestion for me (as well as all those who suffer from oily skin) from Tu’el, called Absorb. This amazing facial serum, when applied before moisturizer and sunscreen, finally answers the call! Thanks to the amazing science of Sodium Hyaluronate, which is able to hold 1000 times its weight in water, the skin is kept moisturized without having to produce more oil! It also contains cinnamon extract, which helps clear any breakouts, and green tea extract, which reduces the appearance of redness.

Since I began using Absorb about two weeks ago, I have not once had to use a blotting sheet on my face, or even touch up with powder. Before, my makeup almost always seemed to slide right off my face by the end of the day, but thanks to Absorb I haven’t even had to think about it! This amazing serum works better than any facial primer I’ve ever used, beating out big department store brands, and that’s just one of its perks!

I use Absorb morning and night before my moisturizer (as I usually go to bed with a night cream but wake up super oily) and just let it soak in for a minute. It always leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft and of course, oil free! So if you’re looking for a spa-like experience every day, with fewer touch-ups and no more oily shine, Absorb from Tu’el is a no-brainier!

Watch for other fabulous finds by Felicia.

See you at the spa!

New Years Eve Makeup 2012!

Happy New Year’s Eve party preparations to all of you! We’ll be ringing in the New Year at A Twilight Masquerade at my dad’s place: Robert Hall Winery.

I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best, too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! So, here are ten steps to flawless looking makeup:

1. Healthy Skin is the most important start to great makeup, and while you can’t change your skin in 24 hours, you can do the following:

  • Drink a ton of water the day of and the proceeding days. If you’ll be drinking, this is mandatory.
  • Eat healthy and regular meals the day of the bash.
  • Get plenty of rest the night before.

2. Cleanse A proper morning cleanse and evening cleanse are vital. The correct cleanser for your skin type is probably the most important decision you’ll make toward having the best skin possible.

3. Exfoliate – A few days before the big night, start using masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye, makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about which products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A GelCrystal C Serum and Peeling Cream.

4. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well-hydrated.

My picks: Hy-DrateVitamin CreamChamomileEye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

5. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished “look” so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area or any other area where skin color is irregular.

6. Apply Foundation – Youngblood Mineral Makeup is my favorite makeup base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

7. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter, though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa. Youngblood Mineral Eyeshadow is amazing – long-lasting and smudge-proof.

Eyeliner (MUA Michelle Phan gives some options), is probably the biggest statement in makeup. Youngblood Pencils with Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax and Coco- Glycerides is so easy to use. If your lids are crepey/droopy you may not be able to rock the winged effect on the upper lid but try this:

Stretch the edge of the eye so the skin is taught (be careful not to pull too tight, it can damage the delicate eye area), then line the lower lid very close to the lashes and wing it up and out!

8. Lashes – Lash Extensions in a tube! Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood is great.  It has little fibers, and is thickening and lengthening.  Lash Primer, underwear for the lashes. 🙂 is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

9. Lips – I recommend a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics. You’ll get rich, highly pigmented color with the pencil and hydration with the gloss.

10. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started and at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows into bomb brows!

Have a great time, and Happy New Year to you all!

See you at the spa!

New Years Eve Makeup 2011!

Unfortunately my “pre-bash massage” was just cancelled – dang 🙁 – so I’m writing an NYE makeup post instead!

Happy New Year’s party preparations to all of you! I’m getting ready for The Golden Era event at my father’s winery. I want to look my best, and I want you to look your best too – even if you’re not planning to go out for NYE! Here are eight steps to a flawless look:

1. Exfoliate – Perfect makeup requires well-tended skin. A week to a couple of days before the big night start doing masks, peels, and scrubs. The Cleansing Oil is also an excellent way to polish, exfoliate, and brighten your skin: Do a 20-minute massage with it instead of the normal quick cleanse. (Did you know the Cleansing Oil takes off makeup really well? Buh-bye makeup dissolver.)

Of course, hopefully you have consulted a skincare professional about what products are best for your skin. If you trust your exfoliant not to cause a breakout or irritate your skin, using one even the night before will help your skin look radiant.

My picks: Gyco-A Gel, Crystal C Serum and Peeling Cream. Just so happens two of these are January’s Product Feature with Double Rewards!

2. Moisturize – Those of you who read my blog regularly know that when you discipline the skin, you also need to use plenty of TLC. Moisturize the entire face, neck, and décolleté, as well as the eye area. Even oily and acne-prone skin types need moisturizer. Your makeup will look so much better if your skin is well hydrated.

My picks: Hy-Drate, Vitamin Cream, Chamomile, Eye Plus Cream, Lipo-Gen.

3. Prime – Every great artist knows that preparing the canvas is key. Getting the skin ready for the application of cosmetics makes the finished product look so much better. Absorb Oil Control is perfect for oily and acne-prone skin: It is an oil controller and hydrator in one. Mineral Primer will fill in the fine lines and imperfections and make your foundation last. Use Concealer around the eye area.

4. Apply FoundationMineral Makeup is my favorite for your base. Use a small brush for extra coverage in the areas that need it. Use a darker color to contour, like the hollows of your cheeks or the sides of your nose. Contour the eyes with shades of brown, especially if you have droopy lids. (Remember: dark recedes, light brings forward.) Highlighter under the brow bone accentuates the arch. I carry BDB Duo Concealer: it’s a pencil with concealer on one end and highlighter on the other – another “twofer”!

5. Add Color – Glitter (small particles, used sparingly) is a hot look for NYE. Aging skin doesn’t do well with glitter though. I personally like the Youngblood Mineral Makeup in the color Sunglow for sparkle and pop. Blush should be applied to the apple of the cheek only if you have a very thin and long face, so you can create width. If your face is round, apply blush on the cheek starting at the edge of the iris and swooping up to the temples and into the hairline.

Shadow color can be added next. Remember: if you are playing up the eyes, go easy on the lips, and vice versa.

6. Lashes – Blackout Mineral Mascara by Youngblood. I always use two mascaras. I find I get the best lashes that way. Lash Primer is also excellent for extra volume and conditioning. For those of us who need to curl our lashes, I like the MAC curler best.

7. Lips Bright and bold is on trend for both NYE and spring 2011. I like recommending a lip pencil and plumping colored gloss – both by Youngblood Mineral Cosmetics.

8. Eyebrows – Getting the right shape requires professional help – at least to get you started, at best for maintenance. You’re not stuck with the eyebrows you have: You can create the perfect brows at home.  How? If you have thinning brows, start using Brow Boost right away. All the Billion Dollar Brows products rock! Cosmetics for creating the perfect eyebrows – like pencils, powders, and brow-setting gel – will transform blah brows to bomb brows!

See you at the spa!

Absorb Daytime Oil Control by Tu’el

Introducing Absorb by Tu’el. It’s an oil-controlling serum that hydrates too!

Some of you may remember Skincare 101 at Star Brows; there is both oil and water in the skin, so skin can be very oily (lots of sebaceous gland activity) and still very dry.

The key to large-pored, oily skin is to control oil, while keeping the moisture content (pH) balanced.

Many oil-control and acne products dry the skin out to the point that it gets even oilier as the skin tries to compensate for the dehydration because it can’t produce more water.

Directions for use:

Apply two pumps to your face, eye area, and neck, and  smooth it in. Absorb has sodium hyaluronate in it, so like Hy-Drate, it holds 1,000 times its weight in water. Always use Absorb instead of Hy-Drate in the morning if you have oily or acne skin.

Combination skin types can also benefit from Absorb, like primer it provides a more long lasting, less shiny look to makeup.

What’s in it?

Purified Water, Propylene Glycol, Burnet Extract, Cinnamon Extract, Ginger Extract, Sodium PCA, SodiumHyaluronate, Polyquaternim 10, Dimethicone Copolyol, Green Tea Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhycinate, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate. 1 oz. $57

See you at the spa!

Picture Perfect

I did a photo shoot the other day down at the Creek in the little village of Arroyo Grande with  photographer and friend, Marilyn Rivas Tate. What a beautiful setting, and what a photographer! Marilyn (and her equipment) were amazing.

At 55 I wasn’t very confidant about doing “beauty shots”. I knew I could do my makeup – duh, and I knew she could make the magic on her end, but I’m not a 20 something model anymore – so I was apprehensive.

I had to do my makeup early in the morning because I had a full day of clients. My everyday makeup would have left my features washed-out for photos.

Here is a list of what I did for my session with Marilyn and what I recommend when I do makeup for a special event or photo session.

1.) One week before the event you should do your last skincare treatment. I recommend a facial Peel that is appropriate for your skin-type. An exfoliating and hydrating treatment will provide a smoother, more even canvas for makeup application.

2.) 3 days after a peel you can have your eyebrows waxed. Fabulous brows are a must!

3.) To prep the skin before you apply makeup: cleanse your face, use a product with sodium hylauronate (Hy-Drate by Tu’el) to retain the skin’s water, and apply sunscreen.

4.) If you need sweat-proof makeup for the heat, humidity, or the scrutiny of  flashbulbs, wear an oil absorbing product. Greasy skin does not look pretty in pictures or in real life.

My pick: Absorb by Tu’el

5.) Prime-time! Almost ready for makeup. But first, primer is something to have on hand when you have a crazy-long day, or when you want a flawless look. It creates a protective base and a smoother surface for fine lines, acne scaring or any other irregularity in the skin. It allows foundation to be applied evenly and effortlessly.

6.) Hmmm, what foundation to wear? Youngblood Mineral Makeup of course. I love the option of very light to full coverage with this mineral makeup. It also has an SPF rating of up to 30 (about 8 SPF for most applications). Did you know it is better to have wear  mineral makeup than bare skin when going out?

7.) Next add highlighters, bronzing powders, blush and contouring.

  • Highlight the eyes. Under the brow bone and by the tear duct, place some white or brightening highlighter. I don’t love shimmer or glitter on older, crepey or dry skin :'( matte is better. But for all you kids out there (or for those who don’t give a s*^#) shimmer away!

My pick: Youngblood Mineral Makeup

  • Contour the eyes. Puffy upper lids require shadow in earth tones (grays or browns) to minimize.

My pick: Trucco Hi-brow Trio

  • Use a darker foundation or bronzing powder, in hollows of checks and possibly under the chin and the sides of the nose – every face is different.

My pick:  Sunglow Mineral Makeup

8.) Lashes! Curl, prime, curl again, and coat 1,2,3 or more times.

My pick: Youngblood’s Outrageous Lashes Mineral Lengthening Mascara

9.) Lips! For long-lasting lip color naturally, I use lip liner all over and then touch up with gloss.

My pick: I love Youngblood Mineral Lip Liner and Gloss combo.

10.) Brows! A professional shaping and consultation is essential. Don’t do any waxing at least 3 days before the event in case you break out a little.

  • Use a pencil a little lighter than you want the brows to end up, to fill in and lengthen the brow shape.
  • Brush them out.
  • A brow powder will soften and add dimension to the eyebrow (the same Trucco Hi-brow Trio you used to contour the eyes is perfect).

11.) And finally, whether your on the big or the little screen, you need to understand the importance of taking it all off at the end of the day.

I can’t wait to get my skin clean because I know the secret to having great looking skin in the morning is removing all that makeup at night, and this is one of the most important beauty tips you can follow.

If you leave makeup on overnight, it can clog your pores causing all kinds of breakouts, blackheads, and uneven skin tone. Plus, your skin renews itself at night and cant effectively do that if its covered in old makeup.

My pick: Hydrophylic Cleansing Oil and Herbalizer by Tu’el

12.) And last but not least, get plenty of beauty sleep the night before!

See you at the spa!